Bartlett's boys basketball team might be in the midst of a four-game win streak, but it hasn't been all good news lately for the Hawks.
The IHSA recently ruled sophomore forward Jacob Williams ineligible for the season. Bartlett had been hoping the 6-foot-6 transfer from St. Patrick would be able to contribute this year. Instead, coach Jim Wolfsmith said he'll have to wait another year before inserting the talented big man into his team's rotation.
Although Williams' presence would have been a boost inside for the Hawks, they are getting along just fine at the moment. After suffering losses to highly touted Warren and Waukegan teams to start the season, Bartlett has reeled off consecutive wins against Fremd, Waubonsie Valley, Lake Park and West Chicago. The Hawks take on Crystal Lake South on Tuesday and travel to St. Charles North on Friday for a key Upstate Eight Conference game before heading to the Jacobs Tournament, where they are considered among the favorites.
Bartlett's high-flying offense is averaging 69.3 points behind the dynamic guard tandem of senior Marc Little and junior Luke Labedzki. Little is the area's scoring leader with 28.5 points per game while Labedzki is contributing 17.5 points per contest.
Little was a midseason addition to the team last season after being cleared to play by the IHSA in December of 2007 after transferring from Driscoll. There was no such luck for Bartlett this time around with Williams.