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'Back to the Future' writer says 2015 Cubs prediction no longer a joke
The screenwriter of "Back to the Future Part II" -- which famously had the Cubs winning the World Series in 2015 -- meant it as a joke. But Bob Gale -- a born and bred St. Louis Cardinals fan, no less -- believes it's actually not out of the realm of possibility for the Cubs to go all the way this year.
Bitre, Hoffman Estates edge Fremd in OT
Hoffman Estates edged Fremd 25-24 in overtime, ending a three-game losing streak and keeping the Hawks' playoff hopes alive.
Libertyville gets defensive, handles Warren
Libertyville defense excelled in a 48-21 win over visiting Warren in a clash for first place in the North Suburban Conference Lake Division.
Bradley, Conant pass up Schaumburg
Conant quarterback Kyle Bradley continues to be the best-kept football secret outside of the Northwest suburbs. Bradley, who came into the game as the area's leading passer, padded those stats quite nicely, throwing for a career-high 400 yards and 4 touchdowns as Conant rolled past Schaumburg 49-14 Friday in Hoffman Estates.
Hilmer's homecoming heroics lift Palatine past Barrington
Mike Hilmer kicked a career-best 41-yard field goal with 1:23 left in the game to give Palatine a 26-24 Mid-Suburban West football victory over Barrington and send the Pirates' homecoming crowd home with a huge collective smile.
Takeaways from Friday night football
Three things to know about Friday's night's DuPage County high school football games.
Images: Montini over St. Francis, 27-8 in football
Montini Catholic High School in Lombard hosted and won 27-8 over St. Francis High School Friday October 9 for high school football action.
Geneva slows Glenbard East offense
Well aware of Glenbard East's high-scoring passing offense, senior Collin Lee and his Geneva football defensive teammates knew the task at hand.
Huntley passes another test by routing Crystal Lake South
Huntley certainly spread the wealth Friday night. The Red Raiders had three players rush for at least 60 yards and completed 6 passes to five different receivers while downing Crystal Lake South, 36-13, in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action in Huntley.
Glenbard North rolls past Lake Park
Glenbard North's football team stormed to its fifth straight victory to become playoff eligible, rolling to Friday's 42-3 DuPage Valley Conference victory over Lake Park.
Klett, Lake Zurich wear out Mundelein
Ben Klett scored on a pair of first-half runs and hauled in a spectacular TD catch in the second half in helping Lake Zurich pull away for a 42-9 win over Mundelein in a North Suburban Lake Division game that the Bears absolutely needed.
Neuqua Valley defeats Wheaton North
On a night when Wheaton North's defense would not let the powerful Neuqua Valley ground game run wild, the Wildcats still managed 5 touchdowns, all through the air.
Glenbard West wins 8th straight league title
Glenbard West won its eighth consecutive West Suburban Silver championship and ran its league winning streak to 29 games.
Dramatic finish as Jarosz, Prospect edge Meadows
Senior Bobby Jarosz ran for 124 yards, but none were bigger than the 124th. With eight seconds remaining, Jarosz crashed off right guard from the 1-yard for the winning touchdown in Prospect's dramatic 26-21 homecoming victory over Rolling Meadows on Friday night at George Gattas Stadium in Mt. Prospect.
Tough loss for St. Edward at Ridgewood
St. Edward couldn't have started any better against Ridgewood Friday night, but the resilient Rebels demonstrated a better finishing kick in a 31-23 victory in Norridge.
Cubs get tough reminder: This is still the Cardinals
The Chicago Cubs did not play a bad ballgame Friday night against the St. Louis Cardinals. But they found out just how tough the Redbirds can be in the postseason as they fell 4-0 in Game 1 of the National League division series at Busch Stadium.
Boy Scouts closing three camps, including Woodstock site
A Cub Scout camp in Woodstock and two Boy Scout camps in Wisconsin frequented by youth from the suburbs are expected to close under a resolution adopted this week by the Chicago-area Scout council board that oversees the camps. The decision comes amid declining attendance and ongoing financial losses at the camps.
