Kenton Mack Jacobs Junior Basketball
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.
Prairie Ridge sophomore Ethan Routzahn, a pitching prospect, will leave the Crystal Lake school after this spring semester.
Dakota Trebes’ football future is very much up in the air.
Woodstock pitcher Alex Ferguson followed a standout high school season with a strong summer throwing for Pro Player Consultants 17U team, which got him plenty of notice.
Hampshire senior Michael Gibas kept looking at the long-term picture regarding the Air Force Academy, which is good.
Eight schools, all of which are currently in the BNC East or the FVC Fox, are poised to make up a new athletic conference beginning in 2015.
Eight schools, including six from McHenry County, are poised to make up a new athletic conference beginning in 2015.
Jacobs junior Ryan Sargent did everything necessary to catch the eyes of college coaches in Bloomington, Ind. in August.
Hampshire has taken great pride in its baseball field since the new high school opened six years ago and others have taken notice.
McHenry catcher Cody Freund was destined to play baseball in college. After all, his first word was “ball.”
One of the best moves of Jordan Hahn’s golf career came three years ago when he connected with his swing coach, Kiel Alderink.
Dakota Trebes Harvard Senior Football and baseball
Huntley shortstop Matt Sullivan was not deterred by Chicago State’s low win totals over the past three seasons.
Jake Grimes Johnsburg Junior Cross country, baseball
Huntley senior Eric Luecht knew Lewis University baseball coaches had seen him pitch twice over the summer with the Orland Sparks.
Huntley senior pitcher Eric Luecht has committed to play baseball at NCAA Division II Lewis University on scholarship.
McHenry County Hurricanes vice president Keith Nisenson always has held the work Pro Players Consultants instructors do with young baseball players in the highest regard.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Mac N Seitz Red Sox shortstop Jack Duffy provided a lot for his team with slick fielding and a batting average near .500.
CRYSTAL LAKE – There was excitement, along with some surprise, that the McHenry County Hurricanes were still playing Sunday in the McHenry County Youth Sports Association Summer International Championships.
CRYSTAL LAKE – The Illinois Hitmen left the McHenry County Youth Sports Association Summer International Championships tying for fifth place in the 15-and-under Gold Bracket, yet feeling they could have done more.
CRYSTAL LAKE – The Crystal Lake Bombers proved harder to wipe out than some action-movie villain, which made the manner of their demise at the McHenry County Youth Sports Association Summer International Championships seem fitting.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Since going 0-5 in pool play of the double-elimination MCYSA Summer International Championships, the Crystal Lake Bombers have lost plenty of sleep.
CRYSTAL LAKE – If Thursday's baseball game between Lake in the Hills and Mickeys Sleds and More had ended after the top half of the fourth inning, the Thunder would have accomplished their highest goal against the team that handed them their first lost.
ALGONQUIN – Mark Lonigro knows his team can be competitive in the Gold Bracket of the McHenry County Youth Sports Association Summer International Championships, but he needs his players on the Lake in the Hills Thunder baseball team to start believing in themselves.
CRYSTAL LAKE – The McHenry County Youth Sports Association is trying something new with this year’s Summer International Baseball Championships – free admission.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake Bombers third baseman Marc Miguel thinks their biggest problem through Pool 2 play in the McHenry County Youth Sports Association 15U Summer International Championships was a lack of confidence.
CRYSTAL LAKE – The Lake in the Hills Thunder baseball team knows it will be looked at as the underdogs throughout this year’s McHenry County Youth Sports Association Summer International Championships, and that’s just fine.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Pitching is something 15-year-old Jack Schneider is quite familiar with, but when he took the mound in the bottom of the first inning for the 15-and-under Lake In The Hills Thunder baseball team Thursday, he did something he never had done before.
LISLE – Pitching and defense have been the key to the Huntley baseball team's success throughout the summer.
Former Alden-Hebron standout Mark Winkelman recently finished his baseball career at Creighton, where he set a school record for appearances by a pitcher. But 130 appearances – mostly in relief – also took a toll on Winkelman’s arm, possibly costing him a chance at a career in baseball. On Draft Day, Winkelman received calls from the Angels, Astros, Giants, Rockies and Royals while also drawing interest from the Reds and Yankees.
ROSELLE – After Huntley's baseball team exited the spring playoffs earlier than expected this past season, Mark Skonieczny didn't want to wait a full year for redemption.
ELK GROVE — During the spring season, Mason Martin's role on the Huntley baseball team was as spot starter and reliever. Now, after a successful summer, coach Andy Jakubowski projects him to be a valuable asset on the mound come spring.
GENEVA – Michael Heesch tries to savor each moment.
BATAVIA — Brian Bogda has used this summer to get a feel for where certain players are at in their development in order to have an idea of what his team will look like in the spring.
GENEVA – Crystal Lake Cardinals pitcher Drew Peters surveyed a Fifth Third Bank Ballpark clubhouse food spread Monday afternoon and smiled.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Thanks to a senior-laden lineup last season, the top of Dan Badgley's summer lineup didn't play regularly in the spring, but the Crystal Lake Central baseball coach has the utmost confidence in their ability to get on base.
Casey Oliver Crystal Lake South
Recent Huntley graduate Bryce Only was named to the WWBA national championship all-tournament team while playing with California based-Pacific Union Financial Capitalists.
A few multi-hit games early qualified as a great start. A few more grew into a bona fide hot streak.
Jamie Murray always has a lot to say and do.
Jessica Andronowitz found a sport for which she is naturally gifted when she was 11 and began taking horse riding lessons.
Marian Central pitcher Brad Parchutz does not hide his career ambition of some day pitching in professional baseball.
Prairie Ridge right fielder Bryan Klendworth, Huntley center fielder Colin Lyman and Huntley third baseman-pitcher Bryce Only were named to the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 4A All-State team.
Eric Aguilera had heard from people before advising not to sit around and wait for results on the computer during Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft.
This time, Jerad Grundy will sign.
ROCKFORD – If Jacobs’ baseball season had to end short of the Class 4A state tournament, at least it happened against a pitcher the Golden Eagles considered one of the best they had ever seen.
Connor Conzelman hopes when he arrives at Valparaiso University in August the Crusaders’ football coaches will be accommodating and the baseball coaches will be interested.
HUNTLEY – Apparently, the Jacobs baseball team already experienced all the late-inning excitement it needed for one week.