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  • Schaumburg knows the road to success Mar 10, 2011 10:36 PM
    Schaumburg's boys basketball team has gotten used to making trips to the North Shore for postseason games the last two weeks. Plus other news and notes from the New Trier sectional.

  • One special win for Schaumburg Mar 10, 2011 12:40 AM
    Three years ago, Brandon Bolger was a Daily Herald All-Area guard helping a Schaumburg team coached by Bob Williams to a boys basketball sectional final. On Wednesday night, Schaumburg sophomore Kyle Bolger was trying to prevent Williams’ Niles West team from reaching a sectional title game.

  • Sizzling start fuels Schaumburg Mar 9, 2011 11:29 PM
    Schaumburg had the kind of amazing start that would have finished most teams. Niles West had other ideas after giving up 22 of the first 24 points of Wednesday night’s Class 4A New Trier boys basketball sectional semifinal in Winnetka.

  • Schaumburg-Niles West an intriguing matchup Mar 8, 2011 7:12 PM
    Ten years after Schaumburg’s greatest moment as a boys basketball program comes one of its most intriguing games. Second-year Niles West coach Bob Williams gets his first shot at some old friends and the program he led to a 2001 Class AA state title and three Elite Eight berths in today’s 7:30 p.m. 4A New Trier sectional semifinal in Winnetka.

  • Boys basketball/Scouting Wednesday’s Barrington, New Trier sectionals Mar 8, 2011 9:17 PM
    By Marty Maciaszek At New Trier No. 11 Niles West (18-11) vs. No. 15 Schaumburg (17-11) When: 7:30 p.m. today How they got here: Niles West beat No. 22 Maine East 54-44, No. 6 Loyola 45-42 and No. 3 Maine South 46-45 (ot) to win the Maine West regional. Schaumburg beat No. 19 Glenbrook South 46-31, No. 2 Evanston 58-51 and No. 7 New Trier 49-46 to win the Evanston regional. Outlook: Second-year Niles West coach and former Schaumburg coach Bob Williams was on the mark when he said “we’ve had very similar seasons” to get here. They faced rugged schedules, suffered some difficult losses that put them a game under .500 on Feb. 4 and now are on a roll that included having to win 3 regional games. For Schaumburg, which has won 8 of 9, it’s the second straight year it’s made a postseason run after making the sectional final last year behind G Javon McDonald (15.1 ppg, 54 3s, 3 apg, 3 rpg), F Kurt Kempema (5.5 ppg) and F Christian Spandiary (9.6). “It’s a testament to our leadership and the team’s overall character,” said second-year Schaumburg coach Matt Walsh, whose team is 3-3 in overtime games. “We lost some close games that did nothing but strengthen our resolve. They stuck together and believed in what they were doing and it’s a credit to them to be able to turn this around.” A big key has been the play of sophomores Kyle Bolger (8 ppg) and Jimmy Lundquist (8.5) — both hit double figures in the last two regional wins. Niles West won its first regional since 2004 and is on an eight-game winning streak started with a last-second comeback win over Rolling Meadows. Because of injuries and other issues, the Wolves didn’t have their regular lineup together until Friday’s regional final. Leading a balanced attack is 6-3 G Tony Pierce (15 ppg) and PG Donte Logan (10 ppg). Lauris Herth (6-2 F) missed most of the year with a broken ankle but scored 35 in a late-season win over Glenbrook North and long-range threat Ramsan Younatham has battled hip and ankle injuries. “One thing that stands out with our team is it’s a bunch of kids with great character,” Williams said. “They’ve worked extremely hard all year and it’s paid off.” What’s next: Winner plays in Friday’s 7:30 p.m. sectional championship against No. 1 Notre Dame (24-6) /No. 4 Niles North (23-6). At Barrington No. 2 Mundelein (28-4) vs. No. 11 Deerfield (18-10) When: 7:30 p.m. today How they got here: Mundelein won its regional by beating No. 14 Stevenson 66-57 and No. 10 Waukegan 84-77. Deerfield beat No. 6 Buffalo Grove 54-44 and No. 3 Barrington 45-41 (ot) to win the Libertyville regional. Outlook: Mundelein’s drive to match the school record for wins set in 1994 includes a 73-59 decision over Deerfield on Jan. 22 where Robert Knar (20 ppg, 6 apg, 6 rpg) scored 21 and 6-8 Evansville-bound Ryan Sawvell (22 ppg, 11 rpg, 93 blocks) and Leavon Head scored 18 points apiece. Deerfield is 9-1 since then with its only loss by 2 points to Central Suburban North champion Niles North. “They beat a good Glenbrook North team and they’re a good team,” said Mundelein coach Dick Knar. “We were hot that game. They put a box-and-one on Robert and doubled Ryan whenever he got the ball and I don’t know if they’ll do that this time because other guys hit shots. I imagine it will be different.” Deerfield is vastly different from last year’s sectional semifinalist as it lost all of its key players to graduation — including all-state standout and Wisconsin freshman Duje Dukan. But the Warriors have grown up in their current stretch where junior G Mack Watts and seniors Scott Fenton, Sam Sternberg and John Carney have led six wins by 7 points or less. “(Bret Just) is a great coach,” Knar said. “They execute and they play hard.” Mundelein has won seven in a row since a 74-54 loss to Warren with seniors Dickie Knar, Charlie Gandolfi, David Delgado and Josh DeGuia all playing key roles. “Our guys are really focused,” Dick Knar said. “They’re very resilient.” What’s next: Winner plays in Friday’s 7:30 p.m. sectional championship against No. 1 Warren (28-3).

