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  • Gaylord, Beal earn MVP honors in Fehlman Memorial Jun 16, 2014 11:25 PM
    The 11th Annual Fehlman Memorial Senior All-Star Game was played Monday night at Judson University. The event honors the memory of Dave and Robbie Fehlman, whose daughter and sister Lissa is a former Daily Herall All-Area standout from St. Edward High School. Monday’s MVPs were Brooke Gaylord of Burlington Central and Andi Beal of St. Charles North. The teams were coached by Kelly Horan of St. Charles East and Stacey Stepek of Hampshire. Team Stepek won the game 5-4.

  • Warren claims softball state championship Jun 14, 2014 10:22 PM
    Amber Leneau had an unforgettable final Saturday to her junior year. The Warren second-baseman stroked the first softball home run of her career with two outs in the seventh inning of the Blue Devils' Class 4A state championship game Saturday afternoon at Eastside Centre. Six batters later, Leneau squeezed the final out of the Devils' 8-4 victory over Sandburg on an infield pop-up. The Devils' players mobbed each other near the second-base bag as the girls made history at the Gurnee school: the first state championship for a female team sports program in its history.

  • Glenbard North grabs third-place finish Jun 14, 2014 9:52 PM
    Sydney Benz had one final game leadoff at-bat for Glenbard North. “You can’t start a game with a strikeout, a groundout,” Benz said. “It’s too emotionally draining.” Benz opened the Panthers’ third-place Class 4A softball game against Lincoln-Way East with a double to right center. Juniors Stephanie Campos and Sarah Petzold followed with solid basehits as Glenbard North scored early and never looked back in its 6-0 victory Saturday afternoon at Eastside Centre.

  • Softball: Saturday, June 14 results Jun 14, 2014 11:08 PM
    High school softbal results from Saturday, June 14.

  • Top 20 / softball Jun 14, 2014 7:41 PM
    Warren, Glenbard North and Naperville Central claim the top three spots in the Daily Herald's softball rankings.

  • Softball: Friday, June 13 results Jun 14, 2014 12:29 AM
    High school softball results from Friday, June 13.

  • Felicelli was quite a catch for Carmel Jun 13, 2014 8:18 PM
    For the second year in a row, Carmel Catholic's Kathleen Felicelli is the Daily Herald’s Lake County female athlete of the year. All did she during her senior year was advance to state with tennis doubles partner Michelle Kannenberg, lead Carmel to its first sectional championship in girls basketball and hit 11 home runs in softball to graduate as the school’s all-time leader with 37 long balls.

  • Warren finds winning mix against Glenbard North Jun 13, 2014 9:45 PM
    Warren topped Glenbard North 6-3 in the Class 4A softball state semifinals Friday, putting the Blue Devils on the verge of history. Warren (29-7) has a chance to earn the school's first team state championship in a girls sport with a victory over Sandburg (24-15), which denied Lincoln-Way East in the first semifinal 5-1 Saturday evening. Glenbard North (30-6) faces the Griffins (27-11) for the consolation championship.

  • Class 4A softball: Scouting Warren vs. Glenbard North Jun 12, 2014 10:08 PM
    Warren Blue Devils (26-9) vs. Glenbard North Panthers (30-5) What: IHSA Class 4A state softball semifinal When: 5:30 p.m. today Where: Eastside Centre, East Peoria Warren’s road to East Peoria: In the Loyola regional, defeated Loyola (9-2) and Mundelein (11-3); in the Stevenson sectional, defeated New Trier (3-2 in 9 innings) and Lake Zurich (12-9); in the Barrington supersectional, defeated Barrington (3-1). Glenbard North’s road to East Peoria: In the Rolling Meadows regional, defeated Wheaton North (7-2) and Willowbrook (7-0); in the Bartlett sectional, defeated St. Charles North (10-4) and Conant (6-5); in the Rosemont Stadium supersectional, defeated Oak Park (4-0). Warren’s tournament history: The Blue Devils are making their second appearance downstate and are playing in their first semifinal. In 1980, the Blue Devils lost in the quarterfinals to Lockport (9-3). Glenbard North’s tournament history: The Panthers are making their third appearance downstate. In both 1996 and 2001, they finished third. In 1996, they defeated Chicago Washington (11-0) in the quarterfinals, lost to Moline (10-2) in the semifinals and defeated Chatham Glenwood (2-0) in the third-place game. In 2001, they defeated Fremd (2-0) in the quarterfinals, lost to Normal Community (2-0) in the semifinals and defeated Belleville West (1-0 in 10 innings) in the third-place game. Coaches: Bryan McNulty, Warren, 1st season; Josh Sanew, Glenbard North, 4th season. Today’s starters: Jana Wagner, Warren (14-3, 3.48 ERA); Cece Dopart, Glenbard North (26-4, 1.00 ERA) Scouting Warren: The Blue Devils have been a postseason surprise after finishing third in the North Suburban Lake Division with an 8-4 record behind Lake Zurich (10-2) and Libertyville (9-3). They lost two of their final five games during the regular season. Unlike like season, when center fielder Megan Sowa (Drake) led them to a sectional championship, the Blue Devils have won without a major star. “We’re just a scrappy team that has a bunch of above-average kids and play together pretty well,” first-year coach Bryan McNulty said. “It seems like when we win, it’s one kid that you didn’t expect that just comes up big. Every girl in our lineup has taken that turn to do that.” Offensively, senior left fielder Michelle Vasen leads the way. She’s enjoyed a breakout season with 60 hits (.469 batting average), which includes 14 doubles. She is the team’s only .400 hitter. The Blue Devils have also received timely production from Shannon McKeon (.331 BA, 11 2B), Megan Scott (.273 BA, 5 HR, 39 RBI), Sabrina Trevino (.246 BA, team-leading 6 HRs, 8 2B), Rachele Belletini (.352 BA), Jaz Bonke (.294 BA), Jodie Hurd (.237 BA, 4 HR), Amber Leneau (.324 BA, 5 2B) and Crystal Pennell (.265 BA, 6 2B). In the circle, Palm Beach Atlantic-bound Jana Wagner, the team’s three-year varsity ace, has shined in the state tournament, throwing 9 innings and yielding just 2 runs against New Trier and allowing only 1 run to Barrington in the supersectional. “We’ve become really close as a team, and we’ve built a special bond,” said Vasen, who was 3-for-4 with a double against Barrington. “We’ve definitely dug deep, and we’ve been leaving everything on the field, like our last game.” Scouting Glenbard North: It’s been nearly a month (May 17) since the Panthers lost a game. They closed the regular season with four straight wins, before outscoring their two regional opponents 14-2. Their supersectional victory gave them their second 30-win season in a row. Little senior right-hander Cece Dopart (5 feet 6) is 26-4 with a 1.00 ERA and 303 strikeouts (34 walks) in 203 innings. “We know they got a really good pitcher that seems to mirror (Allison) Quigley from New Trier quite a bit,” Warren coach Bryan McNulty said. “We’re just going to have to be tough and patient with our at-bats, and do what we’ve done so far, use some of our speed and stuff like that. Obviously coming from the (DuPage Valley Conference), they’re going to be a pretty good softball team.” The Panthers feature a lot of good hitters, including junior center fielder Sarah Petzold (.513 BA, 5 HR, 12 2B, 34 RBI), Alex Caliva (.469 BA, 12 2B, Sydney Benz (.407 BA, 13 2B, 6 HR) and Heather Sperlazzo (.386 BA). Up next: Winner advances to Saturday’s state championship game (5:30 p.m.) against the winner of today’s other semifinal between Sandburg (23-15) and Lincoln-Way East (27-10). Loser plays in Saturday’s third-place game, which starts at 3 p.m. — Joe Aguilar

