Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The 12-member team was celebrated after school Wednesday, just a few days after they won the Special Olympics Illinois State Basketball Tournament in Bloomington-Normal.
The Downers Grove South community came together in full force Wednesday to celebrate a crowning achievement for the school—a state title for its Special Olympics basketball program. The 12-member team wrapped up a 21-6 season by winning the championship at the Special Olympics Illinois State Basketball Tournament on March 17 at the Illinois State University campus in Bloomington-Normal. On Wednesday, the school held an after-school celebration to toast the team and present the players with championship T-shirts. The team's coach, Kevin Ahrens, said the players' positive attitudes and "team-first approach" led them to the state title. "It was a magical year where everything just fell into place," Ahrens said, fighting back tears. "I'm …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Stephan Bolt has served as assistant varsity coach for two years.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Editor's note: The following is a press release from Community High School District 99. Stephan Bolt has been named the new head coach for the North High Girls basketball team. Bolt has served as assistant varsity coach at North for two years and served as head freshman coach for one year. In addition, he has coached and trained at the Chicago Bulls/Sox Academy and Core1 Performance, and volunteered as a coach for the Illinois Wolves. Bolt is a 2003 graduate of North High, playing on the varsity high school basketball team for three years. He continued playing basketball while attending Lewis University, finishing as the third player in the college’s history with over 1,000 points and 700 rebounds. For one year, he played professional …
Monday, February 6, 2012
Downers Grove South took on Downers Grove North in the ever-popular Basketball Crosstown Classic Saturday. The Mustangs kept a firm control of the game and defeated the Trojans 66-35.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Get an update of Jefferson Jr. High School's sports teams from Athletic Director Justin Warnke.
Editor's note: The following information was provided by Justin Warnke, associate principal and athletic director for Jefferson Jr. High. Jefferson’s athletic success has continued to build as we move through the winter athletic season. Each athletic team has shown great dedication, hard work and focus as they compete and grow as a team. Basketball The Girls Junior Varsity Basketball team ended its season 6-4, finishing second place in the SDEAA Conference. The girls grew tremendously as a team and will be a top runner again next year in conference play. The boys junior varsity basketball team currently has a 17-3 record. The team went 10-0 in the SDEAA conference, bringing home a conference championship. The boys have an undefeated …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
The Downers Grove South men's basketball team will play Warren High School in the 15th annual National Guard High School Hoops Showdown.
The Downers Grove South boys basketball team will play Warren High School Saturday in a bigger arena. The Mustangs will take on the Warriors at the Sears Centre Arena during the 15th annual National Guard High School Hoops Showdown. There are three games during the showdown: You can buy tickets to the game here. Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for students. Warren is currently ranked #2 in the Daily Herald's top 20 rankings; Downers Grove South is #4. This is the description of the DGS-Warren match-up from the showdown page: "This one has it all --- great teams, exciting players, and great Coaches. Will the Mustangs speed and athleticism be able to stand up against the size and strength of the Blue Devils from Gurnee? Stick around…
Monday, January 2, 2012
Mustangs beat Naperville North after "painful" semifinal loss to St. Ignatius.
The only good thing about Downers Grove South’s heartbreaking 52-50 loss to St. Ignatius Thursday in the semifinals of York’s Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament was that the Mustangs didn’t have much time to think about it. Just 24 hours after seeing their eight-game winning streak snapped, the Mustangs bounced back with a gritty 53-46 victory over Naperville North Friday night in the third-place game. That took some of the sting out of the loss to St. Ignatius, which won the game on a basket by Abdoulie Conteh with 1.5 seconds remaining after Downers South blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter. “It was a very emotional day after yesterday, basically leading for 31 minutes or so and having it taken from us,” Downers South Coach Jay Baum …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Check in on the Jefferson Jr. High School winter sports teams, including basketball, wrestling and chess.
The Jefferson Jr. High School boys basketball team is currently undefeated with a 10-record. The boys have topped the Southeast DuPage Elementary Athletic Association conference. Burr Ridge Middle School is second with an 8-2 record. The Jefferson girls junior varsity basketball team is also second in their conference with a 6-4 record. Old Quarry Middle School is leading the conference with a 10-0 record. Chess Jefferson's chess team is tied with Gower at 3-1 in conference. Cass Jr. High School is leading the conference at 2-0. Wrestling The Jefferson wrestling team won 24 of its first 29 matches with 10 students going to the finals in the Eisenhower Novice tournament.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Okoro, DeClouette come through in the clutch as host Hinsdale South wins a thriller.
A close, physical contest that goes down to the wire. That’s what you can expect when Downers Grove South and Hinsdale South meet on the basketball court. And it was the case again Saturday night as host Hinsdale South eked out a 39-36 victory in Darien. The win was the third straight for the Hornets (6-1, 3-0), who remained tied for first in the West Suburban Conference Gold Division with Proviso East. “It’s always a battle,” said Hinsdale South coach Jen Belmonte, who once played in several of the rivalry games for the Hornets. “I think it’s just the most heated rivalry ever. Both sides played great. It was a great night.” Hinsdale South took advantage of seven Downers South turnovers to grab an 11-4 lead late in the first quarter, but …
Mustangs sink 10 three-pointers, nine in the second half, to overcome 13-point deficit.
Coming back from a double-digit deficit is never easy, but it is always possible when you have players like Jerron Wilbut and Jamall Millison on your team. Downers Grove South trailed by 13 on the road against previously unbeaten Morton Friday night, yet used a blizzard of three-pointers to come roaring back for a 62-57 West Suburban Conference Gold Division victory in Cicero. The Mustangs (6-1, 2-0) sank nine of 17 three-point tries in the second half and scored the final nine points of the game to stun Morton (4-1, 1-1). Wilbut, who scored 18 of his 20 points after intermission, led the way by draining four three-pointers, while Millison and Jordan Cannon had two each in the second half and sophomore point guard Danny Spinuzza had one. “…
Monday, December 5, 2011
Benson scores 21 for Hornets but Downers South wins WSC Gold opener.
An assistant coach from Dartmouth was scouting Hinsdale South Center Brock Benson Friday night, but he ended up seeing a lot more of Downers Grove South Guard Jerron Wilbut than the Hornets would have liked. The 6'8'' Benson scored a game-high 21 points but had to sit out eight minutes in the first half after picking up three early fouls. With the big guy on the bench, Downers South was able to build a solid lead en route to a 58-46 victory in the West Suburban Conference Gold Division opener for both teams in Downers Grove. Benson scored the first four points of the game on a pair of easy layups, but was whistled for three quick fouls, the last of which came just 2:23 into the game. Downers South’s Kevin Hall made both of the ensuing free…