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  • Davis sisters’ story one of courage, sacrifice and perseverance Sep 20, 2013 3:33 PM
    Ashley Davis surely stood out sitting among a sea of Louisville red and white and Michigan maize and blue at Michigan’s NCAA tournament match last November. There she was, adorned in the pink No. 6 Michigan jersey of her sister Ally. The match over, Ashley greeted Ally and handed a roll of mint LifeSavers candy to her with a message. “Thanks for saving my life,” Ashley said.

     
  • The best prep volleyball player never to play in the IHSA Sep 5, 2013 8:15 PM
    Annika Albrecht is one of the top 100 volleyball players in the country, and lives in our back yard. And has never set foot on an IHSA volleyball court. After 17 years in the sports writing business, few stories make me sit up and go “Wow!” Then I heard about Annika Albrecht. Until Albrecht was unveiled this week as the 65th best senior volleyball player nationally by PrepVolleyball.com, the name didn’t ring a bell. Albrecht plays club for Sports Performance, this year for the 18 Elite, but that isn’t what makes her unique.

     
  • On the road again for the last time this school year Jun 6, 2013 2:50 PM
    A listing of the top 10 moments in DuPage County girls sports from the expiring school year could have easily included double that many as area teams and individuals excelled at the highest levels.

     
  • Stating the case for Rosemont’s Ballpark May 23, 2013 11:20 PM
    Several times Andy Nussbaum had driven past Rosemont on I-294. He found out Saturday what he was missing. On a perfect May night, Naperville Central’s softball coach soaked in his first evening at the Ballpark at Rosemont before his Redhawks took the field. Just as much as the softball at the Bandits Jamboree, the structure left an impression. “What a great environment,” Nussbaum remarked Saturday night, and his reiterated that comment later in the week. “Just by sheer venue, I’m much more likely to go to a Bandits game than a Sky basketball game just because it’s such a nice park.” Rosemont’s hopes to lure the Cubs as the crown jewel of its revamped entertainment complex is probably a pipedream. Reeling in the state softball tournament shouldn’t be.

     
  • Markovic taking her game to next level May 9, 2013 9:48 PM
    Nevena Markovic was born in Serbia, bred on basketball. Her dad, Zoran, played professionally in Serbia. At a young age he introduced his daughter to the game. As a child, she looked up to stars like ex-Los Angeles Laker Vlade Divac on the Serbian national team. "It was my childhood dream to play for the national team," Markovic said. "I always thought it was something I would love to do." She is about to realize that opportunity.

     
  • Mazzie using ‘platform’ for more than softball Apr 29, 2013 9:44 PM
    Tom Mazzie wears his heart on his Lake Park hat. Pinned on the Lancers coach's hat is the ribbon for Autism Awareness, the same ribbon the Lake Park softball team puts on its uniforms. It's a fight that hits close to home.

     
  • Suddenly everyone’s going deep Apr 11, 2013 8:27 PM
    Jerry Schilf must feel like the character from the movie “Back to the Future” who steps out of a time machine and doesn’t recognize his own home town. The game of softball, it’s a different world to Benet’s coach these days. Schilf can recall being a part of three 1-0 sectional playoff games decided by wild pitches. A week ago, Schilf watched his little lefty Abbie Gerth slug a home run, and his team score 76 runs in four days. “I think honestly over time the game of softball has evolved,” said Stephanie Abello, a sophomore on Schilf’s Benet team. “Girls are getting stronger.”

     
  • Naperville Central’s Ondik a part of perfection Mar 28, 2013 5:11 PM
    Every day at Naperville Central Emma Ondik could look up in the rafters and see basketball state championship banners. Now she's a part of her own championship moment. Ondik and DePauw capped a perfect 34-0 season on March 16, beating Wisconsin-Whitewater 69-51 to win the Division III women's basketball national championship.

     
  • Until it forges a new future, Benet still relives the past Mar 14, 2013 10:27 PM
    It's been said that a picture is worth 1,000 words, and how fitting was it last week when Benet's softball team tweeted a photo of outdoor practice in 8 inches of snow. Is there a team more itching to go than Benet? Doubtful. There was no more stunning score in last year's softball playoffs than Benet's 1-0 regional loss to Neuqua Valley. Not so much the result, but that Benet was shut out. Benet senior Maeve McGuire still isn't over it.

