RIVERSIDE – The question hung in the air like a pass floated across the middle of the field.
A one-day break from basketball is all Huntley sophomore forward Ali Andrews could handle.
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Gregg Wikierak spent 22 years as the baseball coach at Marian Central before retiring in 2011. After two years away from coaching – but not baseball – Wikierak, who spent 32 years working in high school baseball, is in his first year as an assistant coach at McHenry County College for one of his former Marian players, Jared Wacker.
The Huntley girls basketball team’s success this season can be traced back to summer.
WOODSTOCK – Marian Central guard Adam Pischke may have been in range when he stepped off the bus Friday night.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Tristen Crow showed up an hour before tipoff Friday in black and yellow pants and a black practice jersey pulled over a yellow T-shirt.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Jacobs boys basketball coach Jimmy Roberts held a quick training seminar right before the biggest game of the season.
RICHMOND – By the the time the shots that had missed their mark for much of the night started falling, Richmond-Burton’s regional championship hopes were slim.
BELVIDERE – Huntley players knew Friday night’s game against Jefferson would not be a usual regional championship game, but the mindset was still the same. The Red Raiders overpowered Jefferson, 77-29, for their third regional boys basketball title in four years.
Jacobs senior Alyssa Lach's remarkable run in the 3-point contest ended Friday with a fourth-place finish in Class 4A.
The IHSA announced early Friday afternoon that five Jefferson boys basketball players and head coach Todd Brannan were suspended from Friday’s 7 p.m. Class 4A Belvidere North Regional championship game.
One of the first shooters in the Class 4A state 3-point contest, Jacobs senior Alyssa Lach, didn't feel any pressure when she stepped onto the court at Redbird Arena.
Three Jefferson boys basketball starting players and J-Hawks head coach Todd Brannan have been suspended by the IHSA for Friday's 7 p.m. Class 4A Belvidere North Regional championship game against Huntley.
Crystal Lake Central athletic director Jeff Aldridge expects a huge crowd for Friday’s 7 p.m. championship game in the Class 4A Central Regional boys basketball tournament.
To say that Cooper Langanis struggled with his first triathlon practice session is an understatement.
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A spokesman for the IHSA said Wednesday afternoon that state officials are investigating a postgame brawl that occurred after Tuesday night’s Jefferson vs. Rockford East Class 4A Belvidere North Regional semifinal boys basketball game.
Hampshire athletic director David Hicks hopes his school’s head football coaching position may be filled by next week.
Jacobs senior guard Alyssa Lach might be better known for her prowess on the softball diamond than the basketball court, but there’s no mistaking her capabilities behind the 3-point line.
Huntley's Ali Andrews was announced to The Associated Press Class 4A All-State Girls Basketball team as a honorable-mention selection.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Dundee-Crown boys basketball coach Lance Huber had seen forward Nick Munson shoot like that before, but never on a stage like this.
WOODSTOCK — Marian Central boys basketball coach Curtis Price figured that the key to beating Hampshire in the Class 3A Woodstock Regional semifinal was to shut down Ryan Cork.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Despite Prairie Ridge’s defense making almost every possession a struggle and playing from behind most of the night, Jacobs maintained faith.
RICHMOND-The Richmond-Burton boys basketball team chose a bad day to have what some of its players called its worst offensive game of the year Tuesday night in the Class 3A regional semifinal against Lakes.
WOODSTOCK — The Marengo boys basketball team entered Tuesday's Class 3A Woodstock Regional semifinal game against fourth-seeded Woodstock as the hottest team in the area, winning nine of its past 11 games.
BELVIDERE – At times this season, Huntley had struggled to find ways to score without the ball in Amanze Egekeze’s hands. Tuesday night at the Class 4A Belvidere North Regional did not prove to be one of those nights.
NORRIDGE – In a small hallway tucked away out of sight, Collin Ridout and Steve Dixon embraced one final time, each having wiped tears away with the blue Johnsburg jerseys they had just worn for the final time.
MCHENRY- If there wasn’t enough buzz around Tuesday night’s Class 4A McHenry Regional semifinal between the host and 19th-seeded Warriors and No. 1 seed Stevenson already, Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo walked in minutes before tipoff to add to the energy in the building.
WOODSTOCK — Marian Central boys basketball coach Curtis Price believes point guard Adam Pischke is one of the best at his position in the area, and the sophomore backed up his coach's words Monday.
WOODSTOCK – Damian Stoneking had one of his most complete games of the season, leading fourth-seeded Woodstock to a 62-48 win over fifth-seeded Woodstock North in the first round of the Class 3A Woodstock Regional.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Jacobs junior guard Cory Boeckh basically has one job on offense – spot up near the 3-point line and let it fly.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Dundee-Crown’s Juwan Stewart did all his scoring in a span of 3:30 in the second quarter against Crystal Lake South.
NORRIDGE – The Johnsburg boys basketball team spent the better part of last week trying to figure out where its postseason journey would begin.
McHENRY – For the first half of their Class 4A McHenry Regional game Monday, the host and 19th-seeded Warriors looked lost.
Harvard senior Adam Freimund has accepted an offer to wrestle at NCAA Division I North Dakota State on an athletic scholarship next year.
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Huntley senior Amanze Egekeze wants no part of what happened in last year’s postseason.
EVANSTON – Alex Reinbrecht talked for months about how he wanted to enjoy his final high school season. The Jacobs co-op senior took a lighter approach to the season and made sure to have fun despite bearing the pressures of being one of the state's top swimmers.
Tim Haak's 27-year career as Harvard's wrestling coach came to a close Saturday at the IHSA state team championships in Bloomington. Haak, who also coached the Hornets' football team for 29 years, announced last year that he will retire at the end of the school year. Since then, Haak has maintained a normal day-to-day routine, choosing to wait until the future to refelect on his nearly three decades at Harvard.
A week ago, the IHSA added a Success Advancement Component that will push successful nonboundaried (private, charter) schools up a class or more for state success. Sports editor Jon Styf and columnist Tom Musick discuss:
BLOOMINGTON – Win or lose it was an appropriate ending.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Turnovers. Blasted turnovers.
MARENGO – Marengo knew it needed a win Friday night to keep its chances of a Big Northern Conference East Division title share alive.
RICHMOND – Brian Wells' lingering memory of facing Burlington Central was a bitter one, making Friday night's payback possibility an important one for the Richmond-Burton senior guard and his teammates.
GRAYSLAKE – The Fox Valley Conference Valley Division championship that Huntley clinched a week previous tasted a little sweeter Friday.
WOODSTOCK – A 15-point fourth-quarter lead quickly had shriveled to one point Friday for the Woodstock Blue Streaks.