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A fundamental Wheaton North victory
Wheaton North's boys basketball team went back to basics Friday night.And, basically, the strategy worked perfectly.Focusing on stingy defense and quality shots on offense, the Falcons rolled to a 52-37 DuPage Valley Conference cross-town victory at Wheaton Warrenville South.
Verge scores 44 in Willowbrook win
Carrying the momentum of an eight-game winning streak into a critical late-season West Suburban Gold matchup at Addison Trail, Willowbrook was content riding the hot hand of sophomore Alonzo Verge Jr. on Friday night. The guard had poured in 117 points over his last four contests, and once again he was dominant.
Prospect protects East lead
For the final three minutes on Friday night, Prospect guards Haley Will, Nikki Matters and Hannah Grott played a pretty good game of catch for Prospect's girls basketball team. Protecting a double-digit lead and with their Division I recruit Taylor Will having fouled out with 6:15 left, the state-ranked Knights played ball possession to perfection and ended up with a 46-30 victory at Rolling Meadows. The Knights (21-1, 8-0) remained one game ahead of Hersey (19-5, 7-1) with two to play in the Mid-Suburban East.
Naperville Central waits out Glenbard North
With the way Glenbard North came out firing in the first quarter, things were going to have to change a lot or else it would have been a long night for Naperville Central.
Larkin's dominance over Elgin continues
The Larkin boys basketball team parlayed its dominance on the glass into a new level of dominance in the crosstown series against rival Elgin with a 75-55 victory at Chesbrough Field House on Friday. The taller Royals used their considerable height advantage to control the rebounding battle 39-22 and win their eighth straight against Elgin, thereby setting a record for consecutive Larkin victories in the series.
In bounce-back mode, Prospect handles Rolling Meadows
Prospect is back. The Knights' boys basketball team, which let a 17-point lead slip away in a loss to Buffalo Grove last weekend, won for the second straight time Friday night in a more-than-convincing 68-43 victory over visiting Rolling Meadows that left both teams a game back of Elk Grove in the MSL East at 4-3. The hosts relied on what has been their season-long, uncanny 3-point shooting, coupled with sticky defense that challenged every pass and shot and a rebounding effort that gave them control of the boards, especially as they pulled away in the second half.
Barrington gets it done against Conant
Rapolas Ivanauskas and Chris Lester garner most of the attention for Barrington's boys basketball team. But it was the Broncos' role players who helped them roll past Conant 39-35 Friday in Barrington. The victory ended a two-game losing streak for Barrington (15-6, 5-2). And it kept the Broncos tied for first in the Mid-Suburban West with Fremd, which beat Schaumburg 59-44.
St. Charles East strikes fast against Batavia
St. Charles East did a bit of a 180 Friday night on that old saying about only needing to watch the final two minutes of an NBA game. For the high-flying Saints, it was the first two minutes that was all you needed to see to know it was going to be their night -- again -- in what became an 81-72 victory over Batavia on the third annual Hoops for Hope night in St. Charles.
Girls basketball / Lake County roundup
Point guard Corrina Vaughan scored 16 points, center Katie Rossetti grabbed 19 rebounds, and Wauconda's girls basketball team spoiled Lakes' senior night, winning the North Suburban Prairie Division game 44-40 Friday night. Wauconda (8-12, 3-8) snapped a four-game losing streak, while Lakes fell to 12-13, 5-5 with its second loss in a row.
Boys basketball: Fox Valley roundup Friday, Jan. 30
Boys basketball: Fox Valley roundup Friday, Jan. 30
Boys basketball / Lake County roundup
Mike Travlos scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, and Lake Zurich's basketball team defeated host Grant 72-41 in a North Suburban Conference crossover Friday night.
Glenbard South wins tight game at Aurora Central
Not much separated Metro Suburban Conference foes Glenbard South and Aurora Central Catholic all night long Friday in Aurora.
Antioch reaches out, grabs outright Prairie title
In their postgame speeches about Carly McCameron on senior night, Antioch juniors Kelly Johnson and Alexis Duehr shared with the home crowd what they love about their teammate. Johnson recalled their first day of tryouts two years ago. Duehr noted the 6-foot-1 McCameron's long arms. "They're the best," a smiling McCameron said of Johnson and Duehr. "They're smarty pants. Both of them." McCameron and her Antioch teammates continued making memories Friday night. Thanks to a 60-33 win over short-handed Grant, which played without leading scorer Jasmine Sangster (stomach flu), the Sequoits clinched their first outright North Suburban Prairie Division title. Antioch (24-2, 10-0), which shared the crown with Vernon Hills last year, will play in its first NSC championship game when it visits Stevenson on Feb. 11.
