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  • Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week Jan 7, 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 and boys basketball.

     
  • ECC buys remaining Spartan Meadows land Jan 5, 2014 12:03 PM
    Elgin Community College recently purchased the remaining 41 acres of the former Spartan Meadows Golf Course for yet-to-be-determined expansion. The sale of the property, just south of the college’s campus at McLean Boulevard and Spartan Drive, was finalized last month. It culminates an $8 million deal struck almost a year ago with the city of Elgin for the land, said Sharon Konny, ECC vice president of business and finance.

     
  • Burlington Central passes up Harvard Jan 3, 2014 11:08 PM
    The holidays are over but the season of sharing continued for the Burlington Central boys basketball team in Harvard on Friday. Thirteen of the Rockets’ 25 field goals were assisted in a 60-47 Big Northern East victory over the Hornets. “That’s our team,” Central coach Brett Porto said of the we-first mentality. “When the ball touches multiple people’s hands on a possession, we usually get a great shot."

     
  • Plenty of highlights in this first half Jan 3, 2014 9:03 PM
    The best is yet to come as the conference wars kick into high gear, but first let’s recap some highlights from an exciting first half of the boys basketball season in the Fox Valley coverage area.

     
  • Burlington Central overwhelms Richmond-Burton Jan 3, 2014 8:54 PM
    The Burlington Central girls basketball team wanted to start the new year on a high note. Coming off a 2-2 Charger Classic at Dundee-Crown against bigger schools, Central certainly began the year well Friday night. Central dominated Richmond-Burton from the start and cruised to a 51-28 Big Northern East victory.

     
  • Images: Burlington Central vs. Maine South girls basketball Dec 30, 2013 7:54 PM
    Burlington Central takes on Maine South on the final day of the Charger Classic girls basketball tournament at Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville.

     
  • Aurora Christian tops Burlington Central for 3rd Dec 30, 2013 11:24 PM
    Jonathan Harrell left the Aurora Christian locker room Monday with the third-place trophy from the Plano Christmas Tournament in one hand and his gym bag in the other. Inside that gym bag was a reminder of the pain he’s been through the last few days — and also some examples of how he’s making it through.

     
  • Burlington Central denied consolation title Dec 30, 2013 6:22 PM
    The end result may not have been what the Burlington Central girls basketball team was shooting for, but the overall mission was most definitely accomplished. Playing in the Charger Classic Christmas Tournament at Dundee-Crown for the first time, the Rockets battled but fell short Monday, losing the consolation championship game to 2012 tournament champion Maine South 44-38.

     
  • Morris rallies from 18 down, stuns Burlington Central Dec 28, 2013 11:32 PM
    Burlington Central played a first half to remember Saturday night in the second semifinal of the Plano Christmas Classic, taking an 18-point lead over Morris. Unfortunately for the Rockets, they came back with a second half they would love to forget, squadering the lead and a chance to play for the tournament championship with a 52-45 loss.

     
  • Burlington Central gets shot at Dundee-Crown hardware Dec 28, 2013 4:58 PM
    Every basketball game has a winner and a loser on the scoreboard when it’s over, and while Burlington Central’s girls team came out on the winning side, St. Charles North coach Sean Masoncup wasn’t lamenting the loss. In fact, both Masoncup and BC coach Mark Smith — friends for many years who both teach in the St. Charles school district — sounded like clear winners after the Rockets held off the North Stars 53-47 in a consolation bracket game of the 31st annual Charger Classic at Dundee-Crown Saturday afternoon.

