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48 | February 16, 2017 | The orland park prairie sports opprairie.com Last chance to soar in high school Four from Sandburg girls basketball recognized on Senior Night Sandburg announces Athletic Hall of Fame, seeks nominations Submitted by Consolidated High School D230 Sandburg High School recently announced the creation of an Athletic Hall of www.bjesLockport.com • Mar 4 - Apr 15 • Saturdays, 9am - 11am • 7 Week Program • $250 Per Player • Ages 8 - 14 Sandburg senior girls basketball players (left to right) Maeve Hennessy, Kennedy Sabutis, Grace Bauer and Megan Hardesty pose together near the end of the regular season. D.Nevels Images Fame to recognize and honor Eagle athletes, coaches and supporters who have excelled in their respective sports or coaching and supporting roles. Sandburg has a long tradition of athletic successand plans to celebrate those individuals who have helped bring honor, athletic achievement and excellence to the school. Sandburg invites the community to nominate former athletes, coaches and supporters who should be considered for the Athletic Hall of Fame. Nomination forms can be found on the Sandburg website, sandburg. d230.org, under the “Athletics” tab. All nominations should be submitted electronically and must be submitted no later than May 1. A selection committee featuring nine individuals is to meet to vote on each nominee at the end of May. The first class of inductees is to be notified in June. The inaugural class of Hall of Fame inductees are to be recognized at a ceremony at the school on Nov. 3. Athlete of the Week 10 Questions with Jake Rott Jake Rott is a senior at Providence Catholic High School and is the leading scorer on the hockey team. When did you start playing hockey? When I was 3. That’s when I first put on skates. What is it about the sport that you love? I’ve been playing all my life. Everyone asks why I don’t play basketball or volleyball because I’m so tall, but I just love playing the game. What is your favorite part of the sport? Friday night games at Arctic [Ice Arena]. If you could trade places with a celebrity, who would you choose? Probably Jonathan Toews, because he’s a good role model and someone I look up to. What is the best prank you have every pulled? When we were younger, we used to clear tape people’s skates and then watch them skate out onto the ice. What is your favorite food? Probably steak, it’s good and it’s good for you. What is your biggest pet peeve on the ice? This Week In ... Eagles Varsity Athletics Wrestling ■Feb. ■ 16-18 - at IHSA Individual State Tournament (Champaign), TBA ■Feb. ■ 21 - at Hinsdale Central Dual Team Sectional (vs. Marmion Academy), 6 p.m. Girls Basketball ■Feb. ■ 16 - at IHSA Lincoln- Way Central Regional Championship, 7 p.m. ■Feb. ■ 21 - at IHSA Shepard Sectional Semifinal, 7:30 p.m. ■Feb. ■ 23 - at IHSA Shepard Sectional Championship, 7 p.m. Boys Basketball ■Feb. ■ 17 - host Homewood- Flossmoor, 6:30 p.m. ■Feb. ■ 21 - at Bolingbrook, 6:30 p.m. Julie McMann/22nd Century Media My biggest pet peeve is when we get up on teams, and we just let down and let them back into the game. What are three things on your bucket list? To play in the NHL. I want to go to Cancun. Win the Stanley Cup. If you were a superhero, what would your super power be? Probably fly, so I could get to places quicker. What is your favorite Snapchat filter? Probably the dog. Interviewed by Assistant Editor Brittany Kapa Girls Bowling ■Feb. ■ 17-18 - at IHSA State Final Tournament (Cheery Bowl, Rockford), TBD Girls Gymnastics ■Feb. ■ 17-18 - at IHSA State Final Meet (Palatine), TBD Boys Swimming ■Feb. ■ 18 - at IHSA Lockport Sectional, TBA
opprairie.com sports the orland park prairie | February 16, 2017 | 49 Boys Basketball Eagles show unity, despite tough loss to Lincoln-Way East Sandburg starters cheer on bench, late in game Jon DePaolis Freelance Reporter As Lincoln-Way East junior guard Sam Shafer stole the ball and stormed down the court Feb. 7. Heading toward the basket alone, he was reminded of a similar moment that happened just a few weeks ago. “The first game [against Sandburg in January], I had a steal and a breakaway dunk [chance], and I missed it,” Shafer said. “I don’t know what happened. But tonight, I had to get it back. I got the steal, and I knew right when I stole it I was going to slam it.” Shafer leaped into the air, ball in hand, and slammed it through the basket to give the Griffins a 50-32 lead with just four minutes left to play. He brought the Frankfort crowd to its feet. Shafer said it is all instinct, once he’s in the air. “I just feel like I’ve got to get up there, and everything else will take care of itself,” he said. Shafer scored 22 total points in the game — 15 in the second half — and the Griffins blew out the Eagles 56-36 in a SouthWest Suburban Conference matchup. Shafer also had five rebounds, two steals and an assist in the game. “The first time we played them, I took them really lightly,” Shafer admitted, as the Griffins fell to Sandburg in a close contest earlier in the season. “I didn’t think we were going to have a problem, and then they came out and showed us what they had and they beat us. In this game, I just wanted to show them what we’re made of, and I knew what we were capable of.” But while the Griffins’ scoring was prolific against Sandburg, their defense was the biggest factor of the game. The stingy Griffins forced Sandburg to try to work inside, as the constant rotation and height of the Frankfort squad left few opportunities past the arc. “We were very prepared,” Shafer said. “We didn’t let them get as many outside shots. We wanted them to score inside. When they drove, they didn’t have much height. So, we blocked it or got a rebound.” East coach Rich Kolimas said the defensive effort was the difference. “The story of tonight was our defense,” Kolimas said. “We just put the clamps on [the Eagles]. There were some possessions where they held onto [the ball], and they were trying to score for 45 seconds. But