Daily Archive : Friday August 26, 2011


    Linda Leffingwell works with 5-year-old Maestoso Batosta as he kicks and bucks in the ring during training at Tempel Farms. The organization has taken this season off strictly for the purpose of training its horses.

    Lipizzan stallions taking time off for training

    A behind the scenes look at Tempel Farms, where young Lipizzan stallions are trained to become the well-known performing horses. The organization has taken this season off to focus on breeding and training the horses on their property in Old Mill Creek.

    Angel Facio

    Facio’s guilty plea in sex assault holds

    The Illinois Appellate Court has upheld a lower court's ruling to dismiss Elgin teen Angel Facio's attempt for a new trial in the Kane County case where he was handed a 16-year sentence in the sexual assault of an 8-year-old girl.


    Kane County on verge of adding more open space

    Kane County Forest Preserve District officials announced they’ve closed on 20 acres of land along Lake Run near the Dick Young Forest Preserve District. They’ve also entered negotiations to buy 120 acres in Burlington Township and land known as the "Gehrke property" in Plato Township.


    West Dundee woman played organ for almost 70 years at funeral home

    West Dundee has lost a prolific organ player and one of the oldest women to ever call it home. Ella M. Holtz was 101 when she passed away Wednesday at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. But well into her late 90s, she was the primary organ player for funeral services at Miller Funeral Home in West Dundee.

    William Stover, a member of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, and a resident of Gettysburg, Pa., protests against gay marriage Friday at the intersection of Rand and Dundee roads in Palatine. The group has about 700 members throughout the nation and across college campuses.

    Pennsylvania group protests in Palatine against civil unions

    Amongst drones of car horns in support and also occasional obscenities, 10 men from the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) protested against gay marriage Friday afternoon at the intersection of Rand and Dundee Roads in Palatine.


    Buffalo Grove man charged in death of Mt. Prospect woman

    A Buffalo Grove man was charged Friday in connection with a crash that took the life of a Mount Prospect woman.

    Mandeep Bedi

    Naperville man killed in road rage incident

    A Naperville man died Thursday, nearly one week after he was run down in an apparent road rage incident in Chicago, authorities said.

    Jennifer Gustafson

    Hanover Park murder victim feared for her safety

    Frightened of her husband and alarmed for her safety, Jennifer Gustafson recently began each day by alerting one of her friends she was fine.But friends didn’t get that message Thursday from the Hanover Park mother of two, and they soon learned the worst had indeed happened.

    Crystal Lake firefighters battle a fire at the Trident Auto Body shop at 80 Railroad St. in downtown Crystal Lake Friday evening.

    Firefighters battle blaze at Crystal Lake auto body shop

    Firefighting crews were responding to a fire that broke out at an auto body shop in Crystal Lake Friday night.

    Ruben Gutierrez-Reyes

    3 charged in Aurora drug bust

    Three men have been charged after authorities conducted a drug bust at their Aurora residence Friday.

    The Glenbard West dance squad finishes its routine during Friday’s pep rally.

    Glenbard W., Tigers prep for national exposure

    Glenbard West High School senior Andrew Salamunovich says he has brunch plans Sunday morning.That happens to be when his Hilltoppers will take on the Tigers from Wheaton Warrenville South in a nationally televised football game. “And the main course is tiger meat,” he told approximately 2,300 of his classmates who gathered after school Friday for a pep rally at Glenbard West’s...


    Tri-Cities police reports

    Daniel R. Guzick, 56, of the 200 block of Walnut Street, was charged Aug. 19 with public drunkenness, according to a police report. Officers found Guzick sitting on the sidewalk, against the side of a building. Guzick was bleeding from his forehead and had blood on his right hand and right knee. Paramedics came to the scene to treat Guzick. Witnesses told police they saw Guzick stumble into an...


    New Gurnee playground unveiled

    Gurnee Park District officials plan to host a ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 27 unveiling a new playground. The grand opening will be at 11:30 a.m. at Village Park near Continental Drive.


    ‘Nunsense’ auditions Sunday

    Liberty Town Productions will hold auditions for women aged 18 and up at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 and 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29 at the Libertyville High School choral room for its production of “Nunsense."


    Arlington Hts. asks for comments on police department

    Arlington Heights residents are asked to comment on the Arlington Heights police department as part of its re-accreditation process at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, in village hall, 33 S. Arlington Heights Road.


    Hoffman Estates seeks park board applicants

    The Hoffman Estates Park District is seeking a commissioner to fill the board seat left by Craig Bernacki. It is for the term ending April 2013.

    David Harris

    State Rep. David Harris might run for Congress

    State Rep. David Harris announced he is "testing the waters" or considering a run for Congress from the 8th District.

    Seniors using Pace, Metra or the CTA are switching to a new ID card system in September.

    Senior transit card switch hits snag

    Mixups in senior transit cards mean the RTA could push forward a Thursday deadline ending the free rides program.


    New witness in 1982 Round Lake Beach murder case

    A Lake County prosecutor said Friday he has found a new witness who is prepared to testify he overheard the man accused of a 1982 murder in Round Lake Beach admit to the crime. Robert Bostic, 71, is scheduled to go on trial starting Monday for the June 25, 1982 shooting death of Carlton Richmond in a garage converted into a biker bar.


    Pingree Grove administrator to leave next month

    Pingree Grove Village Administrator Bill Barlow announced he is leaving his part-time position to take a full-time job as manager for the village of Maywood next month. Barlow, 54, said that yesterday he received an offer for the $105,000 yearly position in Maywood. His current salary is $58,900.


    Fox Valley police reports

    A 42-year-old Elgin man told police Thursday someone used his identity to open a credit card that now has a balance of $3,728, police said. The man reported the incident Thursday, after Chase Bank refused to issue a credit card to him. The bank pointed to the outstanding debt on the other card that it discovered during a credit check.

    Drew Peterson is accused of killing his third wife in 2004.

    Prosecutors appeal ruling in Drew Peterson case

    Will County prosecutors want jurors to hear several hearsay statements they say link Drew Peterson to the 2004 drowning of his third wife. A state appellate court ruled the statements were not admissible, and the state's attorney announced an appeal on Friday.

    Joe Lombardo, United National Antiwar Committee co-coordinator, talks about the uphill battle groups face in protesting international summits in Chicago.

    Protesters make plans for Chicago G8, NATO summits

    With nine months until the G8 and NATO summits, dozens of groups will gather Saturday to organize what could be the largest demonstrations in Chicago in years.

    Tony Reyes

    Winfield leaders say video gambling will help fix roads

    Winfield trustees say it should open up bars in town for video gaming in order to create a new revenue source for the village's struggling road repair fund. “I would only vote in favor of it if it were allocated specifically to road repair,” trustee Tony Reyes said.


    Notre Dame starts aerial lift safety program

    The University of Notre Dame launched a website Friday publicizing the hazards of aerial lifts, part of its settlement with the state over safety violations in the death of a student videographer at football practice last year.


    Supreme court to stop reappointing Cook judges

    Justices on the Illinois Supreme Court have decided to stop using their recall power to reappoint Cook County judges who have lost their elections, a spokesman said.


    Judge pushes Vernon Hills ‘cat house’ case forward

    Vernon Hills officials have been given permission by a judge to get estimates of what it would take to clean up a home that has been declared uninhabitable because of animal waste and other problems.

    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com ¬ Citizens for a Better Sugar Grove plans to protest the firing of Sugar Grove Library director Beverly Holmes Hughes Thursday's library board meeting.

    Sugar Grove Library statement fails to please critics

    The Sugar Grove Library board Thursday released a statement about the firing of the former director and it disappointed the critics. “Shame! Shame on you!" they cried out after the meeting to selected trustees.

    Rob Sherman

    Rob Sherman sues Buffalo Grove over newsletter

    Buffalo Grove atheist and community activist Rob Sherman has sued his own village for what he calls a violation of church and state in its e-newsletter by promoting a Pig & Corn Roast at Hope Lutheran Church in Long Grove.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Vandals smashed the rear vehicle windshield on one vehicle, ripped the rear windshield wiper off another car and damaged several mailboxes overnight Aug. 20-21 on Summersweet Lane in Bartlett. Damage was estimated at $600.

    This photo of Chris Carpenter was taken Sunday, one day before he disappeared.

    Naperville parents plead for son to come home

    Family believes 16-year-old Naperville boy, missing since Monday, is headed west, possibly on his silver bicycle.


    Man charged with stealing money to buy wife a car

    A Chicago man currently on probation for federal mail fraud has been charged with stealing more than $10,000 from an Arlington Heights woman in order to buy his wife a 2004 Land Rover, prosecutors said.


    Holy Family to open Pain Center Sept. 1

    From migraines to back aches, chronic pain sufferers can find some relief at Holy Family Medical Center’s new Pain Center, which opens Sept. 1 at the Des Plaines hospital.

    George J. Chioles died Aug. 21. A funeral Mass will be said Monday for the founder of the Gale Street Inn restaurant, which has locations in Chicago and Mundelein.

    Founder of Mundelein’s Gale Street Inn remembered as a jovial man

    A funeral Mass will be said Monday for the founder of the Gale Street Inn restaurant, which has outlets in Chicago and Mundelein. George J. Chioles died Aug. 21.

    The congregation at Batavia United Methodist Church, 8 N. Batavia Ave., is having a camp meeting service Sunday one block away, at the Riverwalk, to celebrate its 175th anniversary.

    Batavia church to celebrate past with riverside service

    Batavia United Methodist Church will continue celebrating its 175th anniversary Sunday by doing worship the way pioneers did -- having a camp meeting down by the riverside.


    Bond set for Carol Stream man charged in sex case

    A Carol Stream man accused of soliciting undercover police officers for sex with a minor was ordered held Friday on $350,000 bail.

    New and returning dancers to the Des Plaines School of dance can sample jazz, modern, hip-hop and ballet classes at the Saturday, Sept. 10, open house.

    Des Plaines School of Dance to offer free dance classes

    The Des Plaines School of Dance will host an Open House and day of free dance classes from 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Prairie Lakes Community Center, 515 E. Thacker Street.


    Tour Sterne's Fen or Wingate Prairie on Sunday hikes

    If you are looking for a weekend opportunity to enjoy a local natural area hike, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County are planning two tours in Crystal Lake Sunday, Aug. 28.


    Former Girl Scouts wanted for 100th anniversary
    If you were ever a Girl Scout in any area of the country and now reside in northern Illinois, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois wants to reconnect with you before the Girl Scout 100th anniversary in 2012.

    Dressage trainer Eliza Ardizzone works with four-year-old Favory VI Ivana on the long line as young horses are trained into talented stallions at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek. The organization has taken this season off for the purpose of breeding and training their horses.

    Images: Behind the scenes with the famous Lippizan stallions
    A behind the scenes look at Tempel Lippizan and the staff who are training young stallions for the famous horse shows at Old Mill Creek near Wadsworth.

    This satellite image provided by NOAA and taken at 12:45 GMT Friday Aug. 26, 2011 shows Hurricane Irene as it moves northward along the U.S. eastern coastline with 110 mph sustained winds. Hurricane Irene began lashing the East Coast with rain Friday ahead of a weekend of violent weather that was almost certain to heap punishment on a vast stretch of shoreline from the Carolinas to Massachusetts.

    Images: Hurricane Irene closes in on the U.S.
    As Hurricane Irene heads towards the Atlantic coast Friday, residents board up their homes and businesses before evacuating to safer areas.


    Schaumburg teen hit by fleeing SUV

    Schaumburg police are looking for a Subaru SUV with Texas license plates that may be the vehicle that hit and seriously injured a 17-year-old Thursday night on Springinsguth Road.


    Huntley High singers to take part in barbershop concert

    Huntley High School hosts the New Tradition Chorus Show, Broadway Four and More. A group of high school students will join Sun City barbershop groups to perform music from Broadway and other patriotic songs.


    Engagement is key at Waubonsee

    Each year as a part of our strategic planning process, I develop a Presidential Action Initiative for Waubonsee Community College to provide clear direction for the college community on emerging issues — setting the tone and theme for the year. As Waubonsee enters our 45th year of serving as our community’s college, this year’s initiative is “Excellence through...

    President Barack Obama walks with Eric Whitaker while golfing in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Whitaker is one of the circle of tight-lipped friends, who form a core with Martin Nesbitt and Valerie Jarrett, who’ve sustained Barack Obama through good times and bad since his days in Chicago, from Hawaii to Washington to Martha’s Vineyard and back again. They golf with him, they vacation with him, their kids and his kids hang out. To them, he’s Barack, not Mr. President. He can be teased and tease back.

    Obama finds refuge among close friends on vacation

    VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. — They golf with him, they vacation with him, their kids and his kids hang out. To them, he’s Barack, not Mr. President. He can tease and be teased back.President Obama’s circle of close friends has sustained him through good times and bad since his days in Chicago. They’ve been with him during a Martha’s Vineyard vacation ending Friday.


    Hundreds demonstrate in DC for Iranian group

    WASHINGTON — Several hundred people are demonstrating in Washington to demand that an Iranian opposition group formerly allied with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq be removed from the U.S. list of terrorist organizations.

    In this Wednesday, June 30, 2010 file photo, U.S. Consul General of Jerusalem Daniel Rubinstein, right, shakes hands with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, during a reception ahead of July 4 U.S. Independence Day celebrations at the American Consulate in Jerusalem. Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said the U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem, Daniel Rubinstein told him Friday that the U.S. will take “punitive measures” to stop financial support if the Palestinians proceed with seeking U.N. recognition of statehood in September.

    Palestinian: US warns of aid cut for statehood bid

    JERUSALEM — The Palestinians’ chief negotiator said Friday that a U.S. diplomat had warned of a cut in aid to the Palestinians if they proceed with a unilateral bid for statehood at the U.N in September.The U.S. said that negotiator Saeb Erekat had mischaracterized the words of the U.S. consul-general in Jerusalem, but declined to comment further.

    Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, signed a pledge to back a federal constitutional amendment against gay marriage.

    Perry signs pledge on anti-gay marriage amendment

    AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry has signed a pledge to back a federal constitutional amendment against gay marriage — a reversal of his earlier position that marriage rights should be left up to individual states. The Republican presidential hopeful signed the National Organization for Marriage’s pledge Friday.


    Suspect arrested in killing of Russian officer

    MOSCOW — A Chechen man has been arrested and charged in the killing of Yuri Budanov, who kidnapped and strangled a teenage Chechen girl while a colonel in the Russian army, officials said Friday.

    The cast of “Inhabit, Scenes in a Warehouse” pauses for a group photo during rehearsal at the home of director Kellee Stall. From left, in back, are Marty McGinley, Rachel McGinley, Tim Rack, Amanda Spenner and Zachery Draper; in front is Jenny Olson.

    Cutting-edge theater comes to Cary

    Six plays in one hour? A local theater group is making it happen Saturday, when it uses the a warehouse in Cary to stage multiple short productions. "Doing pop-up theater in unique spaces is a hot concept," said director Kellee Stall of Huntley. "Inhabit, Scenes in a Warehouse," will feature performances at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at 755 Industrial Drive. Cary.

    Players from the NISRA team practice for the upcoming Special Olympics national softball tournament in Elgin.

    Elgin and Mooseheart host national Special Olympics tournament

    Local sports fans with heart will get a rare opportunity this weekend to watch approximately 600 softball players in 28 teams from 16 states and Canada, compete in the 2011 Special Olympics National Invitational Softball Tournament. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28, in Elgin.

    The emerald ash borer has made its way to Carpentersville, infecting several trees along Alexandria Lane on the west side of the village.

    Carpentersville aggressively goes after ash borer

    The emerald ash borer that's buzzed around the Fox Valley for years and destroyed millions of ash trees in Illinois and across the country, has landed in Carpentersville, officials confirmed Wednesday.


    Judge sides with Quinn on regional school superintendents pay

    SPRINGFIELD — A circuit judge has upheld Gov. Pat Quinn’s authority to eliminate salaries for regional school superintendents across Illinois.Sangamon County Judge John Schmidt says the governor has “broad power” to control state spending. He ruled Friday that it would be wrong to “thrust the court into the appropriations process.”

    Sport utility vehicles pulling pleasure boats drive in lines of traffic headed north on the Garden State Parkway across the Great Egg Harbor Bay Inlet Bridge, Friday near Ocean City, N.J., as much of the Jersey shore evacuates inland ahead of Hurricane Irene.

    Hurricane Irene brings rain, heavy seas to coast

    NAGS HEAD, N.C. — Hurricane Irene began lashing the East Coast with rain Friday ahead of a weekend of violent weather that was almost certain to heap punishment on a vast stretch of shoreline from the Carolinas to Massachusetts.

    Shelby Bohlin, 9, of East Dundee, left, was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia almost two years ago, and Lucy’s Hair Salon in Algonquin will host a fundraiser for her family on Monday. She is pictured with her brother, Robbie, 7, and her sister, Brooke, 10.

    Beauty salon plans fundraiser for East Dundee girl

    From 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, Lucy’s Hair Salon at 19 S. Randall Road in Algonquin will host “Cuts for a Cause!” to benefit 9-year-old Shelby Bohlin, of East Dundee, who was diagnosed with leukemia in October 2009.


    Source: Teen in US custody in ‘Jihad Jane’ plot

    PHILADELPHIA — A Maryland teen from Pakistan is in secret U.S. custody, accused of trying to help recruit terrorists for the Pennsylvania woman known as “Jihad Jane,” according to a source close to the family. Charges filed last month accuse the 17-year-old of helping Colleen LaRose in her alleged efforts to incite an Islamic holy war.


    4 get prison for California beauty queen slashing

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Four women have pleaded guilty to the carpet-cutter slashing and disfigurement of a former Southern California beauty queen.Detectives tell the Riverside Press-Enterprise the attack stemmed from a woman’s suspicion that now-23-year-old Shanice Wilson was having an affair with her husband.

