Jim Maley ran a tight ship in his time at Kenwood Academy, a high school on the city’s Southside. So much so that players often sat out games to despite having the minimum requirements to participate. “We did a lot …
Today, Jabari Parker will make national news and announce where he intends to play college basketball, leaving Chicago—and the nation—to salivate over Jahlil Okafor, the city’s next basketball prodigy.
Senior editor Ben Strauss went to the heart of basketball country on Chicago’s South Side and found baseball remains a vital part of several communities. Players, coaches, and parents discussed the role baseball plays in their neighborhoods and the struggles the game faces to remain relevant.
In the early 1990s, there wasn’t a more coveted basketball prospect on the planet than Rashard Griffith. With a wide frame, soft hands, and a good head on his shoulders, the Chicago-bred seven-footer garnered comparisons to Wilt Chamberlain. So what happened?
The former full-time sports journalist turned high school president kvels over the newly crowned two-time state champion Class 1-A boy’s track team from Leo High. But there’s much, much more to be proud about.