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  • St. Charles North ready for its turn Aug 22, 2014 3:14 PM
    St. Charles North has the speed and physicality to make a statement, yet its team motto is a question. Why not us? As coach Rob Pomazak said, why can’t St. Charles North be a playoff contender, a great football team?

     
  • Marmion packs plenty of firepower Aug 22, 2014 2:57 PM
    Marmion coach Dan Thorpe thinks this season’s Cadets games will be most entertaining. As the season progresses he hopes they’re less so. Thorpe is confident in an offense that should have speed, power, offensive line crunch and receiving capabilities to move the football. He believes in the potential of his special teams. But from an 8-3 squad Marmion returns one defensive starter. He hopes to mold a unit that eventually will slow opponents down.

     
  • O’Donnell, Flack keep Prospect on course Aug 22, 2014 7:28 PM
    Kacie O’Donnell and Isabella Flack have grown up playing at the Mt. Prospect Golf Club.They know the course like the back of their hands. But because the course is closed this fall for renovations, that doesn’t mean the Prospect seniors won’t get plenty of hands for their superb shot-making. O’Donnell and Flack are two of the top golfers in the area and they will serve as co-captains for the defending Class AA state champions this fall.

     
  • Cubs’ Arrieta, Strop shut down their former team Aug 22, 2014 7:57 PM
    This one had plot lines all over the place. Cubs pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop went against their former team, the Baltimore Orioles, and contributed to a 4-1 victory. The Cubs may just have elevated their game against the first place team in the American League East.

     
  • Welcome back message? High school sports do matter Aug 22, 2014 8:39 PM
    A Facebook post I saw a couple of weeks ago made me laugh. The author questioned why so many people “go gaga” over high school sports. “Kids should be focusing on getting good grades and becoming productive members of society who can help stop all the violence and madness in the world. How does playing sports do that?” the post said. Did you just chuckle a little? I sure did when I saw it.

     
  • Scouting Fox Valley girls golf Aug 22, 2014 8:58 PM
    Scouting the 2014 Fox Valley girls golf season.

     
  • Plenty to be excited about at West Aurora Aug 22, 2014 3:14 PM
    West Aurora coach Nate Eimer’s first statement about his team included the word “excited.” Three times. The Blackhawks graduate is three-times excited because he sees his team’s experience, speed and physicality. Take Drake Spears. He’s got all three.

     
  • St. Charles East excited about fresh start Aug 22, 2014 3:12 PM
    A change in head coaches brings excitement. That’s the scene at St. Charles East, where former head sophomore coach Bryce Farquhar succeeds five-year varsity head man Mike Fields, who resigned in March. Credit goes to St. Charles East athletic director Mike Sommerfeld and the school brain trust for rewarding a program man. The move seems to have sparked the Saints while retaining consistency.

     
  • Aurora Central loses size, gains speed Aug 22, 2014 2:52 PM
    Aurora Central Catholic welcomes back two players who will significantly impact a Chargers squad that seeks a third straight playoff berth for the first time since the 1990s.

     
  • Aurora Christian making smooth transition Aug 22, 2014 2:54 PM
    Challenges? Aurora Christian’s up for them. Midseason injuries hammered the Eagles last season yet they reached the Class 3A semifinals. This year they play in a new conference, under a new head coach, with basically all new personnel.

     
  • Geneva looks to light it up Aug 22, 2014 2:55 PM
    Geneva’s football season started with a bang back on May 13. That’s when quarterback Daniel Santacaterina committed to Northern Illinois University’s full scholarship offer. That out of the way, the returning starter can fully concentrate on making the Vikings the improved team they look to be.

     
  • Kaneland looking to new core Aug 22, 2014 2:56 PM
    After last season Kaneland graduated a great class in terms of experience, talent and size. Gone is three-year starting quarterback Drew David, who ranks among the state’s all-time leaders in pass completions, passing touchdowns and passing yardage. Also gone is the literal bulk of two-, three- and — in the case of Alex Snyder, who played in 43 victories, the most in Kaneland history — four-year starters.

     
  • Baseball officials got it right by upholding Giants’ protest Aug 22, 2014 6:14 AM
    Mike North believes major league baseball made the right decision when officials declared the San Francisco Giants games with the Chicago Cubs needed to be completed after the officiating crew had called the game after a lengthy rain delay.

     
  • Spellman’s Scorecard: Yes, it’s just preseason, but still ... Aug 22, 2014 6:15 AM
    It's the Bears' biggest game of the preseason. But it still won't mean much once the regular season rolls around.

