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  • Cary-Grove’s defense confuses, frustrates its opponents Nov 26, 2014 4:18 PM
    When filling out the required IHSA information sheet for Saturday’s Class 7A state championship game, Cary-Grove football coach Brad Seaburg paused at the section that asked him to list defensive players by position. The straightforward question isn’t designed to stump a coach, but positions in Cary-Grove’s 3-3-5 hybrid defense are not easily defined. “I mean, what do you call a team that plays with three defensive linemen, two kind-of linebackers and six defensive backs, essentially?” Seaburg said on Monday.

     
  • Cary-Grove makes it clear — they aren’t done yet Nov 24, 2014 5:55 AM
    Had Libertyville’s football players been told prior to the postseason they would win 3 playoff games before bowing out with a 9-4 record, they probably would have been OK with that scenario. Heck, most teams statewide would be OK with making a state semifinal appearance. Not Cary-Grove. Not this year.

     
  • A happy ending and a message from Dundee-Crown’s Kieltyka Nov 6, 2014 10:00 PM
    Dundee-Crown offensive tackle Jake Kieltyka could hear his quarterback calling a play in the huddle, but there was a problem. “I could hear that there were words being said, but I couldn’t understand the play that was being called, what my responsibility was in it,” the West Dundee resident said this week. An honor roll student who had not suffered a concussion this season, Jake had been quietly dealing with such episodes since he was a child. To him, they were normal. So, he did what he always did in such situations: he went about his business until the episode passed.

     
  • Discipline will be key to Huntley’s playoff chances Oct 29, 2014 11:25 PM
    Rarely does an 8-1 football team fly below the radar, but the description fits dangerous Huntley with the Class 8A playoffs set to begin. The Red Raiders won 8 regular-season games for only the second time in school history, according to published records, but that achievement has been overshadowed somewhat by the success of a state power within their own Valley Division of the Fox Valley Conference. Undefeated league champ Cary-Grove, ranked No. 1 in Class 7A most of this season, has garnered the lion’s share of attention.

     
  • Elation, dejection for Fox Valley football teams Oct 26, 2014 12:04 AM
    Saturday’s announcement of the IHSA football playoff pairings left four area teams elated, two dejected. Everyone wearing St. Edward green and gold sported a broad smile at Danny’s on Douglas, a pizzeria in downtown Elgin where approximately 100 members of the St. Edward football community gathered in front of a big screen to find out which opponent the Green Wave would draw in the wake of a 9-0 regular season.

     
  • Jacobs hoping its Halloween treat is a playoff game Oct 22, 2014 9:09 PM
    Jacobs football coach Bill Mitz doesn’t have anything against trick or treaters. It’s just that for the last 26 years he has rarely been home to hand out candy. Mitz is usually either coaching in or preparing his teams for the IHSA playoffs. His Stevenson teams made the playoffs 21 straight seasons from 1989-2009.

     
  • Playoffs, Town Jug on the line in U-46 rivalry matchups Oct 16, 2014 10:50 PM
    It's football rivalry week in Elgin Area School District U-46, which means it's time to determine on which side of the Fox River the Town Jug will reside for the next year. Before we break down the matchup between Elgin and Larkin, let's first turn our attention to the “other” U-46 rivalry game, the one with playoff implications.

     
  • St. Edward’s story is waiting for a championship ending Oct 2, 2014 2:22 PM
    I’ve been kidding St. Edward coach Mike Rolando for the last couple of years to hurry up and win a state championship so we can write a book already. Well, partly kidding anyway.Of all the interesting stories on the Fox Valley prep sports beat over the last decade, none would merit elaboration in book form more than the revival and eventual rise to a state championship of St. Edward football.

     
  • It’s a bird, it’s a plane — no, it’s South Elgin’s drone Sep 25, 2014 8:28 PM
    It was a sunny August afternoon in 2006, and then-South Elgin football coach Dale Schabert was giving this reporter a tour of the new high school. We walked from the athletics office through the locker rooms and out to the new football field. As we stood at the 50-yard line conducting an interview about Schabert’s team for the season preview edition, a cast of five hawks began circling above.