West Aurora's defense throttles Glenbard East
It was a not a first half to remember for Glenbard East on Friday night in Aurora.
Images: Elgin vs. Larkin, boys basketball
Elgin High School hosted rival Larkin for boys basketball action on Friday, Jan. 30 in Elgin.
Boys basketball: Week 8 MVP
Willowbrook sophomore guard Alonzo Verge, Jr. has earned Daily Herald boys basketball MVP honors for his recent performances.
Burlington Central rolls over North Boone
Has the tide finally turned for Burlington Central's boys basketball team? Well, if the Rockets can play with the defensive style they posed Friday night when they ran North Boone out of the gym on Rocket Hill 80-52, Central sure won't resemble a team that had an 8-game losing streak pinned in the middle of a recent 10-game stretch where the Rockets went 1-9.
Benoit, Hampshire hold off Woodstock North
Hampshire started strong and finished strong against Woodstock North Friday night. In between, though, the Blue Thunder made things interesting. After watching a 19-point lead shrink to 5, the Whip-Purs turned on the jets again and pulled away to a 56-44 Fox Valley Conference Fox Division girls basketball win in Hampshire.
Stevenson pulls away from Mundelein
Sometimes, we might forget that the runaway Patriots from Stevenson are clearly a young girls basketball team. Only two seniors start -- that is, Taylor Buford, coming off an injury, and the veteran Sophie Way. Friday's guest in Lincolnshire was the Mundelein Mustangs. And for at least the first half, it was anyone's ballgame despite the Mustangs having struggled this season. With Buford on the bench with three fouls, the future Dr. Way and her youthful Patriots (22-3, 10-0) calmly took over the game and posted a 61-42 NSC Lake Division victory.
Bad time for tough breaks
The school year's longest sport can be grueling. It may not be as punishing as football or wrestling, but basketball's pretty tough on the mind and body. As we enter the fourth month of the season, Eyes on Five hopes everyone is saving some strength for the madness on the horizon.
Things coming together in big way for tiny Harvest Christian
Things could have gone either way for the Harvest Christian girls basketball team this season. We've all seen it go the wrong way -- new coach, talented transfer. Will it all mesh? In the Lions' case the answer is an emphatic yes.
Willowbrook figures it out
Perhaps the longest week of the season for Willowbrook's boys basketball team also turned out to be its best.Four games, four victories.
St. Charles North blows past Streamwood
The St. Charles North boys basketball team showed few signs of any rust on Friday night despite a 13-day layoff. The North Stars didn't miss a beat as they cruised past Streamwood on the road to 63-27 win in Upstate Eight Conference River Division action.
George changes everything for Neuqua
The game plan went out the window, Neuqua Valley coach Todd Sutton said, when point guard Demond George drew 2 fouls in the first minute and a half against Bartlett. Upon his return George blew the doors off.
St. Francis works on its game
The outcome of Friday's 67-27 St. Francis win over visiting Montini quit being in doubt about midway through the second quarter.
South Elgin stops Waubonsie Valley
South Elgin turned up the defensive intensity at Waubonsie Valley Friday night.
Geneva's height keeps West Chicago down
More than halfway through the season, it's no secret that Geneva's height is a tough matchup. But just because the secret is out doesn't mean it's easy to stop.
Images: St. Charles East vs. Batavia, boys basketball
St. Charles East High School hosted Batavia for boys basketball action on Friday, Jan. 30 in St. Charles.
St. Charles East dominates Larkin
St. Charles East boys basketball coach Patrick Woods stressed three things to his team prior to Friday night's Upstate Eight Conference River Division battle with Larkin. "Rebounding, taking charges and defense," said Woods. "The kids will tell you that's all we talked about." Evidently, the Saints' players heard their coach loud and clear. While enjoying a decisive 47-26 edge on the boards, the Saints (15-1, 7-0) also limited the Royals (12-7, 4-4) to 37 percent shooting from the field during their 71-46 triumph in St. Charles.
