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  • Will long rest equal rust in World Series? Oct 20, 2014 5:44 PM
    The Royals went 8-0 in the AL playoffs, giving them five idle days before Shields starts Tuesday's World Series opener. San Francisco went 8-2 on the NL side and had four days to relax before Madison Bumgarner pitches.

     
  • Fairfield’s in the future for Schaumburg’s Akinola Oct 20, 2014 5:09 PM
    When Oyinkan Akinola made the trip to Connecticut to visit Fairfield University this past July, she was quite a distance from her home in the northwest suburbs. “But when I was there, it felt like home,” said the Schaumburg senior who is the leading attacker for the Saxons with her explosive arm swing. Fairfield will eventually become her home after she graduates from Schaumburg next May. The 5-foot-10 senior committed this summer to the Stags’ Division I volleyball program and coach Todd Kress, who has an overall record of 328-239 and was the second youngest coach in NCAA history with 200 career wins. Kress previously was the head coach at Buffalo and Florida State.

     
  • Stevenson’s Miller helping Illinois get in the swing Oct 20, 2014 5:15 PM
    Stephanie Miller, the two-time high school girls golf state champion from Stevenson, now swings her clubs for the University of Illinois. And she is helping the Illini swing into gear during its fall campaign. Illini coach Renee Slone’s team brought home its second tournament title in as many weeks by winning three rounds of match play at the Hoosier Fall Invitational in Noblesville, Ind. On the final day, Illinois squared off against Fresno State for the championship of the match-play style event. Miller came back from an earlier loss to top Samantha Spencer 3 and 2.

     
  • St. Edward grad Winters continues to flourish at Valpo Oct 20, 2014 4:40 PM
    St. Edward graduate Eric Winters is having a senior season to remember on the golf course this fall. Winters, now playing at Valparaiso University, recently was named Horizon League golfer of the week based his performance at the Firestone Invitational held in Akron, Ohio. Winters finished seventh in that tournament with rounds of 73, 71 and 73 on a golf course considered one of the premier tracks in the Midwest.

     
  • Buckeyes trying hard not to look past next 2 games Oct 20, 2014 4:55 PM
    There’s always the danger of a powerhouse looking past a couple of struggling teams to the marquee game on its schedule. But Urban Meyer says that won’t be the case for No. 13 Ohio State at Penn State on Saturday.

     
  • Michigan faces huge task as Spartans game arrives Oct 20, 2014 4:53 PM
    Brady Hoke knew that having a bye week before taking on No. 8 Michigan State could be a good thing for his struggling Wolverines. He just needed to make sure that he didn’t try to fix a bad season in one quiet weekend.

     
  • Rose’s night big ‘positive’ for Bulls Oct 20, 2014 11:47 PM
    The Bulls lost to Cleveland 107-98 on Monday in Columbus, Ohio, in a preseason matchup of expected Eastern Conference contenders. But this game was a sight for sore eyes, as far as the Bulls were concerned, because Derrick Rose was brilliant, scoring 30 points in just 24 minutes.

     
  • Warren High playing sled hockey team: Oct 20, 2014 6:16 PM
    Warren Township High School's varsity hockey squad will play the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association Falcons team in sled hockey Wednesday night.

     
  • Steelers rally past stunned Texans Oct 21, 2014 12:03 AM
    Ben Roethlisberger passed for two touchdowns and wide receiver Antonio Brown added another on a gadget play during a decisive surge late in the first half, helping the Steelers rally for a 30-23 win over the mistake-prone Texans on Monday night.

     
  • Bears cut Marshall some slack Oct 20, 2014 11:54 PM
    Bears coach Marc Trestman and some of Brandon Marshall's teammates downplayed the significance of the wide receiver's posgame venting after Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins, noting that players deal with situations differently.

     
  • Illini plan 2-quarterback system vs. Gophers Oct 20, 2014 5:22 PM
    In the absence of the injured Wes Lunt, Illinois will play a pair of quarterbacks Saturday against Minnesota. Coach Tim Beckman said Monday that the Gophers (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) can expect to see both senior Reilly O’Toole and sophomore Aaron Bailey, something he believes will make their preparations more difficult.

     
  • Humble Abreu earns players’ vote as top rookie Oct 20, 2014 5:29 PM
    He led the major leagues with a .581 slugging percentage. He finished second in the American League with a .964 OPS (On-base Plus Slugging percentage) and 323 total bases, third with 36 home runs, fourth with 107 RBI and fifth with a .317 batting average. Do the math, and it’s no surprise White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was named the Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year on Monday in a vote by players.

     
  • AT/Willowbrook’s McNamara ready to fly when state comes around Oct 21, 2014 8:48 AM
    With the girls high school swimming postseason almost upon us, three DuPage County swimmers have posted the fastest times in their events, thus far, and they are recognized as first seeds in the state at this point of the season.

