Articles filed under McGraw, Patricia Babcock

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  • DePaul and NU women dancing in NCAA tourney Mar 20, 2015 1:06 AM
    The state of Illinois wasn't shut out of the NCAA tournament. No men's team's made it, but the DePaul and Northwestern women did. They'll have a tough path though, with potential second-round matchups agianst top seeds on their own floors.

  • Boys basketball: Scouting Stevenson downstate Mar 19, 2015 10:02 PM
    Here's what to expect from Stevenson's boys basketball team as the Patriots pursue at Class 4A championship in Peoria this weekend.

  • Guryn, Llorens extend southpaw connection beyond high school Mar 19, 2015 3:48 PM
    Their paths continue to run parallel to each other. Grayslake Central's Justin Guryn and David Llorens first found common ground as fifth graders when they were placed on the same youth baseball team. Both were lefties. Both were pitchers. As their skills developed, Guryn and Llorens kept running neck and neck. They remained on the same travel teams, and shared similar roles.

  • NIU’s Corral brings her ‘A’ game to court and classroom Mar 13, 2015 7:25 PM
    Northern Illinois guard Amanda Corral has gone from a sluggish middle school student to a first-team academic all-American who aspires to be a surgeon...all while being one of the best players in the MAC.

  • Bond between Cohen, McKeown formed early on Mar 4, 2015 2:48 PM
    Northwestern center Alex Cohen has been busy this season: she's helped the Wildcats earn a spot in the national rankings (No. 25), and she organized an autism fundraising gala on campus that raised $20,000.

  • For Pondexter, Sky has no limits Feb 20, 2015 6:16 PM
    Chicago Sky coach Pokie Chatman used to employ a set of "rules" to stop guard Cappie Pondexter. Now she can sit back and relish that Pondexter will be someone else’s problem after the Sky acquired the 5-foot-9 all-star guard and Chicago native.

  • For Bennetts, coaching is all in the family Feb 13, 2015 8:02 PM
    The Dick Bennett coaching legacy lives on in his children Kathi and Tony, both of whom are having success this season. Kathi's women's team at Northern Illinois has won four of its last five games and is one of the hottest teams in the MAC. Tony's men's team at Virginia is 22-1 and ranked second in the nation by the Associated Press.

  • Basketball mourns coaching losses, but their lessons will endure Feb 12, 2015 5:41 PM
    Two college coaching giants died this week, Dean Smith and Jerry Tarkanian. Their influence on the game of basketball and other coaches is widespread. In that vein, Patricia Babcock McGraw polled boys coaches in the Daily Herald's Lake County coverage area about their biggest influences in coaching.

  • Taurasi's decision to skip season isn't a WNBA death sentence Feb 7, 2015 4:00 PM
    Will Diana Taurasi's decision to sit out the 2015 WNBA season spell doom for the WNBA? Don't think so. Loyalty, history and location too important.

  • Warren’s Falish gets it right for senior year — and beyond Feb 5, 2015 4:25 PM
    Warren guard Jake Falish was tortured last year when he decided not to play basketball so that he could spend more time working on baseball. He regretted his decision right away and struggled to watch his teammates play on without him last winter. He returned to the hardwood this season with modest expectations and instead has blown the roof off at Warren. He's the team's leading scorer (20 ppg) and is one of the top 3-point shooters in the area. Oh yeah, and he's going to play sports (yes, plural) in college, where he won't be forced to choose between baseball and basketball.

  • Nardini’s magical senior season continues at Vernon Hills Jan 29, 2015 9:29 PM
    Vernon Hills 3-point specialist Robby Nardini has a flair for the spectacular. He will graduate as the school's all-time leader in 3-pointers and is a danger from anywhere on the floor.

  • 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.

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