    The Army Old Guard Task Force Christman photographed and cataloged more than 219,00 grave markers and the front of more than 43,000 sets of cremated remains at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

    Troops photograph every Arlington grave

    ARLINGTON, Va. — Night after night this summer, troops from the Army’s historic Old Guard have left their immaculately pressed dress blues, white gloves and shiny black boots at home to slip into Arlington National Cemetery in T-shirts and flip-flops to photograph each and every grave with an iPhone.

    Harold “Red” Grange, Chicago Bears, University of Illinois and Wheaton High School legend

    Wheaton high school carries football legend in their hearts

    The legacy of Harold "Red" Grange permeates the campus of Wheaton Warrenville South High School. On Sunday, that legacy will be on full display across the country as the Tigers host Glenbard West High School on an ESPN2-broadcast game. The famous native son was known as "The Ice Man" around town.

    John Mulvey, shown in 2010 with Wheaton Warrenville South High School, said he would choose to play on a Sunday had it ever been a question because of the commitment he made to his team.

    High school football game clashes with Sunday churchgoers

    With a big high school football game set for Sunday morning in Wheaton, some religious institutions say it is just another step of athletics encroaching on what used to be a sacred day. Wheaton Warrenville South takes on Glenbard West on national TV.


    Rotary Club of Mundelein-Vernon Hills seeks young professionals for study exchange in Taiwan

    Young profesionals are being sought for what could be the trip of a lifetime. The four-week, all expense paid vocational study program, March 17 to April 16, 2012, is being offered through Rotary Club International and local chapters.


    Four Lake County kids win in Metra safety contest

    Metra announced the Lake County winners of its annual Safety Contest designed to promote and reinforce railroad safety to keep children safe around trains.


    Police: Son of slain Pakistani governor kidnapped

    LAHORE, Pakistan — Gunmen abducted the son of a liberal Pakistani politician who was murdered by an Islamist extremist earlier this year, police said Friday. The victim’s brother said he suspected extremists were behind the kidnapping.


    Car bomb strikes U.N. building in Nigeria’s capital

    ABUJA, Nigeria — A car laden with explosives detonated outside the United Nations’ main office in Nigeria’s capital Friday, flattening one wing of the building and killing an undetermined number of people.Witnesses said the sedan drove through one of the U.N. compound’s gates and made its way close to the four-story building before the explosion.


    Former Chicago priest sued for sex abuse

    A lawsuit has been filed by a Chicago teenager who claims he was a victim of a former Roman Catholic priest.The lawsuit filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court accuses Daniel McCormack, the former priest at St. Agatha Catholic Church, of abusing the boy between 2004 and 2006.


    Longtime Ind. county prosecutor new head of agency

    INDIANAPOLIS — A man who served nearly two decades as a southern Indiana prosecutor is the new head of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council.David N. Powell will replace the council’s former executive director Steve Johnson, who retired Aug. 1.


    Indiana stage collapse victim home

    MISHAWAKA, Ind. — A 21-year-old woman critically injured in the deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair has returned home but faces months of recovery.


    Indiana University research tops $500 million

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University says its spending on research topped $500 million in a single fiscal year for the first time ever.The school announced Thursday that it spent a record-breaking $509 million on faculty research projects during the 2010-11 fiscal year that ended on June 30. That’s a 7 percent increase from the previous fiscal year.


    Man charged in Indiana scoutmaster’s death wants no lawyer

    PERU, Ind. — The man charged with fatally stabbing a 76-year-old scoutmaster during a hike in northern Indiana told a judge that he wanted nothing done in his defense.


    S. Shore railway to suspend service to finish work

    CHESTERTON, Ind. — The South Shore commuter railway is suspending service between its Dune Park station in Chesterton and South Bend on Saturday so crews can finish work upgrading the overhead wires that power the trains.


    Chicago husband sentenced for setting wife on fire

    A Chicago man convicted of heinous battery and aggravated domestic battery has been sentenced to 19 years in prison.Curtis McCoy was accused of using nail polish remover to set his wife on fire during a domestic assault in July 2008. According to Cook County prosecutors, McCoy became agitated after he came home and found his wife on the telephone.


    Downstate re-enactors tell Civil War stories

    SPRINGFIELD — The stories of men who fought in the Civil War will be told in first-person accounts at the Lincoln Tomb in Springfield. Re-enactors will reminisce Sept. 12 at the tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Presentations;http://www.illinoishistory.gov/hs/lincoln— will be from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. on the grounds surrounding the grave.


    Downstate town says cops are over-zealous

    WASHBURN, Ill. — Some people in the typically quiet central Illinois town of Washburn are making noise about what they see as over-zealous policing by some local officers.


    Milwaukee to host National Guard conference

    MILWAUKEE — Army and Air Guard officers from around the nation are expected in Milwaukee for a National Guard conference.More than 3,000 Army and Air Guard officers and their guests are attending the 133rd General Conference and Exhibition from Saturday through Monday at the Frontier Airlines Center.


    Enbridge makes road repairs around Michigan oil spill area

    MARSHALL, Mich. — A pipeline company responsible for last year’s more than 800,000 gallon oil spill that contaminated southern Michigan’s Kalamazoo River is resurfacing miles of area roads.


    Aurora bicyclists league promotes cycling to school

    With back-to-school time here, the League of Illinois Bicyclists, based in Aurora, is making a push to get more kids to bike to school.It cites data showing that the number of U.S. kids biking to school plummeted from 42 percent in 1969 to just 16 percent in 2001. The bicyclists’ league wants to reverse that trend.


    Illinois seniors can get heating help

    SPRINGFIELD — It’s still summer, but low-income seniors and the disabled might want to be thinking about winter.They can start signing up for winter heating assistance beginning Sept. 1 with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s office of energy assistance.To sign up people need to prove their household’s gross income and show proof of Social Security.


    Dress guidelines set for downstate murder trial

    GALESBURG — A hearing in the case of an Illinois man accused of killing eight people in two states dealt with how the defendant will appear during his Knox County trial.

    Citizens for a Better Sugar Grove picketed the Sugar Grove Library July 29 to protest the firing of longtime library Director Beverly Holmes Hughes. Critics have continued to attend library board meetings since then, demanding to know why Hughes was fired and calling for the trustees who voted for that to resign. They have also been highly critical of the way the board conducts its business.

    Sugar Grove library still arguing over firing director

    Tempers continue to flare at Sugar Grove Library meetings over the firing of the library's director. Trustee Bill Durrenberger accused President Joan Roth of hiding info, Roth offered to cover the director's salary and more than 40 residents demanded officials resign.

    An engraving shows some of the 10,000 construction workers leaving after a day's work building the 1893 fair.

    Arlington Heights hosts 1893 World's Fair memorabilia

    The 1893 Chicago World's Fair has kept a grip on the imagination of citizens of the region for more than a century especially collectors like Debbie Smart, who is displaying artifacts in Arlington Heights.

    Concerned residents pack the Glen Ellyn village hall board room to watch Glenbard High School District 87 officials’ presentation to the plan commission on the zoning variations for proposed lights at Memorial Field.

    Glen Ellyn residents divided over Glenbard West field lights

    The number of residents who attended a planning meeting over a proposal to install lights at a Glenbard West practice field suggests the controversy will shine in Glen Ellyn for a while.

    Mary Piekarski

    Ex-candidate named to Island Lake post, to get $30 a meeting

    A former candidate for the Island Lake village board was one of two people appointed to the town's lake management committee Thursday. Mary Piekarski becomes the second failed candidate backed by Mayor Debbie Herrmann to be appointed to a paid village post in recent months.

    Paula Wolff, Illinois tollway board chair, left, and Kristi Lafleur, executive director, right, speak during Thursday’s tollway board meeting. The board voted to nearly double tolls.

    Will tollway expansion create 120,000 jobs?

    Tollway directors say 120,000 permanent jobs and 13,000 temporary construction jobs will result from their vote Thursday to nearly double tolls. But predicting job creation numbers isn’t an exact science, experts say.


    DuPage leaders: O’Hare bypass not enough

    Itasca, Bensenville and other suburb leaders expect a planned Elgin-O’Hare extension and a western airport bypass to bring jobs and redevelopment. But they say a western terminal at O'Hare is what's really needed.


    Wheaton Warrenville selling season tickets to curb ‘saved’ seats

    Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 will offer reserved seats for attendance to football games after conflicts over assigned seats and saving seats left some parents of athletes out of games last year.

    This photo taken at Feather Sound near Bolingbrook Promenade of Sunflowers, a Japanese beetle, and Coneflower.

    Images: Photo contest finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of August 22nd.


    Libertyville quarterback Hutch Herchenback passes against Barrington .

    Images: Barrington vs. Libertyville football
    The Barrington Broncos traveled to Libertyville High School Friday, August 26 to take on the Wildcats in the first football game of the season. Libertyville won the game 23-20 in OT


    LZ fields a winning effort at Fremd

    For all the differences each individual football game has, most every one, from pee-wees to the pros, has the same thing in common: The team that forces turnovers and has great field position wins the game more often than not. Friday night’s football season opener followed this rule as visiting Lake Zurich defeated Fremd 35-3. The Bears average starting field position was at their own 45-yard line while the Vikings was at their own 19. Combine that with 4 Fremd turnovers to just 1 for Lake Zurich, and it is easy to see why the Bears were able to run away with the game. “The way we’ve approached it in this off-season is to get every yard we can out of our special teams,” Lake Zurich coach Bryan Stortz said. “There’s certain things we’ve been doing to try to add that extra element to our team that really helped us out in the early part of the game tonight.” When Fremd was backed up in its own zone, the Lake Zurich defense seemed to cover every inch of the field. The Bears’ defense line, led by Evan Williams, Rocky Triggiano and Will Hussey pressured Fremd quarterback Sam Beutler (11-for-28, 159 yards) all night, and forced bad throws that led to interceptions by Jack Lynn, Chris Rantis and Zach Johnson. “The bottom line is we played fast, we played low, and we played hard,” Lynn, a senior linebacker said. “Coach preaches that all day, every day and that’s what we did.” Stortz said he wants his team to be known for running the football, and it showed against Fremd. Running backs Connor Schrader (13 carries, 142 yards) and Mike Shield (10 carries, 105 yards, 2 TDs) led the way for the Bears ground attack, and quarterback Steven Kuhn chipped in 29 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns of his own. Kuhn (9-for-13, 55 yards, 1 TD) stepped into the starting role when Zach Till injured his ankle in practice. “I had to come in as a leader, and be loud,” Kuhn said. “They believed in me, and that gave me all the confidence in the world. I just went out there and played the best that I could.” Wide receiver Matt Isola had 3 catches for 88 yards for Fremd. “That’s a good team,” Fremd coach Mike Donatucci said. “In spurts we played very well. We played with them, and then our lack of experience and our lack of execution showed itself.”

    Brandon Malby of Waubonsie Valley runs the ball as Cody Campbell, right, of Naperville Central moves in for the tackle in football action Friday in Naperville.

    Waubonsie Valley shows drive to succeed

    It didn't take long for Waubonsie Valley's football team to set the tone for the game — and maybe the season. The Warriors scored on a crisp 5-play drive to open the game and never looked back in Friday's 21-7 nonconference victory at Naperville Central.

    Batavia’s Jon Gray shakes off Marmion Academy’s Kyle Kozak on his way to a touchdown in the first quarter on Friday, August 26.

    Batavia blows out Marmion

    The Dennis Piron era couldn’t have began in better fashion for the coach who bleeds Batavia Crimson and Gold. The Bulldogs jumped on defending Class 6A runners-up Marmion early and didn’t let up, ending with a convincing 36-7 victory in a lively atmosphere in front of packed stands on both sides of the field.


    Harper men’s cross country has high hopes

    Former Schaumburg High School cross country coach Jim Macnider takes over a Harper men's program that is aiming for a top-three finish nationally this fall.


    Friday’s girls volleyball scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Friday's girls volleyball matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Friday’s girls tennis scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Friday's girls tennis meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Friday’s girls golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Friday's girls golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Friday’s boys soccer scoreboard
    High school varsity results of Friday's boys soccer matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Friday’s boys golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Friday's boys golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Cary-Grove blanks St. Charles E.

    Moments after the final whistle, Corey Laktas had to wait for an opening before delivering the game ball to first-year head coach Brad Seaburg.It was one of the few times that the Cary-Grove quarterback was slowed down all night long, as the 5-7, 155-pound senior rushed for 156 yards and a pair of touchdowns while also adding a two-point conversion during the Trojans’ 28-0 nonconference triumph over St. Charles East Friday night atNorris Stadium.Laktas, who had already surpassed the 100-yard mark (102 yards on 9 carries) by halftime, sprinted 36 yards for a touchdown on the Trojans’ opening possession less than two minutes into the game.But he was most proud of having the honor of awarding the game ball to Seaburg before a joyous team huddle near midfield.“It’s well-deserved,” said Laktas. “He’s a very good coach.He brings a lot of positive energy to the team. He pushed us hard this summer. He has done a great job and he’s going to do a great job.“My grade went 9-0 two years ago when he (Seaburg) was our sophomore head coach,” added Laktas. “We’re looking to keep that streak going with him.”Laktas, who added a 17-yard TD run midway through the second quarter, also benefited from excellent field position thanks to a solid defensive effort from his teammates.Fueled by defensive back Zach Marszal (2 interceptions) and cohorts Sean Bryan (sack), Max Kersten (sack) and Kyle Norberg (sack), the Trojans limited the Saints’ offense to just 65 total yards and 5 first downs.“It would’ve been nicer if the offense had capitalized a little bit more but the defense played a heck of a game,” said Laktas. “It’s nice to have a defense do that for an offense. You don’t have to worry about putting up points because the points will come later on.”Meanwhile, St. Charles East’s offense marched into Cary-Grove territory just one time and was successful on 2 of 10 third-down attempts – 6 of those being 3rd-and-10 or more situations.“I’ve got to tip my hat to them,” Saints coach Mike Fields said of the Trojans. “There’s a reason why they’re ranked number four (in Class 6A). They’re very disciplined. They do what they do and they do it very well.“I give a lot of credit to their defensive coordinator (Don Sutherland),” added Fields. “He does a wonderful job of scheming. They took away our pass threats. I thought we were going to be able to throw a little bit on them but their pressure on our quarterback negated our ability to hit guyson the outside.”Saints senior quarterback Dean Bowen completed 6-of-13 passes for 41 yards in his first varsity start, while Charlie Fisher caught 4 balls for 34 yards. Cary-Grove out-rushed St. Charles East, 389-24.“We’ll take our lumps tonight but the sun will come out tomorrow and we’ll be back at it,” said Fields.Across the field, Seaburg cherished his first varsity victory as he clutched the game ball.“It’s a good feeling,” said Seaburg. “There’s some relief, I guess, from week one. But work starts tomorrow morning.“We have pretty high expectations at Cary-Grove. We expect to play tough and physical football.”


    Aurora Christian topples Stillman Valley

    Beat Stillman.From the time Aurora Christian learned that they had a rematch against the team that eliminated them from the state playoffs last year, that is how the Eagles players broke every huddle during their off-season training, beat Stillman. Friday night the Eagles did more than talk about it, they accomplished it shutting out the Cardinals in the second half and pulling away to a convincing 38-20 victory to open the season.“They are a giant of a program, we took down a giant today,” said Aurora Christian head coach Don Beebe. “It’s all we’ve talked about, we were so ready for this game. It is because of the respect we have for them, we got pounded last year and we didn’t want it to happen again and it was pretty impressive, to shut them down in the second half is pretty impressive.”In the first half, it looked like Stillman Valley might just keep doing what they always do, running it right at people. The Cardinals put together a scoring drive of 17 plays and followed that up with a 16-play drive in which they converted four fourth down situations and just kept moving the chains and eventually punched it in. When the Eagles committed a late turnover that Stillman Valley turned into a touchdown just before the half to take a 20-14 lead, it looked like the Eagles had no answer for the Cardinal ground game.The Cardinals took the second half kick off and started right down the field again but his time when they went for it on fourth and 10, Eagle linebacker Ryan Suttle sacked Cardinal QB Jeff Cialkowski forcing a turnover on downs. “It was frustrating that we couldn’t get them off of the field,” said Beebe. “Suttle got the sack and that might have been the play of the game.”That put the ball into the capable hands of Eagle quarterback Anthony Maddie. Maddie already had a TD pass and TD run to his credit in the first half and he wasted little time moving the ball down the field and finishing the drive with an electrifying 17-yard TD run that gave Aurora Christian a 21-20 lead.Stillman Valley decided to put the ball in the air on its next drive and AC junior Brandon Mayes picked off a pass and returned it into Stillman Valley territory just before the end of the third quarter. Maddie again rewarded his teams defensive efforts by throwing a fade that Cory Windle went up and grabbed for a 6 yard touchdown and a 28-20 lead early in the fourth quarter.Stillman Valley, averaging over four yards a rush in the fist half, rushed for just 12 yards and had only two first downs in the second half. “We knew this was going to be a war,” said Beebe. “I made them all look me in the eye at halftime and I told them if we can get them to third and seven or longer, we will win this football game. This game is played on emotion and what changed was our attitude. The momentum changed on that sack on fourth down and from that point on we were all over them.”Every time Stillman gave the ball back to Maddie, he made them pay. Maddie finished the game with three rushing touchdowns and had two more through the air, rushing for 64 yards and throwing for 282 more.“The kid is a special athlete, he makes this team go,” said Beebe. “And tonight he was so sharp mentally, he called some audibles that just killed them and that is huge.”“We knew coming in this was going to be a big battle,” said Maddie. “We knew they we’re going to try and keep our offense off the field, we knew that once we got that one stop in the second half, that was big for us and then we just kept going.”All the offensive wrinkles in the world a team tries to implement don’t mean a thing if the team then goes and executes poorly.Mooseheart 48, Alden-Hebron 7: So it is a testament to the collective abilities of Mooseheart’s offense that the no-huddle approach and the spread offensive system perplexed only Alden-Hebron on Friday night. The Ramblers’ rolled up 448 yards of offense and defeated the visiting Giants 48-7.


