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  •  Huntley quarterback Kameron Sallee works against Crystal Lake South last week.

    Dundee-Crown at Huntley has meaning? You bet it does Sep 19, 2012 12:00 AM
    If a year ago someone had predicted one of the most important matchups of the 2012 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division season would take place in Week 5 between Dundee-Crown and Huntley, such a person would have been advised not to operate heavy machinery. At this time last year, Dundee-Crown was struggling its way through a second straight 0-9 season with a sophomore-dominated lineup. The Chargers would finish last in the seven-team FVC Valley.

     
  • The Larkin Royals hoist the town jug after defeating the Elgin Maroons in this September, 2002 Daily Herald file photo. The Town Jug game returns to Friday night this season for the first time since that 2002 game.

    Elgin-Larkin back where it should be — on Friday night Sep 5, 2012 12:00 AM
    For the first time in 10 years, the Town Jug rivalry football game between Elgin and Larkin will be played where it belongs: under Friday night lights. The last time the Maroons and Royals met in a night game was Sept. 13, 2002. Due to off-field security concerns that evening, the following year's game was moved to Saturday afternoon. It remained that way through 2011. The schools mutually agreed last spring to return the game to Friday.

     
  •  ECC coach Bill Angelo won his 500th career game Saturday when his Spartans beat Morton at Spartan Field in Elgin.

    Elgin CC baseball coach Angelo gets win No. 500 Apr 14, 2012 12:00 AM
    Building a winning tradition where previously there was none is one of the toughest tasks in sports, but Elgin Community College baseball coach Bill Angelo continues to make commonplace what once seemed unlikely. Angelo picked up career victory No. 500 Saturday afternoon when the Spartans drilled Morton 12-1 in six innings. ECC won the second game 4-3 to improve their coachs career record to 501-314, a healthy winning percentage of .614.

     
  • BBCOR era will make baseball a different game Mar 22, 2012 12:00 AM
    Two weeks into the BBCOR bat era and high school baseball coaches are adjusting to the change. For the casual fan not keeping track of these things, high school baseball players are using a new type of artificial bat this season, one designed to lessen the trampoline effect the "old" bats had on the baseball. I won't get into the scientific details, other than to say BBCOR stands for Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution. Just know the new bats act a lot more like wood than any produced in at least a decade.

     
  • A look back at the spills, thrills of another season Mar 13, 2012 12:00 AM
    Fox Valley area teams produced plenty of thrills during the boys basketball season, but none produced a sectional championship. Rockford Auburn and point guard Fred Van Vleet saw to that for the second straight year. You have to tip your hat to the Wichita State-bound guard. Hes a special player. Elgin (26-4) defended as well as any team in the very tough Upstate Eight Conference this season, but Van Vleet looked smooth in putting up 32 points in a 67-56 sectional title game win.

     
  • Tightly-knit Elgin team had one amazing runMar 9, 2012 12:00 AM
    Following Elgin's 67-56 loss to Rockford Auburn in Friday's Class 4A Dundee-Crown sectional final, Maroons' coach Mike Sitter spoke about aspects of the successful 2011-12 team he'll miss most. Breakaway dunks, crossover dribbles and 3-pointers never came up. People and relationships dominated the conversation. "I've probably never enjoyed a basketball team as much as I enjoyed this team," the fifth-year coach said. "They have great personalities. They're magnetic kids."

     
  • This is the sectional final Elgin's been waiting for Mar 7, 2012 12:00 AM
    It has been a parade of big game after big game for the Elgin boys basketball team this season, but Fridays sectional title-game showdown against defending champion Rockford Auburn makes everything that came before it pale by comparison. Elgin didnt resemble a team of world beaters in its somewhat sleepy 43-34 victory over McHenry in Wednesdays semifinal of the Class 4A Dundee-Crown sectional, but the Maroons did enough to win. Thats all that matters in March.

     
  • Despite loss, Huntley has much to be proud of Mar 6, 2012 12:00 AM
    With the outcome long since decided in Rockford Auburns favor, Huntley coach Marty Manning gave his three senior starters the well-earned opportunity to take a final bow Tuesday night. Troy Miller came out first with 1:18 left in a 62-48 loss in a Class 4A Dundee-Crown sectional semifinal. He was greeted with appreciative words from Manning after the guard scored a team-best 16 points in his final high school game. Justin Frederick and Jake Brock exited to similar ovations with 53 seconds remaining.

     
  • Elgin vs. Larkin, Part II: Expect a great sequel Feb 9, 2012 12:00 AM
    Throw out the records? Not a chance. Many times in 118 previous meetings either Larkin or Elgin or both entered the crosstown rivalry boys basketball game with a sub-. 500 record, but the Royals and Maroons can be proud of their respective bodies of work entering tonight's rematch at Larkin at 7:15 p.m.

     
  • Defense is money for Elgin Jan 21, 2012 12:00 AM
    Elgin boys basketball assistant coach and defensive guru Jeff Howard has a standing offer for the Maroons — draw a charge, earn a buck. Elgin senior Gerardo Mojica made a painful $2 in the fourth quarter of Elgin's 58-44 victory over Huntley at the 15th Annual High School Hoops Showdown at the Sears Centre Saturday.

