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  • One football state championship is plenty special Dec 4, 2014 6:36 PM
    With multiple classes competing for state titles in most sports, we're crowning more state champions that ever before. That shouldn't the diminish the accomplishment of a team like Stevenson, which grabbed its first Class 8A state title this fall.

     
  • Pressure’s on when it comes to picking state champs Nov 26, 2014 10:45 PM
    Picking the football state champions is no easy thing, but if Marty Maciaszek is correct, teams from the North Suburban Conference and Fox Valley Conference will be celebrating state titles on Saturday.

     
  • Winning’s a blast for bright-minded Bazsali Nov 21, 2014 8:16 PM
    It turned out Bruce Bazsali still has the drive and enthusiasm he’s possessed since he started high school coaching in 1967. Winning a total of 3 games in his first two years at Rockford Lutheran was progress for a program that had a combined 6 victories in the seven seasons before he took over. Now Bazsali has seen the payoff in a 31-5 record the last three years. It includes a trip to the Class 4A semifinals last season and a perfect season that came to a heartbreaking end in a 1-point quarterfinal loss to Phillips last Saturday.

     
  • The muddy magic remains 20 years after Palatine’s miracle finish Nov 6, 2014 3:24 PM
    Palatine's boys soccer state championship in 1994 was a triumph of teamwork - and also a triumph over the elements.

     
  • By royal decree, here’s how to improve football’s postseason Oct 30, 2014 4:50 PM
    The high school football playoffs in Illinois are a big deal, yet almost everyone sees ways to improve them. Marty Maciaszek, who has been covering postseason games for about 25 years, has some perfect-world suggestions that would take something good and make it even better.

     
  • For the fortunate, Bracket Day is well worth celebrating Oct 23, 2014 10:11 PM
    High school football teams headed for the postseason each have their own way of receiving the news about who they'll face in the first round. The common denominator is that everyone realizes it's a time to celebrate the achievement together.

     
  • Garoppolo, Tolzien patiently await more NFL snaps Oct 3, 2014 6:39 PM
    Kids don’t run around the backyard or park dreaming of being the backup to NFL star quarterbacks like Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers. But the jobs Jimmy Garoppolo and Scott Tolzien currently hold are a testament to dreams coming true for those who are willing to make the best of their situation through perseverance, hard work and humility.

     
  • Buffalo Grove grad Dickerson takes vocal role in Bears coverage Sep 25, 2014 3:45 PM
    Jeff Dickerson, a multi-sport athlete at Buffalo Grove in the mid-90s, is excelling as a Bears beat reporter in radio and televsion.

     
  • High school sports offer the best learning environment Sep 18, 2014 9:34 PM
    Avoiding a place among the recent awful headlines from the NFL and college football is best accomplished by paying close attention to the lessons that come from high school competition.

     
  • Thankfully, ‘The Decision’ for Brunson stayed on point Sep 11, 2014 3:31 PM
    The days of quietly making a college decision are gone. If you are a high-profile high school basketball or football player then there is virtually no secrecy to what’s going on in your recruiting process.

     
  • Doll right at home coaching football at New Trier Aug 28, 2014 8:56 AM
    Former Elk Grove football coach Brian Doll is back roaming the sidelines after a stint overseas helping popularize American football. Doll's New Trier team opens its season on Friday at Schaumburg. “Everyone was telling me I would come back,” Doll said with a laugh. “I didn't believe them at first.”

     
  • Kougias eager to start living the dream at Grayslake Central Aug 21, 2014 8:45 PM
    New Grayslake Central boys basketball coach Kosta Kougias joked about how he probably would have dealt with Kosta Kougias as a high school player. “If I had me today in practice, I probably would have thrown me out more than once,” Kougias said with a laugh. In all seriousness, Kougias’ background as a high school student at Prospect and his unique trek into high school teaching and coaching will give him an interesting perspective for the new job that officially became his last week.

     
  • A reunion about lacrosse, and giving back Aug 15, 2014 5:20 PM
    Fremd's boys lacrosse program is celebrating its 20th year of existence this weekend. While they observe that milestone, the participants will also be helping give back to the community by assisting a pair of athletes battling cancer.

     
  • After further review, 7-on-7 passing league looks like a winner May 23, 2014 12:06 AM
    Ray Glassmann didn’t think he was in 7-on-7 heaven back in 2008. After a couple of years of organizing and running local basketball tournaments, Glassmann decided to see if an off-season spring football league would work. The early returns on the All-American 7-on-7 Passing League were about as favorable as the United States Football League’s ill-fated attempt at competing with the NFL in the mid-1980s. “I was going to cancel it,” Glassmann said of having only five teams and 60 players the first year. “I thought, ‘I guess in Chicago this doesn’t play well. “One of the guys involved said as long we’ve gone this far, let’s play each other twice. I’m glad we did.” The next year it grew to 16 teams. Then it doubled to 32. Now it has exploded to 83 teams and more than 1,200 players from middle school to high school.

     
  • The grand old game gets a high-tech scoring makeover May 15, 2014 11:06 PM
    Kevin Kelley was one of the area’s first high school baseball coaches to realize it was no longer necessary to have a pencil and scorecard ready to keep score of a game. Kelley, who is in his 12th year as an assistant to Bob Huber at Hersey, used to keep score the old-school way. By the book. That changed when Kelley went to the American Baseball Coaches Association convention the winter before the 2010 season. He saw an innovative new way to keep score on a mobile device called GameChanger, which received a Best In Show award at the convention.

     
  • Smith leads growing program at Concordia May 8, 2014 11:19 PM
    Concordia University baseball coach Adam Smith may have a nice head start on his first recruit from the Class of 2032. Smith and his wife Kelly became proud parents for the third time last Friday as their son Mac joined daughters Elle and Sydney. “He’d better hit the ball with that kind of name,” Smith, the former Schaumburg High baseball and basketball standout, said with a laugh earlier this week. “And hopefully he throws better than his dad.” Mac will be in good shape if he hits, throws and plays the game the same way as his dad’s team. Concordia is ranked fourth in the nation in Division III by D3baseball.com and improved to 35-5 with a pair of wins Thursday in the first day of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference tournament in Mequon, Wis.

     
  • Manning circles back to opportunity at Schaumburg May 1, 2014 10:39 PM
    Marty Manning grew up as a basketball player in the Schaumburg Athletic Association. Manning grew up as a high school basketball coach in Huntley. So, in a way there were growing pains as Manning weighed whether or not he should leave one quality job for another after the top spot at Schaumburg opened up when Matt Walsh resigned in March.

     
  • Turns out Juettner has the write stuff Apr 3, 2014 5:42 PM
    John Juettner, who regularly covers high school sports events for the Daily Herald, has produced his first novel.

     
  • Stevenson, Benet help provide the perfect predictive challenge Mar 21, 2014 9:36 AM
    Picking the winners in the state championships is never easy, which made last year's 8-for-8 effort so remarkable. Selecting a champ this year will be tougher, but Marty Maciaszek is again willing to give it a go as Stevenson and Benet take aim at a Class 4A boys basketball state title.

     
  • Twenty years later, Conant’s ’93-94 team still stands tall Mar 13, 2014 8:19 PM
    Stories of past glory often get embellished. The tales get taller as the years pass. So, in January when Michael Tierney got ready for the 20-year reunion for the best Conant’s boys basketball team in school history, his wife reacted with some skepticism. The best team ever? She didn’t believe it. Tierney said his wife ultimately came around to understand this wasn’t just any team. The 1993-94 Cougars were state-ranked, won 27 games and are the only ones in school history to make the boys basketball Elite Eight.

     
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