Marian Catholic boys basketball player Tyler Ulis and Homewood-Flossmoor girls basketball player Amara Coleman are nominees for the 2014 McDonald's All-American Games, which will be played April 2 at the United Center.
The nominees were listed on the games' website.
South Holland resident Vic Law, who plays at St. Rita, was also nominated. He is a Northwestern recruit.
Ulis will play his college ball at Kentucky, while Coleman will play hers at Illinois.
Weathering the storms: Bad weather could not have come at a worse time for T.F. North boys bowling coach Steve Twietmeyer and T.F. South coach Eric Valiska.
Both schools are preparing for Saturday's South Suburban Blue Conference meet at Castaway's. No school on Monday and Tuesday meant no practice.
"This came at an inopportune time," Valiska said. "Everybody is in the same boat though. I take it nobody practiced the last two days.
"The kids could go on their own to Lynwood Lanes and bowl, but we couldn't work with them. It is a rule when there is no school."
That meant not working on skills, said Twietmeyer.
"We haven't had a practice in a few weeks because we had a long layoff during Christmas break," Twietmeyer said. "When we came back (Tinley Park meet), we didn't do so well. The lack of practice showed."
North and South bowl against each today in Calumet City, as do the girls teams. The Meteors bowl Thursday against Tinley Park and Friday against Bremen.
"We have to treat those as practices and not worry about scores as much as working on the things we need to work on," Twietmeyer said. "I would rather practice than have a game. We just want to be ready for Saturday because it is big."
Valiska felt the same way.
"Our focus is Saturday," Valiska said. "We have two matches this week and we have to use those to get ready for the conference."
T.F. North wrestling coach Rick Hudson said his concern is conditioning.
"We tell the kids who have treadmills to run at home and do some things to keep in shape," Hudson said. "We are just worried about kids being out in the elements in these cold days."
He said you cannot make up for lost days.
"We would have liked to work on technique, but we couldn't," Hudson said. "We had a layoff too, so extra days doesn't help."
He said there is a chance a few kids may be over their weight.
"Then he just doesn't wrestle," Hudson said. "Our kids, like I said, have only been wrestling a few years, so we don't push them to cut weight. If they are over, they are over."