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  • Football: Week 9 MVPs Oct 30, 2014 12:23 AM
    Addison Trail junior running back Mike Hundley and Aurora Christian senior defensive back Jacolby Maxwell have earned Daily Herald MVP honors for their high school football performances in Week 9. Hundley rushed for 301 yards in helping the Blazers beat Willowbrook to clinch an outright conference championship in the West Suburban Gold, while Maxwell had 3 interceptions (along with 3 receiving touchdowns) to help the Eagles top Leo and gain a playoff berth.

     
  • Hersey, Schaumburg win regional semis Oct 29, 2014 12:12 AM
    Mid-Suburban League girls volleyball champion Hersey kicked off postseason play with a 25-16, 25-13 victory over No. 15 Glenbrook North in semifinals of the Class 4A Stevenson regional on Tuesday nigh, while MSL West champ Schaumburg advanced with a three-set victory over Resurrection at Niles West.

     
  • Girls volleyball: Northwest roundup Oct 27, 2014 10:29 PM
    No. 12-seeded Conant wasn’t on its home floor but still played in its own hometown to win its Class 4A girls volleyball play-in match on Monday night. The Cougars went across town to the Hoffman Estates regional and topped the No. 21 Hawks 25-10 25-20 for the third time this season. Conant will face No. 5 Lake Park in today’s 6:30 p.m. semifinal.

     
  • Boys cross country: Hersey’s picking up speed Oct 25, 2014 7:51 PM
    Hersey boys cross county coach Jay Renaud is feeling good about where his Huskies are — and where they could be going. And for good reason. Last week Hersey won its second consecutive Mid-Suburban League title, and the Huskies continued their roll by easily securing a Class 3A Hoffman Estates regional victory with 23 points on a glistening fall morning at Busse Woods.

     
  • Winning trend continues for Hersey at Lake Park Oct 25, 2014 11:11 PM
    Apparently one championship this week wasn’t enough for Hersey’s girls volleyball team. Just two days after winning the Mid-Suburban League title, the Huskies came back to win the championship of the Lake Park Invite in Roselle. The Huskies (30-5) defeated Oak Park-River Forest 25-14, 25-9 for their second title at Lake Park in three years.

     
  • Conant denies Hoffman Estates Oct 25, 2014 12:40 AM
    Walking the field before his team’s season-ending game against Hoffman Estates on Friday, Conant football coach Bill Modelski had a smile on his face and a gleam in his eye. “We’re gonna win,” he said with confidence as he watched his charges warm up. Modelski proved prophetic. The Cougars beat Hoffman Estates 24-16 to finish its season 4-5 and 2-3 in the Mid-Suburban West. The victory also denied the Hawks their first playoff berth since 1994, as they finished 4-5 overall and 1-4 in league.

     
  • Football: Scouting Week 9, Northwest Oct 23, 2014 11:00 PM
    Here's a look at Week 9 of the high school football season, from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Leyden, Maine West and Christian Liberty.

     
  • Girls tennis: State tournament scouting, Northwest Oct 22, 2014 11:57 PM
    As many as 376 hopefuls from all around Illinois have gathered for the most important weekend of high school girls tennis, as tournament host Buffalo Grove and the 11other Mid-Suburban League schools welcome the field to the area. The tournament begins at 8 a.m. Thursday and runs through Saturday. The semifinals are schedule to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Buffalo Grove, with the championship matches to follow.

     
  • Honorable outcome for Patel, Conant at Rolling Meadows Oct 21, 2014 9:47 PM
    After Conant’s 25-8, 26-24 victory at Rolling Meadows on Tuesday night, Dhara Patel scooted out of the gymnasium as fast as she served the Cougars to a 17-3 lead in Set 1. With her team ahead 6-3, Patel reeled off 11 straight points in the opening set to get the Cougars off and rolling in the Mid-Suburban League girls volleyball crossover match. When asked what her secret was, she responded “concentration.” The Conant senior libero also knows something about concentrating somewhere else — the classroom. The reason she and several of her teammates raced out of the gym was to attend the National Honor Society Recognition Night at the school’s auditorium. That group included varsity regulars Elisa Ambrose, Rachel Delanois, Danielle Engelbreit, Hannah Lee and manager Nate Armando.