     
  • Royals' run to Series sparks memories of Arlington Heights' Splittorff Oct 20, 2014 2:56 PM
    As the Kansas City Royals revel in their first trip to the World Series in 29 years, Arlington Heights friends of the late Paul Splittorff recall his remarkable career — and where it all began. Splittorff's former American Legion coach, Lloyd Meyer, will be rooting for Kansas City this week, in memory of his former player who contributed so much to the Royals' organization. “He was a steady pitcher,” Meyer says, “who sort of came out of nowhere to make the major leagues.”

     
  • Boys soccer / Postseason scouting, Northwest Oct 20, 2014 4:34 PM
    The boys soccer postseason is once again here, and every sectional features a tough group of teams. Yet the prevailing mood is one of, “providing we play at our best, we stand a chance to advance.” Why? There are so many clubs of similar talent, many with head-stratching results on their on records, making the definitive choice to advance to the supersectionals nearly impossible. There will be plenty of twists and turns along the way, beginning Tuesday evening as even some of the top seeds will have to play well to move on. Class 3A Bartlett sectionalTop four seeds (in order): St. Charles East (15-2-2), Lake Park (16-1-4), Wheaton North (9-7-5), St. Charles North (10-5-4). The sectional champion advances into Barrington supersectional on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 4:30 p.m. Lowdown: As it stands, all that have been questioned agree that the No. 1 seed will be tough to beat. “On the other side of our sectional group, unless something surprising happens, St. Charles East will be in that sectional semifinals in two weeks,” says Schaumburg’s Hamid Mehreioskouei, who along with MSL rival Conant, are dangerous seeds and No. 9 and 10, respectively. “If we can win our opener (against No. 7 Glenbard North), we’ll finally be at full strength for the first time this season, and I like our chances to get through.” The Saxons (7-4-2) have dealt with injuries and ineligibility this fall, so a full roster could make a bigdifference for them in a regional final that could feature No. 2 seed Lake Park. Neither Conant coach Jason Franco nor his counterpart at Rolling Meadows (9-7-2), Peter Mikulak, especially enjoyed the final two weeks of the regular season as both prgrams struggled. “We faded down the stretch,” begins Mikulak, whose club was in the MSL East race before a loss to eventual champ Wheeling did them in. “We sustained a number of injuries during that time, so others have to help, and our sectional is deep and dangerous. But I feel if we can just be better in that final third, we can be one of many who can challenge for the top spot here.” “We’ve struggled of late too,” said Franco. “If we win our opener (vs. West Chicago), then we have St. Charles East, which has a ton of depth, talent and athletic players and is easily the class of a sectional which is wide open (otherwise). There’s a lot who are just about the same as the other, which makes for some interesting regional openers, and finals.” Class 3A Niles North sectionalTop 4 seeds: Evanston (11-2-1) New Trier (17-3-2), Lane Tech (17-5-4), Glenbrook South (7-7-4). Sectional champion advances into Barrington supersectional on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. Lowdown: While both Evanston and New Trier were the clear choice to be the top seeds, No. 5 Leyden (10-5-3) might not be too far off from the two CSL powers. Coach Mark Valintis’ club recently handed highly regarded Lyons Township a 3-1 defeat to claim its intent for the postseason, the second time in three seasons the Eagles have done so. “We’ve been so close against top-ranked Morton, St. Viator, and others, so this win came at the perfect time, against a very good team,” said Valintis. “It was a full, hard 80 minutes that we had to play, and the guys answered every challenge thrown at them. We walked out of our place with a feeling and belief we not only can play with the best, but also beat the best as well.” Valintis admits it remains to be seen how the victory will help his club moving forward, but what he does know is the Eagles are battle tested with a highly competitive schedule. “I like our seed, and honestly believe it is a fair one, and with us finally 100 percent healthy and fit, hopefully we’ll be in good shape and ready to add to the excitement of the playoffs.” New Trier, which has shown great ability all season, has lost to Evanston, Lyons and St. Charles East, while the Wildkits show a surprising 4-0 defeat on its overall record against No. 4 Glenbrook South. A young Maine West, which has struggled all season to put balls into the back of the net, is seeded at No. 10 and opens tournament play with No. 7 Glenbrook North. Class 3A Palatine sectionalTop four seeds: Warren (15-2-4), Libertyville (11-3-0), Fremd (14-5-1), Barrington (15-7-2). Sectional champion advances into Barrington supersectional on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. Lowdown: Life is seemingly good at Fremd and Warren after the two clubs lifted championship trophies following their impressive victories in the Mid-Suburban League and North Suburban Conference finals. However, despite inspiring performances from each, both are wary of what lies ahead. A potential regional final between crosstown rivals Fremd and No. 6 Palatine (10-5-2) looms if both win their openers at Lake Zurich, while No. 1 Warren may have its biggest challenge of the playoffs when it meets a very dangerous No. 14 seed (Buffalo Grove) in its opener at the home park of the Bison. Many remember last season, when a 15th-seeded Bison squad stunned the No. 2 Blue Devils 1-0 in a regional opener to jump-start BG’s cinderella state series run. “Looking back at the last few weeks of the season, we were up 1-0 in four different MSL games, but lost three and tied the other. If we win two of them, maybe we’re in the MSL Cup. Three or four, maybe we go from a No. 14 to 4-6,” figures Bison coach Rick Carlson. “So I always have confidence in my guys, and their abilities, and we’re very exited about the last leg of this season. Warren is a great team and deserves the top seed, but we’re hoping the team is ready to rise to the challenge, especially on our home pitch.” “There’s no way Buffalo Grove is a No. 14 seed,” says Barrington’s Scott Steib. “That’s not a team anyone would want to play. But that’s the way it goes this time of the year, and for us, if we can be consistent from here on out and play 80 minutes of quality soccer, we can put ourselves into a position of playing at our own supersectional. But that’s a long way off.” The Broncos have a dicey group at their own venue during this first week, with an opener against No. 13 Stevenson and a potential final with No. 5 Hersey (11-3-5) this weekend. MSL runner-up Wheeling (12-5-4) would be the opponent of either Buffalo Grove or Warren, while up at No. 7 Mundelein is quite capable of springing a surprise there against NSC rival Libertyville. Class 2A Grayslake Central sectionalTop 4 seeds (in order): Antioch (10-6-2), Marian Central (11-3-1), Grayslake North (11-8-2), Grayslake Central. Sectional champion advances into Stevenson supersectional on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Lowdown: Years of league success and plenty of history apparently didn’t influence the coaches from the north when they voted East Suburban Catholic Conference champion St. Viator as the No. 5 seed in this sectional, which is dominated by the NSC Prairie Division, as well as several clubs from the FVC. “Not a problem,” said Lions coach Mike Taylor, whose club faced its share of top 3A sides during the regular season, including one of the best in the nation, Chaminade from Missouri. The Lions (16-5-1) have been coming on of late, playing their best football of the year during the past two weeks, so any perceived seeding snub likely will be used as a prime motivation factor before each contest. “None of that matters,” Taylor said with a wry smile. “We just have to go out and play our game, and the rest will take care of itself.” The Lions will first try to take care of host Amundsen this Tuesday on the northwest side of Chicago, then No. 4 seed Grayslake Central in a likely regional final before the sectional semis. “Central is solid. They have a tough backline, good keeper and some nice midfielders,” says Lakes coach Kevin Kullby of the FVC Fox division co-champs, who play through talented all-sectional MF star Isaac Longnecker (15 goals) as much as possible. Kullby believes Antioch will hold its No. 1 seed if the Sequoits all-time leading scorer, Iven Hernandez is on his game. “Ivan is a remarkable player, with an uncanny ability to score and set others up. He’s a gamer, and no doubt gives his team incredible confidence. But if an opponent can bottle him up, then their stoy might be different.” Kullby’s club held Hernandez (33 goals) scoreless for 70 minutes before dropping a 3-1 decision. No. 2 seed Marian Central Catholic pinned a 1-0 loss on St. Viator during the midseason, but has dropped off its level of play of late. — Mike Garofola

