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  • 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 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.

  • Daniels eager to take Christian Liberty football to the next level Feb 27, 2014 10:47 PM
    There is no question Dave Daniels still has plenty of drive for coaching football at age 55. Daniels is finally getting his start at leading a high school program at a time when a lot of head coaches are crossing or nearing the finish line. His drive to succeed is going to be crucial, since Daniels is taking over a Christian Liberty program that is still in relative infancy.

  • Crowded gyms, big games no excuse for herd mentality Feb 13, 2014 9:33 PM
    Unfortunately, as the intensity and magnitude of basketball games increase as the season winds down, so does the likelihood of hearing things spewed from crowds that make you wonder if some people think before they speak, er, shout. Sportsmanship statements that are announced to fans before games seem to have fallen on deaf ears about 4.3 seconds after the opening tip.

  • High school sports coverage? Frisk heads the class Jan 30, 2014 10:02 PM
    Bob Frik's ambition turned into a devotion to high school sports that continues to this day, so it's fitting that he’ll be recognized between the Hersey and Prospect boys and girls basketball games Friday as one of the inaugural winners of the Illinois High School Association’s Distinguished Media Service Award.

  • Williams, Sullivan paired for Hall of Fame honor Dec 19, 2013 10:57 PM
    Thinking alike about how basketball should be played was a big reason the coaching pairing of Bob Williams and Jim Sullivan was successful. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Williams and Sullivan have like-minded views about their induction into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in late April of 2014. To the point where their responses were eerily similar in separate conversations about their appreciation of the honor.

  • High schools take their title dreams to DeKalb Nov 29, 2013 5:35 PM
    Here's what to expect from the first-ever high school football championship games to be held at NIU.

  • Bongiorno accepts the challenge at Maine West Nov 21, 2013 9:41 AM
    Maine West's new basketball coach, John Bongiorno, is ready to jump into leading the program despite being hired relatively late, in August. That doesn't bother him - he's used to challenges.

  • Hands-off policy bringing basketball into a new era Nov 14, 2013 4:52 PM
    High school basketball officials are ready to do a lot more whistling while they’re working. And they’ll be ready for more hooting and hollering as players, coaches and fans get used to the emphasis from the NCAA and National Federation of State High School Associations to eliminate a lot of physical play and give players more offensive freedom of movement.

  • Von Schaumburg maintains a champion’s perspective on ALS Oct 24, 2013 3:12 PM
    Just two weeks before his 30th birthday, after trying to figure out why he was suddenly having trouble speaking, onetime Schaumburg football standout Eric Von Schaumburg learned he was linked with the man who proclaimed himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” Before Friday's game against Palatine, the Saxons will honor his struggle and bring attention to fund-raising attempts through Von Schaumburg's Fight Like a Champion effort.

  • NFL defense latest to join Bullen’s football resume Oct 17, 2013 2:09 PM
    Charlie Bullen chuckled about his lofty status in the Fremd football record book when it came to chucking the football. “The key to that is not to throw a lot of passes,” Bullen laughed of ranking fifth in program history for single-game completion percentage at 85.7 in 2002 against Elk Grove. Now, Bullen’s job is to make sure some of the best quarterbacks on the planet — famed names such as Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck and Ben Roethlisberger — don’t have the time to complete a large percentage of their passes. Bullen is in his second year with the defensive coaching staff of the Miami Dolphins and currently works with their defensive linemen.

  • Long, successful basketball road for Conant’s Hudson Sep 26, 2013 3:56 PM
    Mapquest’s directions put the trip from Conant High School to Ferris State University at 4 1-2 hours and nearly 270 miles. That would be a quick cruise to Big Rapids, Mich., for Robert Hudson considering all the time and effort that went into his obstacle-filled route of playing basketball in college.

  • Challenge hazing by doing something write Sep 19, 2013 10:08 PM
    Elliot Hopkins hopes he will see a day where hazing is finally razed from our society. “I’m forever optimistic that hazing can be ended,” Hopkins said, “and we can divert our energies to something more productive.” Until that time arrives, however, Hopkins isn’t going to stop trying to raise awareness about the damage inflicted from hazing. It’s a cause he’s been dedicated to in 21 years of working with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association.

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