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  •  Vernon Hills kicker Jeremy Cohen kicks an extra point with Mike Mariella holding against Round Lake on Saturday. He was a busy athlete over the weekend, having made a big contribution in the Cougars’ soccer victory Friday.

    Perfect in Prairie, Lakes looks forward to getting healthy Oct 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Division I recruit is sidelined with injuries to his finger and knee, and quarterback T.J. Edwards isn’t the only banged-up football player for Lakes’ 7-1 Eagles. “We have a ridiculous amount of injuries,” coach Luke Mertens said. So no wonder Mertens wasn’t in a celebratory mood after Lakes outlasted host North Chicago 51-34 in an ugly, division-clinching game last Friday night. While Lake Zurich and Stevenson battle for the North Suburban Conference Lake Division championship in Lincolnshire on Friday night, Lakes will visit 1-7 Mundelein having already won the NSC Prairie by going 6-0 in the division for the second year in a row.

     
  • Ian Kristan

    Baseball, Bradley very much alive for Carmel’s Kristan Sep 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Life after baseball for Kevin Kristan rests, in an ironic twist, on the second floor of a funeral home. Kristan, who still has some life on his fastball, pitches batting practice. His son, Ian, swings the bat. “I actually set the cage up in the upstairs of the funeral home,” confessed Kevin, whose family, including his brother and father, has owned and operated Kristan Funeral Home in Mundelein for more than 50 years. “I kept it a secret all these years.” Baseball lives on for the once promising right-hander, whose claim to fame is being dealt, in 1984, by the White Sox along with 1983 American League Cy Young Award winner LaMarr Hoyt to San Diego in a seven-player trade that netted a young, slick-fielding, loquacious shortstop named Ozzie Guillen.

     
  •  Distinguished Northern Illinois University members, including baseball players from the conference championship teams in 1950-51, pose during a reunion this past week.

    These NIU baseball greats still reign Sep 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    Nothing was going to spoil a day at Bittersweet Golf Club for Bill Eiserman, Grant Cummings, Frank Marino, Larry Leon, Jack Brumm, Jim McKinzie and Dick Giudici. After all they were baseball teammates for NIU more than half a century ago, and for 43 years they’ve been getting together annually for a reunion.

     
  •  Grayslake North senior Kyle Sagendorph putts on No.8 during the Warren Open boys golf tournament at the Merit Club in Libertyville on Monday.

    Golf suits Grayslake North’s Sagendorph just fine Sep 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    Grayslake North senior Kyle Sagendorph isn't letting a little thing like a brachial plexus injury prevent him from excelling in the sport he loves.

     
  •  Stevenson’s Nikki Marquardt is standing tall, having committed to Eastern Michigan.

    All by herself, Stevenson’s Marquardt looms large Aug 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    The short game was so good. But Nikki Marquardt won’t try to be the next Stephanie Miller, the short superstar who won a pair of individual state championships for Stevenson before taking her golf clubs to the University of Illinois this year. Marquardt says if anyone asks, she’ll tell them she’s going to try to be “the next Nikki Marquardt.”

     
  • Dillon O’Donoghue runs through drills during preseason practice at Mundelein.

    No doubting Mundelein’s effort and preparation Aug 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    After a whole lot of hard work, Mundelein's football program is looking forward to a chance to show how much it has accomplished. “Expectations have never been higher here,” coach George Kaider says. “There are a lot of people here looking at us and wanting to know, ‘What are going to be the fruits of our labor?’ ”

     
  • Confident Fisher eager for second stint at Round Lake Aug 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    Older and wiser, Jeremy Fisher feels more prepared to coach Round Lake's boys basketball team than he was in 2006, when Round Lake tabbed him to replace Mark Petrynek.

     
  •  Grayslake North’s Carl Russell is safe at third base against Hampshire last spring. The high school infielder has a future as a catcher at Northern Illinois.

    Grayslake North’s Russell catches a break with NIU Aug 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    If it meant catching on quickly at Northern Illinois University — and catching, period — Carl Russell was willing to receive, so to speak. So, yes, toss the recent Grayslake North graduate a catcher’s mitt. The sure-handed infielder will catch it, surely. All set on attending Carroll College in Waukesha, Wis., and playing shortstop for the Division III program, Russell got a pleasant surprise this summer while playing travel ball for coach Clay Kovac’s Kenosha Indians. The hard-hitting, speedy Russell caught the attention of Northern Illinois. The Huskies offered him a partial scholarship, and he accepted.

     
  •  Former Carmel baseball coach Chuck Gandolfi will take over the program at Lake Zurich.

    Gandolfi gets back in the game at LZ Jul 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    Chuck Gandolfi, who captured 554 baseball victories and won at a 72-percent clip in 21 seasons for Carmel Catholic, is getting back into high school coaching at Lake Zurich.

     
  •  Vernon Hills’ Lauren Webb captained the Daily Herald’s all-area girls basketball team for Lake County last season. Her future is at Bowling Green.

    Vernon Hills’ Webb goes Green Jul 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    Apologies to Nashville, but Lauren Webb will pass. There she goes, displaying her point-guard tendencies again. Before heading to Tennessee this week to play basketball with her Illinois Elite AAU team in a tournament called Music City Madness, the Vernon Hills incoming senior sang the praises of Bowling Green State University in Ohio. A 6-footer in a power forward’s body who successfully transitioned temporarily to point guard for her high school team last winter, Webb verbally committed to the Falcons, who are a Mid-American Conference power.

