Prairie State Edges McHenry County for First Skyway Conference Win
Feb. 21, 2019
By: Allan Scarabello - Sports Information Coordinator

 CHICAGO HEIGHTS - Prairie State has been working hard to pick up its first win in the Skyway Conference and tonight the Pioneers found a way. Tyler Houston drilled two huge free throws with 11 seconds remaining helping Prairie State to a 73-69 victory over McHenry County on Thursday.

Prairie State dominated the first half taking a 10-point lead into the break but allowed the game to slip away a little in the second half. The Scots opened up a 62-55 lead in the final five minutes before Prairie State went on a run of its own fueled by a pair of 3-pointers by Zac Brown. Brown who finished with 16 points shooting 5 of 14 from behind the arc. 

Sophomore Jataryn Dejareaux (Chicago Heights, IL / Bloom) continued his outstanding sophomore campaign with another double-double. Dejareaux finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds and had a double-double in the first half with 13 points and 10 rebounds. He was unstoppable at the rim despite drawing two and three defenders at a time which opened up the floor for Prairie State to nail five 3-pointers.

Prairie State (7-20, 1-12 Skyway) got an 18-point effort out of Gerald Stewart (Chicago, IL/St. Francis De Sales), who was lights out from the outside hitting four 3-pointers. Stewart also led the Pioneers with two steals.

Houston (Dolton, IL / Brother Rice), who hit the big free throws to ice the contest, finished with 11 points, six rebounds and six assists.

The Pioneers will host Morton College in the regular season finale at 1 P.M. on Saturday. Dejareaux, the team's only sophomore will be honored in a ceremony. 

Houston Nearly Puts Up Triple-Double in Loss to Oakton
Feb. 20, 2019
By: Allan Scarabello - Sports Information Coordinator

DES PLAINES – Prairie State’s Tyler Houston narrowly missed a triple-double, but it wasn’t enough as Prairie State fell to Skyway Conference foe Oakton Community College 75-70 on Wednesday.

Houston (Dolton, IL/Brother Rice) has 16 points and 12 rebounds and his eight assists fell just two short of a triple-double.

The Pioneers trailed 39-32 headed into halftime and stayed right with the Owls thanks in large part to the offense of Jataryan Devereaux (Chicago Heights, IL/Bloom), who finished with a team-high 31 points despite drawing a lot of attention all game. 

Chris English (Olympia Fields, IL / Harding (MN) led the Pioneers with three steals.

Prairie State will play at home against McHenry County at 7:15 P.M. on Thursday.

Prairie State Battles But Runs Out of Gas at McHenry County
Feb. 16, 2019
By: Allan Scarabello - Sports Information Coordinator

CRYSTAL LAKE – Prairie State was in the game the entire way, but couldn't complete the comeback in a 63-53 loss at McHenry County Community College on Saturday

Jataryn Dejareaux (Chicago Heights, IL / Bloom) was outstanding again for Prairie State. The sophomore scored a team-high 23 points and 14 rebounds. 

Zac Brown hit a 3-pointer on the opening possession of the second half to cut the Scots lead to three points. The Pioneers weren't able to get any closer than that but stayed within single digits for the majority of the second half.

Gerald Stewart had nine points while Tyler Houston (Dolton, IL / Brother Rice) had eight points.

The Pioneers will play at Oakton Community College at 7:15 P.M. on Tuesday. 


JT vs Moraine

Dejareaux's Double-Double Keeps Prairie State Close Against Moraine Valley
Feb. 9, 2019
By: Allan Scarabello - Sports Information Coordinator

 CHICAGO HEIGHTS - Jataryn Dejareaux went off against Skyway Conference foe Moraine Valley but it wasn't enough in a 79-68 loss against Moraine Valley on Saturday.

Dejareaux (Chicago Heights, IL / Bloom) shot 50 percent (14 of 28) from the field finishing with 32 points while snagging 15 rebounds. Prairie State led for parts of the first half before Moraine Valley took the lead toward the end of the first half. The Cyclones took a 40-33 lead into the break.

