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  • North: Cutler’s detractors lining up Oct 24, 2014 5:18 AM
    Chicago Bears’ QB Jay Cutler detractors are mounting and he needs to beat the New England Patriots on the road if he wants to win back the fans and quiet his critics.

  • Grayslake North nets share of FVC Fox title Oct 25, 2014 12:16 AM
    If a relentless Woodstock North team with its season on the line wasn’t ample reason for concern for Grayslake North, there sat Titus Booker. His left leg stretched across the Knights’ bench with a bag of ice under his hamstring. Turns out, all things were under control. Grayslake North built a three-touchdown lead in the first quarter, thanks largely to Booker, and never let up against their opponent. Booker was in good shape too following the visiting Knights’ 49-29 win that earned them a share of the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division championship with Prairie Ridge.

  • Lakes wraps up unbeaten Prairie run Oct 25, 2014 12:16 AM
    Lakes 52, North Chicago 0: Special teams delivered, as the host Eagles completed a 6-0 run in the North Suburban Prairie Division for the third straight year. Lakes finished the regular season with an 8-1 record, while North Chicago ended up winless (0-9, 0-6). Lakes blocked the first two punts of the game. The second block was returned for a touchdown by Dave Boudart. On North Chicago’s third punt, Jake Balliu returned it 42 yards for a TD. Lakes led 28-0 after one quarter and 49-0 at halftime. Balliu finished with 3 touchdowns, as he also scored on receptions of 13 and 41 yards. Lakes quarterback Jordan Mercure was 7-of-11 passing for 109 yards and 3 TDs. He also scored on a 37-yard run.

  • Perfect finish for Stevenson Oct 25, 2014 12:14 AM
    In what might have been a preview of next season, Jack Sorenson looked awfully comfortable throwing the ball rather than receiving it. Stevenson’s sure-handed junior receiver morphed into a halfback and then into a quarterback on the very first play from scrimmage against Libertyville on Friday night. Quarterback Willie Bourbon flipped the ball back to Sorenson in the backfield and Sorenson, assumed to be the heir apparent to Bourbon next year, aired out a 58-yard halfback option touchdown pass to a wide-open Cameron Green. “He put it right where it needed to be,” Green said of Sorenson. Like Sorenson’s job change, the pretty touchdown was also a hint of things to come as Stevenson scored early and often in a 34-14 win over Libertyville that completed a 9-0 perfect regular season.

  • Conant denies Hoffman Estates Oct 25, 2014 12:40 AM
    Walking the field before his team’s season-ending game against Hoffman Estates on Friday, Conant football coach Bill Modelski had a smile on his face and a gleam in his eye. “We’re gonna win,” he said with confidence as he watched his charges warm up. Modelski proved prophetic. The Cougars beat Hoffman Estates 24-16 to finish its season 4-5 and 2-3 in the Mid-Suburban West. The victory also denied the Hawks their first playoff berth since 1994, as they finished 4-5 overall and 1-4 in league.

  • Montini picks off Marmion Oct 25, 2014 12:40 AM
    Two interceptions, one in the end zone to deny an opponent just before halftime, can make a young man feel pretty good. “It felt like I was on top of the world,” Montini sophomore cornerback Mitch West said.

  • Palatine gets it right Oct 25, 2014 12:36 AM
    Palatine new it would be facing Schaumburg’s best shot as the Pirates pursued an outright Mid-Suburban West football championship. And sure enough, the Saxons, last year’ West winner, made the Pirates earn their title for 48 minutes in a rousing 45-35 contest in Palatine on Friday night. “It’s been a great year for these players and for the program, winning the conference title,” said Palatine coach Rick Splitt. “The seniors set the goal for themselves, and after a tough start to the season they responded.”

  • Jacobs handles McHenry, now the wait begins Oct 24, 2014 11:19 PM
    The equation was simple. Win and wait. Jacobs took care of the winning part and became playoff eligible with an impressive 50-25 win over McHenry in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division action at McHenry’s McCracken Field Friday night.

  • Buffalo Grove takes pride in winning finale Oct 25, 2014 12:43 AM
    Buffalo Grove football coach Mike DiMatteo could not have been prouder of his senior group Friday night. “When I came in three years ago, they are the ones who made a decision to stay together, work hard and follow the program,” he said. “I’m very proud to see them having winning a record.” The Bison’s first winning record since 2009 was sealed when senior linebacker-safety John Maddox intercepted a third-and-14 pass at the Bison 11-yard line with 1:35 left Maddox then lined up at running back and took off on a 34 yard gallop, then a 5-yard run before the Bison ran out the clock for a 14-10 come-from-behind victory at Wheeling.

  • Wheaton North denies Lake Park crucial win Oct 25, 2014 12:21 AM
    The Lake Park football team came to Wheaton North on Friday night hungry for a win that would qualify it for the playoffs for the first time since 2009. But don’t underestimate the hunger of an opponent with seniors playing their last home game.

  • Iwema, Warren pick off Zion-Benton Oct 25, 2014 12:29 AM
    Warren linebacker Cole Iwema and defensive end Bryan Nolan each finished the regular season in fine fashion, as they led the Blue Devils to a 42-0 shutout of host Zion-Benton Friday night. Warren finished the regular season with 7-2 record and 5-2 in the North Suburban Lake Division.

  • St. Charles North wraps up Elgin Oct 25, 2014 12:23 AM
    The regular season is now over for St. Charles North and there will be no practice on Saturday. However, unlike the last 4 years it’s not because the North Stars are done playing, but instead it’s because coach Robert Pomazak wants his team to enjoy a day off before getting ready for its first playoff appearance since 2009. The North Stars (7-2, 5-2) put the finishing touches on a stellar season Friday night with a 41-12 Upstate Eight River Division win at Elgin (1-8, 1-6).

