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  • Cove School player Jackson Kozeny (23) of Northbrook battles SEAL North's Anthony Barajas (24) of Lombard for a rebound during the Chicago Area Alternative Education League basketball tournament Sunday at Forest View Education Center in Arlington Heights. It was the 36th year of tournament.

    Alternative schools gather for annual basketball tournamentMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Students from alternative schools in the city and suburbs competed this weekend in their own version of the Big Dance — the Chicago Area Alternative Education League's annual basketball tournament. The event, Saturday and Sunday at Forest View Education Center in Arlington Heights, gave students from the participating CAAEL schools a chance to feel a sense of “normalcy,” coaches said.

     
  • The SoapboxMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    From brackets to blather, Daily Herald editors write their opinions about the week's news.

     
  • Jalen Brunson high-fives students Thursday as the Stevenson High School boy's basketball team gets a send off to the IHSA Class 4A state championships that start Friday in Peoria. Also honored were the school's debate and scholastic bowl teams, which compete for state championships this weekend.

    Stevenson High teams get super state championship send offMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Students, teachers and family members lined the Forum at Stevenson High School to rally their boy's basketball, scholastic bowl and debate teams heading off to compete for state championships this weekend.

     
  • Lake Park High School District 108 is asking voters to fund the construction and operation of an aquatic facility that could be built at the school’s east campus by fall 2015.

    Early votes say ‘no’ to Lake Park poolMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Early indications show voters are on their way to again rejecting an indoor aquatic center at Lake Park High School. Based on early voting totals, roughly 60 percent of voters are saying “no” to a borrowing proposal and a tax rate increase to fund pool construction and operation.

     
  • The premiere edition of Chicago Football, focusing on the Chicago Bears' preparations for the 2014 NFL Draft and local players likely to be selected, hits newsstands in early April.

    Daily Herald, Shaw launching “Chicago Football” magazineMar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Daily Herald and Shaw Media are teaming to launch a new magazine and website focusing on all levels of football in the Chicago area, and featuring the expert analysis of Hub Arkush, former Pro Football Weekly writer Kevin Fishbain, Daily Herald Chicago Bears beat writer Bob LeGere and fantasy football columnist John Dietz. The first edition of Chicago Football will publish in early April.

     
  • Sara Ross carries out the state championship trophy for the Montini Catholic High School girls basketball team during a pep rally Friday at the school. The team is celebrating its fourth state title in five years.

    Montini pep rally recognizes three state championship teamsMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    A pep rally for three state championship teams coupled with some long-awaited warm weather resulted in a perfect end to the week for students at Montini Catholic High School. The school’s gym was packed with students, parents and community members an hour before dismissal Friday to recognize the state champion poms, wrestling and girls basketball teams.

     
  • Mooseheart players pose with the supersectional plaque Tuesday night in DeKalb after earning the school’s first trip to the state tournament this weekend in Peoria.

    Mooseheart earns 1st trip to stateMar 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    In the trophy cases at Mooseheart’s stadium-fieldhouse complex, there are a number of plaques, cups and assorted trophies from various successes over the school’s athletic history. What you will not find is a team trophy from IHSA competition. Staff will have to clear space for such a prize, as the Ramblers head this weekend to the IHSA Class 1A boys basketball finals. They earned that trip thanks to a wire-to-wire, 59-41 Tuesday victory over Eastland at the NIU Convocation Center.

     
  • Alyssa Andersen, Aurora Christian

    Girls basketball: All-area team, Tri-CitiesMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Presenting the 2013-14 Tri-Cities all-area girls basketball team.

     
  • For most of Elgin High School’s existence, the school was simply known as the “Maroons” as shown in this 1971 yearbook picture. A committee is looking for a mascot that might tie in with these longtime school colors.

    What’s a ‘maroon?’ Elgin HS looks to adopt mascotMar 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    So, just what’s a “Maroon? Well, it’s someone from Elgin High School — one of the oldest high schools in the state. In recent times, the idea of adopting a new mascot is gaining consideration. One of those at the forefront of the effort is Paul Pennington, the school’s athletic director and a 1991 graduate of Elgin High School.

     
  • Roger Steingraber served during the Korean War then returned to the suburbs where he went on to have a long and successful career coaching high school basketball at Hersey, Buffalo Grove and Rolling Meadows high schools. His 1974 Hersey team, led by future NBA player Dave Corzine, was the first Mid-Suburban League team to advance to the Elite Eight.

    Hersey High's first basketball coach diesMar 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Hersey High School's first basketball coach, whose 1974 squad was the first Mid-Suburban League team to advance to the Elite Eight, has died. Robert Steingraber's team went on to lose its first game in Champaign that year. “He helped everyone in the area break through and set the foundation for Hersey to return there in '85 and '95,” said Don Rowley, who coached the freshmen team under Steingraber at Hersey.

