High school boys basketball insider: Marian Central's A.J. Golembiewski is athlete of the week

Plus notes on Woodstock, Dundee-Crown and more

Athlete of the Week

A.J. Golembiewski

Marian Central, sr., G

Golembiewski scored 46 points in two games at the Class 3A Marengo Regional.

Golembiewski (6-foot-4) scored 21 on Monday in a 62-56 victory over Woodstock North in a play-in game. He hit a pair of 3-pointers in that game.

He scored 25 in Tuesday’s 63-58 loss to Johnsburg and hit four 3s in that game.

Northwest Herald Power Rankings

1. Jacobs (25-3): The Golden Eagles will play for a regional title for the fourth time in five years Friday at Dundee-Crown against the host Chargers. They won the other three times they reached those title games.

2. Dundee-Crown (16-12): The Chargers won a thriller against St. Charles East, 57-54 in overtime, on Wednesday, to reach the championship of their own regional against Jacobs. They have won nine of their past 10 games.

3. Crystal Lake Central (17-10): The Tigers have their most wins since the 2013 team (25-4), which also was the last time Central won a regional.

4. McHenry (19-10): The Warriors were knocked out of the Class 4A Crystal Lake South Regional by Central on Wednesday and finished with their most victories since 2004. That total, according to the IHSA website, ties for third in McHenry history.

5. Richmond-Burton (18-12): The Rockets defeated Woodstock on Wednesday to reach 18 victories for the fourth time in five years. They will aim for their first regional title since 2006 on Friday.


Junior milestones: Woodstock junior guard Evan Bridges and Crystal Lake Central junior center Alex Timmerman both hit career milestones this week.

Bridges (5-9) hit five 3-pointers in the Blue Streaks’ two games at the Class 3A Marengo Regional to give him 161 for his two-year varsity career, which is No. 1 on Woodstock’s all-time list. He passed Gregg Schroeder (2002, 2003) at 156 for the top spot, and he has a year to add to that total.

Timmerman (6-9) scored 21 points as the Tigers defeated McHenry, 52-45, in their Class 4A Crystal Lake South Regional game on Wednesday, putting him at 1,003 for his career. He joins McHenry senior Gavin Markgraff and Johnsburg junior Zach Toussaint as players who passed 1,000 career points this season.

Jacobs senior Ryan Phillips was on track for 1,000 points but suffered a broken bone in his right (shooting) hand and has missed eight games. Phillips is at 946 points.

Speaking of Phillips: On Tuesday, Jacobs coach Jimmy Roberts termed Phillips’ chances to play in Friday’s regional championship game as “Slim, slim, slim.” Phillips was with his teammates watching D-C beat St. Charles East on Wednesday, and the splint was off his right hand, replaced with just a wrap.

Phillips said there might be a chance he would play Friday. After he was injured Feb. 2, his doctor told him the best-case scenario was that he might make it back for the regional title game.

A lineman, please: It seemed appropriate that, at a dead ball in the first quarter Tuesday, Jacobs’ Joey Price (6-8, 315 pounds) and Cary-Grove’s Addison West (6-4, 275) reported into the game for the first time, side-by-side. Both have NCAA Division I football offers as offensive linemen.

Fun times at D-C: After Chargers fans celebrated their team’s overtime victory against St. Charles East on Wednesday, they were standing on the floor of the gym as Jacobs coaches and players, who had been sitting behind them to watch the game, filed out.

The D-C fans chanted, “See you, Friday! See you, Friday!” The chant drew smiles from the Jacobs players.

A lot going on: D-C athletic director Steve Gertz advised fans to arrive early for Friday’s 7 p.m. regional title game between Jacobs and D-C. The D-C musical “Mary Poppins” also is that night, and with a District 300 rivalry game for a championship, the gym likely will be packed.

Gertz also said there will be shuttle buses available for fans who park near the D-C Bowl once the parking lot near the school is filled.

Pointing up: Cary-Grove coach Adam McCloud hopes, in the near future, his players can emulate a little bit of what Jacobs has done. Jacobs ended the Trojans’ season with a 61-39 loss Tuesday.

“I’m excited to play them again when we get a chance (next season),” McCloud said. “I hope our guys relish that opportunity to play a program like that, one that everybody’s chasing. They got a target on their back, and they should. They’re a great program. We want to get to where they’re at.”

Jacobs is 51-1 in FVC games over the past four seasons and won two FVC Valley Division and two FVC championships.

C-G loses three seniors – Sam Carhart, Ben Ferrell and Luc Bressett – and the Trojans have sophomore starters Frank Jakubicek and Beau Frericks to build around the next two seasons.

“We have a lot of talent coming through,” McCloud said. “Hopefully, these guys learn from this and it motivates them to chase these (Jacobs) guys down.”


Class 3A Marengo Regional Championship

No. 2 Johnsburg (18-12) vs. No. 3 Richmond-Burton (18-12), 7 p.m. Friday

• The Kishwaukee River Conference foes split their regular-season games and tied for second in the league at 9-3.

Class 4A Crystal Lake South Regional Championship

No. 5 Crystal Lake Central (17-10) vs. No. 1 Jefferson (24-6), 7 p.m. Friday

• The Tigers defeated McHenry to reach the title game, while the J-Hawks held off South, 52-50.

Class 4A Dundee-Crown Regional Championship

No. 6 Dundee-Crown (16-12) vs. No. 2 Jacobs (25-3), 7 p.m. Friday

• The Chargers knocked off St. Charles East to reach the title game. Jacobs is seeking its fourth regional title in five years.

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