  • Who’s competing Mar 6, 2011 6:46 AM
    Who will be competing in the Team Dance Illinois championships on Sunday in Peoria.

  • Suburban high schools flock to TeamDance championships in Peoria Mar 6, 2011 7:48 PM
    Poms, flag teams and dancers from more than 100 high schools throughout Illinois are converging on the Peoria Civic Center today for one of prep sports' most colorful state championships. But if you think “best in poms” means a traditional halftime routine, think again. Just the name of the sanctioning organization — TeamDance Illinois — reflects the trend. In all, more than 2,000 students will be competing, as they showcase the best dance, flag and poms routines from throughout the state.

  • Boys basketball/Scouting Cook-Lake regional finals Mar 3, 2011 7:54 PM
    By Marty Maciaszek All games 7:30 p.m. today and listed in bracket order Class 4A regional championships Barrington sectional At Wheeling No. 1 Warren (26-3) vs. No. 8 Hersey (16-11): Did Tuesday’s struggle with No. 17 Highland Park have an impact on the Blue Devils, who have won 12 in a row with a balanced attack led by 6-7 Darius Paul (11 ppg, 6 rpg)? Hersey has solid wins over Niles North and Fremd in an up-and-down second half and will need big efforts from senior PG Connor Miklasz (13 ppg) and from 6-5 Tom Sutrinaitis (11.5 ppg) and 6-2 Justin Jobski (11.5) on the boards against the taller Devils. At Fremd No. 5 Fremd (18-9) vs. No. 13 Lake Forest (13-15): Lake Forest needed a miraculous 3-pointer by Thomas Durrett to beat Lake Zurich in OT on Monday but there was nothing dramatic in a solid defensive effort to upset No. 4 Zion-Benton 47-40 on Tuesday. Underclass-dominated Scouts don’t have a big-time scorer like recent years with Matt Vogrich or Mitch Hopfinger. Fremd still hasn’t forgotten last year’s upsetting early exit with seniors Zach Monaghan (22 ppg), 6-5 Jack Konopka and PG Quinton Brown looking to make amends with program’s first regional title since 2003. At Mundelein No. 2 Mundelein (27-4) vs. No. 10 Waukegan (12-12): Waukegan has faced what coach Ron Ashlaw called a “merciless” schedule in the post-Jereme Richmond era, but it still has a dynamic 1-2 punch of junior 6-3 all-state candidate Akeem Springs (20 ppg, 8 rpg) and senior guard Aaron Johnson. The Bulldogs need another big defensive effort similar to Wednesday’s 49-45 win over Prospect against Mundelein’s high-powered offense, led by all-state candidates in 6-8 Evansville-bound Ryan Sawvell (19 ppg, 11 rpg) and sophomore Robert Knar (20 ppg, 6 rpg, 5.4 apg). Mustangs can equal the school record for wins by the 1993-94 sectional finalist led by Kyle Kessel and claim their first regional since 2007. At Libertyville No. 3 Barrington (19-10) vs. No. 11 Deerfield (17-10): Balanced Broncos rebounded from Mid-Suburban League title-game loss with solid second half Tuesday against Libertyville. Boost off the bench from senior Lukas Osmundsen helped classmates Tyler Weathered (12 ppg) and Greg Gerrard and 6-7 junior John Schneider get a shot at second straight regional title and first 20-win season since 2004. Deerfield was hit hard by graduation but its only loss in its last nine games was by 2 points to Niles North. Senior John Carney had a career-high 23 points Wednesday against Buffalo Grove. New Trier sectional At Conant No. 1 Notre Dame (22-6) vs. No. 8 St. Patrick (15-11): Battle of nearby East Suburban Catholic Conference rivals has Notre Dame looking to avenge a 55-51 loss to St. Patrick on Jan. 14. That sent the Dons into a 6-5 finish to the regular season but they have the dangerous duo of 6-5 Quinton Chievous (21 ppg, 9 rpg) and Rodney Pryor (16.5 ppg, 6 rpg). Shamrocks have been up and down but are formidable with Kortney Darby, Royale Ewing and 6-5 Jacob Williams. At Glenbrook North