     
  • Naperville Unit District 203 is looking to formalize IHSA guidelines on handling concussions for athletes, and it’s considering concussions’ effect on their studies, too.

    Dist. 203 schools reviewing concussion policy for athletes, academicsMar 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Naperville Unit District 203 is likely to adopt a new policy on concussions and when student-athletes can return to practice and play. But one board member also is asking administrators to consider how students with concussions should be treated academically. “Something missing from this policy is there are significant academic impacts for students who are dealing with concussions,” board member Suzyn Price said.

     
  • Images from the Geneva vs. Wheaton North Class 4A regional championship girls basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.

    Images: Geneva vs. Wheaton North girls basketballFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Geneva played Wheaton North in Class 4A regional girls basketball final at Wheaton North on Thursday.

     
  • Conant senior cheerleader Scott Ruzanski presents Principal Tim Cannon with the state championship trophy at Friday’s pep rally at the Hoffman Estates school. The coed squad performed its title-winning routine during the pep rally.

    Conant fetes champion cheerleadersFeb 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Conant High School Friday held a pep rally to celebrate its team winning the Illinois High School Association state coed cheerleading championship last Saturday in Bloomington. The cheerleaders at the Hoffman Estates school ran through their winning routine for the student body and members of the squad presented school Principal Tim Cannon with the plaque and trophy marking their successful season.

     
  • Mooseheart players pose with the supersectional plaque Tuesday night in DeKalb after earning the school’s first trip to the state tournament this weekend in Peoria.

    Mooseheart earns 1st trip to stateFeb 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    In the trophy cases at Mooseheart’s stadium-fieldhouse complex, there are a number of plaques, cups and assorted trophies from various successes over the school’s athletic history. What you will not find is a team trophy from IHSA competition. Staff will have to clear space for such a prize, as the Ramblers head this weekend to the IHSA Class 1A boys basketball finals. They earned that trip thanks to a wire-to-wire, 59-41 Tuesday victory over Eastland at the NIU Convocation Center.

     
  • Conant High School's cheer team performs in the coed team category at the IHSA state finals on Saturday in Bloomington.

    Suburban cheer teams take home top prizesFeb 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Suburban cheerleading squads dominated the state championship finals in Bloomington Saturday. Conant High School clinched the coed title, while Neuqua Valley and Buffalo Grove came out as top finishers.

     
  • Hampshire High School's cheer team performs in the medium team category in preliminary rounds of IHSA state championships on Friday in Bloomington.

    Suburban cheerleading teams make cutFeb 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    The many local teams that journeyed to Bloomington Friday with high hopes in the state cheerleading competition were whittled to a smaller number of finalists in a long day of competition at U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Preliminary results are in for all four divisions, and the competition will resume Saturday morning at 11.

     
  • Carmel Catholic High School competes in the Large Team category Sunday during the IHSA Cheerleading Sectional at Grayslake North High School.

    Suburban cheer teams step it up at sectionals Feb 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Dozens of cheerleading squads from across the suburbs competed in IHSA Sectional tournaments Sunday, trying to qualify to a trip to the State Final in Bloomington. “I'm amazed at how tough and skilled these kids are now,” said on spectator.

     
  •  Lake Park High School won first place in the 3A IHSA Dance State Final at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington Saturday. 90 teams vied for state champion at this event.

    Lake Park, Geneva take dance titles Feb 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Although her team didn’t yet know exactly how well they’d done as they strode off the dance floor Saturday, the coach of Lake Park High School’s competitive dance team, Danielle Ragano, said her girls knew they’d done well. As good as they seemed then, when the scores were finally announced and the team had the top score in the state — and was the first group of dancers from Lake Park High to bring the large trophy back to Roselle — Ragano said the feeling was even better.

     
  • Geneva High School took part in the IHSA Dance State Final at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington Saturday. 90 teams vied for state champion at this event.

    Images: Competitive Dance, State Finals Feb 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    The final round of the IHSA Competitive Dance state championships took place Saturday, February 1, in Bloomington.

     
  • Wind blows snow across Plank Road just East of Route 47 Thursday. The snow forecast for Saturday is leading some event organizers not to chance it.

    Suburban events Saturday being canceled due to snow Jan 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    With a major winter storm looming Friday night, many local events planned for Saturday were being canceled. Among the cancellations announced Friday afternoon were the IHSA cheerleading sectional competitions, which have been moved to the same time Sunday in Grayslake and Rolling Meadows.

     
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