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Elite Proviso East Athletes To Be Honored During ‘Night Of Champions’

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 || By Marty Farmer/Wednesday Journal || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: The Proviso East men’s basketball team during a game last season. | File  

On Wednesday, June 20, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Dominican University in River Forest, the Forest Park Review, in conjunction with sister publications Wednesday Journal of Oak Park-River Forest and Riverside-Brookfield Landmark, with sponsor state Senator Don Harmon, will present the fourth annual Night of Champions.

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3 East Squads Land On Tribune’s 64-Greatest Hoops Teams Listing

Sunday, March 11, 2018 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: A photo of the 1969 Proviso East varsity men’s basketball team, which won that year’s state title. | Pirate Pride 

The Chicago Tribune recently acknowledged the NCAA’s March Madness tournament (which begins Tuesday) by releasing a list of what it called the “64 greatest Illinois high school basketball teams ever.”

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

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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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Kalin Fisher steps up for Proviso East

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January 17, 2014 || By Mike Helfgot, Special to the Tribune

A talent shortage is rarely a problem at Proviso East.

The leaders of the Pirates’ teams that advanced downstate the last two seasons graduated, and guys such as junior Kalin Fisher have taken their place.

With West Virginia-bound guard Jevon Carter struggling to find a groove and the Pirates trailing Morton during most of their first big West Suburban Gold game of the season, Fisher scored 21 points and ignited the fourth-quarter run that lifted the No. 17 Pirates to a 66-60 victory Friday night in Cicero.

Carter added 17 points. The two combined for 15 of the Pirates’ 19 fourth-quarter points and 14 during a 16-3 run that turned a 50-45 deficit into a 61-53 lead with two minutes remaining.

“Last year I was more of a role player, I did a little of everything,” Fisher said. “It helped me learn how not to be the main focus on the team, kind of take a step back and let the game come to me instead of going out and being aggressive all the time.”

The one thing Proviso East (12-3, 4-0 West Suburban Gold) may not possess is a player to match up with tough, versatile forwards like 6-foot-6 Morton junior Weisner Perez.

Perez (18 points, 12 rebounds) dominated the interior while 6-10 center Detallion Jackson rested for much of the third quarter, but the somewhat raw Jackson returned to make an impact.

Jackson (8 points, 7 rebounds) grabbed four rebounds, blocked a shot and threw a perfect outlet pass for a Fisher layup during the Pirates’ big run.

Senior reserve Josh Funderwhite also gave Proviso East a boost. The forward scored seven of his eight points in the second half, including a pair of tide-stemming free throws after Morton (8-4, 3-1) clawed back with a 7-0 run that cut East’s lead to 61-60 with 59 seconds remaining.

“I thought guys responded great not succumbing to the pressure, because it got really, really loud in here the last minute,” Proviso East coach Donnie Boyce said. “I thought Josh stepped up and played big for us.

“I thought Detallion Jackson played well. That is way we need him to play, to be a presence. Hopefully this win can build some confidence, because we are a young team.”

Player of the game: Kalin Fisher, Proviso East, 21 points, 5 rebounds.

Key performers: Morton — Weisner Perez, 18 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks; Jarvis Cannon, 16 points, 5 assists. Proviso East — Jevon Carter, 17 points, 3 steals. VFP

Guard Jevon Carter Leads Proviso East Past Hinsdale South, 60-50

January 10, 2014 || George M. Wilcox || High School Cube News/Pioneer Local

Proviso East 60, Hinsdale South 50

THE SKINNY Proviso East (11-3, 3-0) rallied from a six-point deficit at halftime to beat up-and-coming Hinsdale South (11-4, 3-1) behind sophomore guard Jevon Carter in a West Suburban Gold contest in Maywood.

TURNING POINT Sophomore center Barret Benson’s putback was Hinsdale South’s only basket in the first four minutes of the second half. The Pirates chipped away at Hinsdale South’s advantage and eventually took a 36-32 lead on an 11-1 run. Proviso outscored the Hornets 26-13 in the third quarter. The Hornets committed 26 turnovers, to 10 by Proviso.

THE STAR Carter scored 24 of his career-high 31 points in the second half after shooting 3-for-15 in the first half. Carter shot 11-of-30 from the floor, 7-of-9 from the free-throw line and 2-of-9 from three-point range. He scored 15 points in the third quarter after missing nine consecutive shots in the first half. Carter’s steal and dunk with 2 minutes, 17 seconds remaining put Proviso in command with a six-point lead.

BY THE NUMBERS Senior guard Marcel Phillips scored 11 of his team-high 17 points for the Hornets in the first half, then missed all five of his shot attempts in the second half. Larry Motuzis added 14 points for Hinsdale South, whose six-game winning streak came to an end. “We couldn’t get the ball inside. We couldn’t handle their [full-court] pressure. We got fatigued,” Hornets coach Brett Moore said.

