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  • Former rivals team up in Harper’s national title run Nov 14, 2014 7:14 PM
    Like many athletes who compete for Harper College, cross country runners Juan Barajas and Brennan Albuck were once high school rivals. Barajas attended Schaumburg, and Albuck ran for Hoffman Estates. Fast forward two seasons, and the former rivals became elite teammates running to a second straight NJCAA championship.

  • Northwestern rallies, downs Houston Baptist 65-58 Nov 15, 2014 12:12 AM
    It took some prodding by his coaches, but after Northwestern was bullied by Houston Baptist in the first half on Friday night, the biggest man in Welsh-Ryan Arena did something about it. Seven-foot, 270-pound center Alex Olah scored 18 of his 21 points after the break, and the Wildcats got off the mat to take a hard-earned 65-58 decision against the stubborn Huskies in the season opener for both teams.

  • DePaul edges Illinois-Chicago 72-71 Nov 15, 2014 1:17 AM
    Tommy Hamilton IV scored 17 points to lead DePaul to a 72-71 win over Illinois-Chicago in the season opener for both teams Friday night. Leading 46-30 at the break, DePaul had to hold off a surging UIC team in the second half to secure the win. Hamilton, who was 7 of 11 from the field, got help from Billy Garrett Jr., who had 12 points, and Myke Henry and Forrest Robinson, who had 11 points apiece in the win.

  • Iowa, Illinois renew series after 6-year layoff Nov 14, 2014 5:28 PM
    Coach Kirk Ferentz wants to erase the memory of Iowa’s 51-14 loss to Minnesota last weekend. “We’re done looking backward right now,” Ferentz said. “We’re looking forward and see what we can do about this week.” This week brings Iowa (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten) to Illinois, a team that wouldn’t mind erasing its last game, either. The Illini (4-5, 1-4) are coming off a bye but experienced a similar 55-14 rout against Ohio State in their most recent game.

  • Illinois scrapes by Georgia Southern, 80-71 Nov 15, 2014 12:07 AM
    Illinois opened the season hoping an infusion of offensive talent would help turn a team that struggled to score last season into an offensive machine. But over the final 20 minutes Friday against Georgia Southern, a familiar face made the difference for the Illini. Senior Rayvonte Rice scored 24 points and had three assists to lead the Illini (1-0) past Georgia Southern, 80-71. His 14 second-half points and a pair assists helped finally put away an Eagles team that, for most of the night, refused to go away.

  • Irish seeks better defensive play vs. Northwestern Nov 14, 2014 5:29 PM
    The best thing Notre Dame’s defense might have going for it this week is that it faces Northwestern. Then again, the best thing the Wildcats might have going for them on offense is that they face the Fighting Irish.

  • Elmhurst in playoffs despite loss Nov 13, 2014 2:35 PM
    After a loss on Friday in the CCIW Tournament semifinals, the Elmhurst women’s volleyball team was in risk of its season being over. However, with an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championships, the Bluejays will live to see another day.

  • Kumerow, Moore key contributors for No. 1 Whitewater Nov 13, 2014 8:19 PM
    Two Fox Valley area graduates are playing key roles on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team. Whitewater is ranked No. 1 in the country in NCAA Division III and brings an undefeated 9-0 record into Saturday's regular-season finale at UW-River Falls.

  • Young Judson looking to make more positive strides Nov 12, 2014 6:05 PM
    The rebuilding of the Judson University men’s basketball team continues to take major steps forward. The Eagles return four starters from last year’s young team that went 7-23 overall. “We have 85 percent of our roster back and we had almost an entire roster of freshmen last year,” said Judson coach Joel Cotton, who doubles as the school’s athletic director. “I like the fact that we are a year older. We’ve been able to get more advanced with the group because they’ve been with us for a year or two years in some cases. We’re moving at a better pace offensively and defensively.”

