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  • Deerfield hangs on against Warren Mar 5, 2015 1:59 PM
    All season long, Warren’s boys basketball team was in games until the end. That was the scenario again Wednesday night, as the Blue Devils tried to rally from a 9-point deficit in the final quarter. But No. 6 Deerfield held on for a 34-30 in the Class 4A Notre Dame regional semifinal in Niles. Deerfield (18-11) will take on No. 4 Notre Dame (25-4) for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday. Jake Falish led No. 12 Warren (15-15) with 12 points, dropping in four 3-pointers. Maurice Chambers added 8 points. “I love this team and they competed so hard to win,” Warren coach Ryan Webber said. “We worked our butts off and just fell short.” The Blue Devils trailed 33-24 with 5:40 remaining in the game. Chambers and Falish each hit a 3 to cut the Deerfield lead to 33-30 at the three-minute mark. Warren had an great shot to tie the game with a minute left but saw a three-point attempt go in and out of the basket. “I don’t know how that ball didn’t go in,” Webber said. “It found a way to come out. That’s the way it goes sometimes.” Joey Lane made a free throw with 11 seconds left to seal the game for Deerfield. Nick Zwart led the Warriors with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Vernon Hills 91, CICS/Northtown 30: At Ridgewood, Bo Manso scored 17 points and Lem Turner added a season-high 16, as the top-seeded Cougars cruised in their Class 3A regional opener. Vernon Hills (26-4) also received 13 points from Robby Nardini, 11 from Matt Weaver and 9 from Jacob Helfand. Manso, Nardini and Helfand each sank three 3-pointers. The Cougars will play No. 9 Antioch in Friday’s 7 p.m. regional final. Antioch 60, Ridgewood 55: At Ridgewood, Kyle Gofron scored 12 points, as the ninth-seeded Sequoits ousted the host/No. 8 seed. Antioch received 10 points apiece from Danny Brito and Matt Powers. The Sequoits will play No. 1 Vernon Hills for the regional title at 7 p.m. Friday. Palatine 74, Grayslake Central 60: At Cary-Grove, the 14th-seeded Rams dropped their Class 4A regional semifinal. Grayslake Central finishes its season at 14-14. Hersey 66, Cary-Grove 57: Hersey sophomore guard Joe Coffaro looks like an eighth grader toiling in a grammar school tournament. Coffaro doesn’t play like a grade-schooler. Connecting on six 3-pointers, the sophomore scored a game-high 26 points to propel the sixth-seeded Huskies to a 66-57 win over 11th-seeded Cary-Grove in semifinal action of the Class 4A Cary-Grove regional Wednesday night. Hersey will play Palatine for the regional title Friday at 7 p.m. The Pirates advanced with a 74-60 win over Grayslake Central. “He (Coffaro) was certainly the difference in the game,” said Cary-Grove coach Ralph Schuetzle. “We have seen him seven or eight times this season, and he probably averaged one or two 3s in those games.” Coffaro, who was 6 of 9 from beyond the arc, also made 6 of 8 from the free throw line. “Joe has been a consistent player for us all season,” said Hersey coach Steve Messer. “They were clogging up the lane so we did a good job inside-out, and our shooters had open looks. Joe was outstanding.” Coffaro gave his teammates credit. “They got me the ball in good position to shoot,” said Coffaro. “I shot with a lot of confidence tonight.” The Huskies (18-9) were able to finally get some breathing space from the pesky Trojans (16-12) in the fourth quarter. Holding a slim 43-41 lead after 3 quarters, Hersey started the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run. Zak Cooper, Max Heeren and Josh Mailloux each had baskets as Hersey led 49-41 with 6:18 left. The Trojans refused to quit and got to within 54-51 on a 15-footer by Jason Gregoire with 3:09 remaining. The Trojans couldn’t get any closer. The Huskies made 9 of 12 from the free throw line in the last 1:45 to seal the win. Coffaro was 4-for-6 from the foul line while Cooper was 3 of 4 and Payton Haas made both his shots from the line for Hersey, which made 11 of 20 from 3-point range. Haas backed Coffaro with 18 points, including 3 treys, and Cooper scored 13. Gregoire, who didn’t play because of an ankle injury in Monday’s win against Round Lake, ended an illustrious career with 20 points.— Dave Hess

  • Boys basketball: Lake County roundup Mar 4, 2015 11:12 PM
    Bo Manso scored 17 points to help Vernon Hills past CICS/Northtown 91-30 in a Class 3A boys basketball regional semifinal Wednesday at Ridgewood.

  • All-district parent workshop Mar 1, 2015 5:57 PM
    An all-district workshop for parents of sixth to twelfth graders in districts 128, 73, 70, 68 and St. Joseph School will be held from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at Vernon Hills High School, 145 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills. Registration is at 6:45 p.m.