Bradley's end-to-end sprint ends in Addison Trail win
It sure didn't look like a winning formula being brewed by Addison Trail's boys basketball team. Not until Jaavion Bradley added one last ingredient.Bradley's full-court sprint with the ball and 3-point play with 4 seconds left in overtime gave the Blazers a thrilling 53-51 West Suburban Gold Conference road victory over Downers Grove South.
Night of Hoops highlights busy basketball weekend
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IC Catholic spreads out the scoring
It was an overall good team win for the IC Catholic Prep girls basketball team as the Knights defeated Metro Suburban West opponent Fenton 44-19 on Thursday in Elmhurst.
Glenbard North surprises Wheaton North
Some teams might shake off a bad game and put it out of its collective mind. But a big reason why the Glenbard North girls basketball team won 48-47 on Thursday at Wheaton North was that the Panthers have a long memory.
Images: St. Edward vs. Aurora Central Catholic, girls basketball
St. Edward hosted Aurora Central Catholic for girls basketball action on Thursday, Jan. 29 in Elgin.
Cary-Grove's Ruhland out with knee injury
Cary-Grove senior Trevor Ruhland's basketball season has likely ended due to a knee injury. Best known as a Notre Dame football recruit who started at offensive tackle in two state championship games for Cary-Grove, Ruhland (6-foot-4, 280 pounds) suffered a small tear in his meniscus while planting to set a screen during a 38-27 loss to Crystal Lake South last Friday.
Kaneland crushes Morris to reach .500
Kaneland's 1-2 punch of Ryan David and Dylan Vaca overpowered Morris in Friday night's Northern Illinois Big XII East matchup.
Crystal Lake South downs Jacobs
Crystal Lake South 62, Jacobs 35: Thanks in part to a big first quarter, the Gators (16-6, 8-1) got on top early and rolled to a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win over the Golden Eagles Frid
Images: Timothy Christian at Glenbard South, boys basketball
Glenbard South hosted Timothy Christian Tuesday night for boys basketball.
Girls basketball: Week 7 MVPs
Lake Park senior guard Emily Duckhorn has earned Daily Herald girls basketball MVP honors for her recent performances.
Freshmen making their mark in Fox Valley
A varsity basketball coach's decision to play freshmen has its pros and cons. Sometimes a coach's hand is willfully forced by the sheer athleticism or size of an incoming freshman. For example, anyone in the Fox Valley area who last year witnessed the play of 6-foot-5 Larkin forward Christian Negron, 6-8 Jacobs center Cameron Krutwig or Hampshire 6-3 forward Brennen Woods as freshmen understood those players belonged in their respective lineups from a physical standpoint.
In fine form, Fremd turns away Conant
It was showdown night in the Mid-Suburban West for girls basketball.And Fremd showed why it has been ranked among the state's elite all season. The No. 4 team in Class 4A took command early over visiting Conant and made sure there was little suspense the rest of the way en route to a 46-28 victory over a Conant team (17-4, 5-2) that has been solid all season.
Girls basketball scoreboard: Thursday's results
Results for area girls high school basketball games for Thursday, Jan. 29.
Naperville Central takes control of DVC
Naperville Central senior Emily Kraft knew exactly what was at stake in Thursday's DuPage Valley Conference girls basketball game at cross-town rival Naperville North.
Rapp, Scully power St. Edward past ACC
It was an inside-outside combination that Aurora Central Catholic couldn't detain. Senior center Cece Rapp provided the inside presence for St. Edward with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocked shots while Ryann Scully poured in 5 shots from beyond the arc in scoring 16 points, all in the first half. The Green Wave's dynamic duo keyed a 61-39 win over ACC in Metro Suburban West girls basketball action in Elgin Thursday night.
Aurora Christian rallies by Rosary
When your coach refers to you as "the best rebounder in the state," the standard is set pretty high for Aurora Christian senior Natasha Brown. She's hitting that standard -- and then some. Brown, who surpassed 1,000 career rebounds earlier this season, grabbed 17 more Thursday in the Eagles' 38-29 come-from-behind win over Rosary.
Nardini's magical senior season continues at Vernon Hills
Vernon Hills 3-point specialist Robby Nardini has a flair for the spectacular. He will graduate as the school's all-time leader in 3-pointers and is a danger from anywhere on the floor.
