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  • Armour still making a difference for Parkside Dec 1, 2014 3:17 PM
    Kelsey Armour began her high school career in style, being named all-conference as a freshman at Warren High School. Eight years later, she was still enjoying success in her final year of collegiate soccer. Armour, Wisconsin-Parkside’s senior captain this fall, finished her career with a Rangers team that was ranked third in the nation for Division II. Armour had 5 goals and 4 assists for Parkside which went undefeated in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and won the league tournament.

  • Boldog’s volleyball raid extends overseas Dec 1, 2014 3:15 PM
    Once a Pirate, always a Pirate. It seems to have worked out that way for former Palatine all-area volleyball standout BJ Boldog. He is now making a living playing the sport professionally for Chemie Volley Mitteldeutschland in Germany. The club goes by the nickname of the Pirates.

  • LaTulip courting success at Illinois Nov 24, 2014 11:49 AM
    Illinois junior basketball walk-on Mike LaTulip, who usually plays a few minutes when games are decided, has seen extended minutes in the Illini’s last two contests. The former Prospect standout tied his career high with 7 points against Coppin State, then collected 9 points in eight minutes during a 107-66 win against Austin Peay at State Farm Center.

  • Stevenson’s Weisman in the running for Burlsworth Trophy Nov 24, 2014 11:47 AM
    Mark Weisman walked on to the University of Iowa’s football team. Once there, he never stopped running. The senior running back is now part of an elite group. A Stevenson High School product from Buffalo Grove, Weisman is one of 10 semifinalists for the 2014 Burlsworth Trophy. The award is presented annually to the most outstanding football player in America who began his career as a walk-on. Three finalists are expected to be announced Tuesday and the award will be presented Monday, Dec. 8.

  • Hollingsworth adds to honors at Wheaton College Nov 17, 2014 4:31 PM
    Marshall Hollingsworth made some history this fall. The former Libertyville Wildcat became the first College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin in league history to win both the CCIW Newcomer (2012) and ‘Player of the Year’ awards. Hollingsworth is the 21st Wheaton player to win the award since the conference began the honor in 1989.

  • Hailey courts all-conference success at Carthage Nov 17, 2014 4:30 PM
    While her high school alma mater was enjoying a championship season in volleyball, Bria Hailey was doing the same in college this fall. Hailey, a former Schaumburg Saxon, now plays middle blocker for Carthage College and she was named to the College Conference of Wisconsin & Illinois first team. Schaumburg enjoyed championships in the Mid-Suburban West and the regional this fall under coach Jeanette Pancratz, who played a key role in Hailey’s decision to attend Carthage. Hailey helped the Lady Reds to a school record regular-season 35-3 record and league championship.

  • Grand finale at Lewis for Vernon Hills’ Choi Nov 10, 2014 1:53 PM
    Amy Choi is going out in style in her fifth year on the Lewis University women’s volleyball team. The former Vernon Hills standout, who redshirted in 2013, has been named to the 2014 Women’s Volleyball Capital One Academic All-District 4 Team. Choi graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a minor in computer science last year with a 3.90 GPA. She is currently pursuing her graduate degree in information security.

  • Wimer takes his spot in Palatine’s Hall of Fame Nov 10, 2014 1:47 PM
    One of the finest swimmers and water polo players to attend Palatine High School recently received his dues when he was inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame. Dan Wimer was a Mid-Suburban League champion five times with four sectional championships. He was an eight-time state finalist and set multiple school records, capping his career by winning the 50-yard freestyle in the state finals his senior year.

  • 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.

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