By Patrick McGavin
Tim Williams knew it was time to reverse the tide. After Von Steuben narrowed a 16-point deficit to nine late in the third quarter, Williams got his chance. The Homewood-Flossmoor 6-7 senior threw down a dunk in traffic that restored the Vikings inside dominance.Closing out the third quarter in style, the play ignited a 8-0 Homewood-Flossmoor run at the start of the fourth quarter the No. 16 Vikings rode to the 58-36 victory in the first-round of the Proviso West Holiday tournament Tuesday in Hillside.Homewood-Flossmoor advances to meet New Trier in Wednesdays quarterfinals.Williams produced game-high totals of 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Vikings (8-2).I saw that they were making their little run, and I knew I had to do something to get us pumped up and back into the game, Williams said. That dunk got us started again.Williams stayed hot at the start of the fourth quarter, opening the period with two free throws and a putback. His excitement at returning to Proviso West was clear after he missed last years tournament with a broken ankle.I was very happy to be back and I just happy to make plays, especially since this is my senior year, he said.Williams play helped balloon the lead to 48-29, effectively ending the game. Homewood-Flossmoors size and length suffocated Von Steuben (4-3) to start the game as they jumped out to a 14-3 advantage. The Panthers shot 1-12 in the first quarter and scored only on Demetrius Faulkners three-point play at the 2:38 mark.Delvon Rencher scored 13 point for the Vikings. We knew we had the size advantage and we had to use that, he said. Having Tim back at the tournament is huge, because you see, he really impacts the game. Reserve swingman Willie Lipsey added seven points for the Vikings.Senior guard Jalen Delaney was the only consistent Von Steuben offensive threat who scored 15 points. Deqon Horn added eight points.Their length and size gave us a lot of problems, Von Steuben coach Vince Carter said. We had some pretty good shots but they bothered us with their size. Guard for guard, we were able to play with them but our big kids dont have the experience or skill to play against that kind of size.Coming off last years overtime championship loss to Benet, the Vikings are trying to advance to the finals for the fourth time in the last eight years. For the seniors, this is the last time were together and weve progressed each year and hopefully go farther than last year, Rencher said.
Eloy Jimenez is wasting no time endearing himself to the South Side. His game-winning, broken bat homer against the team that traded him away, in his first time back, is the stuff of legend. The Quintana-Eloy trade still probably has 10-15 years of barguments ahead of it, but it's quickly becoming one of the more fascinating storylines in recent memory.
There's apparently baseball going on outside of Chicago, though, and as it turns out, the teams that were still really good last week are still really good this week. The Astros and Yankees are actually probably getting better. The Orioles are not.
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School: West Aurora
Head coach: Nate Eimer
Assistant coaches: Tony Melchiori (DC), Patrick Stremel (LB), Bob Fowler (DL), Charlie Graves (DB), Tim Phelps (OL/DL), Mike Runge (OL), Ron Murphy (QB), Alex Shaw (WR) and Joe Howell (RB).
How they fared in 2018: 9-2 (8-1 Upstate Eight Conference). West Aurora made the 8A state football playoff and beat South Elgin in the opening round. They lost to Edwardsville in second round action.
2019 regular season schedule:
Aug. 30 vs Plainfield South
Sept. 6 @ Plainfield East
Sept. 13 vs Joliet Central
Sept. 20 @ Romeoville
Sept. 27 @ Yorkville
Oct. 4 vs Oswego
Oct. 11 vs. Plainfield North
Oct. 18 @ Minooka
Oct. 25 vs Oswego East
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Biggest storyline: A new home in the Southwest Prairie Conference. Can the Blackhawks fare well and keep up their winning ways with a step up in competition?
Names to watch this season: QB Will Tammaru (Sr.) and DE Matt Johnson (Sr.)
Biggest holes to fill: The Blackhawks will welcome back 13 returning starters (seven offense, six defense) and feature several multi-year starters. Standout defensive lineman Denver Warren has transferred to Brother Rice. How will roster depth play a role? Overall numbers can be better for every high school program-- including West Aurora.
EDGY's Early Take: Coach Nate Eimer's Blackhawks depart the Upstate Eight and enter the Southwest Prairie. The program has had great success the last four seasons (all playoff berths), with 30 wins to their credit. The program had 30 wins total between 2005-14. West Aurora is pretty stacked with talent and is expected to challenge the upper tier of the newly-realigned league. They look to get back into the state playoff field for the fifth straight season and make a deeper run come November.