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  • Evanston knocks out Maine West Feb 29, 2012 11:57 PM
    Staunch defense and a deliberate style of play kept Maine West in the game for three quarters against Evanston. But with leading scorer Conor Hart out, the Warriors just didn’t have enough firepower. Hart, a 20-point averager who went down Feb. 17 with a season-ending knee injury, could only watch as Maine West fell to No. 5 seed Evanston 44-28 at the Notre Dame regional. The Wildkits will meet the host Dons in the regional title game Friday.

  • Naperville Central falls to .500 Dec 26, 2011 9:35 PM
    For the rest of the 29th annual Charger Classic Christmas Tournament at Dundee-Crown High School, Naperville Central coach Andy Nussbaum is more concerned about something else other than winning. “I don’t care if we even win, we just need to play better,” he said after his team fell 41-20 to Evanston in Monday’s first round. “We are certainly not getting out of ourselves what we need to get.” The Redhawks (6-6) now get Regina in the consolation quarterfinals at 9:30 a.m. today.

  • Stevenson goes on the offensive Mar 23, 2011 12:09 AM
    Katie Krejsa scored twice and Olivia Whalen had the other goal plus an assist as Stevenson skipped past visiting Evanston 3-0 in a nonconference match in Lincolnshire on Tuesday night.

  • Who’s competing Mar 6, 2011 6:46 AM
    Who will be competing in the Team Dance Illinois championships on Sunday in Peoria.

  • Suburban high schools flock to TeamDance championships in Peoria Mar 6, 2011 7:48 PM
    Poms, flag teams and dancers from more than 100 high schools throughout Illinois are converging on the Peoria Civic Center today for one of prep sports' most colorful state championships. But if you think “best in poms” means a traditional halftime routine, think again. Just the name of the sanctioning organization — TeamDance Illinois — reflects the trend. In all, more than 2,000 students will be competing, as they showcase the best dance, flag and poms routines from throughout the state.

  • Schaumburg upsets Evanston Mar 1, 2011 11:10 PM
    When Schaumburg boys basketball coach Matt Walsh was asked why sophomore guard Kyle Bolger was put on the boys varsity roster at the start of the season, the answer was simple. “He earned it,” said Walsh. “He worked very hard on his game in the offseason. He’s a very tough kid.”

  • What kind of danger is ahead? Feb 26, 2011 8:00 PM
    There are always plenty of potential traps which can knock a team off course en route to the state finals in Peoria.

  • Prospect smiling after beating Evanston Dec 27, 2010 11:45 PM
    In college, Sarah Winans plans to study dental hygiene. In four years of high school basketball, she has helped Prospect’s girls basketball team to a clean record in opening-round round action of the Charger Classic at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville. The senior guard collected 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists on Monday in a 54-46 win over Evanston, giving Prospect its fourth straight first-round victory in the 16-team tourney under coach Martha Kelly. The Knights (7-5) will face Bartlett (13-0) in today’s 8 p.m. quarterfinal. “No matter what, we’ll finish in the top eight again,” said Winans, who is still deciding where she will play collegiate basketball. “We’ll be able to see some good teams now the next few games.” The Knights beat a good team in Evanston (8-4), which fell behind 10-2 after a pair of free throws by senior Marissa Pettenuzzo (7 points) with 3:11 left in the first quarter. Winans and senior Sarah Hunt (team-high 16 points) each had three buckets in the first quarter which ended up with Prospect in front 18-9. “After we got a rebound, we were looking to push the ball up the floor to take advantage of them being disorganized,” Winans said. “It’s something we practice all the time with three-on-twos and two-on-ones. It helps us find the open person.” Kelly liked the way her team ran the offense, which also got a big lift from sophomore guard Michele Molini. “I thought overall the girls did a good job seeing the floor, and finding the open person,” Kelly said. “I’m very proud of the way the girls followed the game plan and executed the way they needed to. “I’m very proud of Michele (Molini). Right when she stepped on the floor, she hit a layup for us (giving the Knights a 12-5 lead).” Molini (13 points and 2 assists in nine minutes) was still hitting shots late, connecting for a 3-pointer with 7:12 left in the game that put Prospect ahead 43-30. The Knights took their biggest lead at 49-30 when Winans hit 2 free throws with 4:45 left in the game. “Sarah did a fantastic job,” Kelly said. “She was attacking the paint and she was finding her teammates for open layups.” Evanston was led by senior Michelle Campbell (14 points) and freshman Sierra Clayborn (11). “I thought we did a nice job offensively and getting good shot,” said Wildkits coach Steve Wool. “We didn’t allow the second-chance opportunities until the second half. That’s when we fell asleep. We put them at the free throw line too much. We had silly defensive lapses. “Our effort was not the greatest. We deserved what we got.” The Knights got 6 rebounds from Hunt and 2 apiece from Pettenuzzo and Maura Benson. “I’m very proud of the way we came rebounded the ball,” Kelly added. “I thought that allowed us to attack their pressure.” “We were really focused on what we needed to do,” Winans said. “If we can keep doing this, we can be very successful in this tournament.”

