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Williams is looking to get the Griffins to the top of the Class 8A pack after state-runner-up finishes the last two years.
Teams that perform well and look the part of a very good team in June generally do put together successful seasons six months later.
Jahmere Washington has picked Wisconsin and Jovan Clark committed to Wyoming.
A look at the top players in the state’s Class of 2025 and a big notebook of thoughts from this past weekend’s shootout at Riverside-Brookfield.
The list is a combination of obscure players on the recruiting front who raised their stock and others who have received attention — and even offers — but should have a whole lot more.
Talyn Taylor, Niki Dugandzic, Cameron Brooks and Gabe Kaminski all recently made college decisions.
“He was girls basketball,” Nazareth coach Ed Stritzel said. “I know there were shootouts before him, but you talk about Chicago basketball, and it was Dave Yates. He loved it. He loved promoting the game.”
Two Illinois products impacted in a big way, more than any other freshmen and did so at the highest level in the Big Ten: Minnesota’s Cameron Christie and Iowa’s Owen Freeman.
A 35-second shot clock arrives in 2026, while the third place and semifinal games are changing days and times.
“It’s a 50-50 world,” said Gaters, who won 10 state titles at Marshall. “There’s always some people arguing. … You’re always going to have the naysayers.”
The Celtics allowed just four hits and two runs in the two state finals games.
The Tigers came from behind to beat Lemont 3-2 in the Class 3A IHSA state championship game Saturday at Duly Health and Care Field.
Providence and Conant will meet in the Class 4A state championship game on Saturday in Joliet.
The Tigers were spectacular defensively when it mattered and perfect on all the routine plays.
“The expectations are high from Day One, and I’m just excited to just experience something different outside of the Chicago Public League,” Morgan said.
All the scores from the Class 3A and 4A baseball games this weekend in Joliet.
There was a legit battle for the top spot between two Big Ten-bound big men: Thornton’s Morez Johnson and Peoria Richwoods’ Lathan Sommerville.
Fitzgerald has about a dozen scholarship offers and could have added more as the recruiting process continued.