Instant Replay: All-Stars & Alfredo
I cannot get over the fact the Minnesota Vikings beat the New Orleans Saints at the buzzer.
That was my Super Bowl pick! Are you kidding me?
I am happy, though, the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. Remember, I’m a Bengals fan, although I have no idea why anymore.
So, here’s to the Jacksonville Jaguars winning their first Super Bowl in franchise history.
OK, now onto important business. Here’s this week’s “Instant Replay.”
All-Stars of the Week
On the girls’ side, there’s only one choice this week, and it’s Momence’s Matti Lanie. The do-it-all senior guard has been about 70 percent of Momence’s offense all season, but she took it to another level in the team’s victory against Central by dropping an area-high 40 points. Just for emphasis, Momence scored 52 points. To take it another level, Central scored only 36 points.
To the hardwood on the boys’ side, I’ve been waiting for a breakout game from Herscher’s Tyler Stuart, and he picked the perfect time to deliver. In the Tigers’ matchup against a red-hot Momence squad, the 6-foot-8 standout dropped game-highs of 35 points and 20 rebounds that guided Herscher to victory. All of that after just seven points and eight rebounds last Tuesday against Watseka. What a turnaround.
Shoutout of the Week
This shoutout goes to Cissna Park’s Gabby Wessels for scoring her 1,000th career point on Saturday against Judah Christian.
Her senior year has been filled with one career mark after another. She also collected her 1,000th kill during volleyball season. I’m willing to bet she’s not done collecting personal records yet.
Can’t Miss Games This Week
Boys: Westmont at Herscher (Tuesday), Bloom at Kankakee (Friday), Momence at Watseka (Friday), Cissna Park at Bishop McNamara (Saturday).
Girls: SVC Tournament Championship (Saturday), Bishop McNamara at Bradley-Bourbonnais (Saturday).
Last week, I dove into the Illinois recordbooks to see which former girls’ athletes held records, and I spent about an hour sifting through the pages.
Bradley-Bourbonnais’s Kennedy Weigt (2015-16) is tied for 14th all-time in 3-pointers made in a single season with 108.
Kankakee’s Priscilla Rosenthal (1991-94) is tied 11th all-time with Oak Forest’s Devereaux Peters (2003-07) for career blocked shots with 466.
Staying with Kankakee, Stephenee Yancy (2012) holds single-game records with 34 rebounds (tied 4th all-time) and 20 blocks (2nd all-time). Both records came against Grant Park.
Watseka’s Devin Curry (2010-14) holds another record with 665 career assists, good enough for 14th all-time.
And rounding out the recordbooks is Central’s Fawn Herdershott (2005), who is tied 4th all-time with Randa Harshbarger (2014), of St. Thomas More, for steals in a game with 17. Coincidentally, Harshbarger’s milestone came against the Comets.
Next week, I’ll check the boys’ side of the book and see what I uncover.
Taste of the Town
I’m a big guy, which means I like to eat. But then again, who doesn’t? I took myself out to dinner to Paul’s Place in Kankakee a couple of weeks ago, ordered the Cajun Chicken alfredo, and oh, wow! My mouth still can taste the flavor, and my tastebuds haven’t stopped thanking me yet. Simply amazing! Makes me wonder what other delicious dishes Kankakee has to offer. I’m the first to admit I’m a really cheap individual, so my wallet might hurt from this, but my stomach won’t care.
Power Rankings: Top 10
Boys: 1. Momence (14-2), 2. Kankakee (9-3), 3. Watseka (13-5), 4. Herscher (9-5), 5. Milford (13-3), 6. Cissna Park (12-5) 7. Trinity (12-4), 8. Coal City (9-8), 9. Manteno (9-7), 10. Gardner-South Wilmington (9-7).
Girls: 1. Watseka (21-0), 2. Bradley-Bourbonnais (14-5), 3. Peotone (16-5), 4. Bishop McNamara (16-7), 5. Herscher (15-4), 6. Kankakee (14-5), 7. Cissna Park (14-6), 8. Trinity (18-2), 9. Gardner-South Wilmington (12-8), 10. Milford (10-9).