     
  • Minor, Carmel complete sectional victories Oct 20, 2014 10:36 PM
    Led by Michigan-bound senior Brienne Minor, who won singles, Carmel Catholic’s girls tennis team captured the rain-delayed Highland Park sectional, which wrapped up Monday.

     
  • Meet an offensive lineman: Glenbard East's Ben Sullivan Oct 20, 2014 11:11 PM
    Insights into what it's like to be an offensive lineman, thanks to Glenbard East's Ben Sullivan, plus other bits and bites about this week in DuPage County high school football.

     
  • Boys soccer: Top 20 rankings Oct 20, 2014 11:12 PM
    Class 2A Wheaton Academy retains the top spot based on its success against Class 3A schools. Naperville Central and Batavia switch spots, with the Redhawks moving up to No. 2.

     
  • Batavia maintains bragging rights Oct 20, 2014 4:09 PM
    Rumors of Batavia’s demise turned out to be greatly exaggerated. OK, so maybe nobody was predicting doom and gloom, but there was a certain expectation after graduating much of the Bulldogs’ 2013 state championship team that 2014 could be the year for Geneva with all the playmakers in its senior class to unseat Batavia as the class of the Upstate Eight Conference River Division. Instead Batavia turned in the defensive effort of the season on Friday, forcing six turnovers, scoring a pair of defensive touchdowns and beating Geneva 26-20 Friday to clinch its fourth straight conference crown.

     
  • Girls volleyball: Top 20 rankings Oct 20, 2014 4:06 PM
    St. Francis has reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the latest Daily Herald Top 20 rankings of girls volleyball teams. Benet is No. 2 and Hersey No. 3.

     
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