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  • Elgin CC seeks women’s volleyball coach Feb 1, 2014 9:39 PM
    Elgin Community College is seeking a head women’s volleyball coach for the 2014 season. Interested parties can contact athletic director Kent Payne at (847) 214-7552 or via email at kpayne@elgin.edu.

     
  • Burlington Central notches victory Jan 31, 2014 10:53 PM
    Burlington Central got in only one practice this week due to weather cancellations, and boy did it show in the first half against Rockford Christian. The Rockets started out pretty ragged, but got things together in the second half while pulling away to a 55-43 victory in Big Northern East boys basketball action on Rocket Hill. The Rockets got a huge lift from their bench. In fact, their top three scorers were nonstarters: James Raney with 12 points, Brett Rau with 11, and Ryan Fitzgerald with 10. Central’s reserves outscored their starters, 35-20.

     
  • Playing to the weather is never easy Jan 28, 2014 5:58 PM
    In his early coaching days Mark Smith used to worry about the inactivity that comes with winter weather canceling school, practices and games. But now the Burlington Central girls basketball coach realizes everyone’s in the same boat. “No one has an advantage and there’s not much you can do about it,” Smith, who is also the former boys coach at St. Charles North, said Tuesday. “We’ll just pick it up (Wednesday) and move on.”

     
  • Diverse music highlights Elgin piano concert Jan 25, 2014 8:32 PM
    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.

     
  • Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup Jan 25, 2014 11:11 PM
    Harvest Christian 42, Christian Liberty 22: Kylee Knox led Harvest Christian (11-8) to a victory against Christian Liberty Saturday in a nonconference game that was scheduled after the Northeastern Athletic Conference tournament was canceled due to the weather. Knox had 25 points, including a 6-for-6 free throw performance. Harvest Christian 52, Luther North 49: The Lions (11-8) also defeated Luther North. Kylee Knox led Harvest Christian with 24 points. Rachel Oostdyk finished with 12 points and Morgan Lockwood added 11 points. Grayslake Central 39, Hampshire 33: The Whip-Purs (7-13, 2-7) suffered a loss to Fox Valley Conference Fox Division opponent Grayslake Central Saturday. Sara Finn led Hampshire with 9 points, while Tricia Dumoulin contributed 8 points. Hersey 55, Cary-Grove 29: Katie Barker led the Trojans (13-9) with 12 points during nonconference competition against Hersey. St. Edward 35, Rosary 34: Katie Swanson helped lead the Green Wave (13-7, 5-2) to victory in Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division play Saturday. Swanson (12 points) made a free throw with 6.6 seconds left in the game to put St. Edward up by one. Casey Gredzieleski finished with 8 points for St. Edward. St. Charles North 67, Larkin 47: The Royals (7-14, 2-7) suffered an Upstate Eight Conference River Division loss Saturday. Marlee Kyles led Larkin with 19 points, while Quixmia Washington (14 points) and Victoria Patterson (10) also contributed. Postponements: Dundee-Crown’s scheduled FVC Valley game at McHenry was postponed due to a contract mix-up, and Burlington Central’s Big Northern East game at Genoa-Kingston was postponed due to the weather.

     
  • Burlington Central squeaks past N. Boone Jan 23, 2014 10:49 PM
    It wasn’t exactly Pack the Place, but the relatively few hardy souls who turned out on Rocket Hill on a frigid weeknight saw a pretty entertaining basketball game. In the end, Burlington Central held off North Boone, 72-70, in a Big Northern East boys thriller.

     
  • Sycamore controls Burlington Central Jan 21, 2014 11:53 PM
    It was a far different Sycamore boys basketball team that controlled host Burlington Central throughout Tuesday’s 64-49 nonconference game than the one the Rockets defeated 54-51 on Nov. 30. Nine players on the Sycamore basketball roster also played football for a successful team that lost to Montini in a Class 5A state semifinal on Nov. 23. Those players had only the benefit a walk-through before they faced Central at the Spartans’ annual Thanksgiving tournament, according to Spartans coach Drew Stacy.

     
  • Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week Jan 21, 2014 1:00 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.

     
  • ECC to hold free session on new social media courses Jan 20, 2014 8:51 AM
    The ECC Continuing Education Department will host a free information session on social media marketing Thursday, Jan. 23, at 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. The session will be held from 6-7 p.m. in Building E, room 100.01.

