Athlete of the Week
The Trojans’ 6-foot-3 guard struggled with foul trouble and scored seven points in a 46-45 loss to Dundee-Crown on Tuesday, but he made up for it with his performance against Prairie Ridge on Friday night.
Gregoire scored only two points as C-G had tough times in the first half, but Gregoire could not miss in the second half. He hit all seven of his field-goal attempts after the break and finished with 25 points as the Trojans defeated Prairie Ridge, 47-38, in their Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game.
Gregoire hit his last shot of the first half, a 12-footer in the lane, to start a string of eight consecutive makes. He started the second half with two 3-pointers, dunked after a steal and pass from a teammate while C-G was applying full-court pressure, then hit two more 3s.
“Jason got in the zone and he was kind of like ‘I’m taking this game over,’ ” C-G coach Ralph Schuetzle said.
Gregoire was 8 of 12 from the field with five 3s.
Big-time atmosphere: McHenry will play Grant on Feb. 22 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, home of the NBA’s Bucks. The game is set for a 3:25 p.m. tipoff and will follow two other high school games.
The Bucks host the Indiana Pacers that night and the Warriors, along with members of the Junior Warriors feeder program who will make the trip, can attend the Bucks’ shoot-around and the game.
Steve Bellmore, an area official who also is president of the Junior Warriors, presented the idea to athletic director Barry Burmeister this year. Burmeister talked with Grant AD Dick Knar about the possibility.
“They agreed to give up their home game and next year we’re going to give up our home game [with Grant],” McHenry coach Tim Paddock said. “We’re going to try to make it an annual trip.”
Paddock said each school is given an allotment of tickets to sell for the event.
The end for Elgin: Elgin’s holiday tournament often drew some of the top teams from around the Chicago suburbs, but the decision recently was made that the tournament no longer will be held.
Huntley and Dundee-Crown were the two local teams playing at Elgin this year. Huntley already had been in the process of finding another tournament and signed a contract with Jacobs. D-C plans to go to Wheeling.
Jacobs lost Chicago Tilden and Crystal Lake Central and has added Huntley and Grant for next year, Golden Eagles coach Jimmy Roberts said. Manning said the proximity and the field at Jacobs, which added Larkin and Carmel this year, was appealing.
“We like the field and there’s a little bit more crowd support, it’s comfortable there for us,” Manning said.
Manning also pointed out with Prairie Ridge moving to the FVC’s Fox Division next year, there will not have to be two FVC teams in the same division in a four-team pool together.
Getting Huntley should help the tournament because the Red Raiders usually provide some of the larger crowds.
Closing in: Huntley’s Amanze Egekeze, a 6-8 senior forward, should surpass 1,000 career points by the end of the week. Egekeze has 964 after Monday’s 49-46 overtime loss to Fremd.
The Raiders play Thursday at Cary-Grove and Saturday at Prairie Ridge.
Nick-ed up: Woodstock sophomore Nick Kubiak, a 6-6 forward, will miss a few games for the Blue Streaks with an injury to his left thumb. Kubiak has the thumb wrapped for protection and Woodstock coach Alex Baker said Kubiak was told he would be out two to six weeks.
This week’s top games
Huntley at Cary-Grove
7 p.m. Thursday, at Elroy Fitzgerald Gymnasium
Can the Red Raiders sweep through the FVC Valley unbeaten for their fourth consecutive division title? The Trojans would love to hand Huntley its first division setback.
Genoa-Kingston at Marengo
7 p.m. Tuesday, Homer “Bill” Barry Gymnasium
Marengo is playing solid basketball right now at 13-9 with a victory over Burlington Central last week. G-K is tied in the loss column with Burlington Central with two losses, while Richmond-Burton has only one Big Northern Conference East Division loss.
Woodstock North at Woodstock
7 p.m. Wednesday, at James M. Shipley Memorial Gymnasium
The intracity rivals usually have some spirited games. Woodstock is chasing Grayslake Central in the FVC Fox standings and is two games behind in the loss column, so the Streaks need every win they can get.
– Joe Stevenson