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  • Mundelein’s Brust approaching milestone with Badgers Feb 17, 2014 7:59 PM
    Wisconsin senior guard Ben Brust will be looking to reach a milestone on Saturday when the Badgers travel to Iowa City to meet the Iowa Hawkeyes. The former Mundelein star needs 2 points to become the 38th member of Wisconsin’s 1,000-point club.

  • Elk Grove sets aside a day for Scholten Feb 17, 2014 7:56 PM
    Last October, toward the end of the girls volleyball season, Conant High school paid tribute to Peggy Scholten, who is retiring after 37 seasons as Cougars girls volleyball coach. One of the ways she was honored was by the re-naming of the long-running Early Bird Classic to the “Peggy Scholten Invite.” Two months later, Scholten had something else named for her — a day. Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson and the village trustees issued a proclamation at the December Elk Grove Village Board meeting honoring Scholten by proclaiming Tuesday, Dec. 17 “Peggy Scholten Day” in Elk Grove Village.

  • Coby joins Saint Xavier’s Hall of Fame Feb 10, 2014 8:28 PM
    Lissa Coby’s fondest memory as a Saint Xavier University soccer player was making it to the national tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla. “Not only being a part of that team, but achieving the highest ranking SXU ever achieved for women’s soccer,” she said. “No. 8 in the country was amazing then and it still feels amazing knowing that I am forever a part of that legacy.” And on Feb. 1, Coby became a part of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

  • Gavin’s winning story a study in perseverance Feb 10, 2014 8:25 PM
    Jimmy Gavin graduated from Prospect High School in June of 2010. His name never appeared on the high school sports pages because he never played varsity basketball for the Knights. But through perseverance and some personal guidance, Gavin is making a name for himself in Division II basketball. Coming off the bench as the sixth man, Gavin is the second-leading scorer (15.7 ppg, less than one of the team leader) for the Wisconsin-Parkside Rangers, who are currently ranked No. 20 in the country. Just this past Saturday, Gavin scored 15 of his game-high 23 points in the second half to help lead the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division-leaders (19-3, 12-1) past Rockhurst University 76-63 before 1,767 fans in the DeSimone Gymnasium.

  • Wallace makes waves with selfless play Feb 3, 2014 9:07 PM
    Redshirt senior Kelly Wallace of the Northeastern women’s hockey team has been nominated for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. Since 1996, the prestigious award has been given annually to college hockey’s finest citizen, defined as someone who gives back to his or her community in the true humanitarian spirit. Wallace, of Libertyville, is one of 18 student-athletes (male and female) on the list. She is actively involved in community service initiatives at Northeastern and in the Greater Boston area.

  • Hillner hauls in another soccer honor Feb 3, 2014 7:41 PM
    Arlington Heights resident Norm Hillner, already an Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Famer, is still racking up honors for his long career as the Lake Park boys soccer coach. Hillner recently received a Letter of Commendation from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America at their 67th Annual Awards Banquet in Philadelphia.

  • These Barrington programs are driven to succeed Jan 27, 2014 11:15 PM
    Fans of Barrington High School’s girls basketball and softball teams know their teams have been driven to win over the years. Now the Fillies are hoping to see that drive from their fans. The girls basketball and softball programs would like the help of the community. For the whole month of February, Marquardt of Barrington Buick-GMC (1421 S. Barrington Road in Barrington) will donate $50 to these programs for test driving any new Buick or GMC.

  • Futsal making an impact on Main Street Jan 27, 2014 3:22 PM
    If you enjoy indoor sports, Main Street Sports Center certainly has a lot to offer. The indoor sports venue recently opened in Lake Zurich at the corner of Route 22 and Main Street. The facility has been completely outfitted with new accessories, new fields and courts throughout. It features four large fields with state-of-the-art rubber infill turf and a large hard-surface court. The indoor turf fields are great for almost any sport, especially soccer and lacrosse. But they’re also available for flag football, cross-training and baseball. The hard-surface court is specially finished for Futsal, an increasingly popular sport. But it can also be used for basketball or other training purposes.

  • Lakes’ Baker makes her mark at Illinois Wesleyan Jan 20, 2014 5:12 PM
    The key for any athlete is making strides in his or her sport. So for Lakes High school graduate Jenna Baker, she seems right on course in her collegiate soccer career. The sophomore midfielder was named the “Most Improved Player” for Illinois Wesleyan’s women’s soccer team.

  • Wheeling preps for Hall of Fame foursome Jan 13, 2014 11:07 PM
    If you want to see the latest inductees for the Wheeling Sports Hall of Fame, the school’s gymnasium on Saturday night is the place to be. At halftime of the Wildcats’ boys basketball game with visiting Prospect, the four latest selections will be introduced to the crowd. The game begins at 6 p.m. and a reception will follow.

