Saturday, March 5, 2011
Scouts spin some magic to reach finals against Fremd.
After closing the regular season losing four of its last five regular season games, the postseason brought out the best in Lake Forest High School's basketball team. The Scouts used Thomas Durrett's three-pointer at the buzzer to tie Lake Zurich at the end of regulation Monday night, then win in overtime. On Tuesday night, a superior defensive effort held high-scoring Zion Benton to 40 points and Lake Forest emerged with a 47-40 semifinal win to set the stage for Friday night's Regional final against host Fremd. The host Vikings rode the coattails of their best player, Jack Monaghan, who scored 28 of his team's points in a 44-38 win.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Knocks off Lake Zurich; Zion-Benton next tonight.
Date: Feb. 28 The Final Score: Lake Forest 60, Lake Zurich 49 Scouts’ Star Performer: Thomas Durrett's clutch 3-pointer at the buzzer tied the score at 45-45 to force a 4-minute overtime period. Other Notable Scout Performances: Alex Schwartz paced the Scouts with 16 points. Carter Bass added 12 points. Who’s Next: Zion-Benton at Fremd High School, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (March 1). The Bottom Line: Lake Forest was one second away from losing. Once they tied the game and went into overtime, they easily played their best basketball, outscoring Lake Zurich, 15-4, during the extra session.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Lake Forest falls to Libertyville on Senior Night, 51-44, in conference finale.
After winning three of four games during a stretch in late January, February has not been kind to Lake Forest High School’s boys’ basketball team. The Scouts have dropped four straight heading into Tuesday’s regular season finale against Lakes High (on Feb. 22). Lake Forest (10-15 overall, 3-9 NSC Lake Division) will have about a week off to prep for the opening round of the Palatine Regional against Lake Zurich, set for 6 p.m. Feb. 28. For seniors Alex Schwarz, Jack Ford and Alex Newman, their high school careers are down to single digits. Surrounded by a majority of underclassmen this season, the trio has watched a team come together even if the record doesn’t reflect it. "We've grown a lot since December when we weren't playing very …
Monday, February 14, 2011
Postseason looms with regular season winding down.
There haven’t been too many life preservers for Lake Forest High School’s basketball team this season. And with three games left in the regular season and the postseason beckoning, Lake Forest (10-13 overall, 3-8 in North Suburban Lake) has a choice to either tread water or make some waves. “We need to execute our stuff and take good shots,” Scouts coach Phil LaScala said. “At times we did and at times we didn’t.” LaScala’s second comment referred to Saturday’s 58-46 NSC Lake loss to Warren, which ran its record to 22-3 overall, 11-0 in the conference with the win. In the first half, the Scouts hung tough until the last five minutes of the second quarter when the Blue Devils went on a 15-5 run to lead 32-21 at halftime. Warren appeared to …
Friday, February 11, 2011
Lopsided second quarter is the difference.
Date: Feb. 10 Final Score: Lake Forest Academy 68, Chicago Hope Academy 47 LFA Star Performer: Dylan Ennis scored a game-high 25 points. The Turning Point: After an embarrassing first quarter, which saw Hope dominate 19-6, the Caxys put on a clinic in the second quarter to outscore their guests, 25-2, including five buckets from beyond the arc. Who’s Next: The Caxys play their third game of the week against Prairie Ridge at 7 tonight (Feb. 11). The Bottom Line: The Caxys (15-4) look to pull off the sweep of a three-game week.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
LFA sinks freethrows to preserve win.
Date: Feb. 8 Final Score: Lake Forest Academy 61, Highland Park 58 in OT. LFA Star Performer: Charles Harris led the team with 19 points. Other Notable LFA Performers: Dylan Ennis and Jared Dimakos both chipped in with 15 points each. The Turning Point: Down the stretch, the Caxys (14-4) were able to sink their free throws, an area the team has struggled with this season, to preserve the lead in overtime. Who’s Next: Lake Forest Academy hosts Chicago Hope Academy at 6:30 p.m. Thursday followed by a home date with Prairie Ridge at 7 p.m. Friday. The Bottom Line: This is a crucial week for the Caxys as they play three games.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Caxys have busy home schedule this week with 3 games.
Keep Charles Harris away from the basketball court for any length of time and look what happens. The Lake Forest Academy junior, who missed two weeks due to illness, exploded for 28 points and six blocked shots to propel an 85-74 victory over Providence St. Mel last Saturday. The Caxys still managed a 2-1 record last week to improve to 13-4 overall. They will need Harris this week with three home games on tap in the next four days starting with tonight’s contest against Highland Park. Chicago Hope Academy visits on Thursday followed by Prairie Ridge on Friday. “I just really missed the game,’ Harris said. “ I had a lot of energy built up from sitting out so I was ready to go.” LFA coach Matt Vaughn said Harris’ true potential is just …
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Bass, Durrett pace team with 16 points each.
Date: Feb. 4 The Final Score: Lake Forest 47, Lake Zurich 44 Scouts’ Star Performers: Carter Bass and Thomas Durrett led all scorers with 16 points. Other Notable Scout Performances: Besides Bass and Durrett, Luke Streppa hit a critical 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. Who’s Next: Lake Forest plays Zion-Benton at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 9). The Bottom Line: The Scouts (11-9 overall, 5-5 in the NSC Lake) scored 11 straight points during the middle of the fourth quarter, including three consecutive 3-pointers by Bass, Streppa and Durrett, to take the lead for good at 41-33.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Bass scores a season-high 23 points.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Date: Jan. 29 The Final Score: Lake Forest 48, Stevenson 46 Scouts’ Star Performer: Carter Bass led all scorers with 23 points in the North Suburban Conference Lake game. Other Notable Scout Performances: Thomas Durrett hit a big three-pointer in OT while John Hayes (8 points) hit some crucial free throws. Jack Ford also contributed nine points. Who’s Next: Lake Forest hosts Lake Zurich at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Bottom Line: The Scouts (10-9 overall, 4-5 in the NSC Lake) led 29-19 heading into the fourth quarter, but the host Patriots came back and forced OT when Troy Radtke tipped in a missed-three pointer at the buzzer tied at 37. In the overtime, Bass converted a three-point play to start and Lake Forest never lost the lead. Stevenson…
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Fourth-quarter rally falls short; Scouts visit Warren Saturday night.
Alex Schwartz’s shooting has been strength all season, but now the rest of his game is coming to light. The Lake Forest High School senior fueled a rally Wednesday night that nearly took the Scouts into overtime before falling to Zion Benton, 52-47, in North Suburban Conference Lake play. Schwartz propelled the Scouts to early leads of 8-1 and 11-5 in the first quarter with two of his five three-pointers in the game. However, his fourth quarter assists and timely rebounding nearly brought Lake Forest to the brink of a tie with the Zee-Bees. “He’s become a complete player,” Lake Forest coach Phil LaScala said. “His passing is much better; he’s putting the ball down and driving to the basket.” With the Scouts trailing 46-30 and 4:41 left in …