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  • Crystal Lake South’s Gardeck recovering nicely Sep 17, 2014 5:11 PM
    Crystal Lake South linebacker Alex “Bubba” Gardeck thought he had the wind knocked out of him. Turns out he actually had the wind knocked into him. Gardeck suffered an unusual football injury on Saturday when he tore a hole in his trachea at some point during the first half of CL South’s 23-13 loss at Bloom Township.

  • Brooks has been pleasant surprise for Dundee-Crown Sep 11, 2014 10:43 AM
    Were one to hazard a guess before the season started as to Dundee-Crown’s most consistent tailback through 2 games, it’s unlikely the name Brandon Brooks would have leapt off the tongue. Nevertheless, Brooks, also a starting linebacker, has been a steadying influence in the offensive backfield during D-C’s 2-0 start. The senior helped salt away a 36-22 win at Elgin in the season opener with a 19-yard touchdown in the second half, part of an 85-yard, 13-carry performance.

  • Don’t count Bartlett out over one loss Sep 3, 2014 9:25 PM
    Following Saturday’s 17-7 loss to Huntley, Bartlett quarterback Jordan Flint reminded his teammates via Twitter that “85 percent of Bartlett football teams have lost their first game and still made playoffs.” Flint is right. No area team has a better track record of making the playoffs after losing its first game than Bartlett.

  • From the darkness, South Elgin emerges a winner Jun 10, 2014 6:57 AM
    They say it’s always darkest before the dawn. Maybe so, but it can get quite dark right before a once-in-a-lifetime Storm hits. For the South Elgin baseball team, the top of the sixth inning in Monday’s Class 4A Schaumburg Boomers supersectional against Evanston was darker than watching a lunar eclipse on an overcast night from a windowless room.

  • Bartlett ensures Lenny Gulczynski will never be forgotten Apr 4, 2014 1:18 PM
    A jersey retirement ceremony at the high school level is a rarity, but so are men like 2007 Bartlett graduate Lenny Gulczynski. His alma mater honored the late Pfc. Gulczynski on Thursday by retiring his No. 15 prior to the boys volleyball match against the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, a contest dominated by Lenny’s 6-foot-5˝ “little” brother, Mike, Jr.

  • Elgin grad Brown got to live the dream, wants to again Mar 27, 2014 6:22 PM
    Reality is sometimes better than the dream. That was the happy case last weekend for North Dakota State sophomore guard Kory Brown, who two years ago this month was still an uncommitted Elgin High School senior yearning to find a Division-I roster spot, let alone fulfill his childhood dream of competing in the NCAA Tournament.

  • Area baseball teams point the compass south Mar 20, 2014 5:35 PM
    So the high school baseball season started in Illinois on Monday? Get out of town. No, seriously. If teams expect to play baseball games anytime soon, getting out of town and away from the frozen tundra of northern Illinois is a virtual must.

  • Future definitely looks bright for South Elgin Mar 15, 2014 2:40 PM
    If the surprise team of the Illinois boys basketball Class 4A Tournament had to go down, it was only fitting South Elgin went down fighting in its 83-73 loss to Rockford Auburn in the Elgin sectional title game Friday.

  • South Elgin makes Petersen proud Mar 13, 2014 8:06 AM
    Nothing seems to faze senior guard Darius Wells and the South Elgin boys basketball team during this dream postseason run to the Sweet Sixteen in Class 4A, not even the loss of their head coach.

  • Loss doesn't diminsh what Huntley has accomplished Mar 12, 2014 6:56 AM
    Huntley knocked on that sectional door again Tuesday night. Unfortunately, Rockford Auburn answered. Again. For the third time in four seasons, the Red Raiders were ousted by the Knights in sectional play, this time 61-49 in a Class 4A semifinal at Elgin's venerable Chesbrough Field House.

  • Just like tough-minded Roberts, Jacobs drew it up Mar 8, 2014 12:07 AM
    Jacobs boys basketball coach Jimmy Roberts had a goal in mind from the day he was hired last April, and he brought the blueprint to achieve it. The goal “since Day 1,” he said, was to win a regional championship. The blueprint was to instill toughness and a high competitive level within his players. And he wanted them to play basketball with passion. Less than 11 months later the Golden Eagles are regional champions for the first time since 2008, thanks to a stellar defensive effort throughout Friday’s 44-33 victory over rival Dundee-Crown in the Class 4A Crystal Lake Central regional title game.

  • ECC soph nearly dies on basketball court Feb 14, 2014 8:59 AM
    Elgin Community College sophomore Zach Cooper might have died on the basketball court last week had it not been for the quick response of certified athletic trainer Alicia Mikulski, armed with an automatic external defibrillator. Cooper, a Lake Park High School graduate, was enjoying the best season of his basketball career when he lost consciousness and nearly died.

  • Plenty of highlights in this first half Jan 3, 2014 9:03 PM
    The best is yet to come as the conference wars kick into high gear, but first let’s recap some highlights from an exciting first half of the boys basketball season in the Fox Valley coverage area.

