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  • Lake Park can feel good despite defeat Mar 18, 2015 1:35 AM
    I guess you’d have to say Lake Park’s boys basketball team went down charging. It’s the ultimate compliment to pay the Lancers, who all season long used ultra-gritty defense, methodical-yet-timely offense and stunning gamechanging plays to win the program’s first sectional title. When the scoreboard finally went dark Tuesday night at Northern Illinois University’s Convocation Center, all you could do was tip your cap to Lake Park despite a heartbreaking 57-52 double-overtime loss to Geneva in the Class 4A supersectional.

  • Lake Park win means never saying 'never' again Mar 14, 2015 6:40 AM
    Lake Park deleted a pesky word from its team dictionary. Never. The Lancers spent the bulk of the season below most folks' radar, but they changed that on Friday by accomplishing something no previous boys basketball team had done since the school opened in 1956. The Lancers won a sectional title.

  • Montini knows the way to Champaign Nov 25, 2014 10:04 PM
    As the last football team standing in DuPage County, Montini has the honor of taking the trek down I-57 to Champaign’s Memorial Stadium to play in Saturday’s Class 5A state title game. It’ll be the Broncos’ seventh overall appearance and sixth straight as the program vies for its sixth championship. The biggest weekend on the IHSA schedule is jam-packed with great matchups. Eyes on Five takes a look at some of what we have to look forward to in Champaign.

  • And then there were three: A look at the DuPage teams in the semifinals Nov 19, 2014 5:24 PM
    Saturday brought a mixed bag of results for DuPage County's six remaining football teams, but we remain three strong. Eyes on Five breaks down what we're looking at as Glenbard West, Montini and St. Francis head to the state semifinals.

  • A name for the games Nov 11, 2014 8:05 PM
    I’ll never forget what record-breaking Naperville Central running back Ryan Clifford told me in 1999 about what makes the quarterfinals special. The playoffs finally have an identity, a name. No more first round or second round: it’s “The Quarterfinals”. With Ryan’s younger brother Kevin and his Redhawk teammates facing a Class 8A quarterfinal showdown against Simeon this weekend, Eyes on Five stares down the next round of the playoffs.

  • DuPage County football teams off to good start in playoffs Nov 4, 2014 7:26 PM
    Not a bad start. With condolences to a handful of DuPage County football teams, it was a pretty strong opening week to the playoffs around here. It obviously gets much tougher in Round 2, but Eyes on Five believes more success looms on the horizon.

  • Prep football playoffs: Who’s up, who’s out, proposed changes Oct 29, 2014 8:52 AM
    Still chewing over those playoff football pairings? So are we. So’s the entire state. It’s an interesting set of brackets the IHSA unveiled on Saturday. This week’s Eyes on Five does a little dissecting.

  • Counting down to Saturday’s big event Oct 21, 2014 9:27 PM
    Welcome to the week before THE week. For those still hoping to play football in Week 10, it all comes down to what happens in Week 9.

  • Addison Trail has something to prove against Glenbard West Oct 14, 2014 8:16 PM
    Outside of Blackhawk Nation, please stand up if you predicted West Aurora’s overtime victory over Waubonsie Valley. Yeah, didn’t think so. If you’re not yet convinced that 2014 is a football season to expect the unexpected, it’s time to wake up to the truth.

  • A scary playoff scenario in the DuPage Valley Oct 7, 2014 10:01 PM
    The possible scenarios in the DuPage Valley Conference are endless, and most of them are not pretty. Here’s the darkest possibility...only one playoff qualifier — Naperville Central (5-1) — from the six-team league.

  • Statistics can be tricky things, and the new eye in the sky Sep 30, 2014 6:32 PM
    By every measure, St. Francis senior defensive lineman Quinn Calcagno put in a career performance against Hales Franciscan in last weekend’s 29-0 victory. The team’s stats listed him with 12 total tackles including 5.5 sacks. Those are the “official” stats, which is where things get a little tricky. There was an additional play that required a difficult judgment call.

  • Wheaton teams in a tough spot Sep 23, 2014 8:26 PM
    Did you feel that? That was the sense of urgency kicking in. We head into Week 5 with a slightly better view of how the football season’s rounding into shape. For some, the shape ain’t pretty.

  • Nonconference schedule leaves DVC in tough spot Sep 16, 2014 8:33 PM
    Three weeks in and already we’re in must-win territory. Well, at least some of us are there. Eyes on Five looks at trouble in the DuPage Valley Conference and other issues on the mind.

  • Still looking for a dominant team Sep 9, 2014 8:13 PM
    It’s among the oldest clichés in the playbook, but is it true? Do prep football teams truly make their biggest improvements between Week 1 and Week 2?

  • Week 1 showed why high school football is so much fun Sep 2, 2014 9:47 PM
    Yes, folks, that big blast of craziness was only Week 1. The question is, can Eyes on Five handle eight more of these things? It sure will be fun finding out!

  • 5 things to watch for in Week 1 of prep football season Aug 28, 2014 8:21 PM
    The butterflies. Whether you play, coach, watch — or even write about — prep football, there's no avoiding those butterflies rolling through the stomach. And whether it's your first season-opener or, in my case, 24th, the anticipation never changes. Eyes on Five returns this school year, starting with a quick look at what makes this particular Week 1 special.

  • Benet wins one for the alums Mar 19, 2014 7:39 AM
    There's a theory that you can't argue with history. Not only did Benet's boys basketball team argue with it Tuesday night, the Redwings grabbed it, threw it to the ground and tossed it out the gymnasium door at Hinsdale Central.

  • Will fans pack stands in DeKalb? Nov 29, 2013 5:26 PM
    Quick favor to ask...could someone please remind me to drive to DeKalb instead of Champaign on Saturday? Itís again time for eight football champions to be crowned, but for the first time in 30 years the games take place well within driving distance of eight million people. How many will show up this weekend? Eyes on Five takes a look at that and some other tidbits as we say goodbye to football season for another year.

  • Conference craziness works back into football season Nov 21, 2013 10:39 PM
    Wouldnít you know it? Here we were enjoying a fantastic football postseason when conference craziness again forced its way into our sporting lives. The tug of war drones on between the DuPage Valley Conference and the Upstate Eight Conference and ó even with state football title berths on the line this weekend ó Eyes on Five canít help but look at whatís on the horizon.

  • Plenty of reasons to show up Nov 14, 2013 9:24 PM
    Where is everybody? Two weeks into the football playoffs and I have yet to see a packed house. This edition of Eyes on Five looks at disappointing crowd sizes. Hopefully it gets better this week.

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