Beth Long


Beth Long is a contributor to the Chicago Sun-Times’ coverage of high school sports.

The area’s elite prospects are loading up on offers and a new name has emerged in the Public League.
Nazareth’s JJ McCarthy had an excellent 2018, but 2019 is poised to perhaps be an even bigger year.
The recruiting spotlight is firmly on the class of 2020. The local group is talented, led by four four-star prospects according to
All-Area receiver Michael Love of Nazareth decided on Northern Illinois just two days ago and Phillips’ Fabian McCray committed and signed on Wednesday.
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Football runs deep in Naperville Central quarterback Payton Thorne’s blood.
Nazareth beat Batavia 47-28 in the Class 7A state semifinals. The Roadrunners will face St. Charles North on Saturday in the title game in Champaign.