  • Judson women have high hopes Nov 12, 2014 6:14 PM
    The Judson University women’s basketball team has plenty of reason for optimism. The Eagles, under the direction of third-year coach Kristi Cirone, return 4 starters from last year’s team that went 10-20 overall.

  • Loyola names new athletic director Nov 12, 2014 5:43 PM
    Loyola University has named a new director of intercollegiate athletics. He is Steve Watson, who served as director of athletics at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, New York for the past seven years.

  • Harper women win third straight Nov 11, 2014 11:08 PM
    The confidence level for Harper College women’s basketball team has not always been a strong point the past few seasons. But that might change this winter. “We will always play 100 percent,” said first-year guard Kim Herzog after the Hawks ran their record to 3-1 with a 66-61 win over visiting McHenry Community College (1-2) on Tuesday night. It was Harper’s third straight win.

  • Elgin CC women will rely on defense Nov 11, 2014 8:59 PM
    Veteran Elgin Community College women’s basketball coach Jerry McLaughlin is a stickler for the little things in the game. The Spartans’ longtime boss is pleased with the defensive potential of this year’s group, but stresses ECC must improve its foul shooting going forward.

  • Elgin CC has a different look Nov 11, 2014 8:40 PM
    The Elgin Community College men’s basketball team is proving to be a quick study. Despite a lack of college playing experience, the Spartans were off to a 3-1 start through their first four games.

  • Home sweet home for Harper men Nov 11, 2014 11:24 PM
    The Sports and Wellness Center has been a safe haven of sorts for the Harper College men’s basketball team (2-2) this season. In two games on their familiar tartan court this season, the Hawks have walked away victorious both times — including a 61-59 victory over McHenry Community College (0-3) on Tuesday.

  • Stingily runs for 2 TDs, NIU tops Toledo Nov 11, 2014 11:56 PM
    Cameron Stingily ran for a pair of second-half touchdowns to help Northern Illinois move into a 1st-place tie in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference with a 27-24 win over Toledo on Tuesday night. Northern Illinois (8-2, 5-1) has won four consecutive division titles. Stingily’s first score, a 4-yard run, gave Northern Illinois a 20-10 lead with 9:18 left in the third quarter.

  • Harper wins fourth straight men’s cross country national title Nov 10, 2014 9:03 PM
    On Saturday in New York, the three-time defending NJCAA Division III men’s cross country national champions made it four in a row. Paced by sophomores Juan Barajas and Brennan Albuck, Harper College once again ran to victory in the national meet hosted by Finger Lakes Community College at Bruce Bridgman Cross Country Course in Canadaigua, N.Y. Barajas won the individual championship in 27:29.9 with Albuck close behind, taking second and finishing in 27:32.5.

  • No. 25 Wisconsin rolls past Purdue 34-16 Nov 8, 2014 7:42 PM
    For one half Saturday, Joel Stave looked like the quarterback who nearly led Wisconsin to last year’s Big Ten title game. Running back Melvin Gordon savored the moment. With the Heisman Trophy candidate rushing for 205 yards and one touchdown, and Stave throwing for a season best 219 yards and two touchdowns, No 25. Wisconsin pulled away from Purdue 34-16 and improved its chances to chase yet another conference championship.

  • Penn St. ends 4-game skid 13-7 over Indiana Nov 8, 2014 7:42 PM
    Penn State has been searching for ways to end a midseason slump. The Nittany Lions’ defense stepped up. Sam Ficken did, too. Ficken kicked a 27-yard go-ahead field goal and Penn State defeated Indiana 13-7 to snap a four-game skid. Ficken’s kick gave Penn State a 10-7 lead which he later extended with a 28-yard field goal with under a minute to play.

  • Williams, Minnesota rip Iowa 51-14, reclaim pig Nov 8, 2014 7:42 PM
    The Minnesota players swarmed the Iowa sideline with a group sprint as soon as the last second was gone. Humiliated by the Hawkeyes the last two years, the Gophers were giddy about grabbing the bronze pig again. They had plenty of time to plot out that race for repossession, too.

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