Palatine's senior offensive guard Carson Walker was one of two recipients to be awarded the "GridIrons Gives Back" scholarship for excellence in the classroom as well as on the gridiron.
Sponsored by the law offices of Kelleher & Buckley, LLC., and in conjunction with GridIrons, Walker received a $500 check towards tuition at Illinois State University, where he will be attending in the fall.
"Carson is an exceptional young man in many ways," said Palatine head coach Corey Olson. "He's a well-rounded student that has been an important member of our team for four years."
Walker, a 3-year starter at offensive guard, started 37 games over 4 years for the Pirates and even played some snaps on the defensive side of the ball last season.
"Carson was one of the most physical kids I have coached, a dominating down blocker that will wear you down over the course of the game," Olson said. "He is a very intelligent player as he rarely makes mental errors or body position errors as an offensive l...
Schaumburg coach Mark Stilling's gritty bunch nearly pulled out another signature win on the 2017 season, as MSL West conference play began Friday with the Saxons playing host to the Palatine Pirates.
Staked to a 14-0 first-half lead, the Cardinal and Gold could not hold on as the visiting Pirates came alive in the second half to complete a thrilling 28-21comeback win. It was the fourth consecutive win over Schaumburg for Palatine, who improved to 3-2 on the season. The Saxons, after winning their last three games, dropped to 3-2.
"(Down 14-0) It takes a lot of character to bounce back from that," said Palatine head coach Corey Olson. "But we have the kids who are able to do that, our leaders stepped up when we needed them to, I'm very proud of them."
The Saxons got on the board quickly to open the contest when Schaumburg signal caller Deontae Arnold found Mark Digioia in the flat and he zipped into the end zone for a 65-yard touchdown at the 10:48 mark of the fi...
A colossal showdown between two Class 8A heavyweights lived up to its billing Friday night when Palatine hosted Maine South in a Mid-Suburban/Central Suburban crossover contest.
In the end, the visiting 3rd-ranked Hawks managed to outlast the 14th-ranked Pirates in hostile territory, coming away with a 17-14 road win to move to 3-1 on the season. Palatine drops to 2-2.
"I told the guys coming in that you've got to win on the road, you've got to win on the road in the playoffs and you've got to win on the road against great teams," said Maine South coach David Inserra. "We played 48 minutes of football tonight … we knew it was going to be tough."
The Hawks matriculated right down the field on the opening drive of the game, as NIU-bound running back Fotis Kokosioulis (165 yards on 32 carries) churned out 49 yards on the ground to set up a 2-yard touchdown run by signal caller John O'Sullivan to give the visitors a 7-0 lead.