     
  • Crystal Lake South’s Gardeck recovering nicely Sep 17, 2014 5:11 PM
    Crystal Lake South linebacker Alex “Bubba” Gardeck thought he had the wind knocked out of him. Turns out he actually had the wind knocked into him. Gardeck suffered an unusual football injury on Saturday when he tore a hole in his trachea at some point during the first half of CL South’s 23-13 loss at Bloom Township.

     
  • Brooks has been pleasant surprise for Dundee-Crown Sep 11, 2014 10:43 AM
    Were one to hazard a guess before the season started as to Dundee-Crown’s most consistent tailback through 2 games, it’s unlikely the name Brandon Brooks would have leapt off the tongue. Nevertheless, Brooks, also a starting linebacker, has been a steadying influence in the offensive backfield during D-C’s 2-0 start. The senior helped salt away a 36-22 win at Elgin in the season opener with a 19-yard touchdown in the second half, part of an 85-yard, 13-carry performance.

     
  • Don’t count Bartlett out over one loss Sep 3, 2014 9:25 PM
    Following Saturday’s 17-7 loss to Huntley, Bartlett quarterback Jordan Flint reminded his teammates via Twitter that “85 percent of Bartlett football teams have lost their first game and still made playoffs.” Flint is right. No area team has a better track record of making the playoffs after losing its first game than Bartlett.

     
  • From the darkness, South Elgin emerges a winner Jun 10, 2014 6:57 AM
    They say it’s always darkest before the dawn. Maybe so, but it can get quite dark right before a once-in-a-lifetime Storm hits. For the South Elgin baseball team, the top of the sixth inning in Monday’s Class 4A Schaumburg Boomers supersectional against Evanston was darker than watching a lunar eclipse on an overcast night from a windowless room.

     
  • Bartlett ensures Lenny Gulczynski will never be forgotten Apr 4, 2014 1:18 PM
    A jersey retirement ceremony at the high school level is a rarity, but so are men like 2007 Bartlett graduate Lenny Gulczynski. His alma mater honored the late Pfc. Gulczynski on Thursday by retiring his No. 15 prior to the boys volleyball match against the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, a contest dominated by Lenny’s 6-foot-5˝ “little” brother, Mike, Jr.

     
  • Elgin grad Brown got to live the dream, wants to again Mar 27, 2014 6:22 PM
    Reality is sometimes better than the dream. That was the happy case last weekend for North Dakota State sophomore guard Kory Brown, who two years ago this month was still an uncommitted Elgin High School senior yearning to find a Division-I roster spot, let alone fulfill his childhood dream of competing in the NCAA Tournament.

     
  • Area baseball teams point the compass south Mar 20, 2014 5:35 PM
    So the high school baseball season started in Illinois on Monday? Get out of town. No, seriously. If teams expect to play baseball games anytime soon, getting out of town and away from the frozen tundra of northern Illinois is a virtual must.

     
  • Future definitely looks bright for South Elgin Mar 15, 2014 2:40 PM
    If the surprise team of the Illinois boys basketball Class 4A Tournament had to go down, it was only fitting South Elgin went down fighting in its 83-73 loss to Rockford Auburn in the Elgin sectional title game Friday.

     
  • South Elgin makes Petersen proud Mar 13, 2014 8:06 AM
    Nothing seems to faze senior guard Darius Wells and the South Elgin boys basketball team during this dream postseason run to the Sweet Sixteen in Class 4A, not even the loss of their head coach.

     
  • Loss doesn't diminsh what Huntley has accomplished Mar 12, 2014 6:56 AM
    Huntley knocked on that sectional door again Tuesday night. Unfortunately, Rockford Auburn answered. Again. For the third time in four seasons, the Red Raiders were ousted by the Knights in sectional play, this time 61-49 in a Class 4A semifinal at Elgin's venerable Chesbrough Field House.

     
  • Just like tough-minded Roberts, Jacobs drew it up Mar 8, 2014 12:07 AM
    Jacobs boys basketball coach Jimmy Roberts had a goal in mind from the day he was hired last April, and he brought the blueprint to achieve it. The goal “since Day 1,” he said, was to win a regional championship. The blueprint was to instill toughness and a high competitive level within his players. And he wanted them to play basketball with passion. Less than 11 months later the Golden Eagles are regional champions for the first time since 2008, thanks to a stellar defensive effort throughout Friday’s 44-33 victory over rival Dundee-Crown in the Class 4A Crystal Lake Central regional title game.

     
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