MIKE NIETO: McLegends games should be classics

2013-04-18T17:30:00Z 2014-08-13T20:39:18Z MIKE NIETO: McLegends games should be classicsMike Nieto Prep Beat nwitimes.com
April 18, 2013 5:30 pm  • 

Tim Zasada has been breaking down DVDs for two weeks.

He will coach the girls basketball all-star team, which will play the Beggars Pizza Lady McLegends at 11 a.m. Saturday at Thornton High School in the McLegends XI all-star games at Thornton High School in Harvey.

The game is sponsored by McDonald's, Coca-Cola, The Times Media Company, Power 92.3 FM and Beggars Pizza.

The high school teams are made up of players from The Times' circulation areas in Illinois and Indiana.

The boys all-stars will face a McLegends team of current and former NFL stars, as well as ex-Chicago Bulls' guard Craig Hodges, at 2 p.m.

"We want to win the game and the only way to be prepared is to watch tape," Zasada said. "They (Lady McLegends) are gonna be tough, but we will be prepared."

The DVD was of the game from two years ago, but Zasada is a competitor and those who know him, know his teams are always prepared.

Boys coach Rocky Hill feels the same way.

"This is fun, but we are here to win the game," said Hill, who will coach against some of his former players at Thornton in Tai Streets and Napoleon Harris.

"They are some great athletes. I know our kids are pumped and you look at how great both teams are and the competitiveness of the younger kids and the NFL guys and I think you will have a great game."

Hill coached at Thornton, Julian and Crete-Monee. His Thornton teams went to the Class AA Elite Eight three straight years, only to run into Peoria Manual.

He turned Crete's program around and is currently Thornridge's sophomore coach.

"Tai and Napoleon want to beat me and I am sure there will be some talking going on," Hill said. "That's OK. We will have fun, but we want to win the game first."

Former Thornton and DePaul star Randy Ramsey will coach the NFL team, while Rich South coach Brian Mays will coach the Lady McLegends.

Zasada said he is excited to see players from both sides of the sate line.

The Reavis football coach was a successful football and girls basketball coach at Hammond and T.F. North. He grew up in Calumet City and graduated from Hammond.

When he was at North, he often treated his team to hot wings and french fries if they won a big game. He puts this into that category, but said he will patronize the sponsor.

"They have chicken sandwiches and wraps," Zasada said. "Great french fries. I am just looking forward to a great time and winning."

This column is solely the writer's opinion. Reach him at mike.nieto@nwi.com.

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