  • Metea Valley falls in tourney semifinals Dec 23, 2010 11:16 PM
    There was a point early in Thursday’s Metea Valley-Evanston contest at the DeKalb Chuck Dayton Holiday Tournament when it appeared the Mustangs risked being run off the court by the bigger and quicker Wildkits. But that never happened. Though it never led, Metea Valley came back and played a gritty game after falling behind 7-0 in the first two minutes of play. Evanston won 58-51, but the Mustangs never went away in the tournament semifinal. “There’s that chance where we could have put our heads down and felt sorry for ourselves,” Metea Valley coach Bob Vozza said. “But the response was there. I think once we realized we could run stuff, execute and get good shots, guys settled down a little bit.” The tournament takes a break through Christmas weekend and concludes on Monday. Metea Valley (8-6) plays Hinsdale South in the 7 p.m. third-place game. “We thought it was a big opportunity and a big step for us to be playing a school like Evanston in a big game like this,” Metea Valley junior Benny Obendorf said. “We were hoping to take a big step for the program and win a game like this. Unfortunately we came up a little short. But we’re glad to have the opportunity.” Time and again in the contest, Evanston (11-3) opened the margin, pehaps to 6 or 8 points and the Mustangs came straight back. Evanston’s largest lead was a short-lived 11 points early in the second half. Four times in the second half Metea Valley trimmed that advantage to 4 points, though without ever moving the game into a one-possession situation. “We picked up our energy really nicely,” Obendorf said. “We picked up loose balls and got more rebounds and played better defense. We just couldn’t get that last shot or stop to get us tied or into the lead.” But that early margin proved important. Evanston jumped to that 7-0 lead before Metea Valley got fully into the contest. By halftime, despite recovering, the Mustangs still trailed 32-23. An early run in the second half, culminating in a Lashawn Cargo basket, cut the lead to 40-34. “I’m happy with the response,” Vozza said. “We talked at halftime about taking that extra effort of toughness — getting to loose balls — and challenging them to reach that next level that I think is in them.” Obendorf came alive in the second half and keyed the Mustangs’ surge. After not scoring in the first half, Obendorf scored 9 points in the third quarter and finished with a team-high 14 points. The junior scored exactly half his team’s second-half points. “I was just more aggressive and settled down, knowing the better shots to take,” Obendorf said. Evanston’s 6-8 forward James Farr led all scorers with 19.

  • Fremd, Wallace overpower Evanston Oct 30, 2010 12:23 AM
    Evanston’s defense just had no answer for Fremd’s offensive line and running back Justin Wallace. With Wallace rushing 43 times for 294 yards and 3 touchdowns the 10th-seeded Vikings knocked off the 7th seeded Wildkits Friday night in Evanston in a Class 8A first-round playoff football game. “This win just feels great,” said Wallace. “We just have to take them one at a time and not get too excited. Even when we were 1-4 we never stopped believing in ourselves. “We made some mistakes in those early games. As a team we had to execute better. A lot of credit has to go to the offensive line” Things didn’t start out well for the Vikings, who will play the winner of today’s Loyola-Whitney Young game next weekend. The 6-4 Wildkits took the opening kickoff and marched 74 yards in 11 plays to score on the first of quarterback Byron Dawkins (11-for-16, 116 yards, 2 interceptions) two touchdown passes to James Brown. The Vikings countered with a 78-yard, 10-play drive, culminating with Wallace’s 11 yard run with 1:00 left in the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7. A fumble recovery by Evanston’s Chris Wideman at the Fremd 18 led to another Dawkins to Brown touchdown on first down. The extra point kick failed and the Wildkits led 13-7 with 6:43 left. Fremd took the lead with 47 seconds left in the first half on a Wallace 26-yard run to finish a 65 yard drive. Andrew Stark connected on the extra point and the Vikings never trailed again. The defense stood tall in the second half with two interceptions. A pick by Vincent Farella set up Wallace’s third touchdown with 4:38 left in the third quarter. Wallace rushed 8 times for all 86 yards of the drive and a 21-13 lead. Stark would connect on a 36-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. “We went to this offense in the fifth week of the season,” said Fremd coach Mike Donatucci. “I knew early in the season that this team would be better later in the season than earlier. “And Wallace, he’s smart. A 34 ACT, a 4.7 GPA, he coaches youth football and you couldn’t ask for a better individual on your team. This was really a good win for us” The experience of the offensive line has helped the turnaround. “With experience and playing together we have really bonded as an offensive line,” said center Brian Bobek. “I never had a doubt that we could turn this around. Tonight we just wanted to pound the ball and control their defense.” The offensive line of Bobek, Evan Schaeffer, Levi Jorgenson, Nick Loden and Jerod Mikkelsen along with blocking back Daniel Muehfeldt helped Fremd amassed 282 rushing yards. Evanston could run only 17 second-half plays and four in the fourth quarter. “This offensive line has really become the heart and soul of this team,” said Donatucci. Highly-touted running back Rendell Massie was limited to 84 yards in 19 attempts. “We knew it would be their physical line play against our speed,” said Evanston coach Mike Burzawa. “We knew we couldn’t make many errors. We didn’t have too many possessions in the second half.”