  • U.S. Paralympians lead Vernon Hills track clinic Mar 2, 2015 5:37 AM
    United States Paralympians Amanda McGrory and Amie Stanton Day shared training tips and techniques with young track athletes Sunday at a clinic in Vernon Hills hosted by the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association. The event at the Vernon Hills High School drew both ambulatory runners and wheelchair athletes of all skill levels.

  • Antioch seizes, and celebrates, the moment Feb 26, 2015 10:59 PM
    It was sensory overload Thursday night in the gym at Antioch. There were so many compelling visuals, and so many wonderful sounds there in the aftermath of the Class 3A girls sectional championship basketball game that it was almost difficult to know what to focus on next. Moments after the clock ran out on Antioch’s 58-43 victory over North Chicago, the first sectional title in program history for the Sequoits, seniors Carly McCameron and Shannon Zogran sprinted across the court to the jam-packed student section. They hugged their classmates, slapped high-fives with them, hooted and hollered with them, essentially thanking them for being the best (and loudest) cheering section a team could ever hope for. The Sequoits (30-3) are now hoping those same fans will follow them to Hoffman Estates High School for their supersectional matchup at 6 p.m. Monday against Montini.

  • A super North Suburban finale for Stevenson Feb 25, 2015 11:04 PM
    While Stevenson’s boys basketball was beating every team in the North Suburban Lake Division twice this season, Vernon Hills was busy doing the same on the Prairie side. That meant Cougars forward Matt Weaver relied on what he heard and read about the Patriots. Sure, the Patriots may be super, man, but they aren’t all Superman (Jalen Brunson aside, perhaps). “You realize, they’re human,” Weaver said. “They bleed just like me. They sweat.” Playing in its first NSC championship game Wednesday night at Stevenson, Vernon Hills had the Patriots sweating after one quarter, as the visitors enjoyed a one-point lead. But Stevenson built a 10-point advantage by halftime and pulled away in the second half to capture a 60-39 decision. The victory gave Stevenson (23-3) its third conference championship in a row.

  • Maggett, North Chicago eliminate Vernon Hills Feb 24, 2015 11:07 PM
    By her play on the court, you might never guess that North Chicago’s Ladellia Maggett has little support from her knees. As in two ACL tears. Yet there she goes in this her junior year for the Warhawks. Tuesday night in a Class 3A Antioch sectional semifinal, Maggett and her team watched a taller Vernon Hills team soar to a nine-point third-quarter lead. And then the Warhawks turned up the pressure. For the third time this season, North Chicago pinned a loss on the Cougars. No. 2 North Chicago (24-8) advances to Thursday’s sectional final against top-seeded Antioch after a 55-46 win.

  • Big breakthrough for Vernon Hills Feb 21, 2015 10:19 PM
    From hugs to heartbreak, the gamut of emotions were on their usual display Saturday afternoon in the Vernon Hills boys swimming sectional meet. As far as the hugs, there were plenty to go around, especially after Vernon Hills’ junior Brian Rabinowitz had just finished second in the 100-yard backstroke and qualified for next weekend’s state meet at New Trier. “I just missed in the previous three events today, but this definitely makes up for it,” said Rabinowitz, who swam a 53.50. “It feels great to finally end the drought. I was a little worried coming in, but I just trusted my training. I’d love to get a 53 or lower (at state).” The drought Rabinowitz mentioned refers to a four-year absence since Vernon Hills has had a state qualifier in boys swimming.

  • Vernon Hills runs the NSC Prairie table Feb 20, 2015 11:45 PM
    Two nights after making school history by clinching its first outright North Suburban Conference Prairie Division championship, Vernon Hills’ boys basketball team had another historic evening. Robby Nardini’s 26 points (four 3-pointers) led the way in a 62-49 win over visiting Grant on senior night, as the Cougars completed their first 12-0 run in the division.

  • Mundelein finding ways to enjoy the struggle Feb 19, 2015 9:55 PM
    Staying upbeat during a 2-25 season isn’t easy. So Mundelein coach Corey Knigge has gone out of his way to make sure his players are having some fun off the court. “We’ve had two rough seasons in a row,” said Knigge, referring to last year’s 2-28 campaign and the 0-11 mark in North Suburban Conference play this is part of this year’s two-win season. “We want the kids, especially our seniors, to have some good memories of this season.” On Wednesday, Knigge took his team down to Loyola University to a men’s game against Northern Iowa, which features former Mundelein standout Robert Knar. Last week, the Mustangs made their first trip to Loyola, to watch another former Mundelein star, Sean O’Brien, a sophomore at Southern Illinois.

