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Area roundup: Creal transfer from Joliet West to Romeoville official

Joliet West's Eddie Creal drives against Romeoville's Dontia Johnson during a game last season. Creal will join Johnson and his Spartans' teammates next season. Romeoville coach Marc Howard confirmed Friday that Creal is registered in the Romeoville district. | Larry W. Kane for Shaw Media.[]

Eddie Creal, the only starter who would have been returning to a Joliet West basketball team that finished 26-4 last season and lost to Bolingbrook in the sectional championship game, announced via Twitter on July 3 that he will transfer to Romeoville for his senior year.

Romeoville basketball coach Marc Howard confirmed Friday morning that Creal officially is registered in the Romeoville district and will play for the Spartans in the winter. He is joining a team that already had talent in players such as DeAndre Heckard, Mike Salter, Dontia Johnson, Destin Whitaker and Kahlil Blakney.

Howard previously said Zach Gibson, son of football coach Oliver Gibson, is transferring in from Connecticut.

“We are looking forward to having Eddie join our program,” Howard said. “He will bring us energy, strength, muscle and an all-around improved game.

“He will add to a lineup we already feel is strong. We have a good nucleus of six or seven players.”

Howard declined to comment when asked when he knew the transfer was forthcoming.


Slammers win two at Lake Erie: The Joliet Slammers kicked off the second part of their schedule by winning two Frontier League games at Lake Erie. They won, 11-3, Saturday after claiming a 3-2 win Friday.

In Saturday’s contest, Spencer Navin singled in two runs in the first inning and then in the fourth, Chaz Meadows (2 for 4) added an RBI ground-rule double. Luis Cruz got the win after allowing three hits and one run while striking out eight in five innings.

Four relief pitchers combined to allow two runs and two hits in four innings.

Joliet broke it open with a five-run seventh. Travis Bolin scored on an error, Ridge Hoopii-Haslam (3 for 5, two RBIs) had an RBI single and Melvin Rodriguez (2 for 4) hit a three-run homer. Josh Merrigan (3 for 5) singled home a run in a three-run eighth.

On Friday, Navin hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning to tie it and an inning later, Edwin Gomez (2 for 4) got the game-winner with a leadoff solo shot.

Danny Zardon also went 3 for 4 for Joliet. Duke von Schamann got the win after allowing eight hits and striking out nine in eight innings, while Confesor Lara picked up the save.