they still couldn’t score. They wound up shooting a three, and a couple times they made them, but I was delighted with our defensive effort. “We are developing some pride in our defense. You take a lot of comfort in that, because you’re not going to shoot the ball well every night. But you can play defense every night.” Despite the score differential at the end of the game, Sandburg was very much in control for most of the first quarter. The Eagles got off to an 8-2 lead through the first three minutes of the game, thanks to a game-opening 3-pointer by senior Edmond Mila and five points from junior Barlow Alleruzzo. But the Griffins battled back to take an one-point lead before “We have a good group of kids, and I enjoy coaching them. It’s good to get those kids some playing time, because they bust their butts just like everybody else for six months during the season.” Todd Allen — Sandburg boys basketball coach, on his bench players seeing some time against Lincoln- Way East a 3-pointer by Sandburg’s Sami Ismail ended the first quarter, giving the Eagles a 15-13 advantage. Then, after tying the game at 15 early in the second quarter, the Griffins rotated in bench players and began to run a perimeter offensive. The results were immediate, as senior forward Dan Mulhollan hit a two-point jumper, and junior forward Brandon Petkoff drained back-to-back 3-pointers to give East a 23- 15 lead midway through the quarter. “We thought it was the guys off the bench that really helped us,” Kolimas said of the second quarter surge. “Brandon Petkoff and Dan Mulhollan — those two guys really contributed. Then, we got a little rhythm going offensively. We moved the ball a bit better and got some good looks.” With 28.7 seconds left in the first half, Shafer hit a 3-pointer from the right side to give the Griffins a 28-19 lead going into the break. It may as well have been a dagger, as Shafer would score early and often in the second half to completely take the Eagles out of the game. “They stifled [Shafer] a little bit in that first half, and he came out fired up in the second half,” Kolimas said. “He had some really tough shots in the paint. We know he has the ability to shoot the long ball, and he even posted up a little bit for us tonight. Sam’s offensive game is steadily improving. But what I’m really proud of is that he’s taken some pride in his defense, as well. He was one of the guys on the defensive end stopping people.” Sandburg coach Todd Allen also credited the Griffins defense after the game. “They are really good, and they are playing really well right now,” Allen said of the Griffins. “I knew they were going to be ready to go against us, and I think we stole one from them [in January]. Sam Shafer was very good tonight, and he carried them. He’s a good player, and I thought he really came to play tonight. “Offensively, we didn’t score enough points and missed some looks and some easy layups in the first half that maybe could have kept it a little closer.” Leading the way for the Eagles was Mila, who scored 15 points and had two rebounds. “Edmond played really well against them the first time, too,” Allen said. “He shot the ball well, and he’s been struggling a little. So, it was good to see.” Alleruzzo finished with eight points and five rebounds, while Jason Pygon added four assists and two steals. Chris Toth and Max Winans each scored two points. “Unfortunately, 36 points is not going to beat a good Lincoln-Way team,” Allen said. “Defensively, I didn’t think we were very good in the second half. We’ve got to keep the game in the 40s for us to have a chance. We just weren’t able to do that tonight, and give credit to Sam Shafer and [the Griffins].” But the Eagles also showed team unity late in the game, when reserves got in, with Sandburg’s starters voraciously cheering on their teammates. “We have a good group of kids, and I enjoy coaching them,” Allen said of that team unity. “It’s good to get those kids some playing time, because they bust their butts just like everybody else for six months during the season. It’s unfortunate it had to be in this type of situation, but it’s good to get them in.” Lincoln-Way East improved to 17-9 overall and 4-3 in the conference with the win. East was on a very nice win streak, with victories over tough programs like Lockport Township and Homewood-Flossmoor. “This team is a joy to coach,” Kolimas said. “They are competitive and get along with one another. They work hard, and so it is really fun to coach them. We’ve seen steady improvement throughout the year, and hopefully we peak at the right time.” dance From Page 51 Mahomet-Seymour Sectional to advance to state, where they finished 21st out of 30 schools with a score of 82.74. They failed to advance to Day 2, but the outcome was still an improvement from this past season’s appearance. “This is our third year moving up to 2A, dealing with the big dogs, and this year we did score five points higher than last year and went five placements up,” she said. “So, I’m very pleased with that finish. Obviously being a first-year coach, you want to improve the program as much as you can.” The Celtics’ best finish at state was third in Class 1A in 2014. They did not advance the following year in their 2A debut but have made it back-to-back years since then. Moving forward, Coglianese said she expects that winning culture to continue. She only will lose four seniors to graduation this year. Coglianese said she has a team full of technicallydriven, coachable girls, and that is going to help when she plans a harder, more innovative routine next year. Looking back, she added those characteristics made her transition to Providence much easier. “They were 100 percent respectful of new coaching and new coaching styles,” Coglianese said. “Being a new coach, you could see a lot resistance from a lot of high school girls, but all my girls embraced everything that I have brought. I could not have asked for a better first year with the girls.” The team includes Orland Parkers Anastasia Cokinos and Alexandria McElree.