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  • Weissenstein credits Ashley for career achievement Mar 23, 2015 2:06 PM
    When he was student at Prospect High School, Steve Weissenstein said it was a privilege having many incredible teachers who provided invaluable inspiration. But one did stand out. “I had so many incredible teachers and coaches at Prospect who inspired me, and I understood the impact they had on my life,” Weissenstein said. “But without a doubt the man who had the biggest impact on me was my freshman basketball coach, Ron Ashley.” After playing for Ashley, Weissenstein had pretty much made up my mind that he wanted to be a teacher and coach. Almost 40 years later, he has succeeded pretty well at both, to say the least. In 2009, Weissenstein was named the Glenbrook South High School’s Teacher of the Year. This May 2 on the campus of Illinois State, the long time Titans boys and girls basketball coach will be inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

  • Stars lining up for senior shootout in Lake County Mar 23, 2015 2:06 PM
    Lake County’s basketball stars are set to be showcased again. The sixth annual Lake County Senior Shootout High School All Star Basketball Game will take place on Friday April 3 on the campus of College of Lake County in Grayslake. The game consists of the top high school senior boys and girls players in Lake County.

  • Matsumoto is a hit at Charleston Southern Mar 16, 2015 3:25 PM
    Fremd softball coach Jim Weaver switched Mandi Matsumoto into a slap hitter early in her career in Palatine. “She worked hard and she had the skills sets,” said Weaver, who has won 343 games in the last 13 seasons directing the program. “And she took off from there.” After an all-area career at Fremd, Matsumoto also has taken off on the collegiate level playing at Charleston Southern. The former Vikings center fielder is leading the Big South Conference with her .464 that ranks 66th in the NCAA. She is also ranked 82nd in runs per game at 1.00 and 116th in on-base percentage at .526.

  • Lake Zurich’s Schmid looks for a new basketball challenge Mar 16, 2015 3:50 PM
    Stephanie Schmid still hasn’t decided where she will continue her basketball career next season. But one thing’s for sure — the Lake Zurich graduate’s game has flourished out west playing for Arizona Western College the last two seasons. She was recently named the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference’s player of the year. The sophomore guard was the only player in the conference to average more than 20 points while often being the focus of opposing defenses.

  • Vernon Hills’ Gallagher excels for SIU’s distance medley Mar 9, 2015 5:02 PM
    Kelley Gallagher is going out in style. In her senior year, the Southern Illinois runner had the most success of her career at the recent Missouri Valley Conference indoor championships. The Vernon Hills graduate stacked up 13 points for the Salukis. Anchoring the distance medley, Kelley found herself in second place at the baton handoff and surged past the runner ahead. With the support of an enthusiastic crowd, Gallagher held her spot for the eight-lap (1-mile) leg and ran to her first MVC title in 11:53.22 (4:58).

  • McGovern itching to help Maine West’s softball program Mar 9, 2015 4:32 PM
    When Mike McGovern retired from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2001, he was 62 years old and one of the winningest softball coaches in the country. Fourteen years later, he still has that desire to win and coach. Maine West High School in Des Plaines has given him the opportunity to explore it further. McGovern was named the Warriors softball coach earlier this year and can’t wait to get started.

  • Morrissey, Michigan State set to visit Sears Centre Mar 2, 2015 4:07 PM
    For former Buffalo Grove and current Stevenson girls basketball coach Tom Dineen, Michigan State saved the best part of it 60-50 upset win over No. 19 Rutgers on Feb. 22 for after the game. That’s when Dineen got to see his former standout guard Anna Morrissey honored along with four teammates on senior day in East Lansing.

  • Stewart-Kanupky joins DePaul’s Hall of Fame Mar 2, 2015 3:54 PM
    When you think of the all-time great shortstops the Mid-Suburban League has seen in softball, Hersey’s Karen Stewart-Kanupky is sure to be at the top of the list. She went on to star at DePaul University where her 1999 team advanced to the World Series.This past Sunday, Stewart-Kanupky was inducted into the DePaul Athletics Hall of Fame with that entire ‘99 team. The formal induction ceremony took place at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

  • Dankowski gets her due for Maine West hoops service Feb 23, 2015 2:34 PM
    Every great program has people working behind the scenes who prove invaluable to its success. For the Maine West girls basketball program and its Hall of Fame coach Derril Kipp one of those people is Mary Dankowski. That is the reason the Illinois High School basketball Coaches Asscociation will induct her into its Hall of Fame on May 2 at Illinois State as part of the Friends of Basketball category.

  • Llorens ready to learn the coaching ropes Feb 23, 2015 2:42 PM
    Former Grayslake Central standout Rebekah Llorens is about to learn even more about the game of basketball. The Hope College senior has been selected to participate in the 13th annual Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s “So You Want To Be A Coach” program this spring. According to the Hope College website, each member will participate in the three-day workshop held April 3-5 in conjunction with the WBCA National Convention during the NCAA Division I Women’s Final Four in Tampa, Florida.