No. 4 Niles North (21-6) vs. No. 5 Glenbrook North (19-8): One of the state’s best regional finals with the Central Suburban North co-champs. Niles North won its only regional title in its last 20-win season in 2000 and Glenbrook North looks for its third straight regional title and 14th. CSL champ Niles North 6-6 all-state candidate Abdel Nader (25 ppg, 9 rpg) scored 49 points in a 74-71 loss to the Spartans but the Vikings didn’t need that many overall to win the rematch 48-44. Glenbrook North has lost six of its last 11 but has 6-7 sophomore Andrew McAuliffe to contend with inside. At Evanston No. 7 New Trier (15-11) vs. No. 15 Schaumburg (16-11): Can Schaumburg continue the postseason magic under second-year coach Matt Walsh with a repeat regional title? Seniors Javon McDonald (16 ppg) and Kurt Kempema and junior Christian Spandiary (10 ppg) were big keys in last year’s sectional final run and they got a big boost in Tuesday’s upset of No. 2 Evanston as sophomores Kyle Bolger and Jimmy Lundquist combined for 25 points. New Trier coach Scott Fricke said 6-7 junior all-state candidate Connor Boehm (22.5 ppg, 12 rpg) “has been a horse” and he’s been helped by the return of standout G Austin Angel, a transfer from Rockford Boylan who missed much of the year from an appendectomy. At Maine West No. 3 Maine South (21-9) vs. No. 11 Niles West (17-11): Maine South won by 3 and 8 points over its CSL South rival but Niles West is on a six-game winning streak for second-year coach Bob Williams and Lauris Herth is back from injury to go with long-range threat Ramsan Younatham. Whether standout senior Tony Pierce will be able to play is a question for a team that hasn’t had its full lineup together most of the year. Maine South returned versatile 6-7 all-state candidate Matt Palucki (20 ppg, 9 rpg) from last year’s 29-win sectional champion but he has help inside from 6-5 Casey Bruce and outside from PG Tony Albano. Class 3A regional championships Ridgewood sectional At Gordon Tech No. 1 North Chicago (13-13) vs. No. 8 Gordon Tech (10-14): NSC Prairie co-champ North Chicago hopes its tough schedule pays off in a fourth straight regional title while Gordon Tech goes for its third straight. Junior all-state candidate Aaron Simpson (23 ppg, 6 rpg, 4 apg) leads the Warhawks; junior G David Andrews had 19 points in Gordon’s 64-43 semifinal win over Lake View. At Vernon Hills No. 4 Vernon Hills (17-10) vs. No. 5 Grayslake Central (16-12): For NSC Prairie co-champ Vernon Hills and all-state candidate Davaris Daniels (17 ppg, 7 rpg) to win the school’s first regional title in its 11-year history it will have to avenge a 56-50 loss two weeks ago to Grayslake Central. The Rams are looking for their third 3A title in four years and got a boost off the bench Wednesday from junior Savonte Williams after center C.J. Stempeck missed his third straight game because of illness. At Fenton No. 7 Fenton (10-19) vs. No. 15 Senn (6-13): Fenton and 1,000-point career scorer Dan Montano hope to make history for a program that won its only regional title in 1976. The Bison have held their last three opponents to less than 50 points. Senn overcame a 14-point deficit in the final 5:28 to upset No. 2 Grayslake North 68-66 as Quinnell Johnson had 17 points. At Lakes No. 3 Ridgewood (18-9) vs. No. 6 Lakes (9-19): Lakes has battled through injuries and the loss of two promising juniors to moves for a shot at its first regional title behind junior G Tanner Blain, who had 15 points in Wednesday’s win over Roosevelt. The Eagles lost their first six and last five regular-season games but in between ended North Chicago’s 43-game NSC Prairie winning streak. Ridgewood escaped Elmwood Park 67-66 on Tuesday and is led offensively by the trio of Andy Mazurczak, Pete Mroz and John Caravia.

