Stevenson's 6--7 forward is one of the state's top prospects for the Class of 2017. Smith is the only returning starter for the defending state champs and had a season-high 16 points against Glenbard South. Smith already has at least three offers from Big Ten schools, according to 247sports.com, after averaging 10 ppg and 5 rpg last season.
The 6-7 senior is the top returning scorer from Hinsdale Central's sectional finalist last season. Blust leads the Devils in four offensive categories: 12.2 ppg, 9.5 rpg, seven blocks, and 15 assists. With his 4.25 grade-point average, Blust has been attracting plenty of interest from Division III recruiters. He scored a season-high 18 points against Oak Park-River Forest on Dec. 11.
The leading receiver from Maine South's football team has carried over his success while leading the basketball team to seven straight wins to begin the season. The senior guard scored a season-high 26 points against Maine West and had 20 points in the Hawks' 47-44 loss to Rockford Lutheran Dec. 13. Arenas was one of three Maine South players named all-tournament at Maine West.
When longtime Proviso West tournament director Joe Spagnolo ended his association with that tournament in 2013 after 32 years, the 53-year-old computer technician for Proviso Township District 209 became the assignment chairman for officials at Proviso West. After Hinsdale Central athletic director Dan Jones proposed a new holiday tournament, he offered Spagnolo the opportunity to run the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic (hcholidayclassic.com). This year's inaugural tournament has two state champions (Stevenson and Crespi Carmelite of Encino, Calif.) and five teams that played at Proviso West last season: Stevenson, H-F, Rockford Auburn, Maine South and Hinsdale Central.
"I want to make this last a long time," Spagnolo said. "This is not a one-and-out for me. This is something for me to do after I retire (in two years). The venue is great. The location is great. The people are great."
The holidays are a perfect time to check out the dozens of shops and restaurants in downtown Hinsdale, just north of the school along Garfield Avenue. For a map and list of businesses in the downtown area, visit www.DistinctlyHinsdale.com.