  • Goranson can grin after successful softball rehab Feb 16, 2015 3:18 PM
    Dani Goranson is back. And that brought the tears to smiles. Through a 21-month period where she did not throw in a game for Michigan State, the former Elk Grove softball great wasn’t sure if she would ever throw again. “I really didn’t think I would,” said Goranson, who was one of the most dominating pitchers the Mid-Suburban League has seen. “There were so many nights I would call my dad and cry and we’d reminisce about all the great times on the mound because I thought I’d never play again. But with tremendous support from her parents (Jim and Wendy), her boyfriend Dylan Edwards and Michigan State trainer Salina Halliday, Goranson kept at her rehab even through difficult struggles. It finally paid off when she returned to the mound for the first time last week. The right-hander went the final three innings of a 6-0 shutout over Moorehead State in the Stetson Tournament in DeLand, Fla.

  • Carmel’s Williams will pitch in at Augustana Feb 16, 2015 3:40 PM
    Carmel junior Skylar Williams has decided to continue his pitching in Rock Island. Williams, a 6-foot, 175-pound side-arming right-hander, has announced he will attend Augustana College and play for coach Greg Wallace’s highly-successful Viking baseball program. As a junior, Williams helped coach Dann Giesey’s Carmel program to a 24-10-1 record last spring. The Corsairs finished third in the East Suburban Catholic Conference with an 11-5 mark.

  • Lewis projects Elk Grove’s Post as top-of-the-order plus Feb 9, 2015 3:28 PM
    Heading into this spring’s baseball season, Elk Grove’s Brandon Post is flying high. He has already signed a national letter of intent to play for the Lewis Flyers baseball program along with six other recruits who will join him in Romeoville for the 2015-16 school year. “All seven of these signees come from winning programs and have played a high level of competition which should translate well to competing in the Great Lakes Valley Conference,” said Flyers coach Tim McDonough. “I feel all the young men have a chance to be consistent regulars for us and all-conference type performers. Coach (Mike) Vucsko and coach (Jon) Drahos did a great job with the evaluation and recruitment of this group.”

  • Antioch’s DeJong catching some national attention at Illinois State Feb 9, 2015 3:46 PM
    Paul DeJong, an Illinois State redshirt junior, has been named a Preseason all-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The former Antioch High School standout was named to the second team as a catcher. The preseason honor comes following DeJong being named a Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America selection in December. DeJong was a third-team selection as catcher/second baseman. He was also named a Missouri Valley Conference Preseason All-Conference selection last month.

  • Barrington slates three for Hall of Fame induction Feb 2, 2015 2:35 PM
    This Saturday night, the latest additions to the Barrington Coaches Hall of Fame will be in the spotlight at the Broncos boys basketball game.At halftime of the 6 p.m. game against Huntley, the induction of the class of 2015 will be held. The newest members are Timothy Dunn (coached football and wrestling), Dr. Tom Leonard (principal and superintendent) and Lorraine Pahlke (athletic transportation).

  • Kruckman comes up big for North Central Feb 2, 2015 2:58 PM
    Former Libertyville basketball standout Nicole Kruckman, who helped the Wildcats to an undefeated regular season four years ago under coach Kathie Swanson, enjoyed her finest game in the collegiate ranks last week. The 6-foot junior center connected on 11 of her 14 shots for a game-high 22 points and she grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds in the Vikings’ 95-90 loss to North Central in a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin contest.

  • Can-do Candotti finds a softball future at Butler Jan 26, 2015 4:51 PM
    Uncle Mark would be so proud of his niece. Schaumburg junior Christina Candotti has made a commitment to play Division I softball at Butler University in Indianapolis. Mark Candotti passed away four years ago but Christina will remember him forever.

  • Libertyville’s Siegel picks up national coaching acclaim Jan 26, 2015 5:00 PM
    For the first time since 2000, the Libertyville girls bowling team qualified for the state tournament last season. Wildcats coach Lindsey Siegel has been recognized for that accomplishment. She has been named the National Federation High School Girls Bowling Coach of the Year for Illinois’ 2013-2014 season. Siegel, a 1997 graduate of Libertyville, has been in charge of the Wildcats’ girls bowling program for the past five years.

  • Wheeling selects four for high school Hall of Fame Jan 19, 2015 1:27 PM
    The latest additions to the Wheeling High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be officially introduced at halftime of the Wildcats’ 6 p.m. boys basketball game against Rolling Meadows this Saturday night. Rick Benedetto, Brian Lichtenberger, Ann Kent Haller and Tom McManus will be recognized as the Class of 2015 in a special ceremony at approximately 7 p.m. A reception will be held in the cafeteria after the game.

  • Cook jumping to it at Lewis Jan 19, 2015 1:34 PM
    Amber Cook was a four-year varsity letter winner for Warren High School’s track and field team.Her specialty was the triple jump, in which she was a three-time North Suburban Conference champion. You could say she has successfully made the jump to the collegiate level. Now a junior for Lewis College, Cook recently scored a victory and NCAA Provisional mark with a leap of 11.59m (38’ 1/4”) at the Flyer’ own women’s track and field team to the Illiana Invitational title.

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