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  • St. Charles North’s Joe Kuczek, pictured diving back into first base during a summer game against St. Charles East, was one of three North Stars to make the all-tournament team on their trip last week to Tennessee.

    Kaneland, St. Charles North experience mixed results on spring tripsApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Spring break is not what it used to be.

  • Conrad enjoys special season coaching at BenetMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    How often have you asked someone if he or she enjoyed the weekend upon your arrival at work on a Monday morning? It would be difficult to find somebody who enjoyed the weekend any more than Kevin Conrad. The longtime St. Charles resident virtually hit the trifecta this past weekend in Peoria.

  • Craig Brueske called Geneva guard Pace Temple one of the most underrated players he saw this year.

    Time to award the best of a banner boys basketball seasonMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Area boys basketball fans had plenty to cheer about this season. Geneva (25-6), West Aurora (24-5), Kaneland (18-10), St. Charles East (18-12) and St. Charles North (16-10) combined for a 101-43 record (.701 winning percentage) and 3 regional championships. Led by Nate Navigato and Chris Parrilli, the Vikings were the epitome of true team basketball as they captured their first regional title since 1963 with a come-from-behind 66-63 victory over Bolingbrook. Here’s a recap of the 2013-14 season:

  • Scouting Tri-Cities water polo teamsMar 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    St. Charles North girls water polo coach Nick Engel has a great deal of faith in his team’s defense.

  • Looking back at one of area’s best girls basketball seasonsMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    The state of girls basketball arguably has never been better than it was this season for our local high school teams.

  • St. Charles East's Dom Adduci has been a 3-year standout for the Saints who hopes to keep his career going when they play St. Charles North on Wednesday night.

    St. Charles East's Adduci reflects on 'time of his life'Mar 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Like any other high school senior basketball player in the state, Dom Adduci hopes his prep career doesn't end this week. Adduci wants a few more chances to put on his St. Charles East uniform.

  • St. Charles squads trying to clear Larkin hurdleMar 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    It is go time. As in win or go home time for our local high school basketball teams that begin Illinois High School Association Class 4A and 3A regional tournament action this week.

  • Stephens enjoying strong freshman season at PurdueFeb 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Making the huge step from high school hoops to college basketball at a Division 1 school can be a daunting task for any freshman. Kendall Stephens is not your average freshman.

  • Rick West/ Geneva’s Sidney Santos (32) shoots and scores over Bartlett’s Elizabeth Arco (20) during Thursday’s game in Geneva.

    Batavia looking to end regional droughtFeb 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ask any high school basketball coach and he or she will tell you about turning points — in quarters, halves, games and seasons.

  • Boys, girls River races take different turns Feb 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    One of the best things about sports is its unpredictability.

  •  Batavia’s Liza Fruendt drives to the basket against Geneva during Friday’s game at Geneva.

    Three kids, 10 years of Batavia basketball winding down for Fruendts Jan 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Joel and Suzanne Fruendt remember the first time that then-Batavia basketball coach Jim Roberts dropped by their house.

  •  St. Charles North's Alec Goetz (1) drives to the basket as he is defended by Geneva's Mike Landi (52) during Friday's game in Geneva. ¬

    This backcourt features pair of Stars Jan 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Goetz and Ludwig — their names sound a little more like a law firm than the starting backcourt for a high school basketball team.

  • Two soccer stantouts among 2014 STC Harrison recipients Jan 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Their names are Gary Cole, Chris Hagemann, Rod Osborne and Brian Rogers, and they’re the 2014 inductees to the St. Charles East Fighting Saints’ Hall of Fame. The Jodie Harrison Lifetime Achievement Award recipients will be honored prior to Saturday’s 6 p.m. boys basketball game between St. Charles North and St. Charles East.

  • Craig Brueske is predicting St. Charles North senior Erik Miller will clear 6-10 and take second place in the state high jump this spring.

    Predicting big things for Tri-Cities teams in 2014 Jan 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    It is that time again. Good, bad or in-between, it is time to write my annual predictions column.

  • Looking back at 'Year of the State Champions' Jan 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2013 was the Year of the Black Snake. For Tri-Cities high school sports fans, 2013 went down as the Year of the State Champions.

  • Jensen enjoys double duty with Batavia football, basketball Dec 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    As a married father of two young children, Kevin Jensen is a busy guy on a regular basis.

  • Batavia takes Tri-Cities football to new heights Dec 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    It is fast becoming a habit. For the sixth time in 8 years, an area football team has played for all the marbles on state championship weekend.

  • Boys basketball season opens with a bang Dec 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    This is supposed to be a column about the opening week of the high school basketball season. However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t offer congratulations to Batavia’s newly crowned Class 6A state football champions. Job well done, Bulldogs. As for the basketball...

  • Laura Stoecker/ Batavia's Anthony Scaccia sprints from Lake Forest's John Cirame as teammate Max Heidgen takes him down in the first quarter of the Class 6A quarterfinal on Saturday, November 16.

    Batavia in middle of another dream season Nov 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Moments after watching his team hold on for a 19-14 Class 6A quarterfinal victory over Lake Forest, Batavia head football coach Dennis Piron fielded questions from reporters.

  • St. Charles East boys basketball coach Patrick Woods watches his players during the first day of practice Monday.

    St. Charles East starts life without Stephens Nov 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    It's the time of year where expectations are always lofty in high school gymnasiums across the state of Illinois. I'm not sure if Monday afternoon's weather was a cruel practical joke or not but it's also the time of year where snow can begin to cover the ground. Monday marked the first official day of high school boys basketball practice.

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