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  • 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 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Game video: Stevenson vs. Zion-Benton Sep 11, 2013 7:35 PM
    Stevenson faces Zion-Benton Thursday night in Week 3 action. Follow the game here with video from High School Cube, then come back later for the replay and highlights.

     
  • Last alarm in Zion for firefigher killed in Arizona blaze Jul 12, 2013 9:06 AM
    The family of Anthony Rose was joined by hundreds of firefighters and supporters Thursday during a memorial service in Zion. Rose was killed June 30 along with 18 other members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots while battling a wildfire north of Phoenix. “All of this tradition and the fire trucks are for the family to show them the fire service is with them and for them,” said Justin Stried, of the Zion department.

     
  • Grayslake man vying for 'American Ninja Warrior' title Jul 9, 2013 2:11 PM
    Andrew Lowes had lost his home and his girlfriend. So the suburban gymnastics coach decided to make an audition video and submit it to “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC's extreme obstacle course competition show. "It's been a life-changer for me," Lowes said. His tryout for Season 5 aired Monday night on NBC -- and he finished 11th out of 112 athletes. That means he's still in the running for a chance to win the “American Ninja Warrior” title.

     
  • The Soapbox Jul 6, 2013 5:00 AM
    Daily Herald editors sound of on topics including suburbanites' amazing talents, saving pieces of history and yet another thrill from the Blackhawks.

     
  • Arizona firefighter had ties to Lake County Jul 3, 2013 12:34 PM
    One of the 19 firefighters who died Sunday in an Arizona wildfire grew up in Lake County. Anthony Rose, 23, lived in Wadsworth and Beach Park before moving to Arizona as a teen, said his mother, Athena Rose Sperry. “I'm numb,” she said Tuesday.

     
  • Warren nails it in dress rehearsal May 25, 2013 9:08 PM
    A Carpenter disguised as Harry Potter, complete with painted-on black-rimmed eyeglasses, wielded not a wand, but rather a right arm to work magic. Way to swing your tool, Jenny Carpenter. Warren’s softball girls did more than avenge a pair of losses to North Suburban Conference Lake Division champ Zion-Benton on Saturday. In capturing their own Class 4A regional championship with a 7-2 win over the Zee-Bees, the revved-up Blue Devils kept up the fun. The face-makeup participants included winning pitcher Carpenter, Megan Sowa (Indian warrior), Lisiann Rodriguez (Hello Kitty), Megan Scott (Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, Batman) and Selaina Coronado (Joker). Jodie Hurd sported princess crowns on either cheek.

     
  • Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week May 21, 2013 1:00 AM
    The Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports pictures by Daily Herald photographers. This week's gallery features photos from track, baseball, softball, volleyball, water polo and soccer.

     
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