Written by Jeff Vorva
Photo by Jeff Vorva. Marist coaches, who are having a disagreement with officials early in Friday night’s upset win over Bolingbrook, hope to guide their team to the Class 8A state championship. The Bears will honor all of the state champion teams when they play Green Bay in late December.
The Bears host the Packers on what could be a frozen tundra at Soldier Field on Dec. 29.
Who knows which quarterbacks will show up for those teams? That will be a crapshoot. Jake Cutler and Aaron Rodgers could be in traction by the time that game rolls around.
The Bears also invited to the game head coaches and player representatives from the eight Illinois High School Association football champions.
Who knows who will show up for that? That will also be a crapshoot. But the Reporter area still has two horses still left in this race.
The quarterfinals are this weekend and Marist is still alive in Class 8A and Richards is one of eight teams left in Class 6A. The Redhawks host Oswego at 7 p.m. Saturday and the Bulldogs host Lincoln-Way North at 6 p.m.
If one or both teams win state titles, the halftime show should be pretty cool for them.
The ceremony will include state championship game highlights on the video boards, courtesy of Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
“The Chicago Bears are dedicated to supporting high school football throughout the state of Illinois, and we will be proud to recognize our 2013 football state champion teams during halftime of our game on December 29,” said Bears Chairman George H. McCaskey in a news release. “Winning a state title is a monumental accomplishment, and we look forward to congratulating each championship team.”
The IHSA football state title games will be played at Huskie Stadium on the campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb on Friday and Saturday, November 29-30.
What are the chances we get someone there?
Now that Marist knocked Bolingbrook, Class 8A looks a little more wide open. How about a Marist-Maine South championship two days after Thanksgiving in DeKalb? That would be a rematch from 2009, and that didn’t work out so well for the Redhawks in a 41-17 loss. A little revenge could be in order.
Richards’ big obstacle could be Providence in the semifinals. That team finished 5-4 during the regular season but played arguably one of the strongest schedules in the state.
It should be a fun couple of weeks full of twists and turns. And we’re not just talking about the limbs of Cutler and Rodgers.
Game of the year?
Evergreen Park’s thrilling 45-44 win over Argo is one of five games considered for the CN100 Game of the Year honors. Voting runs through Nov. 24.
The CN100 Game of the Week crew covered 17 games around Chicagoland this year and has narrowed the field down to the five best. Fans can select the CN100 Game of the Year by going to http://www.cn100.tv/game_of_the_week.aspx to make their choice.
The five games in contention are:
- Evergreen Park vs. Argo (taped Oct. 15): Don Oresky strips the ball and returns the fumble for a fourth-quarter touchdown to give the Mustangs a 45-44 win over Argo.
- Wheaton North vs. Wheaton Warrenville South (taped Sept. 13): The Tigers score 17 unanswered points and hold on to take down their crosstown rivals 17-13 in a Week 3 meeting.
- Oak Forest vs. Lemont (taped Sept. 20): Oak Forest kicks a late field goal for the 23-21 comeback win to snap an eight-game losing streak to Lemont.
- Lincoln-Way East vs. Bolingbrook (taped Oct. 18): The Raiders clinch their first conference title since 2009 with a 12-3 victory over Lincoln-Way East in Week 8 action.
- Neuqua Valley vs. Waubonsie Valley (taped Oct. 11): Broc Rutter threw three touchdown passes and Mikey Dudek returned a kick 77 yards as Neuqua defeated rival Waubonsie 40-25 in Indian Prairie Classic.
Ms. Senior America crowned
A few weeks ago, this press release came in and I didn’t have as much time or space to devote to it as I do now. I’m not sure this event was on TV so this is news to all of us:
Longtime Charlie Daniels Band background vocalist Carolyn Corlew was crowned Ms. Senior America at the National pageant at Resorts Casino Hotel’s Superstar Theater in Atlantic City, NJ. The competition featured 34 women age 60 and older from around the country. Corlew won the title of Ms. Senior Tennessee April 27th.
While representing Wilson County at the Tennessee State convention, Corlew encouraged ladies that have reached the “Age of Elegance” to consider participating in the pageant.
“I am thrilled, honored and so excited about wearing this crown for the next year,” said Corlew.
“These women were over the top — there were professional dancers, opera singers from Broadway... I sang a bluesy Etta James song and we had a 93 year old that rocked the competition. I’m blown away. From this point it’s spirit, mind and then body — it’s gotta come from within. I’ve got a 20-pound dress on and a crown and I’m proud to represent all the senior women of America!”