Coach Jared Voss Gets Win Number 500

By Nick Mantas Medill Reports Illinois high school baseball has a new member in the 500 club. Joliet Catholic Academy’s Head Baseball Coach Jared Voss just got win number 500 in a unique way. Coach Voss, an alumnus of JCA, is looking to make another run at the state title and at this point their […]

The rise of analytics in high school basketball

By Eric Burgher Wearing a gold jersey and gold shorts, Nojel Eastern stood out at a recent Evanston High School basketball practice. And not just because the senior and future Purdue Boilermaker is an ESPN Top 100 recruit. While the rest of the team was dressed in the Wildkits’ black and orange practice uniforms, Eastern […]

The man who found a new way to look at high school basketball rankings

By Eric Burgher For Charlie Essig, it has always been about the numbers. After working 42 years as an engineer, he transferred his mathematical expertise to his passion project, the Essig Report, a computer program he devised measuring the comparative strength of high school teams in Illinois based on game performances versus strength of schedule. […]

Gladiator has a new attitude, ready to slay competition

By Jasmine Cannon Christ the King girls basketball team usually leans on its senior class for vocal leadership and to carry the team on the court, but younger Gladiator, Kaylesha Johnson, is making some surprise contributions. [vimeo 158264148 w=474]