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  • Vernon Hills nips Cary-Grove Dec 23, 2014 11:27 PM
    So far, the Vernon Hills girls basketball team has lost only a handful of games. But the 11-3 Cougars have seen a common denominator in their losses. They’ve lost leads late. On Tuesday at the Mundelein Mustang Holiday Classic, Vernon Hills avoided that fate. Narrowly. The Cougars were up by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter against Cary-Grove, only to see that lead shrink and shrink and shrink. But some late free throws by Monica Bahlmann and Haley Lieberman helped Vernon Hills ice a 3-point victory. “Real proud of the kids for hanging in there,” Vernon Hills coach Paul Brettner said. “We’ve been talking about finishing games. We didn’t finish on some of those earlier games that were losses and we didn’t really handle ourselves as well as you’d hope. It’s nice to see us do real well at the end.” The Cougars had a good fourth quarter overall, thanks in large part to Kasey Firnbach, who scored 9 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter. She also pulled down 4 big rebounds in the quarter. Vernon Hills had entered the fourth quarter up only 24-21. “We knew we really needed to step up and score some points in the fourth quarter because it had been a close game early on,” Firnbach said. “Everybody was contributing. We got screens going, we got open, we got a couple of plays going. We executed what we’ve been practicing.” Becky Bahlmann added 8 points for Vernon Hills and Cary-Grove (6-8) got 13 points out of Katie Barker, who is averaging just shy of 20 points a game. The Cougars often face-guarded Barker, one of the better scorers in the area. “I knew they were going to have a plan for (Barker), and I’m fine with that. Because if she gets double-teamed, someone’s going to be wide open,” Cary-Grove coach Rod Saffert said. “The problem for us tonight is that we just didn’t hit our shots. We had them, we didn’t make them, especially in the paint. We missed a lot of shots there. It was a game of missed opportunities for us.”

     
  • Boys basketball / Lake County roundup Dec 23, 2014 10:56 PM
    Robby Nardini poured in a season-high 30 points, including four 3-pointers, as Vernon Hills’ boys basketball team defeated Maine West 74-62 in the Wheeling Hardwood Classic on Tuesday.

     
  • Girls basketball / Lake County roundup Dec 22, 2014 11:09 PM
    At the Mundelein holiday tournament, Jasmine Sangster scored 15 points and Andrea Weaver added 10 points to lead Grant to a v56-40 ictory over Champaign Central.

     
  • Libertyville’s Harrington takes the long view at Lake County meet Dec 20, 2014 9:25 PM
    Libertyville standout swimmer Matt Harrington summed it up best. “The Lake County Invite is always a great training meet and it’s still early in the season so it also serves as kind of an experiment to see where you stand,” the Princeton-bound senior said after winning the 500 freestyle, finishing second in the 200 freestyle and taking legs on the second-place 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams. “I’m really working on getting mentally stronger. I do well and get off to good starts but then I tend to fall off at the end. Today I swam almost 900 yards. That’s great for getting more familiar with the pain that goes along with getting stronger. Plus, by swimming the longer events it helps me finish stronger in the shorter events.” Incidentally, Harrington’s times in the 200 (1:41.85) and 500 freestyle (4:43.89) were both school records, which made first-year coach Mike Cunningham even more ecstatic.

     
  • Landmark victory for Nardini, Vernon Hills Dec 19, 2014 11:11 PM
    Robby Nardini eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in his career at Vernon Hills, and his milestone performance also helped the Cougars pick up a nonconference victory. Nardini had 9 fourth-quarter points on his way to a game-high 25 as Vernon Hills topped host Grayslake Central 62-50 on Friday. Nardini led a fourth-quarter rally after the Cougars (8-1) let a 12-point third-quarter lead slip away.

     
  • Boys basketball: Holiday scouting, Lake County Dec 18, 2014 7:37 PM
    Here’s a closer look at the tournaments that the high school boys teams in Lake County will be involved in over the next couple of weeks.

     
  • Girls basketball: Holiday scouting, Lake County Dec 18, 2014 10:11 PM
    Here's what to expect from the high school girls basketball teams of Lake County over the holiday break.

     
  • Carmel takes a run at a different style of play Dec 18, 2014 7:47 PM
    Carmel junior C.J. Barr is scoring 17 points a game, and the Corsairs are trying to play with a faster pace under new coach Zack Ryan.

