Nate PattersonMarian CentralSeniorFootball and basketball
CRYSTAL LAKE – The low block on the left side of the lane is Austin Rogers’ office – it’s where the Crystal Lake South senior forward does his best work.
McHENRY – The McHenry and Johnsburg boys basketball teams put on a show Saturday in their Fox Valley Conference crossover.
The Huntley wrestling team took third place Saturday in the 10-team field at the Fenton Weiss Tournament. Lincoln-Way West won with 214 points, followed by DeKalb (207). The Red Raiders scored 186 points as they had six second-place finishers, four third-place finishers and three more in the top five.
The Huntley girls basketball team stayed undefeated with a 50-48 nonconference win over visiting Barrington on Saturday.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake South wanted to do something to pad the margin Crystal Lake Central had cut to five by halftime.
Jacobs quarterback Bret Mooney knew he was running out of time and felt the pressure from Cary-Grove’s defensive line.
Harvard football coach Tim Haak spent most of his final season deflecting personal credit for the Hornets’ success toward the players.
WOODSTOCK – All the excitement Marian Central carried with its three-game winning streak into Friday’s game was wiped out in the first two minutes by IC Catholic.
Adam Rogutich had a double-double for Marengo on Friday in a 68-59 boys basketball loss to Winnebago.
WOODSTOCK – A couple missed free throws in the first quarter were far from Johnsburg senior guard Maddie Himpelmann's mind every time she stepped to the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.
The Alden-Hebron boys basketball team knew coming into their first Northeastern Athletic Conference game that they would have to control the pace in order to come out with a win.
The only thing better in high school wrestling than winning a state championship is winning another one.
Fox Valley Conference
Northwest Herald senior sports writer Joe Stevenson and McHenryCountySports.com's Les Johnson unveil the 2013 Northwest Herald Football All-Area First Team Defense.
Northwest Herald senior sports writer Joe Stevenson and McHenryCountySports.com's Les Johnson unveil the 2013 Northwest Herald Football All-Area First Team Offense.
The McHenry boys bowling team continued its undefeated start Thursday in a 3,027-2,962 win over Larkin.
WOODSTOCK – Woodstock guard Megan Pautrat and her four fellow seniors entered Thursday’s crosstown rivalry game against Woodstock North eager to end a five-game losing streak in the series.
Sarah Benigni made Marian Central girls basketball history Thursday in a 49-46 win over St. Francis in Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division play.
When Jay Schulz and his colleagues from Harvard Community Radio traveled to Rockford last month to broadcast the Class 4A football state quarterfinals, he was admittedly concerned about how good the webcast would be.
Fahn Cooper’s size and athletic ability caught the attention of numerous NCAA Division I schools, now comes the hard part.
On Friday at 7 p.m., The Huddle will announce the Football All-Area first team. Northwest Herald senior sports writer Joe Stevenson and McHenryCountySports.com's Les Johnson will discuss the process, name the team and the Player of the Year.
Nikki Hammortree made a 3-pointer, her only basket of the night, as time expired to give the Marengo girls basketball team a 42-39 win over Winnebago in Big Northern Conference crossover play Wednesday night in Marengo.
WOODSTOCK – Woodstock North did precisely what it wanted to after a dissatisfying first half against Harvard.
WOODSTOCK – Crystal Lake South boys basketball guard Austin Rogers always has been able to find ways to put up points.
Here is the All-Big Northern Conference East Division Team, released Tuesday.
Katie Barker’s hot start to the season continued Tuesday for the Cary-Grove girls basketball team in its 57-36 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win over Dundee-Crown at Cary.
CRYSTAL LAKE – The Prairie Ridge girls basketball team had been in this position before.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Prairie Ridge spent the first three quarters building leads up to six points only to have Hampshire come right back and tie or cut the lead to one point.
Athlete of the Week
In tennis, doubles teams are often better than the sum of their parts.
The Huntley boys bowling team lost to Rochelle, 3,223-3,004, on Monday at Bowl-Hi Lanes in Huntley.
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Marian Central’s volleyball team had obvious talent and skill as soon as the players entered the gym for summer camps. What that meant for the season remained a big question coach Laura Watling really couldn’t answer.
The Crystal Lake Central wrestling team had six individuals place in six weight classes Saturday afternoon in the Conant Tournament in Hoffman Estates.
McHenry junior Jesse Reiser has a Class 3A state runner-up finish and was chosen Northwest Herald Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, but his running season is not yet finished.
Ali Frantti, Richmond-Burton sr. OH
WOODSTOCK – Coming off a tough loss to Marian Central the night before, the Cary-Grove boys basketball team came out a little shaky in the final game of the Hoops for Healing Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday against host Woodstock.
Sometimes when Ali Frantti was in the midst of a spike approach, Richmond-Burton’s girls volleyball players would just look to the other side of the net. It was nearly as much fun to watch opponents’ reactions to the 6-foot-2 outside hitter’s vicious kills as it was to watch Frantti set up to hit them.
Steve Dixon Johnsburg Senior Football and Basketball
The Marian Central boys basketball team used a 22-point third quarter to hold on for a 57-55 victory over Cary-Grove on Friday in the Hoops for Healing Tournament at Woodstock North High School.
CRYSTAL LAKE – As Crystal Lake Central guard Cavanagh Murphy jogged back on defense after scoring on a mid-range jumper early in the third quarter in a game against Carmel, someone from the Tigers’ bench yelled for him to take over.
By the time Lexi Harkins was a sophomore, Crystal Lake Central co-op golf coach Kathy Speaker knew that she would have to take on a different role than coach for the young star.
When Richmond-Burton boys golf coach Brad Tichenor is asked about Rockets junior golfer Jordan Hahn, it doesn’t take long before the coach recalls a moment that is still fresh in his mind.
The Jacobs boys basketball team fell in its first game of the season to Carbondale, 55-43, Thursday at the Quincy Tournament.
Drew Potthoff had roots in the DeKalb area, knowledge of football from a long coaching career and, most importantly, time.
Northwest Herald Boys Cross Country