High school boys basketball insider: Hampshire's Collin Woods is athlete of the week

Collin Woods
Collin Woods

Athlete of the Week

Collin Woods

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Woods scored a team-high 26 points as the Whip-Purs knocked off Crystal Lake Central, 71-56, in their Fox Valley Conference game Friday. He also led Hampshire with 14 points in its 56-51 win over Prairie Ridge on Wednesday.

Woods hit 9 of 12 field-goal attempts, six of which were 3-pointers against Central. In the fourth quarter, when Central had cut the lead to seven and had the ball, Hampshire picked up a steal, and Woods nailed a 3 to put the lead back to 10.

Northwest Herald Power Rankings

1. Crystal Lake South (17-6): The Gators grab the top spot for the first time after holding off Huntley for their sixth consecutive victory. With at least eight remaining games, they have a shot at their most wins since former coach Gary Collins’ 2004 team went 22-7.

2. Hampshire (15-11): The Whip-Purs are a dangerous team when the 3-pointers are falling like they were in Friday’s 71-56 win over Crystal Lake Central. Woods and Nick Erickson hit six each to lead the way.

3. Crystal Lake Central (14-9): The Tigers suffered a loss to Hampshire to fall one-half game behind South in the FVC standings. Central is 3-5 since winning 10 straight games.

4. Cary-Grove (15-6): The Trojans held on for a huge double-overtime victory over Dundee-Crown, 39-38, on Friday night. Their only loss in the past five games was against South.

5. Dundee-Crown (16-6): The Chargers have lost three of their past four games, but two of those were nonconference contests, and they still are very much in the FVC race, tied with C-G at 1 1/2 games out of first.


Closing in: Woodstock senior guard Evan Bridges, who holds the Blue Streaks' career 3-point record at 237, is less than 100 points from hitting 1,000 for his career.

Bridges has 903 points with six regular-season games remaining. He can become the seventh Woodstock boys player to reach 1,000 career points, the first since Jordan Turner in 2013.

Richmond-Burton senior Jeff Jankowski also is closing in on 1,000 points. Jankowski is at 940 for his career after Wednesday’s game at Burlington Central.

Big deal: Woodstock North is celebrating its school’s 10th year in fitting fashion. The Thunder set the school record for victories in Saturday’s 51-46 win over Sycamore, then added another with Monday’s 52-44 victory against Woodstock.

The players took pictures and tweeted about the school record Saturday. With eight games remaining, North (12-9) is shooting for its first winning season. The previous best was the 2013 team, which was 10-19.

All-around skills: Crystal Lake Central’s 6-9 center Alex Timmerman, who is signed with NCAA Division I Bucknell, occasionally has chances to show his adeptness for handling the ball on fast breaks.

Timmerman had such an opportunity Friday when he dribbled down the floor and into the lane, whipping a behind-the-back pass to guard Deonta Dungey, who then flipped it right back to Timmerman for a layup. Timmerman scored 28 in that game.

What to Watch

Dundee-Crown at Crystal Lake South, 1:30 p.m. Saturday: South has won six consecutive games and handed the Chargers their worst loss of the year, by 21 points, in their first meeting. But not much has been easy for most teams in the FVC.

Hampshire at Cary-Grove, 7 p.m. Wednesday: It is a key game for both teams, who are in the middle of the crowded FVC race.

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