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  •  Marmion’s Dan Thorpe has been coaching 33 years and said he has never seen an opening night like last Friday.

    An opening weekend no coach will soon forget Sep 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    So, this is going to be what the 2013 high school football season is all about? An appropriate slogan for opening weekend could have been “Hurry Up and Wait” as most area teams were forced to wait an extra day to kick off their seasons due to a series of thunderstorms that swept through the western suburbs last Friday night.

  • Playing 20 questions to start the season Aug 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    With the opening kickoff of the 2013 high school football season just a few days away, I think this is a good time to play a little game to help local fans prepare for the upcoming gridiron campaign. Here are 20 questions on my mind:

  • So long summer, hello fall Aug 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    It may be opening week for area high school, middle school and elementary school students and staff but there’s still a little time left to enjoy summerlike temperatures before thoughts of Halloween come creeping upon us.

  • Looking back at the best of the best Jun 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    A few months ago, it seemed like the school year would never end. Now here we are fast approaching the second weekend of June, looking at the 2012-2013 school year from the rearview mirror. That is, with the exception of St. Charles East’s baseball and softball teams, who are very much alive and well heading into today’s Class 4A state semifinals — both just 2 victories away from earning state championships.

  •  Batavia heads into the postseason as a No. 2 seed thanks in part to cleanup hitter Luke Horton who also is 8-0 on the mound.

    Batavia, St. Charles East looking for more May 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    Welcome to the first week of the Class 4A baseball postseason.

  • John Starks/ ¬ St. Charles North's Kurt Barbeau dives safely back to first as St. Charles East's Brian Sobieski waits for the throw Monday at Fifth Third Bank Park in Geneva.

    Youthful St. Charles North searching for consistency May 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    Perhaps St. Charles North baseball coach Todd Genke should have figured this would be a challenging season when the team's annual trip to downstate Marion was shortened due to a late-March snowstorm. Whatever the case, it definitely has not been business as usual for the North Stars this season.

  • FieldTurf making East Side Complex a popular place Apr 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    There are a number of advantages in being a resident of St. Charles. Both of the city's high schools — St. Charles North (21st) and St. Charles East (39th) — were recently named to the "Top 50" annual list published by U.S. News & World Report that ranks each state's high schools. They were the only 2 Kane County high schools to make the list. Both high schools were also recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

  •  Batavia’s Andrew Seigler rounds third base on his way to home plate in the second inning on Friday, April 12.

    Expected to be good, Batavia baseball, Saints softball better than advertised Apr 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Prior to the start of the high school — I can't wait until it actually starts feeling like — spring season, two local teams were included among the annual preview stories. Nothing fancy, nothing new. Overlooked by some, Batavia's baseball team began its season last month with a game that wasn't even listed on its original schedule.

  • About time we’ve got baseball and softball to talk about Apr 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    In celebration of the opening week of the high school baseball/softball season, here are 9 things on my mind:

  • Cubs affiliation excites Cougars Mar 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    So much for Spring fever. It certainly hasn't felt like baseball weather these days. Bone-chilling temperatures have been the norm instead of the exception this month while shoveling snow has been much more commonplace than seeing local baseball or softball players swinging bats outdoors. At this point, I'd actually settle for a few 45-degree afternoons rather than the 30-degree temperatures that we've been experiencing lately across Chicagoland. But believe it or not, baseball season is just around the corner — I think. Weather permitting, of course. Nobody is looking forward to the first pitch of the 2013 season more than Kane County Cougars general manager Curtis Haug.

  • Paul Michna/ ¬ Collin Roy,left,of Wheaton Academy and Jason Pisarski of St. Francis go for a loose ball during game action Wednesday.