    Kaneland impresses in opener

    It didn’t take long to discover that the Kaneland offense still possesses big play potential.On the game’s first play from scrimmage, Knights sophomore quarterback Drew David connected with senior Quinn Buschbacher on a quick middle screen. Buschbacher did the rest, exploding through Brooks’ secondary untouched for a 67-yard touchdown.Buschbacher displayed his versatility by adding three rushing touchdowns as the Knights rolled to a 44-0 non-conference victory in front of an enthusiastic capacity home crowd in Maple Park.“It felt great scoring on the first play,” Buschbacher said. I’m still replaying it in my head right now. I can’t believe it happened.”“Everyone did a great job handling their assignments tonight. It was a great team victory.”“Quinn is one of the biggest playmakers on our team and in the entire conference,” said Kaneland head coach Tom Fedderly.David displayed a solid command of the offense in his first varsity start, completing his first eight passes.He finished 14-of-20 for 201 yards, including a perfect 22-yard scoring strike to Sean Carter to complete a 41-point first half outburst.“It’s really good to see a sophomore come in and have that type of success,” Fedderly said. “It’s nice to have an experience offensive line in front him.” Carter led the team with six receptions for 77 yards while sophomore Jesse Balluff added 23 yards rushing and 30 yards receiving.The Kaneland defense was equally impressive, allowing just three first downs in the first half.Brooks quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw hit Clifton Lloyd on a pair of long pass plays in the second half, but Jacob Razo snared an interception in the third quarter to help preserve the shutout.“They moved the ball here and there and we have a few things to clean up, but overall we’re happy with the result,” Fedderly said. Sophomore kicker Matt Rodriquez also proved to be a huge weapon for the Knights, knocking four kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks as well as drilling a 43-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.“He’s huge,” Buschbacher said. “Field position is everything and when he pins a team deep down in their own territory it really fires up the defense to make a stop.”With the comfortable lead, the Knights were able to get their reserves some valuable playing time. Dan Goress gained 44 yards on four carries while Brandon Bishop added 17 yards on the ground.


    Hinsdale C. tips St. Charles N. in OT

    Two costly turnovers and over 100 yards in penalties turned what could have been an opening season win into a heartbreaking loss as Hinsdale Central edged St. Charles North 27-26 in overtime.Senior quarterback Collin Peterson reflected back on his first varsity start and found a silver lining.“We have a lot we can do to get better,” Peterson said. “Penalties killed us, but we’ll work on those things in practice and get them corrected.”The North Stars scored first on an eight play drive that began on their own 31-yard line when Peterson hit Zachary Kirby from 5 yards out. The Red Devils couldn’t get much offense going in their first two possessions, but a 55-yard punt by Alex Georgelos early in the second quarter pinned the North Stars back on their own 1-yard line. On third down and 7 yards to go, the shotgun snap was bobbled and recovered by Hinsdale’s Jake Alleman in the endzone to tie the game at 7-7.The Red Devils forced the North Stars to punt on their next possession and Hinsdale quarterback Danny Callahan and Ryan Kelleher hooked up for a 40-yard touchdown pass with 5:52 left in the second quarter to give the Red Devils a 13-7 lead. However, their lead would only last 14 seconds, as junior Ben Kaplan returned the ensuing kickoff back 89 yards to put the North Stars back in front 14-13.After a scoreless third quarter, the North Stars took a 20-13 lead early in the fourth quarter when Peterson hit Kaplan on a slant pass from 13 yards out, but Hinsdale tied the score 20-20 on a 5-yard keeper by junior quarterback Brian Owens with just under 7 minutes left to play in regulation.The North Stars appeared ready to celebrate a hard-fought victory with 11 seconds remaining in the game as they moved the ball to the Red Devil 11-yard line, but Peterson’s pass was deflected and subsequently intercepted by Brad Anlauf to force the game into overtime.The Red Devils and North Stars each had four chances from the 10-yard line. The Red Devils scored first on a 4-yard keeper by Owens, but the North Stars answered with a 1-yard plunge by junior George Edlund. Trailing by one point and having lost their starting kicker to an injury earlier in the game, North Star’s head coach Mark Gould opted for a 2-point conversion to win the game in front of the home crowd. When Peterson dropped back to pass, all four receivers were covered, but he saw an opening to his right and took off for the endzone. The Red Devils defenders closed the hole quickly and stopped Peterson at the 2-yard line to end the game.“They’re a good team,” Peterson said. “No one was open, so I just tried to take it and try to do what I could. I thought they had a better chance of deflecting the ball, so I just decided to go for it and see what I could do. We fought hard the whole game, but they’re just one heckuva team.”Gould indicated afterwards that the decision to go for two was pretty much decided on after they lost starting kicker Michael Schroeder to a second quarter injury.“(Losing the kicker) definitely led to that decision,” Gould said. “We came out at halftime and the coaches decided we’re going for two no matter what on everything. We talk to the kids all the time that mistakes lose first games. Unfortunately, there’s no preseason in high school football.”


    West Aurora rolls past East Aurora

    Nate Eimer summed up his offensive philosophy tersely after his first victory as a football coach.“Use your athletes,” the first-year West Aurora coach said after his alma mater destroyed archrival East Aurora 48-6 Friday night before a massive throng at East High.East Aurora coach Bill Bryant had read this script before.“We know that every year they’re going to have some speed,” Bryant said. “They always have good skill players.”Nate Zinzer set the tone for the Blackhawks.The three-year starter scored one touchdown on a wide-receiver reverse from 48 yards out, carried on the opening drive for another 17-yard burst that led to the first of five offensive scores and added a fumble recovery that lead to another score.“(Eimer) told us the first five plays of the game,” Zinzer said. “We ran all of them. (My first carry for 17 yards) was just an end around.”In all, West Aurora would score on all five of its first-half possessions, nd Ricardo Gomez would rumble 38 yards with a mid-air fumble recovery for another score.The entire second of the venerable series was played with a running clock after Booker Ross’ back-to-back scores in the second quarter provided West with a 41-0 cushion at the break.It was the 11th straight win for the Blackhawks over the Tomcats in Illinois’ longest-running football rivalry that dates to the fall of 1893.The teams’ initial football encounter was the first interscholastic competition in state history.“We’re going to put our athletes in the best position they can be,” said Eimer. “I thought our guys up front were good. I though our defense was exceptional.”The Blackhawks’ three down linemen, five-linebacker set wreaked havoc against the Tomcats in the first half.East Aurora had negative 28 yards in the opening half, and the Blackhawks’ five scores were dictated by staring in plus-territory on each occasion.“We were beating up their offensive linemen,” said Brandon Warren, the Blackhawks’ three-year star linebacker. “They had no chance of getting into a rhythm.”Shon Enoch rumbled 17 yards to cap a one-play scoring drive for the Blackhawks’ second touchdown, and Gomez made it 20-0 19 seconds later with his defensive score.Ten-plus minutes into the game, Zinzer had another one-play score with his against-the-grain reverse from 48 yards out.Leading 28-0 after the opening quarter, Ross added scores of 12 and 17 yards to initiate a running clock for the entirety of the second half.“We didn’t tackle worth anything,” Bryant said.Eimer substituted liberally after the break, and Josh Campbell, one of four West players to man the signal-calling duties, returned a punt 40 yards to conclude the West scoring in the second half.Chris Shaw scored on a 22-yard reception from Laquan Brown to avert the shutout for East Aurora, which managed only 28 yards for the game.“We’re going to rely on our defense,” Eimer said.


    Rejuvenated Conant edges Lake Park

    In a battle of new attitudes, Conant came up a little more positive Friday night in a football season-opening 19-14 win over visiting Lake Park.Both teams are trying to reverse the disappointment of 2-7 records of a year ago. Conant, despite leaving points on the field thanks to “unfinished” drives, showed it’s ready to attack adversity.“I knew our team could do it,” said running back Kevin Otubu, whose 85 yards lead Conant’s attack, including his tackle-breaking 7-yarder to provide the winning TD. It also concluded an 89-yard, 14-play drive with 7:15 left in the game.The drive was typical of Conant’s performance all night, as the Cougars outgained the Lancers 364-202 and dominated time of possession and field position. But two long drives ended with missed field goals after a mix of penalties and failed execution after the Cougars looked all-world in moving the ball.“That was disappointing,” said Conant coach Bill Modelski. But it’s also an opportunity. “We have to overcome that.”Some of it had to do with the defensive effort of Lake Park, which yielded yards but only 7 first-half points as Patrick Mroczkoski and Matt Mysliwiec made play after play in the clutch deep in their own territory. And it was 7-7 at the half after LaCurt Evans’ spinning, tackle-breaking 51-yard TD run in the first quarter got Lake Park out of its offensive doldrums.“I’m so proud of the effort,” despite the loss, said first-year Lake Park coach Chris Roll. His club somehow slipped ahead when Kevin Gehant led a third-quarter drive with sharp passing to James Sowa and Scott Filip and then found a somehow wide-open Danny Sommers on a corner route for a 19-yard score and a 14-13 lead. After completing just 2 passes in the first half, Gehant finished 9-of-18 for 87 yards.But Conant’s Cullen had more than that at halftime as his club marched up and down the field behind the blocking of Andrew Nagel, John Schaul, Mike Smith, Kevin Modelski and big Paul Perschon. The Cougars rushed for 209 yards and got TD runs of 10 yards from Cordell Smith (10 carries, 48 yards before suffering cramps), 13 yards from Jacobi Sims (9 carries, 45 yards and leg cramps), and, of course, Otubu.“The offensive line blocked great tonight,” he said, although, he acknowledged, “We had some errors. We have to cut the mental errors.”“We didn’t finish very well on our drives,” especially in the first half, said Modelski. “We have to overcome that.”“The defense did real well for the most part,” except for breaking down on Evans’ run and Lake Park’s lengthy TD drive in the second half. Otherwise, Colin Otubu, Gino Prestia and Co. kept Lake Park in check. Roll sees room for improvement — after a little more work. “We have to end the little mistakes,” he said of Lake Park’s loss in its 500th varsity game. “(We) figured out every little mistake adds up.”Now, that’s the attitude.


    Schaumburg survives a thriller at New Trier

    In the first week of nonconference Friday night lights, the Schaumburg Saxons and host New Trier Trevians didn’t hold back anything. Schaumburg registered the first 2011 victory in a nail-biting shootout with a 22-17 victory.Saxon junior quarterback Nick Anzelmo led the Saxons with 2 rushing touchdowns (7 attempts, 76 yards) and 1 passing (11-of-24, 199 yards). Senior wide out Mike Mallet pitched in 136 receiving yards and a touchdown.“We got the offense into pace,” Anzelmo said. “We were capable of doing it the whole game. The ‘O’ Line gives us a lot of looks and holes to get the job done.”Anzelmo and Mallet opened up the game on the third play by connecting on a 76-yard toss for a touchdown.Schaumburg seemed to be working on all cylinders with all phases after senior kicker/linebacker Marchok shot a 20-yard field goal through the uprights and junior defensive back Cole Reyes grabbed an interception.Even with Schaumburg’s stellar first-half defense, New Trier managed to sneak a field goal as time ran out to cut the deficit to 10-3. The Trevian score came after a 20-yard field goal block on the Saxons by New Trier defensive back Matt Quinlan.“We’re still growing offensively,” said New Trier coach Dan Starkey. “Our defense played well, but not well enough. Schaumburg has some great looking kids out there.“The coaching staff and players were a lot more comfortable coming into the second half.”Still shaking off earlier game jitters, the Trevians threw a second pick into the hands of Reyes after a deflection by sophomore linebacker Ryan Woloszyk. The Saxons found themselves in good field position and got a 7-yard touchdown run from Anzelmo. After a failed PAT, the Saxons stretched their lead to 16-3.When New Trier regained possession, their running gained life as they drove down the field on two consecutive possessions to earn their first lead at 17-16. Both rushing touchdowns for the Trevians were by senior quarterback Jack Nykaza ( on 3- and 8-yard runs, respectively).Schaumburg, which had major success through the air in the first half, found itself falling into three straight three-and-out possessions.“The ‘O’ and ‘D’ line held us together,” said Schaumburg head coach Mark Stilling. “We’ve identified some of our problems, and we have some other things to improve. Nick (Anzelmo) held great composure through adversity and Mike (Mallet) used his experience to set the tone.”With three minutes remaining, Anzelmo and Mallet displayed their magic from the first half and connected on back-to-back 25-yard and 31-yard pass plays to pull within 8 yards of the end zone.Following the two large-yardage plays, the Saxons ran into penalties that pushed them back 25 yards back from the goal line. On a QB draw, Anzelmo busted through the line for the game winning 20-yard rushing touch down with 1:43 left. New Trier had a chance to retaliate on its final possession, but faltered with a turnover on downs. New Trier’s standout players were Nykaza (passing: 8 of 17 for 144 yards, 2 INT; 9 rushes for 44 yards and 2 TDs) and junior receiver Devin Boehm (7 rushes on 102 yards).“We take this momentum into practice,” Mallet said when asked about the emotional win. “We’ve been practicing at this pace all summer. We need to look at the film and see where we need to get better. We are never satisfied by just one win.”


    Hersey comes up ‘huge’

    Hersey junior Matt Korff said it was a “crazy good” win.Senior teammate Justin Jobski called it a “great game — huge — we knew what we had to do, and we just knocked off the 23rd ranked team in the state.”However you wanted to describe it, the orange-clad Huskies student fans obviously agreed with their heroes, celebrating with the team after Hersey went on the road and defeated Glenbrook North 21-14.The Huskies built a 14-0 halftime lead, watched the Sparatans tie it up, then scored a late touchdown on a 25-yard catch by Jobski for the win.“We’ve been working so hard over the summer, sometimes 8 hours a day, to get ready for today,” said Korff. “This was so emotional. We started out with 74 kids and now we’re down to 50 - but we’re 50 strong.”“I thought we showed a lot of intensity,” agreed Hersey coach Dragan Teonic. “In my two years here this is the best I’ve seen our team come out and get after it right from the start. I’m proud of the way they handled themselves tonight.”Hersey scored in the first half on a 50-yard run by Stephen Kuc and 9-yard play-action pass from quarterback Brad Zaucha to Andrew Collins, and the Huskies defense allowed Glenbrook North only 1 first-half first down.But the Spartans, who sacked Zaucha 8 times, got the momentum back as Grant Rushing scored on a 54-yard run off a fake punt, then tied the game in the fourth when Rushing grabbed a 22-yard scoring strike from Curt Petty.That set the stage for a late Hersey drive that culminated in a game-winning 25-yard pass from Zaucha to Jobski on a broken play.“It was supposed to be a slant and go,” said Jobski, “but then I saw my quarterback rolling out to the right and I rolled that way too, like I’ve been taught. I got open in the back of the end zone and put my hand up and he found me.” Glenbrook North had one last shot to tie things up but a late sack by Hersey junior Eddie Beyer sealed the win.Zaucha threw for 221 yards in the visitors triumph.“We made a ton of mistakes tonight,” said Teonic, “but the kids showed they could come back from adversity. I’ve got to tip my cap to Glenbrook North — they’re a good football team, but I think we’re a pretty good team too.”


    Zirngibl paces Buffalo Grove

    Rich Zirngibl began playing flag football with many of his current Buffalo Grove teammates several years ago.“And losing has always annoyed all of us,” said the Bison senior quarterback.Zirngibl sure did everything he could on Friday night to make sure the Bison were winners in their season opener against visiting Lake Forest.Seemingly all over the field, Zirngibl ran for 2 touchdowns and 76 yards, passed for 85 yards and a 2-point conversion, grabbed 2 interceptions and recovered an onside kick with 2:28 left to clinch the 31-24 win for the Bison.“That’s what a leader does,” said Bison coach Jim Farrell. “He puts the team on his shoulders.”And he used the wide shoulders of linemen Andy Walker, Tommy Sakkos, Trevor Chandler, Fredy Cardenas, Josh Pak and Joe Conley, along with tight ends Mike Catino and Ryan Inlow (2-55) for never-ending support.“The 0-line was great,” Farrell said. “They kept Rich standing up.”Also benefitting from the line were senior running backs Briuan Bush (117 yard) and Alex Fritz (73).TD runs of 8 and 44 yards by Zirngibl and Kevin Cho’s 24 yard field goal had the Bison leading 16-14 at half.Lake Forest, which was penalized eight times for 100 yards, took its only lead on with 5:42 left in the third quarter on Baylor Broughton’s 33-yard field goal.But BG answered with an 82-yard drive, capped by Alex Fritz’ 1-yard run on pitch from Zirngibl with 2:28 left in the third quarter.Lake Forest went three-and-out on its next possession, thanks to a big sack by junior Jack Asquini on Scouts’ QB Jordan Beck (12-for-27, 102 yards) at the Lake Forest 10 yard-line.After a 60-yard punt by Bo Dever, Zirngibl engineered a 70-yard TD drive, capped with a 15-yard pass to Ryan Schumi, who caught the ball crossing over the middle of the field and then leapt into the end zone.Beck hit Dever for a 7-yard TD pass with 2:28 left to bring the Scouts to within 31-24 before Zirngibl recovered the onside kick.“I was scared but when it came down to crunch time, I knew I had to go after it,” he said. “It was a slow kick. I expected a harder one.”“Rich is a 100 percent competitor all the time,” Farrell said. “He’ll do whatever to takes for his teammates to win.”