     
  • Burlington Central heads to Plano semis Dec 27, 2013 11:17 PM
    Burlington Central 75, Yorkville 64: Duncan Ozburn scored 22 points and had 9 rebounds to lead the Rockets (9-2) into the semifinals of the Plano Christmas Classic, where they will face Morris at 8:30 p.m. today. Sean Fitzgerald and James Raney each had 13 points for Burlington Central. “We came out and played really well in the second half,” said BC coach Brett Porto, whose team led just 33-32 at halftime. “Ozburn had a really good game inside tonight.” Cary-Grove 49, Lakes 34: Cary-Grove jumped to a 10-0 lead and relied on defense to avenge a 6-point road loss to the Eagles on Dec. 13 with this victory at the Hinkle Holiday Classic at Jacobs Friday. Jason Gregoire scored 26 points to lead the Trojans (6-6) into the consolation championship game against South Elgin at 4:30 p.m. “It was a really good team win,” Gregoire said. “It was a big win because we lost to them before so we really came out with a chip on our shoulder. We really wanted to win this game. I thought we locked down on defense and that was the reason why.” The victory was the third straight for the Trojans, who limited their opponent to a season-low 34 points for the second straight game. “Defensively, we got back and we didn’t want to press,” Cary-Grove coach Ralph Schuetzle said. “We just said let’s be good, be solid in the half court and not let them penetrate. We switched all screens and they really couldn’t attack us very well. And we got on the glass. The first time we played they just murdered us on the glass.” Junior guard Tramone Hudson led Lakes (4-8) with 11 points. The Eagles will face Crystal Lake South for seventh place at 3 p.m. “The first 3 games (of the tournament) we’ve shown some good things, but this was a setback, obviously,” Lakes coach Chris Snyder said. “Being a young team, we just weren’t ready for Cary-Grove in terms of energy. We’re still learning those little lessons in the big picture of things.” Hampshire 64, Harlem 63: Down by 6 points with 2 minutes left in overtime, Hampshire stormed back to win its second straight on the final day of the Chuck Dayton Tournament in DeKalb. Ryan Cork led the Whip-Purs (5-8) with 30 points. Matthew Bridges scored 9 for Hampshire and Trey Schramm had 8. St. Edward 67, Perspectives Charter 61: DaVontae Elam scored 23 points and Joseph French added 15 to lead the Green Wave (12-1) at the IC/Westmont Tournament. Nick Duffy added 11 points and Danny Favela had 10 for St. Edward. Wauconda 63, Westminster Christian 50: Brad Barker had 16 points and Sam Carani added 12 for Westminster (6-7) at the E.C. Nichols Tournament in Marengo. Chicago Alcott 64, Streamwood 51: Cole Seger had 17 points to lead Streamwood at the Wheeling tournament.

     
  • Images: Burlington Central vs. Dundee-Crown girls basketball Dec 27, 2013 6:35 PM
    Burlington Central and. Dundee-Crown competed in the Dundee-Crown girls basketball Christmas tournament at Dundee-Crown on Friday, Dec. 27.

     
  • Burlington Central handles Dundee-Crown Dec 27, 2013 10:53 PM
    Burlington Central’s girls basketball team got the message. Loud and clear. After a horrid shooting night against Mother McAuley on Thursday, Rockets’ coach Mark Smith made it clear he expected his team to take a more aggressive approach to the painted area of the basketball floor — and he didn’t mean the 3-point arc. Yes, everyone knows the Rockets love to launch 3s, and when they’re going in BC can put up a lot of points. But Smith wanted his team to show some aggression taking the ball to the basket on Friday when the Rockets took on host Dundee-Crown in the 31st annual Charger Classic. And, boy, did the Rockets pay attention to their coach. Central scored a whopping 52 points either in the paint or on free throws as the result of fouls called in the paint and beat D-C 56-42.

     
  • McAuley hands Burlington C. first loss Dec 26, 2013 11:29 PM
    A little stage fright, some early missed shots and way too much Elizabeth Nye sent the Burlington Central girls basketball team to its first loss of the season Thursday night. Playing in the Charger Classic at Dundee-Crown for the first time, the Rockets fell behind Mother McAuley 22-7 midway through the second quarter and could never recover in a 57-41 loss in the opening round of the 31st annual tournament in Carpentersville.

