Crete-Monee linebacker and 2012 Times Defensive Player of the Year Nyles Morgan has been nominated to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Those nominated will have the chance to showcase their talents Jan. 4, 2014, in the annual East vs. West Game televised live on NBC.
“The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a unique celebration of high school athletes, musicians and the American Soldier,” Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing said in a release.
“These nominations recognize the mental, emotional and physical strengths, as well as the leadership qualities the nominees possess both on and off the field; qualities reflective of Army Strong Soldiers.”
As a junior, Morgan had 73 solos, 34 assists and 13 tackles-for-loss in helping lead Crete-Monee to the Class 6A state title. One scuting service, 247Sports Compete lists him as the No. 4 inside linebacker in the nation.
Girls Track & Field
IHSA Class 1A preliminaries: Seton Academy's 400-meter relay team of Nyla mays, Kaleieia Ray, Nancy Jeanty and Mikel Adams qualified for Saturday's finals.
The Sting quartet ran 50.20 seconds and were second in their heat.
Adams qualified in the 200 (2.642), but did not qualify in the 100 or 400. Seton's 800 relay team also did not qualify.
Beecher's Joanna Banasiak threw 100 feet, 10 inches in the discus, but did not qualify for Saturday's finals.
Beecher 5, Momence 2: Nick Burkhardt had three hits and Zach Aring tossed a complete game to lead the Bobcats (14-16) past the Redskins in one semifinal of the Class 2A Momence Regional.
Nick Hermanson Devin Mahnke had two hits each. Hermanson had a game-saving catch in the seventh.
Beecher will play top-seede Watseka at 11 a.m. Saturday for the championship.
T.F. South 7, Evergreen Park 2: Brian Seymour went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs to lead the Rebels (16-11, 12-7 SSC Blue) to the win.
Alex Schell also drove in two runs for South, while Justin Pasko survived a nine-walk day on the mound and had one RBI.
Bloom Twp. 9, Rich South 4: Josh Hojnicki homered and Ryan Smith tripled as the Blazing Trojans (8-16) beat the Stars in Southland Athletic Conference play.
Hojnicki and Smith had three hits each. Eric Luther, Nick Carlson and Brian Ruiz had two hits each.
Homewood-Flossmoor 4, Sandburg 3 (8 inn.): Jesse Forestell collected three hits and drove in two runs to lead the Vikings to the SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue win.
Teddy Romas (5-3) pitched all eight innings for H-F (16-13).
Rich Central 4, Crete-Monee 0: The Warriors (20-6, 13-2) left 11 men on base in falling to the Olympians, who won the Southland Athletic Conference title.
Peoria Notre Dame 3, Marian Catholic 2: The Spartans (19-12) fell in one quarterfinal of the Do It Stevie's Way Challenge at Standard Bank Stadium.
Pat Swanson's swinging bunt single drove in a run in the bottom of the seventh.
Bishop Noll 6, Highland 4: Julian Guerrero struck out the side in one inning of scoreless relief to earn the win for the Warriors. Guerrero and Matt Sandoval each drove in a run for Noll, which scored five runs in the fifth inning.
Crete-Monee 12, Bloom Township 1 (5 inn.): Ashley Bartlett drilled a home run and ended with three RBIs to lead the Warriors (16-7, 14-1) to the Southland Athletic Conference rout.
Melanie Lambert also hit a home run and drove in two runs as the Warriors won the SAC outright.
T.F. South 17, De La Salle 3: Sydney Harrison was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Bri Heintz 3-for-4 with three runs scored as the Rebels (14-13) pounded the Meteors.
Sandburg 10, Homewood-Flossmoor 4: Angela Roberts, Kaitlyn Shereyk, Meagan Donermeyer and Olivia Hamilton had two hits each, but the Vikings (5-18 overall) fell in the SouthWest Suburban Blue.
Roberts and Shereyk each homered.
Lincoln-Way West 25-25, Illiana Christian 23-19: Mike Fiene had six kills to lead the Vikings (13-19) in the close loss.
Denny Murrin recorded four kills and two digs.
Wheaton 11, Marian Catholic 9: Robin Wilson scored three goals, but the Spartans lost in the IHSWLA State Tournament.
Sam Kinder and Olivia Giannetti each scored two goals for Marian (13-6).
Game change: Crete-Monee will host Bloom Township at 4 p.m. today.