  • Make that a fourth straight regional title for Vernon Hills Feb 19, 2015 9:59 PM
    Monica Bahlmann scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, and Vernon Hills’ girls basketball team won its fourth Class 3A regional championship in a row Thursday night, 67-37 over Chicago Latin at Vernon Hills. Kasey Firnbach added 17 points (three 3-pointers), 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the No. 3 Vernon Hills (22-7), which advances to the Antioch sectional and will play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday against the winner of tonight’s Chicago Northside regional final between No. 7 Lakes and No. 2 North Chicago.

  • Grayslake Central’s Makey making good in third downstate trip Feb 19, 2015 9:49 PM
    It’s easy to dwell on the rich wrestling tradition of Lake County’s perennial powers such as Libertyville and Grant. But there’s certainly room for more in that category, and Grayslake Central’s fast-growing program would love to join it. With competitors like Jon Makey around, the Rams certainly have taken a step in that direction. Coach Mark Stewart and Makey, a four-year veteran of the program, have formed a terrific partnership. And now, after the first day of the wrestling state touranment, Makey has broken new ground with his first state tournament victory. The senior now turns his attention to bigger and better things. Makey (41-3) will meet Chase Vosburgh (42-0) of Mt. Vernon in the 11 a.m. Class 2A quarterfinal session with an opportunity to enhance his chances at a state medal.

  • Wrestling: State tournament scouting, Lake County Feb 18, 2015 5:08 PM
    Here's a look at this weekend's wrestling state tournament, from the perspective of competitors from the North Suburban Conference plus Carmel and Grayslake North.

  • Images: Vernon Hills vs. Lakes, boys basketball Feb 18, 2015 9:16 PM
    The Vernon Hills Cougars hosted the Lakes Eagles for boys basketball action on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

  • Outright Prairie champs: Vernon Hills Feb 18, 2015 10:52 PM
    Before his boys basketball team took its home court in an attempt to make school history, Vernon Hills coach Matt McCarty had one last word for his players as they huddled in their locker room. “Outright.” Lakes, meanwhile, started Wednesday night’s showdown without two starters, including leading scorer and rebounder Ethan Sage, who missed school due to the flu. Which meant you could count the Eagles ... out, right? Wrong. The pesky visitors hung around all game, before Vernon Hills scored the game’s final 6 points to secure a 56-45 win. Robby Nardini scored 15 of his game-high 17 points in the second half, as the Cougars clinched their first outright North Suburban Conference Prairie Division championship. Vernon Hills (24-3, 11-0) looks to cap a perfect run in the division when it hosts Grant on Friday night. The Cougars tied North Chicago for the NSC Prairie title in 2010-11.

  • Vernon Hills rolls into regional final Feb 17, 2015 11:18 PM
    Kasey Firnbach scored 18 points as Vernon Hills’ girls basketball team earned a berth in its own Class 3A regional final by defeating No. 13 Guerin Prep 63-13 Tuesday night.

  • Koto, Stevenson take winning position in NSC Feb 14, 2015 9:17 PM
    He was understandably a little tired after having just competed in the 200-yard freestyle, and then the 500 freestyle a few events later. Upon reflection, though, it’s definitely a position Stevenson senior boys swimming team co-captain Nick Koto has no issues with. “Yeah, a bit tired but I swam good swims,” said Koto, who posted season-best times in finishing second in both the 200 free (1:43.88) and 500 free (4:45.65). Koto also had a season-best split time of 22.26 when he anchored the 200 free relay, which also finished second. There, he joined forces with Alex Kapecki, Viktor Makarskyy and Dimitriy Pelutis. Koto’s performance was one of many good ones by the Patriots, who edged out Lake Forest for a sixth NSC title in seven years. The Pats collected 337 points, while the runner-up Scouts tallied 317.

  • Montini leads the way downstate at Antioch Feb 14, 2015 9:39 PM
    It was a banner day for Montini’s wrestling team in the Class 2A Antioch individual sectional Saturday. The top-ranked Broncos once again proved that they are in a class of their own. They boasted seven champions and a total of 10 wrestlers who will be heading downstate next weekend for the 78th annual state meet. Montini was led by two-time state champion Xavier Montalvo (37-3), who recorded 3 pins in rolling to the 182-pound championship.

  • Boys basketball / Lake County roundup Feb 13, 2015 11:29 PM
    James Mobley scored a game-high 20 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and Grant’s boys basketball team outlasted visiting Antioch 67-65 in overtime Friday night. Grant improved to 3-22 and 2-9 in the North Suburban Prairie Division. Jason Kaye (16 points), Andy Kaye (12) and Ben Kusiak (10) also scored in double figures for the Bulldogs.

  • Wrestling: Sectional scouting, Lake County Feb 12, 2015 8:56 PM
    Here's a look at this weekend's sectional wrestling meets, from the perspective of teams in the North Suburban Conference plus Grayslake North and Central along with Carmel Catholic.

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