     
  • Boys soccer / Postseason scouting, Northwest Oct 20, 2014 4:34 PM
    The boys soccer postseason is once again here, and every sectional features a tough group of teams. Yet the prevailing mood is one of, “providing we play at our best, we stand a chance to advance.” Why? There are so many clubs of similar talent, many with head-stratching results on their on records, making the definitive choice to advance to the supersectionals nearly impossible. There will be plenty of twists and turns along the way, beginning Tuesday evening as even some of the top seeds will have to play well to move on. Class 3A Bartlett sectionalTop four seeds (in order): St. Charles East (15-2-2), Lake Park (16-1-4), Wheaton North (9-7-5), St. Charles North (10-5-4). The sectional champion advances into Barrington supersectional on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 4:30 p.m. Lowdown: As it stands, all that have been questioned agree that the No. 1 seed will be tough to beat. “On the other side of our sectional group, unless something surprising happens, St. Charles East will be in that sectional semifinals in two weeks,” says Schaumburg’s Hamid Mehreioskouei, who along with MSL rival Conant, are dangerous seeds and No. 9 and 10, respectively. “If we can win our opener (against No. 7 Glenbard North), we’ll finally be at full strength for the first time this season, and I like our chances to get through.” The Saxons (7-4-2) have dealt with injuries and ineligibility this fall, so a full roster could make a bigdifference for them in a regional final that could feature No. 2 seed Lake Park. Neither Conant coach Jason Franco nor his counterpart at Rolling Meadows (9-7-2), Peter Mikulak, especially enjoyed the final two weeks of the regular season as both prgrams struggled. “We faded down the stretch,” begins Mikulak, whose club was in the MSL East race before a loss to eventual champ Wheeling did them in. “We sustained a number of injuries during that time, so others have to help, and our sectional is deep and dangerous. But I feel if we can just be better in that final third, we can be one of many who can challenge for the top spot here.” “We’ve struggled of late too,” said Franco. “If we win our opener (vs. West Chicago), then we have St. Charles East, which has a ton of depth, talent and athletic players and is easily the class of a sectional which is wide open (otherwise). There’s a lot who are just about the same as the other, which makes for some interesting regional openers, and finals.” Class 3A Niles North sectionalTop 4 seeds: Evanston (11-2-1) New Trier (17-3-2), Lane Tech (17-5-4), Glenbrook South (7-7-4). Sectional champion advances into Barrington supersectional on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. Lowdown: While both Evanston and New Trier were the clear choice to be the top seeds, No. 5 Leyden (10-5-3) might not be too far off from the two CSL powers. Coach Mark Valintis’ club recently handed highly regarded Lyons Township a 3-1 defeat to claim its intent for the postseason, the second time in three seasons the Eagles have done so. “We’ve been so close against top-ranked Morton, St. Viator, and others, so this win came at the perfect time, against a very good team,” said Valintis. “It was a full, hard 80 minutes that we had to play, and the guys answered every challenge thrown at them. We walked out of our place with a feeling and belief we not only can play with the best, but also beat the best as well.” Valintis admits it remains to be seen how the victory will help his club moving forward, but what he does know is the Eagles are battle tested with a highly competitive schedule. “I like our seed, and honestly believe it is a fair one, and with us finally 100 percent healthy and fit, hopefully we’ll be in good shape and ready to add to the excitement of the playoffs.” New Trier, which has shown great ability all season, has lost to Evanston, Lyons and St. Charles East, while the Wildkits show a surprising 4-0 defeat on its overall record against No. 4 Glenbrook South. A young Maine West, which has struggled all season to put balls into the back of the net, is seeded at No. 10 and opens tournament play with No. 7 Glenbrook North. Class 3A Palatine sectionalTop four seeds: Warren (15-2-4), Libertyville (11-3-0), Fremd (14-5-1), Barrington (15-7-2). Sectional champion advances into Barrington supersectional on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. Lowdown: Life is seemingly good at Fremd and Warren after the two clubs lifted championship trophies following their impressive victories in the Mid-Suburban League and North Suburban Conference finals. However, despite inspiring performances from each, both are wary of what lies ahead. A potential regional final between crosstown rivals Fremd and No. 6 Palatine (10-5-2) looms if both win their openers at Lake Zurich, while No. 1 Warren may have its biggest challenge of the playoffs when it meets a very dangerous No. 14 seed (Buffalo Grove) in its opener at the home park of the Bison. Many remember last season, when a 15th-seeded Bison squad stunned the No. 2 Blue Devils 1-0 in a regional opener to jump-start BG’s cinderella state series run. “Looking back at the last few weeks of the season, we were up 1-0 in four different MSL games, but lost three and tied the other. If we win two of them, maybe we’re in the MSL Cup. Three or four, maybe we go from a No. 14 to 4-6,” figures Bison coach Rick Carlson. “So I always have confidence in my guys, and their abilities, and we’re very exited about the last leg of this season. Warren is a great team and deserves the top seed, but we’re hoping the team is ready to rise to the challenge, especially on our home pitch.” “There’s no way Buffalo Grove is a No. 14 seed,” says Barrington’s Scott Steib. “That’s not a team anyone would want to play. But that’s the way it goes this time of the year, and for us, if we can be consistent from here on out and play 80 minutes of quality soccer, we can put ourselves into a position of playing at our own supersectional. But that’s a long way off.” The Broncos have a dicey group at their own venue during this first week, with an opener against No. 13 Stevenson and a potential final with No. 5 Hersey (11-3-5) this weekend. MSL runner-up Wheeling (12-5-4) would be the opponent of either Buffalo Grove or Warren, while up at No. 7 Mundelein is quite capable of springing a surprise there against NSC rival Libertyville. Class 2A Grayslake Central sectionalTop 4 seeds (in order): Antioch (10-6-2), Marian Central (11-3-1), Grayslake North (11-8-2), Grayslake Central. Sectional champion advances into Stevenson supersectional on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Lowdown: Years of league success and plenty of history apparently didn’t influence the coaches from the north when they voted East Suburban Catholic Conference champion St. Viator as the No. 5 seed in this sectional, which is dominated by the NSC Prairie Division, as well as several clubs from the FVC. “Not a problem,” said Lions coach Mike Taylor, whose club faced its share of top 3A sides during the regular season, including one of the best in the nation, Chaminade from Missouri. The Lions (16-5-1) have been coming on of late, playing their best football of the year during the past two weeks, so any perceived seeding snub likely will be used as a prime motivation factor before each contest. “None of that matters,” Taylor said with a wry smile. “We just have to go out and play our game, and the rest will take care of itself.” The Lions will first try to take care of host Amundsen this Tuesday on the northwest side of Chicago, then No. 4 seed Grayslake Central in a likely regional final before the sectional semis. “Central is solid. They have a tough backline, good keeper and some nice midfielders,” says Lakes coach Kevin Kullby of the FVC Fox division co-champs, who play through talented all-sectional MF star Isaac Longnecker (15 goals) as much as possible. Kullby believes Antioch will hold its No. 1 seed if the Sequoits all-time leading scorer, Iven Hernandez is on his game. “Ivan is a remarkable player, with an uncanny ability to score and set others up. He’s a gamer, and no doubt gives his team incredible confidence. But if an opponent can bottle him up, then their stoy might be different.” Kullby’s club held Hernandez (33 goals) scoreless for 70 minutes before dropping a 3-1 decision. No. 2 seed Marian Central Catholic pinned a 1-0 loss on St. Viator during the midseason, but has dropped off its level of play of late. — Mike Garofola

