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  • Baseball officials got it right by upholding Giants’ protest Aug 22, 2014 6:14 AM
    Mike North believes major league baseball made the right decision when officials declared the San Francisco Giants games with the Chicago Cubs needed to be completed after the officiating crew had called the game after a lengthy rain delay.

  • Spellman’s Scorecard: Yes, it’s just preseason, but still ... Aug 22, 2014 6:15 AM
    It's the Bears' biggest game of the preseason. But it still won't mean much once the regular season rolls around.

  • Kougias eager to start living the dream at Grayslake Central Aug 21, 2014 8:45 PM
    New Grayslake Central boys basketball coach Kosta Kougias joked about how he probably would have dealt with Kosta Kougias as a high school player. “If I had me today in practice, I probably would have thrown me out more than once,” Kougias said with a laugh. In all seriousness, Kougias’ background as a high school student at Prospect and his unique trek into high school teaching and coaching will give him an interesting perspective for the new job that officially became his last week.

  • Hersey hoping to stay on top Aug 21, 2014 10:00 PM
    What a difference a year has made for Hersey. Just 12 months ago, the Huskies had not won a conference championship in 37 years. At the same time, Joe Pardun was the defensive coordinator for the Huskies. Fast forward, and Hersey is now defending MSL East co-champion while Pardun has become the head coach as Dragan Teonic is now in charge at Larkin.

  • Returning talent has Wheeling feeling confident Aug 21, 2014 10:00 PM
    This could be the breakthrough year that Wheeling and coach Brent Pearlman have been waiting for. Wheeling has not made the state playoffs since 2008 and has only qualified twice in the last 17 years. Yet there is reason for optimism this season, despite just finishing 2-7 last year. The Wildcats return the area’s second leading rusher season in Isaac Branch, who gained 991 yards on 174 carries for a 5.7 average. Branch has been drawing plenty of interest with his speed and inside running ability.

  • Smaller roster has big expectations at Fremd Aug 21, 2014 9:59 PM
    For Fremd and coach Lou Sponsel, the hope is that there will be addition through subtraction this season. “There will be a much smaller roster number,” said Sponsel, who had 98 players on his roster last year and has 59 this season. “The kids that made it through this year want to be here. We really upped the ante in the off-season and the players here have really bought in.” Perhaps no one more than Darius Burchette, who has been on the varsity team since his freshman year. A running back, Burchette, who has blazing speed, had seen just limited action in his first three years. But Sponsel figures that will all change that season.

  • Barrington’s big on sustaining success Aug 21, 2014 9:58 PM
    After a deep run in the playoffs last year, expectations are high in Barrington this season. “We have a lot of guys back,” said Barrington coach Joe Sanchez, who returns 15 starters from a team that went 10-2 last year before bowing out in the Class 8A quarterfinals to Stevenson. “As these guys know, words are hollow. We want to hold ourselves to a high standard on how we play the game.”

  • Buffalo Grove aims to measure up Aug 21, 2014 9:59 PM
    Buffalo Grove has won just four games in the last three years. But coach Mike DiMatteo says he feels the Bison can turn things around this year. “We have a chance to be pretty competitive if we stay injury-free,” DiMatteo said. “Injuries buried us last year. Last year by the second game of the season, we were playing a JV offensive line because of injuries.”

  • New era for Daniels, Christian Liberty Aug 21, 2014 9:59 PM
    It’s the beginning of the new era for Christian Liberty football this season. The Chargers have turned the program over to first-year coach Dave Daniels, who was the offensive coordinator at Guerin Prep in River Grove the last two seasons.

  • Reloading’s the plan for Conant Aug 21, 2014 9:59 PM
    At first glance, with just six starters returning, you’d think Conant might be looking at a rebuilding year. Not so, according to head coach Bill Modelski. “In theory that doesn’t really bode too well,” Modelski said. “But our junior class is very talented and frankly speaking, we could be as good as last year.”

  • New profile, same attitude for Elk Grove Aug 21, 2014 9:59 PM
    Elk Grove and Larry Calhoun will be exploring new territory this year. Calhoun, who is in his third year as head coach for the Grenadiers, will be finding out what life is like without Adam O’Malley, who’d even started at quarterback the year before Calhoun arrived. “It was a big loss for all of us,” said Calhoun of O’Malley’s departure. “But we have a couple of guys that we think will be pretty good in their own right.”

  • Hoffman Estates has experience on its side Aug 21, 2014 9:59 PM
    Experience and Hoffman Estates football have not been used in the same sentence for a long time. But this year, coach Mike Donatucci is seeing that factor working in favor for his Hawks.

  • High hopes for promising Palatine Aug 21, 2014 9:59 PM
    Football is thriving at Palatine. While many teams are suffering from declining participation, Palatine has 68 players on its varsity team this season, the highest number in recent memory. And with those numbers, Palatine is hoping to get back on track this year. The Pirates finished 4-5 a year ago and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

  • Intriguing developments at Rolling Meadows Aug 21, 2014 10:00 PM
    Quarterback development has always been a huge asset for Rolling Meadows. When Tony Garoppolo was playing, Jack Milas was waiting and stepped in very well. AAfter Milas, Bobby Suchecki stepped up last year and threw for 1,952 yards. Now it is RJ Matucci’s turn.

  • Kradman, Maine W. embrace opportunity Aug 21, 2014 9:59 PM
    It’s his first season at Maine West, but new coach Jason Kradman wants to see the Warriors compete with the best in Central Suburban North.“As a program, our goal is to take it one game at a time,” said Kradman, who coached Miami Beach (Fla.) High School to the program’s first back-to-back 7-plus win seasons.

  • Prospect hopes to come of age quickly Aug 21, 2014 10:00 PM
    Youth will be served at Prospect this year. Prospect, which was 1-8 last year after making the playoffs the previous eight consecutive years, will count on youthful enthusiasm as it hosts Glenbrook South for the season opener on Aug. 29. The Knights will have 28 juniors and sophomores on their opening-day roster, with as many as 14 of those starting.

  • New, younger era begins for Schaumburg Aug 21, 2014 10:00 PM
    How does a team replace nearly 2,000 yards and 31 touchdowns? That is the question facing Schaumburg and coach Mark Stilling as the Saxons head into this season without last year’s all-area team football captain and athlete of the year, quarterback Stacey Smith. “The obvious answer is you don’t replace a guy like him,” Stilling said. “Stacey is one of a kind. We have to be different, and and be better in other areas.”

  • Leyden aims to take flight with Pajor Aug 21, 2014 10:00 PM
    Running their usual conventional offense, Leyden football coach Tom Cerasani expects the Eagles to run the ball about 60 percent of the time. That means the ball will be in the air the other 40 percent of the time. And that should be a good thing. “We do expect to be very strong throwing the ball this year,” Cerasani said.

  • St. Viator anticipates winning blend Aug 21, 2014 10:00 PM
    As he begins his third season directing the St. Viator football program, Brandon New could not be more pleased with the chemistry of his team. “In my 16 years of coaching, this has been one of my most enjoyable group of kids to work with,” said New, who led the Lions to a playoff berth in his first season. “They possess great leadership skills, they are men of character and they are pretty good athletes. too.”

  • New coach, new look for Hampshire offense Aug 21, 2014 10:27 PM
    Some of new football coach Mike Brasile’s schemes will look familiar to Hampshire football fans. Others might take an adjustment period. Hampshire’s first new coach in a quarter of a century will run the same 4-2 defensive front as predecessor Dan Cavanaugh, who in his final season led the Whip-Purs to a 6-4 overall record, a third-place finish in the Fox Valley Conference’s Fox Division and a playoff berth.

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