    St. Viator falls at Marian

    St. Viator returned to where its football season ended a year ago with a trip to Marian Catholic on Friday night.Unfortunately for the Lions, the results were all too familiar as they fell 51-27 in the East Suburban Catholic Conference and season opener in Chicago Heights.Junior Mickey Macius was 29-for-54 passing for 256 yards with touchdowns of 7 yards to Jack Kellner and 31 yards to Kevin Hammarlund. Brian Guth caught 9 passes for 87 yards and John Balas caught 5 passes for 56 yards.Mark Phelan had a 66-yard fumble return for a touchdown and Shane Rooney scored on a 4-yard run for the Lions. Jeruel Taylor rushed for 230 yards and 2 touchdowns as Marian finished with 459 yards of total offense.Maine West 14, Urban Prep 6: Maine West ended a five-year streak of season-opening losses with the victory over the Chicago Public League school.


    Zabriske, Titans too much for Prospect

    Prospect had no answer for Glenbrook South quarterback Mac Zabriske on Friday night in Glenview for both teams’ season openers.Zabriske completed 8 of 12 passes with 1 interception for 148 yards and 4 touchdowns as the Titans defeated the Knights 34-10 at John Davis Stadium in a nonconference game.New Prospect coach Mike Sebestyen lost his debut as the Knights’ head coach after Brent Pearlman stepped down last season.“The turnovers (3) hurt us,” Sebestyen said. “As we talked about, for this team, with the small numbers that we have, we need to be detailed and disciplined. And at times we were not disciplined.”The Knights started out well, taking the opening kick off in the first quarter and taking a 3-0 lead courtesy of Vito Anzalone’s 32 yard field goal.A fumble recovery by the Titans’ Gus Shipp led to Zabriske’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Zach Jones on the first play of the second quarter for a 7-3 lead.Following a Knight punt Zabriske tossed a 44 yard TD pass to Sully Stadler for a 13-3 lead with 8:22 left in the first half.With :54 left in the half Zabriske found Charlie Tisch with a 14 yard scoring pass and a 20-3 lead. B.J. Hoekstra’s interception set up the score.Sophomore running back Sam Mazukelli (14 carries 94 yds.) broke loose on a 44 yard run to make the score 20-10 with 9:34 left in the quarter.“We just had some unexcusable mistakes,” said Sebestyen. “We will learn from them and be better next week. Sam Frasco and Mazukelli had some big runs for us.”Frasco rushed 12 times for 56 yards before being sidline in the third quarter with cramps.


    Downers South spikes South Elgin

    Playing on their new field turf for the first time, Downers Grove South and Josh Williams took full advantage.With 38 carries for 363 yards, the senior running back helped lead his team to a 28-7 nonconference win over South Elgin in their season opener on Friday.“My linemen, they have some great size,” Williams said. “They did great tonight. I really love those guys.”The game’s turning point came early as South Elgin threatened to score on its first two possessions, but costly turnovers left the Storm off the scoreboard.On the first possession of the game, the Storm came within 6 yards of scoring before Josh Belt gave the Mustangs the ball by stripping South Elgin quarterback Zach Gross. A 94-yard drive later, Downers Grove South was on the scoreboard on a 1-yard run from Williams.“We just had a couple bad breaks,” said South Elgin coach Dale Schabert. “We threaten to score, and then they go down and score and that changed things early.” That was the first of 3 touchdowns for Williams as he scored a go-ahead touchdown from 3 yards out for a 14-7 halftime lead, and he gave the Mustangs a 21-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.On the other side, Storm senior running back Adolfo Pacheco had a solid night with 17 carries for 187 yards.“Pacheco ran his tail off, and our linemen opened some holes for him,” Schabert said. “Our defense was facing one of the top three running backs in the state, and I think Adolfo’s up there as well. I think you saw two great tailbacks tonight.” Gross had South Elgin’s lone touchdown on a 6-yard run to tie the game four minutes into the second quarter.Mustangs’ quarterback AJ Simoncelli found Scott Daly for a 10-yard touchdown pass for the final sore of the game.“We felt great,” Williams said. “We felt like we were prepared, and we felt like we were going to win coming in.”“It wasn’t a perfect game, but it’s a good start,” said Downers Grove South coach John Belskis. “They’re kids and they’re learning, and it’s good to be 1-0.”


    Francis, Geneva pick off Rock Island

    Andy Francis wasn’t quite sure what made his 5-11 frame leap high enough to pull down an interception in the end zone against Rock Island’s tallest player Friday night at Burgess Field.


    Wheaton North beats Bartlett on final play

    Bartlett at Wheaton North football


    Grant jolts Johnsburg

    New season, same running offense, as host Grant walloped Johnsburg 42-0 in a nonconference football game on Friday.“We came out and did what we wanted to do,” said Bulldogs coach Kurt Rous, who led his team to their first opening game victory since 2008. “We’re a running team and I felt we ran the ball pretty effectively. (Johnsburg) had no answer to our option, and it’s not a big surprise what we were going to do. We run the ball, we dive, we keep, we pitch, and nothing spectacular. We are not a flashy offense. We do a few things and we do the best that we can.”Grant rushed for 412 yards. Quarterback Alex Villa led the offense as he scored 3 touchdowns and rushed for 178 yards on 9 carries, while running back Kyle Whitman rushed for 129 yards on 9 carries and also scored 3 TDs.“I think I have more confidence in myself this season,”said Villa, who played four games last season. “Our line has a lot of experience and that also helps.”“The line played real good, our quarterback looked good and we just had a good game,” Whitman said. “Our intensity was running high tonight.”Sophmore Jonathon Wells rushed for 110 yards on 6 carries. He also scored on a conversion. “I have to give credit to our line,” Wells said. “It was tough. (Johnsburg) is a good team. They showed heart and kept on coming at us the whole game.” One reason the team to dominate was the return of four of its five linemen — Jake Mroz, Luis Echeverria, Jarrod Lalanda and Dan Haeffele.Grant also dominated on defense, holding Johnsburg to only 86 rushing yards. The Bulldogs caused two fumbles and two interceptions.Skyhawks quarterback Jon Torgerson completed 13 of 25 passes for 102 yards. Will Rudzena rushed for 79 yards on 11 carries.Matt Conn intercepted a pass in the middle of the first quarter and Jonathon Tosti intercepted a pass and returned it for 32 yards late in the third quarter.


    Batavia is going to be fun to watch

    Standing on the sidelines last year during Marmion’s run to the Class 6A state championship game, you’d get used to hearing a lot of fired up players and coaches hollering about a big hit or a punishing run as the Cadets made one more big play after another.Standing on the same sideline — with a new cast of players — Friday night in Batavia, the same coaches most common instructions?“Punt team, get ready!”It was that kind of night for Marmion. And unfortunately for the Cadets, even when the punt team came in life was difficult for punter A.J. Friedman. He had to run for his life three times on bad snaps, showing impressive athleticism to get off the best 11-yard punt you’d want to see one time, avoiding a safety another and finally getting absolutely crushed by Marquise Jenkins on a play that drew a late-hit penalty on the Bulldogs.Those Marmion coaches showed patience with their new faces, and they have a lot of them with just 2 starters back on offense from their 2010 state team.They certainly could have picked an easier team to break those starters in against than Batavia’s veteran defense. Those new Marmion starters including a pair of quarterbacks Dan DiBartolo and Charlie Faunce and later sophomore Brock Krueger late in the fourth quarter.“This will hurt until Monday at 3 and it should and it does,” Marmion coach Dan Thorpe said. “The kids will respond. We were ready mentally. Defensively they did just what we prepared for. They executed their defense better than our offense.”So while the Marmion coaches get back to work next week learning from Friday’s mistakes, first-year Batavia coach Dennis Piron certainly can enjoy all the things he saw his Bulldogs do right in his opener.“I haven’t bragged too much about us but I really think we’re good,” Piron said. “We have a lot of weapons and we’re hard to defend.”Batavia is going to get perhaps its best weapon back soon in two-way stud Cole Gardner (knee). He sat out Friday but was cleared by doctors earlier in the day to return.“It’s nice to get this win without him,” Piron said. “Think of our defense with him.“I like all the kids how hard they have worked and how much fun they are having. They like each other. To their credit all the offseason work they put in is what you saw tonight. I think this is the beginning.”Hopefully this is just the start of an annual game with Marmion. This was the second year of a two-year contract, and Piron said he wants the game to continue.Just like last year, there were long lines before the game waiting to get in. Huge crowds, neighboring schools, the added intensity it brings when some of the Marmion players grew up in Batavia.“Our town supports us. They (Marmion) travel well, they should,” Piron said. “They told us they will renew, we sure hope they do. Our sophomore game was even (a 14-7 Batavia win). Hopefully we renew because how can you do better than this rivalry for the first game of the season?”jlemon@dailyherald.com


    Taylor, Montini stop Palatine

    Dimitri Taylor is no longer a secret.The Montini junior running back ran 15 times for 159 yards with 2 touchdowns, matching his scoring total of all last season, in the Broncos’ 26-21 nonconference season-opening win over Palatine at John Duffy Field in Lombard.“Dimitri is the secret weapon. People are going to start really finding out about this kid,” said Montini coach Chris Andriano, facing his high school alma mater for the first time in his 33-year tenure.Taylor didn’t score the game-winning touchdown but provided a game-changing moment.The visiting Pirates had rallied from a 13-0 hole, Sam Miller and Taylor Hall each scoring in the last 1:20 of the second quarter for a 14-13 halftime lead over the two-time defending Class 5A champions. On the first play from scrimmage to start the third quarter, Taylor burst through a chasm between Broncos linemen David Sarkan and Tate Briggs and sprinted 65 yards for a momentum-shifting, go-ahead touchdown.“I kind of knew it was going to come because I read the defense, and I saw that they were, like, spreading out a little bit. We did the sprint draw, they gave me the ball, saw glory to the road,” said Taylor, who had put Montini up 10-0 after a quarter on a 25-yard touchdown run behind a block from his brother, receiver Anthony Taylor. Kicker Andre Harte booted 2 first-half field goals for Montini.Palatine coach Tyler Donnelly, who last season led the Pirates to the Class 8A quarterfinals, saw little glory down Dimitri road.“That’s disappointing, because we worked so hard to get the momentum at the end of the first half and then in one play we give it to them,” he said.Despite the second of Palatine defensive back Jesse Bobbit’s 2 interceptions Montini went up 26-14 on Jordan Westerkamp’s 1-handed grab of a 7-yard fade pass from Mark Gorogianis with 2:51 left in the third quarter. The Nebraska-bound Westerkamp caught 7 passes for 106 yards and added punt returns of 50 and 24 yards.“We just came back,” he said. “We never, never say die.”Nor did Palatine. Kurt Becker’s interception set the Pirates up at Montini’s 33-yard line with 7:14 to play. Bruising back John Serio alternated running plays with Alex Nawrot out of the Wildcat set until Serio’s 8-yard run drew Palatine within 26-21 with 5:05 remaining. Palatine got the ball back once more, starting at its own 12-yard line with 1:57 left, but after two first downs the Broncos finally corralled quarterback Ethan Olles.“Coach scheduled this game because he thought it would be tough, and to see what we could actually do,” said Serio, who carried 23 times for 123 yards. “And we came out here and did what we can.”


    Plano routs Lisle in opener

    Lisle running back Brad Leonard said he and his teammates were pumped up for the season opener against Plano Friday night at Benedictine University. That excitement lasted all of 12 minutes. The Lions (0-1) fell behind by 21 points in the first quarter as they lost the season opener 43-9. It only took the Reapers 16 snaps to get in the end zone three times in the first quarter. “We came out extremely slow tonight and that cost us,” Leonard said. “We came out all jacked, but then we couldn’t stop anyone or do anything offensively. After the first quarter, people on our sidelines just laid down.” It was especially a tough night for the Lions defense as they had to try and stop Northwestern-bound running back Joseph Jones. The Plano (1-0) standout only touched the ball nine times in the game but made the most of them as he had 220 yards of total offense and 3 touchdowns, including two receiving scores of 85 and 77 yards. In the game the Lions gave up 469 yards of total offense. Plano coach Jim Green said he expected his team to be ready to play but was surprised by one aspect of the game. “I knew we were a fast team coming in,” Green said. “But I had no clue that we were going to be this fast tonight. I think the turf really made a difference. Lisle knew we were going to run the ball, but we liked our matchups through the air as well. So we used our quick-strike offense to our advantage.” One positive for the Lions was Leonard, who scored the Lions only touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Leonard finished the game with 47 yards rushing on 14 carries. But that lone touchdown did not matter with Lisle coach Dan Sanko. “This was absolutely an embarrassing loss for our program tonight,” Sanko said. “Plano is a good football team, but they are not that good of a football team. Right now we are trying to find a positive after this game but we can’t find one. Nothing. Neither side of the ball played well and we just mailed it in after our slow start.”


    Kotch, Glenbard East roll past Willowbrook

    Glenbard East quarterback Joe Kotch admitted that he had the butterflies before Friday’s season opener against Willowbrook. While it was the junior’s second career varsity start, it did not take long for Kotch to settle into the role of leading his team as the signalcaller. Kotch passed for 247 yards and a touchdown to provide some offensive spark to go along with a strong running game and staunch defensive play. This all added up to a 35-14 victory for the Rams over the visiting Warriors in Lombard. This also marked the first win for new Glenbard East coach John Walters. Walters was the team’s defensive coordinator the last two seasons. Tailback Javonte Burnett scored 3 touchdowns for the Rams while running for 99 yards on 10 carries. Running back Teddy Bostert also punched in a score and wide receiver Mike Fahey had a 54-yard touchdown catch. The game was tied at 14 at halftime, but Glenbard East (1-0) scored 21 unanswered points to put it away. “At halftime we said the team with more heart was going to come out of this game,” Kotch said. “I think that’s what happened. Hats off to our offensive line and the defense.” Willowbrook (0-1) drew first blood when quarterback Steve Ferguson connected with running back Dom Battaglia with a long scoring play. Battaglia took the dump pass, broke a couple of tackles and then raced 70 yards for the score. Battaglia also scored from 5 yards out late in the second quarter. “He is our horse in a lot of different spots,” said Willowbrook coach Nick Hildreth. “We want to get the ball in his hands. We executed early.” Burnett answered Battaglia’s first score with touchdown runs of 63 and 1 yards to give the Rams a 14-7 lead. In the second half Glenbard East defense clamped down. Players such as defensive linemen Nate Kolar and Angelo Walker and linebacker Brian Sanborn were frequently in the Warriors’ backfield, and Ferguson was running for his dear life. “We were able to win the battles upfront and get our linebackers where they needed to go,” Walters said. “When you make a team one-dimensional and not allow them to run the ball, it makes it a little easier on defense. We were able to take away their running game and make them into a passing team.” With the defense taking over, Kotch marched the Rams down with the field for a number of long passes to Fahey, wideout Mike Ploke and tight end Brandon Havenga. Fahey had 4 catches for 85 yards. Defensive back Roy Williams, who also plays wide receiver, had an interception that led to a score by Bostert four plays later. Glenbard East piled up 449 yards of total offense. “We think we have a three-headed monster,” Walters said of backs Burnett, Bostert and Malysha Flanders. “We will go with the hot hand and mix things up. We get our passing team rolling and we will be a tough team to defend.”


    Fenton’s connection tips Leyden

    Ever since they were only 7 years old, Tom Havlovic and Alan Geneva have been playing catch. All of the chemistry they have built up since they were youngsters was on full display Friday night in Northlake.Havlovic threw for 4 touchdowns, 3 of which went to Geneva, as Fenton nipped host Leyden 30-29 in the season opener for both teams.“They have been playing catch with one another since they were little,” said Fenton coach Mark Kos. “Geneva doesn’t know any other quarterbacks and Havlovic doesn’t really know who to throw to besides Geneva. But you can’t blame them because it’s a great connection.”Havlovic did plenty with his arm but it was the play that he made with his feet that was the game changer. After battling back from a 29-14 fourth quarter deficit, the Bison still trailed 29-28 midway through the fourth quarter with a 2-point conversion coming. As Havlovic attempted his pass, a Leyden defender tipped the ball, but Havlovic snatched it out of the air and raced to the end zone for 2 points to set the final margin.“I’m slow so I sprinted as hard as I could and stretched as far as I could,” Havlovic said. “I knew I got in.”Both teams battled first game jitters as several botched snaps led to some sloppy play early on but Geneva got the scoring going for both teams in the second quarter as the senior caught a ball over the middle and raced 36 yards for the score.“I thought we were going to get an interception but Geneva made a nice play,” said Leyden head coach Tom Cerasani. “I don’t take anything away from him.”The Eagles answered on the ensuring possession when senior quarterback Joe Difronzo scored from a yard out. But Geneva squashed any momentum Leyden had with an 80-yard score on the next play from scrimmage.“Geneva single handedly beat us,” Cerasani said.After a Javier Rhoades touchdown tied the score at 14 just before halftime, the Eagles dominated the third quarter behind the running of junior Mickey Gulo and the precision passing of Difronzo.Trailing 29-14 to open the fourth quarter and their backs against the wall, the Bison responded. A 41-yard gain by Geneva set up his third touchdown from 10 yards out with 11:55 remaining before Havlovic led the game winning drive, finally connecting in the end zone with senior Frank DiLauro from 3 yards out with 5:16 remaining. Havlovic’s legs took care of the rest.“Earlier today, the coaches made a point about us staying together, and that’s what we did,” Geneva said. “We feel like we can come back whenever we are down.”In all, Geneva tallied 271 yards on 12 catches while Havlovic threw for 308 yards.For Leyden, missed opportunities in Fenton’s half of the field ultimately determined their fate.“These are young guys that didn’t really have an understanding of how this was going to go tonight,” Cerasani said. “It took us a good quarter for the offense to get going. I thought we had it going in the second half but we didn’t capitalize on big plays. That’s a lot to do with having a young team and not having that killer instinct.”