  • What kind of danger is ahead? Feb 26, 2011 8:00 PM
    There are always plenty of potential traps which can knock a team off course en route to the state finals in Peoria.

  • Rolling Meadows’ win streak ends Feb 6, 2011 12:28 AM
    A tough shot and a tough no-call in the final seconds led to a tough ending to the six-game winning streak for Rolling Meadows’ boys basketball team on Saturday night in Skokie. But the Mustangs believed they set themselves up for a 55-54 nonconference loss as Niles West snapped a five-game losing streak on Tony Pierce’s acrobatic reverse baseline drive with 10 seconds to play. “We didn’t do the little things right,” said Meadows junior guard Tyler Gaedele, who scored 12 points and hit four 3-pointers. “We didn’t deserve to win the game,” Meadows coach Kevin Katovich said after Niles West rallied from a 39-29 deficit with 7:48 to play. “We did some things we didn’t do during the winning streak. “We had a size advantage and we didn’t get the rebounds we needed to (27-23 Niles West edge). I think our guys decided the game was over.” Meadows (11-10) had a 35-24 lead when it committed the first of its two fouls on 3-point attempts by Niles West (11-11). The Wolves had missed 10 of their first 11 tries behind the arc in the first three quarters. They went 6-for-8 in the fourth as Ramsan Younatham hit three in a row and Pierce (22 points) tied it at 51-51 with 1:20 left after a Meadows turnover. A Donte Logan drive 20 seconds later put Niles West up 53-51. “Coming into the game we knew the key was to stop their dribble penetration,” Gaedele said. “We did a terrible job of that, including me.” Paul Volkman (16 points) missed a tying chance in close but kept the rebound alive out to Mike Olson, who found Gaedele in the right corner for the go-ahead 3 with 37 seconds left. But Niles West ran down the clock and Pierce drove through baseline traffic and tossed in the game-winner high off the glass. “The guy hit an incredible shot but it shouldn’t have come down to that,” Gaedele said. Nor should it have come down to Meadows believing there should have been a foul called when point guard Brian Nelms had the ball stripped at the top of the key two seconds before time expired. “It was a much-needed win,” said Niles West coach Bob Williams, whose team had a tough loss to Evanston on Friday. “Our kids really battled. They’ve been close, been close, been close and it was nice to see the breaks kind of go the other way.” Buffalo Grove 79, Zion-Benton 73 (to): Nick Prus scored a career-high 35 points and hit five 3s as host Buffalo Grove (15-8) recovered after Zion-Benton (17-7) rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final four minutes of regulation and scored first in overtime. “Our kids turned the screws on defensively and finished the game very, very well,” said BG coach Ryan O’Connor. “It was a good character-builder after giving up so many points.” Prus also went 10-for-12 at the free-throw line. Dan Recht (15 points), Sam Wacker (13 points) and Jeff Zabrin (10 points) helped the Bison to their fourth win in five games. Maine West 65, Elk Grove 55: Maine West (13-8) didn’t want to suffer from an energy crisis after a Friday night loss to Central Suburban North co-leader Niles North. Junior Conor Hart scored 15 of his 20 points before halfine and Odera Eneogwe had 14 of his 20 points after the break for the Warriors. Kevin Garcia added 9 points and 6-9 junior Cody Zimmerman provided a big boost off the bench