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  • Poetker powers Stevenson downstate Jan 24, 2015 10:40 PM
    Only a 6-pin denied Matt Poetker perfection. The Stevenson bowler settled for a 299 in his fourth game Saturday as part of the Stevenson sectional at Lakeside Lanes in Mundelein on Saturday. After he rolled his final ball, he couldn’t even watch it spin down the lane. “It was something to experience,” said Poetker, who had a 300 game two years ago, but not in high school competition. “It really gave the team the push it needed. I got really nervous on the last shot. The ball stuck on the thumb. Whatever happened, happened at that point. I really didn’t look. I had my eyes closed.” Stevenson had highlights other than Poetker’s 299 game, as the Patriots qualified for state for the first time along with five other teams. Harlem won the sectional with one of the best 6-game pinfalls (6,552) in the state. Rockton Hononegah was a close second (6,537). Stevenson took third place (6,215), followed by St. Charles East (6,027), Lake Zurich (5,983) and Freeport (5,960) in the 16-team field. All six teams will compete in the state tournament beginning Friday at St. Clair Lanes in downstate O’Fallon.

  • Dual perfection for Huntley, Vernon Hills at D-C Jan 24, 2015 8:25 PM
    It was a very successful outing for at least two wrestling teams Saturday at the Dundee-Crown megaduals. Both Huntley (15-10), and Vernon Hills (21-7) went 3-0 in the triple-dual meet which featured seven squads from a wide variety of conferences and counties.

  • Boys basketball / Lake County roundup Jan 23, 2015 11:48 PM
    Sam Ruhlmann and Michael Benko scored 14 and 13 points, respectively, as Grayslake Central’s boys basketball team stayed hot with a 56-44 win over host Woodstock North in a Fox Valley Conference Fox Division game Friday night.

  • Mundelein edges improving Vernon Hills Jan 22, 2015 10:14 PM
    Upon entering the Vernon Hills High School pool Thursday night, you couldn’t help sense that something big was possibly going to transpire. And, depending on your angle, it almost did. Since opening its doors in 2002, the Vernon Hills varsity boys swimming team has never beaten Mundelein. That didn’t change Thursday, but the results suggest it might in the near future. The meet was close throughout, and with Mundelein ahead 88-84, it came down to the last event for all the marbles. Mustangs junior Will Garcia had an inkling that things were tight. “Our team goals always come first,” said Garcia, who swam the second leg of the winning 400 freestyle relay team that won that last event and clinched the victory for Mundelein. “We just told ourselves we need to win this one to win the meet and to forget about all of the other races.” The formula worked because Garcia joined Eric Kozokar, Jeremy Westgate and Duncan Black, who posted a winning time of 3:27.59. Garcia, known for his long-distance success, also won the 200-freestyle in 1:54.03, and followed that up with a victory in the 500 freestyle in 5:06.29.

  • Stevenson gets a humbling national-level reminder Jan 22, 2015 9:47 PM
    Top-ranked Stevenson is still unbeaten. In Illinois, that is. The only two losses for the state’s best team have come at the hands of top-notch, out-of-state competition, teams that are ranked nationally. Just like the Patriots (16-2). Stevenson’s most-recent loss, and its most lopsided loss of the Jalen Brunson era, was last weekend in the Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. The Patriots lost to Findlay College Prep out of Nevada, 84-58. Findlay College Prep is the No. 1-ranked team in the USA Today Top 25 national high school poll.

  • Nardini, Vernon Hills outshoot Mundelein Jan 22, 2015 10:17 PM
    Robby Nardini scored 26 points, including four 3-pointers, and Vernon Hills’ boys basketball team defeated visiting Mundelein 72-50 in a North Suburban Conference crossover Thursday night.

  • Antioch streak hits 19; Lakes handles Round Lake Jan 21, 2015 11:15 PM
    Amy Reiser collected 21 points, 12 rebounds and 5 steals, as Antioch’s girls basketball team ran its winning streak to 19 games with a 51-44 win over host Wauconda in North Suburban Prairie Division action Wednesday night.

  • Images: Lake Zurich vs. Vernon Hills, boys basketball Jan 19, 2015 8:42 PM
    The Lake Zurich Bears hosted the Vernon Hills Cougars for boys basketball action on Monday, Jan. 19.

  • Girls basketball: Lake County roundup Jan 19, 2015 11:05 PM
    At the Martin Luther King tournament at Lake Forest, Antioch rolled over rival Lakes 62-42 in girls basketball on Monday. Three players scored in double-figures for the Sequoits. Ashley Reiser led the way with 11 points while Carly McCameron and Kelly Johnson each had 10 points.

  • Lake Zurich handles Vernon Hills Jan 19, 2015 11:06 PM
    On Monday in the championship game of the Lake Zurich Martin Luther King tournament, the Bears' Jack O’Neill and Mike Travlos made it their mission to make life as difficult as possible for Vernon Hills standout guard Robby Nardini. And they succeeded. They took turns closely face-guarding the high-scoring Cougars 3-point sharpshooter, who wound up being named the most valuable player of the tournament. They held him to just 2 points and zero field goals, the first time he’s been held without a field goal in his varsity career. That was key in Lake Zurich’s 71-54 victory over the Cougars. Lake Zurich, Vernon Hills, Palatine and Niles North all finished the tournament at 4-1, but Lake Zurich won the tie-breaker and thus the tournament title on point differential in its victory over Vernon Hills.