    Metea Valley notches first win

    Ball control, long drives and time management weren’t on the schedule during the first half Friday night at Plainfield East as the hosts opened the season against Metea Valley.But did it really matter for the Mustangs as they entered the end zone four times with mostly big plays during the first half en route to a 38-26 victory.The win was sweet revenge for Metea as it lost 2010’s season opener to the Bengals on a last-second play.“I’ve been waiting for this since Day One,” said Mustang senior receiver Raysean Parker, who caught 2 touchdown passes.Stepping up due to injuries was sophomore running back Cameron Wilcox. Wilcox not only scored 2 touchdowns, he ran for 211 yards on 25 carries.“It meant everything to me (to be the top back Friday). I stepped up and made plays and executed,” he said.The Mustangs got on the scoreboard just 1:44 into the game on a 59-yard run by Wilcox. Just over six minutes later Zach Wood nailed a 28-yard field goal to put Metea up 10-0.In the second quarter Mustangs quarterback Jarrett House threw the first of three touchdown passes, this one a 17-yard toss to Peyton Mitchell.Later House connected with Parker on a scoring play and Wilcox scored on a 33-yard run to put Metea up 31-13 at halftime.The Bengals did threaten, scoring 13 points in the fourth quarter, but Metea Valley coach Ted Monken was generally pleased with what he saw on opening night.“You never know going into the first game how it’s going to go. We had a nice offense that got going early. The defense made some nice stops. We played as well as we did in practice in game-time situations,” he said.Plainfield East passed for more than 260 yards. The Mustangs kept the Bengals running game in check at 24 total yards. Preston Mitchell and Andre Lagasca intercepted passes for Metea.The Mustangs open the home portion of their schedule next Friday against Quincy. The team wants to make this a different season. The roster now has seniors and the first-year varsity team label is now dropped. The team wants to play like it as well.“We’re a lot more hyped up. We want to show that we’re here to play,” Peyton Mitchell said.“We still have work to do. We want to be better than last year,” Wilcox said.


    Grayslake Central routs Round Lake

    A healthy Joey Valdivia helped the Grayslake Central put the hurt on host Round Lake on Friday night. Grayslake Central won 47-6, as Valdivia rushed for 2 touchdowns and scored on a pair of screen passes from quarterback Ray Beckman.


    Neuqua Valley defeats Naperville North

    Like all great running backs, Joey Rhattigan made sure to personally recognize the teammates who played an instrumental role in his successful night. The junior running back’s 161 yards rushing on 32 carries made up the bulk of the Neuqua Valley rushing attack en route to a 37-23 win over Naperville North in the season opener for both teams.

    Darwin Barney, right, steals second ahead of the tag by Milwaukee Brewers’ Jerry Hairston Jr., in the third inning of a baseball game on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, in Milwaukee.

    Barney admits mistakes during Cubs’ loss

    Rodrigo Lopez watched the replay over and over on the clubhouse computer. He saw one thing, but the umpire saw another. The play went for an error, helping to open the way to a 3-run fifth inning for the Milwaukee Brewers, who came back to beat the Cubs 5-2 Friday night at Miller Park.


    Lakes takes wild win over Grayslake N.

    Trying to pull out a fourth-quarter victory, the Lakes football team scored 13 points and shook off 5 turnovers. The Eagles flew past visiting Grayslake North 16-7 in a season opening nonconference game in Lake Villa on Friday night. “We were able to overcome everything and now we need to fix the turnovers,” Lakes coach Luke Mertens said. “We told the team this was going to be a dogfight to the very end. I knew it would come down to the final minute. “I thought we were way too sloppy offensively and our defense kept us in this game. That’s one thing we preach. If you play good defense you can stay in the game.”Lakes found itself down 7-3 late in the third quarter and into the final quarter. In fact, the Eagles missed three chances of scoring from the red zone. Tanner Blain had a 35-yard field goal blocked followed by a fumble and an interception on the next two possessions. Finally, Lakes seized momentum on a 35-yard drive in 3 plays as Justin Bergeron caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Levi Haymaker (6 of 17 for 101 yards and 2 INT’s) with 4:54 left.“I knew I was making some mistakes and the whole team was stepping things up,” said Haymaker who started for Chris Hoffman out and recovering from an off-season injury. “O-line was making their blocks, I made my reads and made the play.” THe Eagles’ defense stepped up in the remaining minutes and stopped the Knights from getting inside the Lakes 30-yard line. Lakes’ Direll Clark (12 carries, 96 yards) added insurance and scampered for a 72-yard touchdown run which gave the Eagles a 16-7 lead with 1:43 remaining. “We just didn’t take advantage and our defense played great,” Grayslake North coach Steve Wood said. “I thought we played great and created turnovers. We just need to be more consistent. “Coming in we knew it would be a battle and not too many people gave us a chance coming in.”Lakes opened a 3-0 advantage on Blain’s 36-yard field goal with one second left in the opening quarter.Knights took over the lead 7-3 on its opening drive to start the second half. Charlie Pine caught a 1-yard pass from AJ Fish (12 of 23 for 107 yards and INT) with 6:32 left, which capped a scoring drive that went 12 plays and 80 yards.


    Morrow, Streamwood run by Hoffman

    On Streamwood’s first offensive play from scrimmage of the season under the lights on its home turf, thoroughbred senior running back Alex Morrow fumbled the ball. He’d get it back on the next possession and sprint to a 61-yard touchdown to put the Sabres ahead for good en route to a 34-17 nonconference football victory over Hoffman Estates at Millennium Field at Streamwood High School. “It was a little bit of nerves,” said Morrow, who finished the game with 277 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns on 24 carries. “After that drive we got angry and we wanted to score.”Hoffman Estates (0-1) was able to pull within 3 at 20-17 when senior quarterback Jordan Hudak, who finished 12-of-23 passing for 174 yards and rushed for another 51 yards, hit Mike Jackson for a 56-yard touchdown reception. After that, it appeared the Hawks had Streamwood (1-0) within striking distance.On a fourth-and-1 one from the Hoffman 41-yard line Streamwood opted to go for it. Morrow again found a hole in the Hawks’ defense, this time for 18 yards and a first down that would eventually set up another of his rushing touchdown. “I give them credit,” said Hoffman Estates head coach Bill Helzer. “It looked like they were down but they dug deep and put together a big drive.”Streamwood’s defense was a big reason Hoffman was unable to overcome the deficit, causing 3 second-half turnovers. “I’m happy for our kids to come out and play some really sound defense,” said Sabres coach Cal Cummins. “It’s the best defense we’ve played since I’ve been here. This was pretty fun tonight.” Dalton Lundeen, Streamwood’s senior quarterback, was 6-of-18 passing for 98 yards. He also ran for 18. He had the best view in the house most of the night handing the ball off to Morrow and helping his team to the first 1-0 start of his career.“(Winning) feels awesome,” said Lundeen. “My entire time I’ve been here we haven’t started off the season 1-0. When Morrow runs like this it makes everything easier.”Hudak was removed from the game late in the fourth quarter due to cramping, but is not expected to miss any time. The Sabres, who were 2-7 last year, outgained the Hawks 458 to 318.


    Rowe, Wauconda win at Woodstock

    Wauconda 36, Woodstock 14: Brandon Rowe made a successful debut for the Bulldogs, who opened their season with a win on the road.The transfer from Marian Central threw for 279 yards and 3 touchdowns and rushed for 124 yards, including a score.“He had a great game,” Wauconda coach Dave Mills said.Veteran wide receiver Jake Ziolkowski had 2 TD catches and caught 6 passes, in total, for 124 yards. Besides Rowe, Austin Piekarski and Bruce Pearl rushed for touchdowns.Shawn Sundquist sparkled defensively for Wauconda.“He was chasing their quarterback all game long,” Mills said. “He and the linebackers played really well.”

    Libertyville sophomore Sydney Mudd wears a military camouflage mask and donning an American Flag for military appreciation night as Libertyville battles Barrington at Libertyville on Friday, August 26th.

    Libertyville wins a classic

    For a game that moved slowly for a half and practically overflowed with mistakes, Libertyville and Barrington managed to produce a classic ending


    Joliet Catholic edges Carmel

    That last score was a big one on Friday in Joliet.Ty Isaac scored on a 78-yard touchdown pass with 40 seconds left and the extra point was good, as the host Joliet Catholic battled back to to Carmel 32-21 in a battle of East Suburban Catholic Conference powers.“He avoided three tackles,” Carmel coach Andy Bitto said of the talented Isaac, who made an athletic grab just to start the play.Carmel’s Michael Panico had scored on a 62-yard run with exactly one minute left to put Carmel in front. Brian Brennan ran for the conversion to make it a 6-point Corsairs lead.Panico, Brennan and Jordan Kos each ran for more than 100 yards for Carmel. Panico scored 2 TDs, while Steven O’Block kicked a 43-yard field goal.Carmel committed 2 turnovers and both were costly. A fumble led to a Joliet Catholic field goal and an interception set up a Hilltoppers touchdown.

    WEEK 1- Marmion Academy’s Dan DiBartolo is taken down by Batavia’s Anthony Thielk and Marquise Jenkins in the second quarter.

    Images: Marmion Academy vs. Batavia football
    Images from the Marmion Academy vs. Batavia football game in week one of the 2011 high school football season. Batavia won the game 36-7.

    The Sky’s Tamera Young looks to pass under defensive pressure from the Mystics’ Matee Ajavon on Friday night at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    Glaring Pokey Chatman makes her point to Sky

    Sometimes, all it takes is a look. With the score tied 49-49, Sky coach Pokey Chatman called a timeout, threw her clipboard at the bench and just stood there glaring at her players, barely spending any of the timeout actually talking. From there, the Sky cruised to an 80-67 victory over Washington.


    Zyks, Jacobs topple Joliet West

    Sloppy. Stop and Go. Stalled drives. Jacobs’ opener Friday night could have been played on Randall Road. Though, sloppy wasn’t in running back Caz Zyks’ vocabulary. Even as Jacobs fumbled 4 times, lost 2 of them and came up empty on its first 3 drives, Zyks still ran like he had just robbed a bank. On 17 carries, Zyks, his own getaway car, rushed for 216 yards and 3 touchdowns to help lead Jacobs to a 21-6 opening night victory over nonconference opponent Joliet West in Algonquin. Zyks led a rushing attack that amassed 310 yards rushing, combining for 347 total yards “He’s a great player. He’s worked hard and he made some great plays,” Jacobs coach Bill Mitz said. Joliet West (0-1) surprised the Golden Eagle defense with quarterback keepers for much of the first half but Jacobs looked shakier on offense. Its first 2 drives resulted in punts. Drive No. 3 ended on a fumble midway through the second quarter and helped set up a 7-play 46-yard drive capped by Andrew Drummond’s 2-yard score to put Joliet up 6-0. “You always get those first game jitters,” said Zyks. “And from there you just keep playing and then every finally plays out.” It did for Zyks. On Jacobs’ next drive, Zyks answered with an 18-yard scamper on 1 play, used a 22-yard slant from quarterback Jason Judson to Jake Gierlak to set up an 8-yard run that helped Jacobs gain a 7-6 lead with 49.7 left in the half. “The line did an excellent job, we started off rough in the beginning. The line stepped up at halftime and we just came out and played well,” Zyks said. Minus a fumble on Jacobs’ first possession in the third, the offense rolled. Zyks rushed for another score late in the third, then busted the gate wide open on a 65-yard run benefited by a great block by fullback Kyle Wright to make it 21-6 with 9:42 in the fourth. Wright rushed 10 times for 56 yards. He accumulated those yards like he was a bull in a bullfight. “That’s a typical Mitz team right there,” Tigers coach Jason Aubry. “He’s going to grind it out, he’s going to do what he wants to do.” Joliet West quickly raced down the field on a late hit penalty and a 10-yard run by Hargrove to set up shot at the Golden Eagle 9 on the next drive. But that was extinguished when junior defensive back Greg Sidor picked off Zack DiVarco’s pass at the 5. Sidor returned it to the 40-yard-line with 6:43 remaining. “They’re driving in that red zone and it’s a crucial stop,” said Sidor. “Going the other way helps our team gain momentum and helps us win the game.” Joliet West went 1-for-9 on drives and struggled to stop the run while their running game by committee established 160 yards. Jacobs wasn’t ready for the Tigers to come out running keepers with an athletic quarterback in Kameron Hargrove, who rushed for 89 yards. But turnovers are a concern as well for Mitz. “They’re going to be carrying the ball in school,” Mitz said.


    Yoshino, Wheeling top Mundelein

    Wheeling sophomore slot receiver Sam Yoshino was listed as jersey No. 20 on a football roster Friday night.Wrong.He wears No. 2.His performance in Wheeling’s 29-20 defeat of host Mundelein in a season opener?Too good.Yoshino, in his varsity debut, caught 6 passes for 80 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown to cap a clock-gobbling 99-yard drive in the third quarter.On the ensuing kickoff, the 5-foot-10, 175-pounder recovered a Mustangs muff, giving the visitors the ball at Mundelein’s 31-yard line.“He was all over the place, wasn’t he?” said Wildcats senior quarterback Tyler Brady (11-of-17, 178 yards, 2 TDs; 16 rushes, 72 yards, TD). “He’s unbelievable, so talented.”Yoshino’s TD grab put Wheeling (1-0) up 20-14; his older brother, junior Michael Yoshino, then connected with senior Kevin Gross for a 2-point conversion.Shortly after Sam Yoshino pounced on Mundelein’s kickoff miscue – on the very next play, to be exact – Brady found senior slot Leo Giordano for a 31-yard TD.Giordano booted the extra point and, just like that, it was 29-14.“Sam … he did very well tonight, did what we expected,” said Wheeling coach Dave Dunbar, whose club won its final two games last fall to finish 3-6. “A tough kid.“And it was easy – very easy – putting him on varsity,” he added.Wildcats senior running back Ed Scanlon (19 carries, 97 yards, TD) ran hard all night. His biggest run was a 25-yard burst up the middle – on a second-and-long from Wheeling’s 1-yard line early in the third quarter.“That was the key play tonight, no question,” Dunbar said.Wheeling then kept the ball, seemingly forever.Mundelein didn’t take its first snap in the second half until the 2:14 mark of the third quarter.“That hurt us … that (99-yard) drive,” said Mundelein coach Bob Stone.So did an interception by Wheeling senior Curt Gaynor at 5:30 of the fourth quarter.Mustangs senior running back L.D. Frison was “T.D.” Frison, tallying TD runs of 85, 2 and 29 yards. He finished with 115 yards on 7 carries.“He’s not just quick,” said Stone. “He also showed some toughness, some strength.”


    Lyons picks its spots, and Pats come up short

    Stevenson fell short 24-19 in its football season opener Friday at Lyons.


    McHenry gets past Larkin

    Larkin had a punt blocked. McHenry recovered 2 Royal fumbles on onside kicks and the visitors from Elgin had a touchdown called back.You get the picture.It was a tough night at the office for the Royals.Costly mistakes were crucial as McHenry defeated Larkin 19-7 in a nonconference game played at McHenry’s McCracken Field Friday night. It was the season opener for both teams.“They certainly out-coached us in the special teams,” said Larkin coach Mike Scianna. “The pooch kicks on the kickoffs and the blocked punt really hurt us. McHenry has some speed that hurt us and they outplayed us. We need to regroup and come back next week and play better.”On its first drive of the game, Larkin was unable to post a first down. Punter Kyle Newquist dropped back to punt at his own 10-yard line. McHenry’s Ethan Jones broke through the Larkin line and blocked Newquist’s punt. The pigskin was recovered by Brian Frapolly at the 3-yard line.On the first play after the blocked punt, Frapolly reached pay dirt from 3 yards out. The extra point kick was missed and the Warriors led 6-0 with only 1:39 elapsed in the game.McHenry scored 13 unanswered points in the second quarter on a 1-yard run by Grant Watkins and a 3-yard pass from Robert Tonyan to Frapolly.Trailing 19-0, Larkin finally got on the scoreboard with 3:29 left in the first half. Avoiding pressure, Newquist was able to scramble through the McHenry defense for 42 yards and a score. Rodrigo Tapia converted the extra point and the Royals were within 12 points, 19-7, late in the half. That was the score at intermission.After a scoreless third quarter, the Royals had a golden opportunity to chop into the Warrior lead early in the fourth quarter.Similar to his touchdown in the second quarter, Newquist avoided the McHenry pass rush and rambled 56 yards for a score with 10:19 left in the game. Unfortunately for Larkin the touchdown was called back because of a penalty.“That was a tough play,” said Scianna. “That score puts within a touchdown with plenty of time to play.”McHenry coach Tim Beagle was not happy with his team’s play.“We made some big plays on special teams in the first half,” said Beagle. “We got off to a good start. We didn’t play a very good second half. We executed poorly offensively in the second half and were very fortunate to win.”


    Freundt’s big play helps Antioch hang on

    A safety forced by Zach Freundt early in the game proved to be key as Antioch topped Lake Forest Academy 14-12 in a football season opener Friday.