QUOTABLE “[Falling behind] goes back to our past. Now that our talent has dipped a little bit, we have to come out as a team. We’re good [now].” — Carter. VFP

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Proviso East Boys Fall to St. Joseph 68-61 in Proviso West Holiday Tourney Quarterfinals

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December 28, 2013 || Bob Narang, Special to the Tribune

Let the hype begin about Monday’s semifinal at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament between No. 2 Stevenson and No. 9 St. Joseph.

Jordan Ash scored 26 points, Joffery Brown added 16 and Glynn Watson scored 13 in St. Joseph’s 68-61 victory against No. 13 Proviso East on Saturday to set up a meeting of undefeated teams.

Glynn and Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson are two of the top junior point guards in the country, with the highly recruited Ash set to square off with Stevenson shooting guard Connor Cashaw at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

“We’re really excited to be finally playing (Stevenson),” Watson said. “That’s a game we’re trying to win to just stay undefeated. It should be a great matchup. Me and Jordan versus Brunson and Cashaw. It should be a good show. But it’s a team game.”

Ash, Brown and Watson combined for 55 points Saturday. Proviso East (8-2) shot 4-for-20 from 3-point territory and couldn’t recover from a 17.9 percent first-half shooting display. West Virginia-bound guard Jevon Carter scored 20 points, but was 2-for-12 on 3-point attempts.

“I couldn’t get my shots to fall this game,” Carter said. “I have to pick it up next game.”

Ash, a junior, scored 11 of St. Joseph’s first 26 points and broke loose for 10 points in a three-plus minute span in the fourth to stop a Proviso East rally. The Chargers (11-0) overcame 18 turnovers and a 19-for-31 effort from the free-throw line.

“We could be a really good team by the end of the year, but we got to get smarter,” St. Joseph coach Gene Pingatore said.

Player of the game: Jordan Ash, St. Joseph, 26 points, 8 rebounds, 3 3-pointers.

Key performers: Proviso East — Kalin Fisher, 22 points; Antonio Williams, 13 points, 11 rebounds, 3 steals. St. Joseph — Joffery Brown, 16 points, 5 rebounds; Glynn Watson, 13 points, 3 rebounds. VFP

Proviso East Boys Defeat Homewood-Flossmoor 43-40, Advance to Proviso West Tourney Quarterfinals

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Kalin Fisher of Proviso East pull up for a 3-Pointer (Worsom Robinson/For Sun-Times Media).

December 27, 2013 || Patrick Z. McGavin (Sun-Times Media)

Basketball is the most unpredictable of games. The frequency of possessions only intensifies the randomness of chance.

Homewood-Flossmoor had chances to pull the upset Friday of Proviso East to advance to the Proviso West Holiday Tournament quarterfinals.

Homewood-Flossmoor played with toughness and purpose against the quick and athletic Pirates, but the Vikings missed 19 free throws and failed to make the plays down the stretch in the 43-40 second-round loss in Hillside.

“We’re normally a good free-throw shooting team,” Vikings coach Jim McLaughlin said of his team’s 10-of-29 performance. “(Friday) there was just a lid on the rim.”

Proviso East’s Jevon Carter hit two crucial three-pointers and scored eight of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter.

Center Tai Odiase shouldered the load offensively for the Vikings and posted a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Time and again in the second half, he brought the Vikings back from the brink. The UIC recruit was the only Homewood-Flossmoor player to score from the field in the second half.

The Vikings (6-4) shook off a slow start and rode the strong play of Odiase and Destin Barnes (9 points, 10 rebounds) to lead by as many as six points in the first half. Consecutive turnovers led to Proviso East breakaways that narrowed the Vikings’ margin to 25-23 at the break.

“We were trying to run our offense and spread the lead out to eight, 10 points and we just had two horrible possessions there. Suddenly, instead of up six, we’re up just two,” McLaughlin said.

The swing foretold the struggles of the third quarter. Homewood-Flossmoor missed 12-of-13 field-goal attempts in scoring just two points, an Odiase dunk, in the period. Proviso East shot just 2-of-9 in the quarter and led by two.

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Proviso East Jevon Carter brings the ball up court against Hoomewood-FloosMoor. (Worsom Robinson/For Sun-Times Media).

Carter’s three-point shooting put the Pirates up 33-27 but Odiase scored six unanswered points on strong post moves to forge the final tie at 33. Proviso East’s Antonio Williams (11 points) scored on a putback with 4:18 remaining for a 35-33 Pirates lead.

Carter’s second three-pointer extended the margin to 40-34.

Odiase responded with a three-point play, his only made free throw of the game, that pulled the Vikings to within three.

Homewood-Flossmoor’s Davon Smith had a chance to forge a tie after he was fouled on a three-point attempt with the Vikings down 41-38 with 20 seconds remaining. He missed the first free throw.

The Vikings had a final chance to tie when trailing 42-40 but Williams stole the ball with five seconds remaining. He split two free throws, and Smith’s desperation three-pointer hit off the back of the rim.

McLaughlin saw positives.

“I really liked the way we competed and fought hard,” he said. “The whole reason of being in this tournament is playing against other great competition. That sixth-place trophy is still out there for us. That’s something we’re going to play for.” VFP