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Treadwell leads Crete-Monee to semis

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Treadwell leads Crete-Monee to semis

Tashara Parker
CSNChicago.com Contributor

Triple threat athlete. Thats what one of Chicagoland's top recruits is being called. He plays wide receiver, defensive back and even kickerand in the words of Crete-Monees head coach, Jerry Verde, he does a little bit of everything.

His sophomore year he was a wide receiver and halfway through the season, we put him in at defensive end," said Verde. "His junior year he played WR and DE the whole year. This year he is back in at free safety. Hes what they call a gamer.

Thats how Verde referred to four-star wideout, Laquon Treadwell.

Treadwell is a senior at Crete-Monee High School and the only receiver in the Chicago area ranked in the Top 25 by numerous scouting services.

Treadwells college recruiting no doubt speaks to his talent. Just last week, he narrowed his list down to include Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi and Notre Dame.

To describe Treadwell in words may be the toughest thing to do as this receiver has talent thats well beyond his years.

His size is impeccable. He is a 64, 200-pound coaches dream. His speed is obviously another reason for his top notch choices in schools. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds.

Laquan has lead his team past the quarterfinals for the first time in Warriors' history and he says theres no time for celebration as the team needs to remain humble and press forward -- and there is only one way to do so.

Work hard, stay focused on whatever team we have each week and remain disciplined," Treadwell stated. "I think that will take us a long way.

The Warriors struggled for the past eight seasons with a hunch on their back in hopes of finally making it past the quarterfinals, and this year their dreams came true.

They rallied past Peoria Richwoods Peoria in what they are calling the toughest game this season as they lost to the Knights in the second-round last season.

And although, Peoria Richwoods wasnt the team that they played in the quarterfinals, it remains their closest call yet.
 
Treadwell scored two touchdowns to preserve a 35-32 victory against Peoria.

Treadwell said hes not stressed about making a collegiate choice, but doesnt want to focus on the decision until after the playoffs have ended.

He says, a lot of kids would love to be in my position, so I take it as a blessing.
 
Many high schools have ended their journey of making it to the state championship game, but Crete-Monee is hoping they can take things all the way this season.

The Warriors will square off against Lemont this Saturday in unfamiliar territory as Lemont enters their second straight year advancing to the semifinals.

Dane Dunning left minor league start with 'moderate' elbow strain

Dane Dunning left minor league start with 'moderate' elbow strain

Dane Dunning has been nothing but consistent since joining the White Sox organization in the Adam Eaton trade before the 2017 season.

He has performed well at three different levels in the minor leagues and has stayed healthy. That second part is currently in question after he left a start for Double-A Birmingham on Saturday with elbow soreness.

Dunning left in the fourth inning in what was developing into one of his worst starts of the season. He had four strikeouts, but also walked four and gave up two runs (one earned). The four walks matched a season high.

Here is how things went down on his final pitch:

It's too early for a full diagnosis, but Dunning is expected to have an MRI in the next few days. White Sox manager Rick Renteria talked about Dunning's injury before Sunday's game against the Athletics.

"I think everybody considered it a very moderate strain," Renteria said. "Nobody is at this point too concerned. They still have to re-evaluate more. We won’t know more until they get further evaluation and at that point everybody will know where he’s at. Right now he still has to be re-evaluated."

Dunning, 23, began the season at Single-A Winston-Salem where he posted a 2.59 ERA in four starts with 31 strikeouts against three walks in 24 1/3 innings. The Florida product then was promoted to Birmingham where he has a 2.76 ERA. In 11 starts with the Barons, Dunning has 69 strikeouts and 23 walks in 62 innings.

Dunning is one of the top pitching prospects in the White Sox farm system along with Michael Kopech and Alec Hansen.

Chris Kuc contributed to this report.

61 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

61 Days to Kickoff: Maine West

NBCSportsChicago.com 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: Maine West

Head coach: Jason Kradman

Assistant coaches: Steve Piha (Def. Coordinator), Mike O'Brill (DB/ST Coordinator), Tony Manicke (LB/Head JV Coach), Dan Wilson (OL) Russ Swenson (TE) Ryan Willett (QB) Matt Boswell (DL) Trent Greco (WR) Kyle Prater (WR) Mike Smith (Head Frosh Coach) Joe Duszynski (Frosh Asst.) and DJ Frey (Frosh Asst.).

How they fared in 2017: 7-3 (4-1 Central Suburban North Conference). Maine West made the Class 7A state football playoff field. The Warriors lost to Benet Academy in opening round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 vs Mundelein

Sept. 1 @ Fenton

Sept. 7 vs Elk Grove

Sept. 14 @ Hersey

Sept. 21 vs Glenbrook North

Sept. 28 @ Maine East

Oct. 5 vs Vernon Hills

Oct. 12 vs Highland Park

Oct. 19 @ Deerfield

[MORE: 65 Days to Kickoff - Elmwood Park]

Biggest storyline: Will history repeat itself? Can the Warriors post back-to-back IHSA state playoff appearances? If so, it'd be a first for the Des Plaines high school.

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Jake Bellizzi, FB/LB Krystian Garbicz and WR/DB Ely Grimmer

Biggest holes to fill: The Warriors will need to replace standout TE Matt Kentgen (now at Butler). He was a multi-year starter and team leader last fall.  

EDGY's Early Take: Maine West, coached by Jason Kradman, has been one of the area's better success stories. Kradman took over the Warriors program in 2014 and guided the Warriors to their first state playoff appearance since 2002. With 13 returning starters back from a season ago (seven offense, six defense) and a program-wide boost in overall numbers and excitement, look for the Warriors to have a good shot at playoff football once again this October.