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North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: September 14, 2014, 07:47:06 pm »
Of all the CCIW games yesterday, I was most surprised by the North Park loss. After Alma's game last weekend, I was ready to bet the farm on NPU last night. From Greg's write up, it sounds like T.D. Conway just had an off night rather than withering under a ferocious defense. I'm sure this was a game which NPU fans had put in the W column prior to the kickoff.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: September 13, 2014, 12:28:25 pm »
Congrats to North Central's Mitch Raridon, now officially named as NCC's new top assistant and recruiting coordinator.

http://napervillesun.suntimes.com/2014/09/11/mitch-raridon-named-assistant-father-todd-north-central-college/

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Central Region / Re: MBB: Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: September 07, 2014, 07:22:20 pm »
I understand quality over quantity,  but we lose 3 seniors and always seem to lose 2 or 3 others.

Very true, and lost not to mention the seniors lost were all All Conference quality...I am very surprised that the class was only 2 players.  If this is truly it for incoming players, I expect the team will still be solid but would be a down year for Point's standards.  Next year will be a very important recruiting class with Lutz, Richard, Ryf and Ritchay all graduating.

Not only were all 3 of the seniors lost (1st team) All-Conference quality, but 2 of the 3 were D3Hoops All-American quality.
Heuer was Point's primary "big," Tillema was unbelievable, and Hass was the best 2nd best player on any team I saw last year either in person or via video.
In the best D3 conferences, not many freshman usually make a major impact, so its probably unrealistic to expect the 2 new recruits to play a major role from the get go. The real question facing UWSP this season is who is going to make up for the production of 3 first team All-Conference players, 2 of who were also All-Americans, who collectively averaged 47+ points per game, not to mention their other contributions beyond their scoring production. What returning players are going to be ready to step up to fill the huge void glaring up at the Pointers?

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North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: September 06, 2014, 01:52:15 pm »
1st trip to North Park Vikings stadium tonight...what a turnaround...as always...it's always about the coaching...always

I think it's actually always about the recruiting.

Getting off the bus with the best players most often results in your team posting a "W"
However, quality coaching cannot be discounted as top recruits don't automatically turn into top players on their own.
Additionally, top "recruits" sometimes recruit themselves with little coach involvement on the front end.
But, yes, good recruiting is usually where the winning process begins.

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North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: September 06, 2014, 01:31:42 pm »
Here are the IWU starters I pieced together from various articles...missing 1 on offense and 2 on defense.


Offense

OL Niall Mulcahy*, 6-0/285 Sr (Fenwick H.S.)
OL Garrett Laflamme, 6-3/280 Sr (Deerfield H.S.)
OL Lucas Diller, 6-6/285 Jr (Prairie Central H.S.)
OL Frank Toland, 6-4/285 Jr (Lincoln-Way East H.S.)
OL Tom Pearson, 6-4/295 Jr (Cary-Grove H.S.)
TE Brady Hails, 6-2/230 Sr (Collinsville H.S.)


Wesleyan OR Wisconsin?  ;)

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North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: September 05, 2014, 11:34:09 pm »
Arnold "Red" Auerbach
George "Sparky" Anderson

Long ago when I was growing up in Connecticut, the regional newspapers would sometimes refer to Auerbach using both his real 1st name, and his more commonly used nickname. Usually when he blew his stack over a call.
Sharing the same last name, I always remembered Sparky's real name.   

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North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: September 04, 2014, 05:33:06 pm »
Yes, bringing the entire realm of possibility into focus by highlighting the fact that there can be more sinister reasons involved as well as those grounded in positive reinforcement.  ;)   :D

Again, though, I'm not conceding your assertion that the negative reasons outweigh the positive ones. I'm not at all convinced, for example, that D1 assistant-level experience is the toxic indicator that you've made it out to be. Perhaps it is for a guy like Carthage's Mike Yeager, who played for Miami (OH) and spent six years on the staff at Indiana. But then there's Mike Conway, who was the defensive ends coach for Purdue for a year or two back in the early '90s. And that's not an indication of anything at all. He was a small-college guy before that brief Purdue stint, and he's been a small-college guy ever since he left Purdue to go to Olivet Nazarene.

As is true in so much of life, context is everything.

Careful reading, and thoughtful analysis of my comment that you quoted will reveal that the key words are "can be."
That is not to say past D1 experience is toxic in all cases. Likely far from it.