  • Elk Grove, Schaumburg ready for rematch Oct 29, 2010 2:03 AM
    Fans might love them but football coaches are rarely fans of first-round rematches. And when Elk Grove beat Schaumburg 36-34 in a Mid-Suburban League crossover, no one thought much about their paths crossing again. But the Saxons’ drop from their preseason projection of Class 8A to 7A has led to the rematch at 6 p.m. Saturday at Elk Grove. “The thing we’ve been focusing on with the kids is it’s not about what happened the last time,” said Schaumburg coach Mark Stilling. “Over the course of the season you want to get better each week and play your best football this time of year.” And the Saxons didn’t feel they were at their best with 3 turnovers and some mistakes against dual-threat quarterback Nick Meyer in round one. “There is a natural temptation when you go up against a playmaker like Nick, you want to be the guy to make the play,” Stilling said. “That hurt us more than anything going up against him the first time defensively.” Stilling thought Mark Iannotti’s perfect 12-for-12 passing performance last week exemplified Stilling’s approach. “He didn’t try to do anything spectacular,” said Stilling of the senior who also caught a touchdown pass from running back Shepard Little. “Mark is running the ball a lot more … and he hurt us in our game,” said Elk Grove coach Brian Doll. “You have to cover the whole field with them now.” But it’s been no different with Elk Grove even though Meyer has been the central figure. His deep crew of receivers Joey Bishoff, Eddie Solorio, Eddie Stahl, Mike Wary and Fernando Lozano will stretch any defense. “Nick spreads the ball around pretty nicely to everybody,” Doll said. “People have to cover the whole field because you can’t just focus on Bishoff anymore.” Saturday’s matchup will also be the latest get-together between Doll and Stilling. They went to see Glenbard West play Saturday, were at the MSL all-conference meeting Wednesday and will be scouting their potential second-round opponent when St. Ignatius plays unbeaten Simeon tonight at Gately Stadium in Chicago. “We’ve been seeing a lot of each other,” Doll laughed. Wild and wacky ending: Just looking at the final score of Evanston’s 34-31 win over Glenbrook South in their Central Suburban South finale would indicate it was a heck of a game. Looking at the video of the game as Fremd coach Mike Donatucci and Barrington coach Joe Sanchez did of their first-round opponents produced an entirely different story. “I couldn’t believe it … it was as bizarre as could be,” Sanchez said of Glenbrook South, his first-round opponent, leading 31-0 with less than four minutes left in the third quarter. “It was phenomenal,” Donatucci said of a comeback that sent Fremd to Evanston tonight. “It was the goofiest game I’ve ever seen. “They’re just crushing them, then there were two fumbles inside the 20 and they scored ‘boom-boom.’ Then the running back (Rendell Massie) had a long run, they hit a fade in the back of the end zone and it was a game.” Glenbrook South coach Mike Noll the only time his team has put together 48 minutes of good football was against New Trier. “We just went flat and Evanston got it rolling,” Noll said. “It’s not acceptable and it’s never happened in my 23 years of coaching. It was us. We turned the ball over and stopped playing and that’s what happens.” It also capped Evanston’s three-game run to its first playoff spot in seven years. “We just got a surge of momentum and we were able to capitalize on it,” said third-year Evanston coach Mike Burzawa, who came over after winning three straight state titles at Driscoll. “It was a great victory for us and it gave us an opportunity to play at home against Fremd. Fremd’s a playoff-experienced program and coach Donatucci has done an outstanding job. They have a lot of experience back from last year’s quarterfinalist so we have our hands full.” Any Chance to catch him?: One thing Prospect may not want to get into in Saturday’s first-round game is a footrace with Rockford Guilford running back Dontrell Chance. The 5-foot-5, 160-pound Chance has been timed at 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash. “He does look fast and for a little guy he looks powerful,” said Prospect coach Brent Pearlman. “He doesn’t go down with one tackle.” Chance has rushed for 899 and 13 touchdowns on 118 carries in a balanced attack. “If there’s a faster kid in the state of Illinois, I’d like to meet him,” said Guilford coach Mel Gilfillan. “He can flat-out go. “He’d probably be a 1,500-, 1,600-yard rusher if we didn’t have the other two kids getting carries. But we’ve never had the luxury of having three different guys we felt comfortable giving the football.” It’s led Guilford to its seventh straight playoff berth, the longest current streak in the NIC-10. Pirates don’t sink: Letting teams back in games or coming back to win them has been an issue for Palatine this year. But Palatine rewrote that script in last Friday’s 21-10 must-win at Barrington to get into tonight’s first-round matchup at Glenbard North. “The encouraging thing was we didn’t crumble,” Palatine coach Tyler Donnelly said of a 14-0 lead dwindling to 14-10. But junior linebacker Kurt Becker came through by returning one of his 3 interceptions for a decisive 48-yard touchdown. “That was huge for the defense to get more confidence,” Donnelly said.

