Saturday, March 19, 2011
The Bolingbrook Lady Raiders swept the field in the RomeoBrook Tournament while the Spartans claimed the runner-up spot by finishing with a 2-1 record.
All is well that ends well as far as the hosts of the RomeoBrook Tournament are concerned. The Bolingbrook Lady Raiders completed a clean sweep of the field on Saturday with an 8-0 thumping of Eisenhower. Romeoville, meanwhile, rebounded from an opening-night loss to Bolingbrook by knocking off Eisenhower on Thursday and following up with a 3-0 win against Mount Assisi Saturday morning. With the victory, Bolingbrook begins the season with a 3-0 record, having scored a whopping 18 goals over the stretch, highlighted by a five-score game to open the season against Romeoville and the eight first-half tallies against Eisenhower. Bolingbrook's defense was no slouch either, allowing only one goal in 240 minutes. Five different Lady Raiders …
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Bolingbrook 50, Whitney Young 49. Senior Taylor Tuck nails game-winning free throw with 1.7 seconds left to complete come-from-behind win.
NORMAL—Considering that Bolingbrook and Whitney Young have met for three straight years in the Class 4A championship game, it was only fitting the two rivals went the extra mile to decide which team would represent one half of the championship final. It was senior guard Taylor Tuck's free throw with 1.7 seconds left in overtime that pushed the Lady Raiders (28-2) past the Dolphins in overtime for a 50-49 victory. Tuck missed the second toss from the charity stripe on purpose as Whitney Young could only get its hand on the rebound but was unable to get off a shot before time expired. The Dolphins (26-3) led by as many as eight points in the third quarter, but were never able to push that edge to double figures. With their backs against the …
Friday, March 4, 2011
The Bolingbrook High School girls basketball team is two wins away from a third-straight state championship. But how did they get here? Here's a complete timeline of the Lady Raiders' potentially historic season.
It's not often that sports teams live up to the hype—let alone do it for three-consecutive years. The Bolingbrook Lady Raiders have a chance to make good on their No. 1 objective this weekend: a IHSA 4A state championship. But how did the Lady Raiders get to this point? Well, aside from hard work and dedication, the season unfolded with plenty of ups, and a few downs. Or, a bit something like this : September 10: With more than two months before the team hit the hardwood, rumors were already swirling that Bolingbrook's head coach, Tony Smith, was departing for greener pastures, by becoming an assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University. September 15: Five days later, those rumors—reported true by even Eastern Michigan officials—were …
Thursday, February 24, 2011
With senior LaTree Russell out of sync, the Bolingbrook Raiders were unable to put the finishing touches on a come-from-behind win.
Watching LaTree Russell struggle wasn't quite what Bolingbrook basketball coach Rob Brost had in mind for the Raiders' top upperclassmen on Senior Night. With 2:31 remaining on the fourth quarter clock, the Raiders trailed visiting Joliet West 51-46 and were dealt a serious blow to their comeback chances when Russell, the team's biggest presence on the block, was checking out after picking up his fifth foul. It was a bitter end to a rather gut-wrenching game. "They took (Russell) away and doubled him every time he touched the ball. It's pretty obvious when you take him away, we struggle to score at times," Brost said of his team's top senior. "(Joliet West) did a good job of doubling him, then he got in foul trouble because he was a little…
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Joliet West 56, Bolingbrook 50. The Tigers dodged a late spurt by the Raiders by making four of five free throw attempts in the game's final minute.
The Hot Read: A lineup shake-up provided the Bolingbrook Raiders with a bit of a spark. The home team started freshman Jerius Geralds along with seniors LaTree Russell, Andre Gunn, Kevin Mitchem and Dan Fisher and the lineup proved to have its advantages at times. Bolingbrook had leads at the end of the first quarter and heading into halftime, but Joliet West used a 10-0 run in the middle of the third quarter to move past the competition and did just enough to hold off the Raiders in a 56-50 win. Bolingbrook had its chances late, cutting its deficit to two points with 1:18 to go in regulation. But Joliet West hit four of five attempted free throws in the final minute to escape with a six-point victory. Patch’s MVP: The Tigers' senior …
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Bolingbrook 96, Plainfield East 17. The Lady Raiders stormed out of the gate, going on scoring runs of 12-0, 18-0 and 25-0 in the first half of their 79-point win against the Bengals.
The Hot Read: The Bolingbrook Lady Raiders started their playoff run in grand fashion, embarking on a quest for a third-straight state title. Bolingbrook was paced by junior forward Morgan Tuck's season-high 35 points and 9 rebounds. Tuck scored 23 points in what was a dominant first half for the Lady Raiders. Plainfield East was overmatched from the outset as the Bengals' defense allowed the Raiders to go on runs of 12-0, 18-0 and 25-0 during the first half. Patch's MVP: Tuck filled the bucket (35 points), crashed the boards (9 rebounds) and was a perfect 7-for-7 from the free-throw line. Key Stats: Nine different Lady Raiders scored. Plainfield East's two first-quarter points came on a pair of free throws. The Bengals were held without …
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Bolingbrook 53, Lockport 52. Bolingbrook rebounds from a slow start and withstands furious rally by visiting Lockport to escape with a one-point win at home on Friday.
The Hot Read: The Bolingbrook Raiders rode the coattails of senior LaTree Russell to a 53-52 victory against the Lockport Porters Friday. Russell led all scorers with a game-high 28 points and added eight rebounds for good measure. Bolingbrook's sluggish start was evident as the team fell behind 12-5 at one point in the first quarter before going on a 10-0 run during the second quarter to capture its first lead. The Raiders had a seven point advantage in the fourth quarter trimmed to one in the game's closing moments, but senior Daniel Fisher, who had missed four consecutive free throws that could have iced the contest, poked the ball away from Lockport's Anthony Livingston as time expired. Patch's MVP: LaTree Russell scored 28 points, …
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
With the postseason lurking around the corner, Bolingbrook head coach Tony Smith is doing his best to keep the Lady Raiders on task.
When a team piles up one double-digit win after another, the chance to teach a lesson or two on the hardwood gets lost once every now and then. That's not the case with Bolingbrook and head coach Tony Smith. The Lady Raiders took to the road Monday night and put on a show on both ends of the floor, defeating Joliet West 71-22. In the 49-point win, 10 different Bolingbrook players scored and three registered in double figures. Bolingbrook picked up its 19th win overall and 12th win in conference play. Still, it's hard for Smith to be completely satisfied when the team still has goals to accomplish ahead. "We just want to go out every night and get better. We may be beter than a team, but there's a way to do things and we're trying to do …
Friday, February 4, 2011
Bulls and Blackhawks being on the right track makes the Bears forgettable end seem, well, forgettable.
Twelve days later, many Chicago sports fans still don't know what to be mad at in regard to how their football season ended. The bad news is that the Bears still lost, the rival Packers will still be playing for the Lombardi Trophy and Jay Cutler still seems oblivious to everyone taking shots at his heart and love of the game now that they can no longer question his injured knee. With that said, Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews will emerge as winter's saviors. No, they won't plow the roads you need to get to work in the morning. But the quartet of Chicago sports stars will make fans put the loss in the NFC Championship game further away in the rearview mirror. The Bulls (34-14) are being carried by Rose, whose …
Monday, January 31, 2011
We know you're busy, so here's a roundup of some of the recent stories featured right here on Bolingbrook Patch.
Too busy last week to stay up to date on all the news happening in and around Bolingbrook? Not to worry. Patch has your back. In case you missed them, here were some of the top headlines from the last few days: