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  • Winning wears well on Mundelein Jan 25, 2014 10:26 PM
    Practice won’t stink for Mundelein’s girls basketball team Monday. Not only should the Mustangs have a bounce in their step after their 10th win in 11 games — the latest being Saturday night’s 46-44 victory over Zion-Benton that knocked the Zee-Bees from the unbeaten ranks in the North Suburban Lake Division — but they won’t have to wear those ugly, smelly, reversible, PE-class tops.

  • Starring role for Z-B’s Admiral Jan 24, 2014 11:44 PM
    Credit this Zion-Benton win to the Admiral. No, not the former Navy star David Robinson, but a real Admiral. In the first half of the Warren vs. Zion-Benton matchup, Zee-Bees oversized guard Admiral Schofield (6-foot-5) had one dunk shot and 6 missed free throws. Zion-Benton (18-1) opened a double-digit lead in the first quarter over Warren in this NSC Lake Division battle on Friday night. The upstart Blue Devils went on a 15-0 run, taking a 50-46 lead with three minutes to play. And then Schofield took over the game, scoring 12 of his game-high 21 points in the final quarter. Warren (12-9) went home empty-handed after a painful 61-57 loss.

  • North Chicago perfect in Prairie Jan 24, 2014 10:50 PM
    JaVairius Amos-Mays scored 19 points, Kurt Hall added 16, and North Chicago’s boys basketball team stayed perfect in the North Suburban Prairie Division with an 82-51 win over host Antioch on Friday night.

  • Webb returns as Vernon Hills tops Antioch Jan 18, 2014 11:32 PM
    Vernon Hills flexed the muscle of a two-time defending division champion on Saturday. The host Cougars, who have won the last two North Suburban Conference Prairie Division girls basketball championships, rolled to a convincing 55-29 win over Antioch, which held a slight edge in the current division standings. Now, Vernon Hills and Antioch are tied with North Chicago for first place in the Prairie, all three at 6-2. Vernon Hills improves to 15-5 overall while Antioch drops to 16-6. Sydney Smith paced Vernon Hills with 16 points while Kasey Firnbach and Monica Bahlmann each chipped in with 9 points apiece. Bowling Green recruit and reigning Daily Herald player of the year Lauren Webb, who has missed most of the season with a foot injury, returned to the lineup and scored 8 points for the Cougars.

  • In the end, momentum favors Z-B against Libertyville Jan 17, 2014 11:17 PM
    One 3-point shot could’ve been the momentum-changer for Libertyville’s boys basketball team against Zion-Benton on Friday night. The Wildcats had clawed back from a 14-point second-quarter deficit to tie the game on Jack Lipp’s jumper with five minutes left in the final quarter. He finished with a team-best 21 points. When Libertyville got the ball back following a Zion-Benton turnover, Matt Reed (14 points), who had hit 3 straight three-pointers in the fourth quarter, lined up a try at a fourth straight. But Libertyville’s momentum ran out at that point, as Reed’s shot went in and out. After the Wildcats missed that opportunity at the lead — the first such chance since the first couple minutes of the first quarter — they didn’t get another. Zion-Benton never relinquished the lead and held off host Libertyville 67-64 in the North Suburban Lake game on Friday night.

  • Despite OT loss, Warren likes the outlook Jan 15, 2014 10:58 PM
    After coming tantalizingly close to a huge upset at Zion-Benton on Wednesday night, Warren’s girls basketball players could have hung their heads and muttered about what might have been. Instead, with heads held high, the Blue Devils wondered aloud what still might be. Warren (5-14, 1-6) hung tough with the Zee-Bees (15-3, 7-0) all night in the North Suburban Conference Lake contest, finally succumbing 57-55 in overtime after Zion’s Auri Hampton sank a pair of free throws with 3.7 seconds remaining following a crucial turnover by the Blue Devils.

  • Postgame tussle tarnishes Z-B’s OT win against Stevenson Jan 10, 2014 11:21 PM
    Well, the key North Suburban Conference Lake Division contest between Zion-Benton and Stevenson certainly exceeded the hype. For two teams that hadn’t seen live game action in 24 days combined, they made up for it with four thrilling quarters and one extra overtime session. It all ended on a runner by Zion-Benton senior Fred Calvert with :09 seconds left, stinging the Patriots with their first loss of the year 70-69 in overtime. The great finish and fantastic game was marred by a skirmish between the two teams during the handshake line immediately following the contest. Coaches, players, and fans from both teams ended up in a melee that ended with both teams clearing the gym and Stevenson boarding its team buses without making comment.

