CHICAGO – San Diego manager Bud Black sat in the visitors’ dugout at Wrigley Field wearing a Padres cap and a black eye.
Jake Goebbert stood in the cramped Wrigley Field visitors’ clubhouse Thursday afternoon before the final game of the San Diego Padres’ 3-game series with the Cubs. In between questions about Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson, he took small sips from a green paper cup with “Gatorade” printed on the outside.
ITASCA – The 18th hole in the 34th Chick Evans Junior Amateur Championship had given Jack Ramsett fits throughout the first three days of competition in the Illinois Junior Golf Association event at Itasca Country Club.
CHICAGO – As the innings came and went Wednesday and the sun slowly set over Wrigley field, coloring the Chicago skyline with shades of purples and blues, Jake Goebbert sat in the San Diego Padres’ dugout – waiting.
LISLE – A day earlier, Prairie Ridge enjoyed the success of an offensive barrage in one inning – a five-run third en route to an 8-2 win over Crystal Lake South.
ITASCA – After two rounds of match-play golf at the 34th Chick Evans Junior Amateur Championship on Wednesday, one thing became clear: The seeds do not matter.
Algonquin's Joseph Addante shot a two-round score of 148 to lead a group of five local golfers into the third round of the 34th Chick Evans Junior Amateur Championship on Tuesday at Itsaca Country Club in Itasca.
NAPERVILLE – After losing to Joliet Catholic in walk-off fashion in extra innings Moday at Benedictine University, Prairie Ridge baseball coach Glen Pecoraro and his team could feel that the team’s mood was down collectively.
LISLE – Before the beginning of the seventh inning, Crystal Lake South baseball coach Brian Bogda gathered his team outside the dugout. Trailing 3-0 to Downers Grove South, this was the last chance to move on to the semifinals of the Phil Lawler Summer Classic.
Terry Goebbert leafed through the pictures on her kitchen counter one at a time, until, finally, she found just the right shot.
The first time Kirby Smith was asked by Jim Goebbert to watch Goebbert’s 16-year-old grandson at the Goebbert's farm, the former Barrington High School baseball coach came away impressed.
Chase Shepley, a soon-to-be senior at Crystal Lake Central, was a part of the United States Junior National High Performance Rowing Team that won a gold medal at the International Regatta in Nova Scotia, Canada.
When it comes to the ever-changing coaching carousel in college football, Crystal Lake South graduate and Vanderbilt left guard Jake Bernstein watched this offseason as coach James Franklin bolted for Penn State.
When it came to making big plays last season, Collin Corcoran was always in on the action for NCAA Division II Winona (Minnesota) State’s football team.
LAKEWOOD – Despite being the youngest golfer in the Illinois Junior Golf Association’s RedTail Regional on Friday, Algonquin’s Garrett Tighe played like one of the tournament's most experienced.
Richmond-Burton senior Jordan Hahn shot a 7-over-par 79 in the third round of the Callaway Junior World Championships at Torrey Pines South course Thursday in San Diego.
Prairie Ridge's baseball team has another shot at a state title.
ST. CHARLES – Playing for the fourth time in four days and on the heels of two straight extra-inning games, it was natural to wonder what kind of pitching the Crystal Lake South baseball team had left.
BULL VALLEY – Daniel DePrey knew he put himself in good position to win the boys senior division at the Billy Vahldieck McHenry County Junior Amateur after finishing one shot off the lead heading into Thursday's second and final round at Boone Creek.
ST. CHARLES – Senior John Constantino singled to left field for the game-winning hit, scoring Collin Chubb in the eighth inning of a 3-2 Crystal Lake South win over St. Charles North in the Phil Lawler Classic.
After the first day of competition at the Billy Vahldieck McHenry County Junior Amateur, there’s one thing for certain when it comes to the senior divisions; it’s still anybody’s tournament.
Nate Roberts still dreams of making the major leagues one day, but, for now, his main wish is to get through a season of baseball healthy.
HAMPSHIRE – Hampshire pitcher and shortstop, Trey Schramm, has committed to play baseball at Division-I Xavier after the 2015 season.
It’s not everyday that one gets to learn from a professional golfer. It’s also a rare occasion that someone gets to compete with and against one.
What do you feel is the biggest reason for your early golf success?
Spring Grove’s Jordan Hahn has played in some pretty big junior tournaments over his early golfing career.
