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  • Burlington Central’s kiddie corps has exceeded expectations Jan 28, 2013 9:42 PM
    It's been well chronicled that Burlington Central girls basketball coach Mark Smith knew he had some talent coming in when he took the Rockets' head coaching job. And Smith knows talent. His daughter, Kelsey, plays at DePaul and as a boys baskeball coach for several seasons at St. Charles North, as well as a former high school and college player himself, Smith knows good players when he sees them. But even Smith admits being surprised at how well his freshman-laden team has done this season. At 19-4 overall and having secured their first Big Northern East championship since 2006-07, the Rockets also cracked the Daily Herald Top 20 this week for the first time this season, and they're the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Class 3A regional that they will host. Central has not won a girls basketball regional since 1990 and has only three regional banners in program history.

  • Legendary Dundee-Crown coach Curtright was one of a kind Jan 24, 2013 7:27 PM
    Holy Cheese and Crackers! Now there's one you don't hear every day. But according to Jim Rumsa, who would certainly know, that was Jerry Curtright's famous line when he didn't agree with a call or something else went haywire in a football or baseball game. Curtright, the legendary former Dundee-Crown multi-sport coach and math teacher, passed away last Saturday in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the age of 76. He is survived by three sons, Jay, Todd and Toby, and two daughters, Tracy Reinhard and Terry Truett. A memorial service will be held in Colorado Springs this Saturday.

  • Smith, Schrader enjoying first season at Loyola Jan 22, 2013 9:04 PM
    A year ago, Becca Smith was on her way to scoring more than 2,000 career points and leading the South Elgin girls basketball team to the program’s first regional championship. Lindsay Schrader had her first full-time coaching gig as an assistant at Longwood University in Richmond, Va. Today, the two former Daily Herald all-area captains are wearing the same colors.

  • City Classic showcases Elgin's girls' teams Jan 8, 2013 5:57 PM
    Girls basketball fans in the city of Elgin will get to see five of the city's six high school teams play each other over the next two weeks, beginning tonight when the Elgin City Classic gets underway at Larkin. The round-robin tournament is the brainchild of Elgin coach Dr. Nick Bumbales, who thought it would be a good idea to have the city's teams play each other and each school be able to host a night of games.

  • Bartlett-Streamwood game has meaning for both teams Dec 17, 2012 10:15 PM
    For the third straight year, the 2012-13 Upstate Eight Conference crossover girls basketball schedule did not have Elgin Area School District U-46 rivals Bartlett and Streamwood scheduled to play each other. But Hawks' coach Denise Sarna and Streamwood coach George Rosner, longtime friends and coaching rivals, were able to make room in their nonconference schedules for each other, and Wednesday night the Sabres will take the short trip down Illinois 59 to play the Hawks in Bartlett's gym. As nonconference games go, this one has some meaning for both teams.

  • In Sarna’s eyes, Bartlett is making progress Dec 5, 2012 8:52 PM
    Denise Sarna will be the first to admit it's been a little different around the Bartlett gym this season for the Hawls' girls basketball program. Coming off a 32-2 season that culminated with a third-place finish at the Class 4A finals at Redbird Arena, Sarna knew this would be a rebuilding season. And it's not like she hasn't been there before. Despite th fact the veteran coach lived the luxury of a 98-25 record the past four years, not to mention the 30-5 state runner-up season of 2004-05, she's also been on the other end of the record in her career. Her Streamwood teams won 20 games in 5 years and her first Bartlett team was 1-27.

  • Huntley, Streamwood top the list of good starts Nov 26, 2012 10:58 PM
    From the Fox Valley world of good starts, OK starts and, well, not so great starts to the girls basketball season. Topping the list of good starts is Huntley (5-1). Hearing about the Red Raiders this summer and then seeing them play two of their first six games has me convinced — this is a very good team. The blip on the record is a 27-point loss to Hononegah that Huntley coach Steve Raethz and his team would like to forget about but won’t anytime soon, if that makes sense.

  • Smith having fun with latest challenge at Burlington Central Nov 15, 2012 2:24 PM
    Mark Smith has coached a lot of basketball in his career. Boys teams. College women's teams. Girls teams. A basketball junkie, Smith is a 1977 graduate of Elk Grove High School, where he played for Ken Grams. He went on to play at Beloit College before embarking on a coaching career that has spanned multiple schools and venues. And now, Smith is embarking on a new challenge as the head varsity girls coach at Burlington Central. He becomes the program's fifth coach in the last six years, taking over for Jenna Real, whose teaching job was downsized after she coached her alma mater to a 13-16 season a year ago.

  • A primer to the girls basketball season in the Fox Valley Nov 12, 2012 10:13 PM
    The girls basketball season tips off around the Fox Valley area this week and any new season comes with questions, right? We'll try to give some insight to the questions with our season previews later this week but before the first jump ball of the season aroound our Fox Valley coverage area, a little primer, school-by-school, as we get ready for 2012-13.

