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Oftentimes when you get a battle of undefeated division rivals playing a huge game, it is hard for the battle to live up to the hype.That was certainly not the case for Park Ridge at Butler. The NJIC combatants came into the evening both at 3-0 and playing for Patriot Division supremacy.In a terrific high school football game, it was Park Ridge that came up with just a couple more plays in a 14-10 road victory that was clinched when a Butler Hail Mary attempt from the Park Ridge 27-yard line was intercepted by Luke Macfie....
Oftentimes when you get a battle of undefeated division rivals playing a huge game, it is hard for the battle to live up to the hype.
That was certainly not the case for Park Ridge at Butler. The NJIC combatants came into the evening both at 3-0 and playing for Patriot Division supremacy.
In a terrific high school football game, it was Park Ridge that came up with just a couple more plays in a 14-10 road victory that was clinched when a Butler Hail Mary attempt from the Park Ridge 27-yard line was intercepted by Luke Macfie.
“We had real good plays all over the place,” Park Ridge head coach Tom Curry said. “Defensively, we did a great job of taking away a lot of their stuff. It was a real good high school football game. Hats off to Butler; they took us out of a lot fo the stuff we like to do offensively.”
“They had 99 yards to go, so the whole time we were just trying to keep them in front and in bounds,” senior Cole Hughes said. “We kind of did that. Everyone played back and did their job. We let up some catches and it got a little scary, but Luke got a great pick and it was all good.”
After a slow start offensively for Park Ridge and a 3-0 deficit, the Owls got it going in the second quarter by riding both the arm and the legs of Hughes. Following a 20-yard pass to Macfie to the Butler 47, Hughes attempted five straight runs that got Park Ridge down to the 19.
Facing a 3rd-and-10, Hughes sniffed out a Butler blitz up the middle and was able to escape the pocket to his left to find Michael Montgomery in the corner of the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown to give Park Ridge a 7-3 lead with 4:06 left in the second quarter.
“Right as I took the snap, I saw they blitzed the whole house,” Hughes said. “They had no edge contain, is I knew I could beat them outside. Mike flew right open, I gave it to him and it just worked out.”
Butler was able to work its way down the field to try to get points before halftime, but came up short on a fourth-and-six from the Park Ridge 14. Coming out of the locker room, it only took the Owls two plays to strike. Macfie got to the edge for a 52-yard run down to the Butler eight-yard line before Hughes easily ran it in on the next play to give Park Ridge a 14-3 lead.
“It was going to take a couple of big plays like that,” Curry said. “He ripped off a couple of good runs and unfortunately got called back on a couple. That was a huge momentum changer for us. It really helped us get back into the game.”
However, Butler responded quickly when just four plays later quarterback Bobby Battipede hit Michael Henehan on a go route down the sideline for a 68-yard touchdown that made it a 14-10 game with 9:41 left in the third quarter.
Despite the early second-half fireworks, neither team would score again. After stopping Park Ridge on a fourth-and-two from the nine-yard line, Butler went for the same play it had scored on previously. This time Shane Stecz was ready for the interception to give the Owls the ball right back.
After forcing a fumble, Butler got another chance to try tot take the lead. The series started off good for the Bulldogs as Battipede found P.J. Coffey for a 36-yard connection down to the Park Ridge 37. However, a couple of holding calls stalled that drive.
Despite not scoring on the drive, a long 13-play possession by Park Ridge forced Butler to drive the entire length of the field in a short amount of time to have a chance for the comeback. Key third downs were converted by Hughes -- one a third-and-nine pass to Matthew Rozzi on a rollout and another on a 12-yard run on a third-and-10.
Butler took over on its one-yard line following an interception and made it all the way to the Park Ridge 27 before the final play of the game came up short.
The Owls will look to clinch the outright NJIC Patriot Division title with a win next week over Wallington. After three lopsided wins to open the season, this was Park Ridge’s first major test of the season and it passed with flying colors.
“It was great,” Hughes said. “Last year, pretty much every close game we had we ended up losing. This year, coming out on top in our first one is a huge momentum builder. Butler is a great team with a great offensive line and defensive line. It feels amazing.”
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Separated by a year and over 30 pounds, Butler 190-pounder Will Friscoe knew if he ever wanted to share a starting lineup with his brother and starting 165-pounder Tyrus, now was the time it needed to happen.Will hadn’t wrestled much before high school and had spent the pas two years playing basketball. But, wanting to be around his brother, he decided to go out for the wrestling team and lo and behold he made varsity right away.He made an impact right away, too, as Will, Tyrus and five other Bulldog wrestlers each record...
Separated by a year and over 30 pounds, Butler 190-pounder Will Friscoe knew if he ever wanted to share a starting lineup with his brother and starting 165-pounder Tyrus, now was the time it needed to happen.
Will hadn’t wrestled much before high school and had spent the pas two years playing basketball. But, wanting to be around his brother, he decided to go out for the wrestling team and lo and behold he made varsity right away.