After winning the Fox Valley Conference tournament this past spring, Prairie Ridge’s Jared Priesz and Garrett Locher were not surprised to see a few of their fellow teammates excel at the McHenry County Classic.
C.J. Fiedorowicz believes he made a good first impression. The Johnsburg native, who was taken in the third round of the NFL draft in May by the Houston Texans, debuted with the team at its minicamp last month. Fiedorowicz, a 6-foot-6, 262-pound tight end who played in college at Iowa, hopes that can continue to make an impression. In Houston, he’ll be under the tutelage of first-year head coach Bill O’Brien, who has often leaned on his tight ends in the past during stints as the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots and at Penn State. Along with the Texans’ other rookies, including No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, Fiedorowicz is scheduled to report to training camp on July 21 in Houston. He was back in McHenry on Saturday
Two familiar faces will be absent from the men’s open singles draw at this summer’s McHenry County Tennis Classic.
When it comes to measuring whether Crystal Lake's Ethan Farnam’s early golf career has been a success, the equation is rather simple.
DENVER — Hampshire graduate Jake Goebbert hit his first major league home run (watch here) in the fourth inning on Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field.
Myles Miller had a feeling that his 20-foot putt on his final hole of the day at the Blackstone Open in Marengo was going to be important.
CRYSTAL LAKE - For many athletes, playing professionally is the realization of a long-held dream. Securing the exposure necessary to make that dream a reality is one of the biggest obstacles in accomplishing it.
The ride for former Richmond-Burton fullback and tight end Tim Clary continues. After graduating from R-B in 2011, Clary went on to play at NCAA Division III Dubuque before walking on at Illinois in spring 2013. Last fall, he appeared in 10 games for the Fighting Illini, including a 33-yard catch that set up a touchdown in a season-opening win over Southern Illinois. The 6-foot-1, 245-pound junior hopes to continue making a strong impression, and perhaps even end up as the starting for Illinois when it opens its season on Aug. 30 at home against Youngstown State. To prep for the opener and fall camp, Clary is currently going through summer conditioning and players-only workouts.
Weeks from now, when Jacobs opens its football season on a late summer evening against Barrington, Josh Walker hopes to be carrying his first scholarship offer. Heck, maybe two.
In racing parlance, Crystal Lake Central grabbed an early lead and maintained a pace that no other Fox Valley Conference school could match.
In less than 50 days, Rachel Zobott will head off to a new world – college soccer.
In a sense, the clock was ticking for Malik Dunner.
CRYSTAL LAKE – The fact that Tory Dello was selected to last year's USA Hockey U-17 team gave him some confidence heading into this year's selection process.
May 26: “Feeling blessed”
Her junior year isn't fully underway yet Ali Andrews is already getting a taste of the hectic basketball recruiting process that will only become more involved as the year progresses.
When Maddie Ogden finishes a round of golf, the first thing she’ll do is enter the course clubhouse and check the leaderboard. Scrolling through the names and scores, one name will stand out; Hannah Ogden, Maddie’s sister. Maddie isn’t alone. When Hannah finishes, she does the same thing.
Former Huntley pitcher Jake Perkins would have understood if college coaches wanted to take a wait-and-see approach with him.
Algonquin native and 2007 Jacobs High School graduate Evan Jager won the 3,000-meter steeplechase Sunday's at the 2014 USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, California.
Zack Dorn picked up a lacrosse stick as a freshman at Cary-Grove to try the sport and hasn’t set it down yet.
Every time Prairie Ridge quarterback Luke Annen drops back, he has an internal clock ticking inside his head to let him know when to dump the ball off. … When to throw it out of bounds. … When to take the garlic off the stove.
The transition from the Fox Valley Conference to Division I college baseball for Colin Lyman went, all things considered, rather smoothly. The Huntley High graduate and former Red Raiders center fielder started 31 games, helping to fuel Louisville’s run to the College World Series – the Cardinals’ third trip to Omaha in the past eight years. In 55 games this spring, the freshman hit .263 at the plate to go along with 21 runs and 16 RBIs. But it was in a College World Series games against Texas where Lyman made perhaps his most notable – and acrobatic – play of the season with his glove on a diving catch. The highlight play landed on the nightly SportsCenter top-10 list. Currently, he is playing in the New England Collegiate Baseba