     
  • ECC receives grant to help workers over 50 get back to work Jan 20, 2014 12:37 PM
    Elgin Community College has been awarded a grant from AARP for its Back to Work 50+ program. Students will receive training in the areas of healthcare, office administration, and human services. They also will be provided orientation, coaching, financial literacy, training scholarships, and special access to employers.

     
  • Frazier’s title highlights Batavia’s 7th-place finish Jan 18, 2014 11:14 PM
    Noah Frazier was on the defensive the entire day. But the Batavia 195-pound wrestler is having a junior year to remember. A defensive stalwart on its championship football team, Frazier did not allow any offensive points against him in storming to the title of the Bulldogs’ 18-team invitational on Saturday afternoon in Batavia.

     
  • Fremd’s fast start finishes Burlington Central Jan 18, 2014 10:40 PM
    Fremd wasted little time jumping out to an early lead against Burlington Central. The Vikings led from start to finish as junior guard Haley Gorecki scored the game’s first 8 points during a 55-35 victory over the Rockets in Saturday’s 24th annual McDonald’s Shootout at Willowbrook.

     
  • Farmers lobby Kane forest officials to keep ComEd off local farms Jan 17, 2014 7:19 PM
    Kane County Forest Preserve District officials are interested in haggling with ComEd over the rights to run new power lines and towers through the Muirhead preserve. In short, if ComEd comes up without enough money, commissioners may be willing to allow the lines to run along existing railroad tracks. That would make private farmers in the area happy. The lines will run through their property in the current plan.

     
  • Huntley improving with every match Jan 16, 2014 7:49 PM
    The Huntley wrestling team has put together an impressive body of work thus far this season. To start the week, the Red Raiders were 14-1 overall in duals and 2-1 in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action. Huntley also has fared well in tournament action, placing third out of 10 teams at Fenton, third out of 15 at Harvard and fifth out of 25 at Sycamore.

     
  • Larkin ready for challenge from O’Mara, Benet Jan 16, 2014 7:20 PM
    Following last Friday’s convincing win at No. 16 Neuqua Valley, No. 4 Larkin faces another tough road test at No. 7 Benet Academy on Saturday. The challenge facing Larkin (14-2) senior forwards Drew Jones (6-5), Brayden Royse (6-5) and freshman Christian Negron (6-5) is Benet 6-foot-9 center Sean O’Mara. Committed to Xavier, O’Mara scored 17 points last Friday in the Redwings’ 61-56 win at No. 8 York (14-2). Like Benet (9-4), Larkin has played a tough nonconference schedule, including games against Morgan Park and Zion-Benton. However, the Royals have yet to face a big man as skilled as O’Mara.

     
  • Images: Woodstock vs. Burlington Central boys basketball Jan 15, 2014 8:55 PM
    Woodstock visited Burlington Central for a boys basketball matchup on Wednesday, January 15.

     
  • Burlington Central wins with defense Jan 15, 2014 9:28 PM
    On a night when its offense was as frigid as the temperature outside, the Burlington Central boys basketball team relied on defense to win. The Rockets, who made just 13 of 56 shots for 23 percent, wreaked havoc on Woodstock defensively and pulled away late in the fourth quarter for a 37-28 nonconference win on Rocket Hill. “We battled and found a way to get the W,” said Central coach Brett Porto. “It wasn’t pretty and there were a lot of people shaking their heads but someone had to win and we won.”

     
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in and around the Fox Valley aim to inspire Jan 14, 2014 3:28 PM
    A great leader deserves to be honored and remembered. Here’s where you can find Martin Luther King Jr. events in and around the Fox Valley.

     
  • South Elgin has just enough to topple Burlington Central Jan 14, 2014 10:45 PM
    South Elgin girls basketball coach Tim Prendergast doesn’t look at Mackie Kelleher as a freshman anymore. And the 6-foot-2 varsity rookie didn’t play like a freshman Tuesday night. Kelleher scored a game-high 15 points and the Storm held off a late Burlington Central rally to beat the Rockets 47-45 in a nonconference game at South Elgin.

     
  • Big Tuesday night on tap in Fox Valley Jan 13, 2014 8:21 PM
    It may not qualify as “rivalry night” across the board but it most definitely is an interesting and busy Tuesday around the Fox Valley in girls basketball. There are two rivalry games on tap — Bartlett at Streamwood and Dundee-Crown at Jacobs — as well as three other games that should draw some fan interest, one of which could have some conference implications to it.

     
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