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Warrior Rally Is Too Late against Rockets

by Jim Baranski Crete-Monee trailed host Rich East by 16 points in the fourth quarter on December 7. In the end, the Rockets held on for an 82-71 Southland win, but not before the Warriors made the game exciting down the stretch. Julian Dancy fueled the attack in the final eight minutes for the Warriors.…

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C-M To Host Showcase

For just five dollars, high school basketball fans can enjoy six top-flight games at the Crete-Monee Showcase on December 15. The action will tipoff at 10:30 a.m. as Maine South tangles with Thornwood. At noon, Chicago Christian will face Mount Carmel. Bloom then will play Hyde Park at 1:30 p.m. At 3 p.m., TF South…

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Warriors Fall Short at Rich Central

by Jim Baranski Leading most of the way against Rich Central, Crete-Monee saw Rich Central string together nine unanswered points midway in the fourth quarter. The Warriors retaliated with their own 9-0 run, but just could not get over the hump losing the Southland road game 49-42 on December 3. “We had two chances to…

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Warriors Lose SAC Opener to Rich South

Crete-Monee suffered a 75-50 loss to Rich South in the Southland opener on November 30. The Warriors fell behind 35-22 at the half. Senior guards Julian Dancy and Karriem Hamilton topped the Warriors. Dancy provided 15 points, while Hamilton tossed in 12 points. The duo was hot on the foul line. Hamilton hit 6-of-6, while…

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Warrior Ladies Edge TF South

by Dennis Bowling Although it is very early in the season, Crete-Monee’s girls basketball team, while still a work in progress, was able to garner a not so pretty win on November 27. The Warrior freshmen, guard Kameron Jones (10 points, 5 steals), forward Jayla Dixon (10 points, 8 rebounds) and guard Jayda Bowen (7…

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Warriors Lose to Plainfield South

In a shootout, Crete-Monee lost 88-85 to Plainfield South in the Tiger Thanksgiving tournament at Joliet West. The Warriors had a 41-40 halftime lead, but the Cougars enjoyed a 31-12 advantage in the third quarter for a 71-52 cushion. The Warriors dominated the final eight minutes and fell short when Julian Dancy’s three-pointer failed to…

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Cary-Grove’s Ball Control Upends Crete-Monee

by Jim Baranski Cary-Grove is noted for its triple option, and the Trojans ran it close to perfection in the 6A title game. The Trojans snapped a 10-game Crete-Monee win streak with a 35-13 victory in Champaign on November 24. “With that 0-3 start, we played with our backs against the wall all season,” C-M…

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Warriors Drop First Two at Joliet West

by Jim Baranski Shorthanded and short on experience, Crete-Monee lost its first two games in the Tiger Thanksgiving Classic at Joliet West. In the second game, the Warriors fell 92-62 to Brother Rice on November 21. Former Warrior and Loyola recruit Marques Kennedy tossed in 28 points to lead the Crusaders. “Presently, I am looking…

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Warriors Score Twice Late, Next Stop State

by Jim Baranski “We are going to State,” Crete-Monee Ronald Carroll said, as the Warriors huddled after their 38-35 6A semifinal victory over top-seeded Richards. Now, the Warriors will face Cary-Grove in a rematch of the 2012 champion game on November 24. Kickoff is 1 p.m. at the University of Illinois. However, with 2:01 left,…

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Warriors Down Plainfield East

by Dennis Bowling Crete-Monee senior Lauren Smith, who is a girls soccer standout and the team leader for the Warriors girls varsity basketball team, had high praise for freshman Jayda Bowen. Bowen, a very poised 5-foot-8 point guard, registered a team-high 11 points, which included eight clutch points in the fourth quarter. She had five…

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Warriors Knock off Unbeaten Washington, Host Richards

by Jim Baranski It was another 48 minutes of football for Crete-Monee, and it paid off with a comeback 35-28 win over visiting Washington on November 10. Jamal Safo tallied three touchdowns for the Warriors in defeating the unbeaten Panthers. Thus, the Warriors (9-3) will host Richard (12-0) in a 6A semifinal on November 17…

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Late Touchdown Advances Warriors to Elite Eight

By Jim Baranski In a gathering of players and coaches, Crete-Monee Coach John Konecki pointed to the scoreboard that read Crete-Monee 40, Visitors (Chatham Glenwood) 39. “That is what 48 minutes of football looks like,” Konecki said. “We never stopped battling.” The Warriors’ second round 6A playoff game provided each team the thrill of victory…

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Huge Second Half Propels Warriors to Victory

by Jim Baranski Late in the second quarter, Crete-Monee tied Bloomington, 6-6, as the Warriors went into the locker room even with the Purple Raiders, but also with some information. Using that knowledge, Crete-Monee scored three touchdowns in the first four minutes of the third quarter. The Warriors continued on for a 41-13 road win…

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Warriors Beat Thunderbirds

by Dennis Bowling Crete-Monee senior Macy Bowen, who is a volleyball and softball standout, is a powerful hitter, a strong passer and server, along with being a terrific leader. She was at the right place and at the right time for the Warriors on October 22. Outside hitter Bowen had six digs, five good passes…

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Marian, C-M Have Cross Country Advancers

On October 20, Marian Catholic placed fourth in the 2A girls cross country regional at Hinsdale South. The Spartans tallied 109 points, as Aurora Rosary won with 23. Grace Rado placed sixth to lead the Spartans as she toured the course in 20:26. Maya Correa (21:33) finished 17th, one place ahead of teammate Samantha Barrett…

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Warriors Finish Regular Season with a Win

by Jim Baranski A long trip down Interstate 94 paid off in a big non-conference victory for Crete-Monee. The Warrior defense made a late score hold up for a 25-21 win at Benton Harbor, Mich., on October 19. “This was a real struggle,” Crete-Monee coach John Konecki said. “It was a long bus ride, but…

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Warriors Blank Rich Central, Lose to Marian

On Senior Night, Crete-Monee received a big boost from that group as the Warriors shut out Rich South 2-0 on October 9. Both goals were scored by seniors Sammy Assil and Olin Ortiz (assisted by senior John DeHorn). The next day, Marian Catholic blanked the Warriors 3-0, as Goalie Mario Prancevic made three saves. Host…

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