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North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: September 04, 2014, 12:03:29 pm »
Ghost--

Just want to make it clear that my comments were certainly not specifically directed at EC or its new coach, but rather pertained to one possibility applicable to D3 hires in general, be it football or any other sport.
Also, I would think this happens only a small percentage of the time, especially when due diligence is done by the concerned search committee and athletic administration. 

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North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: September 03, 2014, 08:18:23 pm »
Yes, bringing the entire realm of possibility into focus by highlighting the fact that there can be more sinister reasons involved as well as those grounded in positive reinforcement.  ;)   :D

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North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: September 03, 2014, 06:50:14 pm »
Does he have D1 assistant level experience, and is he "dropping down" to the D3 level due either to being dismissed (possibly along with the entire staff), or as a result of his feeling he'll never ascend to the head position? In both cases it would seem the probability of his using the D3 job as a springboard back to the D1, or minimally the D2 level, would be much more likely than someone possessing the associated D3 attributes previously delineated by Mr. Sager.  ???  :D

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North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: September 03, 2014, 03:00:06 pm »
Daily Herald article on North Central expectations, including comments re Wheaton & Elmhurst:

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140902/sports/140909670/

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North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: August 28, 2014, 09:22:06 pm »
Or the formation of the new IWU club level ping pong team.  ;)   ???   :o

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: August 25, 2014, 10:47:28 am »
Returning/departing players from 2013-14 CCIW rotations...

North Central (14-11, 7-7)

G - Pat Rourke, 6-3/170 Sr


It seems that the NCC athletic machine has successfully reincarnated one former basketball player into a 2nd athletic life as a soccer player.  :)

http://northcentralcardinals.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=6798&path=msoc

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North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: August 25, 2014, 10:22:17 am »
Sounds like the Titans have an impact transfer in Luke Roth, a redshirt freshman LB from Drake (Naperville Central H.S.), who is in the mix to start.

http://www.godrakebulldogs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=15700&ATCLID=209133445

Great kid and great family!  I wish Luke the best!

In addition to his football skills, I believe this young man was a conference championship wrestler @ Naper Central.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: August 19, 2014, 09:10:09 pm »
And One, or others....how'd the summer games go?  Any potential impact players discovered?

I would rate the overall "alternate" 2014 summer league experience as adequate. The concept of a "no cost" league was solid, especially given the distance the majority of CCIW kids had to drive plus the mostly incompetent level of officiating that existed at Joy Of The Game in Deerfield, particularly over the last 2-3 years. For $900 a team, the kids weren't really getting either what was advertised or what they were paying for, other than the fact that JOG is a nice facility. This year the majority of games were played at Elmhurst and Benedictine which graciously donated their facilities. I believe North Central also hosted once. I didn't make every session throughout the summer. With the combination of the schools donating the gym space without charging a fee, and the kids calling their own fouls, thus eliminating the need for paid refs, the league became "no cost."   

CCIW teams participating were Elmhurst, North Central, and Wesleyan. Other teams were Benedictine, Aurora, and (NAIA) Judson. EC and NCC usually had 7-10 players there while Wesleyan featured a smaller contingent of 4-5 ( I think most often Nelms, Stempel, Turner, and Amann? , and sometimes Marietti). Wheaton and Millikin had understandably never played in Deerfield. North Park took part about half the time, while Augie and Carthage were Deerfield league regulars along with EC, NCC, and IWU.

IMHO the main problem encountered was games were usually played only once a week. In itself this is on a par with the Deefrield schedule. However, there were at least 3 times that I was aware of where games were scheduled for the week, but then had to be cancelled for an unknown, to me, reason. Additionally, it would have been nice to have had Augie and Carthage included. Both again played in Deerfield. For their sake, I hope the officiating improved over the last 2-3 years. I think Augie dominated there and CC was about .500

As far as impact players, on the cumulative nights I attended, Kyle Wuest of EC was the MOP. I'd be very surprised if he isn't an all-conference player this year. While a doubtful all-conference level performer, EC's Kenny Payonk is clearly improved. For NCC, the return of Charlie Rosenberg with his combination of power and quickness will pay nice dividends. When coupled with the reliable and capable Jack Burchett, NCC could very well have 2 front line A-C players. Kevin Honn has added both strength and range, and should be an important contributor.   

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