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  • 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.

     
  • Stronger, tougher Elgin aims for more success Nov 17, 2011 7:22 PM
    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.

     
  • Despite finish, this Cary-Grove team shines again Nov 13, 2011 1:12 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.

     
  • Fearless Cary-Grove has its sites set high again Nov 10, 2011 12:04 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.

     
  • Superstars not needed at Crystal Lake S. Nov 3, 2011 10:01 PM
    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 takes no short cuts on road to success Oct 20, 2011 6:55 PM
    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 moment of truth is at hand Oct 13, 2011 11:08 PM
    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.

     
  • Nine Fox Valley area schools still in playoff hunt Oct 6, 2011 11:13 PM
    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 11:03 PM
    It's a fitting nickname, but Larkin football coach Mike Scianna would prefer something else. Anything else.

     
  • Jacobs aiming to take next step Sep 21, 2011 9:56 PM
    The Jacobs football team aims to take its 2011 team motto from theory to reality Friday night. “Taking the next step” is the motivational slogan driving the undefeated Golden Eagles, who made progress last year by reaching the state playoffs for the first time since 2006 and finishing with a record of 6-4.

     
  • A ‘perfect' home debut for South Elgin Stadium Sep 17, 2011 11:14 PM
    Money Magazine last month named South Elgin No. 98 among the top 100 small towns in America in which to live. The village of approximately 22,000 residents probably would have finished higher had the judges waited to consider Saturday's events.

     
  • Technology changing the way teams watch film Sep 9, 2011 9:44 PM
    Put 14 high school football coaches in the same room and it would be a minor miracle if they could all agree on where to buy lunch let alone agree to a major change in the way they prepare their respective teams for Friday nights

     
  • IBCA honor well-deserved for Elgin’s Bumbales Apr 23, 2011 9:00 PM
    A true friend of Elgin High School athletics will be inducted to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on April 30 as a Friend of Basketball, a fitting honor for Dr. Nick Bumbales, whose passion for the sport was sparked by a miraculous shot in a back alley in Gary, Indiana.

     
  • No one supports Cary-Grove like Lachel Apr 9, 2011 6:50 PM
    Harold “Bud” Lachel is in North Carolina this weekend helping friends move. The significance of the trip is that Lachel has time for such an excursion.

     
  • Huntley one step away from elite Mar 12, 2011 12:10 AM
    First of all, congratulations to the Huntley boys basketball team for an excellent season. Led by seniors Tyler Brunschon and Dylan Neukirch, the Red Raiders finished 25-5 and were the last team standing from the Fox Valley area.

     
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