    Prairie Ridge uses size to beat Glenbard South

    Prairie Ridge brought size and strength down from Crystal Lake for Friday’s football season opener at Glenbard South. The Raiders countered with speedy and shifty.Size and strength won out.Prairie Ridge rumbled to a 55-12 victory in Glen Ellyn in a nonconference game.“Prairie Ridge is a good ball team. We knew what they were going to be about. They’ve got a good chance to go really far in 6A,” Raiders coach Jeremy Cordell said. “We knew coming in that we would have our hands full, but we shot ourselves in the foot a lot. We could have done things a lot better, and we’re going to do things better and we’re going to keep improving.”Glenbard South (0-1) moved the ball well on the opening drive before stalling at the Wolves’ 20-yard line. Five plays later Wolves quarterback Nick Nissen found tight end Nick Margiotta for a 41-yard pass play down the middle of the field.The big play was just the first on a night of big plays.Nissen finished with 2 rushing touchdowns and 2 passing touchdowns, the other a 72-yarder to the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Margiotta on the same play call.Running back Jordan Getzelman, a 6-2, 195-pound junior, added scoring runs of 34 and 45 yards, and Connor Greenwald and Kerry Kohlbacher also ran for touchdowns for Prairie Ridge, which led 28-6 at halftime.“It was a nice start for us,” Wolves coach Chris Schremp said. “We were able to put up some points with our offense. A good overall effort. I think our offense was clicking at times. The defense obviously looked good.”The Raiders broke up the shutout in the second quarter when quarterback Tyler Padera found running back Wesley Sanders for an 80-yard touchdown pass. Sanders added a 70-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.“They’ve got a couple of really good playmakers that made a couple of big plays. That was really our plan for our defense was to stop their two playmakers there,” Schremp said.Padera finished with 236 yards on 14-of-23 passing.“This is not an end-all, be-all,” Cordell said. “This is about the journey, not the destination. We’re going to continue to get better and we’re going to be a different team than we are. We’ve got skill and we’ve got guys who can move the ball a little bit. And our defense is better than we showed tonight. They’re a good offense.”


    Maine South starts quickly, handles Warren

    Maine South senior Paul Preston returned the opening kickoff 98 yards as the No. 1-ranked Hawks topped Warren 40-12 in Park Ridge.


    VH’s second-half spurt sinks Dunbar

    Vernon Hills posted a comfortable 58-34 victory over Dunbar by scoring the final 21 points of the streaky game in season-opening play.


    Catanese, Addison Trail special in victory

    Senior Anthony Catanese and the Addison Trail special teams combined to do it all on Friday night.The Blazers opened their season with a 42-0 win over West Chicago at home in a game highlighted by big plays and turnovers. The first score came on a 6-yard run by Catanese moments after a fumble was recovered by the Blazers on the opening kickoff.“Special teams helped springboard us into a good overall effort on the night,” said Blazers coach Paul Parpet. Later in the first quarter, Blazers quarterback Trevor Bermingham found Catanese on a perfectly timed crossing route. Catanese turned on the burners and sprinted his way 69 yards for another Blazers touchdown. “Our line gave (Bermingham) a lot of time. He made a nice read and he hit me,” Catanese said. “We were all on the same page today.”Minutes later Addison Trail turned a muffed punt by the Wildcats into another quick touchdown. This time it was running back Vince Beltrano from 10 yards out to extend the Blazers lead to 21-0. “Going into the first game, special teams is always a concern,” Parpet said. “It was nice to see the kids come to play tonight.”The Blazers’ dominance on special teams continued in the second quarter.Catanese ran a 46-yard punt return back as he followed blocks and blew past major gaps in the coverage to put the Blazers ahead 28-0.“I got a nice block from Justin Levonyak on the return,” Catanese said.West Chicago was able to recover a botched snap in the second quarter and take over inside the Blazers’ 20, but Addison Trail’s defense came up strong and kept the Wildcats scoreless. Catanese’s monster first half — which he scored 4 touchdowns and ran in a two-point conversion — concluded with a 29-yard touchdown reception from Bermingham. The Blazers led 35-0 at the break. The second half was highlighted by a 72-yard touchdown run by Blazers senior Anthony Messina. Messina broke tackles nearly the entire way as he put the Blazers up 42-0. Despite the lopsided win, Addison Trail committed 10 penalties for 95 yards. “Some of the penalties were heat-of-the-battle penalties, but we have to use our head more,” Parpet said. West Chicago hosts Larkin Friday, while the Blazers will travel to Hillside to play Proviso West.“We have to cut down on the penalties, and we can’t be fumbling the ball like we did today,” Catanese said.

    Week 1- Connor Mersch, left and Jim Delaney, right, of Waubonsie Valley tackle quarterback Ian Lewandowski of Naperville Central.

    Images: Waubonsie Valley vs. Naperville Central football
    Waubonsie Valley High School plays Naperville Central High School at Naperville Central. Waubonsie Valley won by a score of 21-7

    Week 1- Jack Petrando of St. Francis moves the ball against Riverside-Brookfield.

    Images: Riverside-Brookfield vs. St. Francis football
    Riverside-Brookfield High School plays St. Francis High School at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. St. Francis won the game 21-14.


    Glenbard North runs to win

    Glenbard North senior Phil Jackson and the Panthers running game sizzled Friday night. Jackson rushed for 109 yards and 1 touchdown, quarterback Brian Murphy added 79 yards of his own and junior Mario Rodriguez punched in 3 touchdowns — one on a punt return — as the host Panthers rolled Oak Park-River Forest 40-24 in nonconference action. Jackson’s younger brother Justin rushed for 35 yards and a touchdown as well. “We share the load, it’s what we do,” Jackson said. “I ran, I got tired, but then Mario and my brother came in and finish it off.”Both teams traded possessions on their initial drive. The Panthers threw incomplete on a fourth and 15 but recovered the ball quickly as the Huskies coughed up the ball at their own 36-yard line. The Panthers failed to convert on their next drive, punting away, and pinning the Huskies deep on their own 2-yard line. The Huskies returned with a punt and the Panthers went to work, letting their running game take over.“I thought they did a pretty good job of stopping our run game,” Panthers coach Ryan Wilkens said. “Brian did a nice job of running the option for us, and in the second half I thought we came out and did a lot better.” Murphy hit senior receiver Solomon Oquendo with a 37-yard strike that gave Glenbard North an early 6-0 lead. After a defensive stand Jackson ripped off a 67-yard scamper down the right sideline before being tripped up at the Huskies 3. He capped off the drive with a 3-yard run to put the Panthers ahead 12-0.The Panthers (1-0) continued the offensive onslaught when Rodriguez tore down the field for a 58-yard punt return, giving Glenbard North a 20-0 cushion. Murphy responded on the Panthers’ final drive of the half, using two option runs to pick up 77 yards on his own. The second dash was a 33-yard touchdown run, giving the Panthers a comfortable 26-0 halftime lead.The Huskies (0-1) broke the shutout bid with a 54-yard touchdown pass from quarterback John Phelan to receiver Ryan Nelson. The Panthers answered back with a 9-yard touchdown run from Rodriguez. Rodriguez would add another rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.


    St. Edward defense dominates Genoa-Kingston

    The St. Edward offense and special teams fumbled the ball away five times in the season opener, but the Green Wave probably could have turned the ball over 10 times and still won considering how well their defense played in a 21-0 victory over Genoa-Kingston at Greg True Field in Elgin Friday.St. Edward held the Cogs to 69 yards rushing, 10 yards passing and 5 first downs, forced 8 punts, recovered 2 of 3 forced fumbles and intercepted a pair of Genoa-Kingston passes.“That’s what we’re planning on: shutouts every week,” said senior two-way lineman Evan Finnane. “We don’t want them to score at all. That’s just old news for us. It was just total domination on defense for us.”Genoa-Kingston lost yardage on 10 of its 46 offensive plays. Five of those tackles for a loss, including 2 sacks, were recorded by Finnane, who has full scholarship offers from Air Force and Army.“He’s the real deal, especially on the defensive side,” G-K coach Justin Fredrick said. “We started thinking about going the other way more often, no doubt. “Despite their offensive woes the Cogs trailed just 7-0 entering the fourth quarter. That’s when St. Edward senior running back Luke Duffy finally found some room to run and helped the Green Wave score 14 fourth-quarter points to seal the victory.Duffy ran for 140 of his 162 yards and both of his touchdowns in the second half.“They were filling all the gaps and their linebackers were stepping up hard,” said Duffy, who also intercepted a pass on defense. “At halftime we knew we had to adjust and that’s what we did.”St. Edward coach Mike Rolando explained the adjustment.“We had no success running to our tight end side earlier because they would overload and they had us outnumbered there,” he said. “We started spreading them out and running to our twins side. Once we figured out how to spread them out a little bit and give ourselves a little bit of an advantage we were able to run the ball.”St. Edward took control of the game early in the fourth quarter when Duffy spearheaded a 6-play, 58-yard drive. The senior carried the ball 4 times for gains of 18, 11, 23 and 5 yards, the last of which was a touchdown run that put the Wave ahead 14-0 with 8:09 left in the game.Duffy wasn’t done. Two possessions later he followed fullback Ryan Johnson’s lead block to the right side of the line, broke though and raced 66 yards to account for the final score.“I have to give credit to my offensive line and my fullback for blocking in front of me,” Duffy said. “The holes were opening up.”The game started ominously for the Green Wave when they were unable to field the opening kick. It was squibbed off a St. Edward front-row player and recovered by the Cogs, however, they couldn’t capitalize and were forced to punt. Duffy immediately fumbled the ball right back to G-K at his own 14-yard line. “I know they have all the faith in the world in their defense,” Rolando said of his players. “They certainly tested them tonight.”Again, the Green Wave defense stiffened. G-K kicker Chris Camargo was set to attempt a 24-yard field goal, but the good snap slipped through holder Adam Price’s hands. The loose ball was picked up by Camargo, whose desperation pass to a release man was intercepted by Duffy at his own 15-yard line. The St. Edward offense finally broke through on its fifth possession of the first half. Duffy returned a punt 29 yards to the Genoa-Kingston 31-yard line and subsequently reeled off an 18-yard gain. Facing third-and-5 from the Genoa-Kingston 8-yard line, new St. Edward quarterback Bob French rolled to his right and connected with Matt Brockner on a crossing pattern for a touchdown with 5:26 left in the second quarter. French completed 5-of-10 attempts for 123 yards and a touchdown. Brockner made 3 receptions for 92 yards.


    Basara keys Elk Grove’s second-half surge

    Senior quarterback Dejan Basara rushed for 122 yards on 22 carries with 3 touchdowns and the senior completed 11 of 16 passes for 135 yards and two additional scores to help Elk Grove past Highland Park on Friday night.


    CL Central holds off Huntley

    Huntley’s Jake Brock felt pretty good at halftime. Despite trailing Crystal Lake Central 14-6, the junior quarterback knew the Red Raiders would get the ball — and hopefully the momentum — to start the second half. But after taking the ball and ripping off three-straight first downs Huntley’s offense stalled. The Tigers scored twice in the second half to secure a 28-6 Fox Valley Conference crossover in Huntley. “We were right with them at halftime,” said Brock, who rushed for 48 yards on 11 carries. “We hit a wall and couldn’t convert on fourth down.” Huntley set up first-and-10 on the Tigers’ 31-yard line after amassing 37 yards on its first 3 plays of the second half. The Red Raiders (0-1) were then unable to convert a fourth-and-6, as Brock managed a 5-yard run. The Tigers (1-0) used the turnover on downs to set up a 1-yard touchdown run from Connor Hines with 4:34 left in the third quarter. Tanner Fehring converted the extra point to put Central up 21-6. Huntley’s defensive focus targeted speedy tailback Gage Harrah. The Red Raiders were able to contain Harrah for much of the first half in terms of yardage, but he did pound the ball in the end zone twice. The senior scored the game’s initial touchdown after a Huntley fumble set up a first-and-goal for Central at the Huntley 10. The 10-yard scoring run came with 3:56 left in the first quarter. “That was a tough play, it set them right up for the score,” Huntley coach Matt Gehrig said. “Our guys played hard. We’re going to take this and use it to improve on a couple of things with the plays we run on offense.” Huntley cut the game to 7-6 when John Walker ran a reverse 4 yards for a touchdown with 7:58 left in the first half. Opting to go for 2 points, the pass failed on the conversion. Central responded on its next drive, with Harrah capping off a 9-play, 76-yard drive by pounding in a 1-yard run. Harrah (84 yards, 21 carries) added his third touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter, a 3-yard run with 9:26 left to play. Fehring extended the Tigers’ lead to 28-6 with a point after.


    Burlington C. tops Hampshire

    When Hampshire threatened, Burlington Central answered quickly.

    Rolling Meadows’ Ryan Gundersen is tackled by York’s Kevin Szeluga in the second quarter.

    Images: Rolling Meadows vs. York football
    Rolling Meadows High School kicked off the 2011 football season at home by York High School on Friday night. Rolling Meadows won the game 50-49.

    Elgin running back DeVante King (33) makes his way around end for a first-quarter touchdown as Dundee-Crown linebacker Robert Nelson pursues Friday night at Memorial Field in Elgin.

    Elgin dumps Dundee-Crown

    Dennis Moore made more of a commitment to football during the summer. The Elgin senior Friday night showed off all the hard work.

    Michelle Snow, left, rebounds the ball against Washington Mystics' Kelly Miller during the fourth quarter Friday night at Allstate Arena.

    Prince, Fowles lead Sky to 80-67 win over Mystics

    Epiphanny Prince had 18 points and Sylvia Fowles scored 14 — all in the second half — and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Chicago Sky to an 80-67 victory over the Washington Mystics on Friday night.


    Boys soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Christian Ramos, Lucas Baker and Eduardo Gonzalez scored goals and Huntley also got an own goal in a 4-0 nonconference boys soccer win over Marian Central Friday.Austen Emery made 4 saves in goal for Huntley (2-0-1).Jacobs 4, Kaneland 1: Nick Lorusso, Erik Nava, Brad Cleveland and Jake Thompson scored goals for the Golden Eagles (2-0) as they downed Kaneland at the Jacobs Invitational. Nick Matysek made 4 saves in goal for Jacobs.Men’s soccerJudson 6, Spring Arbor 0: Michael Wallace, Jeff Acton and Santiago Munoz each scored their first collegiate goals as Judson opened the season with an easy win. Mike Tobie scored twice for the Eagles and Tom Kruse added a goal. Neil Thompson record his sixth career shutout in goal for Judson.

    Prince Fielder reacts after his RBI-single in the seventh inning Friday night against the Cubs.

    Braun, Brewers rally to beat Cubs, 5-2

    Ryan Braun hit a go-ahead double in the fifth and scored on the play when Darwin Barney made his second error of the inning, rallying the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-2 victory over the Cubs on Friday night for their 25th win in the last 30 games.

    Luke Donald hits his tee shot from the third hole during the second round Friday of The Barclays golf tournament in Edison, N.J.

    Kuchar in front and facing a sprint at Barclays

    What once looked to be a long week at The Barclays suddenly has turned into a sprint. Matt Kuchar heard the news from his walking scorer when he reached the eighth green Friday that the PGA Tour's opening playoff event would be reduced to 54 holes on Saturday because of Hurricane Irene.

    Elgin running back DeVante King makes his way around the end for a first-quarter touchdown against Dundee-Crown.

    Images: Dundee-Crown vs. Elgin football
    Images from the Dundee-Crown vs. Elgin High School football game in week one of the 2011 high school football season. Elgin won the game 34-19.


    Rick Kranitz thrives as Brewers pitching coach

    The ex-Cub factor is alive and well in Milwaukee. Brewers pitching coach Rick Kranitz is a former longtime Cubs coach, and he's got a winning staff at Miller Park.


    Bears RB Matt Forte all business despite pending contract extension

    Talk of a contract extension for Matt Forte has not had an adverse affect on the running back according to Bears coach Lovie Smith.

    Patriots wide receivers Wes Welker, left, and Chad Ochocinco should both finish in the top 25 in fantasy points this season.

    Ranking fantasy football wide receivers tougher than ever

    I feel pretty good about the top 16 wide receivers, but after that ... wow. This much is for sure: It’s going to be a crazy year in which more players than usual who aren’t even ranked will be waiver-wire pickups as the season progresses.

    Bears backup running back Chester Taylor must leap over teammate Marion Barber to earn a roster spot behind Matt Forte.

    For many Bears it’s do or goodbye Saturday

    Some Bears players will be getting their last legitimate shots at making the final roster in tonight's preseason game against the Titans. Game 3 can be an accurate barometer of where players are in their development.

    “We’ll make sure we practice enough guys because we really don’t know what the future brings,” Hurricanes coach Al Golden said. “Hopefully we’ll find out pretty quickly here in the near future if there are any penalties or suspensions, and we’ll adjust accordingly.”

    Golden: Miami awaiting eligibility decisions

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The fate of eight Miami players is now in the hands of the NCAA.Miami coach Al Golden said Friday that the university has asked the NCAA to decide the eligibility of a number of football players — eight, a person with knowledge of the process told The Associated Press — who are believed to have committed violations in dealings with former booster Nevin Shapiro.The stakes couldn’t be higher. Soon, those players deemed ineligible by the university will know when, or if, they will play for Miami this season.“We’ve done our part,” Golden said. “We’re waiting.”The NCAA’s decision is expected early next week, and it will shape the season for the Hurricanes. Some of Miami’s top players are implicated in the scandal, including quarterback Jacory Harris, linebacker Sean Spence and receiver Travis Benjamin. Miami declared eight players ineligible, the person with knowledge of the investigation said, in what’s described as a procedural move.When a player is found to have committed a violation, that player must be declared ineligible by the university — a necessary step before the NCAA can decide if the athlete should be reinstated.“We’re all just focused on football,” said offensive lineman Joel Figueroa, who is not under investigation. “Just like any other season.”Except it’s not just like any other season. At least, it hasn’t been since the Shapiro scandal exploded. And this part of the process will be brutal for Miami because the Sept. 5 primetime opener at Maryland is drawing ever closer.“They’re eligible to practice,” Golden said Friday. “We have filed paperwork to the NCAA as of late last night, which is part of the normal process. ... The only entity that can reinstate them is the NCAA.”Sanctions could include sitting out games, having to repay any money accepted, or both. Miami has asked for an expedited ruling, a request the NCAA typically complies with.“They’re still here,” offensive lineman Brandon Washington said Friday, speaking about the implicated group. “They’re team guys.”The NCAA will announce any reinstatement decision, and there is precedent suggesting the governing body may move swiftly. When Auburn ruled eventual Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton — who was dogged by a pay-for-play scandal — ineligible during the week leading up to last year’s SEC championship game, the NCAA reinstated him without conditions a day later.On Saturday, Miami will hold an annual event open to fans, and most players are expected to attend, including those implicated in the scandal. It’s the first time many will be available publicly since Shapiro’s allegations broke.Golden expects to have his depth chart for the Maryland game completed for release by Tuesday, though the names listed still would be subject to change. The team is working through a number of scenarios, because no one can say with any certainty which mix of players will be available to join the Hurricanes for the trip to play the Terrapins.“We’ll fight through this,” Golden said. “Hurricanes always have.”Being declared ineligible now doesn’t necessarily mean a player would miss any time this season. Golden said he wasn’t allowed to discuss specifics about the players who have been declared ineligible.“It’s an ongoing investigation,” Golden said. “I’m not allowed to comment on that. Again, we’ve been most respectful to the process here from the NCAA and been extremely cooperative, so I’m not going to deviate from that path right now.”Besides Harris, Spence and Benjamin, the other football players named by Shapiro for an article published by Yahoo Sports on Aug. 16 are Vaughn Telemaque, Ray Ray Armstrong, Aldarius Johnson, Marcus Forston, Olivier Vernon, Marcus Robinson, Adewale Ojomo, Dyron Dye and JoJo Nicholas.During the portion of practice open for viewing Friday, 10 of the 12 players implicated by Shapiro were on the field. Dye and Nicholas were not seen.

