| Oct 29, 2012
| 6:49 PM
There were some eye-opening upsets in Round 1 of the Illinois High School Association football playoffs Friday, and not much drama Saturday.
Biggest surprise: Lyons 34, Marist 28.
Lyons (6-4), a low seed, is a much better team than the regular...
| May 17, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Each year around this time I receive an email from Cary-Grove assistant coach Andre Watson.
I got to know Watson during his time as an assistant coach at Lake Zurich back in the mid-2000s, when the Bears were one of the best girls soccer programs in...
| May 21, 2012
| 6:16 PM
With the Class 3A and 4A playoffs set to begin Monday, this should be a blog entry previewing the state tournament.
The Catholic League Blue invariably would have been featured prominently with four of its five powerful teams grouped in the same...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 8:12 PM
I can't fathom the hours being put in at the Illinois High School Association offices investigating and ruling on football eligibility and transfers.
I can understand, in this economy, families pulling kids from private schools and enrolling them in...
| Sep 10, 2012
| 12:48 PM
I don't know whether or not it's irony, but I find it (fill in appropriate word here) that the sport most impacted by coaching is the same one that has the largest number of players participate.
I'm sure there were good football players at Marist and...
| Jan 23, 2012
| 8:14 PM
Elliot Whitefield was asked at the beginning of the season which girls basketball team was the one to beat in the stacked Central Suburban League South.
The first-year Evanston head coach wasn't kidding when he answered Evanston.
The Wildkits (12-10, 3-...
| Sep 25, 2012
| 5:11 PM
Ty Isaac is the top-ranked player in Illinois. It seems like the Joliet Catholic senior running back has the football world by its tail.
But life can't be easy for the USC recruit.
Orally committed since the spring. Scholarship offers from about every...
| Feb 6, 2012
| 5:53 PM
Coach Jen Belmonte said the excitement still hadn't worn off at Hinsdale South on Monday afternoon.
The Hornets beat seven-time defending West Suburban Gold champion Proviso East 59-43 on Friday to win their first conference title since 2004. Point guard...
| Feb 11, 2012
| 1:34 PM
The placement of several Chicago powers in the Class 4A Argo Sectional created quite a stir this season.
In recent years, these teams were spread out over two sectionals, but with some city schools dropping to Class 3A, No. 1 Simeon, No. 3 Curie, No. 5...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 7:11 PM
There are two ways to look at the surprising scare New Trier gave Simeon Tuesday night.
Proviso East, no doubt, sees it as evidence that the three-time defending Class 4A champions are, in the words of New Trier point guard Reid Berman, "not gods."...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 9:32 PM
First-year Johnsburg football coach Mike Maloney has been around the game for most of his life — first as a standout player at Joliet Catholic, then at Illinois and finally at the high school level again as a head coach at Joliet Central and now...