     
  • Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup Dec 26, 2013 10:31 PM
    St. Edward 56, Westmont 47: DaVontae Elam scored 23 points to lead St. Edward (11-1) to a win in the first round of the IC/Westmont tournament. Nick Duffy added 11 points and John Butzow had 10 for the Green Wave. Hampshire 99, Belvidere North 91: Matthew Bridges led five Hampshire players in double figures with 25 points as the Whip-Purs (4-8) won for the first time at the Chuck Dayton Tournament in DeKalb. Trey Schramm added 18 points for Hampshire, while Drew Doran had 16 and Austin Spaeth and Ryan Cork 14 each. Burlington Central 66, Somonauk 46: Reed Hunnicutt had 17 points and Brett Rau added 14 for the Rockets (8-2) at the Plano Christmas Classic. Cary-Grove 50, Crystal Lake Central 34: Cary-Grove outscored the Tigers 17-6 in the third quarter to turn a 1-point halftime lead into a 38-26 advantage through three quarters of this pool play victory at the Hinkle Holiday Classic at Jacobs. Junior guard Jason Gregoire led the Trojans with 22 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and senior guard Tyler Szydlo scored 15 points for Cary-Grove, which won consecutive games for the first time this season to finish 2-1 in pool play. Wheeling 63, Streamwood 48: The Sabres stayed within 3 points of the Hardwood Classic hosts for a half, but they were outscored 34-22 in the second half of this consolation bracket game. Junior forward Max Draper (6-foot-4) scored a game-high 15 points for junior forward Cole Segar scored 10 points and guard Jacob Siewert added 9 points for Streamwood (1-9), which next faces Chicago Alcott on Friday at 10:30 a.m.

     
  • N. Aurora teacher wins top award in agriculture Dec 22, 2013 8:00 AM
    Cathy Britts-Axen of North Aurora was named the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year for an agriculture unit she started at Central Middle School in Burlington three years ago. But she deflected the glory. “It’s a group effort — it’s really a team effort,” she said. “I think I had the vision, but all the teachers put in their vision and had a big impact on this whole project, so really the award goes to the whole eighth-grade team.”

     
  • ECC, faculty reach tentative 3-year deal Dec 20, 2013 4:12 PM
    A tentative agreement for a new faculty contract at Elgin Community College was reached, officials said. Negotiating teams for the college’s faculty association — which represents 526 part-time and full-time instructors — and the college board reached a tentative agreement on Thursday for a new three-year contract. Details of the agreement will not be released until it is ratified by union members and the board of trustees.

     
  • New Hinkle Holiday Classic format more fan-friendly Dec 19, 2013 9:41 PM
    The schedule makers at Jacobs High School have redesigned their boys basketball tournament with the high school fan in mind. Previously, teams in the same pool played their games back to back. That system made it convenient for coaches to scout upcoming opponents, but the casual fan had to pick and choose the most attractive matchups to see over a 12-hour span. In an effort to maximize attendance this Saturday, the opening-day schedule has been adjusted to showcase four of the day’s most compelling matchups consecutively, beginning at 3 p.m.

     
  • Genoa-Kingston upends Burlington Central Dec 19, 2013 10:14 PM
    Despite heading into the fourth quarter with a 5 point lead, the Burlington Central boys basketball team couldn’t sustain the advantage Thursday night and fell at home to Genoa-Kingston, 62-59, in a Big Northern East contest.

     
  • Charger Classic at Dundee-Crown strong as ever Dec 18, 2013 9:24 PM
    Teri Rodgers calls it “a litmus test.” The New Trier girls basketball coach also says being the No. 1 seed at the Dundee-Crown Charger Classic Christmas Tournament really means little. “Calling someone a No. 1 seed is kind of silly,” Rodgers says. “There's 16 great teams. It's a great test because you know you're going to go out and play really good teams. It's a litmus test. You come away from Dundee-Crown knowing your strengths and weaknesses and you can work on the weaknesses for the rest of the year. You can only have that true test when you're playing quality teams, which is what you get at Dundee-Crown.” New Trier is one of the last originals of the Charger Classic, now in its 31st year. And while others — most recently Montini — have put together good tournaments, Dundee-Crown has stood the test of time of being one of the top holiday tournaments year in and year out.

     
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