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Briefly: Maywood Repped In March Madness; Triton Basketball Team Goes To National Finals; Athletic Konnection Vying For $20K Grant

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A Triton College player goes up for a basket. | Triton College Athletics

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR 

[TRITON COLLEGE] Danville, Ill. – What the Triton College men’s basketball team accomplished this season may be tough to duplicate. For the past three months the Trojans played with the pressure of being the No. 1 ranked National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II team in the country, answering every challenge presented to them.

Triton won an astounding 30 games in a row entering Saturday’s NJCAA Division II national championship game against Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). But the hopes of a storybook ending and the team’s first ever national title were dashed by the Eagles as the Trojans’ historic season ended with an 83-76 loss.

Triton finished as national runners-up with a 34-3 record, winning the most games in a single-season in program history. The three losses are the fewest in school history, equaling the mark set by the 1971-72 squad.

“It was an incredible season,” said Trojan head coach Steve Christiansen. “Outside of the outcome of this game, it almost felt like a fairytale. I’m proud of my team. I’m proud of our program. It’s been a long time and a lot of hard work by many to help get us to this point. The enjoyment these young men gave me, our coaching staff, our fans and our school cannot be taken away.”

For a run-down of the national championship game, click here. 

Proviso East Represented On Two Teams In March Madness 

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Proviso East alum Jevon Carter during a West Virginia basketball game. The sophomore guard is one of two Proviso alumnae who got a chance to play in March Madness this year. | West Virginia Illustrated

Originally Published: CSN Chicago || 3/14/16 || By Scott Phillips

For the third consecutive year, the state of Illinois will not be represented by any teams during March Madness. Men’s college basketball has been on a drought getting teams into the field of 64 the past few years, but there are still plenty of high school players from Illinois making up NCAA tournament rosters.

The 2016 NCAA tournament features 51 players who spent time playing high school basketball in Illinois and players from the Land of Lincoln are still finding plenty of success in the tournament.

For the third consecutive year, the state of Illinois will not be represented by any teams during March Madness. Men’s college basketball has been on a drought getting teams into the field of 64 the past few years, but there are still plenty of high school players from Illinois making up NCAA tournament rosters.

The 2016 NCAA tournament features 51 players who spent time playing high school basketball in Illinois and players from the Land of Lincoln are still finding plenty of success in the tournament.

This year, Proviso East was represented by two players in the tournament:

  • Jevon Carter, West Virginia (Proviso East) — The sophomore guard led No. 3 seed West Virginia in minutes as Carter averaged 9.7 points, 3.3 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game.
  • Kalin Fisher, Hampton (Proviso East) — As a freshman, the guard came off the bench for Hampton to averaged 3.7 points per game.

Local Sports Organization Vying For $20K Grant

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Members of Athletic Konnection during an Easter Egg hunt in 2014. | File

Athletic Konnection, a nonprofit that serves youths in Proviso Township, has entered the #LetsPlayBeforeAndAfter photo grant contest. The three organizations with the most votes at the end of the voting period on April 17 will win $20,000 (first place), $10,000 (second place) and $5,000 (third place) grants. Read more below:

[By: Athletic Konnection] Athletic Konnection is a nonprofit sports training, tutoring and mentoring program that provides education and sports as an alternative to violence. Our mission is to promote athleticism and scholarship in urban youth, by providing positive role models who exhibit sportsmanship and academic expertise.

Our organization serves an area that has a 25% larger poverty rate than the national average. The occurrence of violent crimes in Maywood, IL is 138% higher than the average rate of crime in Illinois and 141% higher than the rest of the nation. Many of the community centers are closed due to the lack of funding. All of these factors negatively affect the children of our community.

One of Athletic Konnection’s many focuses, is to strengthen the communities, which surround, influence and overall impact our student-athletes. Therefore, we host many events and community outreach programs for the youth in the community. A few of our free events include Easter Egg Hunts, Back to School Supply Drives, Food Drives, Clothing Drives for the Epilepsy Foundation, Trick-or-treat Extravaganzas, Toy Drives, Sports Camps and more. In addition, AK provides quality instruction from tutors, coaches and trainers, both highly educated and skilled in their respective fields.

Due to our nonprofit status, we rely on fundraisers and generous donations to operate. This grant is VERY important. This grant will allow us to continue our efforts in providing positive alternatives for the youth.
Let’s connect and come together. Help us, help them.

Thirty Years Ago This Month, Proviso East Wrestlers Were Kings Of The Mats

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A Feb. 17, 1986 edition of the Chicago Tribune, published the year the Proviso East wrestling team won the state title. This month marks the 30th Anniversary of that win. | Screenshot

Vintage Philosophy, Seniors` Class Take Proviso East To Top

Originally Published: Chicago Tribune || March 03, 1986By Reid Hanley

CHAMPAIGN — Proviso East wrestling coach Bill Cartwright has a simple philosophy about building a successful program.

“Seniors win,“ he said. He has compiled a 133-35 record in nine years.

Saturday night, his all-senior Pirates showed how successful his thinking is when they won the Class AA state dual-meet championship with a 25-21 victory over defending champion Joliet Central.

Cartwright`s philosophy is built out of necessity. His athletes don`t step into the Pirate wrestling room with a wealth of experience. They usually come in without the slightest knowledge of even a single leg takedown or a sitout.

“He does the best job in the state,“ said one coach Saturday night.

Cartwright and assistant coach Charles Flowers are wrestling teachers as well as coaches, but Cartwright would rather be at Proviso than at other places with junior feeder programs.

“It takes a lot of selling,“ said Cartwright, who wrestled at East Leyden for coach Chuck Farina. “We try to work with whoever is talented and wants to work. That may sound like a pat on the back, but it takes time. That`s why we always have success with seniors. It takes time. I had a good feeling about this group before we started this year.

To read more, click here. VFP

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