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.
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.
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.
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.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Josh Smith experienced the normal doubts anyone would have traveling the long road back from shoulder surgery.
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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.
HAMPSHIRE – Dundee-Crown baseball coach Jon Anderson didn’t look too happy after Saturday’s Fox Valley Conference crossover game against Hampshire.
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.
CARPENTERSVILLE – Dundee-Crown pitcher Ahren Ludwig spent all day Friday thinking about his upcoming start against visiting Crystal Lake Central.
Jake Ciskowski, Kyle Sabie and Adam Kalish combined to pitch a shutout Thursday as Huntley beat Wheaton Warrenville South, 3-0, in nonconference play at Huntley.
WOODSTOCK – Marian Central leadoff man Corte Trebacz continued hitting the ball as he has most of the season – forcefully.
CARY – Baseball is a game full of odd bounces and moments that aren’t seen on a daily basis. Cary-Grove needed a little bit of both Thursday during its nonconference game against Barrington.
ALGONQUIN – The Jacobs baseball team found out exactly how fast a team can lose momentum in Wednesday’s nonconference game with Barrington.
Woodstock North pitcher Cory Busse took a perfect game into the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday in a 6-1, no-hit win over Christian Liberty in Arlington Heights.
At Lake Park, The Chargers (3-6) had a 10-0 lead in the third inning, but allowed Lake Park 12 straight runs, including seven in the bottom half of the third. Chase Bloch added a double and two RBIs for Dundee-Crown in the nonconference loss. Brett Johnson also drove in two runs for the Chargers.
WOODSTOCK – Cary-Grove senior Dean Christakes embraces the leadoff role because he can see a lot of pitches, which in turn can help his teammates get a look at the opponent’s starter.
Brian Wells pitched a seven-inning shutout for Richmond-Burton in a 10-0 win over Big Northern Conference East Division opponent North Boone.
HUNTLEY – Huntley’s baseball team has grown to expect special things from catcher Mark Skonieczny.
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Early into the spring season, McHenry softball coach John DiFrancesca knew it would be difficult to get in a game with snow still dusting the field amid frigid temperatures.
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McHENRY – Leave it to the player who was in the game for one pitch to end Saturday night’s marathon between the McHenry and Johnsburg baseball teams.
Mark Skonieczny went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and two doubles to lead the Huntley baseball team to a 7-0 victory over Hampshire in FVC crossover play Saturday in Huntley.
CRYSTAL LAKE – During a pitching duel, the tide turns on one big hit. That big hit Saturday came from Prairie Ridge designated hitter Marcus Sargeant as he smacked an RBI single up the middle in the bottom of the sixth inning to knock in Carson Getzelman with the go-around run as the Wolves defeated Woodstock, 2-1, in Fox Valley Conference crossover action.
CRYSTAL LAKE – The Crystal Lake Central baseball team put on a defensive show Saturday morning and helped starting pitcher Fred Birr pick up his first win of the season.
CARY – A warning to all those facing Cary-Grove’s Larkin Hanselmann this season: No leadoff at first base is safe.
McHenry's badminton team got its first win of the season Friday by beating host Waukegan, 12-3.
The Cary-Grove baseball team scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning Thursday to pull away for a 10-2 Fox Valley Conference crossover win over visiting Hampshire.
WOODSTOCK – Jacobs senior Reilly Peltier had no idea he was going to be starting for the Golden Eagles on Thursday during the team’s Fox Valley Conference crossover at Woodstock.
Claire Dalman experienced an eventful winter, which culminated in February with an IHSA award and signing her National Letter of Intent.
Dundee-Crown baseball pitchers Tyler Lewan and Riley Alvarado combined to no-hit host Buffalo Grove in a 12-2 six-inning, nonconference win Wednesday.
MARENGO – Marengo senior second baseman Brent Maney was forced to sit for a couple innings against Crystal Lake Central when his glasses just broke and fell to the ground.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake South’s Paul Wille approached his final at-bat with knowledge and motivation.
CARY – If a team can set its identity early in the season, Cary-Grove’s might be: Play to the final out.
In McHenry’s baseball season opener Monday, the Warriors traveled to Waukegan and won, 6-4, in nonconference play.
WOODSTOCK – Woodstock thought it experienced a rough second inning when Belvidere batted around, scoring four runs with only one hit.
Woodstock’s Maura Beattie and Jacobs’ Lauren Van Vlierbergen are definitely ready for the outdoor track and field season.
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Hampshire softball pitcher Haley Widmayer took a no-hitter into the bottom of the sixth inning against St. Edward before allowing a hit into the left-field gap.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Prairie Ridge’s Danny Pecoraro let out a “Whoop!” as he scampered home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score with Palatine.
ELMHURST – Huntley junior Brandon Altergott’s main goals early in Wednesday’s game against Conant were to keep warm and pay attention.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake South baseball coach Brian Bogda plans on using his team’s early season games to see “what they have” as they prepare for a busier schedule and warmer weather the rest of the year.
CRYSTAL LAKE – After getting beat handily on Saturday, Prairie Ridge’s baseball team wanted to put together a better effort Monday afternoon against Bremen. The Wolves did that and more but couldn’t make a second late rally to fall 6-5 in nine innings at a frigid Lippold Park.