  • Wagner, Yates break new ground; Stevenson wins team title Jan 17, 2015 11:17 PM
    Newcomers Zach Wagner of Wauconda and Danny Yates of Grayslake North are the first boys bowlers from their respective schools to advance in the boys bowling state series after excelling Saturday in the Vernon Hills regional at Brunswick Zone Vernon Hills. Wagner tossed 1,267 over his 6 games and Yates threw an 1,181 as they qualified for the sectional round. The other qualifying individuals included Alec Munro (1,139) and Jacob Stern (1,128) of Vernon Hills and Libertyville’s Spencer Baumruk (1,147). Stevenson has been on a roll all season and extended that them Saturday. The Patriots won the regional with an impressive 6,483, finishing 52 pins ahead of Lake Zurich (6,431).

  • Nardini (39 points) paces Vernon Hills’ OT victory Jan 17, 2015 10:04 PM
    Even the most optimistic Vernon Hills boys basketball fan had to be thinking the Cougars were in trouble when they trailed Niles North by 10 with four minutes left in their contest at the 3rd Annual Martin Luther King Classic at Lake Zurich. “I told them when they came to the bench that we had one more shot at this,” said Vernon Hills coach Matt McCarty. “To their credit, they still had their heads up and were confident.” Then again, with Wisconsin-Stevens Point-bound senior Robby Nardini around; the Cougars really aren’t out of any game. Nardini began to heat up and that meant bad things for the Vikings. Despite playing on legs that were cramping badly, Nardini was still able to find his shot. He scored 12 points for the Cougars over the final four minutes of regulation. Then, after teammate Matt Weaver forced overtime on a layup with 2 seconds left, Nardini went off in the extra session. His 8-point outburst gave him a career-best 39 points, tying the tournament record set by Duante Stephens of Niles North last season. That and a tournament record-setting eight 3-pointers from Nardini pushed Vernon Hills past Niles North 89-80 in overtime to keep the Cougars unbeaten in tournament play.

  • Out-of-state setback for Stevenson Jan 17, 2015 11:42 PM
    While Stevenson’s boys basketball team remains undefeated in games played in Illinois this season, the Patriots on Saturday suffered their second loss out of state this month. Playing in the prestigious Hoop Hall Classic at Blake Arena in Springfield, Mass., Stevenson lost to Findlay College Prep 84-58.

  • Wauconda hosts Future Business Leaders conference Jan 17, 2015 6:21 PM
    More than 700 students participated in Saturday’s Future Business Leaders of America Northern Area Conference in Wauconda. Wauconda High School hosted the event which also saw more than 300 business community members involved in judging competitions, presenting workshops or volunteering.

  • Firnbach, Vernon Hills top Mundelein Jan 16, 2015 11:36 PM
    Kasey Firnbach scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, and Vernon Hills’ girls basketball team defeated visiting Mundelein 48-37 in a North Suburban Conference crossover Friday night.

  • Another long-range display lifts Vernon Hills Jan 16, 2015 11:46 PM
    All that was missing were the ball racks. Other than that, it was like a 3-point shooting contest was taking place at Grant on Friday night. Vernon Hills and the host Bulldogs weren’t shy about launching from long range. The two teams combined for 21 total 3-pointers, and Vernon Hills’ 14-7 advantage in made 3-pointers was essentially the difference in the game. The Cougars shot their way out of a 4-point halftime deficit to get a 69-52 North Suburban Conference Prairie Division boys basketball victory over Grant. The 14 3-pointers by Vernon Hills, which improves to 14-2 overall and stays in first place in the Prairie Division at 6-0, is a school record.

  • Grayslake North takes aim against Washington foes Jan 15, 2015 10:47 PM
    Although there’s no scientific data as proof, there does seem to be anecdotal evidence that high school basketball in each area of Illinois is styled a bit differently. Just ask the Grayslake North boys basketball team. The Knights are preparing to return to downstate Washington High School this weekend as part of the annual Martin Luther King tournament there that they participated in last year. They are ready for what they weren’t quite ready for last time. “We couldn’t believe the shooting we saw there,” Grayslake North coach Todd Grunloh said. “It’s not like it is up here. Literally any kid who checks into the game down there can shoot from two to three feet outside the 3-point line and with great form."

  • Boys basketball: Week 6 MVP Jan 15, 2015 12:59 AM
    Dundee-Crown senior guard Kiwaun ‘Kiwi’ Seals has earned Daily Herald boys basketball MVP honors for his recent performances, which included setting a school record for points in a single game.

  • Power produces game-winner for Nazareth College Jan 12, 2015 5:02 PM
    Vernon Hills graduate John Power recently scored his first collegiate hockey goal, and it was one he will not forget. The Nazareth College freshman fired home the game-winner 1:48 into overtime against St. Scholastica to give the Golden Flyers a 4-3 victory in a contest played in Oswego, N.Y. The victory improved the Golden Flyers’ record to 5-4-3.

  • Fremd’s Invitational quite a showcase for MSL talent Jan 11, 2015 11:04 PM
    It has been a historic season for Mid-Suburban League girls basketball. First, Fremd became the first team to fly to an event when the Vikings played four games in Phoenix, Ariz., in late December. Now, this weekend for the first time, MSL girls teams played on a Sunday. And they represented themselves quite well. With approval from the IHSA, Fremd coach Dave Yates put together the Fremd Chicagoland Invitational Showcase 2015 featuring teams top teams from Indiana and Illinois in order for college scouts to have an opportunity to see some top talent in two days.

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