  • Scouting Fremd at Evanston Oct 29, 2010 1:38 AM
    CLASS 8A No. 10 Fremd (5-4) at No. 7 Evanston (6-3) When: 7 p.m. today at Lazier Field at Memorial Stadium Last week: Fremd d. Conant 31-10; Evanston d. Glenbrook South 34-31 Playoff history: Fremd is making its 21st appearance and a Mid-Suburban League record 16th under Mike Donatucci. Last year it lost in the quarterfinals to 8A runner-up Marist. Evanston is making its 17th appearance but first since 2003 when it reached the second round. Matchup history: First meeting. Outlook: Both teams come in on a roll as Fremd has won four in a row and Evanston won its third straight in stunning fashion by coming back from a 31-0 deficit late in the third quarter against Glenbrook South. Evanston RB Rendell Massie (1,404 yards, 14 TDs; 1,280 yards last year) will test a Fremd defense led by LBs Alex Van Duch and Michael Sahli that has allowed only 34 points in its winning streak. “(Massie) is outstanding,” said Fremd coach Mike Donatucci. “He’s fast, strong and has great vision kind of on the same lines as (Schaumburg’s) Shepard Little.” The Wildkits also showed they could throw last week as QB Byron Dawkins had 2 TDs to 6-3 James Brown, who had missed two games with a foot injury. “We’re pleased with what we’re doing on both sides of the ball,” said third-year Evanston coach Mike Burzawa, who led Driscoll to the last three of its state-record seven straight state titles. “The effort has been there and the kids want to be successful.” Evanston’s defense led by DT Andre Laden and CB Mark Williams faces a big challenge with RB Justin Wallace (1,101 yards, 10 TD) and freshman QB Sam Beutler (598 yards passing, 6 TDs, 0 INT in 83 attempts; 260 yards rushing, 6 TDs) operating behind the line led by Brian Bobek and Jack Konopka. Fremd lost 2 of its 3 fumbles on offense last week and also had a line-drive punt hit a player in the back for another turnover. “We had more mistakes last Friday than we did the previous three games,” Donatucci said. “We have to get that out of our system and be ready to go.” Advancement: Fremd would host a second-round game against No. 2 Loyola (8-1) or No. 15 Whitney Young (5-4); Evanston would be on the road.

  • Predicting opponents part of game Oct 24, 2010 8:49 PM
    There’s one in every crowd at least one member of every football staff is compelled to determine the team’s first-round playoff opponent. “We had Lemont as a possibility,” Batavia coach Mike Gaspari said of the Bulldogs’ first-round draw in Class 6A

  • Patrash powers Stevenson May 9, 2010 12:01 AM
    Stevenson leadoff batter Emma Patrash usually doesn't swing at the first pitch, nor does she boast a lot of power.

  • Healthy Baartmans gives Lake Zurich a big boost Apr 25, 2010 12:01 AM
    Ryan Baartmans' spring trip to sunny Orlando, Fla., with his Lake Zurich baseball teammates wasn't all "magical."

  • WW South gets a jump on field Apr 24, 2010 12:01 AM
    It may have seemed like just another decent jump, but in reality it was so much more.

  • Libertyville, Townsend pick a win Apr 18, 2010 12:01 AM
    Any team that can capitalize on its opponent's mistakes will usually win.

  • Unhappy ending for Prospect as LaTulip returns Feb 10, 2010 12:01 AM
    Prospect was hoping for better things Tuesday night when it hosted Evanston in a boys nonconference game.

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