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Teams of the Year: Greater Chicago

5/20/2009

Editor's note: ESPN RISE Magazine honors the top teams in each of the magazine's 25 regions. Disagree with our choices? Vote for your favorite athletes here. And check out the honorees from other regions here.

Boys' Team of the Year

WHITNEY YOUNG BASKETBALL
The Dolphins were one of the most-watched teams in the nation this season,
with star power to spare. Senior guards Chris Colvin and Marcus Jordan were
the sparkplugs on the well-balanced squad, as each averaged 10 points per
game in leading Whitney Young to the Class 4A state championship. Junior
guard Anthony Johnson also provided punch in the backcourt, giving the
Dolphins an unstoppable perimeter attack. Jordan led the team with 19
points in the state title game, while senior center Stanford Brown added 14.

OTHER FINALISTS

MAINE SOUTH FOOTBALL
Senior quarterback Charlie Goro and junior running back Matt Perez powered
the Maine South offense and led the Hawks to the Class 8A state title.
Perez rushed for 19 touchdowns and Goro threw 37 TD passes.

NAPERVILLE NORTH CROSS COUNTRY
The Huskies edged out York for the Class 3A state championship, using
terrific performances from seniors Kyle Gibson (fourth overall) and David
McWilliams (ninth) to finish first in the team standings.

NEW TRIER SWIMMING
Senior Michael Ross won the individual state diving title and senior Mike
Dominski won the 100 butterfly to lead New Trier to the state championship.
New Trier's relay squads won the 200 medley and 400 free relay.

Girls' Team of the Year

BOLINGBROOK BASKETBALL
The Raiders went 25-4 (all losses were to out-of-state teams) and rolled to the
Class 4A state title behind sophomore guard Ariel Massengale and freshman
sensation Morgan Tuck. Bolingbrook's average margin of victory in the playoffs
was an astonishing 24.6 points, and Tuck was the difference-maker. The
6-foot-3 center led the team with 18.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game,
and she was the first freshman to win the Ms. Basketball of Illinois award. Bolingbrook
finished the season ranked No. 3 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50.

OTHER FINALISTS

GENEVA CROSS COUNTRY
Geneva won the Class 3A state title for second consecutive year, with sophomore
Kelly Whitley pacing the young squad. Whitley finished second overall
at the state meet with a time of 16:56.

HINSDALE CENTRAL TENNIS
Junior Nida Hamilton reached the state finals and junior Courtney Dolehide
made it to the quarterfinals of the singles bracket, and the 1-2 punch helped
Hinsdale win a third straight championship.

ST. CHARLES EAST VOLLEYBALL
St. Charles East went 38-4 and won the Class 4A state championship. The
Fighting Saints won their final 10 matches, including comeback victories in
the Super-Sectional final and the state final.