He made an impact right away, too, as Will, Tyrus and five other Bulldog wrestlers each recorded pins in Butler’s 52-28 rout on the road against Verona.
The win was Will’s first at the varsity level in his first ever varsity bout, pinning Verona’s Nick Priori in 5:16.
And even though everything went according to plan and even though junior Will had older brother Tyrus there to calm him down, the former still couldn’t help but think about the proverbial what ifs.
“He [Tyrus] kept me grounded and we talked about it a lot every day after practice. He really just made sure I was calm and collected,” Will said post-match. “If I overthought it, he’d come over and tell me not to worry about it and that it was one match out of my whole high school career, but I definitely was still nervous.”
Butler coach Jason Luciani was especially impressed with the Friscoe’s performance.
“We won where we thought we’d win and then we had a couple of nice surprises in there. The Friscoe brothers coming through was really, really big,” Luciani said. “They both never wrestled much before high school. They’re both high character boys and are incredibly tough. They really push each other and the rest of the guys in the room.”
Indeed, no one in Butler’s room pushes the Friscoe brothers like they push each other.
“The fact that we both practice together — he works me to the absolute limit,” Will said. “I work him as much as I can but he gives me the best competition I’ve ever had in my entire life.”
And even though Will is younger and less experienced, he’s already confidence that what he’s throwing at Tyrus is more than enough to prepare the latter for whatever’s coming.
“It makes me think he already has his match in the bag,” Will said. “I push him to his absolute limit so there’s no reason this kid should be any better or any harder working than he should ever be.”
Tyrus doesn’t bother to hold out on Will, either. The sibling rivalry and competitiveness wouldn’t let that happen.
But it also can’t happen because Tyrus recognizes the importance of what he’s throwing at Will and how mutually beneficial it is to them both.
“I know I’m pushing him to his limit every freaking day. I know he’s got it,” Tyrus said. “If he can withstand me beating the crap out of him every single day, then he can beat this kid, whoever it is. It doesn’t matter. He always pushes me no matter what, that’s the bottom line.”
They recognize each other’s strengths and weaknesses, too. Tyrus fully admits Will is the far more aggressive, offensive-minded wrestler and more willing to attack. Tyrus, meanwhile likes to wait and react to what his opponent does, and if the situation permits, go for his signature collar tie.
The Friscoe’s trademarks worked well for them on Tuesday, but they’re part of a larger strategy and system Luciani has in place. It was on fill display and was a major reason why Butler notched seven pins in its opening dual of the season.
“We have a system we like to stick to and we tell the kids that when they execute it, the pins will come. Of course we definitely want to pin and we know pins and bonus points are always the key to dual meet victories,” Luciani said. “They know based on matchups where bonus points have to come and where they can’t give up bonus points and our kids did a good job on both of those fronts.”
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Despite the No. 23 being out of commission by the Miami Heat, Jimmy Butler claims the team used the jersey as a negotiating tool in their free-agent pitch to him.On Sunday, Butler visited Lids while waiting to learn who his Eastern Conference Finals opponent would be and spoke with fans about the numbers he has worn throughout his career.Butler entered the NBA sporting No. 21 for the Chicago Bulls before deciding to wear No. 23 when he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers. In Miami, the No. 23 is retired...
Despite the No. 23 being out of commission by the Miami Heat, Jimmy Butler claims the team used the jersey as a negotiating tool in their free-agent pitch to him.
On Sunday, Butler visited Lids while waiting to learn who his Eastern Conference Finals opponent would be and spoke with fans about the numbers he has worn throughout his career.
Butler entered the NBA sporting No. 21 for the Chicago Bulls before deciding to wear No. 23 when he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers. In Miami, the No. 23 is retired as a tribute to Michael Jordan and his legendary career. However, Butler claims Heat president Pat Riley was willing to unretire it if he signed with the team in 2019.
"[No.] 21 I think is a wrap for me. That was just like my Chicago days," Butler said in a video posted on Instagram. "I'll never wear 21 again. You can't wear 23 [with the Heat] because of M.J. Literally. Pat Riley retired it. But, I will say this, whenever I did come here, Pat told me that I could wear 23. But I said no, so 22 it is."
"You can't wear 23 here because of MJ. Literally, Pat Riley retired it… Whenever I did come here, Pat told me that I could wear 23 but I said no. So 22 it is."Jimmy Butler on his jersey number for the Heat(via @JimmyButler/ IG)pic.twitter.com/WTsXd0KW6G— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) May 14, 2023
In a 2020 interview, Butler revealed that he chose his Heat jersey number to pay homage to former teammate Taj Gibson "one of the toughest individuals" he has played alongside.
During Jordan's final season (2003), Miami retired his No. 23, which marked the first retirement of a jersey number in franchise history. Six years later, Miami finally honored its own greats by officially retiring Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway's Nos. 33 and 10 jerseys. Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have all had their numbers retired as well.
