Winkler, Robertson lead Lincoln-Way East in win


Winkler, Robertson lead Lincoln-Way East in win

Friday, Sept. 15, 2011Posted: 11:30 p.m.

By Pat Disabato

Big players step up in big games.

Lincoln-Way East quarterback Blake Winkler and receiver J.J. Robertson did just that on Friday night against Homewood-Flossmoor.

Robertson hauled in five passes for 226 yards, including touchdowns of 66 and 67 yards, to lead No. 6 Lincoln-Way East to a 38-21 win over the No. 5 Vikings in a SouthWest Suburban Blue showdown.

Winkler completed 10 of 17 passes for 290 yards. Each time he needed to complete a clutch pass, he targeted Robertson, an Illinois recruit who proved too elusive for the Vikings secondary.

I was jacked, Robertson said. But I was a little nervous. There were like 5,000 people here. It felt a little like a college game.

Robertson dedicated the game to East freshman Patrick Mizwicki, who was struck by a car and killed Thursday while at cross country practice.

My condolences to the Mizwicki family, Robertson said. Thats what fueled me today.

Robertson hauled in a 50-yard bomb for the Griffins (4-0, 2-0) on their first series, setting up Tyler Starkes 1-yard touchdown run and a 7-0 lead just 1:08 into the game.

H-F (3-1, 1-1) took a 13-7 lead on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Tim Williams to Sheldon Jones at 7:57 of the second quarter. Williams completed 29 of 39 passes for 232 yards.

It was all downhill from there, however, for H-F, which committed five turnovers, including four interceptions.

East scored 24 unanswered points to take a 31-13 lead at 6:32 of the third quarter.

Robertson hauled in touchdown passes of 66 and 67 yards and Nick Colangelo (nine carries, 100 yards) rattled off a 25-yard scoring run. William Will provided a 42-yard field goal right before the first half that gave the Griffins a 17-13 lead.

Their skill guys are phenomenal, H-F coach Craig Buzea said. Theyre the most skilled team Ive seen in the 20 years Ive been coaching.

Defensively, linebacker Kyle Langenderfer led an inspired effort by the Griffins, Joe Tomasik, Nathan Royer, Kevin Duffin and Langenderfer had interceptions for East. Joel Magrum, Adam Hould and Langenderfer recorded sacks.

The Griffins held the Vikings to seven yards rushing.

We had some guys step up, East coach Rob Zvonar said. H-F has an explosive offense, and I think our defense did a pretty good job tonight not allowing them to get the big play.

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Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening


Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

Is this the offseason that Cubs executive Jason McLeod finally becomes an MLB general manager?

According to Bruce Levine, the Giants are reportedly interested in McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, for their vacant general manager position.

McLeod joined the Cubs' front office in 2011 alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Before the Cubs, he spent six years in the Red Sox front office and two in the Padres' (with Hoyer, who was San Diego's general manager from 2010-2011). 

Of course, the Giants' reported interest in McLeod doesn't necessarily mean that he will interview for the job. However, it's worth noting that McLeod interviewed for the Twins' general manager job in 2016; he also withdrew his name from consideration for the Padres' general manager job in 2014. 

In addition to the Giants, McLeod's name has been linked to the Mets' general manager vacancy. This is more speculation, but the point is that it seems to be only a matter of time before McLeod is hired as general manager elsewhere.

For what it's worth, though, McLeod is under contract through 2021 and has previously said that he is grateful to be with the Cubs. 

“I’m exceptionally grateful,” McLeod said. “All of us are. Look at where we are at this moment in time with this team," McLeod said in 2016. "I can’t imagine a better environment, a better culture to work at in baseball.

"We’ve been together a long time. We’re friends. We’re good. We embrace the fact that we are good. And we challenge ourselves to be even better.”