Thursday, January 27, 2011
O'Brien and Morrissey lead the offense in Stevenson's romp over Highland Park.
McKinley Imus knows her job well as a member of the Stevenson girls basketball team. "Michelle (O'Brien) does all the scoring, so I do the little things,'' Imus said. Those little things are becoming big things for the surging Patriots. Like playing defense and shutting down the other team's top player. On Saturday it was Mundelein's leading scorer, Olivia Dunigan. On Tuesday night in Highland Park, Imus was chosen to guard the Giants' talented sophomore Lena Munzer. She went home with no points in Stevenson's 61-41 romp over this 14-game winner. "She held Dunigan to one point,'' said Stevenson coach Tom Dineen. "She's giving us a whole lot of emotion." Imus credited her team's full court pressure and her face guarding of Munzer as two …
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Stevenson tops Naperville North 37-36.
Stevenson boys basketball coach Pat Ambrose admitted that he had some mixed feelings heading into Saturday’s appearance at the Naperville North Shootout, going up against the host Huskies. It didn’t have anything to do with the opponent or the match-up. It was the fact that Ambrose is a 1987 graduate of Naperville North, which brought back many memories. “There is still a part of me that bleeds blue and orange,” Ambrose admitted. “It was an emotional night.” The night was made brighter by the fact that his Patriots bounced back from Friday’s tough loss to Warren with a 37-36 win, despite having to play without starting point guard Michael Fleming and top reserve Johnny Ricchio, who were both injured Friday. “We talked about energy and …
Monday, January 10, 2011
Stevenson boys reach the .500 mark with win over Lake Zurich.
Lake Zurich coach Billy Pitcher knew all about Stevenson senior Ryan Chapman. That memory dates back a few years. "I remember Ryan when he was the best player on their freshman team,'' Pitcher said. Chapman wasn't in line for any special notice until the two-minute mark before halftime on Saturday night. That's when he drilled back-to-back three-pointers, giving the Patriots a slim 23-20 lead at halftime. Chapman had a career-high 15 points in Lincolnshire. Stevenson evened its mark at 7-7 and notched its first home victory of the season with a 52-46 win over Lake Zurich. "They were playing a 1-3-1 zone,'' Chapman said. "We practiced against it the whole week. My teammates found me and I hit my shots." Chapman had three three-pointers for …
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
With five bowlers with more than a 200 average, these Pats are tough.
First of all we need to look at the record-breakers. How about Chris Kosky and that 288 game. Or fellow senior Paul Ritt and that excellent 753 series. It's a special season for the Stevenson boys bowling team. With a conference best 8-0 record, the Pats have their first conference title in sight this winter. "We're off to the best start in school history,'' said Stevenson boys bowling coach Barry Lapping. "We don't really have anyone standing out this year, but we have four of the top 10 averages in the conference. We are really playing well as a team." In addition to the heroics of Kosky and Ritt, the Pats have two new team records as well. That was a 1,201 game and a 3.204 series. Of course fans of this sport know full well that if …
Monday, December 27, 2010
Patriots boys hoops team drops opening game of Wheeling Wildcat Hardwood Classic.
You never know what kind of a game you will get when it's a 9 a.m start. So when the halftime clock told of a 12-12 tie at the Wheeling Hardwood Classic on Monday morning, not too many folks were surprised. "That was a 9 a.m game to forget,'' said Stevenson boys basketball coach Pat Ambrose. "It was not a pretty game." When Michael Fleming landed a three-pointer at the buzzer, his Pats (3-7) were just one point short. Loyola Academy edged Stevenson 37-36 in the opening game of this 33rd-year tourney in Wheeling. Stevenson draws Deerfield on Tuesday in the second round of play. Although this game was knotted a 31-31 with less than three minutes to play in regulation, the Ramblers scored the next six points and seemed to put the game on ice…
Monday, December 20, 2010
Stevenson gets points from 14 swimmers and all relay teams to take county title without winning a single event.
Without winning a single event, Stevenson's boys swim team cruised to the Lake County Championship Saturday at its pool with 260 points as 14 swimmers contributed to the Patriots' scoring effort. Stevenson was followed by Warren (236), Mundelein (194), Libertyville (148), Lake Forest (147), Barrington (140), Highland Park (104), Vernon Hills (96), Zion Benton (26) and Waukegan (20). "These guys have known each other a long time and they lean on each other. When the twos and threes can step up and swim with the ones. They just feed on each other," said Stevenson Coach Greg Hartman referring to the fact so many of his athletes earned medals in addition to the team's top seeds in their events. Adam Salzman, Daniel Shtivelberg and Ryota …
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Stevenson boys make a great comeback on Friday night only to lose in the final second.
You could see it in Michael Fleming's eyes. There was no way he was going to miss the game-tying shot on Friday night at Stevenson. In an NSC Lake Division basketball game that the Patriots trailed by 15 points in the third quarter, Fleming's shot knotted the contest with Mundelein with 2.9 seconds left in regulation. That was 2.9 seconds too much. Mundelein's best player, Ryan Sawvell, hit a very difficult shot to beat the buzzer and Stevenson 50-48. "That was a great player making an all-state shot,'' said Stevenson coach Pat Ambrose. Actually this game looked over when the Mustangs (7-2) opened a comfortable 38-23 lead with less than four minutes to play in the third quarter. However, no one bothered to tell the Patriots (3-6) that the …
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Coach Tom Dineen's Patriots went 4-1 in just completed Maine West Thanksgiving Tournament.
Stevenson girls basketball coach Tom Dineen isn't prone to exaggeration all that much. But last year, he was clear he had not seen a more polished freshman than incoming ninth-grader Kari Moffat. And he included her in the same group of prized freshmen he had inherited during his reign at Buffalo Grove. "Last year, she was very polished,'' Dineen said. "But it's a big jump from junior high to a varsity team. I thought she handled it well. She hit a little bump in the middle but finished strongly." And now, Moffat is a sophomore with a year of varsity experience. "She's made another huge jump,'' he said. "She's only seven games into her sophomore season and she's a whole different player." Stevenson (5-2) endured an early two-game losing …
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The first matchup of these NSC girls basketball goes to Libertyville.
No doubt these Stevenson girls basketball players are wondering what it takes to beat rival Libertyville. It now is three straight losses to Libertyville dating back to last season. On Tuesday night in Libertyville, the Patriots (4-1) got off to a slow start and never recovered in the 44-37 road loss. "We missed about 700 shots from three feet and in,'' said Stevenson coach Tom Dineen. "And we still had our chances as poorly as we shot the ball.'' As tough an evening as it was, the Patriots pulled within 22-20 early in the third quarter. And then when the game seemed out of range, Stevenson's press ignited an 8-0 run and pulled the Patriots to within 40-35 with a minute to play. Clearly Stevenson's standout on this night was No. 21. Ashley…
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday's tournament pitted Bison against Patriots.
Buffalo Grove's boys basketball team beat Stevenson 60-48 in the Bison Classic Thanksgiving Tournament on Nov. 27. Photographer Joe Shuman captured the teams in action.