Inside Boys Basketball: Cary-Grove's Jason Gregoire Athlete of the Week
Athlete of the Week
Gregoire led Jacobs’ Hinkle Holiday Classic in scoring with 128 points and was named to the all-tournament team as the Trojans went 3-2 for the week.
Gregoire scored 36 in a pivotal pool game, a 59-50 victory over Jefferson, that put the Trojans into the Consolation A championship bracket.
C-G lost to South Elgin, 83-80 in overtime, for the Consolation A title game, but Gregoire again was outstanding with 36 points. In his last two tournament games, the 6-foot-3 guard was 21 of 28 on field goals with 62 points.
Ambidexterity: Without a scouting report on Cary-Grove guard Tyler Szydlo, someone might think he was a right-hander all the way because when he drives to the basket, Szydlo usually releases from that side.
However, the 6-foot-2 senior shoots from a distance with his left hand.
“It’s funky,” he said. “I write and shoot left-handed, but I throw all other balls with my right hand. I feel like I have more touch with my right hand, so I use that inside a lot.”
Szydlo also handles the ball a lot and is adept with either hand, although he often brings it up the floor with his right. Those are nice skills to have.
Changing teams: Jacobs will make some changes with its tournament schedules for next season. The Golden Eagles will not return to Quincy, where they have gone for Thanksgiving for the past decade. Instead, they are trying to get into Palatine’s or Lane Tech’s tournament for Thanksgiving.
Crystal Lake Central will leave the Hinkle Holiday Classic next year, along with Chicago Tilden. Jacobs athletic director Dan Vosnos said he has a couple of potential replacements lined up.
Also, Central coach Rich Czeslawski said his school’s Thanksgiving Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament will replace Antioch and Hoffman Estates next year with Geneva and Hononegah.
Impending arrival: Czeslawski missed Friday's game at the Hinkle Holiday Classic while his wife Molly gave birth to their second child, daughter Jordan. Meanwhile, at Marengo's E.C. Nichols Tournament, Richmond-Burton coach Brandon Creason was not certain he would make every game either.
Creason's wife Angie is due with their second child Jan. 1. She delivered son Kellan, 4, five weeks early.
"I just kept waiting for for my phone to start vibrating," Creason said. Angie made it through the tournament, and the Rockets won the title.
Record setters: Johnsburg coach Mike Toussaint will enjoy a few days of practice with his team to analyze the Skyhawks’ new pressing defense and free-wheeling offense, which uses 3-pointers liberally.
The Skyhawks were 1-4 at the Hinkle Holiday Classic but had worked on the new system minimally before the tournament.
What Johnsburg did at Jacobs was find itself in the tournament records. Tilden’s 100-87 victory over Johnsburg in the first round set the mark for the highest combined score.
Johnsburg also tied the tournament record with 15 3s in its loss to Jacobs. Guard Steve Dixon’s eight 3s was one off the tournament record for a single game.
Also, the Skyhawks attempted 117 free throws, which was a tournament record.
This week’s top games
McHenry at York Tournament
The Warriors finish Tuesday at the Jack Tosh Holiday Tournament.
North Boone at Richmond-Burton
7 p.m. Friday, Lou Ramirez Gymnasium
The Rockets are expected to contend for the Big Northern Conference East Division title and open their division schedule coming off winning the championship at Marengo’s E.C. Nichols Tournament.
– Joe Stevenson