  • Zion-Benton stops Carmel in Hinkle finale Dec 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    They started it and ended it. And while Carmel Catholic’s Corsairs didn’t finish the way they wanted in the championship game of the Hinkle Holiday Classic, losing to Zion-Benton 61-49 Saturday night, they’ll start the new year still a confident basketball team. Carmel played the first of 40 games in the Jacobs tournament and earned a berth in the finale exactly one week later. The Corsairs (10-3) went 4-1 from Saturday to Saturday.

  • Geneva wins out at Montini Dec 28, 2013 8:45 PM
    After losing its opening-round game of the Montini Catholic Christmas Tournament, Geneva’s girls basketball team made a goal for the remaining three contests. “We decided right after that first game we lost that we were going to win the consolation bracket,” said Geneva junior Janie McCloughan. The Vikings (11-3) accomplished their goal with Saturday’s convincing 64-37 victory over Zion-Benton in the consolation championship of the prestigious 4-day tournament in Lombard.

  • Zion-Benton gives Larkin a taste of its own medicine Dec 28, 2013 8:59 AM
    Athletic Larkin thrives via the fast break, but the Royals were beaten 78-72 by a taller version of themselves in a semifinal of the Hinkle Holiday Classic at Jacobs Friday night. In what might have been a preview of the Class 4A DeKalb supersectional if each highly regarded team goes on to win its respective sectional, Zion-Benton (12-2) overcame an early deficit with a 14-0 second-quarter run fueled by 10 fast-break points.

  • Batavia recovers from slow start Dec 23, 2013 9:26 PM
    The Batavia girls basketball team is evidently not accustomed to playing a holiday tournament game on a Monday morning. "We had a five-minute run where we weren’t awake,” Batavia coach Kevin Jensen said. “After that, I was pretty pleased (with their play).” The Bulldogs spotted Zion-Benton a 15-8 lead after the opening quarter of the Montini Christmas Tournament but more than recovered behind senior standout Liza Fruendt for a 49-34 victory.

  • Zion-Benton chews up Bartlett Dec 23, 2013 6:02 PM
    Deviating from the recipe left a bad taste in the mouths of the Bartlett boys basketball players following a 66-34 loss to Zion-Benton at the Hinkle Holiday Classic at Jacobs Monday morning. Facing a team with Division-I prospects Milik Yarbrough (6-foot-6) and Admiral Schofield (6-5), Bartlett’s goal was to slow cook the Zee-Bees by playing deliberately on offensive, according to coach Jim Wolfsmith’s cookbook. That meant eating clock with 5-8 passes per possession before looking for slips, curls, backdoor layups and wide-open, popout 3-pointers.

  • Zion-Benton hands Crystal Lake South 1st loss Dec 21, 2013 9:46 PM
    A sizzling start by Crystal Lake South senior Austin Rogers inadvertently sparked Zion-Benton in Saturday’s first-round boys basketball game of Jacobs’ Hinkle Holiday Classic in Algonquin. Rogers scored the Gators’ first 11 points to give them a 3-point lead after three minutes. The tall, talented and deep Zee-Bees didn’t waste much time showing they got the message. It took Z-B eight minutes to open a 15-point as Division I recruits Admiral Schofield and Milik Yarbrough led the way to a 79-65 victory despite a game-high 27 points from Rogers.

  • Fast start powers Zion-Benton against Lake Zurich Dec 14, 2013 9:09 PM
    A slow start did not prove to be a detriment for the tortoise in his famous race against the hare — but it sure turned out to be a deal-breaker for Lake Zurich on Saturday night. The Bears played nearly even with Zion-Benton in the second half, but their slow start was the determining factor in a 69-55 North Suburban Conference Lake Division loss in Zion.

  • Libertyville finishes up with victory Oct 25, 2013 11:36 PM
    In what turned out to be a microcosm of Libertyville’s topsy-turvy season, the visiting Wildcats battled back from a second-half deficit to pull away from Zion-Benton on Friday night and win the North Suburban Lake and season finale for both teams 35-16. Libertyville senior running back Conor Simpson went out in style, rushing for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns. Sophomore Riley Lees also scored a pair of TDs for the winners, tallying on a 7-yard run to give the Wildcats a 14-0 lead in the second quarter, then racing 76 yards on a kickoff return to give his team the lead for good 21-16 in the third quarter.

