Boys Basketball: Bolingbrook vs. Joliet Central

There’s nothing like getting a clean slate after a season-ending win. And that’s exactly what the Bolingbrook Raiders received after a 69-59 win against Joliet Central in the team’s regular season finale.

Fifty-nine percent of Bolingbrook’s offense came from its bench, led by sophomore Kendall Lee — who scored 14 of his game-high 15 points in the first half. Friday’s appearance was Lee’s first with the varsity club, which led head coach Rob Brost to say: “Any time you can bring a sophomore up for his first game and he’s your leading scorer, it’s a pretty nice luxury to have.”

Read more at Bolingbrook.Patch.com: Boys Basketball: Balanced Attack Boosts Bolingbrook To Win At Joliet Central

Girls Basketball: Bolingbrook vs. Benet Academy (Romeoville Sectional Final)

I’ll be honest, I have an odd infatuation with black and white photos.

Maybe it’s all the Motown on my iTunes that I’ve been listening to lately, but I found myself in the mood to share some black and white images today.

Maybe some of it has to do with a grind-it-out game between Bolingbrook and Benet yesterday. It was a closely contested battle for the Romeoville Sectional crown in which the nationally ranked Lady Raiders of Bolingbrook exploded in the second half to turn a five-point advantage into a 20-point triumph.

Read more at Bolingbrook.Patch.com: Lady Raiders Take Over In Second Half, Take Home Sectional Title Continue reading

Boys Basketball: Bolingbrook vs. Joliet West

Senior Night usually provides a unique set of circumstances and reveals a special kind of emotion. But that wasn’t the case Tuesday night as Bolingbrook’s shuffled line-up didn’t stoke the competitive fires enough as the Raiders were unable to hold a halftime lead in a 56-50 loss against Joliet West.

Read more at Bolingbrook.Patch.com: Boys Basketball: Joliet West Spoils Bolingbrook Senior Night.

 

Bonus: Additional black and white images after the jump. Continue reading

Girls Basketball: Bolingbrook vs. Naperville Central (Romeoville Sectional Semi-Final Game 1)

After a sluggish start, Morgan Tuck put her Bolingbrook teammates on her back and took them on a wild ride that ended in a 67-43 win for the Lady Raiders. Tuck scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds in what was the most physical game for the two-time defending state champions to date in the IHSA 4A playoffs.

Read more at Bolingbrook.Patch.com: Girls Basketball: Bolingbrook Muscles Up To Beat Naperville Central

Photos after the jump. Continue reading

A Brief Introduction

With all due respect to each coach I’ve covered in my young journalism career, Illinois State men’s basketball coach Tim Jankovich is the most quotable.

So much so, his quote has inspired the name and tagline of my very own blog.

After the Redbirds lost an overtime thriller to Northern Iowa in the 2009 Missouri Valley Conference championship game, making it two straight title game losses for ISU, Jankovich was asked what he told the team to keep its spirits up after another year of being so close without anything to show for it.

“I didn’t say anything because I was searching for profound, and come to find out, there was no profound today.”

Like Jankovich, yours truly is always on the hunt for the profound.

My name is Luis C. Medina. I am a freelance sports writer for Bolingbrook and Romeoville’s Patch.com websites in suburban Chicago. Prior to my stint in the suburbs, I served a year as the sports editor at the Harrisburg Daily Register/Eldorado Daily Journal in southeastern Illinois. I attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale, graduated with a B.S. in Journalism in 2009 and am proud to say I wouldn’t trade my five year collegiate experience for anything.

(If you’re curious, I’m the guy in the banner pic above.)

As a sports writer, I’m the type to stray off the well-beaten path. I enjoy digging for a different angle. Learning about something by using a different kind of analytical process is something I welcome with open arms.

My hope is that with this site, I can provide my readers with what I see and potential employers a perspective of what I could bring to the team.

Welcome to my world.

Go ahead. Make yourself comfortable.