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Treadwell lifts Warriors to 6A Championship

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Treadwell lifts Warriors to 6A Championship

By Bill Harrison
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CHAMPAIGN -- If there was any doubt that Crete-Monee senior Laquon Treadwell should be in the conversation as one of the best all-time players in Illinois history, it was put to rest Saturday afternoon in Champaign.

Treadwell, who has narrowed his college choices down to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Michigan State, and Ole Miss, looked like a men amongst boys during his teams 33-26 Class 6A state title win over Cary-Grove.

Its my preparation,said Treadwill, who had two touchdowns--one on a 69-yard run, the other a 57-yard pass from Marcus Terrell. The way I train helps this game become very instinctive to me.

The wide receiversafetykicker had 178 all-purpose yards, including six catches for 85 yards and six rushes for 93 yards. His biggest play, however, occurred on defense in the third quarter when he intercepted a pass following a fumble recovery by the Trojans on the Warriors 26-yard line.

The Trojans had just pulled to within four at 20-16, but the Warriors scored one play later on a 52-yard pass to Lance Lenoir from Terrell.

All of that accomplished with the Trojans knowing Treadwell, who tied two of his teammates for a game-high 12 tackles, was the player they needed to stop if they wanted to win the schools second-ever state title.

He made some plays weve never seen people make before, Cary-Grove second-year coach Brad Seaburg said. The interception that he made in the third quarter was unbelievable. He was up at the line of scrimmage and jumped underneath our out route and made the play. Hes unbelievable.

Treadwell wasnt done. On the ensuing kickoff he was the first gunner down and made a solo tackle for no gain, garnering an overwhelming cheer from the crowd, leaving them to wonder, What else can he do?

There was still more left for Treadwell to do, and he again obliged.

After the Trojans pulled within the final score with 3-minutes left, Treadwell stepped up and recovered the onside kick. His final contribution was a pair of bone-crushing hits on two incomplete passes on the Trojans final drive.

Hes been making big plays since he was a sophomore, Crete-Monee coach Jerry Verde said. Thats what kind of kid he is.

The Warriors sniffed playoff success in 2009 and 2010 when they advanced to the state quarterfinals.The aroma of being a state champion now wafts through the hallways of Crete-Monee for the first time in school history.

This state title will be forever remembered as the one that was brought to them by Treadwell, clearly the best player in school history who provided one of the best overall individual performances in state championship history.

Brandon Morrow has a healthy sense of humor about his pants-related injury

Brandon Morrow has a healthy sense of humor about his pants-related injury

Brandon Morrow's body may not be healthy, but his sense of humor sure isn't on the disabled list.

The Cubs closer had to go on the DL Wednesday after he injured his back changing out of his pants early Monday morning when the Cubs returned home to Chicago after a Sunday night game in St. Louis.

The story made national rounds, not only in the baseball world, but resonating with non-sports fans, as well. After all, it's not every day a guy who gets paid millions for his athletic endeavors injures himself on a mundane every day activity.

But it's all good, because even Morrow can find the humor in the situation, Tweeting this out Thursday afternoon:

Morrow's back tightened up on him and didn't loosen up enough the next two days, making him unavailable for the Cubs doubleheader Tuesday at Wrigley Field.

The team decided to put him on the shelf Wednesday morning so an already-gassed bullpen wouldn't have more pressure during this stretch of 14 games in 13 days.

The Cubs are in Cincinnati this weekend for a four-game series with the Reds. Morrow is eligible to return from the DL next Wednesday in Los Angeles as the Cubs once again take on the Dodgers — Morrow's old team.

The 33-year-old pitcher is 16-for-17 in save chances this year while posting a 1.59 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 25 strikeouts in 22.2 innings. He's only given up a run in 2 of his 26 outings as a Cub.

Eloy's comin' to Charlotte, but how long before he's playing on the South Side?

Eloy's comin' to Charlotte, but how long before he's playing on the South Side?

The No. 1 prospect in the White Sox loaded farm system got a step closer to playing in the major leagues Thursday.

Eloy Jimenez was the headliner in a ridiculously large number of promotions throughout the organization that signaled that despite a 25-games-under-.500 record at the big league level, the rebuilding effort is progressing nicely.

But antsy fans and observers who want to see the fruits of that effort land on the South Side as soon as possible have the same question now that Jimenez is a Charlotte Knight as they did when he was a Birmingham Baron: When will he be inserted into Rick Renteria's everyday lineup?

Director of player development Chris Getz didn’t have that answer Thursday when he was discussing all the minor league movement. But he outlined exactly what’s had White Sox fans salivating over the idea of Jimenez in the major league lineup.

“He’s done nothing but hit with us, and he’s continuing to do that,” Getz said on the conference call. “He’s driving the ball to all fields with power. The hit tool is very good, as well. He’s hammering fastballs. Talking about maturity, he’s definitely beyond his years in how he handles the game as a whole.

“When he steps into the box, it seems that you’re looking at a guy that plays in the big leagues already, and he’s not. He’s controlling the zone, he’s driving the ball, he’s making good decisions. We’ll see what he can do up at Charlotte.”

With Jimenez mashing at Birmingham this season — to the tune of .317/.368/.556 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 53 games — plenty have wondered why a pit stop at Charlotte is even necessary. General manager Rick Hahn has answered that question in the past, pointing to the different kind of pitching that Jimenez will face, and Getz echoed that thinking Thursday.

“At Charlotte, you’re going to run into guys that have a little more experience,” Getz said. “Some may have pitched in the big leagues, some might have been labeled those ‘4-A’ types. But what comes with that is more off-speed pitches, pitching backwards, being able to locate a little bit more. It will be interesting to see how he does respond with guys attacking him a little bit differently.

“We as an organization believe he’s going to be able to accomplish pretty much the same type of things he’s been accomplishing at Charlotte.”

That would be good news for those eagerly awaiting Jimenez’s arrival in Chicago because if he dominates at the plate at Triple-A the way he did at Double-A, then another promotion could be a possibility before the 2018 major league season runs out.

Of course before that happens, the White Sox want Jimenez to master things at the Triple-A level. Hahn mentioned before the season started that a good developmental season could end without Jimenez joining the big league squad at all. Like with all things in this rebuilding effort, the White Sox are going to be patient and do what’s best for the long term.

“He’s never played at Triple-A,” Getz said about a player who prior to joining the White Sox organization last summer had never played above Class A. “Now do I have full confidence that he’s going to go up there and hit? Sure. I absolutely do.

“If he continues to do so and forces our hand, we’re certainly going to have that conversation about him coming to Chicago. Let’s just get him in the lineup tonight and see what he can do.”