St. Edward went on a 13-2 run during a three-minute stretch in the fourth quarter to take command in a 59-52 victory against Montini on Wednesday at Aurora Christian’s Burney Wilkie Classic. The Green Wave improves to 6-0 with the win.
Five of the top 16 teams in this week’s Sun-Times Super 25 will take the court at Larkin on Saturday as part of the inaugural Mac Irvin Diabetes Classic. The Royals square off with defending Class 3A champion Morgan Park in the fifth and final game of the event.
Boys basketball news and notes from around the Elgin area, including a look at Waubonsie Valley coach Chaz Taft’s return to South Elgin on Thursday for his first meeting against the team he coached the past seven years.
Staff writer Erik Jacobsen digests the first week of the boys basketball season in the Elgin area with a team-by-team breakdown. Bartlett, Larkin and St. Edward are all riding high after emerging from Thanksgiving tournament action with 4-0 records.
Larkin came expecting a fight in a matchup of undefeated teams and instead got a laugher as it steamrolled Rockton Hononegah 63-37 to capture the title of Woodstock’s Hoops for Healing Tournament for the third year in a row.
Grayslake Central never trailed, building a comfortable lead in the first half Friday and then holding off winless Elgin down the stretch for a 61-57 victory at the Buffalo Grove Thanksgiving Tournament. Lavion Baldwin’s 16 points led the Maroons, who dropped to 0-3.
A five-point deficit in the second quarter was gone in what seemed like the blink of an eye as Larkin clamped down on defense and flattened Belvidere 59-32 in the season opener for both teams at Woodstock’s Hoops for Healing Thanksgiving Tournament.
Coach Lance Huber is stressing a team-first approach as Dundee-Crown replaces all five starters from the squad that finished 19-8 last year. Senior guard Cordero Parson is the only returner with significant varsity experience.
Amanze Egekeze helped Huntley capture its third straight Fox Valley Valley title last season despite being slowed by his recovery from knee surgery. Now back at full strength, the Belmont recruit is eager to end his four-year varsity career on a high note.
Jacobs embarks on a new era this season, and the changes aren’t just limited to the noteworthy switch at the top of the coaching ranks as Jim Roberts replaces longtime bench boss Jim Hinkle. The Golden Eagles finished with a 16-15 record last season.
Larkin’s mix of savvy veterans and highly-touted newcomers has and new has the excitement level through the roof on the west side of Elgin as the Royls look to defend their outright Upstate Eight River title and improve on last year’s 23-6 finish.
Three-year varsity standout Dom Adduci is back to lead an experienced St. Charles East rotation as the Saints try to climb to the top of the Upstate Eight River standings and claim their first regional title since 2007.
With more Division-I football talent on the roster than high-profile basketball prospects, it comes as no shock St. Charles North is flying below the radar this season. Senior guard Alec Goetz is the top returner as the North Stars look to improve on last year’s 18-11 finish.
Isaiah Butler, Ryan Sitter and Kiko Mari headline a starting lineup filled with seniors for Elgin, which will look to spread the wealth on offense with former standout Arie Williams now playing college basketball at Barry University in Miami.
New coach Matt Petersen is unsure what to expect as South Elgin tries to move beyond a rash of injuries that led to a 5-23 finish last season and continued through the summer. Seniors Darius Wells and Matt McClure are back to help lead the way for the Storm.
The landscape surrounding Bartlett’s boys basketball team is vastly different with all five starters gone from the squad that posted a 20-10 record last season. Senior point guard Justin Busch is among the players ready to take on an expanded role.