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  • O’Brien honored for powering Palatine diving Nov 3, 2014 11:58 AM
    When coach Donna O’Brien arrived at Palatine High School in 1983, the Pirates’ swim team was not exactly known for its prolific divers. But once Donna O’Brien dove into things, a lot changed. O’Brien not only built the program from the ground up, she turned it into a powerhouse. She was recently honored for her accomplishments by being inducted in the Palatine Athletic Hall of Fame.

  • Lake Zurich grad Walding giving Northeastern a big assist Nov 3, 2014 11:58 AM
    When she played for Lake Zurich’s girls volleyball team, Kristen Walding was referred to as an assist machine. She is still making her teammates look good — now at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. After earning her seventh double-double of the season in a thrilling five-set win against Elon University (N.C), Walding was named CAA Rookie of the Week. The freshman setter collected 54 assists, averaging 6.75 per set and netted 20 digs as well as 7 kills in two weekend matches.

  • Stevenson’s Radtke making an impact at NIU Oct 27, 2014 2:50 PM
    Lake County fans saw former Stevenson standout Jenna Radtke collect plenty of blocks at the net during her career as a Patriot. So it should come as no surprise that for the second time in her collegiate career, Radtke has been honored for her defensive prowess. The Northern Illinois sophomore was named the Mid-American Conference’s West Division ‘defensive player of the week’. She also earned the selection on the week of Nov. 11, 2013.

  • Prospect’s Karz warms to collegiate baseball future Oct 27, 2014 2:26 PM
    Prospect senior Lucas Karz has already thought about his first winter in college. “I won’t need to shovel the driveway in the winter,” he said with a smile. Instead, he will probably be gripping a baseball bat during those months. That’s because Karz, thanks to his baseball skills, will be attending Presbyterian College in South Carolina.

  • Stevenson’s Miller helping Illinois get in the swing Oct 20, 2014 5:15 PM
    Stephanie Miller, the two-time high school girls golf state champion from Stevenson, now swings her clubs for the University of Illinois. And she is helping the Illini swing into gear during its fall campaign. Illini coach Renee Slone’s team brought home its second tournament title in as many weeks by winning three rounds of match play at the Hoosier Fall Invitational in Noblesville, Ind. On the final day, Illinois squared off against Fresno State for the championship of the match-play style event. Miller came back from an earlier loss to top Samantha Spencer 3 and 2.

  • Fairfield’s in the future for Schaumburg’s Akinola Oct 20, 2014 5:09 PM
    When Oyinkan Akinola made the trip to Connecticut to visit Fairfield University this past July, she was quite a distance from her home in the northwest suburbs. “But when I was there, it felt like home,” said the Schaumburg senior who is the leading attacker for the Saxons with her explosive arm swing. Fairfield will eventually become her home after she graduates from Schaumburg next May. The 5-foot-10 senior committed this summer to the Stags’ Division I volleyball program and coach Todd Kress, who has an overall record of 328-239 and was the second youngest coach in NCAA history with 200 career wins. Kress previously was the head coach at Buffalo and Florida State.

  • Grayslake North’s Steinhoff nets weekly honor at Concordia Oct 14, 2014 4:13 PM
    Junior Liz Steinhoff of Chicago-Concordia University was honored by the school as an Athlete of the Week for her work on the tennis courts against Lakeland College. The 2012 graduate of Grayslake North High School defeated Shyenne Gennette 6-4, 6-2 in No. 2 singles as the Cougars won the meet, 8-1.

  • Krzysko quickly a hit in Arkansas’ lineup Oct 15, 2014 1:56 PM
    It was less than two years ago when area softball fans were watching one of the all-time best displays of home run hitting. Loren Krzysko became Barrington’s all-time home run hitter in the spring of 2012 when the 2012 Daily Herald all-area honorary softball captain belted a school-record 18 and finished her career with 42. Both numbers rank No. 9 on the all-time IHSA list.Krzysko is now a redshirt freshman for Arkansas, which opened its fall softball season 10 days ago. Guess her hit the first homer of the season for the Razorbacks? In the second game of a doubleheader with Oklahoma State, Krzysko had 4 hits including a homer as the Razorbacks won 14-5 to gain a split with the Razorbacks.

  • Palatine great Fyfe earns spot in Lawrence’s Hall of Fame Oct 6, 2014 4:19 PM
    Mid-Suburban League boys basketball fans of the early 1970s will no doubt remember watching the solid play in the middle by Palatine High School center Doug Fyfe. Fyfe will be remembered by Lawrence University when he is inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony takes place on Oct. 10 and the six inductees will be honored at the Fall Festival football game on Oct. 11.