20 years ago today: The Heat retire Michael Jordan's #23 jersey, then Jordan (age 40) scores 23 PTS (11-18 FG) in the first half of the Washington Wizards' 91-87 win in Miami.April 11, 2003. pic.twitter.com/kLWOYH0eeg— NBA Cobwebs (@NBACobwebs) April 11, 2023
The Heat also have a No. 13 Miami Dolphins jersey recognizing quarterback Dan Marino, but the number is not officially retired by the team.
Jordan's Heat jersey retirement was also the first time an NBA franchise retired a number for a player who didn't play for its team, which has happened twice since then. The Dallas Mavericks retired the late great Kobe Bryant's No. 24 jersey in 2020, and last offseason, the Association retired 11-time champion Bill Russell's No. 6 league-wide following his passing.
Butler's Heat resume doesn't stack up to those among all-time franchise legends, considering he's only in his fourth season with Miami. Though in terms of per-game figures, it's hard to deny he's one of the best players in team history.
The 33-year-old is Miami's leader in steals per game (1.8) and ranks third in points per game (21.5). His 25.3 player efficiency rating is also second to four-time MVP LeBron James.
Udonis Haslem should be the next to have his number retired by Miami, and soon after, the current Laker James will receive the same honor. But if Butler leads the Heat on another trip to the NBA Finals, he'll have a compelling case for his No. 22 to hang in the Kaseya Center rafters someday.
Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler just continues to find ways to torment Boston sports fans, even on off days.After spearheading the Heat to a Game 1 road win over the Celtics with a sensational 35-point performance to go with seven assists, five rebounds and six steals, Butler was back on the court Thursday but he wasn’t donning the usual Miami practice garb for the session.Instead, the Heat ...
Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler just continues to find ways to torment Boston sports fans, even on off days.
After spearheading the Heat to a Game 1 road win over the Celtics with a sensational 35-point performance to go with seven assists, five rebounds and six steals, Butler was back on the court Thursday but he wasn’t donning the usual Miami practice garb for the session.
Instead, the Heat star threw on a jersey of Florida Panthers forward Matthew Tkachuk, which should bring up plenty of recent bad memories for Boston Bruins fans. Tkachuk was a catalyst for the Panthers in their first-round knockout of the Bruins in the Stanley Cup playoffs and became a villain during the series as he helped put an end to Boston’s historic season.
Butler was supporting Tkachuk and the Panthers as they began their Eastern Conference final Thursday night against the Carolina Hurricanes, but no doubt the move won’t ingratiate himself with those in the city of Boston. You can check out video of Butler getting up shots in the Tkachuk jersey courtesy of Playbook Sports.
Tkachuk does have a connection to Celtics star Jayson Tatum. They both were high school classmates at Chaminade Preparatory School located just outside of St. Louis.
But this was clearly another win for Butler in getting inside the heads of Boston fans, and he probably didn’t even do it on purpose.
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Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks and Betting Preview for NBA Basketball Game on 05/19
Time: 08:30 PM
Venue: TD Garden
Betting Odds @ FanDuel
|Miami Heat||Open||+9.5||-110||O 224.5||-110||+350|
|Boston Celtics||Open||-9.5||-110||U 224.5||-110||-450|
|1.||SF||Jimmy Butler||22.9 Points, 5.9 Rebounds, 5.3 Assists|
|2.||C||Bam Adebayo||20.4 Points, 9.2 Rebounds, 3.2 Assists|
|3.||PG||Kyle Lowry||11.2 Points, 4.1 Rebounds, 5.1 Assists|
|4.||PG||Gabe Vincent||9.4 Points, 2.1 Rebounds, 2.5 Assists|
|5.||SG||Max Strus||11.5 Points, 3.2 Rebounds, 2.1 Assists|
|6.||PF||Caleb Martin||9.6 Points, 4.8 Rebounds, 1.6 Assists|
|1.||SF||Jayson Tatum||30.1 Points, 8.8 Rebounds, 4.6 Assists|
|2.||SG||Jaylen Brown||26.6 Points, 6.9 Rebounds, 3.5 Assists|
|3.||SG||Malcolm Brogdon||14.9 Points, 4.2 Rebounds, 3.7 Assists|
|4.||PG||Marcus Smart||11.5 Points, 3.1 Rebounds, 6.3 Assists|
|5.||C||Robert Williams III||8.0 Points, 8.3 Rebounds, 1.4 Assists|
|6.||C||Al Horford||9.8 Points, 6.2 Rebounds, 3.0 Assists|
Last 5 Against The Spread:
|Wed, May 17||BOS||+8.5||213.0||123-116|
|Fri, May 12||NY||-6.5||204.5||96-92|
|Wed, May 10||NY||+3.5||209.5||112-103|
|Mon, May 08||NY||-4.5||209.5||109-101|
|Sat, May 06||NY||-4.0||207.0||105-86|
|Wed, May 17||MIA||-8.5||213.0||123-116|
|Sun, May 14||PHI||-6.0||201.0||112-88|
|Thu, May 11||PHI||-2.5||210.5||95-86|
|Tue, May 09||PHI||-8.0||213.5||115-103|
|Sun, May 07||PHI||-1.0||213.5||116-115|