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  • North Chicago perfect in Prairie Jan 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  • Starring role for Z-B’s Admiral Jan 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  • Webb returns as Vernon Hills tops Antioch Jan 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    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 12:00 AM
    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 12:00 AM
    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 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  • Geneva wins out at Montini Dec 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    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 stops Carmel in Hinkle finale Dec 28, 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.

     
  • Zion-Benton gives Larkin a taste of its own medicine Dec 27, 2013 12:00 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 12:00 AM
    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 12:00 AM
    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 12:00 AM
    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 12:00 AM
    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 12:00 AM
    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 12:00 AM
    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 12:00 AM
    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.

     
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  • Warren steps it up, shuts down Z-B Sep 20, 2013 12:00 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 12:00 AM
    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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