    Some Ohio high school coaches are planning on dressing like Jim Tressel to pay tribue to the longtime Ohio State coach who resigned this summer.

    Some coaches to honor Tressel, some refuse

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Some Ohio high school coaches will be wearing a white shirt, tie and even a sweater vest tonight when they open the season, a tribute to deposed Ohio State coach Jim Tressel.The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association suggested to its members in July that they might honor Tressel by mimicking his typical game attire.A few have said they intend to follow that advice, while others have said they see no reason to honor a coach who was pushed out of his job for breaking NCAA rules and covering up his knowledge that several of his players had accepting improper benefits.Tressel resigned under pressure on May 30 in the middle of a lengthy NCAA investigation of his Buckeyes program.


    LSU QB, teammate booked in bar fight and released

    BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and teammate Joshua Johns were released on $5,000 bond each Friday in connection with a bar fight that injured four people.The two players turned themselves in after police obtained arrest warrants on felony charges of second-degree battery, stemming from their alleged roles in a fight outside Shady’s bar in Baton Rouge on Aug. 19. The players also have been suspended indefinitely by the school.“Today is a sad day for the city of Baton Rouge. Today is a sad day for Louisiana State University, the LSU alumni and the countless fans that follow the Tiger football program,” Baton Rouge police chief Dewayne White said. “It is also a sad day for the Baton Rouge police department.”White said the evidence in the case would be forwarded to the East Baton Rouge Parish district attorney for review.He described the evidence as “numerous interviews of witnesses, including victims and players implicated in the incident ... as well as video evidence of certain individuals, all of whom were present at the scene.”Attorney Shannon Fay, an associate of the players’ lead defense attorney, Nathan Fisher, said their effort to disprove the accusations against the players would continue.“This is an ongoing case, and we will continue to diligently defend our clients, who we believe are innocent,” Fay said.While that effort continues, Jefferson, a starter, and Johns, a reserve linebacker, will miss fourth-ranked LSU’s season opener on Sept. 3 against Oregon at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. They could miss many more games than that.“We will continue to cooperate with the authorities in an effort to find out exactly what took place during the incident,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “As sad as this incident is, it’s important that we learn from this and that we take away a valuable lesson. This has weighed on all of us. It’s time for us to come together as a team and focus on what we are here to do.” A police report says a 19-year-old woman named Victoria Long said she witnessed several LSU players beating one of the alleged victims and saw Jefferson kick that man in the face.Four people were treated and released at a hospital in the hours after the fight, and police have said one person had three fractured vertebrae, injuries serious enough to warrant felony charges.Two witnesses who work at the bar told The Associated Press that the players did not throw the first punch, but added that once the melee began, it was difficult to see who hit whom, and could not verify the extent to which Jefferson and Johns were involved. Shady’s door manager Jordan Neldare, who said he witnessed the fight, said he noticed that Jefferson removed himself from the brawl before it was over, and was standing alone near the bar’s entrance, looking upset.White said Jefferson and Johns have cooperated fully in the investigation.Police also identified offensive lineman Chris Davenport, and receiver Jarvis Landry as people of interest in the fight, but did not comment on their status Friday. White said the police would not be making any more public comments about the merits or facts of the case, “for the purposes of protecting the integrity of an ongoing and continuing investigation into to this matter.” Each of the four players were interviewed by investigators Tuesday. On Wednesday, police executed a search warrant of Jefferson’s apartment and took 49 pairs of shoes, along with a DNA swab. Under team orders, LSU players have not discussed the fight publicly since it happened.With Jefferson suspended, fellow senior Jarrett Lee is the likely starter against Oregon, with sophomore Zach Mettenberger, a junior college transfer, next in line.Jefferson, a senior, guided LSU to an 11-2 record last season. He is 20-7 as a starter, but the team ranked last in passing in the Southeastern Conference last season, with 155.6 yards per game.

    Driver Danica Patrick displays Thursday the car that she will drive full-time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series circuit and select Sprint Cup races. After months of skirting speculation, Patrick announced Thursday that she’s leaving IndyCar in 2012 to run a full Nationwide schedule with JR Motorsports and up to 10 Sprint Cup races for Stewart-Haas Racing.

    Stewart wants to run 3 full-time teams next season

    BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Tony Stewart wants to run three full Sprint Cup teams next season regardless of how many races Danica Patrick enters. Patrick is set to drive eight to 10 races for Stewart-Haas Racing next season when she moves from IndyCar to NASCAR. It’s expected to be preparation for a full Cup schedule in 2013. But Stewart said he’d like to get that team up and running immediately and is looking for another driver and sponsor to fill the 36-race schedule. “If we can put together a package to run somebody in the rest of the races, we would love to do that,” Stewart said at Bristol Motor Speedway. “It’s in everybody’s best interest to do that and I know it would be good for us as a team to run that car full time next year if that opportunity presents itself.”Stewart would not say which races Patrick will run next year, although it would make sense for her debut to be in the season-opening Daytona 500. “We’re working on her schedule,” Stewart said. “We’ve got a lot of stuff to do. There’s a lot of stuff not done yet.”Patrick will race the full Nationwide Series schedule next season for JR Motorsports. It’s undecided if she’ll drive in the Indianapolis 500, but JRM co-owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he would not stand in her way. “She can do whatever she wants to do, it doesn’t matter to me,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “If I had any experience in those cars, I might know a little bit more about the answer. But, whatever she feels like she wants to do, she ought to do it.”

    Chicago Fire midfielder Pavel Pardo celebrates a goal against Philadelphia in his first MLS game since his arrival from Mexico.

    Mexico’s Pardo makes smooth transition to Chicago Fire

    Since his signing with the Chicago Fire on July 25, 35-year-old Mexico star Pavel Pardo moved into the lineup at defensive midfielder and hasn’t missed a minute since. His transition to MLS play has been smooth.

    How many more good years will the veterans on the Bears' defense have together? Linebacker Lance Briggs, left, and defensive end Israel Idonije (71) turn 31 in November. Linebacker Brian Urlacher, middle, is 33.

    Bears' defense must find way again

    The Bears' defense was one of the best in the NFL a year ago, but it's not unfair to wonder if this is the year that age or injuries catch up with them.

    Robert Morris University’s inaugural season of football includes, from left, head coach Jared Williamson, tight end Tyler Warden (Glenbard West), linebacker Jason Olson (Hersey) and quarterback Matt Westerkamp (Montini).

    Robert Morris University ready to kick off new football program

    Local players Jason Olson (Hersey), Tyler Warden (Glenbard West) and Matt Westerkamp (Montini) are among the players who are part of the inaugural season of football for Robert Morris University, which starts Saturday.


    Boeing Co.'s new 787 Dreamliner, the world's first composite-plastic commercial jet, won FAA flight approval Friday.

    FAA clears the way for first Boeing 787 flight

    The Federal Aviation Administration has cleared the way for the new Boeing 787 to take its first commercial flight. Both the FAA and European regulators certified the plane for flight on Friday.

    Without Steve Jobs, Apple Inc. may start to embrace deal making after spending less on acquisitions than any of its biggest competitors.

    After Apple’s fall, is it time to buy or sell?

    Should you buy or sell Apple? Investors largely shrugged off news this week that Steve Jobs is stepping down as CEO, barely selling its shares. But that hasn’t satisfied Wall Street analysts who follow the tech giant.

    Fewer exports and weaker growth in business stockpiles led the Commerce Department to lower its estimate for the April-June quarter from its previous rate of 1.3 percent growth. That means the economy expanded only 0.7 percent in the first six months of the year.

    Economy grew at slower 1 pct. rate this spring

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a meager 1 percent annual pace this spring, slower than previously estimated. The downward revision stoked fears that the economy is at risk of another recession.Fewer exports and weaker growth in business stockpiles led the government to lower its growth estimate for the April-June quarter from the initial 1.3 percent rate. The economy expanded only 0.7 percent in the first six months of the year, the Commerce Department said Friday.Nine of the past 11 recessions since World War II have been preceded by a period of growth of 1 percent or less, economists note. “The economy is teetering on the edge of a renewed recession,” said James Marple, an economist at TD Securities. “With such a thin margin of error ... any renewed shock could push the economy over the edge.”Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke proposed no new steps to boost the economy in a highly anticipated speech in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Instead, he pressed Congress to do more to encourage expansion and hiring.Bernanke did say the U.S. is on track for long-term economic growth, which helped the stock market turn positive after earlier losses. The Dow Jones industrial average gained more than 150 points in afternoon trading. Broader indexes also increased.Economists said the revision hasn’t changed their growth forecasts. Most expect slightly better growth in the second half of the year of roughly 1.5 percent to 2 percent. That level of growth would likely cool recession jitters. But it is not enough to make a noticeable dent in the unemployment rate, which was 9.1 percent in July.Some economists worry that this summer’s sell-off on Wall Street could hamper growth further, if consumers and business pull back on spending and investment. The stock market has lost 12 percent of its value since July 21. There were some good signs in the report. Corporate profits rose faster than the previous quarter. The decline in business stockpiles suggests factories may step up production to fill future orders.The revision also showed consumers and businesses spent a bit more in the spring than in the government’s first estimate. Consumers spent more on health care, insurance and financial services. Businesses bought more equipment and software and invested in more buildings. Consumer spending was revised up to a 0.4 percent gain, slightly better than the first estimate of 0.1 percent. Still, that’s the weakest growth since the final three months of 2009.People bought fewer long-lasting manufactured goods, such as autos and appliances. Those purchases fell 5.1 percent this spring, the biggest drop since the fall of 2008. That partly reflects a shortage of autos on many dealer lots after the March 11 earthquake in Japan. Consumers spending accounts for 70 percent of growth.Government spending contracted for the third straight quarter. And spending by state and local governments declined for the seventh time in eight quarters. Corporate profits remained healthy, as they have throughout the recovery. They rose 3 percent, up from a 1 percent gain in the first quarter.Several dismal economic reports have suggested the economy worsened in the July-September quarter, sending the stock market lower. Manufacturing in the mid-Atlantic region contracted in August by the most in more than two years, a survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia found. A Richmond Fed survey released Tuesday and a New York Fed survey last week also pointed to slowdowns in those areas, although not as severe.Still, other reports offer a more optimistic picture. The economy added 117,000 net jobs in July, twice the number added in each of the previous two months. Consumers spent more on retail goods last month than in any month since March. U.S. automakers rebounded last month to boost factory production by the most since the Japan crisis.

    Federal Reserve chairman Paul Bernanke, right, and Jean-Claude Trichet, of France, president of the European Central Bank, take a morning stroll on the veranda of the Jackson Lake Lodge, before the morning session of the Economic Policy Symposium at Jackson Hole in Moran, Wyo., Friday.

    Bernanke proposes no new steps to boost economy

    Chairman Ben Bernanke is proposing no new steps by the Federal Reserve to boost the economy while hinting that Congress may need to act to stimulate hiring and growth. Bernanke said Friday that while record-low interest rates will promote growth over time, the weak economy requires further help in the short run. He is speaking at an annual economic conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo.


    Binny’s, other businesses opening in north Arlington Hts.

    Binny’s Beverage Depot will open a 22,000-square-foot store in The Annex of Arlington in north Arlington Heights, giving a major boost to a shopping center with a high vacancy rate.

    Environmental activists have been protesting a proposed oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The protesters want President Barack Obama to deny a permit for the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline that would take oil extracted from tar sands in Alberta, Canada, and carry it through a pipeline cutting across Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas to refineries in Houston and Port Arthur, Texas.

    State Dept report favors US-Canada oil pipeline

    WASHINGTON — A Canadian company’s plan to pipe oil from Alberta to the Texas coast is not likely to cause significant environmental problems during construction or operation, the State Department said Friday in a new report that removes a major roadblock to the 1,700-mile pipeline.The thousand-page report on the proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline says no significant problems have emerged since a similar report was issued last year. Calgary-based TransCanada wants to build a massive pipeline to carry crude oil extracted from tar sands in western Canada to refineries in Texas. The pipeline, which would travel through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma, would double the capacity of an existing pipeline from Canada. Supporters say it could significantly reduce U.S. dependence on Middle Eastern oil.The project has become a flash point for environmental groups who say the pipeline would bring “dirty oil” that requires huge amounts of energy to extract and could cause an ecological disaster if there’s a spill. They have urged the Obama administration to block the project as a show of good faith to supporters.Several hundred activists, including actress Margot Kidder and prominent scientists, have been arrested in recent days in protests outside the White House.TransCanada maintains that the project would create tens of thousands of jobs and would be built to strict environmental standards, including 57 conditions above those required by law. For example, the company has agreed to build the pipeline 4 feet below ground, instead of 3 feet, and will allow an increased number of inspections. It also will install a greater number of safety shut-off valves than usual. The State Department report cites those conditions as among the reasons for its confidence in the project.The State Department report does not grant final approval. The department has authority over the project because it crosses an international boundary.


    Shell opens Nigeria gas plant 2 days after closure

    LAGOS, Nigeria — Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it has reopened a natural gas plant after isolating the leakage point of a damaged pipeline in Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta.A Shell spokesman said in a statement Friday its Nigerian subsidiary had resumed operations at the plant that provides gas for Nigeria’s power grid.Spokesman Tony Okonedo said the company is now repairing the leakage point and investigating the source of the damage.The plant was shut down Wednesday, days after Shell announced it could not meet crude oil production goals until October, because of spills caused by hacksaw cuts on some of its oil pipelines.Shell’s pipelines run across Nigeria’s resource-rich region of swamps, mangroves and creeks. Nigeria is a top supplier of crude oil to the U.S.

    Mike Small, of Morehead City, N.C., loads bags of ice into his truck Friday in Atlantic Beach, N.C., as Hurricane Irene heads toward the North Carolina coast. Hurricane warnings remained in effect from North Carolina to New Jersey. Hurricane watches were in effect even farther north and included Long Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, Mass.

    Generators, batteries big sellers ahead of Irene

    NEW YORK — It’s the not-so-quiet before the storm.Hurricane Irene hasn’t hit the East Coast yet, but people up and down the Eastern Seaboard already are crowding hardware stores, grocers and big-box retailers like Home Depot and Walmart to pick up $599 generators, bottled water and flashlights in preparation for the hurricane, which is expected to make landfall by Saturday.At Ace Hardware in Elizabeth City, N.C., near where the hurricane is expected to land, business on Thursday was triple what it is normally on that day. With the lines at Home Depot in Kitty Hawk, N.C., you would think the store was having a big sale. And an Ace Hardware in Nags Head, N.C., sold out of portable generators on Thursday.“It’s always like this just before a storm,” said John Robbins, an employee at the Nags Head store. “With everyone saying this is going to be a bad one, no one is leaving anything to chance.”Some retailers are getting a boost in business, but extreme weather like earthquakes and hurricanes are damaging to the retail sector as a whole. And this one is coming in the thick of the critical back-to-school shopping weekend, a time when some merchants make up to 25 percent of their annual revenue. In fact, weather research firm Planalytics estimates that Irene will stop 80 million shoppers from hitting the malls this weekend. At the same time, demand for hurricane-related supplies is giving some retailers a boost that’s expected to continue as people deal with the cleanup in its aftermath.“It’s unlike anything we’ve seen in the modern era,” said Scott Bernhardt, Planalytics COO.Preparing for the demand is a balancing act for retailers. Many retailers have plans in place to handle emergencies, which includes adding shipments. Some stores have extended their hours to be open all day every day during the hurricaneThe top two U.S. home improvement stores, Home Depot and Lowe’s Inc., which both have disaster teams to deal with logistics during hurricanes and other emergencies, said they are working hard to supply their stores with items that are needed during and after the hurricane. That includes things like generators, batteries and flashlights.Home Depot’s emergency preparedness team started working this weekend with its stores in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, which have already been hit by Irene. By Thursday morning, Home Depot had 300 trucks out supplying its East Coast stores with products that are in demand, like generators.“The team is working closely around the clock to replenish those,” said Steve Holmes, Home Depot senior manager of corporate communications.By Thursday afternoon, Lowe’s said it had sent out more than 500 trucks so that stores could quickly be restocked of hurricane-related items, including cleaning chemicals, mops, brooms, sump pumps, wet/dry vacuums. “Because of the recent flooding in the Northeast, we have a strong focus there on cleanup supplies for more potential flooding,” said Katherine Cody, a Lowe’s spokeswoman.Mark Cooper, senior director of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s emergency management team, said the world’s biggest retailer is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure that stores have all the items on a list for emergency preparedness kits. The list, which is on www.ready.gov, includes batteries and cleaning supplies. Wal-Mart’s team also is monitoring stores along evacuation routes particularly closely.“We’ve been activated since last week since this started. We’re pretty much monitoring and coordinating on a regular basis as Irene is moving up the East Coast,” said Cooper, who added that the retailer is replenishing less obvious products like air mattresses.Grocers also are having to continuously stock up, particularly on bottled water, nonperishables, dry ice and charcoal. Kroger, the nation’s largest grocer, said it expects strong sales because of the hurricane.


