Huskies triumph over top-seeded York


Huskies triumph over top-seeded York

Friday, Nov. 5, 2010
11:59 PM

By Blake Baumgartner

Throughout the last few weeks of the regular season and in last weeks first-round triumph over Marist, Naperville Norths defense has done a nice job of setting the tone.

Playing a No. 1 seed in the postseason for the second consecutive year, the defense continued to not miss a beat in the Huskies 29-10 upset of York in a Class 8A second-round game Friday in Naperville.

Behind a four-turnover night turned in by its defense, the Huskies outscored the Dukes 20-0 in the second half to pull away and earn its first state quarterfinal appearance since 2007.

Earning its first victory over a No. 1 seed since its 36-33 upset of Naperville Central on Nov. 11, 2000, Naperville North (8-3) will welcome fourth-seeded Homewood-Flossmoor to Naperville next weekend.

The Huskies held Yorks 1,500-yard rusher, Ryan Kent, to 60 yards on 18 carries while senior linebacker Nick Lifka and cornerback Brandon Sharie each pulled in interceptions.

Trailing 10-9 early in the third quarter, Lifkas interception of Dukes QB Jim Nudera seemed to start to turn the tide in the Huskies favor.

I think it was just a huge change of momentum for the entire team, Lifka said. It really got the offense going and I feel like it picked up the entire momentum of the team.

Seven plays later, thanks to a Ron Coluzzi 20-yard field goal, the Huskies would reclaim the lead at 12-10 and never trail again.

While Coluzzi contributed three field goals, Antonio Owens had both a rushing TD and a touchdown reception for North, as the defense kept setting up the offense in good field position.

Ken Boesenberg scored the only TD for York (9-2) with a 15-yard score late in the first quarter.

Stan Bowman: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford 'progressing like he normally would'

Stan Bowman: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford 'progressing like he normally would'

Stan Bowman likes where Corey Crawford is at this state of the offseason, he said Friday prior to the NHL Draft.

Speaking with NBC Sports Chicago's Pat Boyle, Bowman noted that while Crawford hasn't begun doing any on-ice work, that isn't unusual for players this early.

"We’ve been in contact with Corey and I think he’s been progressing like he normally would," Bowman said. "Most guys don’t do a lot of on-ice work the first couple of months of the offseason.

"Typically they get back on the ice sometime in July, some guys don’t skate until August. I think that’s sort of the plan for Corey as we go along here. I would say he’s right on the normal schedule for the offseason and we’ll just see how that goes."

That's good news for the Blackhawks, who sorely missed Crawford a year ago. The three-time Stanley Cup champion appeared in just 28 games, earning a 16-9-2 record and a 2.27 GAA.

Loyola's March Madness hero Donte Ingram will play with Bulls' Summer League team

Loyola's March Madness hero Donte Ingram will play with Bulls' Summer League team

Donte Ingram's 2018 keeps getting better and better.

The March Madness hero, who buried a game-winning 3-pointer in the first round of Loyola's win over Miami, will play on the Bulls' Summer League team.

Ingram, a Simeon Academy graduate, had himself an incredible senior season with the Ramblers, who advanced all the way to the Final Four as a No. 11 seed.

In five NCAA Tournament games Ingram averaged 7.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists for the Ramblers. He also had 18 points in the MVC Conference Championship Game to secure the Ramblers' March Madness berth.

He'll join first-round draft picks Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison on the Las Vegas Summer League team, which will begin play early next month.