  • Sanew, Glenbard North making a good impression Jun 12, 2014 10:04 PM
    Seven years ago Josh Sanew was heading out to coach a summer league baseball game when Glenbard North principal John Mensik asked if he’d like to interview for the head softball job. Then a Panthers sophomore baseball coach, Sanew expected the interview to take an hour. He felt dejected it ended in a quarter of that time. “I left there thinking, 15 minutes, I really messed this one up,” Sanew recalled.

  • Softball all-area team / DuPage County Jun 12, 2014 6:43 PM
    Introducing the Daily Herald's softball all-area team for DuPage County.

  • Fehlman Memorial event set for Monday Jun 12, 2014 4:40 PM
    The 11th Annual Fehlman Memorial Senior All-Star Game is set for Monday night at Judson University in Elgin. The event features some of the top senior softball players from high schools throughout the Fox Valley, and honors the memory of Dave Fehlman and his son, Robbie. Dave Fehlman was a longtime supporter of high school and youth softball in the Fox Valley area and a past president of the Fox Valley Renegades. He passed away in 2007. Dave’s son, Robbie, was killed in a tragic auto accident in Colorado in 2012.

  • Nothing crazy about Crystal Lake South’s McLean Jun 12, 2014 1:09 PM
    Crystal Lake South softball coach Scott Busam freely admits people thought he and assistant coach Mark Hardie were “crazy” in the spring of 2011. Sam McLean was not one of those.

  • Softball all-area team / Tri-Cities Jun 12, 2014 1:06 PM
    Introducing the Daily Herald's softball all-area team for the Tri-Cities area.

  • Carmel’s Behan breaks through with 18-homer season Jun 12, 2014 1:11 PM
    Carmel's Jenny Behan delivered 18 homers, making a compelling case for herself as captain of the Daily Herald's softball all-area team for Lake County.

  • Rabin one of St. Charles North’s best both on, off field Jun 12, 2014 1:30 PM
    In his years coaching football, basketball and softball at St. Charles North, not to mention his lifetime of both playing and watching sports in St. Charles, few people have seen the top athletes come and go the last 20-plus years as North Stars softball coach Tom Poulin. He’s said goodbye to plenty of seniors in all those sports, the vast majority hardworking, talented kids that Poulin has loved coaching and will sincerely miss working with on the basketball court or softball field. It says something then with all those players that he’s seen Poulin’s reaction after Sabrina Rabin played her last softball game in a St. Charles North uniform last week at the Class 4A Bartlett sectional.

  • Softball all-area team / Northwest Jun 12, 2014 10:57 PM
    Introducing the Daily Herald's Northwest softball all-area team.

  • Softball: Fox Valley All-Area team Jun 12, 2014 1:17 PM
    Presenting the 2014 Fox Valley all-area softball team.

  • Downers North’s Ryndak back and better than ever Jun 12, 2014 12:32 PM
    After a sophomore season as good as anyone’s, Dale Ryndak had a beginning to her junior campaign in 2013 that was about as bad as anyone’s.

  • Images: Daily Herald All-Area Spring Honorary Team Captains Jun 12, 2014 6:47 PM
    Images of Daily Herald All-Area honorary team captains in baseball, softball, girls soccer, and boys volleyball for the Spring 2014 season.

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