     
  • George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com ¬ Stevenson senior offensive tackle Zach Novoselsky (77) has made a verbal commitment to Western Michigan University.

    Stevenson’s Novoselsky chooses Western Michigan Jul 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    The inevitable shoulder surgery can wait. And because new Western Michigan University football coach P.J. Fleck understands a tough kid’s tough spot, Zach Novoselsky decided he didn’t need to wait any longer to make a verbal commitment to the Mid-American Conference school. Stevenson’s thick offensive tackle became the second player from his high school team this week to accept a Division I football scholarship. Novoselsky will team with wide receiver/safety Matt Morrissey (Michigan State) this fall to give the Patriots a pair of D-I-bound seniors on the offensive side of the ball. Like Morrissey (son of Jim), Novoselsky’s dad, Brent, played in the NFL, including one season with the Bears.

     
  •  Stevenson’s Matt Morrissey, right, makes a catch in front of Maine South’s Danny Allegretti in the 2011 season. Morrissey recently committed to play football at Michigan State.

    Morrissey commits to Michigan State Jul 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Stevenson senior Matt Morrissey is extending a proud family tradition after committing to play football at Michigan State. Exactly what position he'll play and what number he'll wear remains to be seen, but the youngest child of former Bears linebacker Jim Morrissey is pleased to have his decision made.

     
  • Colton Moskal of Lake Zurich blocks a Crystal Lake South punt for a safety in the first half of the Class 7A state playoff opener.

    Lake Zurich football star plays in dad's memoryJul 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    This Lake Zurich football star who has committed to Syrcause thinks of his dad every time he steps on the field. “I definitely hope I make him proud,” said Colton Moskal , a 6-foot-1, 215-pound middle linebacker and incoming senior who will be playing his third season of varsity football. “I’m going to try to follow in his footsteps.”

     
  • Matt Rife

    A busy summer calendar for new Harvard AD Rife Jul 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    He wrapped up three weeks of teaching summer school at Lakes, Harvard approved him as its new director of athletics and activities at its June school board meeting, and on Monday, Matt Rife officially began his new job at his alma mater. Now he can turn his attention to what will always be his most important day of every summer: Aug. 5. His wife, Erin, will celebrate her 32nd birthday. Matt and Erin’s daughter, Grace, turns 2 on the same day. Call it a doubleheader Monday.

     
  •  Lake Zurich head baseball coach Gary Simon, shown here congratulating Sean Eder after a home run in 2011, will not return for a 14th season with the Bears.

    Tearjerker of an ending for Simon at Lake Zurich Jun 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Gary Simon’s love of the game has always been transparent — and audible. Next spring, Lake Zurich’s third base coach’s box will be a little quieter, sadly. After 13 seasons as head coach of LZ’s Bears, Simon was told his contract would not be renewed.

     
  •  Stevenson senior offensive lineman Joe Marchese, left, will attend the University of Maryland as a preferred walk-on for the football team. The two-year varsity starter will long snap.

    Snap decision: Marchese will walk on at Maryland May 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    A two-year starting offensive lineman for a perennial state qualifier at Stevenson, Joe Marchese has accepted an invitation to be a preferred walk-on at the University of Maryland, which will be joining the Big Ten in another year. The 6-3, 230-pounder won't play O-line, though. Rather, Marchese will long snap.

     
  • Lambert suits Wauconda in athletic director’s role May 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Athletic directors never rest, and Andy Lambert can empathize. The new AD on the block has a starter kit at home. Jake is 2. Luke is 3 months. Andy and wife Meagan go through lots of diapers and ... “Lots of coffee,” Lambert joked. He didn’t need a caffeine boost Thursday night. Lambert was new-daddy pumped about being approved by Wauconda Unit School District 118 as the high school’s new athletic director. Sharply dressed in a pinstripe suit, Lambert is sharp, period.

     
  •  Libertyville’s Jack Lipp shoots over St. Viator defender Mark Falotico winter at Wheeling.

    ESPN flips over highlight shot from Libertyville’s Lipp May 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    On a night the Bulls upstaged LeBron, Lipp's flip topped them both. On ESPN's Top Plays. Coming in at No. 2? Little Jack Lipp from little ol' Libertyville.

     
  • Corey Knigge

    Knigge’s next at Mundelein Apr 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    Mundelein's boys basketball program will need to be patient. Considering Dennis Kessel blessed us with Kyle, Perry Wilhelm so generously gave us Kyle, Brian and Brett, and Dick Knar granted us Dickie and Robert, the pressure is on Corey Knigge. Dads Kessel, Wilhelm and Knar — the Mustangs' last three coaches — all had athletic, talented, basketball-smart sons, with Kyle Kessel and Robert Knar the most famous of them all, scoring nearly 4,000 points between them. Corey Knigge, who was approved by Mundelein's school board Tuesday night as Dick Knar's successor as head boys coach, has no children. It's understandable. He married his bride, Megan, three weeks ago. "I held out for 41 years," Knigge said with a laugh.

     
  •  Warren’s Kristiyan Trukov returns a shot during his match against Stevenson’s Jeremy Bush on Tuesday.

    Marquette-bound Trukov measures up at Warren Apr 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Warren's boys tennis program has produced bunches of terrific players, including All-Americans Dennis Nevolo and Denis Bogatov. But coach Greg Cohen thinks senior Kristiyan Trukov might the best Warren tennis player of them all.

     
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