Drahozal Named District Coach of the Year


MPA girls basketball coach Tom Drahozal was recognized by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association following a record 2019-2020 season, earning District 3 Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time in his career. Drahozal, who led the Warriors to their seventh regional championship and a program-record 22 wins, was one of 21 girls basketball coaches honored at the state's Class 1A/2A level. A member of Morgan Park Academy's Athletic Hall of Fame, Drahozal has led the varsity girls basketball program since 1994, compiling 383 wins in 26 seasons. His career total of 489 wins also includes seven years with the varsity [...]

Drahozal Named District Coach of the Year2020-03-10T13:53:11-05:00

Warriors Well Represented on Basketball All-Conference Teams


Award season continued to be kind to the MPA varsity basketball teams, as All-State players Kaitlyn Mullings and Sheridan Harris were named to the all-conference second team for 2019-2020 and Samaria Harris, Miles Beachum, and Logan Walton received honorable mention. Go Warriors!

Warriors Well Represented on Basketball All-Conference Teams2020-03-19T13:55:27-05:00

Senior Takes 2nd at State 3-Point Shootout


Kaitlyn Mullings closed her MPA basketball career with a flourish, advancing through regional and sectional competitions to place second in IHSA Class 1A in the 3-point shootout on Feb. 28, 2020. In the finals at Illinois State University, the senior forward hit 9 of 15 to become one of four shooters in the championship round, where she nailed eight 3-pointers to tie for first place. Illini Central's Kyndel Arthalony won the tiebreaker round. Mullings is the first MPA basketball player, boy or girl, to advance to the championship round of the state 3-point shootout. She and teammate Sheridan Harris also received [...]

Senior Takes 2nd at State 3-Point Shootout2020-03-02T10:25:23-06:00

Girls Basketball Duo Earns All-State Honors


Senior forward Kaitlyn Mullings and freshman forward Sheridan Harris received All-State honorable mention by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association, capping a season that saw the MPA varsity girls earn a program-record 22 wins and a seventh regional championship. The two players led the Warriors (22-7) in scoring and rebounding this season, each averaging a double-double. Mullings averaged 11.7 points and 11.9 rebounds per game, and finished the season by placing second in the state in the 3-point shootout. Harris also scored 11.7 points per game and grabbed a team-high 13.7 rebounds per game. This marks the third straight year that coach [...]

Girls Basketball Duo Earns All-State Honors2020-03-02T12:12:14-06:00

Girls Basketball Captures Hard-Won Regional Championship


The job had been hard — fought by some of them over the course of four or five long years — and when it was finally accomplished, all the emotion poured out. They hugged each other and spun giddy in circles at midcourt, bouncing in exuberant celebration -- teammates and sisters and teammates who had become like sisters. Next to the home bench, two longtime coaching partners embraced. The goal that had been tantalizingly out of reach was finally at hand. Morgan Park Academy's varsity girls are regional basketball champions once more — for the seventh time in the past 13 [...]

Girls Basketball Captures Hard-Won Regional Championship2020-03-02T12:12:34-06:00

Seniors Have Girls Basketball Ready for Playoffs


By Tim O’Brien The Beverly Review Kaitlyn Mullings wasn’t focusing too much on the festivities for Senior Night on Jan. 31 at Morgan Park Academy (MPA). Instead, the senior forward was thinking about her teammates and their season goals, especially with the playoffs approaching. Nonetheless, Mullings, a four-year varsity player, didn’t want to overlook Senior Night, and she scored 18 points and added 8 rebounds to help MPA to a convincing 75-27 nonconference victory over Universal. MPA improved to 18-6 with the win and also received key performances from senior guard Samaria Harris (16 points, 5 rebounds), junior guard Shamariah White [...]

Seniors Have Girls Basketball Ready for Playoffs2020-02-05T15:53:47-06:00

Harris Sisters Team Up for Girls Basketball


By Tim O’Brien The Beverly Review When Sheridan Harris made her varsity debut for Morgan Park Academy in November, the 5’7” guard was far from a typical freshman. As a student-athlete on MPA’s lower-school team, she had watched the MPA varsity team for years, including her sister, Samaria, a four-year varsity player. So, Sheridan felt some nerves before her varsity debut, but those also included excitement. “I’d been watching the varsity play a long time because of my sister,” Sheridan said. “I knew everyone on the team, so it was the nerves of playing my first high school game, but the [...]

Harris Sisters Team Up for Girls Basketball2020-02-05T15:55:49-06:00

Celebrating the Best of Basketball Season


Morgan Park Academy honored the best of the 2018-2019 winter sports season with awards banquets for Upper School and Middle School basketball on Feb. 20 and 26. Senior all-conference selections Eli Moss and Amaya McLachlan were chosen by coaches as varsity MVPs, while Miles Beachum, Murphy Chen, Samaria Harris, Dion Madkins, Matthew McKnight, Kaitlyn Mullings, Madison Olimene, Tim Rooney, Emmanuel Sarpong, Hannah Schuman-Cook, Jalen Shelton, Logan Walton, and Oscar Zhang also received individual awards. Winter Sports Awards 2018-2019 Upper School & Middle School BOYS BASKETBALL [PHOTOS] Varsity Class 1A Regional Semifinalist MVP: Eli Moss Warrior Award: Matthew McKnight Most Improved: Logan [...]

Celebrating the Best of Basketball Season2019-12-22T14:09:07-06:00

Senior Forward Ends Record Career With All-State Honors


A year after her former teammate became the top scorer in MPA girls basketball history, senior forward Amaya McLachlan rewrote the record books again, breaking the season record with 611 points to finish her career second on the program’s all-time scoring list. McLachlan broke the season record of 569 points set last year by Isis Rodriguez; her 1,350 career points are second only to Rodriguez’s daunting total of 1,705. McLachlan and fellow all-ISL honorees Kaitlyn Mullings and Samaria Harris led the varsity girls to 21 wins — tying the program record set last year — and a berth in the Class [...]

Senior Forward Ends Record Career With All-State Honors2020-01-24T15:32:07-06:00
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