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Stagg and Sandburg to reunite at United Center Jan. 18

  • Written by Jeff Vorva

  Michael Jordan, Derrick Rose, LeBron James and Kevin Durant are on a long list of people who have played there.

  Add the names Max Strus, Kevin White, Niko Cahue and Niko Kogionis to that list.
  While Strus and White from Stagg and the two Nikos from Sandburg are not household names across the country, they will join their teammates in getting a chance to say they have played on a historic basketball court that those NBA legends and others have played for when the two area District 230 rivals hook up at 2 p.m. Jan. 18 in a Southwest Suburban Conference Blue battle at the United Center.

  It’s a part of the Bulls’ Preps with Pros program, which offers local high schools and colleges the chance to play a regular season game on the Bulls floor at the United Center before a Bulls game. As part of the preps program, each school’s bands and cheerleaders are also invited to participate.
  Stagg played at the UC in Dec. 2009, beating Andrew, 57-50. Niko Sheinfeld led the Chargers with 28 points and Darius Draper added 20.
  “The kids are really excited about it,’’ Stagg coach John Daniels said about this year’s battle. “It gives them a chance to play on a pro floor, and they get to compete against a rival school. It’s a good thing for us. It’s nice to be able to go back.”
  Stagg will be the favorite in this showdown as the Chargers finished the 2013 portion of their season with a 12-3 mark while Sandburg brings in a 4-8 mark.
  The last time these two teams hooked up was in March and Stagg made history with a 55-32 victory to win the Sandburg Class 4A Regional championship. It was the Chargers’ first regional title since 1996.

 

 

SPORTS-COLOR-FRONT-2-colm-NIKOPhoto by Jeff Vorva: Sandburg’s Niko Cahue goes up for a rebound against Bremen in late December.

 

SPORTS-FRONT-COLOR-2-COL-MAXPhoto by Jeff Vorva: Stagg’s Max Strus leads his team into a showdown against Sandburg Jan. 18 at the United Center.