with 6 points as they led 33-24 at halftime. “I thought we battled hard and I was a little worried about tonight’s energy,” said Maine West coach Erik McNeill. “Before this on a Saturday we’ve never played with this much energy,” Hart said. “That was an accomplishment in itself to have that energy. “Emmett (point guard Turner-Jackson) and I were talking before the game that we have to stay focused, we have to be ready and come out strong.” Austin Amann scored 22 points and was 4-for-5 on 3s and Justin Flores had 14 points and was 3-for-6 on 3s for the Grenadiers (5-18). Hersey 53, Lake Zurich 49: Junior Justin Jobski scored all 10 of his points in a season-high 27-point fourth quarter as the host Huskies improved to 13-8. Junior Sean Reszotko led Hersey with 11 points while senior Tom Sutrinaitis added 10 at the Carter Gymnasium in Arlington Heights. The Huskies led 8-4 after one quarter and never looked back. “Our defense kept us in it,” said Hersey coach Steve Messer. “We spread out the floor at the end and they had to come out on us. We tried to attack and Justin made some cuts to the basket for his points in that last quarter.” Mirko Grcic led the Bears with 14 points while Drake Orser chipped in 8. Hoffman 62, Maine East 43: Matt Pahl scored a career-high 17 points and hit two 3-pointers and Austin Terry scored 17 points as host Hoffman Estates (5-16) snapped a five-game losing streak. Alex Bonds (12 points) and Eric Saubert (8 points) helped the Hawks to a season-high point total. Mark Roberts had 7 rebounds as they led 22-11 after a quarter and 36-15 at halftime. Fremd 63, Dundee-Crown 60: Zach Monaghan scored 25 points as Fremd (15-7) pulled out the nonconference road win. Jim Scharfe added 10 points and Garrett Peters had 9 points. Marian Catholic 46, St. Viator 31: An 11-0 second quarter run propelled Marian (10-14, 5-5) to the East Suburban Catholic Conference win over St. Viator (12-8, 4-5) in Chicago Heights. Dan Forde and Chris Myjak scored 7 points apiece for the Lions. Deerfield 57, Conant 50: Conant fell to 14-7 overall with the nonconference loss. College men After enduring a nine-day delay due to the blizzard of 2011 and an additional one hour and 15 minute delay to the conclusion of the Harper Wrestling Open, Harper (17-7) used a 12-2 run midway through the first half and never looked back in an 80-50 victory over visiting Truman College on Saturday afternoon at the Wellness and Sports Center. A pair of layups by Shonnon Barfield sandwiched around the first of six Garret Gatz (Conant) 3-pointers put Harper in front 14-7 with 15:23 left in the first half. After a basket by Jordan Metzger closed the gap to 24-19, Kemill Long (Hoffman Estates) converted a layup and Wes Wilcox (Lake Park) hit a 3-pointer to give Harper its first double-digit lead at 19-9 with 12:46 left in the first half. Truman (2-14) trailed 32-23 with 4:30 to go in the half, getting as close as six before a 12-3 spurt by the home team. Sophomore Perish Bell’s (Schaumburg) only points of the game came on a 10-foot buzzer-beater to give Harper a 44-26 halftime edge. Harper started the second half on 16-2 run behind 8 points from Gatz that extended the lead to 60-28 at the 15:16 mark. Gatz led all scorers with 22 points followed by teammates Barfield (18), Long (14), and Wilcox (11). Both Harper hoop squads will be at home today to face Wright College of Chicago as makeup games from Thursday’s postponements. The women tipoff 1 p.m. followed by the men at 3 p.m.