  • Harrington ready to tackle challenge at media table Oct 31, 2012 7:54 PM
    For the better part of his basketball career, Sean Harrington was reported on, reviewed and analyzed by the media. Now Harrington will become one of us. Harrington, the former Elgin High School and University of Illinois standout is, for the first time in his career, leaving the court and the bench for another seat at courtside, the one occupied by the Big Ten Network. He will call his first game as a BTN color analyst on Nov. 12 when Central Michigan plays at Iowa.

  • Sund to be honored by Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Oct 31, 2012 8:33 PM
    When Rick Sund was playing basketball for Bill Chesbrough in the late 1960s, he never dreamed of ending up where he is today. "When I went to Ohio University to start my master's program I was thinking Elgin and Elgin High," Sund says. "I always respected Ches and he was the athletic director at that time. At that time I was thinking more about being an AD. I wasn't thinking pro basketball."

  • St. Edward soccer team reaching for new heights Oct 15, 2012 9:26 PM
    Fall sports accolades at St. Edward High School have not gone the way of the boys soccer team in recent years. In fact, while the Green Wave's girls volleyball and football teams have seen some postseason success in recent years, only once in the 22-year history of the boys soccer program has a postseason plaque gone to St. Edward. Make that twice.

  • Time for crystal ball to take a look at football’s final three weeks Oct 4, 2012 9:36 PM
    The dust has been collecting on my football crystal ball so I figured it was time to take it off the shelf and see what it has to say about the rest of the Fox Valley area football season. Week 7 is upon us and we’ve come to that time where some teams are in the postseason and now trying to secure conference championships and tune-up for the playoffs, some teams are looking for that sixth win to seal a postseason berth, some teams are on the fence and trying to get to their fifth win and/or avoid their fifth loss, and some teams are playing for pride and next year.

  • ‘Gentle giant’ Heine left an impact on all of Hampshire Sep 25, 2012 9:06 PM
    Rarely over the past decade could you walk into the Hampshire High School gym for a girls basketball game and not see this strapping big man with a strapping big beard sitting right smack in the middle of the front row. In fact, over the past 40 years or so, that same man was every bit a part of Hampshire sports and the Hampshire community as anyone. Don Heine was one of those guys you didn’t miss. And now we’ll miss him tremendously.

  • Streamwood's Orlando an inspiration to all Sep 20, 2012 7:30 PM
    George Rosner admits he was a bit naive, and that's saying a lot from someone who has coached high school sports for over 30 years. When Danny Orlando came out for Rosner's Streamwood boys golf team last year as a junior, it presented Rosner with a challenge like none he'd ever had in all his years coaching golf and girls basketball. Danny Orlando has Down syndrome. It's a condition that affects the cognitive ability as well as physical growth. The normal young adult with Down syndrome has an IQ of 50. But many people with Down syndrome still lead normal lives, albiet a little slower, or in Danny's case on the golf course, a little faster.

  • Title IX compliance a result of lawsuit against Elgin U-46 Sep 10, 2012 11:14 AM
    What began as one girl's desire to play football at Elgin High School some 11 years ago ultimately changed how girls in sports were treated at Elgin Area School District U-46 as well as the Upstate Eight Conference. And it was as a result of Title IX. "You had to have a daughter playing sports to know what it felt like to have your daughter be treated like a second-class citizen," said retired coach Lee Turek.

  • From Ellett to Harrington, a summer worth noting Aug 27, 2012 8:46 PM
    Week 1 of the 2012 football season is in the books. Really? Yes, time keeps flying by and before you know it it'll be playoff time and the start of the basketball season. So before we completely close the book on summer, we finally had a few minutes to clean out the inbox. Some things happened over the summer worth mentioning, and there's a couple noteworthy events coming up that we'll wrap up all in one column today.

  • There’s still something pretty special about high school football Aug 23, 2012 4:04 PM
    My Facebook status Wednesday evening said it all. I started working in the newspaper business 37 years ago. While some might think the beginning of another high school sports year would be routine and boring for me by now, there's still something about producing the first football edition of the season that gets me going.

  • Cancer survivor Peth will lend Bartlett some inspiration Jun 7, 2012 11:55 AM
    Not many coaches have a player turn in their uniform for the season, only to offer it back to that athlete for an IHSA Final Four tournament. But then not many coaches have a Phoenix Peth on their team. Peth is a Bartlett senior who has been a Hawks' softball player since her freshman year. But in September of 2011, her softball career and her life took an unfortunate turn when she was diagnosed with lukemia. Treatment and a transplant brought Peth into remission, where she stands today. She still takes medication and sees her doctor monthly, but she's currently cancer free.

  • Kirker’s story truly one to admire May 26, 2012 8:28 PM
    Jacobs softball coach Jeremy Bauer rarely shows emotion on the field. It takes a special moment or performance for Bauer to really open up a little. Golden Eagles' senior Katie Kirker gave her coach, her teammates, her family and Jacobs fans just that Saturday at Huntley, when she 1-hit Cary-Grove to lead the Eagles to a 1-0 regional championship win.

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