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Dundee-Crown graduate Elliot Soto is headed to Triple-A and the Iowa Cubs.
For most of 13 years, Steve Spoden offered Marian Central football players constructive criticism and advice, a sort of big brother who was not afraid to dish out tough love.
CRYSTAL LAKE –The Crystal Lake Cyclones were unfazed after the Puerto Rico Piratas tied the score in the top of the sixth inning Wednesday.
CRYSTAL LAKE –Moreso than any result on the field, the McHenry County Youth Sports Association’s Summer International Championships always has been about the people involved.
HARVARD – Harvard football coaches shouted instructions for individual drills with a different reaction –laughter – than they will receive in two weeks when real practices start.
Jordan Getzelman wakes up each morning, takes in the scenic view of the Rocky Mountains near Couer d’Alene, Idaho, feels no pain in his left wrist and surmises that life is good.
Sarah Chung is on a mission to be at the Paralympics in 2016 or 2020 and to spread awareness about Paralympic judo.
CRYSTAL LAKE – It is the people who keep Team Japan and manager Sadao Nakashiro coming back to McHenry County each summer.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Twenty-two years ago, Jack Sebesta knew the hours would be long, the tasks would be unending and the loose ends never would be tied tightly enough.
As Cary-Grove senior Bree Coffey says, it's been a hard journey.
Hampshire High School graduate Jake Goebbert, a first baseman and outfielder called up by the San Diego Padres last month, played at Wrigley Field for the first time last week in a three-game series against the Cubs. The Padres sent Goebbert back to Triple-A El Paso after Friday’s game in Atlanta. Assistant sports editor Tom Clegg and sports writer Mike DeFabo, who covered the series at Wrigley, discuss:
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Hampshire graduate and former Northwestern standout Jake Goebbert returned to the area to play his first series at Wrigley Field this week. The Padres' outfielder-first baseman, who was optioned to Triple-A El Paso Friday when first baseman Yonder Alonso returned from a rehab stint, shared his memories about the experience in his own words.
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said after Friday’s game in Atlanta that Hampshire graduate Jake Goebbert will be optioned to Triple-A El Paso, ending what was just over a month-long stint in the major leagues.
Matt Byrne treated a ground ball to the shortstop in February like any other at bat.
CARY – With pressure mounting as the sudden-death playoff went on Friday at Cary Country Club, Kyle Irlbacker remained unfazed.
If you happen to notice a large increase in young baseball players walking around the Crystal Lake area in the coming weeks, don’t be alarmed.
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.
Nick Brengman
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 Constantinosingled 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
Ryan Sargent
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.

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