  • Boys basketball / Cook roundup Jan 29, 2011 11:24 PM
    Conant held visiting Lake Park to 6 points in the middle two quarters to earn a 45-36 nonconference boys basketball victory Saturday, its second straight win after snapping a three-game skid in conference play Friday. Lake Park outscored the Cougars (13-6) 20-14 in the fourth quarter, but Conant had built a 31-16 lead at that point. London Dokubo led Conant with 11 points and Brian Wadsworth had 10. Dominique Spencer had 11 points for Lake Park before fouling out, and Eric Eichholz had 9. Buffalo Grove 71, Niles West 62: Senior guard Nick Prus (19 points) and Jeff Zabrin (16) led the way as the host Bison earned nonconference victory. Dan Recht scored 10 points for the Bison (13-8). Prospect 62, Glenbrook North 48: Mike LaTulip scored 19 of his game-high 21 points in the second half as host Prospect picked up a nonconference win. The Knights limited themselves to 10 turnovers, including just 2 in the second half. “I’ve been waiting all season for this team to handle pressure, and they did it tonight,” said Prospect coach John Camardella. Terry Redding led Prospect (12-6) with 12 rebounds and scored 6 points; Danny O’Brien finished with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and LaTulip had 4 assists. Hersey 79, Niles North 68: Trevor Haas had a team-best 17 points for the host Huskies, Tom Sutrinaitis and Justin Jobski contributed 15 apiece and Connor Miklasz had 10 as Hersey withstood a 43-point effort by senior forward Abdel Nader to claim a nonconference triumph. Hersey (12-7) outscored Niles North by 6 points in the final quarter. Fremd 47, Lake Zurich 45: Zach Monaghan scored a game-high 27 points, including 3 3-pointers and 10-for-14 from the foul line as the Vikings held off visiting Lake Zurich in nonconference play. LZ’s Drake Orser missed a shot in the lane with three seconds left that would have tied the game. Monaghan hit a deep 3-pointer with 1:30 left to put Fremd (14-7) in front by 2 points. Mirko Grcic led Lake Zurich with 20 points and 8 rebounds.

  • Loyd's 40 helps Niles W. tops Lake Zurich Dec 28, 2010 9:31 PM
    Trying to stop Niles West’s Jewell Loyd wasn’t an easy task for Lake Zurich’s girls basketball team on Tuesday evening. Loyd, a junior, dropped in her second best scoring output of the season. She finished with 40 points and also pulled down 13 rebounds, blocked 7 shots and had 6 assists.

