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  • The SCC logo will be removed from the gym floor at St. Edward High School this summer as the school prepares to move to the Metro Suburban Conference this fall.

    Change to MSC becoming more of a reality at St. EdwardApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    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 lingeringMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  • South Elgin senior Paige Allen was a part of a regional title team last season.

    Dome will be home to games next weekMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  • Alyssa Lach of Jacobs takes aim in the 3-point shooting contest at Redbird Arena in Normal last weekend.

    Wrapping up another season, with a look to the futureMar 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    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's Kathleen Ratzek, Kayla Ross and Alison Colby hoist the Class 3A fourth-place state trophy at Redbird Arena on Saturday.

    Burlington Central already looking forward to Redbird returnMar 8, 2014 12:00 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 coach Mark Smith directs the Rockets Friday against Montini in the Class 3A state semifinals at Redbird Arena in Normal.

    Burlington Central nearly beat the oddsMar 7, 2014 12:00 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.

     
  • Kathleen Ratzek

    Burlington Central senior Ratzek having the time of her lifeMar 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  • Deryn Carter

    Tough as it was, Carter's decision was the right oneMar 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  • Burlington Central’s Samantha Pryor, left, hugs teammate Kayla Ross near the end of the Rockets’ 41-29 win over Carmel in the girls basketball Class 3A supersectional at Hoffman Estates High School Monday.

    A night to remember for Burlington CentralMar 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    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 girls basketball coach Mark Smith high-fives assistant coach Kyle Molik near the end of the Rockets’ regional final win over St. Edward.

    Burlington Central relaxed and ready this yearMar 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  • Bartlett’s Ally Giampapa puts up a shot against Waubonsie Valley earlier this season.

    UEC, FVC crossovers take center stage this weekFeb 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  •  Dundee-Crown’s Lauren Lococo (12) looks to find a way around Burlington Central’s Sam Pryor during the Charger Classic at D-C.

    Big Tuesday night on tap in Fox Valley Jan 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  •  Burlington Central’s Samantha Pryor works against Maine South during the Dundee-Crown Charger Classic.

    Time to get these conference races restarted Jan 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    While the teenagers who play girls basketball around the Fox Valley may have been happy about a couple extra days off school, coaches surely were champing at the bit the last two days to get the season restarted. But Mother Nature took care of that. And even though I was missing all the subzero cold while vacationing in Florida, I too am anxious to get the second half of the season going, because the first half has provided enough excitement to lead us to believe the 2014 portion of the campaign is going to be an interesting one.

     
  •  Burlington Central girls basketball coach Mark Smith is hoping playing in the Dundee-Crown Christmas tournament and the McDonald’s Shootout helps his team come postseason time.

    Burlington Central about to embark on the big-time Dec 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    Any basketball coach worth their salt does his or her best to play the most competitive schedule possible, especially in those years when they know they have special talent. Around the Fox Valley, most girls basketball teams — heck, not most but all — don’t have the luxury of year-in and year-out top talent like, say, Corry Irvin does at Whitney Young. So when that special team or group comes along, increasing the competitiveness of the regular-season schedule is paramount to getting your team ready for what you hope is a long postseason run.

     
  • Elgin High graduates Melissa Parker, front, and Leslie Schock celebrate the Maroons’ state semifinal win over Morris at the 1996 Class AA state tournament at Redbird Arena.

    Former Elgin greats Parker, Schock headed to IBCA Hall of Fame Dec 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    It became such a routine, it almost feels like it was yesterday. Actually, it was the winter season of 1995-96, my first year with the Daily Herald. Having already covered high school sports in the Fox Valley for 20 years, I was well aware of who Melissa Parker and Leslie Schock were. Timing was my good fortune because my first year of covering high school sports for the Daily Herald was their senior year at Elgin High School, and what a year it was.

     
  • P.J. White, boys basketball coach and athletic director at St. Edward and an assistant football coach at Batavia, displays the state football championship medal from Saturday’s Class 6A title game, and the championship trophy the St. Edward boys basketball team won Saturday night at Westminster Christian.

