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  • Daily Herald Prep Excellence award winners May 4, 2014 8:29 PM
    The Daily Herald's Prep Sports Excellence event Sunday at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates provided a platform to recognize some amazing achievements from the finest high school athletes and coaches. Here are our winners in the categories of dazzling moment, overcoming obstacles, sportsmanship and spirit.

  • Images: Team Dance Illinois’ Grand Championship Mar 3, 2014 6:21 PM
    Team Dance Illinois' Grand Championship was held Sunday, March 2 at the Peoria Civic Center. The event showcases Illinois’ best dance, pom, drill and guard teams competing throughout the event.

  • Kaneland runs by Rochelle Dec 14, 2013 12:30 AM
    The beauty of basketball is that the style of play can change from game to game. A week ago, Kaneland opened its Northern Illinois Big XII Conference East season with a tough 41-38 loss at Sycamore in what Knights coach Brian Johnson called, “a physical battle against a rugged team." On Friday night, the Knights (3-2, 1-1) topped the 38-point mark before the end of the first half against Rochelle (2-4, 0-2). Kaneland repeatedly pushed the pace and turned the game into a “get it and go” style en route to an 83-63 victory over the visiting Hubs in Maple Park.

  • Kaneland slips past Rochelle Dec 10, 2013 11:44 PM
    Ally VanBogaert failed to dent the scoring column in the opening half Tuesday night in Maple Park. “I didn’t have any confidence,” the Kaneland forward said. But the junior had back-to-back field goals on the Knights’ opening pair of possessions against Rochelle in Northern Illinois Big XII East girls basketball action. VavBogaert would not score again until it was crunch time, but her 3-pointer was a dagger against the Hubs in the Knights’ 44-38 victory.

  • Kaneland buries Rochelle in 2nd half Sep 28, 2013 12:24 AM
    Fans at Kaneland High School thought the opening minute of the Northern Illinois Big XII East division opener against Rochelle was exciting with its back-to-back 96-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns. And they did their share of cheering for an explosive homecoming fireworks show at halftime. But the biggest bang of the night came from the host Knights in the second half, when they outscored the Hubs 28-0 to blow open a close game and roll to a 49-20 victory.

  • Plenty of talent returns in NI Big XII Aug 29, 2013 9:42 PM
    The Northern Illinois Big 12 East — conference of the returning starter.Kaneland, which has won the division at 5-0 all three years of its existence, returns 15 starters from last year’s squad, nine of them on offense. Coach Tom Fedderly’s Knights enter the season ranked No. 4 in Class 5A according to The Associated Press.

  • Kaneland sweeps Rochelle series Apr 12, 2012 10:35 PM
    After literally squeezing out a 1-0 Northern Illinois Big 12 East win over Rochelle on Tuesday, Kaneland manager Brian Aversa stressed the importance of getting off to a fast start. The host Knights heeded his sage advice, breaking out for 10 runs in the second inning of Thursdays convincing 17-0, 5-inning victory to complete the three-game conference sweep over the Hubs.

  • Kaneland’s rally stuns Rochelle in OT Mar 3, 2012 12:31 AM
    For the second time in seven days, Kaneland found itself scrambling to make an improbable second half comeback against a formidable Rochelle squad. This time around, the never-say-die Knights finished the job.

  • Moline denies Marmion for title at DeKalb Dec 28, 2011 11:21 PM
    Marmion delivered what looked to be a pair of knockout punches to Moline Wednesday night in the championship game of the 84th annual Chuck Dayton basketball tournament in DeKalb only to watch the Maroons hit back harder each time. Moline overcame a pair of double-digit deficits, outscoring Marmion 16-6 in the fourth quarter for a 50-48 victory in an entertaining, emotionally charged title game that felt more like a March postseason game.

  • Marmion rallies from 12 down to reach title game Dec 27, 2011 11:51 PM
    Trailing Rochelle by 12 points with leading scorer Pete Stefanski sidelined with a sprained ankle, Marmion was in desperate need of a spark. Senior guard Jeff Garofalo provided it.

  • Fox Valley teams to converge on Dundee-Crown Dec 14, 2011 9:32 PM
    The first piece of the March Madness puzzle was put in place this week when the Illinois High School Association released postseason assignments. Here’s a look at where teams from the Fox Valley coverage area will open the playoffs.

  • Kaneland holds on again Nov 12, 2011 7:11 PM
    Kaneland’s cardiac kids came through again. For the fourth straight week Kaneland’s defense found itself on the field in the final minutes with its opponent driving for a potential game-winning touchdown. And for the fourth straight week the Knights held.

  • Rochelle rallies by Kaneland Oct 6, 2011 7:30 PM
    The Kaneland boys soccer team had to feel pretty good about itself when it took a 2-0 lead a little more than halfway through the first half of Thursday’s Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference match against Rochelle in Maple Park. But, then the Hubs came to life, scoring three unanswered goals to win, 3-2.

  • Kaneland’s high-powered attack keeps rolling Sep 24, 2011 6:03 PM
    As impressive as the halftime fireworks show was Friday night at Kaneland’s Homecoming football game — and that was some spectacular grand finale — it was nothing to the fireworks sophomore quarterback Drew David and his high-flying offense provided in the first half.

  • Kaneland hammers Rochelle Sep 24, 2011 12:58 AM
    Rochelle decided to defer after winning the coin toss Friday night. It took the Knights all of a minute and 40 seconds to drive 68 yards in 5 plays for their first touchdown, the start of a 35-14 victory in a showdown of unbeaten, state-ranked teams that quickly became another one-sided night for the Knights.

