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Boys basketball insider: Cary-Grove's Gregoire player of week

Prairie Ridge's Jack Berg (left) guards Cary-Grove's Jason Gregoire during the second quarter of Friday's game in Crystal Lake January 10, 2013. Cary-Grove defeated Prairie Ridge, 55-29. (Sarah Nader- snader@shawmedia.com)

Athlete of the Week

Jason Gregoire

Cary-Grove, Junior

Gregoire led the Trojans to three more victories last week, scoring 55 points in the three games.

The 6-foot-3 guard scored 19 points in Tuesday’s 44-38 victory against Dundee-Crown in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game. He came back with 17 points the next night in a 66-48 win against Lake Forest.

Gregoire then scored 19 more Saturday night as the Trojans defeated McHenry, 48-45, in another division game, which puts them at 3-1 in the FVC Valley.

Gregoire is the second-leading scorer in the area at 19.3 points a game behind Crystal Lake South’s Austin Rogers at 23.1.

Noteworthy

Trojans are hot: C-G joins Huntley as the area’s two hottest teams going into this week. The Trojans have seven wins in their last eight games; Huntley has won eight of nine.

C-G trails Huntley by one-half game in the FVC Valley standings. Gregoire and guard Tyler Szydlo (8.5 points) lead the way, but the Trojans have several players who can hit 3-pointers and contribute.

Before the Christmas break, C-G was 3-5 and took a 58-25 loss at Huntley in its first Valley game. The Trojans put it together in Jacobs’ Hinkle Holiday Classic and could have gone 4-1, with its only loss to South Elgin, 83-80, in overtime after holding the lead late in regulation.

C-G now is 10-7.

Former teammates battle: Crystal Lake South second-year coach Matt LePage and Jacobs first-year coach Jimmy Roberts faced off for the first time last week in South’s 67-55 victory. The two were teammates for one year at NCAA Division II Northern Michigan.

Roberts, from Lake Zurich, was the 1996 Northwest Herald Player of the Year and was a fifth-year senior at Northern Michigan when LePage was a freshman. LePage roomed at Northern for a while with former Crystal Lake Central star Scott Mueller, the 2000 Northwest Herald Co-Player of the Year.

Long time coming: Harvard lost its game Saturday at the South Beloit Martin Luther King Tournament to Mooseheart, 65-33, which ended a five-game winning streak.

For the Hornets, (who are 6-10 before Monday) a five-game winning streak is a pretty big deal. It has been a while since they won five in a row. The best streak, according to Northwest Herald records dating back to the 2004-05 season, was winning four out of five in 2004-05.

Back on track: Richmond-Burton stumbled badly at Burlington Central, 70-46, in the previous week, but bounced back nicely on Friday at Genoa-Kingston with a 66-52 victory.

That keeps the Rockets atop the Big Northern Conference East Division in the loss column with Burlington and G-K, which handed Burlington its lone division loss.

This Week’s Top Games

Cary-Grove vs. Jacobs

7 p.m. Tuesday, at the Eagles’ Nest

• C-G has been playing well with seven wins in its last eight games. Jacobs had won one of its last seven before taking a pair of games at Monday’s Hononegah Martin Luther King Tournament.

Crystal Lake South vs. Cary-Grove

7 p.m. Friday, at Elroy Fitzgerald Gymnasium

• Both teams are chasing Huntley in the FVC Valley standings, so it will be an important to stay within reach of the division leader.

Jacobs vs. Huntley

7 p.m. Friday, at Huntley

• The Red Raiders are 3-0 in FVC Valley Division games heading into the week and are trying to win their fourth consecutive title.