Abby George steals the show as Niles North upends Highland Park

In Friday night’s pivotal CSL North boys basketball contest, Niles North senior Abby George scored 27 points on 7-of-9 shooting to lift the Vikings over Highland Park, 51-50. You can find my game coverage for the Pioneer Press/Chicago Tribune Media by clicking here.

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HP Sports Brief: 5 wrestlers advance to sectionals, boys basketball on 5-game win streak

5 was the magic number yesterday. The HP wrestling squad advanced 5 wrestlers to this week’s sectional meet and the boys basketball team had won 5 in a row, including a 64-31 rout on Friday night. Sam Brief reports in this HP Sports Brief.

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HP Sports Brief Update: David Sachs beats the buzzer, Grace Quirk signs letter of intent

With Highland Park trailing 52-51 against No. 8 St. Joe’s with 3.3 seconds left, senior guard David Sachs dribbled down the length of the court and nailed a buzzer-beating layup to give the Giants a 53-52 upset win. Also, senior basketball and soccer star Grace Quirk signed her letter of intent to play goalie at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Wednesday. Sam Brief reports in this HP Sports Brief.

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HP Sports Brief: Boys basketball team falls to Deerfield, rebounds less than 24 hours later

The Highland Park boys basketball team led Deerfield, 12-10, after a quarter but scored just 16 points in the final 3 quarters and fell to their conference rivals, 42-28. But the Giants rebounded the next morning against Julian, 52-36, and maintain a positive outlook for the rest of their season. Sam Brief reports for HPTV in this episode of the HP Sports Brief.

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HP Sports Brief: Late heroics from David Sachs cap comeback win over Niles North

Highland Park boys basketball trailed by as much as 10 to Niles North but David Sachs, who was held scoreless in the first half, tallied 11 fourth-quarter points (nine in the final 3:34) and the Giants took down Niles North to force a three-way tie atop the CSL North. For Sachs, his domination down the stretch was a breakthrough moment for him and his team. Sam Brief reports from Skokie in this HP Sports Brief.

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HP Sports Brief: Boys basketball bounces back with second-half drubbing of Maine West

The Giants trailed, 20-19, at halftime but won, 62-37, against CSL North rival Maine West. The Giants (5-2, 1-1 CSL North) bounced back from their emotional home loss to Deerfield last week. Sam Brief reports from Highland Park in this week’s HP Sports Brief. Feel free to send any feedback using the “Contact Me” page on the lefthand column. You can also find me on Twitter and on Facebook. Also be sure to check out my YouTube channel.

HP Sports Brief: Quirk shines but Highland Park girls basketball falls to Deerfield

Grace Quirk scored 20 points in her return from a 6-game absence but a 10-0 Deerfield run in the fourth quarter shut down the Giants’ attempt to grab their first win of the season. Sam Brief reports from Deerfield in this edition of the HP Sports Brief. Feel free to send any feedback using the “Contact Me” page on the lefthand column. You can also find me on Twitter and on Facebook. Also be sure to check out my YouTube channel.

HP Sports Brief: Deerfield upsets Highland Park in boys basketball rivalry matchup

A 12-0 Deerfield run to start the second half sparked by junior Jordan Baum catapulted the Warriors to victory over the Giants in the first CSL North game for both teams. The Giants drop to 4-2 overall with the loss. Sam Brief reports from Highland Park. Feel free to send any feedback using the “Contact Me” page on the lefthand column. You can also find me on Twitter and on Facebook. Also be sure to check out my YouTube channel.

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HP Sports Brief: Sachs, Norcia lead rout of Niles West in boys basketball home opener

In its home opener, the Highland Park boys basketball team routed Niles West, 69-32, to improve to 4-1 on the season. PG David Sachs scored 12 with 10 assists and 5 steals while SG Luke Norcia scored 18 on 80% shooting. The Giants are geared up for their next matchup against archrival Deerfield on Saturday night. Sam Brief reports from Highland Park in this week’s HP Sports Brief. Feel free to send any feedback using the “Contact Me” page on the lefthand column. You can also find me on Twitter and on Facebook. Also be sure to check out my YouTube channel.

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Big Ten Basketball Media Day

Last week, I covered the Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Rosemont, Ill. for SB Nation’s Bucky’s 5th Quarter, focusing on Big Ten favorite Wisconsin.

You can find the main hub of all my coverage by clicking here, and links to individual stories and video are listed below:

  • Interview with Frank Kaminsky:

  • Interview with Sam Dekker:

  • Interview with Josh Gasser:

  • Bo Ryan press conference:

  • Opposing players discuss Wisconsin (Shannon Scott, Tre Demps, Travis Trice):

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