Metea Valley still in playoff picture
Metea Valley kept its playoff hopes alive with a slim victory against Wheaton Warrenville South.
McEachern, Benet put up nice numbers at Carmel
After a couple of stalled drives and a missed special teams opportunity, Benet Academy turned to number 48. Following a stout line, Alec McEachern worked the middle of the field on the ground to the tune of 170 yards on 18 carries with a pair of touchdowns as Benet held off Carmel Catholic 28-14 Friday in East Suburban Catholic action at Baker Stadium.
Naperville Central's Lehmann makes triumphant return
Matt Lehmann returned from a broken leg to lead Naperville Central past cross-town rival Naperville North.
Wheeling's second-half surge sinks BG
Wheeling had an 8-point lead at halftime, but took care of business in the second half to win its second game of the season, beating Buffalo Grove 35-19 Friday.
Glenbard South's Cooke adds to impressive totals
Sean Cooke ran for 5 touchdowns and 252 yards and Glenbard South became eligible for the playoffs with its fifth consecutive victory.
Stevenson tops Lake Forest, gets back on track
After losing two in a row and with three games left on the schedule, regaining momentum was the name of the game for the Stevenson football team Friday night at Lake Forest. And despite falling behind the Scouts 3-0 early in this North Suburban Conference contest, the Patriots bounced back very strongly in capturing a convincing 35-10 NSC Lake Division victory.
Montini turns to defense
Montini continues to enjoy turnover ratio
Batavia hammers Elgin
Batavia secured a playoff bid with a 49-0 win over Elgin Friday night.
Arlington Heights woman loses 171 pounds on her journey to Chicago Marathon
Michele Malo was 28 years old, weighed 310 pounds and had only about five years to live, according to her doctors, when she decided it was time for a change. Fifteen years and 171 lost pounds later, the Arlington Heights woman will run her first Chicago Marathon on Sunday.
Hersey harnesses fast start at Elk Grove
Hersey found the end zone on its first four offensive possessions Friday at Elk Grove. They needed every one of those scores, and more, to hold off the stubborn Grenadiers in the Mid-Suburban East.
Elgin officer fired over Facebook posts is back at work, city won't appeal
The city of Elgin will not appeal an arbitrator's ruling that allowed police officer Jason Lentz to come back to work this week, City Manager Sean Stegall said. Lentz was terminated after police department officials read more than 10 posts he made on Facebook dating back to August 2013, including one regarding the shooting by a police officer of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Images: Libertyville over Warren, 48-21 in football
The Libertyville Wildcats hosted and won 48-21 over the Warren Blue Devils for football action on Friday, Oct. 9 in Libertyville.
Falls' big play lifts Lakes past Vernon Hills
Hunter Falls' pick-six interception in the fourth quarter all but sealed up a 26th consecutive North Suburban Prairie victory for Lakes. The Eagles' defense was exceptional in the fourth quarter as Lakes pulled out a 26-20 victory over host Vernon Hills on Friday night.
Westminster Christian wins, becomes playoff eligible
It was just three short years ago that Westminster Christian lost its first homecoming football game 67-0. Oh, how things have changed. The Warriors have done almost a complete turnaround and on Friday night they not only celebrated this year's homecoming with a 56-6 Northeastern Athletic Conference win over visiting Hiawatha but also became playoff eligible. A win at Williams Bay (WI) next week will secure the program's first postseason appearance.
Bartlett rolls over West Chicago
As Brenner Wallace goes, so goes the Bartlett football team. And the senior quarterback went far Friday night in leading the Hawks to a 51-6 homecoming victory over West Chicago.
Willowbrook seniors lead the way
Willowbrook's seniors helped the Warriors to a West Suburban Gold victory against Proviso East and kept the team's playoff hopes alive.
Aurora Christian can't keep up with St. Laurence
Aurora Christian couldn't slow down St. Laurence's high-powered offense in a 63-24 loss Friday.
