The seventh annual War on the Shore, benefitting the Danny Did Foundation, is Saturday at Evanston. This is the first time in the event’s history it’s being contested somewhere other than Loyola. Tom Livatino, in his eighth season as head coach of the Ramblers, said this is a day he looks forward to every season.
“There had never been a shootout like this on the North Shore, and I thought it was time to shine a spotlight on the basketball being played up here,” he said. “It’s been a cool thing. We’ve been fortunate to have some pretty good programs participate in it and to be a partner with a great organization like the Danny Did Foundation. It’s a can’t-miss day.”
New Trier vs. Jacobs, 3:30 p.m.
Loyola vs. St. Patrick, 5:15 p.m.
Evanston vs. Homewood-Flossmoor, 7 p.m.
- Evanston and St. Patrick are highly ranked by both the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune. The Wildkits are No. 8 in the Tribune and 17th in the Sun-Times, while the Shamrocks are 10th in the Sun-Times and 11th in the Tribune.
- The final game of the day between Evanston and Homewood-Flossmoor, which is making its inaugural appearance at War on the Shore, will be broadcast live on WCIU. It’s the first time one of the War on the Shore games has been on TV, live or tape-delayed.
- Evanston senior Nojel Eastern and Jacobs senior Cameron Krutwig arguably are the two best players at the showcase. Eastern, a 6-foot-6 guard, has signed with Purdue, while Krutwig, a 6-9 forward, has signed with Loyola University in Chicago.
- Excluding Evanston, Loyola and New Trier, a total of 11 schools have participated over the seven years. St. Patrick has played in four War on the Shores, while Notre Dame and St. Ignatius each have participated in three apiece. Jacobs is making its second appearance. Benet and St. Viator also have played in two War on the Shores. In addition to Homewood-Flossmoor, Fremd, Lake Forest, Mount Carmel and Waukegan all have made one appearance.
- Of the three North Shore teams, Loyola owns the best record at 5-1. New Trier is 4-2, and Evanston is 1-5.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Spencer Boehm, so., F, New Trier
Jeffrey Boyd, sr., G, Homewood-Flossmoor
Ciaran Brayboy, so., C, New Trier
Kevin Cunningham, jr., G, Loyola
Julian DeGuzman, sr., F, Loyola
Nojel Eastern, sr., G, Evanston
Ramar Evans, sr., G, Loyola
Jaheim Holden, so., G, Evanston
Lance Jones, so., G, Evanston
Andrew Kirkpatrick, jr., G, New Trier
Cameron Krutwig, sr., F, Jacobs
Matt Lynch, sr., G, Loyola
Laurence Merritt, sr., G, St. Patrick
Jalen Nelson, sr., G, St. Patrick
Ryan Phillips, jr., G, Jacobs
Xavier Pinson, jr., G, St. Patrick
Alton Thompson, sr., F, St. Patrick
Jarrett Tribble, sr., G, Homewood-Flossmoor
Elyjah Williams, sr., F, Evanston