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Hornets hot start no problem for Proviso East

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Hornets hot start no problem for Proviso East

Friday, Feb. 4, 2011
Posted 10:48 p.m.
By George M. Wilcox
YourSeason.com

For a team that was unable to practice all week, Proviso East looked like it was playing in slow motion for the first quarter.But the No. 13 Pirates found a way to rally behind leading scorer Keith Carter's game-high 22 points and reserve guard Michael Nicholas scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half as Proviso East won 75-67 Friday night at Hinsdale South in the West Suburban Gold.Hinsdale South (14-8, 5-4) made its first 10 shots from the floor in the first quarter to take a 27-14 lead. The Pirates (16-3, 7-1), which won for the ninth time in their last 10 games, chipped away and eventually tied the game at 32 at halftime."We hadn't practiced all week (because of the blizzard)," Nicholas said. "Somehow we picked it up in the second quarter."Carter and Tino Vazquez (11 points) each outscored Hinsdale South's entire team in the second quarter. Carter had eight points, Vazquez added six and the Hornets had five points. Andy Nkansah (10 points) scored both of Hinsdale South's baskets in the second quarter."We had a great start, but we were too content to trade jump shots with them," Hinsdale South coach Vince Doran said. "You have to fight like crazy and not allow them too many easy baskets."The Hornets led 23-7 in turnovers. Brock Benson (12 rebounds) and leading scorer Phil George scored 20 points each for Hinsdale South while Joe Petrak added 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting beyond the three-point arc."I think the second quarter hurt us," Benson said. "Besides that, I think we played pretty well. We all played at 100 percent. It was a learning experience. I think we can keep this going for the rest of the season."George scored 11 points in the first quarter and made his first three three-point attempts to start the game, but did not score in the third quarter when Proviso outscored Hinsdale 21-16. Hinsdale South entered the game with five wins in its last six games.Proviso East won the previous meeting 66-45 on Dec. 17 in Maywood. The Pirates host district rival Proviso West at 2:30 p.m. Saturday."It was a good game, but we're looking forward to Proviso West," Nicholas said. "We don't want to overlook anybody."

Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system

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Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system

Coming to you from Washington DC, we speak with Dylan Cease who competed in the MLB Futures Game along with his Birmingham Barons teammate Luis Basabe. 

Cease talks about the White Sox loaded farm system, what players have impressed him the most, where he gets his composure on the mound and more. 

Check out the entire podcast here:

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fernando Tatis, Jr. is one of the brightest future stars in the game. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the No. 3 prospect in all of baseball, one spot behind Eloy Jimenez.

He’s a five-tool shortstop slashing .289/.359/.509 at Double-A San Antonio with 15 home runs, 42 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 85 games. He’s bilingual, charismatic, the kind of guy who could be a face of a franchise.

And two years ago, he was property of the White Sox.

That was until they traded Tatis, who was only 17 at the time, to the Padres for James Shields. Tatis had yet to play a single game in the White Sox farm system, so it was tough to predict his future. However, speaking with Tatis before he competed in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday, the trade was definitely a shock to him.

“I was surprised. It was weird. For a kid that young to get traded, I had never heard of it. When they told me that, I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’” Tatis said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago.

No front office is going to bat 1.000, and when it comes to Tatis, this is a trade the White Sox would love to have back.

But first, more perspective.

In June of 2016, six months before the White Sox started their rebuild, they were 29-26, a game and a half out of first place. With Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and a healthy Carlos Rodon anchoring their rotation, they felt that with the addition of Shields, they could compete for the division.

Unfortunately, perception didn’t meet reality. Shields struggled on the mound with the White Sox in 2016 and 2017. His numbers have improved considerably, and he could return the White Sox another prospect if he’s dealt before the trade deadline. However, it’s unlikely they’ll receive a player with the potential that Tatis has right now.

“(The trade) was about getting a good starter so they could get to the playoffs. I understood. I know this game is a business,” Tatis said.

Before the trade occurred, Tatis looked into his future and saw a day when he’d be the White Sox starting shortstop.

“Yeah, that was my goal when (White Sox director of international scouting) Marco Paddy signed me,” Tatis said. “We talked about it when I started and that was the goal.”

His goal now is to make it to the major leagues with the Padres.

“I’m pretty close. I want to keep working. When they decide to call me up, I’ll be ready.”

As for his former team, he’s impressed with the talent the White Sox have assembled.

“They’re building something special. They have really good prospects. I wish the best for them.”

You can’t help but wonder what the rebuild would look like if Tatis was along for the ride. He’s the one who got away.