LOYOLA UNIVERSITY SUPERSECTIONAL
Tue., March 18
(5) Glenbrook North 71, (1) Zion-Benton 55
At Carver Arena, Peoria Civic Center
Fri. March 21
Game 1: Evanston vs. Belleville West, noon
Game 2: Von Steuben vs. Peoria, 1:45 p.m.
Game 3: Downers Grove South vs. Thornwood, 6:30 p.m.
Game 4: Johnsburg vs. Glenbrook North, 8:15 p.m.
When they beat Hoffman Estates in the Barrington sectional finals last Friday, I hedged my bet and booked a flight home for first thing Friday morning. I figured, if they lost tonight, I'd just spend the weekend at home with family and friends. They didn't. They beat a favored Zion-Benton team by 16 points... egads, in regulation! I about jumped through the roof screaming when I saw the text coalesce on the screen.
I'm leaving on the first direct Southwest flight out on Friday morning, I get into Midway at 1:30. From there to baggage claim to the rental car straight down the Stevenson to Peoria. Yeah, I'm over ten years out of Glenbrook North. But it's still my home, these are still my people, I still know the coaches, and this will always be my team. They don't go downstate every year. Even if I'm not working the bench or the table, I'm content to sit in the stands, 'cause I gotta see this...