     
  • Rattner, Vernon Hills roll past North Chicago Dec 17, 2014 10:33 PM
    Wednesday night was supposed to be a major North Suburban Prairie boys basketball showdown between Vernon Hills and North Chicago. It was for a while — and then the Cougars (7-1, 4-0) took charge and hammered the dangerous Warhawks 65-41 behind a game-high 21 points from Sam Rattner.

     
  • Images: Vernon Hills vs. North Chicago, boys basketball Dec 17, 2014 9:00 PM
    The Vernon Hills Cougars hosted the North Chicago Warhawks for boys basketball action on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

     
  • Girls basketball: Lake County roundup Dec 16, 2014 11:13 PM
    Stevenson’s girls basketball team keeps winning. Taylor Buford scored a game-high 21 points, and the Patriots defeated visiting Zion-Benton 56-45 Tuesday night to improve to 10-0 and 4-0 in the North Suburban Lake Division.

     
  • Boys basketball: Lake County roundup Dec 13, 2014 10:51 PM
    Robby Nardini poured in 21 points, and Cory Levin added 18, as Vernon Hills’ boys basketball team stayed hot with a 64-53 win over visiting Antioch in North Suburban Prairie Division action Saturday night. Both Nardini and Levin sank three 3-pointers in helping the Cougars improve to 6-1 and 3-0 in the NSC Prairie. Matt Weaver contributed 11 points, as Vernon Hills ran its winning streak to four games heading into Wednesday night’s home game against North Chicago.

     
  • Steady Stevenson handles Lake Zurich Dec 13, 2014 10:23 PM
    Stevenson’s scoring couldn’t get much more balanced Saturday night. The Patriots’ girls basketball team improved to 9-0 overall and 3-0 in the North Suburban Lake Division, as four players notched 10 points in a 59-42 win over host Lake Zurich.

     
  • Boys swimming: Scouting Lake County Dec 13, 2014 9:21 PM
    Here's what to expect from the high school boys swimming teams of Lake County this season.

     
  • Girls basketball: Lake County roundup Dec 11, 2014 10:22 PM
    Sidney Lovitsch’s sophomore basketball season continues to get better. Grayslake North’s 5-foot-7 guard scored a career-high 26 points Thursday night, as the visiting Knights snapped a four-game losing streak by defeating Woodstock 57-46 in a Fox Valley Fox Division contest.

     
  • Vernon Hills encouraged by Rattner’s return Dec 12, 2014 8:49 AM
    The 74-64 win over host Lakes was only part of the good news for Vernon Hills’ boys basketball team Wednesday night. The best part was that Sam Rattner made his return to the court after missing, surprisingly, only two games. The 6-foot-1 senior forward went 2 of 2 from the foul line in the fourth quarter for his only points. It was Nov. 28 when Rattner was undercut and took a bad spill during the Cougars’ 40-39 loss to host school in the Northridge Prep Thanksgiving tournament. A returning varsity player, Rattner was fortunate that he suffered only what coach Matt McCarty called a deep contusion bruise on his tailbone.

     
  • Boys basketball: Lake County roundup Dec 10, 2014 11:03 PM
    Michael Green scored a game-high 22 points for Round Lake in a 45-39 victory over Grant on Wednesday in North Suburban Prairie play as the Panthers snapped a five-game losing streak.

     
  • Boys basketball: Week 2 MVPs Dec 10, 2014 10:44 PM
    Senior forward Nick Traversa of Wheaton North has earned Daily Herald MVP honors for his recent performances in victories over Wheaton Warrenville South and Hinsdale South.

     
  • Girls basketball: Lake County roundup Dec 9, 2014 11:12 PM
    Sophia Way scored a game-high 18 points and sank four of Stevenson’s school-record-tying 12 3-pointers, as the host Patriots remained undefeated with a 60-46 win over Warren in North Suburban Lake Division action Tuesday night. Ashley Richardson also made four 3s for Stevenson (8-0, 2-0). Richardson and Taylor Buford sored 13 points apiece, while Janine Fajardo tallied her 9 points on a trio of 3-pointers.

     
  • Vernon Hills knocks off Round Lake Dec 6, 2014 11:10 PM
    Vernon Hills 68, Round Lake 36: Monica Bahlmann scored 16 points and Mia Polisky added 11 for the Cougars in North Suburban Prairie Division action.

     
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