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  • DePaul’s Hrynko honed her toughness in Philly Jan 26, 2015 11:53 AM
    DePaul point guard Brittany Hrynko is a leading candidate for Big East player of the year. She plays with a flair and an edgy toughness that dates to her days of competing agianst boys in everything from basketball to baseball to football. Hrynko also had to be tough at home, helping her dad deal with life in a wheelchair after he was shot in the neck when she was 10.

  • Grant’s Bailey has to play it safe Jan 22, 2015 10:16 PM
    Grant forward Pierre Bailey felt chest pains and a shortness of breath at a recent practice. Pierre's older brother Nate Williams supposedly had something similar to a heart attack when he was in seventh grade, and everyone was worried Pierre could have the same health issue. Over the last two weeks, Bailey has undergone all kinds of tests and they have come back normal. He's hoping to get back on the court soon.

  • Crazy year for Big Ten women’s basketball Jan 17, 2015 6:01 AM
    It's been an upside down kind of year in the Big Ten for women's basketball. And that's given opportunities to upstarts such as Northwestern, which is aiming to stay undefeated at home on Saturday against Michigan.

  • Lakes’ Solbrig happily says ‘Aloha’ to basketball Jan 15, 2015 7:59 PM
    Lakes forward Dalton Solbrig might have the most enviable college opportunity in all of Lake County. He'll hang up his hightops at the end of the winter and turn in his winter coat for good as he'll be off to play volleyball for the University of Hawaii.

  • For DePaul’s Rogowski, injury’s pain run deep Jan 11, 2015 2:48 PM
    Former Hersey star Megan Rogowski, now a senior at DePaul, saw her college career end last week at Villanova when she blew out her right knee. She joins a long list of Rogowskis to have been hit by major knee injuries while playing basketball.

  • Wauconda’s Prate grows to love national championship hunt Jan 8, 2015 9:11 PM
    Former Wauconda defensive lineman Bradon Prate used to hate football. Now, he's playing for a national championship at Illinois State and has dreams of playing in the NFL.

  • Babcock McGraw: Top women’s sports stories Jan 2, 2015 4:01 PM
    Patricia Babcock McGraw takes a look back at the top women's sports stories of 2014 and offers her annual ranking.

  • Under big pressure, UConn women keep winning Dec 22, 2014 10:34 PM
    Women's Watch on the machine that is UConn women's basketball. What does it take to put up with pressures and expectations that are unmatched in all of women's basketball, in college or even the pros?

  • Boys basketball: Holiday scouting, Lake County Dec 18, 2014 7:37 PM
    Here’s a closer look at the tournaments that the high school boys teams in Lake County will be involved in over the next couple of weeks.

  • DePaul's 'Uncle Doug' Bruno rues losing Loyd to Irish Dec 13, 2014 7:30 AM
    It's been a tough week for DePaul women's basketball coach Doug Bruno, who saw his team miss multiple opportunities on Wednesday to take down No. 5 Notre Dame. To top it off, it was recruit from Niles West that he just missed out on, Jewell Loyd, who won the game for Notre Dame, 94-93.

  • Lake Zurich’s big three take aim at big goals Dec 11, 2014 7:58 PM
    Behind 3-year starters Mike Travlos, Will McClaughry and Jack O'Neill, the Lake Zurich boys basketball team is off to its best start in more than a decade and is looking for more.

  • Viliunas assists Illini volleyball to Sweet 16 Dec 7, 2014 2:56 PM
    Illinois volleyball setter Alexis Viliunas (a former cheerleader) has plenty to cheer about this season as the nationally-ranked Illini kick off the postseason.

  • NU, DePaul, Illinois women all off to fast starts Nov 29, 2014 5:34 PM
    Some really great things are happening right now with the women’s college basketball teams in Illinois. Northwestern (4-0) travels to No. 18 DePaul (4-1) on Saturday night (7 p.m.) for a crosstown rivalry matchup that features two of the most accomplished coaches in the sport. Another Big Ten contender suddenly could be Illinois, which, on Thanksgiving, pulled off one of the best wins of the college basketball season.

  • Cashaw grows into leading role at Stevenson Nov 20, 2014 9:17 AM
    Stevenson guard Connor Cashaw isn't just Robin to Jalen Brunson's Batman. Cashaw is a Division I star, too, and will play at Rice next year. In the meantime, he and Brunson will try to guide Stevenson to its third straight state finals and its first state title.

  • DePaul soccer continues its historic run Nov 15, 2014 1:19 PM
    Basketball season is here, but alas, there are still fall sports to play and the DePaul soccer team and the Illinois volleyball team are representing Illinois well.

  • Clark’s vision includes forgiveness Nov 13, 2014 8:27 PM
    Former Lakes football star Dyrell Clark lost his right eye in a BB gun accident eight months ago. Yet, he hasn't lost sight of his goals. He's still determined to have a great football career as a running back at Winona State in Minnesota.

  • Johnsburg golden girl Dixon shoots to cap Iowa career in style Nov 8, 2014 11:19 PM
    Former Johnsburg star Melissa Dixon is keeping the Johnsburg to Iowa connection strong. She is enjoying similar success to former Johnsburg football star C.J. Fiedorowicz, a star at Iowa and now a rookie tight end with the Houson Texans. Dixon is a standout 3-point shooter and is hoping to lead Iowa to a Big Ten title in her senior year.

  • The beet goes on for unbeaten Joseph, Stevenson Nov 6, 2014 3:52 PM
    Top-ranked Stevenson and running back Jack Joseph are using good nutrition to get results on the football field. The unbeaten Patriots aim to be fully hydrated and energized for their second-round Class 8A playoff matchup against Loyola on Saturday.

  • Hill’s profile of courage inspires many Oct 31, 2014 5:29 PM
    #ChicagoSky forward #ElenaDelleDonne is so moved by the heart-wreaching story of Lauren Hill that she plans to go cheer on Hill in person at her very last basketball game on Sunday.

  • Carmel’s Curran, Eppel go from standbys to standouts Oct 30, 2014 10:04 PM
    From standers to difference-makers, Carmel linemen Mark Curran and Ben Eppel worked their way off the sideline and into the starting lineup by developing two of the best work ethics on the team. Coach Andy Bitto says players like them are the reason the Corsairs are back in the football playoffs.

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