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  •  South Elgin’s Laura McIntosh falls over Neuqua Valley’s Malia Smith Monday as they chase a loose ball in South Elgin.

    Crazy game, UEC Valley title to Neuqua Valley Feb 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Of the many words that could be used to describe Neuqua Valley’s 65-61 girls basketball win at South Elgin Monday night, one is all that’s needed. Craziness. In a game that saw 47 fouls called, 71 free throws attempted, two bloody lips, three technical fouls and one coach ejection, the end result was the Wildcats claiming their second straight Upstate Eight Valley championship.

     
  •  Neuqua Valley’s Najee Smith falls as South Elgin’s Nadia Yang defends.

    Images: South Elgin vs. Neuqua Valley girls basketball Feb 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    South Elgin played Neuqua Valley Monday, Feb. 3 for girls basketball.

     
  • The Soapbox Feb 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    There's still much to say about the weather, editors find, as well as topics like school air-conditioning (yes, in February) and the governor's speech.

     
  • Part of the performance by St. Francis High School in Wheaton that earned the team a spot in Saturday's finals.

    Stage is set for Saturday's state dance championships Jan 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Plenty of suburban high schools have made the finals of the IHSA state competitive dance championships, which will be held Saturday in Bloomington. Ninety teams qualified to go downstate, but now only 30 remain.

     
  • Waubonsie Valley tops Neuqua Valley in OT Jan 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Great timing for Waubonsie Valley’s student cheering section to go with a pajama theme. Their boys made a dream come true.

     
  • The Naperville Central High School dance team takes part in the Competitive Dance preliminary round Friday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.

    Images: Competitive Dance Prelims, DuPage and the Fox Valley Jan 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    The preliminary round for DuPage County and Fox Valley schools at the IHSA Competitive Dance state championships on Friday, January 30th, in Bloomington.

     
  • The Libertyville High School dance team takes part in the Competitive Dance preliminary round Friday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington.

    Images: Competitive Dance Prelims, Northwest and Lake County Jan 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    The preliminary round for Northwest suburban and Lake County teams of the IHSA Competitive Dance state championships took place Friday, January 30th, in Bloomington.

     
  • Indian Prairie considering referendum to add air conditioning at 20 schools Jan 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Indian Prairie Unit District 204 might look to voters for additional money to pay for air-conditioning units for 20 of its schools that don't have cooling systems. The school board this week began considering ways to pay the estimated $13.6 million cost of installing units called ductless air conditioners to cool roughly 650 classrooms.

     
  • Geneva shatters school record, wins UEC Jan 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    It was a night of bests for one of the best girls gymnastics teams in the state, as well as others, during Thursday’s Upstate Eight Conference Meet at Neuqua Valley in Naperville. Geneva’s Claire Ginsberg, Dominique Brognia, Grace Ginsberg, Megan Beitzel, McKenna Merges and Claire Scatterday made school history with, by far, the best gymnastics performance in Vikings history. They shattered the previous school scoring record of 146.275, established at last year’s Geneva regional, with 149.15 points to easily win the conference meet.

     
  • Neuqua Valley handles South Elgin Jan 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Neuqua Valley may have had a different coach running the team Thursday night, but it was the usual Wildcats effort and yet another Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division win.

     
  •  Photos from the Wheaton North at Addison Trail boys basketball game on Monday, Dec. 9.

    Addison Trail takes a leap forward Jan 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Addison Trail boys basketball coach Brendan Lyons talks often about the process of becoming a better team. Last weekend he was able to talk about the rewards of the process.

     
  • Plainfield charity helps children who lose parents in vehicle crashes Jan 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Plainfield-based group, the Little Footprints Foundation, tries to help children ages 4 to 14 who have lost parents in auto accidents by providing money over an 18-month period to buy clothes. The group's founder says she now wants to reach out to the children of the tollway worker killed in Monday's crash along I-88.

     
  • Kathy Birkett

    Superintendent search ‘on schedule’ in Dist. 204 Jan 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Indian Prairie District 204’s search for a superintendent to succeed Kathy Birkett is progressing on schedule, and board members plan to choose the right candidate for the job by late February or early March. School board President Lori Price said board members who reviewed resumes during a recent closed meeting “were very impressed with the candidates” that poured in from across the country through Iowa-based search firm Ray and Associates, Inc.

     
  •  Niki Lazar of Neuqua and Anna Tracy of South Elgin move the ball during the South Elgin at Neuqua Valley girls basketball game Wednesday.

    Neuqua Valley handles South Elgin Jan 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    The third time was a charm, and now Neuqua Valley is hoping the fourth time come Saturday also will bring good results. After two weather cancellations this month, South Elgin finally was able to come to Naperville and take on the Wildcats in a battle of Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division front-runners Wednesday night. Neuqua Valley stayed perfect in league play with a 53-46 win and now has a two-game lead on the Storm (15-7, 7-2)

     
  •  Photos from the South Elgin at Neuqua Valley girls basketball game in Naperville.

    Images: South Elgin at Neuqua Valley girls basketball Jan 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Neuqua Valley hosted South Elgin Wednesday, Jan. 30 for girls basketball

     
  • Montini’s Rainey Kuykendall, top, controls the ball over Bolingbrook’s Daija Hurks during Monday’s 24th annual McDonald’s Shootout at Willowbrook High School.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week Jan 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Daily Herald Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports images by our photographers featuring the best from girls basketball, wrestling, swimming, gymnastics and boys basketball.

     
  • COURTESY OF WINGS WINGS CEO Rebecca Darr with husband, Joe.

    Darr wants to spread WINGS nationwide to help domestic abuse victims Jan 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kukec's People features Rebecca Darr, who helps countless victims of domestic abuse through WINGS, is in the midst of expanding the shelter in Chicago and plans to go national in a couple of years.

     
  • Dist. 204 likely to remain in online learning consortium Jan 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    Naperville Unit District 203 and Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 have agreed to go forward with the second phase of planning for an online learning consortium, and on Monday night, board members in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 could decide to jump in with them.

     
  • Waubonsee offers series on financial aid Jan 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    February marks Financial Aid Awareness Month, and Waubonsee Community College has planned a series of free public events to help students learn more about receiving financial aid for the 2014-2015 school year.

     
  •  More than 1,000 people attended all three shows of American Grands XIX, a concert featuring 462 pianists performing on 12 grand pianos, on Saturday at Elgin Community College.

    Diverse music highlights Elgin piano concert Jan 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    With piano players of all age and skill levels performing a diverse catalog of songs that included Lady Gaga, Beethoven, Woody Guthrie there was something for everyone at the American Grands XIX concerts Saturday in Elgin. Organizers arranged the program by ability, which meant there were some interesting combinations onstage. “You literally might have a 6-year-old sitting next to somebody who’s 76 and for me, that’s one of the joys of the program,” said Colin Holman, the American Grands conductor.

     
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