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  • No official word yet on Wisconsin’s starting QB Aug 25, 2014 7:11 PM
    Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen is staying quiet when it comes to his quarterback for Saturday’s season opener against No. 13 LSU, while at least one of his best players says Tanner McEvoy will get the start for the 14th-ranked Badgers.

     
  • Michigan shrugs off bad memories of Appalachian St. Aug 25, 2014 7:09 PM
    Staring at the Wolverines atop their 2014 schedule is Appalachian State, which stunned the sports world in 2007 by knocking off No. 5 Michigan at the Big House.

     
  • Fremd grad Tolzien has shot at Packers backup QB spot Aug 14, 2014 7:51 PM
    While Matt Flynn knows better than to worry about a numbers game at this juncture of training camp, Fremd graduate Scott Tolzien is putting up some solid numbers in their battle for the backup quarterback spot in Green Bay.

     
  • Images: Football First Day, Lake County and Northwest Aug 11, 2014 10:41 PM
    Images of the first day of high school football practice in Lake County and the Northwest suburbs.

     
  • Images: Football First Day, Fox Valley and DuPage Aug 11, 2014 10:37 PM
    Images of the first day of high school football practice in DuPage County and the Fox Valley.

     
  • Daily Herald subscribers get jump start on football season Aug 7, 2014 10:52 PM
    While the Bears must wait to kick off their NFL preseason tonight at Soldier Field, Daily Herald subscribers got a jump on the season Thursday night in Elk Grove Village. Veteran Chicago sports journalists Hub Arkush, Bob LeGere and Joe Aguilar hosted a Q&A session with more than 100 Daily Herald subscribers to talk about football, from the preps to the pros, in a wide-ranging discussion at Coach’s Corner, a popular suburban pizzeria and sports grill. Daily Herald columnist Barry Rozner was the emcee for the program.

     
  • New book explores Aurora’s long-running prep football rivalry Jul 22, 2014 12:08 PM
    The first definitive history of the oldest football rivalry in Illinois, “Aurora’s East-West Football Rivalry” by Steve Solarz, will be released Aug. 1 as part of an Aurora Historical Society event. Solarz will sign copies of the book from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer Place.

     
  • What NFL teams love about QB Jimmy Garoppolo Apr 25, 2014 3:40 PM
    If Arlington Heights native and Rolling Meadows High School graduate Jimmy Garoppolo had kept a low profile, the Bears could have drafted the Eastern Illinois University quarterback in the late rounds and groomed him behind Jay Cutler. But Garoppolo's exceptional performances in postseason all-star games and practices elevated his status among NFL talent evaluators, and he could be drafted as early as the second round.

     
  • NFL's turf gurus gird for historic Super Bowl Jan 1, 2014 9:15 AM
    It may qualify as a small irony that in the run-up to the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl, the people seemingly least threatened about the possibility of bad weather are the folks whose job is to protect the surface on which the game will be played. It should come as no surprise, since the NFL's groundskeeping experts are used to dealing with the elements — and improvising when they have to.

     
  • Super Bowl in Wall Street's backyard sparks record ticket demand Jan 1, 2014 5:00 AM
    Super Bowl ticket demand is at a record high as denizens of Wall Street seek seats for the game in nearby New Jersey. There has been a robust market for weeks as New York businesses try to satisfy their own customers' requests, say ticket resellers. “A lot of clients are calling us saying, 'We don't have them, but we're expected to have them and I can't tell my client I don't have them,' especially on Wall Street,” said Jason Berger, broker.

     
  • Images: Daily Herald All-Area Football Captains Dec 5, 2013 1:13 PM
    Images of Daily Herald All-Area football team captains for 2013 Justin Jackson, Anthony Scaccia, Micah Coffey, Bret Mooney, Stacey Smith, and Matt Morrissey

     
  • Dancing in Batavia streets after state footbal title Nov 30, 2013 10:19 PM
    Students and supporters gathered in downtown Batavia Saturday to celebrate the Batavia High School football team's state championship. Players sang "We Are the Champions" and posed with the trophy while students danced on River Street in the school's first state title since 1912.

     
  • IHSA, NIU excited about state final weekend Nov 29, 2013 5:40 PM
    Marty Hickman has heard the speculation as long as he has been executive director of the Illinois High School Association: move the football state finals closer to the state’s largest population center and watch attendance rise. That long-held theory gets put to the test Friday and Saturday when Northern Illinois University hosts eight IHSA state championship games at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb for the first time.

     
  • Batavia High gets ready for title football game Nov 25, 2013 12:33 PM
    Batavia High School is gearing up this week for its Class 6A state championship football game Saturday in DeKalb. There will be a pratice open to the public, a meet-the-players session, and some fun with Batavia Youth Football on Thanksgiving Day.

     
  • While Washington cleans up, team prepares for game Nov 20, 2013 3:09 PM
    The home where Colton Marshall and his family lived is gone. But Tuesday in Illinois State University’s Hancock Stadium, Marshall and his teammates from Washington Community High School didn’t let the disruption from the storm keep them from a routine they’ve had for years. They put on their helmets and pads, and started preparing for a football game. This one’s a big deal: a state semifinal Saturday in Springfield.

     
  • Batavia in middle of another dream season Nov 18, 2013 10:44 PM
    Moments after watching his team hold on for a 19-14 Class 6A quarterfinal victory over Lake Forest, Batavia head football coach Dennis Piron fielded questions from reporters.

     
  • See games live now at Football Focus Oct 11, 2013 9:19 PM
    Suburban high school football games are going on live on our Football Focus website. That’s where you can go to see live scores as well as streaming video of selected games.

     
  • Live prep football action tonight at Football Focus Sep 12, 2013 11:23 AM
    Football Focus is featuring six live streaming prep football games — powered by High School Cube — tonight. Games tonight include Barrington vs. Rolling Meadows, Stevenson vs. Zion-Benton, Buffalo Grove vs. Palatine, Vernon Hills vs. Wauconda, Hoffman Estates vs. Elk Grove and Libertyville vs. Grant.

     
  • Live coverage of prep football games tonight Sep 6, 2013 12:12 PM
    Football Focus tonight will have live video coverage, powered by High School Cube, of 20 Week Two prep football games.

     
  • Images: Football Practice First Day in Northwest, Lake County Aug 14, 2013 8:43 PM
    Images from the first day of high school football practice for Bartlett, Buffalo Grove, Fremd, Round Lake, and Stevenson.

     
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