  • Brust a big part of Badgers’ success Jan 13, 2014 6:17 PM
    Ben Brust has helped the country’s No. 4 ranked Division I basketball team make school history. The Wisconsin guard, a former standout for Mundelein, scored a team-high 18 points when the Badgers defeated No. 23 Illinois 95-70 last Wednesday. That win gave Wisconsin a 16-0 record, its best start in school history. Brust is easily the Badgers’ leaders in 3-point baskets. He has 46 (next closest on the team is 21) heading into Tuesday’s game at Indiana.

  • Deanna Kuzmanic connects with coach Norton, Birmingham Jan 20, 2014 4:20 PM
    Deanna Kuzmanic always dreamed of playing basketball at the Division I level. But she never dreamed she’d do it in Alabama. At the University of Birmingham at Alabama to be exact. That’s the school which received a verbal commitment last month from the Wheeling junior standout guard. “When I was looking at colleges that interested me, no schools near Alabama even came across my mind,” said Kuzmanic, who scored the 1,000 points of her high school career ten days ago. “Honestly, I knew almost nothing about the University of Alabama at Birmingham before my recruiting process began.”

  • Androus wrapping up fine career at Luther Jan 7, 2014 4:02 PM
    Former Lakes three-sport standout John Androus, who chose to play basketball in college, is playing his final season as Luther. Last month, the 6-foot-5 forward was named the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's Athlete of the Week. During that week, he averaged 21.5 points and 11.0 rebounds as Luther posted wins over Martin Luther (83-69) and Northwestern-St. Paul (78-63).

  • Hersey’s Fuerst has a thirst for achievement Jan 7, 2014 3:41 PM
    Toward the end of his junior boys volleyball season at Hersey, Mike Fuerst’s teammate mentioned there was an opening on his club team. Fuerst, whose interest in the sport began peaking at an early age when he was having fun learning the game, decided to join that club team. It turns out he was part of a team that made it to the nationals in Reno, Nevada. At those championships, college coaches noticed the skills of the middle blocker. Many liked what they saw and Fuerst liked what he saw in a school out east. The Hersey senior recently made a verbal commitment to play at the Division I level for Princeton University.

  • Rowland’s on a roll at Towson Dec 16, 2013 3:43 PM
    Going into this season, Melanie Rowland’s most memorable experience at Towson University was winning the Colonial Athletic Association championships last year. Now a senior, the former Vernon Hills standout hopes to close her career with a few more magical memories.Rowland recently finished 19th place in the 200-yard butterfly with a best untapered time of 1:58.65 at the USA Swimming/AT&T Winter national swimming championships at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

  • Osei wraps up a special senior season at Illinois Dec 16, 2013 4:49 PM
    Wheeling football coach Brent Pearlman was hardly surprised when he heard Miles Osei earned the ‘Outstanding Special Teams Player’ award for Illinois’ football. In his senior season, Osei converted full time from quarterback to a wide receiver and special teams specialist for the Illini this fall.

  • Minner’s a winner in sportscasting Dec 9, 2013 9:05 PM
    Barrington grad Mark Minner is making his hard work pay off in the sportscasting world.

  • Grayslake Central’s Basierak raises the bar at Dubuque Dec 2, 2013 7:56 PM
    University of Dubuque sophomore Klaudia Basierak (Grayslake Central) has been named first-team All-Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in women’s volleyball for the second straight year. The Spartans outside hitter finished the season with a team high 366 kills, 1,234 attack attempts, 367 points, and 14 double-doubles (kills-digs).

  • Hersey’s Mleko lines up his future at Loyola Dec 2, 2013 7:55 PM
    The Loyola University men’s golf team did not have a player on its roster this fall from Illinois. That won’t be the case next season. In fact, the only one will be right from Arlington Heights. Hersey senior Kenny Mleko, a two-time Mid-Suburban League all-conference golfer, signed a letter of intent on Nov. 13 to play for the Ramblers.

  • Collins will take record-breaking career to St. Xavier Nov 25, 2013 9:21 PM
    She is already the all-time leading rebounder in Maine West girls basketball history with nearly 1,000. And if Brittany Collins keeps scoring the way she has started the 2013-14 season, she will become the school’s all-time leading scorer. After a 36-point outburst against Harlan on Saturday, Collins has 1,487 points in her four seasons under Hall of fame coach Derril Kipp. That puts her third on West’s all-time list behind 2005 graduate Megan Edwards (1,648) and 1982 grad Donna Logisz (1,520). You can bet Saint Xavier coach Bob Hallberg is eagerly awaiting Collins’ arrival on campus. The 6-foot senior forward recently made her verbal commitment to play at the Chicago school which has advanced to the NAIA national tournament each of the last 11 seasons.

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