MILESTONES: Proviso East Boys Regional Champs; A Pirate Inducted Into Murray State’s Hall Of Fame; J. Will Cancer Benefit Raises $6K; More

Proviso East regional champs

Proviso East Pirates celebrate after capturing the Class 4A St. Ignatius Regional Title | Chicago Tribune || Brian Jackson/Chicago Tribune

Monday, March 7, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR

[By Phil English/Chicago Tribune || 3/2/16] It’s been a long road back for Proviso East coach Donnie Boyce.

On Friday night, Pirates senior Antonio Williams made it seem worth the wait.

Williams scored 16 of his game-high 25 points in the second half, and Proviso East fought off multiple late rallies before prevailing, 74-69 over No. 11 Riverside Brookfield to capture the Class 4A St. Ignatius Regional title.

Boyce, a former East standout and NBA guard, coached in only his second game since being reinstated after losing his position following an physical altercation he had with a female student while serving his duties as a security guard at Proviso East last year.

“I just want to make it clear, the board (of education) didn’t re-hire me, I won my appeal. That’s why I’m back,” Boyce said. “And once I won my appeal, (Williams) was one of the first kids on the team to call me. We had a good situation going on and it’s nice to continue something that never should have been stopped.”

There were several moments when the Pirates (18-8) looked more than vulnerable. The first came when trailing 23-15 early in the second quarter. Proviso responded by closing the quarter on a 22-7 run, with five points from Williams, to lead 37-30 at halftime.

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Maywood Native Terry Love inducted into Murray State University Hall of Fame

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terry love IILast month, the Murray State University athletics department announced its Class of 2016 Hall of Fame inductees and Maywood native and Proviso East Pirate Terry Love, Sr., (pictured above center and bottom left), was among them.

According to an MSU statement, “Love was a dominant force on the defensive side of the ball. He racked up more than 150 tackles in his two seasons and had three interceptions. In the Racer defensive secondary, he was general disruption for opponents’ best game plans. Love caused fumbles, broke up numerous passes and was a wiz on special teams. In the Racers’ televised game on ABC in 1979, Love was named the Chevrolet Player of the Game after the Racers defeated Eastern Kentucky 24-7.”

“Love was an All-OVC selection in each of his MSU seasons and as a senior in 1979, he was named OVC Defensive Player of the year and Associated Press and Kodak First Team All-America.

“Love also enjoyed a professional career playing for the Boston Breakers and Memphis Showboats of the United States Football League and the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He had four pro interceptions from 1983-87.”

First Annual Cancer Awareness Fundraiser & Basketball Game raises $6,000

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Around 1,000 people attended the First Annual J.Will Cancer Awareness basketball Game/Fundraiser, held Feb. 27 in honor of Proviso East Pirate Jeremy Williams, who died in January after having the disease for some time.

The event was organized by Quinton “Danka” Beasley, who founded and operates his own basketball league, which comprises more than 400 competitors (men, women and children); the sports development organization Athletic Konnection;  Williams’s family members and other popular local hoops figures.

Beasley said the game raised around $6,000, which was shared among local athletic organizations and Williams’s family, including a foundation called L.E.A.D. (Live Everyday As Dreamers), founded by Williams’s cousin Robert Anderson.

“I think his death brought some light onto the disease,” said Beasley. “People kind of knew about cancer, but it didn’t hit home until one of our loved ones got hit with it.”

Williams, 31, attended Irving Elementary (now Irving Middle School), Proviso East High School, Triton College and the University of Nebraska-Omaha — and he played basketball at all of those institutions.

Beasley said Williams was a big supporter of his basketball leagues, even though he couldn’t participate in the on-court competition himself.

“He used to come to our games and root on his brother Justin, who played in the league last season,” Beasley said. “He always wanted to get out there, but he didnt’ have the strength. He was a huge supporter, though.”

Among the roughly thousand attendees at the Feb. 27 game were former Pirate and University of Illinois hoops star Dee Brown, and NFL player and former Pirate and current New Orleans Saints receiver Kyle Prater, among others.

Beasley said he plans on initiating a five-day basketball camp sometime in the near future. He said he’s currently seeking advice from former Pirate and retired NBA All-Star Michael Finley, who until several years ago held an annual basketball camp at Proviso East High School each summer.

Athletic Konnection unveils new website and GoFundMe campaign for programming/events

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Athletic Konnections Easter Egg HuntAthletic Konnection, the local community development and athletic skills training organization, recently unveiled a newly refurbished website. Click the image above to see more of it.

It’s a new look for a new year of programming and events for the young nonprofit, which will host its Third Annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 26 at Burton Park, 16th Ave. and Washington Blvd., in Maywood.

The event serves as a fundraiser for the organization’s programming and events. According to a statement by the organization, “AK proudly serves the community in a muiltitude of ways. Whether it’s sports training, tutoring, mentoring, sponsoring or supporting our local programs, AK is in the mix.”

The financial support from the fundraising events will be allocated to the following areas:

  • Community Events
  • Sponsorship of student-athletes
  • Office/School supplies
  • Transportation Fees
  • Equipment

“We are pushing to meet our goal before 3/26! Thats ONLY one month away! Again, it takes a community to raise a child! Let’s come together and raise a village.”

Among AK’s objectives:

  • Organize and develop our student athletes and market them effectively to different schools and organizations
  • Sponsor and/or support  community events
  • Mentor our student athletes, guiding them towards success and making the right choices
  • Simply make a positive impact on our community.
  • Create S.T.A.R.S. (students that excel in Scholarship, Teamwork, Accountability, Respect and Sportsmanship)

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