  • Hersey tops Niles West Nov 16, 2010 11:52 PM
    For openers, you couldn’t beat this one. And one player, although she gave it a great shot, couldn’t beat a team Tuesday night. Chicago-area girls basketball powers Hersey and Niles West kicked off their seasons Tuesday night in the Ken Carter Gymnasium with DePaul coach Doug Bruno, Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw and Tennessee assistant Dean Lockwood among those in the crowded stands. They were there to watch Niles West star junior Jewell Loyd, who didn’t disappoint with a career-high 45 points, the most Hersey coach Mary Fendley has seen in the Huskies gym since taking over the program 18 years ago. Fendley also saw her team take over the lead for good in the first quarter en route to a 66-56 triumph over the Wolves. Loyd wasn’t the only D-I player on the floor. Hersey senior Megan Rogowski, a DePaul recruit, picked up steam in the second half, scoring 18 of her 22 points (7-of-12 with 1 3-pointer in the game) while also guarding Loyd most of the game. “Our whole team was almost outscored by Jewell,” said Rogowski, who also contributed 10 rebounds and 8 assists. “She put up unbelievable numbers. I felt like she never missed. She’d pull up and hit. She’d take it to the basket. Forty-five points? Unheard of.” The Huskies played like they’ll be heard from all season. “We made only 5 turnovers,” Fendley said. “I told the girls I thought rebounding would be really important and I thought it was fantastic along with our defensive positioning.” Junior Maggie Hogen stepped up to grab 11 rebounds, eight on the offensive end, along with 6 points. Junior point guard Jen Hall delivered big in her first varsity start, collecting 15 points and 5 assists, while senior Stefanie Mueller added 11 points. “It was really exciting to make my first start,” said the 5-foot-5 Hall. “I loved it. I’ve been waiting two years for this.” Loyd’s previous career best was 40 points against New Trier last season. “She’s amazing, unbelievable,” Hall said. “What a great player.” “Yes, I scored 40-something, but we didn’t win it means nothing,” said Loyd, who was 18-of-31 from the field with 6 3-pointers and 6-of-7 on free throws. “I could have scored 50 points, but if we don’t win, it means nothing. “We just all have to get better as a team and see what happens Thursday (vs Zion-Benton).” Wolves coach Tony Konsewicz called it “probably the best high school girls basketball performance” he had seen. “I’ve seen Jewell since the sixth grade and every time I see her she gets better,” he said. “And (Megan Rogowski) is a top notch player. She wore down Molly (Kleppin, Wolves sophomore guard defending Rogowski). “We just didn’t have anyone else step up. It was just a lack of a supporting cast.” Rogowski had back-to-back assists for fast-break layups by Mueller and Hall late in the first half to give Hersey a 29-22 advantage. The Wolves got to within 34-32 late in the third quarter on a pair of free throws by Loyd but Hersey answered with a 3-pointer by Hall, 2 free throws and an off-balance 16-footer by Rogowski to extend the lead to 39-32. Hersey led by double-digits the entire fourth quarter. Huskies senior Michaela Dwyer scored all 5 of her points in the second half. “It was our goal to step up as a team and help Megan,” Hall said. “Rebounding was huge for us. “And we definitely knew Megan would start making her shots. It was just a matter of time.”

  • Daniels, Vernon Hills meet Niles West's challenge Mar 8, 2011 4:59 PM
    Vernon Hills' DaVaris Daniels was asked on Thursday to make a repeat performance. The team needed him to start at quarterback.

  • Scouting Niles West at Vernon Hills Aug 27, 2010 12:01 AM
    Niles West (2-7) at Vernon Hills (8-3)

  • Position switch doesn't slow Elk Grove's Balzano Apr 10, 2010 9:48 PM
    Elk Grove all-area softball player Jessica Balzano wears the same No. 4 on her jersey that her mother sported as a standout softball player at Prospect in the 1980s.

  • Lake Park finishes off Niles West Mar 4, 2010 12:01 AM
    A 13-point run in the first quarter had Lake Park feeling good about its start, but coach Josh Virostko was more concerned about the Lancers' finish.

  • Schaumburg hopes start is a positive sign Feb 24, 2010 12:01 AM
    Schaumburg hopes its start in Tuesday night's Mid-Suburban League boys basketball crossover is a good sign for next week when it hosts a Class 4A regional.

  • Cook County boys basketball roundup Feb 7, 2010 12:01 AM
    Hoffman Estates' boys basketball team had 1 more point at halftime Saturday night than it did for the entire 32 minutes in a loss 24 hours earlier to Palatine.

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