Girls' Basketball - Bolingbrook
Bolingbrook lost in the Class 4A state finals last season,
and a quick look at the box score reveals why. After being
held to 45 points or fewer just twice in the regular season,
the Raiders failed to surpass that mark four times in six
playoff contests, including their 54-45 loss at the hands of
Whitney Young in the title game. "We went through
droughts last year," says coach Anthony Smith, "and that
hurt us in the finals. Getting that big bucket when you
need it is crucial." Ariel Massengale was spectacular last
season as a freshman, running Smith's five-guard attack to
perfection and leading the team in scoring (13.2 points
per game). She put up 22 points in the championship
game, but the Raiders'next-highest scorer checked in with
seven points. Smith is counting on a more effective
offense this season, as Bolingbrook returns four starters.
In addition to Massengale, who's now a sophomore, senior
guard Satavia Taylor (11.1 ppg last year, 36 percent on
threes) is in line for a big season. Smith also expects
improvement from junior Nicosia Henry and senior
Candace Nevels, and the coach has an ace up his sleeve in
6-foot-3 freshman center Morgan Tuck. "She can be one of
the best players in the state right away," Smith says. If he's
right about his freshman phenom, it might be enough to
help Bolingbrook run away with the state championship.
Wrestling - Glenbard North
You want a team that's strong at the top? Look no further than Glenbard North, which features two of the country's
top wrestlers in seniors Tony Ramos and Jimmy Chase. Ramos is a two-time state champion, while Chase won his first
state title last year, then followed that up by placing at the Greco-Roman wrestling World Trials. With those two dominating
at the top of the lineup, the rest of the Panthers' roster should follow suit.
Girls' Golf - Marion
Every member of Marion's girls'golf team turned in a clutch performance to help the team win the Class 2A state title on Oct.
18, with junior Cassie Rushing's effort standing out as especially courageous. Rushing's two-round total of 151 was good for seventh
overall, and her eagle on the par-4 17th hole on the second day was critical, as the Giants held off second-place Homewood-
Flossmoor by two strokes, 625-627. Sister Ashleigh Rushing, also a junior, shot a 154, while senior Lauren Bond came in at 156.
Boys' Basketball - Zion-Benton
The Zee-Bees remember how last season ended — with a painful loss in the Class 3A finals. Four returning starters will
ensure that Zion-Benton is contending for the championship again this season, led by junior swingman Lenzelle Smith Jr. The
Ohio State commit led the team with 13.6 points per game last year, and his 7.2 rebounds were second. Smith is joined by seniors
Ronald Steward, Quintrell Love and Markus Yarbrough, all of whom averaged double-digit points per game last year.
BREAK OUT TEAMS
BOYS' BASKETBALL – WASHINGTON
Senior guard Dyricus Simms-Edwards is now the No. 1 option on offense.
GIRLS' BASKETBALL – ST. CHARLES NORTH
Senior Kesley Smith wants to advance past the Super-Sectionals.
WRESTLING – LOCKPORT
Senior Mark Stenberg and sophomore Jameson Oster are title contenders.
GIRLS'GYMNASTICS – STEVENSON
Chelsie Seplowin and Stephanie Wojton are seniors who could surprise at states.