  • Glenbard North finishes on a good note Oct 25, 2014 12:14 AM
    Senior quarterback/safety Brett Gasiorowski and his Glenbard North football teammates already had been eliminated from the playoffs no matter the outcome Friday against Naperville North. He and the Panthers went out the best way possible.

  • Girls tennis: Stevenson positioned for trophy finish Oct 24, 2014 7:31 PM
    Stevenson’s top-seeded doubles team of Zoe Taylor and Kaylin Dong suffered an upset loss on Day 2 of the girls tennis state tournament Friday morning, but the Patriots still find themselves in position to win a state trophy at Buffalo Grove on Saturday. Hinsdale Central has a commanding lead in the team standings with 44 points, with Stevenson and Lyons Township tied for second with 33 points — well ahead of fourth-place New Trier (22).

  • Images: Streamwood at Batavia football Oct 24, 2014 9:28 PM
    Batavia hosted Streamwood for Friday night football October 24 in Batavia.

  • Crystal Lake South wins boys soccer regional title Oct 24, 2014 8:49 PM
    When Crystal Lake South defender Jacob Canfield came away from the pack scoring the Gators’ first goal on a header en route to a 3-0 Class 3A Jacobs regional boys soccer championship win over rival Cary-Grove Friday, the junior made a beeline for the fans along the sideline in Algonquin doing none other than the well-known CL South custom Gator Chomp. “It was just kind of in the moment,” Canfield said of the chomp, which occurred after he knocked in an Andrew Perrine ball with 16:30 left in the second half of a scoreless tie. “It just felt right, it just seemed like the right idea, get the fans going, get the boost the guys needed.” But the chomp symbolized plenty more as his nibble led to a Gator-like bite out of the second-seeded Trojans (16-3), as top-seeded CL South (17-5-1), winner of its first regional title since 2010, snagged 2 more goals in the next 5:10 to pack its bags for DeKalb on Wednesday for a 5 p.m. showdown between the winner of the Rockford Boylan regional slated for today at 3 p.m. between Boylan and Rockford Guilford. “It’s a testament to the guys. We knew it wasn’t going to be pretty. You’ve got to grind and stick with it,” said Gators’ coach Brian Allen, who’s won 3 regionals in his 8 seasons at the helm.” We told them at halftime, ‘go play to win, go have fun, if you make mistakes they’re going to happen, but make them in the terms of being aggressive and going for goal’ and I think it paid dividends later.” Canfield’s was a product off a Jefferey Kirshenbaum left corner kick that Kennan Grissom bounced which C-G keeper Ethan Csoka (4 saves) whisked away. The rebound found Andrew Perrine, who found Canfield in the box and that seemed to open the gates for Nate Columbia’s first goal of the season on a ball fed by Andrew Grabowski along the right sideline and Ryan Russman’s (from Michael Woeste), which looked wide at first but bent inside the right post. “I think both teams were feeling each other out, knowing it was going to be a tough game,” Allen said. “When the opportunities presented themselves the kids stepped up when they needed to the most.” South put forth 6 shots in the second half while Cary-Grove won the advantage 13-10. The Trojans did a nice job locking up midfielder Orlando Tapia and Grabowski but lost track of players at the end as South turned to different culprits to take care of business to beat C-G for a second time this season. “It all came down to whoever could grind it out the longest,” Columbia said. “We’ve played like that all season. Once we get the first goal we get the momentum and they just start coming and coming.” “We just didn’t execute. You’ve got to give South credit,” Trojans’ coach Mark Olson said. “Both teams battled and everything but you can’t make mistakes against a good team like that, letting players get in behind you.”

  • Buffalo Grove exceeds its seed again Oct 24, 2014 9:07 PM
    Buffalo Grove is one scary No. 14 seed. After stunning No. 1 seed Warren on Tuesday, the Bison kept up the heat Friday, producing a convincing 2-0 victory over No. 9 seed Wheeling in Class 3A regional championship play at Grant Blaney Stadium. That puts the surging Bison in Tuesday’s Palatine sectional semifinals, where they’ll will face either Highland Park or Stevenson at 4:30 p.m.

  • Girls tennis: Kawai, Linden continue in backdraw Oct 24, 2014 8:37 PM
    Palatine freshman Asuka Kawai and Barrington junior Michelle Linden are the lone Mid-Suburban League players left in the girls tennis state meet following the second session in the three-day tournament. The action continues Saturday, with championship semifinals starting at 9 a.m. at Buffalo Grove. In singles, defending champ Tiffany Chen of Naperville Central faces Isabella Lorenzini of Hinsdale Central and Meg Kowalski of Lyons meets Brienne Minor of Carmel. Doubles features Megan Hickey/Stefana Vasic (Lyons) against Erica Oku/Stephanie Dolehide (Hinsdale Central) and Rugile Valiunaite/Sandra Keta (Hinsdale Central) against Vinaya Rao/Katherine Harvey (Stevenson).

  • Spartans hoping for another win over Michigan Oct 24, 2014 4:16 PM
    No matter how many times the Spartans batter their in-state rivals, it will never be enough. No. 8 Michigan State hosts Michigan on Saturday, having won five of their last six meetings with the Wolverines, who seemed to be in disarray before a win over Penn State two weeks ago.

  • Catch Week Nine prep football action streaming live Oct 24, 2014 12:24 PM
    It’s the final week of the regular season, and area teams are positioning themselves for the playoffs. This weekend, 17 games will have live video streaming on High School Cube at

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