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  • From ’09 to ’12 — it’s been a long wait for Cary-Grove Nov 18, 2012 12:27 AM
    Cary-Grove seniors Kyle Norberg, Ryan Mahoney, Zach Marszal, Patrick O’Malley and Quinn Baker vividly remember what it was like when the Trojans won the Class 6A state title in Champaign three years ago because they were on the sidelines. Wide-eyed freshmen then, those five joined the varsity for the 2009 playoffs, practicing daily alongside their idols like quarterback Tyler Krebs, fullback Eric Chandler, running back Alex Hembrey, safety/receiver Chad McCarron and linebacker Nick Underwood, among others. Norberg actually played a bit on defense in every ‘09 playoff contest except one: the state championship game. That blank in his ever-expanding resume will soon be filled, thanks to Cary-Grove’s 42-21 semifinal victory over host Lake Forest on Saturday.

  • All grown up now, three stars ready to shine Nov 15, 2012 2:21 PM
    Three longtime friends could have a big say in which boys basketball team reigns supreme within the Upstate Eight Conference this season. Not only are talented seniors Lance Whitaker of Bartlett, Kendall Stephens of St. Charles East and Arie Williams of Elgin the dominant players on their respective teams entering the 2012-13 campaign, they rank among the most talented players in the suburbs.

  • Flexible Cary-Grove defense comes up big Nov 10, 2012 9:15 PM
    Cary-Grove's explosive offense has rightfully commanded headlines this season, but the credit for the Trojans' 7-0 victory over Crystal Lake Central in Saturday's Class 6A quarterfinal lies squarely with the defense. A unit that opened the season with a ton of question marks punctuated one of the most important playoff victories in school history by turning the CL Central offense away four times in Cary-Grove territory, including twice in the game's final five minutes.

  • Cary-Grove’s ‘O’ line gets the job done Nov 8, 2012 7:28 PM
    Don't judge Cary-Grove's offensive linemen unless you've blocked 2.13 miles in their shoes. That is the distance senior linemen Kyle Matthiesen (6-foot-3, 212 pounds), Greer Bozeman (5-11, 195) and Gunnar Halverson (6-1, 213) and sophomores Michael Gomez (5-11, 273) and Trevor Ruhland (6-4, 268) have helped Cary-Grove ball carriers cover thus far.

  • Bartlett’s Krause: It was a miracle Nov 2, 2012 1:27 PM
    Bartlett cornerback Zach Nicholson feared he had just watched his best friend and teammate, Kevin Krause, die in a rollover automobile accident. It was late afternoon on Saturday, Sept. 29. The Hawks had polished off Lake Park an hour earlier in the warm Autumn sunshine to win their homecoming game 21-13. It was time to head home and get spiffed up for the ensuing dance. The two were in great moods, happy as high school seniors can be as they left the school parking lot in separate vehicles. As they turned left from Schick Road onto Bartlett Road., Nicholson was directly behind the 2002 Chevy Blazer driven by Krause, a starting middle linebacker.

  • There’s plenty at stake for Jacobs, Dundee-Crown Oct 17, 2012 10:43 PM
    Unlike recent football games between District 300 rivals Jacobs and Dundee-Crown that have lacked intrigue, Friday's meeting at the D-C Bowl bursts with compelling storylines. Jacobs enters the game with a 4-4 record and 37 playoff points. The Golden Eagles are guaranteed 2 more points and will likely finish with 41 or 42, which should be enough to secure one of the remaining 92 berths in the 256-team playoff field if they win. The playoff-point threshold last season was 40, the highest total in a decade. It was 39 in 2010. So Jacobs' mission objective is clear: win and get into the postseason.

  • Seaburg has Cary-Grove back in familiar position Oct 10, 2012 11:12 PM
    The title picture in the Fox Valley Conference’s Valley Division has taken on a familiar blue tint. Cary-Grove won FVC titles every fall between 2004-09 under hall of famer Bruce Kay, who retired after the 2010 season. After a two-campaign title drought, second-year coach Brad Seaburg and his staff have the Trojans undefeated (7-0, 4-0) and zeroed in on a return to the FVC Valley throne.

  • Bartlett’s Hrbacek finds a way to battle back Oct 3, 2012 11:41 PM
    Bartlett quarterback and kicker Steve Hrbacek refused to miss the remainder of his senior season due to a broken collarbone. A 17-year old Bartlett resident, Hrbacek suffered the injury on Bartlett’s fourth play from scrimmage in the season opener against Wheaton North. A plate was installed to strengthen the healing clavicle, which the Hrbaceks were told by their doctor would take eight weeks to heal fully, Steve said Wednesday.

  • Dundee-Crown at Huntley has meaning? You bet it does Sep 19, 2012 11:19 PM
    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.

  • Elgin-Larkin back where it should be — on Friday night Sep 5, 2012 10:16 PM
    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.

  • Elgin CC baseball coach Angelo gets win No. 500 Apr 14, 2012 7:58 PM
    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 11:56 PM
    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 10:35 PM
    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 run Mar 10, 2012 1:12 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 11:21 PM
    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 11:45 PM
    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 10, 2012 12:15 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 22, 2012 12:26 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.

  • Must-see hoops action Saturday at Sears Centre Jan 19, 2012 11:35 PM
    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.

  • U. of Chicago right fit for Bartlett’s Massey Jan 5, 2012 11:07 PM
    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.

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