    P&G CEO’s pay rises to $16.2 million in 2nd year

    CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble Co. CEO Bob McDonald’s pay jumped to nearly $16.2 million in his second year at the helm of the world’s largest consumer products maker, which boosted sales behind strong emerging market growth during a continued sluggish U.S. economy.McDonald, also P&G’s chairman, completed his second year June 30 as chief of the maker of Pampers diapers, Crest toothpaste and Gillette shavers. P&G sales rose 5 percent for the year to $82.6 billion, and profits reached company targets. Some 90 percent of McDonald’s pay is tied to performance. His salary is $1.6 million.P&G said in the regulatory filing Friday that McDonald’s percentage increase over last year — 23 percent — was inflated by the way long-term bonuses have been granted over the last three years and a change in how they are reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company’s compensation committee stated that when adjusted for timing of when bonuses were granted and reported earlier, McDonald’s total compensation package “increased mid-single digits versus prior year.”The committee’s report said it uses CEO pay at 25 other big companies, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., General Electric Co. and Johnson & Johnson, as a guide in setting McDonald’s compensation and said his pay for his second year remained below the median for the peer CEOs. His predecessor, A.G. Lafley, earned $23.5 million in the last of his nine years as CEO.While P&G’s core earnings per share growth of 8 percent ($3.95 per share) hit the 7-9 percent target for the fiscal year ended June 30, organic sales growth of 4 percent was below a bonus target of 5 percent. Organic sales exclude the impacts of currency fluctuations, acquisitions and divestitures.Sales in the United States, Japan and developed countries in Europe were nearly flat, but P&G saw double-digit sales increases in emerging markets such as China and India. The report said P&G increased sales and market share in most of the major countries it competes in. Taking over P&G during a recession, McDonald has expanded the overseas presence of P&G products and offered more price tiers to reach households of varying budgets — a Gillette razor introduced in India sells for pennies, and the company sells “Basic” versions of Charmin toilet paper and Bounty paper towels to head off trade-down to store brands by U.S. shoppers.“We continue to make good progress in a difficult environment on the company’s long-term growth strategy of serving more consumers in more parts of the world more completely,” the compensation committee stated.The filing showed McDonald got a 14 percent salary raise from $1.4 million and a bonus of $2.63 million, along with stocks and options awards worth nearly $11.8 million. McDonald’s other compensation included personal use of company aircraft worth $97,670. He is required to use company planes for all travel, including with family.The 58-year-old Gary, Ind., native is a West Point grad who joined P&G in 1980. P&G’s annual shareholders meeting will be Oct. 11 in Cincinnati.The Associated Press formula calculates an executive’s total compensation during the last fiscal year by adding salary, bonuses, perks, above-market interest the company pays on deferred compensation and the estimated value of stock and stock options awarded during the year. The AP formula does not count changes in the present value of pension benefits. That makes the AP total slightly different in most cases from the total reported by companies to the SEC.


    Tiffany 2Q profit soars, raises full-year outlook

    Tiffany & Co.’s net income jumped 30 percent in the second quarter, propelled by strong growth across all regions as high-income shoppers continued to be drawn to its jewelry and other goods.

    Stocks are falling in morning trading after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke offered no new steps to stimulate the U.S. economy. Hopes had been building on Wall Street for some kind of announcement from Bernanke of additional steps to get the economy going again. Bernanke was speaking at a conference in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

    Stocks fall after Bernanke offers no stimulus

    Stocks are falling in morning trading after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke offered no new steps to stimulate the U.S. economy.

    Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises plans to open Saranello's, a moderately priced Italian restaurant, in Wheeling this fall. The restaurant will go into the former Osteria di Tramonto space on Milwaukee Avenue.

    New Italian restaurant coming to Wheeling's Restaurant Row

    Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises plans to open Saranello's, a moderately priced Italian restaurant, in Wheeling this fall. The restaurant will go into the former Osteria di Tramonto space on Milwaukee Avenue.


    Drought disaster loans still available

    Federal officials say small businesses affected by drought in Illinois last year still can apply for economic injury disaster loans. The U.S. Small Business Administration says applications must be received by Sept. 26. Businesses don’t have to be farm related to apply, but they had to have suffered financial losses as a direct result of the drought that occurred between July and November of 2010. Farmers and ranchers aren’t eligible. Officials say small businesses in 23 Illinois counties are eligible. They include Alexander, Clay, Hamilton, Johnson, Saline and Wayne. The loan amount can be up to $2 million with a 4 percent interest rate for eligible small businesses and 3 percent for nonprofit groups.

    The Treasury Department says it has recovered roughly $900 million during the first six months of the year from sales of warrants it received from bailed-out financial companies, including Citigroup, to offset losses from the Wall Street rescue program.

    Government recoups $900 million of bailout money

    The Treasury Department says it has recovered roughly $900 million during the first six months of the year from sales of warrants it received from bailed-out financial companies to offset losses from the Wall Street rescue program.

    California pesticide regulators discriminated against Latino schoolchildren when they annually approved a powerful pesticide used near their schools, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said. The preliminary finding is part of a settlement stemming from a civil rights complaint filed in 1999.

    EPA settles civil rights complaint over pesticide

    California pesticide regulators discriminated against Latino schoolchildren when they annually approved a powerful pesticide used near their schools, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said.

    General Motors plans to cut back on pickup truck production in September. Spokesman Tom Wickham said that GM cancelled five scheduled overtime shifts on Saturdays in September and October.

    GM cutting truck production next month

    General Motors Co. is cutting its production of pickup trucks next month, a sign that truck sales aren’t as robust as the company had hoped.

    Japan reports that consumer price indexes rose in July as fuel costs climbed.

    Japan consumer prices up a tad in July

    Japan’s government says consumer prices unexpectedly rose in July from a year earlier as fuel costs climbed. he nation’s core consumer price index, which excludes volatile fresh food prices, edged up 0.1 percent, the government said Friday. Economists had predicted a small decline.

    Google reported that it’s shutting down a social-gaming business it bought for $200 million last year.

    Google shuts business it bought in 2010 for $200 million

    Google Inc. said it’s shutting Slide, the social-gaming business it bought for about $200 million last year. Analysts have predicted Google will also sell Motorola Mobility once it gets its patents.


    Sport associations applaud federal Internet ruling

    MADISON, Wis. — High school athletic associations nationwide say a federal appeals court ruling upholding Wisconsin’s right to sell exclusive rights to live-stream games online preserves a lucrative new revenue stream, while newspaper groups fear the ruling could lead to more restrictions on covering games that entire communities follow.The dispute centers around the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association’s exclusive contract with American-HiFi to live stream state tournament games. The WIAA sued in 2008 after the Appleton Post-Crescent newspaper streamed four high school football playoff games on its own. A federal judge sided with the WIAA last year. On Wednesday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals backed him up, saying the First Amendment doesn’t guarantee media outlets free broadcasting rights.“It could potentially cause problems down the road,” said Paula Casey, executive director of the Arizona Newspaper Association. “(I) could see them infringe on what newspapers can do, if they think they can stand up in court. It could make things very tough for newspapers.”High school associations like the WIAA generally oversee extracurricular sports in their state schools, coordinating schedules and tournaments and sanctioning state champions. The squabble in Wisconsin underscores the sometimes uneasy relationship between the media and the athletic associations over who owns and distributes game accounts, particularly visual images. Tensions have only grown during an Internet age that demands immediate reporting and Web posting.On one side are newspapers whose readers depend on them for accounts of their favorite teams as they compete for championships. On the other are athletic associations trying to maximize revenue to cover rising costs that include renting facilities, paying staff and hiring security for state tournaments for everything from football to swimming. The Arizona Interscholastic Association, for example, spent about $2.5 million to hold state tournaments during the year that ended in July 2011.At least a dozen associations around the country have set up exclusive web streaming, and it’s growing in popularity. The Arizona Interscholastic Association, for example, generated $150,000 over the first four months of exclusive streaming in 2009 and reported 1.6 million streams in December of that year alone, according to court documents.The associations hailed the decision as an affirmation of their business practices, likening live streaming to television contracts. They say exclusivity allows them to pay for tournaments for less popular sports, reduces the number of cameras on the field or court, protecting players and officials. And they insist reporters and photographers can continue to cover the games in a traditional sense — just not broadcast them from start to finish for free.“It’s important that (the associations are) able to continue to craft their own deals for the best coverage,” said Bruce Howard, a spokesman for the National Federation of High School Associations. “(The ruling) allows not only Wisconsin but other states to do what they’ve been doing.”But newspapers fear the ruling could embolden the associations to cut off more journalists’ access. For example, they may decide to prohibit newspaper photographers from selling pictures of the game to parents or others and use their own official photographers, which is already a touchy issue, said Stephen Key, executive director and general counsel for the Hoosier State Press Association in Indiana.“We may see another outbreak of infighting between newspapers and associations on that issue,” he said. “Selling photos is a revenue stream. We’re talking hundreds of dollars, not thousands of dollars, covering all the games. But for the newspapers it is more about control over the content they create.”

    Groupon forecasts U.S. sales in August will increase about 12 percent over the previous month. Marketing expenses, expected to fall 20 percent this month, will continue to decline as the company shifts its focus from acquiring new subscribers to converting them into paying customers, CEO Andrew Mason said in the letter.

    CEO says Groupon isn’t in trouble

    Groupon Inc. Chief Executive Officer Andrew Mason said the digital coupon company is growing and widening its lead over rivals, addressing concerns raised about the business as it prepares for an initial public offering.

Life & Entertainment


    Local theater: Stand-up comedy in Aurora

    Glen Ellyn's Matthew Stella appears at the Chicago Fringe Festival. The Comedy Shrine showcases standup on the weekends and Target awards a grant to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

    Classics fill a bank parking lot in downtown Barrington during a recent Thursday cruise night.

    Car club calendar
    Auto show calendar. Daily Herald listing of area car shows, cruise nights and monthly meetings.

    Comedian Colin Quinn brings his one-man show “Long Story Short” — a dissection of human history and human nature — to the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Street for a brief run

    Quinn's terrific in ‘Long Story Short'

    Comedian Colin Quinn examines the history of humankind and of human nature in his perceptive and very funny one-man show, "Long Story Short."

    Tony Bennett performs an 85th Birthday Concert at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park.

    Weekend picks: Ravinia hosts Bennett's birthday bash

    Legendary crooner Tony Bennett is known for leaving his heart in San Francisco, but he heads to the Ravinia Festival Friday to send plenty of love to celebrate his 85th Birthday Concert.

    Enjoy the films of Alfred Hitchcock in a new DVD collection.

    Hitchcock's ‘Legacy of Suspense' celebrated on DVD

    For fans of the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock, a new four-DVD collection includes six of his silent films, many of his early British films, two television shows, movie trailers and a documentary.

    Jean Smart plays Prince Charles's second wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, in the TV movie “William & Catherine: A Royal Romance,” airing Saturday on the Hallmark Channel.

    Smart casting puts Emmy winner in royal role

    Jean Smart's girl-next-door looks make her casting as Prince Charles's second wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, in the Hallmark Channel's movie “William & Catherine: A Royal Romance” all the more surprising, except to Smart herself.

    Alex Springer, center, dances with fellow artists of Doug Varone and Dancers in “Lux” during a dress rehearsal for the Chicago Dancing Festival, which ends Saturday, Aug. 27, in Chicago. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former dancer, said his city has everything it needs to become a dance center.

    Emanuel wants Chicago to be ‘heartbeat of dance'

    Rahm Emanuel is bringing his passion for dance to his job as Chicago mayor. “I want Chicago to be one of the cities where dance is one of its great art forms,” Emanuel said as the Chicago Dancing Festival ends Saturday.

    Aaron Thielen adapted the 1991 film “For The Boys” as a stage musical.

    Artistic director brings ‘Boys' to Marriott stage

    Aaron Thielen claims he never intended for his adaptation of the 1991 film “For The Boys” to actually make it to the stage. What started as a learning project, however, will make its world premiere Friday in a splashy production at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.

    The professionally decorated Regency model is open for viewing at Regency Estates in St. Charles.

    Model profile: Regency Estates, St. Charles

    Regency Estates, a new home community nestled on the western edge of St. Charles, features 44 quarter-acre homesites surrounded by open space and forest preserve land.

    “Starting from Happy” by Patricia Marx

    Humorist jazzes up ‘Starting From Happy’

    Patricia Marx’s latest effort, “Starting From Happy,” is a collection of amusing sketches and one-liners disguised as a girl-meets-boy love story. The cast of characters hails from the demographic Marx knows best: smart, funny, reasonably well-off urban folk like her.

    Mike Downes shows the proper technique of lifting an apple up to pick it, rather than pulling down at More Than Delicious apple orchard in Woodstock.

    Suburban orchards gear up for apple picking

    “It's a family experience,” More Than Delicious orchard owner Velma Downes says of apple picking. Though summer's bizarre weather has taken a toll on the apple crop, there is still plenty of fruit out there for families who enjoy apple picking close to home.

    Janet Ulrich Brooks plays a Russian nuclear arms negotiator and David Parkes plays her American counterpart in TimeLine Theatre's revival of Lee Blessing's 1986 drama “A Walk in the Woods,” about two diplomats attempting to reduce their country's weapons stockpiles.

    Acting makes ‘Walk' a worthwhile journey

    TimeLine Theatre revives Lee Blessing's "A Walk in the Woods," inspired by talks between U.S. negotiator Paul Nitze and his Soviet counterpart Yuli A. Kvitsinsky during the early 1980s.


    Super Handyman: Fix your leaky tub drain plug and stop wasting water

    Wasting water is something we all should avoid. One place where water gets wasted is in a bathtub with a faulty drain plug. If your tub drain is just a rubber plug, then you can replace it. But if you have a plunger-type stopper, it’s a little harder to fix. Here’s how to tackle it and win!


    About Real Estate: Home-warranty sales jump

    A growing number of homeowners are offering to pay for a warranty plan in an effort to sell their property faster and, perhaps, save them from getting sued if something breaks shortly after a buyer moves in.


    Home inspector: No one disclosed leaking shower pan

    Q. After buying our home, we discovered a leak in the floor of our upstairs shower. The surprise came when water began dripping from the downstairs ceiling. Worse still, we discovered that the ceiling had previously been patched.


    The nation’s housing: Green value in going green

    WASHINGTON -- Home energy efficiency and sustainability have been major policy priorities for the Obama administration, but lurking in the background are two consistent, pesky questions: Beyond the documental savings on utilities bills, do such steps add to the resale value of a home? And do they make it easier or faster to sell your property?



    Bipartisanship when it matters to Illinois
    Being in opposing parties, Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk have a history of political animosity. A Daily Herald editorial looks at how they've been able to reconcile over the past year and work in tandem for the benefit of Illinois.


    Liberals’ Wisconsin Waterloo

    “Repubs steal elections” is an odd accusation from people who, seeking to overturn Wisconsin's 2010 elections, cheered Democratic lawmakers who fled to Illinois — a congenial refuge for labor-subservient Democrats — in order to paralyze the duly-elected legislature.


    The killing at the corner

    If any good is to come of the tragedy on my corner, perhaps it will be that someone reading this, or someone who shops at my local store, will remember that bad guys rarely turn good, that domestic violence tends to escalate, and that in most cases, the only answer is to get out at the first sign.


    This campaigning won’t be tolerated
    Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry’s comments directed toward Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke are volatile, extremely harmful and lack total civility. I don’t believe Perry represents all the people of Texas when he says Bernanke might be harmed if he comes to Texas.


    Step up to the plate, Mr. President
    How about doing something creative, Mr. President? Lower the corporate tax rate, on a graduating scale, based on their percentage of U.S. employees. With enough incentive, a significant drop in the unemployment rate would follow, creating millions of taxpayers again instead of benefit recipients.


    Medical lawsuit headline off mark
    Newspaper readership is declining — and that’s just among the corps of Daily Herald headline writers. How else can you explain your Aug. 18 front-page headline, “Medical lawsuits rarely frivolous” above a story reporting the exact opposite.


    Easing the sting in summer of turmoil
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Mosquitoes personify aggravation this summer. Some remind me of Snoopy in his World War II bomber taking aim. But things could be worse.


    Democrats wouldn’t have tried to cut debt
    Democrats had nothing proposed and were going to continue to raise the debt ceiling as many administrations have done previously. They had, from November 2008 to November 2010, majorities in both houses of Congress and the presidency and never even mentioned the debt issue.


    Let’s just call them ‘wreck’ centers
    Could it be that during a time when money is tight, that municipalities should put the checkbook away? Let us be satisfied with the facilities we have. I haven’t heard any loud cry from the taxpayers to build these things.


    Send self-interested politicians home
    Over 230 years ago the people of this country got together and threw off the shackles of a monarchy that was indifferent to their needs and desires. It’s time that “We the People” do the same and use our power to take our country back.


    U.S. always had ability to pay its creditors
    In times of market turmoil like we have just seen, other countries, large institutions and individual lenders flock to the safety of lending to the U.S. In a word, U.S. paper is considered by the market to be ultrasafe. All the recent talk of a default if the debt ceiling had not been raised was bogus.


    Socialism? We’re already there
    What socialist programs should be eliminated? Let’s start with national parks, public libraries, subsidies to the oil, gas and agriculture industries (subsidies that Repulicans refuse to eliminate), Medicare, Social Security, etc. All the foregoing are socialist programs.


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