  • Zion-Benton survives tenacious Wauconda Oct 18, 2013 11:38 PM
    Bulldogs are known for their tenacity, and never giving up. That’s exactly the spirit that the Wauconda Bulldogs displayed Friday night on a crisp fall evening at Zion-Benton in a North Suburban Conference crossover game with playoff implications. Unfortunately for these Bulldogs, their tenacity was not accompanied by quite enough bite. Wauconda fell short 20-13 after losing the ball on downs at the Zee-Bees’ 14-yard line with 43 seconds remaining. The loss takes the Bulldogs (4-4) pretty much out of the playoff picture, barring a minor miracle.

  • Lake Zurich brings down the house Oct 11, 2013 11:55 PM
    Whether you are an actor in the bright lights of Broadway or under the bright lights of a football field, the performance of your entire cast and crew is very important. The stage was Mel Eide Field in Lake Zurich Friday night, and the curtain pulled back after senior night festivities finished. Just like in New York, the Lake Zurich Bears put on a show that gained thunderous applause from their fans in a 48-14 North Suburban Conference Lake Division victory over Zion-Benton.

  • Z-B puts it together, pulls away from Mundelein Sep 28, 2013 1:15 AM
    Zion-Benton scored on the final play of the first half and on the first play from scrimmage in the second half to break open a close game and roll to a 34-14 North Suburban Lake Division victory over visiting Mundelein on Friday night. Chance Lindsey scored both touchdowns for the Mustangs (1-4, 0-3), running for a 15-yard score in the first quarter and returning an interception 23 yards for another tally in the second quarter. But Mundelein, which pounded out 160 yards rushing in the first half and trailed only 15-14, was no match after intermission for the faster Zee-Bees (1-4, 1-2), who celebrated homecoming with their first win of the season. Junior running back Tristan Wright ran for TDs of 75 and 35 yards for Zion-Benton, while junior quarterback Doug Gates threw 2 touchdown passes and ran for another score. “I have no explanation for our second half tonight,” said Mundelein coach George Kaider. “We came out and ran the ball very well and knocked them off the line like we thought we’d be able to, but then we couldn’t do anything in the second half. We have to do a better job of coaching and a better job of playing.” The Mustangs did have answers for the Zee-Bees in the first half. After the home team took a 6-0 lead on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Gates to Trenton Curry with 8:23 to play in the first quarter, Mundelein came back on its next possession with a nine-play, 85-yard drive capped by a 15-yard TD run by Lindsey. John Marcos’ first of two extra points gave Mundelein a 7-6 advantage. Zion-Benton regained the lead, 12-7, later in the first quarter when Gates found Dillon Appenzellar with a 28-yard scoring strike on a crossing pattern in the end zone. But the Mustangs gained a 14-12 lead early in the second stanza when Lindsey picked off a Gates pass and scampered 23 yards for his second TD. It looked like Mundelein would be able to take that lead into halftime because the Zee-Bees were on their own 19-yard line with two minutes to play. But Gates ran and passed his team to the Mustangs’ 14-yard line with a few seconds remaining before sophomore Deryk Ruple nailed a 31-yard field goal as time expired. If that field goal didn’t take the wind out of the Mustangs’ sails, the first play from scrimmage in the second half certainly did, as Wright raced 75 yards for a touchdown and a 22-14 Zion-Benton lead. Later, Gates (2 yards) and Wright (35 yards) ran for TDs while the defense was keeping Mundelein off the board. “Once we got the two-minute offense going and kicked the field goal to end the first half, we really found our groove,” said Zion-Benton coach Robert Strickland. “That was a turning point and we came out with great confidence for the second half. And, of course, that first play from scrimmage in the second half was huge.” Kaider was not happy with his team’s second-half performance, nor with his opponents’ penalties. “We’re disappointed in the way we played. We dropped a touchdown pass and then we stop our own momentum with an interception,” Kaider said. “They had a lot of penalties tonight and a lot of personal fouls, and that’s poor football.”

  • Warren steps it up, shuts down Z-B Sep 21, 2013 12:14 AM
    Warren’s defense rose to the occasion by shutting out visiting Zion-Benton 31-0 in a North Suburban Conference Lake Division football game Friday night. The Blue Devils held Zion-Benton to 95 total yards and came up with 3 interceptions.

  • Statement made as Stevenson rolls past Zion-Benton Sep 12, 2013 11:24 PM
    After losing its first two games of the season, host Stevenson definitely wanted to get back on the winning track and make a statement Thursday night against Zion-Benton. And the Patriots accomplished both of those tasks in grand fashion as they bolted to a 20-0 lead after one quarter before taking a commanding 34-0 advantage over the Zee-Bees heading into halftime of the North Suburban Lake Division opener. From there, Stevenson cruised to a 48-13 victory over Zion-Benton (0-3). The Patriots sat most of their offensive starters the entire second half.

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