LaGrange Park, IL- Nazareth Academy head football coach Tim Racki doesn’t hold the IHSA record for state championships. Yet. Mt. Carmel living legend Frank Lenti owns that awesome distinction with 11 rings. Racki has 6 after winning the 5A IHSA title last season in DeKalb versus New Lennox Lincoln Way West HS. This dude is young and very talented at what he does, so in the future we will just watch the Roadrunners and enjoy.
Below, please find Part One of a two part podcast+ series with a great coach and great man as he tells us cool things. Included in Part One, listen to Coach tells us about growing up and going to Driscoll HS in Addison. Sit back and enjoy the insights from one of the best and brightest high school football coaches in the nation!!
Aurora, IL- It doesn’t take very long to get to really appreciate Metea Valley HS wrestling head coach Claudio Torres. Amicable and energetic, he is the kind of man that anyone would like to have mentor their young wrestler. His love for family, Metea Valley HS, his wrestling program and the USA is very obvious. Torres is not bashful about telling you what he thinks or feels but that is what makes him a special man in the world of wrestling.
Join bergsworld.live for a compelling journey through the eyes of a young family man and coach making his mark not just in Illinois but as far away as Iraq. This is the first podcast+ installment that explores the life and times of a modern Gladiator.
Episode #1: Claudio takes us from high school up to his enlistment in the National Guard as an MP for the US Army in Iraq. Sit back and enjoy, this is good!
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Torres teaching his young men on his wrestling team
Us Army MP practicing with his M-16 in Iraq
Mustangs mix it up at practice
Mustang wrestling family
MVHS campus entrance
State of the art equipment in Mustang wrestling room
Huntley, IL- Please help support local wrestling by coming to the 1st Annual East/Lake County v West/ McHenry County All-Star Wrestling Meet at Huntley HS @ 6:00 pm this Saturday, April 9th. Spread the word, there will be great wrestlers attending: Christian Brunner from Dundee Crown HS @ Travis Piotrowski (SEE BELOW) from Prairie Ridge HS both IHSA State Champions. CLC HS dynamic duo of Austin Parks, Mike Petersen (SEE BELOW) and Sage Heller from Deerfield HS, who all finished 3rd in Champaign at the IHSA championships, just to name a few.
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The following videos occurred on the same mat. Right in a row. At the Antioch HS 2A Wrestling Sectional in February. Prairie Ridge HS Travis Piotrowski, Crystal Lake Central HS Lenny Petersen and CLC HS Michael Petersen. They put on awesome displays of individual excellence, in such short order. Very cool!!!
Crystal Lake, IL- His nickname is Big Trev. After meeting Trevor Keegan, I understand how he came by that moniker. Keegan, 6’6″/ 275 lbs, is a freshman at Crystal Lake South HS and plays DE/OL for the Gators. He started all ten games for head coach Chuck Ahsmann. Oh, did I say he was a freshman? I did. Keegan is big and young. Ahsmann brings back his QB (Luke Nolan, Jr.), his RB’s (Kyle Leva, So. & Mike Swiatly, Jr.), OL (Big Frank Harenza, Jr., Enok Dragon, So. & Taylor Beckwith, So.), WR’s (Matt Meyers, Jr. & Blake Kuffel, So.), just to name a few. This Gators “O” will be running on high octane in 2016.
Listen below as Keegan tells us what he thinks about his Gators’ chances in next years new/old Fox Valley Conference rumble. His future aspirations, family, friends, coaches and teachers are also discussed. Though only a freshman, Big Trev is mature for his age and it shows in our interview. bergsworld.live appreciates the time TK spent with us and look forward to watching him and his fellow Gators lace ’em up in the fall.
PS: Gators fans don’t be angry with Big Trev’s role model, even if he went to Cary-Grove HS before heading to The University of Notre Dame!
Big Trev when he played with the Raiders
Keegan looking ready for action
Gators football champions banner in the main gym
Keegan taking a break
RB Corey Sheehan celebrates with Big Trev after scoring a TD
2016 Gators hemet
Gators Stuff: Keegan was named to the 2015 Maxpreps All-American Freshman Team.
Keegan’s maxpreps All-American award
Gator fight song
CLS tunnel before game
Gators Stuff: Ahsmann and his Gators look to return to the IHSA play-offs for the second year in a row.
Oswego, IL- I headed to Oswego East High School to meet with football head coach Tyson LeBlanc, QB Jaylon Banks, DE/TE Elijah James and DB/RB Ivory Kelly-Martin earlier this year. When I pulled up to the school, I thought I had mistakenly found a good sized college. But no, this was it. Boy, is it really big and very cool. 11 years old but looking much newer, it’s kept very clear of any clutter.
Student common area at OEHS campus
View of OEHS campus from baseball field
Listen below as Banks, James and Kelly-Martin (with Coach LeBlanc keeping an eye on us) speak frankly of the Wolves’ deep desire to knock off their arch enemy Oswego HS. The three fine gentlemen take us through how a rivalry looks and feels from the inside out. The Oswego 3 are playing a big part in filling the leadership vacuum left after key seniors graduated last spring.
Wolves Stuff I: OEHS opened in 2005-06. Their overall record after 11 seasons is 34-68 /.333%. Oswego HS opened in 1949-50. The Panthers are 394-222-15/.624% all time. (IHSA provided stats).
QB Jaylon Banks
Wolves Stuff II: OEHS has a current student population of 2000+. OHS has 2350+ students this year.
DE/TE Elijah James
DB/RB Ivory Kelly-Martin
Record wall in OEHS weight room
Wolves Stuff III: The Wolves all time record against the Panthers is 0-11.
Banks, Coach LeBlanc, James & Kelly-Martin
OEHS entrance sign
Wolves Stuff IV: The Southwest Prairie Conference will expand from eight teams to ten next year. New additions are Joliet Central HS and Joliet West HS.