     
  •  Huntley boys basketball coach Marty Manning speaks during a Hoops Showdown press conference at Lou Malnati’s in Schaumburg Tuesday. With him, from the left, are Downers Grove South head coach Jay Baum, the Mustangs’ Jerron Wilbut and Huntley’s Troy Miller, and to his right is the Batavia head coach Jim Roberts and the Bulldogs’ Cole Gardner. The 6-team event is Saturday at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Must-see hoops action Saturday at Sears Centre Jan 19, 2012 12:00 AM
    Brush the snow off the car and head for the Sears Centre Saturday, high school basketball fans. This tripleheader is a must-see. Four teams ranked in the top five of the Daily Herald Top 20 are poised to square off at the 15th Annual National Guard High School Hoops Showdown, and the middle game features one of the suburbs’ most intense rivalries. Admission is $13 for adults, $11 for students.

     
  •  Bartletts senior Nate Massey, left, will take his football and classroom talents to the University of Chicago this fall.

    U. of Chicago right fit for Bartlett’s Massey Jan 5, 2012 12:00 AM
    A slight tear in Bartlett fullback Nathan Massey’s meniscus might be the best thing that ever happened to his education. Like the vast majority of high school football players in the Chicago suburbs, Massey, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound senior, entered the 2011 season intent on impressing Big Ten football coaches. The two-year starter hoped at the very least to hook on with a Division-I program of some kind and fulfill his dream of playing college football at the highest level. However, the 17-year-old’s dream of competing in stadiums named Camp Randall, Ross-Ade and Memorial didn’t exactly pan out, due partly to injury.

     
  •  Kory Brown, left, Dennis Moore and Arie Williams will lead Elgin into the 2011-12 boys basketball season.

    Stronger, tougher Elgin aims for more success Nov 17, 2011 12:00 AM
    The Elgin boys basketball players figured they had to power up if they wanted to become a powerhouse. The Maroons enjoyed a highly successful 2010-11 season. They finished 22-7, won the school’s first title in the Upstate Eight Conference in a decade and secured their first regional plaque since 2008. Yet, they seemed worn down by the time March arrived.

     
  • The Cary-Grove girls volleyball team had plenty of excitement at Redbird Arena this weekend, despite coming up short in the Class 4A championship match for the second straight year.

    Despite finish, this Cary-Grove team shines again Nov 12, 2011 12:00 AM
    When is losing a state final match not such a bad thing? How about when you were never expect to be in the state final in the first place. Yet, that's exactly where the Cary-Grove girls volleyball team found itself Saturday night, battling favored Benet Academy for three games before the favored Redwings pulled away from a 10-10 tie in the third game with a 13-0 run to win 25-14, 22-25, 25-16.

     
  •  Cary-Grove’s Melanie Jereb (10) is one of the seniors who has led the Trojans back to the Class 4A Final Four. Cary-Grove plays Marist at Redbird Arena in Normal at 9 p.m. Friday in the state semifinals.

    Fearless Cary-Grove has its sites set high again Nov 9, 2011 12:00 AM
    Some teams refuse to set high goals for fear of falling short. That’s not how the Cary-Grove girls volleyball program operates. A year after setting the highest goal a high school team can set for itself — a national championship — only to fall 2 points shy in the final match of the season, coach Patty Langanis and her players still believe aiming high is the only direction to aim.

     
  •  Crystal Lake South senior Brad Walovitch (21) has been a mainstay on offense and defense for the 9-1 Gators this season.

    Superstars not needed at Crystal Lake S. Nov 3, 2011 12:00 AM
    Crystal Lake South graduated a star quarterback and three offensive linemen who went on to play in college, but they found a way to repeat as Fox Valley Conference Valley Division champions and advance to the second round of the Class 7A playoffs. All this despite the lack of a 1,000-yard passer or a 500-yard rusher.

     
  •  Bartlett head football coach Tom Meaney has fashioned a winning program built around hard work and consistency within the coaching staff.

    Bartlett takes no short cuts on road to success Oct 20, 2011 12:00 AM
    Bartlett football coach Tom Meaney understands it’s not easy to play for his successful program, which last week clinched its sixth title in the Upstate Eight Conference since 2001. “To be a football player at Bartlett you have to be dedicated,” said Meaney, who is 60-33 in nine seasons. “We expect a lot out of you. We expect you to do the right things, we expect you to take care of the classroom, we expect you to be a good citizen. If you don’t follow our rules, you’re not going to be around.”

     
  •  Streamwood’s Alex Morrow, right, is the Fox Valley area’s leading rusher. Morrow and the Sabres will try to lock up a playoff berth tonight when they host Larkin at Millennium Field.

    Streamwood’s moment of truth is at hand Oct 13, 2011 12:00 AM
    The Streamwood football team has arrived at its moment of truth. After slogging through eight losing seasons in which the Sabres won just 10 games, Streamwood (5-2) can make its triumphant return to the state playoffs for the first time since 2002 with a victory over Larkin at Millennium Field Friday at 7:30 p.m.

     
  •  Bartlett quarterback AJ Bilyeu rears back to pass as the Batavia defense closes in earlier this season. Bartlett hosts Metea Valley tonight and needs a win to further its playoff hopes.

    Nine Fox Valley area schools still in playoff hunt Oct 6, 2011 12:00 AM
    Conference races and playoff prospects are coming into focus with two thirds of the high school football season already in the books. Here’s how things shape up for Fox Valley teams still in the hunt with three games left in the regular season.

     
  • Larkin making a habit of fourth-quarter drama Sep 24, 2011 12:00 AM
    It's a fitting nickname, but Larkin football coach Mike Scianna would prefer something else. Anything else.

     
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