Tyler Houston (Dolton, IL / Brother Rice) had 13 points and three steals while Chris English (Olympia Fields, IL / Harding (MN)) finished with a double-double (10 points, 13 rebounds). 

Prairie State (6-17, 0-9) shot over 47 percent in the second half to stay close until the end.

The Pioneers will travel to College of Lake County for a 7:15 P.M. contest on Thursday.

Dejareaux Scores 23 as Pioneers Fall at Waubonsee
Feb. 7, 2019
By: Allan Scarabello - Sports Information Coordinator

SUGAR GROVE – Jataryn Dejareaux scored 23 points but Waubonsee defeated Prairie State 79-51 on Thursday.

Dejareaux (Chicago Heights, IL / Bloom) shot over 50 percent (9 of 16) from the field and nailed three 3-pointers. He also snagged a team-high eight rebounds. 

Tyler Houston (Dolton, IL / Brother Rice) had four steals while.Chris English (Olympia Fields, IL / Harding (MN)) finished with three. Houston finished with 15 points while freshman Gerald Stewart had 11 to round out the double-digit scorers for the Pioneers.

Prairie State trailed by seven at half but was unable to stay close in the second half.

The Pioneers will host Moraine Valley Community College at 1 P.M. on Saturday.

Box Score

Prairie State Rallies Late but Falls to Skyway Foe Elgin
Feb. 6, 2019
By: Allan Scarabello - Sports Information Coordinator

CHICAGO HEIGHTS – Jataryn Dejareaux was dominant again for Prairie State. The big man broke loose for 35 points, 28 of them coming in the second half against Elgin Community College.

Dejareaux’s (Chicago Heights, IL / Bloom) outstanding half led the Pioneers on a comeback but it wasn’t enough as Prairie State fell 92-82 to the Spartans on Wednesday. Prairie State trailed by over 20 points but was able to cut the lead to eight points near the end of the contest against its Skyway Conference foe.

Tyler Houston (Dolton, IL / Brother Rice) was also solid for coach Mike Manderino’s bunch scoring 20 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Chris English finished with 10 rebounds while Dejareaux added eight.

Houston gave the Spartans trouble finishing with 20 points and had 11 in the first half to keep Prairie State within striking distance as the Pioneers trailed by 13 at halftime.

Gerald Stewart added 12 points for Prairie State.

The Pioneers will travel to Waubonsee Community College for a 7:15 game on Thursday.

Pioneers Stay Close Early but Struggle to Score Late at Morton
Jan. 26, 2019
By: Allan Scarabello - Sports Information Coordinator

CICERO – Prairie State struggled to score in a 83-43 loss at Morton on Saturday.

The Pioneers trailed by only 11 at halftime against their Skyway Conference foe, but managed only 18 points in the second half. 

Jataryan Dejareaux (Chicago Heights, IL / Bloom) had another solid game for Prairie State finishing with 22 points and seven rebounds. Tyler Houston scored 10 points for the Pioneers. Chris English (Olympia Fields, IL / Harding (MN)) led Prairie State with eight rebonds while Dejareaux and Alex Ghadebo (Homewood, IL / East River (FL)) each had a pair of blocks. Donnell Anderson (Bradley, IL/Bradley-Bourbonnais) led with five assists.

The Pioneers will play Tuesday at 7:15 PM at McHenry County. 

Prairie State Falls to College of Lake County
Jan. 24, 2019
By: Allan Scarabello - Sports Information Coordinator

CHICAGO HEIGHTS - Prairie State held an early lead against Skyway Conference foe College of Lake County, but the Lancers proved to be too much for the Pioneers. 

Lake County cruised to an 87-53 victory over Prairie State on Thursday. 

Jataryn Dejareaux (Chicago Heights/Bloom) had a solid game for the Pioneers despite often drawing double and triple teams. Dejareaux fought his way to a team-high 23 points hitting three 3-pointers. 

Donnell Anderson (Bradley/Bradley-Bourbonnais) scored 14 points and gave the Pioneers a solid effort defensively with eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Chris English (Olympia Fields, IL/Harding, Minn.) added six rebounds for coach Mike Manderino's bunch. 

Prairie State will play next on Saturday at 1 P.M. at Morton College.