     
  • Sharp Arrieta leads Cubs past Orioles 4-1 Aug 22, 2014 4:51 PM
    Jake Arrieta shut down his former team, holding Baltimore to four hits in seven innings and Javier Baez homered again as the Cubs beat the Orioles 4-1 on Friday. Baez hit his sixth homer in his 18th game since getting called up from Triple-A, Luis Valbuena also homered, and Logan Watkins and Arismendy Alcantara each drove in runs with singles as the Cubs snapped AL East leading Baltimore’s four-game winning streak.

     
  • Scott, Tringale tied for the lead at Barclays Aug 22, 2014 7:44 PM
    Adam Scott ran off four straight birdies in the middle of his round Friday, and then closed with an approach that settled a foot from the cup for a tap-in birdie and a 6-under 65. That gave him a share of the 36-hole lead with Cameron Tringale at The Barclays. Three dozen players were within five shots of the lead, a group that includes British Open and PGA champion Rory McIlroy.

     
  • Visiting fans making voices heard at Wrigley Aug 22, 2014 7:59 PM
    There were plenty of Baltimore Orioles fans in attendance Friday at Wrigley Field, just as there were at U.S. Cellular Field earlier this week. Orioles manager Buck Showalter noted the Orioles' long tradition for the fan support. He also talked a little about building for team success.

     
  • Davis’ accomplishments still inspire despite loss Aug 22, 2014 5:48 PM
    Mo’ne Davis will look like a typical eighth-grader when she begins classes at Philadelphia’s Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in a couple of weeks. Thick braids? Check. Bright smile? Yep. But Davis is anything but your average 13-year-old. None of the other kids in her class have ever been on the cover of Sports Illustrated or have had Lil’ Wayne and Ellen DeGeneres gush over them. The right-handed pitcher and infielder captured a lot of hearts while leading the East Region champion Philadelphia Taney Dragons on an entertaining ride through the Little League World Series. Their trip ended Thursday night with a 6-5 loss to Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West — but that setback after two weeks in the spotlight didn’t diminish Davis’ impact or dim her future. For certain, her life will never be the same. “Mo’ne will shape her own future,” said her coach, Alex Rice, “and it’s going to be terrific.” There’s also little doubt she’ll get an A when she writes what she did on her summer vacation. Her 4-0, eight-strikeout, no-walk gem against Nashville thrust her into the national spotlight. First Lady Michelle Obama tweeted: “Congrats to Mo’ne Davis on becoming the first girl to pitch an (hash)LLWS shutout. When girls succeed, we all succeed.” “Mo’Ne Davis ... goosebumps. You’re awesome! Unbelievable,” rapper Lil’ Wayne tweeted. “Talk about groundbreaking,” DeGeneres posted to her Twitter account. ESPN’s ratings soared when the 5-foot-4 Davis toed the pitcher’s slab. A record crowd of 34,000 watched her and her team in one game in South Williamsport. Davis appeared on the SI cover — conjuring up more talk of a cover jinx in the wake of the loss. But the 13-year-old’s future is bright in every respect. “I think Mo’ne is going to be talked about for years to come, especially each August when the (Little League) World Series rolls around,” said Roland Watkins, a coach for Mountain Ridge of Las Vegas, which will meet Jackie Robinson West for the U.S. title on Saturday. “She’s got a bright future. She’s a very, very talented athlete.” She’s also a smart one, too. Priscilla Sands, president of Springside, said Davis is an honor-roll student with “laser focus.” To get to the private school of 1,100 students, Davis has to ride a bus for 90 minutes from South Philadelphia. She was already was popular with her teachers and fellow classmates. “I just thought she was such a great kid,” Sands said. Her exploits have drawn interest around the globe. Outside the United States, baseball rarely draws much interest on the sports pages. Yet Davis and the 2014 Little League World Series made headlines in England and Australia among others. Ellen Siegel, one of the founders of the Taney Youth Baseball Association, said Davis and the team’s success Davis has turned things around for the group. The association’s Facebook page went from 197 likes before the Little League World Series to more than 6,000 on Friday. It started a Twitter account on Aug. 11 and it’s already topped 8,000 followers. “It’s all pretty astonishing,” Siegel said. Even though Davis grabbed the world’s attention on the diamond, she actually prefers basketball. Someday she would like to play for the juggernaut University of Connecticut women’s program. It’s probably unwise to bet against her.

     
  • Manziel fined $12,000 by for middle finger flip Aug 22, 2014 5:44 PM
    Johnny Manziel has been slapped on the finger. The NFL fined the Browns rookie quarterback $12,000 on Friday for flipping his middle finger at Washington’s sideline, a person familiar with the penalty told The Associated Press.

     
  • White Sox recall infielder Carlos Sanchez Aug 22, 2014 4:53 PM
    The White Sox have recalled infielder Carlos Sanchez from Triple-A Charlotte to take the roster spot of recently traded second baseman Gordon Beckham.

     
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