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Whitney Young holds off Fremd to move on to Class 4A title game

Whitney Young holds off Fremd to move on to Class 4A title game

Whitney Young needed to do everything they could to hold off unbeaten Fremd but they managed to hold on for a 53-47 Class 4A boys basketball state semifinal win on Friday night in Peoria.

The Dolphins (26-5) saw a 17-point lead get erased in the first half as the Vikings came roaring back after a slow start. Whitney Young eventually regained control and slowed things down as senior Lucas Williamson led the way with 17 points for the Dolphins. Craig Beudoin also added 12 points for Whitney Young. Juniors Xavier Castaneda and Javon Freeman each had nine points for Whitney Young.

Fremd (31-1) had a huge rally behind a balaced effort as senior Shaan Patel had 13 points and 10 rebounds while Brian Dompke also added 13 points. Ryan Martin also chipped in 10 points for the Vikings. Senior guard Kyle Sliwa, one of the team's clutch performers this season, was limited to eight points as he fouled out in the fourth quarter. The Vikings' unbeaten season ends with this loss but they had a great run to this point and made this game a memorable one in Class 4A.

The Dolphins move on to the Class 4A state title game on Saturday night as they'll play at 7:15 p.m. in a game that will be featured live on CSN+. Whitney Young could potentially face Bolingbrook or get another rematch against city rival Simeon, a team that beat the Dolphins earlier this year.

Whitney Young has won 13 consecutive games as they enter this game on a hot streak.

Whitney Young is hoping for its third state title in the last nine years by winning on Saturday night as they last won in 2009 and 2014. 

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic

91 Days to Kickoff: Joliet Catholic preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: Joliet Catholic Academy

Head coach: Jake Jaworski

Assistant coaches: Dave Douglas, Cory McLaughlin, Chris Kinsella, Mark Mettille, Jake Ziesmer, Zach Dolph, Josh Greenback and Craig Slowik

How they fared in 2017: 3-6 (2-5 East Suburban Catholic Conference). JCA failed to make the 2017 IHSA state playoff field.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs. St. Rita

Aug. 31 @ IC Catholic Prep

Sept. 7 @ St. Viator

Sept. 14 vs. Carmel

Sept. 21 @ Marist

Sept. 28 vs. Benet Academy

Oct. 5 vs. Marian Catholic

Oct. 12 @ Nazareth Academy

Oct. 19 @ Notre Dame

Biggest storyline: Can Joliet Catholic snap a two-year hiatus from the state football playoffs?

Names to watch this season: OT Dave Monnot and RB Kenyetta Williams

Biggest holes to fill: The Hilltoppers will need to reload at the quarterback and wide receiver positions. 

EDGY's Early Take: It's been a rough few seasons at one of the state's best football programs. That said, 2018 has the potential to be the turnaround year the Hilltoppers have been looking for. Second-year head coach Jake Jaworski will feature four big and experienced offensive linemen, led by senior OT Dave Monnot (6-foot-6, 287 pounds). They also have a name to watch in junior-to-be RB Kenyetta Williams. If Joliet Catholic can survive another challenging early season non-conference schedule, they will compete in the always-tough ESCC.

New Trier's Duke Olges gives Northwestern verbal commitment

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New Trier's Duke Olges gives Northwestern verbal commitment

New Trier junior three-star ranked athlete Duke Olges (6-foot-5, 260 pounds) gave Northwestern his verbal commitment last Sunday yet waited until Friday morning to make his decision public via his Twitter page.

Olges, who was recruited by the Wildcats as a defensive tackle, felt pressure to make a decision since the Wildcats already had one defensive tackle verbal commitment in Clear Springs Texas Jason Gold while another defensive tackle with an offer was making an on campus visit later that day.

“I didn’t know if it was the right decision, to be honest. It was impulse more than anything,” Olges told's publisher Louis Vaccher. “But what comforted me is after having a couple days to think about it, I felt a sigh of relief. It would have hurt me too much to let that scholarship go. As much as I wanted to go and visit other schools, losing that scholarship would have hurt more than anything else.”

Olges is now the 10th known verbal commitment in the Wildcats Class of 2019  and the second in state pledge along with Bolingbrook junior DB Cameron Mitchell. 

Olges, who was holding 26 scholarship offers this spring, was planning to make summer visits to Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Virginia and Duke before giving the Wildcats his verbal commitment.