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Parker, Simeon too much for Hillcrest

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Parker, Simeon too much for Hillcrest

By Michael O'Brien
YourSeason.com

Simeon wasnt just playing Hillcrest on Saturday. The Wolverines were competing against the memories of the greatest high school basketball teams in state history because thats what they are expected to become. Step one is complete. The Wolverines turned in a solid debut, with a 69-51 win over Hillcrest in the final game of the Chicago Public Schools Shootout at UIC. Jabari Parker led the way with 26 points and five rebounds. He shot 9 for 13 from the field. Steve Taylor added 20 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. The Wolverines are the top-ranked team in the area, and the top-ranked team in several national polls. Did they live up to that lofty national ranking?No, Simeon coach Robert Smith said. Not yet. Findlay Prep and Oak Hill have a little bit of an advantage. By the time we get to that point (the Findlay Prep game in January) we should be fine.Simeon dominated the first quarter, outscoring Hillcrest 15-6. A 10-0 run in the second quarter put the Wolverines ahead 27-11. The Hawks were able to keep up in the second half, but couldnt cut into the deficit. Jabari right now is very aggressive, Smith said. (The most) since Ive known him. Hes trying not to disappoint himself and disappoint Simeon. Jayonee Troutman led the Hawks with 13 points and eight rebounds. Junior Jovan Mooring also scored 13. Jalen Loving added 10 points and six rebounds. Hillcrest (4-2) wasnt intimidated by Simeon, just outmanned.We didnt come out as strong as we normally do, Hillcrest coach Don Houston said. Once we realized we can probably play with these guys, we played with them the rest of the way. I just wish we had a better showing in the first half.The Wolverines turned the ball over 15 times, eight in the first quarter alone.Sloppy, Smith said. We just turned the ball over too much. It wasnt anything they were doing.Kendrick Nunn scored nine and grabbed six rebounds, but the talented junior may have shown a Simeon weakness: he was 0 for 4 from the free-throw line and didnt look comfortable.The Wolverines were without starting point guard Jaleni Neely.He was ready to go until he tripped over someone on Tuesday, Smith said. Hes at 85 percent.

Who knew? Stat nuggets from the White Sox pre-All-Star break season

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Who knew? Stat nuggets from the White Sox pre-All-Star break season

It’s the All-Star Break, so why not take a look back at the first 58.6% of the White Sox season.

 

They may not be contending quite yet, but there have been several interesting moments. 

 

Focusing on the hitters, let’s take a look at ten amazing achievements this season.  And while there may be several to list for some players, I’m going to limit it to one fact per player.  Let’s go.

 

  • On March 29 (Opening Day), Matt Davidson became the 1st player in MLB history to hit 3 Home Runs in a game in March.
  • On April 23, Yoán Moncada (22 years, 331 days) became the youngest player in White Sox history with a double, triple & HR in the same game, passing Tito Francona (24 years, 205 days) on 5/28/1958.
  • Daniel Palka recorded a triple on May 22nd, making him the first player in White Sox history with 3 triples & 3 HR within his first 20 career MLB games.
  • On July 3, Palka (LF) & Avisaíl García (RF) became the second pair of White Sox outfielders to each hit 2 HR in the same game; the other pair? Minnie Miñoso (LF) and Larry Doby (CF) on July 30, 1957.
  • On May 28, Matt Skole became the first player in White Sox history with a home run AND a walk in his MLB Debut.
  • The lone White Sox walkoff Home Run of 2018 was off the bat of a player who hit .116 for the Sox this season (Trayce Thompson on May 3 – he went 14 for 121 this season for the Southsiders).
  • The White Sox have started a game with backto-back home runs four times in franchise history. 9/2/1937, 7/4/2000, 9/2/2017 & 6/12/2018.  Each of the last 2 times, Yolmer Sánchez hit the second home run.
  • On June 23, Tim Anderson became the first White Sox shortstop ever to homer on his birthday.
  • On June 27, José Abreu hit his 136th career HR and passed Minnie Miñoso for most by a Cubanborn player in White Sox history.  He hit one more since.
  • Leury García managed to become the first White Sox player with at least 10 stolen bases (he has 10) without being caught before the AllStar Break since Mike Cameron (13 for 13) in 1997.

Trubisky on NFC North QBs: 'Bring 'em on'

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Trubisky on NFC North QBs: 'Bring 'em on'

The NFC North was recently dubbed the most talented quarterback division in the NFL largely because of Aaron Rodgers, Kirk Cousins and Matthew Stafford.

Bears starter Mitch Trubisky may eventually be viewed as an elite quarterback someday, but his average rookie season has created some doubt among analysts about whether he'll ever be that guy.

In a recent sit-down with Bleacher Report's Tyler Dunne, Trubisky said he isn't concerned with outside opinion, nor is he intimidated by the resumes of his NFC North counterparts.

"I've realized that these people you look up to—watching Aaron Rodgers, watching Tom Brady—they're humans just like I am," Trubisky told Dunne. "They can make mistakes. They're just people. We've all been through similar things to get to where we are now. ... As a competitor, you want the biggest, tallest challenge you can possibly ask for.

"So, yeah, give me the division with Aaron Rodgers, Stafford and Kirk Cousins. Bring 'em on."

Trubisky's confidence has been evident this offseason. There's no doubt who the Bears' leader in the locker room is. Just ask Kyle Long.

Still, he's not without his critics, something he said he doesn't consume himself with.

"Why would I be worried about what anybody has to say on the outside?" he said. "You're sitting in a chair talking into a microphone. I'm in the war. I'm in the middle of the hurricane."

Trubisky's name is consistently mentioned after DeShaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes whenever the 2017 quarterback class is discussed and few -- if any -- experts expect him to be the best of the three.

But none of that matters. All Trubisky has to be is a winner in Chicago, and he certainly has the confidence needed to get there.

"So get ready," he said. "I'm going to be prepared. I'm going to give you everything I've got. Hopefully, I make people eat their words with what they say about me."