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  • Images: Rolling Meadows at Hersey football Oct 24, 2014 11:05 PM
    Hersey hosted and won 48-6 over Rolling Meadows for Friday night football October 24 in Arlington Heights.

     
  • Hersey hits high point against Rolling Meadows Oct 24, 2014 11:39 PM
    With its season on the line, Hersey responded with its best game of the year. The Huskies were dominant in every phase of their game Friday in Arlington Heights, drubbing Rolling Meadows 48-6. Hersey (6-3, 4-1) claimed a share of the MSL East title alongside Rolling Meadows (7-2, 4-1). Just as important, the Huskies earned a berth in the state playoffs for the second consecutive year.

     
  • Girls volleyball: Hersey hoists MSL title No. 10 Oct 23, 2014 11:12 PM
    With the Hersey girls volleyball team 1 point away from a Mid-Suburban League championship, the Huskies’ Gabri Olhava gave her longtime friend Courtney Stedman the look. Seconds later, the big crowd at the Ken Carter Gymnasium in Arlington Heights was looking at the 2014 MSL champs. Stedman quick set Olhava, who put down the kill that gave Hersey a 10th conference title with a 25-20, 25-16 victory over Mid-Suburban West champion Schaumburg.

     
  • 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 volleyball: Scouting the MSL title game Oct 22, 2014 3:52 PM
    Ready for some girls volleyball? It's the 42nd edition of the Mid-Suburban League championship on Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the Ken Carter Gymnasium in Arlington Heights. East champion Hersey, the host, meets West champion Schaumburg. All-conference players will be honored at 6:20 p.nm.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Football Focus: Week Nine Preview Oct 24, 2014 10:31 AM
    Football Focus preview of week nine of the high school football season. Joe Aguilar visit Rolling Meadows where the playoff-bound Mustangs go for a conference title 3-peat in a game against Hersey. But the Huskies can clinch a playoff berth with a win of their own.

     
  • Constable: Teens eclipse expectations for observatory Oct 21, 2014 5:44 AM
    The Henize Observatory at Harper College will offer unique views of Thursday afternoon's partial solar eclipse. But it also features plenty of Saturday night opportunities for star-gazing thanks to a team of teenagers.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Hersey handles Wheeling Oct 18, 2014 12:34 AM
    Hersey coach Joe Pardun felt Wheeling had all the momentum in Friday night’s Mid-Suburban East contest as Huskies kicker Will Trossen lined up for a 41-yard field goal attempt on fourth-and-7 with under a minute to go in the first half. At the time, Hersey led 14-7. Wheeling called a timeout, though, and Pardun changed his mind. After the timeout, Pardun sent his offense back onto the field, which picked up a first down when quarterback Eric Portenlanger connected with Trossen for a 10-yard gain. Two plays later, Portenlanger found Cole Monckton in the end zone from 14 yards out to give Hersey a 21-7 lead at the half. The Huskies tacked on two more scores in the second half to win 35-14, and set up a chance to earn a share of the MSL East title next week against Rolling Meadows.

     
  • Hersey’s program perfect against MSL East Oct 17, 2014 12:03 AM
    Hersey’s streak of 12 straight Mid-Suburban League East girls volleyball championships is quite the feat. The Huskies program added another rare accomplishment on Thursday. With its freshman and sophomore teams pulling out three-set wins at Rolling Meadows on Thursday, all levels combined for a 50-0 record this fall. The varsity squad completed its 10-0 run with a 25-12, 25-15 triumph as Liz Fuerst put down a match-high 12 kills.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Football: Week 7 MVPs Oct 15, 2014 11:36 PM
    St. Francis senior quarterback Clint Bobowski and Hersey senior defensive back Cole Monckton have earned Daily Herald MVP honors for their performances in Week 7 of the high school football season.

     
  • Prospect likes its downstate prospects Oct 13, 2014 9:39 PM
    All the work and practices Prospect coach Jim Hamann put his girls golf team through this fall were geared toward seeing his players enjoying their best golf at the end of the season. With that in mind, the Knights sure must have made their coach proud on Tuesday at Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee. They produced their best team score of the season (330) in some of the toughest conditions of the fall. With many golfers still having to finish their rounds due to rainy weather suspending play late in the afternoon, all of the results of the Warren Class AA sectional are still unofficial and not yet reported to the IHSA. Coaches will be alerted early in the morning if play will resume at noon Tuesday. If conditions are still unsuitable, Wednesday would be the finishing day. Yet to finish their team scores are Barrington, Loyola, Libertyville and Crystal Lake Central.

     
  • Prospect’s Garmoe, Gavin and St. Viator’s Carlson make state Oct 13, 2014 8:54 PM
    While their respective teams didn’t achieve Monday’s ultimate goal, bittersweet individual berths will certainly do. The Prospect duo of Robert Garmoe and Grant Gavin, and St. Viator’s Nick Carlson punched their tickets to the Class 3A state finals during a tough New Trier Class 3A sectional at Winnetka Golf Club. Garmoe and Carlson each fired a 3-over par 74 to tie for fourth place with three others, while Gavin made the cut via a five-way tie for 16th at 6-over 77.

     
  • Barrington scores an MSL title, with Hersey close behind Oct 11, 2014 6:41 PM
    Although it was one of the closest team scores in years, Barrington still was able to net a 20th consecutive Mid-Suburban League girls tennis championship, posting 53 points at Schaumburg on Saturday afternoon to complete the three-day tournament. Hersey followed with 46 points for second place, and Fremd was third with 38, just ahead of Buffalo Grove (36).

     
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