Highland Park’s best offense comes from defense

HIGHLAND PARK — Much of the Highland Park girls basketball team’s offensive success actually begins when it gets stops on the defensive end. The Giants are often smaller than their opponents — nobody on the team is 6-foot tall — but many of the girls are quite athletic. So whenever possible, they look to getContinue reading “Highland Park’s best offense comes from defense”

Guard height helps Lake Zurich stand out

LAKE ZURICH — Standing just 5-foot-6 as a freshman, Brad Kruse grew up playing point guard. Kruse, now a senior, still handles the ball for Lake Zurich — only he’s sprouted to 6-foot-4. Kruse is one of Lake Zurich’s exceptionally tall starting guards — juniors Jack O’Neill and Mike Travlos are each listed at 6-foot-3.Continue reading “Guard height helps Lake Zurich stand out”

Clutch free-throw shooting lifts Glenbrook South past Glenbrook North

The Titans made eight of their final 10 attempts from the charity stripe and finished 15-of-17 for the game.  Glenbrook South 44, Glenbrook North 34 THE SKINNY The Glenbrook South boys basketball team never trailed in the final three quarters of Friday’s matchup with rival Glenbrook North. After combining for 44 points and 20 turnovers throughContinue reading “Clutch free-throw shooting lifts Glenbrook South past Glenbrook North”

Third-quarter run carries Lake Zurich past Mundelein

Lake Zurich 83, Mundelein 42 THE SKINNY Lake Zurich’s boys basketball team led Mundelein by just six points with four minutes remaining in the third quarter, but closed the period on a 12-1 run to open up a 59-42 lead. Lake Zurich (3-2, 1-0 NSC Lake) outscored Mundelein 45-13 in the second half Wednesday. TURNINGContinue reading “Third-quarter run carries Lake Zurich past Mundelein”

Northridge boys basketball preview

Knights to watch Point guard Dylan Haig Haig, a junior, is the lone returning starter for a Knights team that finished at the top of the Independent School League in 2012-13. Defensively, he has very quick hands and can force opposing guards into a lot of turnovers. His experience will be key as Northridge again plans toContinue reading “Northridge boys basketball preview”

Romeo Magloire’s buzzer-beating layup caps a wild win for Niles West

Niles West 48, Glenbrook North 47 THE SKINNY The Niles West boys basketball team (3-0) was down by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter against Glenbrook North (1-2), but a buzzer-beating layup by senior forward Romeo Magloire gave the Wolves the victory Wednesday in Skokie. TURNING POINT With 15 seconds remaining, Glenbrook junior forwardContinue reading “Romeo Magloire’s buzzer-beating layup caps a wild win for Niles West”

Evanston Boys Basketball Preview

Wildkits to watch Center Elijah Henry Henry, who started as a sophomore, is the Wildkits’ most important player inside. At 6-foot-5, the junior is the team’s top rebounder and he defends the paint well. Henry has the length to defend shots near the rim. While he has a strong back-to-the-basket game, he’s developed face-up skills. Henry saidContinue reading “Evanston Boys Basketball Preview”

Stingy Lake Forest starts fast to dominate finale

LAKE FOREST — The Lake Forest defense can wreak serious havoc on an opponent. In a 31-19 win over Warren Friday, the Scouts’ defense started hounding Warren’s offense immediately. On the first play from scrimmage, Warren’s quarterback made a swing pass to his running back in the flat to his right. As soon as theContinue reading “Stingy Lake Forest starts fast to dominate finale”

Lake Forest heads into playoffs on winning note

Lake Forest 31, Warren 19   THE SKINNY The Lake Forest (7-2, 4-2 NSC Lake) offense was too much for Warren (5-3-1, 2-3-1) in the second half Friday. The Scouts scored 17 unanswered points to begin the half, taking a lead of 31-7 with 8:07 left in the game.   TURNING POINT Lake Forest’s firstContinue reading “Lake Forest heads into playoffs on winning note”

Eddie Rodriguez Transfers His Energy to Niles North Offense

Before the 2013 season, Eddie Rodriguez wasn’t even sure he would play football for Niles North. Now the senior wide receiver is one of the Vikings’ top offensive threats. Rodriguez played for Evanston as a freshman and sophomore, but he sat out his junior year because he knew his family was moving. He transferred toContinue reading “Eddie Rodriguez Transfers His Energy to Niles North Offense”