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  • 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.

     
  • Time to get these conference races restarted Jan 7, 2014 8:38 PM
    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 about to embark on the big-time Dec 14, 2013 7:53 PM
    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.

     
  • Former Elgin greats Parker, Schock headed to IBCA Hall of Fame Dec 13, 2013 4:23 PM
    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.

     
  • Just call it ‘PJ’s Excellent Adventure’ Dec 2, 2013 9:06 PM
    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?

     
  • Former all-area standouts making their mark as coaches Nov 21, 2013 9:50 PM
    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?”

     
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