  • All the pieces appear to be in place for Larkin Nov 21, 2013 9:19 AM
    A high school boys basketball program is officially deep in talent when it graduates its two leading scorers from a team that won conference and regional titles yet still harbors higher expectations than the year before. That’s the state of Larkin hoops these days. Led by third-year varsity players Kendale McCullum and Drew Jones, fourth-year guard Derrick Streety and returning starting forward Brayden Royse, the Royals are poised to build on last year’s 23-6 season, the program’s highest win total in 19 years.

  • Cary-Grove has answered all the questions — again Nov 8, 2013 9:31 PM
    The same Cary-Grove football team poised to challenge undefeated Rockford Boylan in a second-round playoff game stood on the brink of demise in Week 3. The Trojans were 0-2 following losses at state powers Wheaton North and Lake Zurich and were staring 0-3 squarely in the face, trailing late at undefeated Huntley, 13-9. A sack and a penalty left the Cary-Grove offense facing third-and-24 from its own 40-yard line with just over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Then came the play that changed the course of a season. Cary-Grove junior quarterback Jason Gregoire lofted a pass to junior receiver Larkin Hanselmann on a backside post pattern for a 60-yard touchdown. The defense subsequently stuffed Huntley’s final drive at midfield to seal the win, allowing everyone clad in blue and white to exhale.

  • Andriola transforming the culture at Dundee-Crown Sep 18, 2013 8:38 PM
    Transforming a losing football culture takes time. About three years, judging by what coach Vito Andriola is accomplishing at Dundee-Crown. A generation of football players from 1995 through last year’s 3-6 team passed through the Carpentersville school without experiencing a winning season, but that dynamic is likely to change this fall. Though a winning record and a playoff berth are far from guaranteed after three successful weeks, D-C is 3-0 for the first time in 20 years and has the all the earmarks of a program on the rise.

  • Just another step toward ultimate goal for Jacobs Jun 1, 2013 6:17 PM
    The Jacobs baseball players considered Saturday's 9-0 sectional championship victory the halfway point. For District 300 rival Dundee-Crown, it was the anticlimactic end of a magical postseason run. “Our outcome goals were to win a regional, then a sectional, then a supersectional, then state,” Jacobs senior catcher Greg Sidor said. “We've got two of them knocked off. Now we're trying for the next two. I don't know that I've completely wrapped my mind around that yet, but it seems pretty realistic right now.” Championship aspirations tend to become more realistic once a team draws within three victories of winning a state title as the surging Golden Eagles have. A program that never previously won 20 games or a regional title now has 25 wins and a shiny new sectional plaque to bookend the regional plaque it won last Saturday.

  • Jacobs vs. Dundee-Crown makes it a special Saturday May 31, 2013 10:14 PM
    Nobody saw an all-District 300 sectional title game between rivals Jacobs and Dundee-Crown coming, which is why Saturday morning’s 10 a.m. baseball game at Huntley High School is so intriguing. Jacobs (24-11) was a bona fide threat to reach the Sweet 16 all along. The Golden Eagles jelled late last season as new coach Jamie Murray blended a talented junior class with some key senior contributors. Though they lost 3-2 to Crystal Lake South in an intense regional title game last May, forward momentum had clearly been gained. Jacobs went 25-4 in summer-league play, culminating in a state semifinal appearance at the Phil Lawler Classic. The 2013 spring season couldn’t arrive fast enough. The Golden Eagles lost a talented, veteran shortstop right before the season started for off-the-field reasons, but they persevered and won 20 games for the first time. They subsequently claimed the first regional championship in the program’s 37-year history by scoring 17 runs on 25 hits in wins against CL South and Barrington.

  • Huntley hoping pitching precedent can repeat itself Mar 21, 2013 4:52 PM
    The Huntley baseball team is aiming for a big season with three Division-I hitters in the lineup, but the underlying question is whether the Red Raiders can adequately replace the five pitchers responsible for all 21 victories in 2012. Massive graduation losses to a pitching staff rarely correlate to success the following year. Unless you're Huntley, which bucked conventional wisdom in 2010 by excelling in that very situation.

  • The good news is, Larkin has much to look forward to Mar 6, 2013 11:33 PM
    It was as uncharacteristic as it was unsatisfying for the Larkin Royals. Mistakes, highlighted by 21 turnovers, led to Larkin's downfall in a 71-63 loss to Rockford Jefferson in a Class 4A DeKalb sectional semifinal Wednesday, thereby ending the program's best season since 2006. "The turnovers were extremely disappointing," Larkin coach Deryn Carter said. "We've got too good a group of guards for that ... I just don't think tonight was our night." It wasn't as though the Royals (23-6) were blown away by the J-Hawks (20-12). In fact, Larkin was still within a point of the lead after Quantice Hunter split 2 free throws with 2:46 left in the game. Simply put, Jefferson was better in the post, stronger on the perimeter, and flat-out better down the stretch. Jefferson big men Jared Mayes and Antoine Pittman combined for 43 points. It was a tough pill to swallow for Larkin. Though the Royals hadn't been this far since the days of Dayvon Ellis and Carliss Henderson seven years ago, they weren't quite ready for this ride to end, particularly senior starters Quantice Hunter and Quentin Ruff, team leaders who helped restore basketball pride to Elgin's west side.

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