JOHNSBURG- The Woodstock girls soccer team was having a second half to forget against Johnsburg in both teams’ opening game at the Lady Hawk Invitational Friday morning.
There's a reason we fight for open records, and it's not because we need to know or think someone did something wrong.
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At Johnsburg, the Skyhawks won their Fox Valley Conference Valley Division opener 3-2 after winning in penalty kicks (3-1). Delaney Pruitt, who scored a goal in the first half, was put in as goalkeeper for the penalty kicks and made two saves. Allie Layton, Sarah Weaver and freshman Taylor Piggott scored in penalties for the Skyhawks (3-6, 1-0 FVC Fox).
At Grayslake, Tim Hubner and Ryan Dubs combined to no-hit Grayslake North in a 9-0 win. Hubner got the win for Jacobs, striking out nine and walking five. Ben Murray added a two-run triple for the Golden Eagles (10-4) in the FVC crossover game.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake South needed two three-set wins to defeat Cary-Grove, 4-3, on Thursday in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division dual.
HARVARD – As Richmond-Burton pitcher Mike Kaska approached the plate in the first with a runner in scoring position, a teammate offered the obligatory, “C’mon Mike, help yourself!”
JOHNSBURG – In the game of baseball, you can’t give a team extra outs and expect to win. Just ask Johnsburg. Huntley took advantage of six Skyhawks errors en route to an 8-1 Fox Valley Conference crossover victory at Tigers Field in Johnsburg on Thursday.
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HARVARD – When Mark Payne originally applied for the Harvard wrestling position, he wasn’t aware of the school’s rich tradition in that sport.
In a week when the Kishwaukee River Conference's membership has grown to five teams, Woodstock and Woodstock North will look to make their move official next week.
HARVARD – Harvard will join Marengo in submitting its plans to leave the Big Northern Conference when BNC principals hold their Board of Control meeting May 8.
Haley Widmayer threw a five-inning no-hitter for Hampshire on Wednesday, striking out eight and walking three in the Whip-Purs’ 11-0 Fox Valley Conference Fox Division win against host Woodstock North.
McHENRY – Over the course of five lesson-producing losses this spring, McHenry's softball team waited patiently for its offense to come around.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Whenever the Prairie Ridge softball team finds itself trailing, the Wolves don't panic.
ALGONQUIN – With the score tied in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday, Alyssa Lach was just trying to get a good lead off second base with no out.
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In sports parlance, Dan Vosnos scouted Homewood-Flossmoor thoroughly.
With a little over a week to think about a loss to Rockford Christian on April 7, the Richmond-Burton girls soccer team came out ready for revenge on Tuesday.
When Jen Nichols-Hogle took over the Alden-Hebron girls basketball program two years ago, she told athletic director John Lalor there were only two things that would take her away.
CARY – The Johnsburg baseball team used excellent starting pitching, timely hitting, and good defense to beat Cary-Grove 8-1 in a Fox Valley Conference crossover matchup.
CRYSTAL LAKE – By his own admission, Ben Cilano doesn't lack self-assurance.
McHENRY — The Crystal Lake Central girls soccer team went back to the basics last week in an attempt to come together as a team and get its season moving in the right direction.
CRYSTAL LAKE – The field conditions did not bode well for either Johnsburg or Prairie Ridge to play along with their usual game plan on Tuesday. Every step felt like a swamp and a majority of players were covered head to toe in mud by the game’s end.
Mike Steinhaus knew what he was getting himself into when he returned to his alma mater six years ago.
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Harvard is set to hire two coaches to replace retiring Hall of Fame football and wrestling coach Tim Haak at its District 50 school board meeting Wednesday night.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Josh Smith experienced the normal doubts anyone would have traveling the long road back from shoulder surgery.
The McHenry boys water polo team lost a close match against Riverside-Brookfield, 11-10, Monday night in Riverside.
MARENGO – The Kishwaukee River Conference continues to grow after the District 154 Board of Education voted unanimously to allow Marengo to become a charter member of the new league starting in 2016.
Rachael Underwood accomplished something no competitor from Crystal Lake Gymnastics Training Center had ever done.
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Jacobs athletic director Dan Vosnos likely will become the new athletic director at Homewood-Flossmoor when the District 233 school board meets Tuesday night.
ALGONQUIN – The drill, on its surface, doesn’t seem overly complicated.
HEBRON – Huntley’s Amanze Egekeze waited to check in with 5:00 remaining when he got a message from Marian Central coach Curtis Price.
HEBRON – Marengo’s Taylor Carlson picked a most opportune time to score all of her seven points for the "Home" squad in the McHenry County Area All-Star Basketball Extravaganza.
Four local athletes were among the five from the 5 Star Elite gym in Wauconda who qualified for the U.S. Trampoline and Tumbling Association National Team.
McHenry junior Jesse Reiser traveled to Arcadia, Calif., to compete in the Arcadia Invitational, a prestigious meet which draws some of the top high school competitors from all over the nation.
HUNTLEY – Huntley’s Macy Tramblay won the 100-meter high hurdles and took second in the 300 hurdles to help the Red Raiders to a third-place finish in their own Jennifer Kearns Invitational on Saturday.
Marengo sophomore Jarrell Jackson had every intention of returning Saturday to the scene of his school-record run from Tuesday.
CARY – When Cary-Grove’s Brad Wolter handed off to Michael Saxon for the third leg of the 4x400-meter relay, Saxon was in fourth place, about 20 meters behind the leader.
Josh Freeman throws things for a living. Two weeks into his sophomore outdoor track and field season at Southern Illinois-Carbondale, tthe 2012 Cary-Grove graduate broke both the SIU and Missouri Valley Conference shot put record. A week later, he broke his own records with a throw of 63 feet, 6 inches – a mark that ranks sixth nationally.
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HAMPSHIRE – Dundee-Crown baseball coach Jon Anderson didn’t look too happy after Saturday’s Fox Valley Conference crossover game against Hampshire.
When Johnsburg boys basketball coach Mike Toussaint looks back at photos of his 11-year stint as Skyhawks girls coach, the little girl often jumps out at him.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Whenever Crystal Lake South junior pitcher Hailee Massie went up against a Johnsburg batter Friday, there was a good chance her screwball would end up sending the batter back to the dugout.
CARY – With members of the Cary-Grove baseball team preparing to take their ACTs on Saturday, it was the Trojans’ hitters who faced a different kind of test Friday, which came in the form of Grayslake Central starting pitcher Justin Guryn.
ALGONQUIN – Jacobs pitcher Brenden Heiss showed his coaches and teammates a lot against Johnsburg on Friday.
AJ Howaniec hit a two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth inning Friday to break a tie and lead Crystal Lake South to a 6-2 Fox Valley Conference crossover win against Grayslake North in Crystal Lake.