     
  • Girls volleyball: Hersey makes Pumpkin finale Oct 18, 2014 10:49 PM
    If Hersey’s girls volleyball team was looking for momentum heading into Thursday’s Mid-Suburban League championship match, the Huskies found it Saturday in Des Plaines. For the first time in years, they advanced to the title match of the 16-team Maine West Pumpkin Invite. Sandburg won the championship 25-18, 28-26 after Hersey defeated Lyons 25-23, 25-23 in the semifinals. The Huskies also netted a 25-18, 25-23 triumph over Riverside-Brookfield in the quarterfinals and defeated Lockport (25-22 20-25 25-21) and Conant (25-16, 25-8) in Friday’s pool play.

     
  • Conant’s Dale, Hersey repeat as MSL champs Oct 18, 2014 5:20 PM
    All eyes were fixed on Conant senior Zach Dale on Saturday at the Mid-Suburban League boys cross country meet, and the Cougar senior didn’t disappoint. Dale, who has a run conservative race schedule this season, showed no rust in running away with the victory in 14:58, earning himself a second consecutive MSL title at Busse Woods. “Maybe it wasn’t flashy,” said Conant coach John Powers of Dale’s victory. “But this was a matter of taking care of business, and he passed the eye test big-time.” Hersey also took care of business. The Huskies placed four runners in the top 12 in securing their second consecutive MSL title with 57 points, holding off a strong challenge from Buffalo Grove (63 points).

