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  • Driscoll grad Wilk is still on the run Feb 25, 2015 8:56 PM
    Several times a year we run columns on “college achievers” — former DuPage County high school student-athletes who made good at the collegiate level. Here we’ve got collegiates and beyond.

  • Prosect High School raises funds selling mattresses Feb 21, 2015 6:50 PM
    Members of the Prospect High School track and cross country teams held a mattress sale Saturday to raise funds for equipment and transportation. “Why go all the way to Chicago? I knew what I wanted,” said Erma Pacheco of Wheeling, who found what she was looking for in the high school cafeteria.

  • Cook jumping to it at Lewis Jan 19, 2015 1:34 PM
    Amber Cook was a four-year varsity letter winner for Warren High School’s track and field team.Her specialty was the triple jump, in which she was a three-time North Suburban Conference champion. You could say she has successfully made the jump to the collegiate level. Now a junior for Lewis College, Cook recently scored a victory and NCAA Provisional mark with a leap of 11.59m (38’ 1/4”) at the Flyer’ own women’s track and field team to the Illiana Invitational title.

  • Intelligence, passion, athleticism show why ‘Maya’s amazing’ Jan 14, 2015 10:03 PM
    Always moving, Maya Neal. In one big regard she has remained constant.

  • Students, athletes and friends mourn the loss of Fremd’s Bokor Jan 8, 2015 9:00 PM
    Rich Bokor spent the majority of his life helping kids get the most out of their lives. Whether it was in an advanced placement history class at Fremd, on a cross country course or in a track workout, Bokor’s goal was to inspire and drive his students and athletes toward success that would last a lifetime. So, nothing changed for Bokor when he received a life-altering diagnosis of incurable colon cancer in September. The same philosophies he used for years to help others — even after retiring from teaching and coaching at Fremd in 2003 — would be followed to help himself in his greatest challenge. “All the stuff he coached and preached in coaching and the classroom ... he practiced what he preached,” said close friend and Fremd boys track coach Jim Aikens. Bokor’s fight ended Sunday at age 66. It was definitely much too soon for someone who still had plenty to give to others.

  • Jacobs’ Van Vlierbergen reflects on her amazing Heisman weekend Dec 19, 2014 6:16 PM
    Lauren Van Vlierbergen was back in her comfort zone this week at Jacobs High School in Algonquin. But last weekend is not one Van Vlierbergen or her family will forget anytime soon. It was one of those weekends that will live in the archives forever. Maybe not a life-changing experience but most certainly a weekend that proves being a well-rounded student-athlete can pay off in a big way.

  • Jacobs' Van Vlierbergen wins Wendy's Heisman Award Dec 13, 2014 8:39 AM
    Jacobs senior Lauren Van Vlierbergen was named the national female winner of the Wendy's High School Heisman Award Friday night at Best Buy Theatre in New York. “Oh my gosh, it's unbelievable,” Van Vlierbergen told the Daily Herald just as she and her family got back to their hotel from the ceremony. “It's such a huge award and such a huge honor.”

  • Jacobs’ Van Vlierbergen excited for Heisman trip Dec 10, 2014 8:54 PM
    Lauren Van Vlierbergen has stood on many podiums and had many medals draped around her neck during her illustrious high school running career. But the medal the Jacobs senior will receive this weekend, and another one she could win, may be the most significant of this young student-athlete’s life.

  • Santa Run brings merriment to downtown Arlington Hts. Dec 6, 2014 7:18 PM
    Hundreds of runners dressed as Santa Claus too to the streets of Arlington Heights on Saturday for the 7th annual Rotary 5K Santa Run.

  • Elgin Academy duo savor Division-I opportunities Nov 17, 2014 9:15 PM
    Talk about quick studies. Elgin Academy seniors Kaitlyn Pearson and Allyson Wittmeyer signed National Letters of Intent Monday to continue their athletic careers — Pearson in track and field at Illinois State University and Wittmeyer in rowing at the University of Iowa. Both are realizing dreams of competing in college athletics after relatively short periods of time in their respective sports.

  • Warren’s Ellis warms to Miami Nov 17, 2014 8:05 PM
    A teen sat in class and looked outside, where temperatures were in the teens. Flurries floated around Warren’s Almond Road campus. “I saw the snow in geology,” a smiling Brittny Ellis said Monday. “I think it’s pretty for the first two weeks. Give me two weeks (of snow). And then I’ll be done with it.” The weather may have influenced Ellis’ decision to sign a national letter of intent to run track for the University of Miami, but it wasn’t the main reason she opted to continue her education and athletic career in Florida. After cramming in five official college visits since returning from the Youth Olympic Games in China in late August, the Warren senior chose “The U” because of its nursing program. She specifically wants to pursue anesthesiology.

  • Kenyans sweep NYC Marathon Nov 2, 2014 8:02 PM
    Wilson Kipsang pulled away in the final mile of the New York City Marathon for his third major marathon title in just over 13 months. Mary Keitany also took the lead late in the women’s race for a Kenyan sweep on Sunday.

  • Bekele to make his Chicago Marathon debut Oct 10, 2014 5:15 PM
    Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, one of the greatest track and cross country runnesr of all time, heads the field of Sunday’s 37th running of the Chicago Marathon (7-11 a.m., NBC). The women’s elite field is led by defending champion Rita Jeptoo, who ran her first career sub 2:20 in last year’s race.

  • Kern ready to assume ‘opportunity’ at York Sep 17, 2014 8:17 PM
    One might think there’d be pressure coming in as York’s new boys track and field coach. Charlie Kern doesn’t think so.

  • Barrington Dist. 220 Special Olympics team honored Sep 4, 2014 4:54 PM
    Some members of the Barrington High School Special Olympics track and field, basketball and soccer teams were honored at this week’s meeting of the Barrington Area Unit District 220 school board. The after-school program has been growing steadily since it was introduced by Shandra Nosal, who started the track and field team six years ago.

  • Bolt expects to run under 10 seconds on beach Aug 15, 2014 5:51 PM
    Usain Bolt expects to run under 10 seconds in a 100-meter race set up on a Rio de Janeiro beach this weekend. Bolt will be competing against three other sprinters in the “Mano a Mano Challenge” on a track at Leme beach.

  • Gurnee’s Warren Township High School recognizes spring sports success Jun 26, 2014 1:01 AM
    Warren Township High School's state championship girls softball team and other squads that made a splash in the spring season were recognized at a meeting Tuesday night.

  • Local gold medalists: Jun 23, 2014 4:16 PM
    Two Special Olympics athletes from Lake County received gold medals in a weeklong competition in New Jersey last week.

  • There was no quit in Schaumburg’s Smith Jun 14, 2014 5:01 PM
    For all of the athletic prowess he displayed in a standout sports career at Schaumburg, what ended up separating Stacey Smith was simply determination.

  • Burlington Central’s Ege wants more Jun 14, 2014 4:58 PM
    It takes a lot to satisfy Burlington Central state champion hurdler Lucas Ege. At the boys state track and field meet in Charleston on May 31, The 17-year-old won the title in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in Class 2A record-setting time (37.34). He also finished third in the 110 high hurdles and ran the opening legs for both Burlington Central’s third-place, school record-setting 1,600-meter relay and its fourth-place 400-meter relay.

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