High school boys basketball insider: Prairie Ridge's Connor Kazin is athlete of the week; plus notes and what to watch

Connor Kazin
Connor Kazin

Athlete of the Week

Connor Kazin, Prairie Ridge, Sr., G

Kazin scored 40 points in a pair of Wolves’ victories at Jacobs’ Hinkle Holiday Classic to put Prairie Ridge in position to advance to the championship bracket.

Kazin scored 19 in the Wolves’ 66-52 win over Chicago Payton in the tournament opener. He came back with 21 points in Saturday’s 70-62 victory over Johnsburg. The two wins doubled the win total of the season for the Wolves (4-9).


Tough bracket: Cary-Grove lost four out of five coming into Jacobs’ Hinkle Holiday Classic before its 55-47 victory over Lakes in Pool IV on Friday. The Trojans were playing in what is likely the toughest of the four pools, though, and lost to Barrington and Jefferson, which is considered the best team in Rockford.

C-G (5-6) will now play in the Consolation B Bracket with a chance to get back above .500.

On the ‘Net: For those who cannot make it to the Hinkle Holiday Classic, games can be viewed on YouTube by searching for Hinkle Holiday Classic 2017. South Elgin's Beacon Academy again is webcasting the games, which are available at any time, so fans who watch games can go home and watch again.

The camera work, directing and production is done by South Elgin High School students.

Former Jacobs coach Jim Hinkle, for which the tournament is named, often does color analysis for games. Among the play-by-play broadcasters is Jacobs graduate Ben Murray, who is a broadcast major at West Virginia.

979 and holding: Since McHenry was off last week, senior guard Gavin Markgraff still sits 21 points shy of 1,000 for his three-year varsity career. He was third in area scoring last season at 18.7 points a game.

What to Watch

Hinkle Holiday Classic

At Jacobs, Wednesday and Thursday

• Jacobs, Crystal Lake South, Barrington and either Bartlett or Prairie Ridge comprise the championship bracket. The final two days are bracket play.

Marengo E.C. Nichols Tournament

At Marengo, Wednesday through Friday

• Crystal Lake Central, Richmond-Burton and the host Indians advanced to the winners’ bracket.

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