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  • Rolinski’s mark on Illinois basketball was truly iconic Sep 29, 2014 3:17 PM
    Unless you’re a basketball coach, an old-timer, or just a true friend of high school basketball in Illinois you probably don’t know who Chuck Rolinski was. He certainly wasn’t a guy who puffed his chest out so you would know him. But there may not be one person who had such a profound affect on the game of basketball in Illinois than Rolinski, who passed away Sept. 23 in Peoria at the age of 82.

     
  • Conference call — a look at how realignment is shaping up Sep 22, 2014 8:41 PM
    One of our favorite sayings in the travel softball world when a player decides to switch teams is, “Well, they think the grass will be greener on the other side.” That statement most certainly applies to schools that are continually looking for a new conference affiliation.

     
  • Boshers excited to take her place in Jacobs Hall of Fame Sep 8, 2014 8:12 PM
    Tiffany Boshers turned 30 years old not so long ago, and that’s when she figured it was about time to take a step back. At 30, you say?

     
  • Social media message hasn't changed — use it wisely Aug 28, 2014 8:22 PM
    Anyone out there remember Friendster? How about MySpace? I didn't think so. OK, well maybe some of you remember those social media websites but when they were popular the term social media wasn't. In fact, a short six years ago there were still those who didn't think social networking (that's what it was called then) would ever make it. Oh, how wrong they were.

     
  • 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.

     
  • St. Edward focused on Class 1A state championship May 29, 2014 1:58 PM
    They’re about as cornball a bunch as you’ll ever find wearing high school uniforms, and their coach will be the first to tell you that. He will also be the first to tell you they don’t practice very well, although he may use words to describe those practices that can’t be printed in a family newspaper. But he will also be the first to tell you that when they hit the field, they are all business. And one can’t argue with the results, because the St. Edward girls soccer team is in the IHSA Class 1A Final Four this weekend at North Central College in Naperville.

     
  • Controlling out of control games no easy task for any coach May 14, 2014 8:26 PM
    What’s a coach to do? Your team is ahead of the opponent, say, 12-0 after two innings. You know if your team keeps playing it straight at it might be 20-0, or worse, by the time the fifth inning rolls around and the slaughter rule takes effect. So what’s a coach to do? Some will say tough, that’s the way it is, and do nothing except let the game play out. Others will have runners leave early, or bunt back to the pitcher, or have their hitters intentionally swing at bad pitches — anything to get it over quicker and not embarrass the other team.

     
  • Larkin Slugfest on tap Saturday for the 21st time Apr 24, 2014 9:11 PM
    You know the spring season is coming into the home stretch when county track meets begin, which they did on Thursday night in Huntley with the first of two days of the McHenry County boys and girls meets. You also know it’s time to think about the stretch run of the school year when Larkin’s annual Slugfest softball tournament is played, which it will be on Saturday at the Elgin Sports Complex.

     
  • Change to MSC becoming more of a reality at St. Edward Apr 5, 2014 4:18 PM
    Some would say tradition has been kicked in the teeth again.Others would argue the whole thing was football driven. While it would be hard to dispute either of those statements, the fact is St. Edward High School is in the final planning stages to leave the Suburban Christian Conference for the Metro Suburban Conference, where the Green Wave will begin competition this fall.

     
  • Frustration, frozen ground just keep lingering Mar 29, 2014 4:29 PM
    Watching this winter progress, it became increasingly and painfully obvious there would be a late start to outdoor spring sports. But even this is, well, it’s just gotten a bit ridiculous, has it not? Not since 2009 has the start of a baseball/softball/soccer season been delayed like the hold we currently have on this spring season.

     
  • Dome will be home to games next week Mar 20, 2014 5:37 PM
    While a couple of Fox Valley area softball teams will travel south to get some games in during spring break next week, others will head to Rosemont and the Dome at The Ballpark to start their seasons.

     
  • Wrapping up another season, with a look to the future Mar 15, 2014 3:18 PM
    With South Elgin’s tough but spirited loss to Rockford Auburn in Friday’s Class 4A boys sectional final at Chesbrough Field House, the book officially closed on the Fox Valley basketball season. And that means it’s also time to officially close the book on the girls’ season with some observations of the past season and the future.

     
  • Burlington Central already looking forward to Redbird return Mar 9, 2014 6:11 AM
    There's no time like the present to start thinking about next year. That's how the Burlington Central girls basketball team felt Saturday after falling 64-40 to Quincy Notre Dame in the third place game of the Class 3A state tournament at Redbird Arena. And the goal for next year has already been established. “Our goal this year was to go downstate,” said Rockets' coach Mark Smith. “Next year it's to win state. Hopefully we have that opportunity.”

     
  • Burlington Central nearly beat the odds Mar 8, 2014 7:36 AM
    Not many people gave Burlington Central much of a chance against Class 3A girls basketball power Montini in Friday's state semifinals, but the Rockets certainly showed they belong with the state's elite in a 34-26 loss at Redbird Arena.

     
  • Burlington Central senior Ratzek having the time of her life Mar 6, 2014 8:24 PM
    If I had a dollar for every time this line has been written I could think about retiring: “Burlington Central, with just one senior on the roster …” It happens often. A team has only one senior, whose playing time is limited and who is not “the star” of the team, and quickly that player becomes the “one senior on the roster.” Well, those seniors have names, and in this case the name is Kathleen Ratzek.

     
  • Tough as it was, Carter's decision was the right one Mar 5, 2014 10:15 PM
    Wednesday should have been one of those feel good days at Larkin High School. The Royals' boys basketball team should have been getting high-fives from classmates, then gone off to practice to get ready for Friday's regional championship game. Instead, it was uniform turn-in day.

     
  • A night to remember for Burlington Central Mar 3, 2014 10:30 PM
    With a minute and 25 seconds to play in Monday’s Class 3A Hoffman Estates supersectional, Sam Pryor scored her 14th and 15th points to put Burlington Central ahead of Carmel 40-26. It was then that Rockets’ coach Mark Smith turned to the bench and pointed to his reserves to check into the game. It was then that Shelby Holt, already out of the game, first started to feel it. It was then that the nightmare of last year was finally over. The Rockets knew then they were headed to state.

     
  • Burlington Central relaxed and ready this year Mar 1, 2014 9:41 PM
    A year ago, the Burlington Central girls basketball team walked into the gym at Hoffman Estates High School, and then left it a couple hours later, a little like teams used to feel like after they’d played against Candace Parker. Dazed and confused.

     
  • UEC, FVC crossovers take center stage this week Feb 10, 2014 9:28 PM
    As the regular season comes into the home stretch this week for Class 3A and Class 4A girls basketball teams, crossover matchups in the Upstate Eight and Fox Valley conferences will take center stage later in the week. Over the past couple of years, some coaches in each conference have expressed how they’d prefer to play an out-of-conference school in this final regular-season game but for now the crossovers remain.

     
  • 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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