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  • 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.

  • Sutter blazes a trail for South Elgin Mar 9, 2011 11:33 PM
    Fifty years from now when South Elgin senior guard Sam Sutter is sitting in his rocking chair remembering his high school glory days, a smile will come to his face when he thinks about the trail he helped blaze in March of 2011.

  • Huntley, Elgin have bright futures Mar 8, 2011 11:19 PM
    The boys basketball teams from Huntley and Elgin gave fans a glimpse of the not-so-distant future Tuesday night. Not only were they two of the most consistent teams in the northern Fox Valley all season long, the Red Raiders and the Maroons also happen to be two of the area’s youngest squads.

  • Elgin’s only senior starter keys victory Mar 5, 2011 12:07 AM
    Six-foot-4 junior Kory Brown, the most valuable player throughout the season for the Elgin boys basketball team, stood outside his locker room with the net still draped about his neck minutes after the Maroons knocked off Dundee-Crown 36-35 to win the Class 4A Larkin regional championship Friday night. “Hey, Jordan,” Brown called to nearby teammate Jordan Dean, the only senior in Elgin’s eight-man rotation. “This is yours.” Flashing a broad smile, Brown lifted the net from around his neck and tossed it to Dean. “I told him before this game even started that when we win I’m giving him that net,” Brown said. “But he earned it.” The gesture was more than just symbolic. Indeed, Dean had “earned it.” With Elgin trailing by a point and the clock winding down, the ball made its way through the hands of Brown and sophomore point guard Arie Williams and eventually landed in the hands of Dean at the top of the arc. That’s the same Jordan Dean, who, in Tuesday’s 60-58 semifinal victory over Streamwood, scored 9 of his team-best 17 points in the third quarter to help the Maroons climb out of a 15-point hole. After surveying the scene, the 5-foot-11 wing drove hard to his left, demonstrating the same steely-eyed determination that made him the Upstate Eight River defensive football player of the year last fall. Dean drew contact as he tried to release a left-handed shot with 5.6 seconds left. “From watching them play, I thought Brown or Williams was going to take it,” Dundee-Crown coach Lance Huber said of the final shot. “But I thought Dean made a nice move going to his left.” “It wasn’t really a designed play,” Dean said. “It was pretty much what we’d been running all game. I put it upon myself to be aggressive. I knew we were in the double bonus, so we’d have 2 shots anyway. I drove to the hole and let the refs make the call.” In a pressure-packed moment with the noise in Larkin’s gym approaching O’Hare-esque decibel levels, Dean, a 63-percent free-throw shooter, showed his younger teammates what senior leadership is all about by calmly sinking both free throws to give Elgin its 36-35 lead. “I’m the only senior so I’m the only one that’s going to be leaving,” Dean said. “I had to take it upon myself to knock down those free throws.” His teammates never had a doubt the ball was headed through the hoop. Twice. “We know when it comes to the end of the game that he’s going to hit those shots,” junior guard Dennis Moore said. “This is his last run at it and he has the most pride on this team. It was meant to happen that way. I’m proud of him. He’s a great leader.” Because Elgin’s rotation features six juniors and a sophomore alongside Dean, many believe the Maroons are still a year away from reaching their maximum potential. Of course, Dean doesn’t have that kind of time. These are the last organized games of his basketball career. Next year he will play football only for the Cardinals of North Central College in Naperville. After slumping a bit toward the end of the regular season, Dean’s now-or-never, go-for-broke approach to postseason play is paying huge dividends. “That’s what he’s done for the last two games,” Elgin coach Mike Sitter said. “He didn’t play well at the end of the year, and we had a lot of private conversations about why he wasn’t playing well. But he really stepped it up in the regional. “He was our MVP.”

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