Clarkson/Leigh’s Dominik Harper knew he had to make a big play to motivate his team in the second half, down by six at halftime. And he wasted no time in finding it.

Christopher Konicek proved to be the favorite target during Saturday’s Sertoma Eight-Man Classic. The receiver from Clarkson-Leigh caught touchdown passes from three quarterbacks to help the East pull away from the West for a 36-15 win Saturday at Hastings College.

Close, but not quite enough. That's been the story for the Lutheran High Northeast girls basketball team, with half of its losses by 10 points or fewer. It happened again Monday in the first round of the Class C2-6 subdistrict here.

Clarkson/Leigh bit like a rattlesnake early, jumping out to a 12-1 lead over Humphrey St. Francis a little over 2 minutes into their game here Friday.

Cross County led 18-6, only to see the lead evaporate and the game get out of hand in the second half as the C-L Patriots improved (4-3) with the 86-46 win.

It’s not surprising that a few of Garrett Sonderup’s favorite running backs are a bit shorter than most. "You look at guys like Ameer Abdullah, Lesean McCoy and Darren Sproles," Sonderup said, "they are all shorter than most backs but they are able to make cuts well and they are really shifty."

No matter how hard Clarkson/Leigh fought to stay within reach of Howells-Dodge, Jaguars running back Jesse Faltys proved to be much for the Patriots as it suffered its first loss 54-32 in Leigh Friday night.

Clarkson/Leigh gave Wakefield a tough refresher course into the fast pace, high scoring and speed of eight-man football Friday night with a 48-32 win in both teams’ season opener in Leigh.