    Looking back at the best of the basketball season Mar 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    As the high school boys basketball season enters its final week, one important question remains — can anyone stop Simeon from capturing its fourth consecutive Class 4A state championship this weekend in Peoria? West Aurora, which suffered a 60-47 loss to the 3-time defending state champions in the finals of the Pontiac Holiday Tournament back in late December, found itself one half away from another crack at the top-ranked Wolverines until a 17-0 third-quarter run by Proviso East in Tuesday night's Hinsdale Central supersectional ended the Blackhawks' season. Proviso East's 62-52 come-from-beind win sets up a rematch of last year's 4A state title game — won by Simeon in an instant classic, 50-48. It has been 5 years since the last non-Chicago Public League team captured the 4A state title — Richards in 2008. Here is my personal recap of the 2012-13 boys/girls basketball season:

  • Laura Stoecker/ St. Charles North's Quinten Payne dunks a shot over Larkin's Derrick Streety in the third quarter of the Class 4A regional championship game on Friday, March 1.

    Saying goodbye to seniors never an easy job Mar 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Win and advance. Lose and go home. Those are the basics when describing the annual Illinois High School Association’s boys basketball tournament. However, it doesn’t tell the entire story. In fact, it’s an oversimplification that barely scratches the surface.

  •  Geneva’s Nate Navigato, pictured dunking on a fast break against St. Charles East earlier this season in Geneva, heads into regional play Monday after scoring 23 of his team’s 36 points in a win over Bartlett Friday night.

    Everyone shares a goal next week — survive and advance Feb 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    There are a few weeks of the year that I enjoy a little more than most. This coming week is one of them. Monday night signals the opening tip-off of the Illinois High School Association's annual basketball tournament at gymnasiums throughout the state. It's America's Original March Madness with a 4-day head start this time around that I like to call, "February Frenzy."

  •  St. Charles North’s Quinten Payne soars in for a dunk against Streamwood — one of countless jams the athletic senior has thrown down the past three years for the North Stars.

    No questions about what ‘Q’ has meant to Poulin, N. Stars Feb 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Known to many as "Q," Quinten Payne has made quite an impact on the St. Charles North's basketball program since his arrival as a sophomore two years ago. After averaging 12.3 points and 5 rebounds per game as a sophomore, Payne earned all-Upstate Eight Conference River Division honors for the second straight season a year ago while scoring 17 points and snaring 6.7 rebounds per contest. The 6-foot-4 guard has saved the best for last during his senior campaign this season.

  •  Sophomore Katie Claussner has given St. Charles East a big spark lately as the Saints get ready for regional play Monday.

    St. Charles East regional could be a classic Feb 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    This week’s St. Charles East Class 4A girls basketball regional tournament has a definitive Upstate Eight Conference River Division feel to it.

  • Meet St. Charles East’s 2013 Hall of Fame class Feb 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    A pair of state champion female athletes from the 1990s; an all-state basketball player from the 1980s; and a 2-time all-conference football player from 1959 and 1960; are the 2013 inductees to the St. Charles East Athletic Hall of Fame.

  •  Lloyd Jones, pictured with St. Charles East assistant girls basketball coach Sarah Seward, is a fixture at St. Charles East sporting events, especially basketball and volleyball games.

    Meet St. Charles East’s Super FanJan 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    He may not be St. Charles East's loudest fan but he is undoubtedly one of the school's most loyal supporters. Meet Lloyd Jones St. Charles East Super Fan. Whether it's a Saints home girls volleyball match or boys/girls basketball game, Jones likely can be found sitting in his customary spot along the wall just to the right of the main entrance to the gymnasium.

  •  St. Charles North’s Quinten Payne, 12, throws home a dunk at St. Charles East during boys basketball Friday January 18, 2013.

    Both Upstate Eight races up for grabsJan 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Ladies and gentlemen, get out your pencils and paper as I try to dissect the logjam that is the Upstate Eight Conference River Division girls and boys basketball standings.

  • Kendall Stephens, St. Charles East basketball

    Watching son’s progress a special thrill for Stephens Jan 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Everette Stephens had an idea about his son's feel for the game of basketball at an early age.

  • Get your 2013 predictions (sure to go wrong) Jan 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    Now that we're a little more than a week into the New Year, it's time for my annual predictions (sure to go wrong) column.

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