Waubonsie Valley rolls past East Aurora
Max Ihry's big runs helped Waubonsie Valley win with ease against East Aurora on Friday night in Aurora.
Parents as respectful witnesses as child's gender unfolds
Guest columnist Lorena Cory: Eleven years ago, I moved back to my native town of Arlington Heights to raise my children and teach private music lessons. When my oldest child was two years old, she told me her truth, and our family began an amazing transformation.
Hersey student with Down syndrome makes homecoming history
Jamie Brooks has made history at Hersey High School and Northwest Suburban High School District 214 as the first student with Down syndrome to be elected homecoming queen. "This was not a gratuitous nomination," said Principal Gordon Sisson. "She is incredibly popular and very extroverted. The kids absolutely adore her."
IC Catholic Prep clinches playoff spot
After delivering back-to-back postseason appearances, IC Catholic Prep experienced the bitter taste of missing the IHSA football playoffs by one win, finishing 4-5 last fall after losing three games by a touchdown.
Vigil remembers slain man on 21st birthday in Elgin
They stood Wednesday in an Elgin fast food parking lot and sang "Happy Birthday" holding candles, remembering Devonte Turner. "We were best friends," said his twin Devon. "I'll never get nothing else like him."
Elgin man pointed gun at driver trying to pass him, police say
An Elgin man was arrested this week after pointing a handgun at the driver of a car who tried to pass him.
St. Charles East steamrolls Larkin
Big plays, big hits and a big, big road win with its postseason livelihood against the wall. There's nothing more you could say to better describe St. Charles East's 41-0 rout over Larkin at Memorial Field in Elgin Friday, as a 3-4 football team seeking a playoff run was all businesslike.
Images: Glenbard South over Aurora Central Catholic, 42-0 in football
Glenbard South High School hosted and won 42-0 over Aurora Central Catholic for football action on Friday, Oct. 9 in Glen Ellyn.
Prairie Ridge derails Hampshire
No, Samson Evans didn't sell concessions at halftime. The Prairie Ridge sophomore sensation did just about everything else a player could do on the field. Evans scored on 2 kick returns, ran for a touchdown and threw for a score as the Wolves cruised past Hampshire 77-27 in Fox Valley Conference Fox Division action in Crystal Lake Friday night.
St. Charles North handles Streamwood
St. Charles North's football team appears to be rounding into playoff form at the opportune time. Scoring touchdowns on their first 3 possessions, the North Stars built a 24-0 halftime advantage and stretched the lead to 38-0 through 3 quarters on the way to a 38-6 Upstate Eight Conference River Division triumph over Streamwood Friday night in St. Charles.
Officials: Five people hospitalized after Long Grove crash
Five people were hospitalized Friday after a four-vehicle crash in Long Grove, near Hicks Road (old Route 53) and Robert Parker Coffin Road, authorities said.
Week 7, West Suburban: Battle of unbeaten Glenbard West, Oak Park
Glenbard West and Oak Park take perfect records into Friday's West Suburban Silver test in Oak Park. The Week 7 matchup features an explose Hilltoppers offense against a defense which might be the league's best.
Zion-Benton edges Antioch
Visiting Antioch dropped a 21-20 decision to Zion-Benton on Friday in a North Suburban Conference football crossover.
Solid effort for Kaneland in win at Morris
After giving up big plays against DeKalb and Sycamore the last two weeks, the Kaneland defense turned the tables in Friday night's crucial Northern Illinois Big 12 East contest at Morris. Morris racked up 150 yards and led 7-0 after its first two drives, but the Knights forced four turnovers and netted a safety as they dominated the rest of the way to come away with a convincing 23-7 victory.
St. Viator drops road game at Marian Central
St. Viator's football team fell short 33-13 against host Marian Central on Friday in East Suburban Catholic Conference play.
Rozner: Cards execute plan to perfection to take Game 1
The Cubs have a long-term plan, but the Cards have their own plan for this series, and it looked a lot like it always does in a Game 1 St. Louis victory.
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