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  • Wisconsin guard Ben Brust talks to the media after the West region victory against Arizona — with a piece of the elusive net hanging from his cap.

    Mundelein's Brust savors making the Final Four cutApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Former Mundelein basketball star Ben Brust is going to the Final Four as Wisconsin's 3-point shooting whiz, just days after joyfully cutting down the nets for the first time in his career.

     
  • Powerful experience for Libertyville in ArizonaApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    The high school baseball national record books got an update over Spring Break, and Libertyville had a part in it. The Wildcats weren’t exactly on the right side of history, but they got an up-close viewing of an amazing run by one of their contemporaries. While playing in the Horizon National Tournament in Arizona, Libertyville ran up against a Miami Gulliver Prep team that features one of the top prospects in the nation. Joe Dunand, who happens to be the nephew of Alex Rodriguez, certainly played like he was going to be the next Major League superstar in his family. Dunand hit 8 home runs in 8 consecutive at-bats, including 2 against Libertyville. The previous national high school record for home runs in consecutive at-bats was six.

     
  • DePaul's Megan Rogowski, game-high scorer with 22 points, beats Duke's Richa Jackson, on floor, to a loose ball during the second half of Duke's 74-65 loss in their second-round game in the NCAA basketball tournament in Durham, N.C., Monday, March 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted Richardson)

    With Rogowski’s shooting, DePaul aiming highMar 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    The fun-to-watch, 3-point shooting DePaul women's basketball team is hoping to make program history on Saturday. A win over Texas A&M in the Sweet 16 would give the Blue Demons their first-ever Elite Eight appearance.

     
  • Stevenson's Jalen Brunson comes off the court in the final seconds of the Patriots' 70-63 win over Edwardsville in the Class 4A third-place game at Carver Arena in Peoria on Saturday.

    Brunson's saga contains a lesson for all of usMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jalen Brunson's experiences in a whirlwind basketball weekend in Peoria are a reminder that our public actions are less and less private, and more and more open to interpretation.

     
  • Former Carmel baseball coach Chuck Gandolfi is now Lake Zurich's coach.

    Gandolfi gets back in the game at Lake ZurichMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Former Carmel baseball coach Chuck Gandolfi, who won 554 games in 21 years for the Corsairs, is back in the game. He is the new head coach at Lake Zurich, which opens the baseball season, along with all the other baseball teams in the state of Illinois, next week.

     
  • DePaul players celebrate after defeating St. John’s last week in the final of the Big East women’s tournament at the Allstate Arena. DePaul will face Oklahoma on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

    DePaul women ready to go against OklahomaMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    The DePaul women are back in the NCAA basketball tournament for the 12th season in a row.

     
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  • DePaul’s Chanise Jenkins will help lead the Blue Demons in this weekend’s Big East Conference Tournament, which tips off Saturday.

    For DePaul’s Jenkins, communication remains keyMar 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    DePaul point guard Chanise Jenkins learned from her deaf sister to be a good communicator on and off the court.

     
  • Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson hoists the North Suburban Conference trophy after the Patriots’ win over North Chicago. Brunson, who captains the Daily Herald’s all-area team for Lake County, are hoping for more postseason hardware.

    Stylish footware suits Brunson’s featsMar 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Stevenson star guard Jalen Brunson is the honorary captain of the 2014 Daily Herald Lake County all-area boys basketball team.

     
  • Grayslake Central’s Malcolm Reed doesn’t mind being a vocal leader for a Rams team which won the Fox Valley’s Fox Division championship this season.

    Seriously, Grayslake Central’s Reed is having funFeb 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Grayslake Central point guard Malcolm Reed, thanks to an unlikely source, has opened up more and is communicating better in leading the Rams to a worst to first transformation.

     
  • Antioch’s AJ Marsiglio is a standout in basketball, helping direct the team with assists from his point guard position. He’s also got his heart set on helping people fight cancer.

    In basketball and fighting cancer, give Antioch’s Marsiglio an assistFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Antioch point guard AJ Marsiglio is never too busy to lend a helping hand.

     
  • United States’ Lindsey Van points to spectators after her first attempt during the women’s normal hill ski jumping final at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Women ski jumpers find fight well worth itFeb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ski jumping for women makes its Olympic debut after a long road and a relentless fight.

     
  • Warren’s Eric Gillespie drives to the hoop during the Blue Devil’s game against North Chicago on Tuesday night.

    Warren’s Gillespie standing tallFeb 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Warren point guard Eric Gillespie might be small in stature, but he's been making big plays for Warren all season.

     
  •  WNBA basketball player Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky has spent a lot of her offseason working with kids at clinics like this one held at Loyola University Chicago. While helping grow the Sky brand, Donne also has a new role as global ambassador for Special Olympics.

    No easy offseason for Sky’s Delle Donne Feb 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Elena Delle Donne is extremely busy despite the fact that she's not playing overseas during the WNBA off-season.

     
  •  Former Hersey High School standout Megan Rogowski (21) and her DePaul teammates will welcome teams from the new Big East to Chicago in March for the annual conference tournament.

    DePaul to host Big East tournament in March Jan 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Conference tournament time will be here soon, and Chicago is playing host to the Big East women's tournament.

     
  •  Mundelein’s Derek Parola, left, drives to the hoop against Grant’s Steve Dunning.

    Persistence paying off for Mundelein’s Parola Jan 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Derek Parola is a classic case study in persistence. He could have quit basketball after playing just four minutes a game last year so that he could concentrate on his best sports, golf and baseball. But he stuck around, and now he's arguably the best 3-point shooter in Lake County.

     
  •  Carmel’s 6-foot-10 center Jack George has helped Carmel to a 17-3 record and one of its best seasons in years.

    George’s success at Carmel well worth the weight Jan 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    For now, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches will stay on the menu. But you get the feeling that the old, lovable staple is on a short leash with Jack George, Carmel's 6-foot-10 center.

     
  •  Former Lake Zurich basketball star Audrey Bauer celebrates after helping her Navy team win the Patriot League tourament last season. They are favored to repeat this season.

    Former LZ star Bauer sailing along at Navy Jan 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Former Lake Zurich standout Audrey Bauer has made the most of her opportunites on and off the court at Navy. She has her team poised for another run at the Patriot League title and NCAA bid as she prepares to begin her duty afloat after graduating as a surface warfare officer.

     
  •  Lake Zurich’s Brad Kruse, left, battles Libertyville’s Joe Borcia for a rebound.

    Easy to account for Kruse’s basketball focus Jan 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Lake Zurich's versatile senior Brad Kruse tests well on and off the basketball court. In both respects, he's following in the footsteps of his father, who excelled as a prep player at Buffalo Grove.

     
  •  Candace Parker, the Sparks superstar who picked up MVP trophies for the WNBA regular season and the 2013 all-star game, no doubt is eager to hear if WNBA President Laurel Richie can secure a buyer for the Los Angeles franchise.

    Can WNBA survive without L.A. Sparks? Jan 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    It's jarring that the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA closed its doors last week, but past history says that might not spell doom for the league, as Patricia Babcock McGraw explains in today's Women's Watch column.

     
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