How the Cubs impact Chicago high school baseball

By John Alfes Medill Reports From yearly scholarships to inner city leagues to Kerry Wood Cubs Field, the Cubs’ contributions to Chicago high school baseball are widespread. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, America’s pastime takes a trip beyond the ivy walls of Wrigley Field. Photo at top: The Lake View High School Wildcats baseball […]

Lake View basketball – A future full of promise

By John Alfes Medill Reports Lake View High School men’s basketball heads into the off-season with a sense of determination and cohesion after the trials and tribulations of the 2018-19 season. “We felt that we had a lot of ups and downs, but we accomplished many things,” said Dominic Saez, a junior shooting guard at […]

Osman’s EuroLeague legacy translating to NBA with All-Star weekend pick

By John Alfes Medill Reports Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman is an icon in the EuroLeague, where he played for four years with Anadolu Efes — a Turkish professional basketball team based in Istanbul. He started there at age 18. The experience refined Osman’s game on the court, fostered his relationships off the court and […]

The 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend is a landmark event for the G League

By John Alfes Medill Reports CHARLOTTE, N.C.– Beneath the surface of the NBA is an emerging pipeline, a new route for the game’s next wave of star players. The G League is no longer a mystery, nor is it the cellar for basketball in America. “It’s not deemed as a punishment,” said Darvin Ham, who […]

We are the world: International stars unite

Ben Simmons ASW 2019 Presser

By John Alfes Medill Reports CHARLOTTE, N.C.– Members of Team World in the 25th Rising Stars game are embracing the opportunity to team up and represent their native countries, an NBA experience that only comes once a year during the All-Star weekend festivities. Coached by Wes Unseld Jr. and Dirk Nowitzki, Team World has 10 […]

Rocky: An odds-defying journey from an LCL injury back to the Chicago hardwood

By John Alfes Medill Reports Seated senior point guard Rocky Viette extended his left leg on the baseline, reached for his foot and cracked a smile ahead of Lake View’s game against Marine Leadership Academy. It was a welcoming sight for head coach Mike Davis. It was a relieving sight for senior guard Tyrek Warren. […]

Full-court press, up-pace tempo fuel Lake View in blowout victory over Marine Leadership Academy

John Alfes Medill Reports The Lake View High School men’s basketball team stormed out to an 18-1, first-quarter lead, applying a full-court defensive press and an up-pace offensive tempo before cruising to a 59-27 rout of Chicago’s Marine Leadership Academy Bulldogs on Wednesday. Following a rhythmic sequence of pesky defending, crisp passing and high-percentage shooting […]

Lake View seniors deliver nail-biting victory over Von Steuben

By John Alfes Medill Reports Seniors David Thomas, Coby San Juan and Tyrek Warren all racked up double-digit points on Wednesday, propelling the Lake View High School men’s basketball team to a 48-47 win in a tightly contested clash against the Von Steuben Panthers. The experienced trio combined forces to score 40 points, including a […]