    Just call it ‘PJ’s Excellent Adventure’ Dec 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    It would have been completely understandable had PJ White found himself driving north when he should have been going south at any given time the past couple weeks. Above all, White has to be thankful Randall Road isn’t a tollway. White wears many hats of different colors and from Batavia’s run to the Class 6A state football championship Saturday at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb to his St. Edward boys basketball team winning the championship at the Westminster Christian Thanksgiving tournament a couple hours after the football game, can the movie “PJ’s Excellent Adventure” be far behind?

     
  •  Kirkland Hiawatha head girls basketball coach Jenna Araujo speaks with her team early in the game Thursday against Hampshire in the Elgin Academy Thanksgiving Tournament. Araujo, nee Real, is a former Burlington Central standout and coach.

    Former all-area standouts making their mark as coaches Nov 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    One of the coolest things about covering girls basketball in the Fox Valley for as long as I have is being able to watch former standout players return to the game as coaches. So, walking into Elgin Academy’s quaint gymnasium Thursday afternoon to watch the Hampshire vs. Kirkland Hiawatha game, I knew I was going to see one former Daily Herald All-Area honorary captain coaching. But the look on my face when I saw a second former all-area captain running a team had to have been priceless. Former Hampshire standout Jackie Heine was the one I knew I’d see. After a stellar career at Saint Xavier University and then four years as a graduate assistant coach for the Cougars, Heine is back home and is first-year Whip-Purs’ coach Mike Featherly’s assistant. That much I knew, and I arrived early enough to catch Jackie grading math papers in the bleachers, so we were able to chat and catch up. While doing so, she pointed over to the Kirkland Hiawatha bench where the Hawks’ head coach had her back turned to us. “Is that Jenna Real?” Jackie asked me. Startled, my response was a dumbfounded, “huh?”

     
  • Huntley sophomore Ali Andrews moves with the basketball against Rolling Meadows during the Class 4A state semifinals at Redbird Arena last season.

    With taste of success as guide, Huntley back for moreNov 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Success can be a pretty huge motivator, in both sports and life. Huntley’s girls basketball team came across some unexpected success last season when the Red Raiders went on one of those magical postseason runs coaches dream about all summer long. After losing their last two regular-season games, the Raiders figured to have a tough opener in the postseason but they got past a good DeKalb team before beating Belvidere North for the regional title. After knocking off Machesney Park Harlem in the sectional semifinals, Huntley was destined to play Cary-Grove, a team it had lost to twice during the season, in the sectional title game. But Streamwood upset the Trojans in the sectional semis and then Huntley fought to a 45-41 win over the Sabres to win the program’s first sectional championship.

     
  • Crystal Lake South girls volleyball coach Jorie Fontana with her team Wednesday.

    No magic — just hard work, talent has Crystal Lake S. at Redbird Nov 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    There's no magical reason behind the Crystal Lake South girls volleyball team's trip to the IHSA Class 4A state finals. Gators' coach Jorie Fontana didn't wave a magic wand. There were no move-ins who suddenly helped transform Fontana's team from one that lost in a regional final in 2012 to a Final Four team in 2013. The playoff path wasn't dotted with patsies — heck, the Gators' first postseason match was against a Cary-Grove team that, had it beaten CLS, could be where the Gators are this weekend. And where Fontana's Gators are this weekend is Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University, getting ready to take on two-time defending state champion Benet Academy in Friday's 7:30 p.m. state semifinal.

     
  • From left, current Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Foundation president Ron Lange, treasurer Dave Covey, past president Mark Sharf, and scholarship committee member Gus Vaughan pose in from of the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame’s Wall of Fame at The Centre of Elgin. The foundation will hold its 34th annual induction ceremony and banquet Sunday night at The Centre.

    Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Foundation has made monumental strides Oct 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Foundation has come a long way in 34 years. The ESHOFF was born in 1980, an idea actually hatched in the late 1970s by former Elgin Courier-News sports editor Stan Shalett and former Elgin Country Club golf professional Terry Carlson. Having been a Shalett protege at that time, I clearly remember Stan and Terry talking about the idea, but I doubt either of them thought 34 years ago the ESHOFF would become what it has — an organization that has awarded over $353,000 in scholarship money to Elgin area student-athletes, as of Sunday night will have inducted 158 people into the Hall of Fame, and has awarded countless Outstanding Achievement Awards.

     
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