McDonald’s All-American Games (Part 2)

The McDonald’s All-American basketball teams showcase the nation’s best basketball players on a grand stage before they hit the big time.

Candace Parker and Maya Moore are among the elite women’s basketball players to have participated in the festivities. Surely, in the future, analysts and reporters will look back at these games and highlight a few names participating in this year’s game.

And Ariel Massengale might be one of them.

Massengale is coming off her third straight Class 4A state title at Bolingbrook (Ill.) High School. The Lady Raiders floor general will be taking her talents to the University of Tennessee, where head coach Pat Summitt already indicated her need for production out of the point guard spot after losing to Notre Dame on Monday.

Production is exactly what the Bolingbrook guard brings to the hardwood as she averaged 16 points, seven assists and four steals per game this past season.

Massengale Represents Lady Raiders In All-American Game Skills Competition (via Bolingbrook Patch) Continue reading

Advertisements

McDonald’s All-American Games (Part 1)

The McDonald’s All-American basketball teams showcase the nation’s best basketball players on a grand stage before they hit the big time.

LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose are among the elite NBA stars to have participated in the festivities. Surely, in the future, analysts and reporters will look back at these games and highlight a few names.

And Brad Beal could be among them. The 6-foot-5-inch guard is headed to the University of Florida where he will play under the tutelage of two-time NCAA title winner Billy Donovan.

The St. Louis product showed off his range in the 3-point contest and his handles in the skills competition, but fell short in both.

Brad Beal Finishes Third In Skills Competition As Senior Takes In All-American Experience (via CreveCour Patch) Continue reading

Where’s My Baseball Weather?

After a dreary winter that heaped tons of snow and dropped temperatures to levels that rivaled a deep freeze, I was promised better weather once baseball season was underway.

Naturally, Mother Nature and I didn’t see eye-to-eye as a frigid day in the Chicagoland area yielded the following baseball photo(s).

Girls Soccer Tournament

“If you host a tournament, you’re supposed to bring your A-game.”

Those were the words of Bolingbrook girls soccer coach Martin Uscila shortly after the Lady Raiders finished with a perfect 3-0 start to their season after an 8-0 win against Mount Assisi.

Tournament co-host Romoeville went 2-1 in the tourney, allowing one goal in games two and three after struggling to stop Bolingbrook in the opener.

Want to read more?

Penalty Kick

I am of the opinion that the penalty kick in soccer pales in comparison to the penalty shot in hockey on the basis of excitement level and skill it takes to rush up the ice, handle the puck with slick stick work and put one in the back of the net.

Even then, soccer’s penalty kick definitely the most exciting moment in the sport.

In sports, nothing compares to the one-on-one match-up that pits an offensive star and a defensive stopper.

Bolingbrook’s Andrea Sanchez won the battle over Romeoville’s Nicole Ramaglia on Tuesday in what was the opener for both teams. Sanchez’s goal was part of a five-goal outburst in a Lady Raiders 5-1 victory.

Read more about it here:

Trials & Tribulations At Track & Field Events

Track and field season has always piqued my interest during my young reporting career.

Among my first beats as a student reporter at SIU Carbondale was the men’s and women’s track and field teams. The student-athletes who compete for those teams are relative unknowns on the campus compared to their friends on the basketball and football teams.

Still, the athletes on the Salukis’ track teams found success among the relative anonymity on campus.

As a photographer, I’m still adjusting to the challenges indoor track and field presents to yours truly. Some gyms are dark, providing poor lighting for photo taking. Other gyms are laid out to where it makes it difficult for a photographer to get into position to take a good shot.

Alas, I still found some good images from the early part of track season. Though, I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t counting the days until outdoor season comes around.

Want more?

Check out my stories: