January 2011 Archives
Beacon News all-area offensive lineman Matt Anzelc, who recently verbally committed to play football for Southern Illinois University, de-committed from the Football Championship Subdivision school late Wednesday night.
The Yorkville senior will instead play football for Division III University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Anzelc's decision was based purely on academics, as the lineman plans on majoring in Agricultural Business with hopes of becoming a farmer after college. He gives up a partial football scholarship at SIU for the 2011-2012 school year with the promise of a full scholarship for the rest of his time there.
On the field, UW-Platteville finished 5-5 in 2010.
The former Oswego High School coaching legend is the new head man for the Yorkville Foxes.
Hoinkes, who is a Hall of Famer and two-time state champion, said he got the coaching itch again the last year or two and a perfect opportunity presented itself at Yorkville, a program in need of a boost.
The 2010 Marmion Cadets made Aurora history this past fall by reaching the Class 6A title game, and now several of the key players from that squad will be continuing their careers at the next level.
Beacon News Player of the Year T.J. Lally was offered and accepted a full scholarship to South Dakota State of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Jackrabbits play in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), formerly called Division I-AA.
Teammate and Beacon New all-area first teamer Nick Scoliere will now oppose Lally as he committed to South Dakota State rival North Dakota State of the Great West Conference. The Bison also play in the FCS.
The North-South Dakota rivalry dates back to 1906.
Cadets offensive lineman Graham Glasgow continues to weigh preferred walk-on options at both University of Minnesota and the University of Illinois.
Fellow o-lineman Jake Winkel has a standing offer from Winona State and is visiting Truman State this weekend. He is also waiting to hear about possible acceptance to West Point.
From Aurora Christian:
Matt Luckman is considering Ball State, NIU (preferred walk on).
All-state linebacker Sam Miller is considering Taylor U., Ferris State, Wheaton.
Todd Clapp is considering Rose Holman, Michigan Tech
National signing day for football is rapidly approaching-it's Feb. 2-but there are only a few high school players who may actually be signing a letter of intent (they are only for scholarship athletes).
Here is the latest on the recruiting scene:
TJ Lally - interest from DI Eastern Michigan, DI-A South Dakota State.
Nick Scoliere - South Dakota State
Jake Winkel - Army
Graham Glasgow - preferred walk-on opportunity at Minnesota.
Blake Serpa - verbally committed to Central Michigan University to play DE; Miami of Ohio has come in with an offer to play offense.
Joe Camiliere - DIII: North Central College, Illinois Wesleyan and Elmhurst College are interested.
Tyler Callaghan - DII: St. Joseph's (Indiana) offer; walk-on interest at Northern Illinois, Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Wisconsin.
Taylor Andrews - DIII: Wheaton College.
John Hugunin - committed to Drake University
Frankie Santoro - committed to the University of Wisconsin Platteville
Matt Anzelc - committed to Southern Illinois University
Jakobi Johnson - interest from Princeton, Brown, Georgetown, and Columbia.
Devon Morgan - interested in Air Force, has interest from South Dakota, Quincy, Butler, and Drake
Tom Kolzow - choosing between Carthage, Wisc-Platteville and indianapolis.
Mark Szott - verbally committed to Northwestern University.
Brian Wilson - reports are a half-dozen D1 programs in ACC, Big Ten & Notre Dame interested.
Class of 2012 players to watch - and the schools watching them
Ryan West (Oswego QB) - interest from Illinois, Northwestern
Quinn Buschbacher (Kaneland WR) - interest from Miami of Ohio
Class of 2012 players who may make a name for themselves this summer/fall (according to ESPN.com)
Demetrius Gray (Waubonsie WR)
Jaren Craig (Metea DB)
Tresean Mackey (Metea RB)
Matt Williams (Geneva QB)
Here are some thoughts from area coaches:
David Owles, Waubonsie Valley head boys golf coach:
A national championship would be a really cool experience for the players, but logistically I think it would be hard to do (for example, we crown 3 state champs - which one would go?).
And the financial resources it would take to conduct something like that could be better spent helping more high school kids, especially those less fortunate economically, to have access to the game.
After all, it's not cheap to play golf. Most other high school sports can be played by a kid regardless of their financial means as long as they have the skill and work ethic. That's not always the case with golf, which is a shame."
Getting back on topic, there are so many tournaments beyond just the high school season on a regional and national scale in golf with the IJGA, MAJGT, and AJGA that players have ample opportunities to play against outstanding competition and get exposure.
Plus, the ones who really want to compete on a national scale can do that in college or even professionally on one of the mini-tours if they have the work ethic and talent.
So I guess my thought would be that it sounds like a cool idea, but I don't think it's that big a deal that we don't have one."
From Geneva boys and girls cross country coach Bob Thomsen:
There is already two national championships for cross country - Foot Locker and Nike. The Foot Locker is only for individuals and the Nike Nationals had an individual and team component.
In fact, Lucas Verzbicas from Sandburg - who won this years state XC title - also won both of those competitions. The IHSA does not allow us as coaches to participate in coaching any of our athletes that would like to participate.
I like that there is a place for the athletes to compete on the national stage and I have encouraged my runners that want to compete beyond the season to get involved.
In 2008, our girls competed in the Nike National. The won the mid-west regional and ran in the national race in Oregon where they placed 17th. They ran in the regional this year and finished 4th.
Over the years, I have had many runners compete in the Footlocker regional. Unfortunately, I can only be a spectator according to the IHSA.
Heading into tonight's game in Oswego, Plainfield North's Jack Krieger came in averaging 25 points per game and was a primary concern for the Panthers - but coach Kevin Schnable came up with an interesting defensive scheme to shut the sharpshooter down: The Jack in the Box.
It worked, as the Panthers won 59-56 to remain in a tie for first place in the Southwest Prairie Conference.
in person - in no particular order:
* Sean Dockery (Julian - above) - Duke - Europe
* Jerel McNeal (Hillcrest) - Marquette - Rockets
* Alando Tucker (Lockport) - Wisconsin - Suns/Timberwolves/Europe
* Jeremy Fears (Joliet Township) - Ohio University & Bradley University - Europe
* Ryan Boatright (East Aurora) - committed to Connecticut
* Will Brown (East Aurora) - no college
* Shannon Brown (Proviso East) - Michigan State - Cavaliers/Bulls/Bobcats/Lakers
I saw Jon Scheyer and to me, he's not in this class of high school player - he obviously was good enough to get to Duke, etc etc. But I'd pick all of these players before him if I had to start a prep team.
Based solely on pure raw talent & athleticism, Will Brown (below) is one of the best HS players I've ever seen, but unfortunately he got in his own way in high school.
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The only question is this - was this his best effort above the rim?
Here's the one against Atlanta....
and here's the one against Phoenix...
West Aurora High School is also at the tail end of accepting applications for its vacant head football coaching position. And, like Yorkville, there is a chance the Blackhawks will make a hire before February.
The Yorkville High School administration is deep into its search for its next head varsity fooball coach. The Foxes are looking at outside candidates and the Daily Dose is hearing that the administration is going to make it an attractive position for any candidate - especially since there are about 30 football openings across the state.
Interviews should begin soon and its possible a decision might be made before February.