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Uplift: Comeback Clutch Advance

March 2, 2016

It’s not easy to win back-to-back championships in any sport. For the basketball team at Uplift that seemed to be a a difficult task after losing five starters from a 28-5 team that won the Class 2A championship last season. Will fans remember the Titans of 2016 ? The Titans nearly had a memorable...
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Simeon wins Seventh CPS Title

February 22, 2016

It wasn’t easy, but Simeon  (24-3) won its seventh CPS basketball championship on Sunday night with a 54-49 win over Kenwood. The Wolverines prevailed despite blowing an eight point lead against Kenwood who had advanced to the Public League title game for the first time in school history. Simeon’s Zach Norvell, who will attend...
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Fenwick Wins Catholic League

February 22, 2016

Fenwick beat St. Joseph for the second time this season to win the Catholic League postseason basketball tournament 73-51 at DePaul on Saturday. The Friars jumped to an early 8-0 lead and opened the second half going 15-0. Mike Smith led Fenwick with 27 points while Quinn Fisher added 12 points and Jacob Keller...
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Two Former CPS Stars In NBA Rising Star Competition

February 13, 2016

Two former Chicago High School players, Jahlil Okafor of Whitney Young and Jabari Parker of Simeon, played in this year’s NBA Rising Stars Challenge. Maybe one day soon these former CPS stars will participate in the NBA ALL-STAR GAME. Okafor and Parker helped lead Team USA past World All-Stars 157-154 in the showcase of...
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Fenwick Clinches Catholic League North Title

February 6, 2016

One of the best high school basketball teams in the state this season, the Fenwick Friars (20-2) locked up the Catholic League North title on Friday night with a 58-41 win over DePaul Prep (12-12) in the regular season finale for both squads. Fenwick pulled away by scoring 11 straight points after the Rams...
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Fenwick Tops St. Joe

January 30, 2016

There could be three basketball matchups this season between Fenwick and St. Joseph. Fenwick won Round 1 with a 54-42 win over St. Joseph on Thursday night in Oak Park. Fenwick’s Mike Smith, who is coming off a week where he had two 30-point games, led the Friars with 21 points. Nick Rakocevic, who...
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Fenwick Stuns Simeon 71-68

January 19, 2016

For the first three quarters a matchup between two of state’s best basketball teams was really a duel between Simeon’s Zach Norvell and Fenwick’s Mike Smith. Smith would eventually score 38 points to lead Fenwick(15-2) past Simeon 71-68 on Martin Luther King Day in Oak Park. “It was a great game for us to...
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Rams Win Catholic League Opener

December 5, 2015
Chicago Catholic League Logo

Freshman Perry Cowan scored 15 of his game-high 19 points in the second half to lead DEPAUL PREP (3-2, 1-0) past MONTINI (1-3, 0-1) 57-36 in the Catholic League basketball opener for both teams. RAMS will face BENET tonight in a matchup against one of the top hoop squads in the Chicago area. BENET...
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UPDATE 2: Loyola Completes Undefeated Season With State Football Title [VIDEO]

November 30, 2015
Loyola Academy Dara Laja during an on-field presser reacts to cheers from his team. Photo by Patrick Boylan

DEKALB, ILL.— Mission accomplished by Loyola. The Ramblers (14-0) finally won its second state football championship by beating Marist (9-5) 41-0 last Saturday night at NIU in DeKalb. Loyola had lost twice in the state championship game in 2011 and 2013. Last season, the Ramblers were beaten in the second round by eventual state...
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UPDATE 2: Mt Carmel Wins Prep Bowl [VIDEO]

November 30, 2015
Anthony Watson of Curie. Photo by Patrick Boylan

What a difference one week makes. Mt. Carmel struggled to beat St. Rita 7-6 in the Catholic League football playoff championship while Curie easily beat Simeon 38-8 in the Public League football title game. Mt. Carmel (10-3) shook off its recent offensive woes by beating Curie (11-3) 49-15 in the Prep Bowl at Gately...
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