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  • Plenty to be excited about at West Aurora Aug 22, 2014 3:14 PM
    West Aurora coach Nate Eimer’s first statement about his team included the word “excited.” Three times. The Blackhawks graduate is three-times excited because he sees his team’s experience, speed and physicality. Take Drake Spears. He’s got all three.

  • St. Charles East excited about fresh start Aug 22, 2014 3:12 PM
    A change in head coaches brings excitement. That’s the scene at St. Charles East, where former head sophomore coach Bryce Farquhar succeeds five-year varsity head man Mike Fields, who resigned in March. Credit goes to St. Charles East athletic director Mike Sommerfeld and the school brain trust for rewarding a program man. The move seems to have sparked the Saints while retaining consistency.

  • Aurora Central loses size, gains speed Aug 22, 2014 2:52 PM
    Aurora Central Catholic welcomes back two players who will significantly impact a Chargers squad that seeks a third straight playoff berth for the first time since the 1990s.

  • Aurora Christian making smooth transition Aug 22, 2014 2:54 PM
    Challenges? Aurora Christian’s up for them. Midseason injuries hammered the Eagles last season yet they reached the Class 3A semifinals. This year they play in a new conference, under a new head coach, with basically all new personnel.

  • Geneva looks to light it up Aug 22, 2014 2:55 PM
    Geneva’s football season started with a bang back on May 13. That’s when quarterback Daniel Santacaterina committed to Northern Illinois University’s full scholarship offer. That out of the way, the returning starter can fully concentrate on making the Vikings the improved team they look to be.

  • Kaneland looking to new core Aug 22, 2014 2:56 PM
    After last season Kaneland graduated a great class in terms of experience, talent and size. Gone is three-year starting quarterback Drew David, who ranks among the state’s all-time leaders in pass completions, passing touchdowns and passing yardage. Also gone is the literal bulk of two-, three- and — in the case of Alex Snyder, who played in 43 victories, the most in Kaneland history — four-year starters.

  • Vernon Hills still young Aug 22, 2014 10:19 PM
    [No Paragraph Style]NewsOn the day a national news story broke regarding academic fraud with the University of Notre Dame’s football team, a TV helicopter hovered over Vernon Hills’ Rust-Oleum Field. TV personnel parked their vans, waiting and hoping to speak to Cougars coach Bill Bellecomo about ex-VH wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, one of the players mentioned in the ND story. Forget it.

  • Lakes has plenty of experience to work with Aug 22, 2014 10:09 PM
    The reloading process is underway. It’s nearing its 11th month, actually. When star quarterback T.J. Edwards went down last season with an injury, while his football team was in the midst of another undefeated run through its division, Lakes got a sneak peek at 2014.

  • Tall task ahead for Andriola, Grant Aug 22, 2014 10:10 PM
    A rainy day provided Vito Andriola a ray of sunshine. Under the bright lights of Grant’s old varsity gym, the school’s new head football coach saw bright spots. While the Bulldogs scrimmaged using half the gym, other players practiced in the lobby of the auditorium. It was the team’s first time practicing indoors. “I was really happy,” Andriola said after the weekday practice. “You can see a lot indoors.”

  • Round Lake hopes faster means better Aug 22, 2014 10:13 PM
    Football linemen stood on a track, ready to sprint. Race officials holding stopwatches put them down in favor of ... calendars. “A team would come here for track (in the spring) and we’d have 40 guys running the 100,” Round Lake football coach Jordan Eder joked. “Not that we were going to win, but it was something we could track and a way to keep them running and in shape.” Having seen at previous assistant-coaching stops at Grant and Carmel the benefits of football players running track, Eder focused on the strategy after taking over at Round Lake last year. He counted about 70 Panthers who swapped their football cleats for track cleats in the spring. The results were immediate — fast.

  • Grayslake North will have ability to score again Aug 22, 2014 10:04 PM
    Back during its first season of varsity football in the fall of 2006, Grayslake North scored a total of 49 points over nine games. Shortly after that, the Knights revamped their entire offense and put an emphasis on a high-flying, up-tempo, pass-oriented attack. Points came at a much more furious clip. Last season, Grayslake North (7-3) averaged nearly 34 points a game and scored more than 40 points in five of 10 games.

  • Elgin has a goal — be playoff eligible Aug 22, 2014 10:15 PM
    It will be among the top storylines of the football season if Elgin realizes its goal of making the playoffs after a winless 2013 season. Second-year coach Kyle Rohde said his players would have to stay healthy, improve weekly and get some breaks to go their way, but he doesn’t rule a postseason push out of the realm of possibility.

  • Batavia poised for more big things Aug 22, 2014 2:55 PM
    Batavia’s football program is in full reload mode. Coach Dennis Piron’s Bulldogs come off the Class 6A state title, the school’s first football title. Batavia has won the last three Upstate Eight Conference River division titles unbeaten at 6-0.

  • Cam-do attitude evident at Antioch Aug 22, 2014 3:21 PM
    Antioch's football team was young last year, but the Sequoits still made the postseason and have high hopes for an even deeper playoff run this fall.

  • Exciting times at Wauconda Aug 22, 2014 10:22 PM
    It’s the biggest “W” in Wauconda history, and a celebration awaits. Splashed in the middle of Wauconda’s new turf field is a giant, purple “W,” which is uniquely Wauconda’s own. Unlike the school’s old “W,” the new block letter won’t be potentially confused with that of the universities of Wisconsin or Washington. The varsity football helmets sport a “moving Bulldog” logo, also uniquely Wauconda’s, and a “W 100” decal, the latter of which represents the school’s centennial.

  • Schaal era begins at Grayslake Central Aug 22, 2014 10:02 PM
    For the seniors at Grayslake Central who don’t happen to keep track, Jason Schaal is the third varsity head football coach in their four years at the school. Schaal, also the head softball coach at Grayslake Central, is ready to bring some stability to the program, which is looking to improve on last year’s 4-5 record under Ben Ault.

  • Marmion packs plenty of firepower Aug 22, 2014 2:57 PM
    Marmion coach Dan Thorpe thinks this season’s Cadets games will be most entertaining. As the season progresses he hopes they’re less so. Thorpe is confident in an offense that should have speed, power, offensive line crunch and receiving capabilities to move the football. He believes in the potential of his special teams. But from an 8-3 squad Marmion returns one defensive starter. He hopes to mold a unit that eventually will slow opponents down.

  • Radtke: High school sports do matter Aug 25, 2014 2:32 PM
    A Facebook post I saw a couple of weeks ago made me laugh. The author questioned why so many people “go gaga” over high school sports. “Kids should be focusing on getting good grades and becoming productive members of society who can help stop all the violence and madness in the world. How does playing sports do that?” the post said. Did you just chuckle a little? I sure did when I saw it.

  • Carmel focused on getting off on right foot Aug 25, 2014 4:22 PM
    With a hard-plastic boot on his left foot, Andy Bitto traversed his Carmel Catholic football team’s stadium turf alternating between a four-wheeled scooter and 4 x 2 tractor. Call it an execution of discipline. The 51-year-old Bitto snapped his Achilles tendon while playing pickup basketball with his son on the Fourth of July. When football practice started Aug. 11, he obeyed doctor’s orders to stay off his wounded foot. Bitto also understands the importance of his football team getting started on the right foot.

  • Hayes happy to get started at St. Viator Aug 22, 2014 9:43 PM
    Quin Hayes is back where it all started for him. And it has become a dream come true for the former player and assistant coach at St. Viator, who was named the boys basketball head coach of the school earlier this week.

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