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- Lake in the Hills to get gastropub this spring
- Fishing show this weekend in Schaumburg
- Report: State worker sent alarming notes before gun arrest
- Neighbors mourn woman killed in Barrington-area fire
- Wauconda board candidate calls vaccines dangerous
- Germany to Greece: Don't try blackmail
- YouTube to produce Super Bowl halftime show with online stars
- Ron Onesti: I know the Partridge Family, but who are The Cowsills?
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- Serious health concerns for Blackhawks legend Mikita
- Bloomingdale man wins 'Biggest Loser'
- Woman guilty in South Elgin heroin overdose death
- Wauconda woman killed in Island Lake crash
- Suburban man in Thursday night's 'Biggest Loser' finale
- Dawn Patrol: Suburban 'Biggest Loser' win; COD anger continues
- COD candidates largely oppose Breuder buyout package
- Critics say COD building shouldn't be named for Breuder
- Ponzi scheme nets N. Barrington man 25-year sentence
- Lawmakers: COD should be punished for Breuder buyout
Wauconda board candidate calls vaccines dangerous
With a measles outbreak in the western U.S. prompting a renewed public debate about vaccinations, a Wauconda trustee candidate is raising concerns about inoculations and the material they contain. During a group interview at the Daily Herald's Libertyville office, candidate Jason Anderson voiced religious and medical objections to vaccines. "There's aborted fetuses in vaccines," Anderson said. Health experts have contested that allegation for years. So has the Catholic Church.
Serious health concerns for Blackhawks legend Mikita
As Chicago sports fans mourn the loss of Cubs legend Ernie Banks at services this weekend, another sports legend is struggling with serious health issues. The family of NHL legend Stan Mikita released this statement Friday morning: "Stan is facing some serious health issues. Stan has been diagnosed with suspected Lewy Body dementia, a progressive disease, and is currently under the care of compassionate and understanding care givers."
Lake in the Hills to get gastropub this spring
A gastropub will be opening this spring in the former Applebee's building off Randall Road in Lake in the Hills. The pub will serve high-end craft beer and food, said owner Dave Abraham of Hoffman Estates. It will be named Woods Creek Tavern after one of the largest lakes in the village. "We wanted to tie in with the local community," Abraham said.
Woman guilty in South Elgin heroin overdose death
A South Elgin woman faces anywhere from six to 30 years in prison after being convicted of supplying heroin to a woman in 2013 who died from an overdose. A jury took just 40 minutes to convict Andrea Nielsen, 25, of drug induced homicide in the death of Abbey Nordmeyer, 24. Nielsen's boyfriend pleaded guilty last year and received an eight-year sentence.
Neighbors mourn woman killed in Barrington-area fire
An elderly woman, Carole Schnable, died in a house fire early Saturday in unincorporated Barrington. Schnable's husband, Ken, her high school sweetheart, had died almost two years ago. "She really missed him after he passed away," neighbor Isabel Chang said. "They had enjoyed a long life together."
YouTube to produce Super Bowl halftime show with online stars
YouTube will offer a halftime show during the Super Bowl featuring some of its biggest online stars, part of a broader initiative to promote advertisements on the Google-owned video site. Harley Morenstein, the ringleader of food stunt group EpicMealTime, will host the program featuring musical performances and stunts.
Bloomingdale man wins 'Biggest Loser'
Bloomingdale's Toma Dobrosavljevic lost 171 pounds to win the title of "The Biggest Loser" Thursday on NBC's weight loss competition show, making him the fourth suburban winner in the show's 16 seasons. Dobrosavljevic, 33, grew up in Addison, the son of Serbian immigrant parents, and was an athlete at Addison Trail High School. He's
Fishing show this weekend in Schaumburg
The Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo runs through Sunday in Schaumburg. The show features more than 100 travel-related exhibitors including guides, lodges, resorts and regional promotion agencies, plus most major fishing tackle manufacturers, local fishing retailers, and nearly 100 fishing boats.
Report: State worker sent alarming notes before gun arrest
Report: State employee arrested for bringing gun to work had sent alarming messages to women
Germany to Greece: Don't try blackmail
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' government, voted in last Sunday, has already said it will cancel several planned privatization projects and considerably scale down planned budget surpluses required to pay down Greece's massive national debt.
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