  • Tarter pitches Marmion into sectional final Jun 2, 2011 8:42 PM
    While Marmion didn’t get the 10-run win it was looking for in the Class 3A Rochelle sectional semifinals, the Cadets did just enough to get themselves back in a familiar spot — their third sectional championship game appearance in four years.

  • Who’s competing Mar 6, 2011 6:46 AM
    Who will be competing in the Team Dance Illinois championships on Sunday in Peoria.

  • Suburban high schools flock to TeamDance championships in Peoria Mar 6, 2011 7:48 PM
    Poms, flag teams and dancers from more than 100 high schools throughout Illinois are converging on the Peoria Civic Center today for one of prep sports' most colorful state championships. But if you think “best in poms” means a traditional halftime routine, think again. Just the name of the sanctioning organization — TeamDance Illinois — reflects the trend. In all, more than 2,000 students will be competing, as they showcase the best dance, flag and poms routines from throughout the state.

  • DeMyers, Aurora Central stuff Rochelle Mar 4, 2011 11:37 PM
    Aurora Central blocked 11 Rochelle shots Friday night in the Class 3A Sycamore regional championship, none bigger than the one junior center Robert DeMyers delivered with 20 seconds left in a cliffhanger. DeMyers dished out his seventh block when he batted away a turnaround jumper by Rochelle’s 6-4 senior center Joe Torres as the Chargers were clinging to a 54-51 lead. DeMyers corralled the loose ball, was fouled, and calmly sank two free throws to seal the title 56-51 for third-seeded Aurora Central, sending the Chargers off to the Woodstock North sectional Wednesday night against Marian Catholic. “That’s what I do, I just block shots,” DeMyers said of his key defensive play. “We’ve come to this game three years straight and come up short (the last two years), and we all really wanted it tonight.” DeMyers did his part, adding a team-high 15 points to go with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and the 7 blocks. “Robert is huge, that’s what he does for us,” Aurora Central coach Nate Drye said. “They think they can turn and score on him, but he jumps out of the gym and he’s got long arms and great timing. “I think he takes great offense when people think they can turn and score on him. He was awesome.” Aurora Central (15-13) needed all of DeMyers’ interior defense and more, as Rochelle guard Grant Prusator was in another world in torching the nets for a game-high 26 points on the strength of six 3-pointers. Rochelle (19-12) sank 10 3-pointers in the game, but made only one free throw while getting to the line for only three shots. “Prusator was throwing in everything he put up there,” Drye said. “I thought we did a good job inside, but they just went farther away from the hoop to score, and they jack up 3s like they are going out of style.” Even though the Hubs were getting a lot of outside shots to drop from Prusator and Matt Rosenwinkel (11 points), the Chargers were able to maintain a lead most of the first half by attacking inside. Tim Fernandez (11 points) scored inside twice, Ryan Harreld (11 points) put in a nifty up-and-under layup, and DeMyers had a dunk and short jumper in the lane to give ACC an 11-9 lead after one period. In the second quarter, the Chargers matched the Hubs’ long-range gunnery with their only 3-pointers of the night from Paul Kaminski and Matt Czerak. But an unsung hero emerged for the Chargers when 5-10 guard Anthony Andujar, a call-up from the sophomore team, came into the game to do the bulk of the ballhandling against Rochelle’s full-court pressure. Andujar immediately broke down the defense with drives to the hoop and assists, helping the Chargers cling to a 37-36 halftime lead. “He’s been hurt a lot this season, and we were waiting to spring Anthony in a game,” Drye said of his key substitute. “I thought he was awesome tonight and probably the difference in the game.” For his part, Andujar showed composure usually reserved for an experienced senior. “I was pretty calm out there, and just take care of the ball because that’s what I got brought up for,” Andujar said. “But I was kind of surprised when I got in.” Rochelle finally grabbed the lead when Prusator opened the second half with a driving layup and a 3-pointer for a 41-37 edge. When Torres made a steal and raced the length of the court for a slam dunk, the Hubs led 45-42 and had all of the momentum with 5:30 left in the game. But Joe McEachern, who had a game-high 8 rebounds, scored three points, Andujar broke loose for a layup and DeMyers scored inside to vault the Chargers to a 49-45 lead with 2:48 left. Rochelle committed a crucial turnover, and DeMyers delivered a big blow when he grabbed the rebound from Harreld’s missed free throw and put it in for a 51-45 lead with 2:16 remaining. DeMyers added another free throw 20 seconds later, but Torres drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key to trim the lead to 52-48. After Harreld slipped in two more free throws, Prusator answered with his final 3-pointer. The Chargers then turned over the ball, setting up DeMyers’ dramatic block and his finishing free throws. “I thought we lost the game on the offensive boards because they got shot after shot,” Rochelle coach Russ Zick said of the key second chances the Chargers turned into points. “We’ve always been a two-man team in terms of where we rely on our scoring, and we just couldn’t get others to score tonight. “We had a lot of blocked shots on us tonight and that’s tough, and we didn’t get them back, and that’s impressive,” Zick said. “I scouted Aurora Central and I know exactly how they are going to try to win, and I mean that as an ultimate compliment because they aren’t going to change what they are going to do.” In the joyous moments on the floor afterward, Drye was quick to point to the confidence his team instills in him. “I thought we were the better team going in, and had a real good chance to win the regional,” said Drye, whose team last won a regional in 2008. “We shot ourselves in the foot a little bit with our turnovers and they got smoking hot there, but I thought we did a great job tonight.”

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