     
  • With an injured Stone, Montini just wasn’t the same Mar 3, 2013 1:19 AM
    Kateri Stone could only sit there and watch. Watch with the pride and butterflies of an older teammate, an older sister in maroon, if you will. Watch with the wistfulness that it should be her out there. Any other game, any other weekend, there is no girl Montini would rather have at the free-throw line, game on the line, two shots for the win, than Stone. Only this time it was freshman Lea Kerstein, a future go-to Bronco in training, entrusted with the job.

     
  • Montini never considered losing Mar 2, 2013 12:48 PM
    Montini’s four kids quietly sat and stared ahead in front of the media room, red-faced but not crying. This was a stunned sadness. The closer you are to the holy grail, the higher the expectations, the bigger the hurt

     
  • No doubting Nichols' success at Montini Feb 28, 2013 11:33 PM
    Jason Nichols had doubts. The thought of it sounds crazy watching him and his Montini team these days, but this is now and that was then. Then was May 2003. A month removed from being let go by Trinity, Nichols got a call from Don Riley about an opening at Montini.

     
  • Montini can be beaten — but it’s not likely Feb 14, 2013 11:11 PM
    We’re finally here. The three-month marathon that is high school basketball season becomes a sprint now. Regionals are this week, and the action really starts heating up next week in sectionals. Before we go further, let’s take a look at the four burning questions on my mind this playoff postseason

     
  • Your concern for Cummings is appreciated but not needed Jan 31, 2013 11:06 PM
    Sam Cummings is used to the concerned questions from strangers. “A lot of people are nice, they ask me how I’m doing,” said the Lake Park senior, a member of the Lancers girls basketball team. “They ask if I’m in radiation. Most people on the street assume I have cancer.” ummings does not have cancer. The condition she has is Alopecia.

     
  • Back in Aurora, Clanton making herself at home again Jan 17, 2013 11:21 PM
    Ashley Luke Clanton could do without the traffic, but her return home to Chicago does come with its perks. “Starbucks,” she laughed. “It was five years since I had been to Starbucks.” Clanton, a high school All-America at Waubonsie Valley and three-time Daily Herald All-Area captain, is back in sweet “home” Chicago this year, taking the girls basketball coaching position at Mother McAuley. Clanton coached the last five years at Danville, three hours south of Aurora and east of Champaign. In a way, leaving Danville was leaving home.

     
  • A most fulfilling holiday season for DuPage County teams Jan 3, 2013 7:50 PM
    It was a good holiday season for DuPage County girls basketball teams. Five of them — Metea Valley, Montini, Naperville Central, St. Francis, Wheaton Warrenville South — won six tournaments.

     
  • For Neuqua’s Braasch, Hedrick, basketball is an escape Dec 20, 2012 10:46 PM
    Kennedy Braasch sounded like a big sister with her parting words. “Be careful when you’re talking to Allison,” said Braasch, speaking of fellow Neuqua Valley senior Allison Hedrick. The only seniors on Neuqua Valley’s basketball team are bound by their own separate pain, physical and emotional. Basketball brought them together as freshmen. Basketball, and friendships formed there, in part keeps them going. Four years ago, a day after Thanksgiving 2008, the Hedricks got a call that changed their life.

     
  • Mom, student, athlete, all in a day’s work Dec 6, 2012 10:57 PM
    Keilani Unga is back on the basketball court at BYU this fall. She feels a sense of stability perhaps greater than when she left Provo nearly three years ago. She is, yes, home. But that means so much beyond basketball.

     
  • Willowbrook has something to talk about Nov 24, 2012 4:43 PM
    When the words Willowbrook and girls basketball are mentioned in the same sentence, what first comes to mind? Alas, usually not the Warriors. For 20-plus years Willowbrook High School has been an Illinois girls basketball mecca for one weekend in January as host of the McDonald's Shootout. Other than that it's hardly a hoops hotbed. That might change this season.

     
  • St. Francis has that family feeling Nov 8, 2012 10:09 PM
    Peg Kopec is going for her ninth state volleyball title at St. Francis this weekend, but she had another number on her mind Thursday. Six. As in Kopec's current Spartans have six sisters who have older sisters who played for Kopec. Or, in the case of the Haggertys, have a sister on the team. Even for a program steeped in tradition like St. Francis, that's a lot of familial love.

     
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