Bell cleared to play

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

Ka’Darryl Bell, the OPRF boys basketball team’s starting guard, has been cleared to play this weekend.

The 6-foot-1 Bell, a junior averaging 14.5 points per game this season, suffered a tailbone injury near the conclusion of OPRF’s 61-49 loss to Hinsdale Central on Feb. 4. He did not play in the Huskies’ 66-43 thumping of Ridgewood the following night.

OPRF head coach Matt Maloney said Wednesday night that Bell had been cleared to play by his doctor.

“We’ll be at full-strength for the most part and ready to go,” said Maloney, whose team hosts Proviso West Friday night (7:30 p.m.) and travels to Lyons Township on Saturday (6 p.m.). If the Lions defeat Downers Grove North tonight, it will push their West Suburban (Silver) Conference win-streak to nine games. The Huskies, who last season halted an LT win-streak at 22 games in a televised contest, fell to the Lions 76-56 in Oak Park last month.

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Brad Spencer, Wednesday Journal Sports Editor  

Posted: February 10th, 2011 3:52 PM

Al Allen is recovering from a mild stroke he suffered in January has returned to the team in a limited capacity.

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Posted: February 10th, 2011 12:19 PM

Does Brad Spencer have anything to report on former head coach and current assistant Al Allen? I understand he recently suffered a minor stroke. He is really dedicated to OP-RF H.S. and it's athletics program. Hopefully, Al is recovering but the Wednesday Journal should let the community know how he's doing.

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