  • Selfless support from Libertyville boys cross country program Oct 6, 2014 4:13 PM
    Over the past 10 years, the Libertyville boys cross country team has donated more than $20,000 to charities. Coached by Mark Buesing, Matt Condron, Mike Cook, Ben Zollo, Stu Mendelsohn, and Megan Janezic, the Wildcats didn’t miss a beat this a fall with their generosity, totaling $2,000.

  • Gallagher picking up speed at SIU Sep 29, 2014 4:04 PM
    Lake County cross country fans surely remember the success Kelley Gallagher enjoyed while at Vernon Hills High School. She was all-conference and all-sectional as a junior and advanced to the state meet as a senior. Now, she is in her senior year at Southern Illinois University, and still enjoying success on the cross country trails.

  • Deetjen helps collegiate lacrosse expand in Minnesota Sep 29, 2014 3:56 PM
    When she was at Schaumburg High School, Taylor Deetjen played lacrosse and volleyball. “She was an awesome athlete,” recalls Saxons girls volleyball coach Jeanette Pancratz. “She was a great leader, very enthusiastic and she exemplified everything our program stood for.” Deetjen now gets the chance to put her leadership skills to use on the collegiate level. Two months after the University of Northwestern (St. Paul, Minn.) announced the addition of women’s lacrosse as a varsity sport, the school named Deetjen the program’s first head coach.

  • Vernon Hills’ Manso making her mark in the MAC Sep 22, 2014 7:23 PM
    Ohio University sophomore Carly Manso was recognized by the Mid-American Conference as its co-offensive player of the week. The former Vernon Hills standout scored her first goal of the season and provided a corner kick assist during a 3-2 double-overtime loss against Xavier.

  • Kersemeier dashes into Lawrence Hall of Fame Sep 22, 2014 7:18 PM
    Students at Hersey High School in the 1990s trying to run away from the principal’s office might have had a little problem. The principal at the time, Don Kersemeier, was one of the fastest men in Lawrence University history. Kersemeier set a trio of Lawrence dash records and won multiple Midwest Conference track and field titles. On Oct 10, he will be recognized with the ultimate honor from the school in Appleton, Wis. Kersemeier, a 1963 graduate, will be inducted into the Lawrence Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 10 along with five other inductees.

  • Warren’s Burris-Paramski makes Lawrence’s Hall of Fame Sep 15, 2014 3:33 PM
    Local fans will remember the stellar high school career of Jennifer Burris-Paramski at Warren High School. From there, she went on to compete for Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. and her success hardly missed a beat from her prep days. Burris-Paramski will be honored for her post high school days in three weeks when she is inducted into the Lawrence Hall of Fame as one of six new members.

  • Fremd’s Kotsakis shows class at Butler Sep 15, 2014 3:28 PM
    This December at the 2014 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup championships, the Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced. Among the candidates is former Fremd soccer standout Elise Kotsakis, who represent Butler University and its women’s soccer program. Sixty NCAA men’s and women’s soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected for the award, with Kotsakis making the first cut.

  • Lindfors commits to basketball future at Southeast Missour State Sep 8, 2014 4:41 PM
    Amber Lindfors started playing basketball competitively in the fourth grade. “But my parents and siblings (Jake and Courtney) had me shooting and bouncing a basketball since I was a toddler,” Amber said. “My whole family played, and watching my siblings play I just wanted to go out there and do exactly what they did.” She succeeded just fine.The 6-foot-4 Elk Grove center recently made a verbal commitment to play for Southeast Missouri State.

  • Arrow’s pointing up for LZ product Hartman Sep 8, 2014 4:31 PM
    Former Lake Zurich volleyball standout Alexis Hartman was the 2013 Wisconsin-Stevens Point Female Team Athlete of the Year. She took home numerous awards as a junior, celebrating individual and team success. Hartman hasn’t lost a beat beginning in her senior season. She was named the Most Valuable Player at the season-opening Saint Benedict Tournament after averaging 9.53 assists per set over the four matches in which Division III No. 3-ranked Stevens Point went unbeaten.

  • Koester eager for success at Hoffman Estates Jun 9, 2014 8:19 PM
    As a high school athlete, Mike Koester was used to success. He was a receiver for two football teams at Marengo High School that advanced to the IHSA state semifinals and he played on a basketball team that advanced to the Sweet 16. “By having that level of success in my high school career taught me some very important lessons I still carry with me today.” Koester said. Now he hopes to carry that success into his new job as the head coach for the Hoffman Estates girls basketball team.

  • Wauconda’s Magiera will double up at Augustana Jun 2, 2014 9:22 PM
    Wauconda football player and wrestler Nate Magiera plans on continuing each sport in college. He has selected Augustana in Rock Island, where he will be a member of coach Rob Cushman’s football program and coach Eric Juergens’ defending College of Illinois and Wisconsin champion wrestling squad.

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