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  • ISU thinks Grant’s Lucas is just wonderful Feb 5, 2013 8:52 PM
    Grant High School catcher Simeon Lucas caught the eye of the collegiate scouts during last spring's state tournament, and that led to his recent commitment to a baseball future at Illinois State.

     
  • By design, Bellecomo will direct the action at Vernon Hills Jan 29, 2013 9:50 PM
    Those football plays that li'l Bill Bellecomo used to carve in his yard are long gone. They left an indelible mark, however. "My old man used to catch me in the back yard drawing them up in the dirt," Bellecomo, Ray Bellecomo's boy, said with a laugh. Not that Bellecomo will draw up a play from his boyhood days when he directs Vernon Hills' football team in the fall. But suffice it to say, he will draw on experience, from his days as a kid, to his days as a football player at Willowbrook High, to his years as an assistant coach studying under three highly successful high school head coaches.

     
  • Warren’s Sowa will be chillin’ at Drake Jan 17, 2013 10:49 PM
    Warren's Megan Sowa is warmed comfy-coozy by the fact that this winter she signed a national letter of intent to play Division I softball for Drake University in Iowa.

     
  • Monken opts out coaching, in favor of parenting Jan 9, 2013 9:55 PM
    Vernon Hills' Tony Monken is taking a step away from coaching football in order to be a full-time fan of senior-to-be son Anthony, who plays at Libertyville.

     
  • Driven to succeed, Behan finds a college destination Dec 20, 2012 11:08 PM
    All of 15 years old for another month, Carmel Catholic sophomore Jenny Behan cannot legally drive a car yet. “Well,” she said with a laugh, “I’m driving. But, yeah, I haven’t gotten my license yet. I can drive a car — but not by myself.” She needs no paper to drive base runners in. Two years from now, she’ll have documentation. That’s when Behan plans to sign a national letter of intent with James Madison University to play softball. Talk about a trip. She won’t graduate from high school for two-and-a-half years, but she’s already decided on her college destination.

     
  • Physical challenges don't keep down Carmel wrestler Dec 20, 2012 12:04 PM
    On bright gold and brown mats in Carmel Catholic's second-floor wrestling room, Cristian Migliarese walks the walk. He crawls, actually. The diminutive senior with the torso shaped like a “V,” which may as well stand for victory, is too modest to talk the talk. And, please, don't pity him because he uses crutches to traverse wherever he roams.

     
  • Vernon Hills’ Christie, unconventionally, extends his lacrosse career Dec 13, 2012 9:39 PM
    Vernon Hills' Cody Christie didn't give up on his dream of playing lacrosse, and he'll be joining Florida Southern with a chance to do just that.

     
  • Mundelein’s still counting on Ackley this season Dec 4, 2012 10:02 PM
    Jim Ackley started as Mundelein's sophomore scorekeeper in 1961, the year the high school opened. He took over as the varsity scorekeeper the following season, and the former eighth-grade basketball coach at Carl Sandburg Junior High has been "keeping the book" ever since. Recent health challenges aside, Ackley intends to score the rest of the season for Mundelein before letting someone else take his seat at the scoring table.

     
  • Bauer, Lake Zurich suffer frustrating finish Nov 17, 2012 9:15 PM
    His Lake Zurich football team trailed by 6 points late, and a tie wasn't sitting well with senior Jerry Bauer. Specifically, a darn knot was not making a comeback easy. As the big Bear tried hustling to his defensive position following a Lake Zurich timeout with 1:39 left in Saturday's Class 7A state semifinal between Lake Zurich and host Glenbard West at Glenbard South, he was stymied by his left football shoe that had come off.

     
  • Mundelein duo has a baseball future they can sink their teeth into Nov 16, 2012 11:05 PM
    Mundelein's Mitchell Schulewitz and Will Farmer are looking forward to futures in baseball they can sink their teeth into.

     
  • Vernon Hills' Bennett-Swanson breaks new ground Nov 15, 2012 3:08 PM
    Meri Bennett-Swanson might have started a run on DePaul University T-shirts that one day when she decided to buy a bunch for her BFFs. She might have started another run Wednesday, when the lefty, who can sink running hooks, signed her name on a national letter of intent with DePaul. In a dozen seasons of varsity girls basketball at Vernon Hills, the Cougars had never boasted a Division I player until their 6-foot-2 senior made her commitment to the Blue Devils official in front of family, friends coaches and other staff members in the high school library.

     
  • Coach Knar helps Mundelein’s Dunigan make college connection Nov 7, 2012 10:40 PM
    Mundelein boys basketball coach Dick Knar helped senior Cliff Dunigan find a college future at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

     
  • Wonders takes independent study route to NIU softball Nov 6, 2012 9:00 PM
    Stephanie Wonders, who graduated from Lake Zurich in May, didn't exactly go the conventional route in earning a roster spot on a Division I softball team. Yet, there she was last month, taking advantage of a start at shortstop in a practice game for Northern Illinois University against Illinois Springfield and going 3-for-4 with 3 RBI.

     
  • Mundelein learns valuable lessons in winning Oct 20, 2012 10:26 PM
    On Thursday night, a night before its season-ending 42-7 loss to Lake Forest, Mundelein's entire football team, clad in game jerseys, found itself in ornate Bourke Hall in Building 4 of the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago. At evening's end, before the Mustangs hopped back on their mini buses and went home, a gentleman generously gave away as a raffle prize his cherished and prestigious military pin, which he received in 1967.Other Mustangs won military patches, some small, some large. You can bet the players will cherish them as much as any "M" they might have sewn on their letterman's jacket.

     
  • Lake Zurich’s Foote finds a future at Indiana Oct 10, 2012 11:13 PM
    Lake Zurich left-hander Austin Foote recently accepted a scholarship offer from Indiana University, making him the second Bears baseball player who is committed to a Big Ten school. Catcher Anthony Drago, Foote’s classmate, decided this past summer that he would attend the University of Illinois.

     
  • Playoffs worth the wait for Grayslake North coach Geary Oct 9, 2012 10:45 PM
    The playoffs eluded Jake Geary when he was a player at Grayslake North the previous two seasons. But he's pitching in as a defensive assistant this fall and is reveling in the Knights' postseason drive.

     
  • Sunny future helps the healing process for LZ’s Pizzolato Oct 3, 2012 11:20 PM
    Joey Pizzolato’s freak baseball injury this past summer came out of left field — or the left side of the infield, actually. The Lak Zurich infielder's recent decision to give a verbal commitment to the College of San Mateo, one of the best junior college baseball programs in the country, went as planned.

     
  • Lake Zurich’s Thompson courts a future at Eastern Illinois Sep 29, 2012 10:57 PM
    Lake Zurich senior Grant Thompson has given a verbal commitment to play Division I tennis for Eastern Illinois University and will sign his national letter of intent in November.

     
  • Grant's Gomoll tackles cruel twist with a shot of love Sep 27, 2012 3:32 PM
    During Week 3 of the football season, on Friday, Sept. 7 in Fox Lake, Grant's Chris Gomoll, a starting cornerback for the Bulldogs, ran to make a tackle after Wauconda running back David Starkey caught a short pass. Despite good form on the play, he broke his neck in three places. Last weekend, Gomoll walked under his own power into Grant's football stadium, completing the first leg of his recovery thanks to great support from his parents, Angie and Ray, his brother Ethan, and his schoolmates.

     
  • Bowen goes on the offensive, and NIU notices Sep 12, 2012 9:21 PM
    Grayslake North shortstop Jordyn Bowen, known for her defense, went on the offensive in pursuit of a college scholarship and ended up getting a scholarship to Northern Illinois.

     
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