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Proviso East wins Schaumburg sectional

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Proviso East wins Schaumburg sectional

By George M. Wilcox
YourSeason.com
Strong starts are becoming a habit for No. 2 Proviso East.The Pirates led by 16 points at the end of the first quarter and hammered host Schaumburg 78-39 Friday night at the Class 4A Schaumburg Sectional final. Top-seeded Proviso East (30-0) did it with defense and 6-foot-4 junior Sterling Brown (six rebounds), who scored 14 of his team-high 18 points in the first half. Keith Carter added 13 points for Proviso, which will play West Aurora (25-5) in the Hinsdale Central Supersectional at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.We played well. We like to jump out on teams, Brown said. We like to get out quick and dont want to give teams a chance to get back in the game.Browns eight points in the first quarter was twice as many as Schaumburgs entire team. Proviso scored 10 consecutive points to open a 12-3 lead and led 20-4 at the end of the first quarter.Thats been our M.O. all year is to get out fast, said first-year Pirates coach Donnie Boyce. Our effort was nice. I thought everyone was locked in tonight. Everyone stayed within the game.Kyle Bolger led No. 21 and third-seeded Schaumburg (24-6) with 20 points. The Saxons lost in a sectional final for the third consecutive time in coach Matt Walshs third year.Senior Christian Spandiary was limited to only six points and played his final game for the Mid-Suburban League West champion Saxons after a standout three-year varsity career.We didnt execute. We didnt play hard, Spandiary said. But Im proud of us. I dont care about the score. We tried our hardest. Thats all I care about.As the days go by, what weve done this year is going to be all-time point of pride, Walsh said.The Proviso defense held Schaumburg without a basket for over seven minutes in the first half and then another nine minutes midway through the game. The Saxons shot 1-of-5 from the floor in the first quarter, 3 of 12 in the first half.They turned the ball over the first couple of plays. We kind of knew we had them, the Saint Louis-bound Carter said.Proviso scored the first nine points Tuesday night in the sectional semifinal win over Lake Park and led 20-5 at the end of the first quarter in that game.The Pirates have won 30 games for the fourth time in school history and the first time since the 1992 team went undefeated. Proviso won its 14th sectional title, the first since 2006.This was probably our best game, said Boyce, a member of the 1991 state title team. I have pushed the guys hard this week. Obviously, they were not happy about that, but I like the end result.

Cubs Talk Podcast Ep. 237: It's so good to be with the Director of Morale

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Cubs Talk Podcast Ep. 237: It's so good to be with the Director of Morale

Luke Stuckmeyer and producer Eric Strobel welcome Frederic, aka the Cubs' unofficial Director of Morale. Fred takes us through the origins and growth of his fandom and social media persona (1:30), before discussing how Jake Arrieta's dominance announced the Cubs as contenders (7:30) and the now-ubiquitous hard hats in the bleachers (16:00). Finally, Fred and the guys talk about this year's team, including the lack of strikeout stuff on the pitching staff (22:30) and the unicorn that is Javy Baez (30:00). 

You can listen to the entire thing right here or in the embedded player below:

2019 NHL Draft Profile: C Dylan Cozens

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2019 NHL Draft Profile: C Dylan Cozens

From June 10-20, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile one top prospect per day — 11 total — leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft as the Blackhawks prepare to pick third overall.

Dylan Cozens

Position: Center
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 180 pounds
Shoots: Right

Scouting report from Blackhawks vice president of amateur scouting Mark Kelley:

"Dylan Cozens is a two-way centerman who plays fast and he plays inside."

Scouting report from NHL draft expert Adam Kimelman:

"Guys who can move the way he moves at that size are rare. And when you add in talent, the work ethic, the skill, the hands in tight, the shot, he's the complete package. ... To me, he is the second-best center in this draft after Jack Hughes."

Cozens describes his own game:

Strengths: "I’d say my strength is just my skating. That’s the biggest thing: being able to use my speed to create separation between other players and allowing time and space for myself and my teammates. I’d also say my shot. I’m more of a shoot-first guy but I can still make a play. I’d think those are the two biggest things: my speed and my shot.

Improvements: "I just want to be strong on my stick in going into battles and when I’m on the puck. I think that’s the biggest thing. That will come with strength when I get to the next level and as I get older. That’s the biggest thing: just having the mentality going into every battle that you’re going to win it and being as strong on your stick as you can be."

NHL player comparable: Jeff Carter

Fit for Blackhawks:

The Blackhawks will have a pool of centers to choose from. Cozens has been one of the five candidates discussed as an option, and for good reason. He has all the tools to become an elite player in the NHL, which includes size, speed and skill. And perhaps a little bonus: He was very confident at the scouting combine that he could make the jump to the big leagues as soon as next season.

Cozens has often been compared to Carter, who has also played both center and wing in his career. The Blackhawks like when their forwards have some versatility and Cozens offers that. There aren't many flaws in Cozens' game, and his two-way prowess could make the Blackhawks' decision a difficult one.

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