     
  • O’Brien, Palatine work through another MSL title Oct 18, 2014 4:55 PM
    Palatine junior Kelly O’Brien made it look easy early, but she had to work hard late. On a cool and damp morning, O’Brien jumped out to a comfortable lead in the first mile in the Mid-Suburban League girls cross country conference meet on Saturday at Busse Woods. But Fremd senior Ayako Higuchi made her work in the final 2 miles. The two ran neck-and-neck in the final mile before O’Brien made a final surge with 20 meters remaining to secure the MSL title in 17:52 leading Palatine to its third consecutive MSL triumph with 40 points.

     
  • Live video: Conant vs. Fremd Oct 17, 2014 9:02 AM
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  • Prospect in close trophy proximity once again Oct 17, 2014 9:01 PM
    Prospect’s bid for a fourth straight trophy at the Class AA state girls golf finals is within makeable putting distance. Led by senior Kacie O’Donnell’s 79 and three scores of 84, the defending state champs are 9 strokes off the lead and only 3 strokes from third place after the first day of action at the Hickory Point Golf Course (par 72) in Decatur. O’Donnell’s 79 put her in a tie for 17th while senior Isabella Flack, sophomore Kate Ponzi and sophomore Samantha Accardi each landed in a seven-way tie for 46th with their 84s. The highest-finishing Mid-Suburban League representative on day one was conference champion Reena Sulkar. The Barrington sophomore fired a 5-over 77, good for a 3-way tie for ninth place.

     
  • Fremd earns big bounce-back win Oct 18, 2014 12:11 AM
    It wasn’t surprising to notice the mood among the victorious Fremd football players was somewhat subdued after Friday’s 39-14 Mid-Suburban West victory over visiting Conant. The Vikings knew they needed to win, plus a loss for crosstown rival Palatine to keep their hopes alive for an outright West Division title. They kept their share of the bargain, but when Palatine handed Barrington its first loss of the season, Fremd’s hopes for an outright title vanished. Nonetheless, Fremd (6-2, 3-1) bounced back from last week’s loss at Palatine with an impressive performance that included big plays on both offense and defense. “The kids are learning you have to earn things, they’re just not handed to them,” said Fremd coach Lou Sponsel.

     
  • Defending champ Prospect likes where it’s headed Oct 16, 2014 4:56 PM
    As the girls golf season wound down, Prospect coach Jim Hamann made a particular comment more than once. “We are excited about the direction we are going,” he has said while watching continuous improvement from his players in the final month. The Knights also know the directions quite well to the city where they’ll swing their clubs this weekend. For the fifth straight year, they have arrived in Decatur for the Class AA state finals.

     
  • Schaumburg completes run to MSL West title Oct 16, 2014 10:47 PM
    It was a special night for Schaumburg, which clinched the MSL West girls volleyball crown with a 25-20, 25-21 victory on parents night Thursday. Several alumni from the Schaumburg volleyball program were also part of the big crowd that watched the Saxons advance to the MSL title match for the first time since 2010. The Saxons (19-9, 9-1) finished one match ahead of Fremd (17-6, 8-2) in the MSL West.

     
  • Zahn, Palatine edge out Conant Oct 17, 2014 12:02 AM
    Senior year got here early for Palatine’s Lily Zahn. Though in just her third season as a key member of the Pirates’ girls swimming and diving team, Zahn in is her last year of high school competition. She’ll graduate early in pursuit of greater classroom challenges in advance of a promising collegiate future. “I love having Lily,” said Palatine coach Brittany Berleman, “because she shows that you can do it well, athletically and academically, at the same time.” The athleticism was on display during Palatine’s senior night, as the Pirates wrapped up their Mid-Suburban League duals with a 98-88 victory against visiting Conant.

     
  • Football: Scouting Week 8, Northwest Oct 17, 2014 1:41 AM
    Here's what to expect in Week 8 of the high school football season for team in the Mid-Suburban League plus St. Viator, Leyden, Maine West and Christian Liberty.

     
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