October 24, 2014
MORRIS– Before the season started, DeKalb girls volleyball coach Kyle Milborn knew his team would be built on defense.
Sycamore’s Angelina Ye and a pair of Kaneland entries survived the first day at the IHSA state tennis tournament at various sites Thursday throughout the Northwest Suburbs.
BURLINGTON – In its final Big Northern East Conference match of the season, Genoa-Kingston ran into a wall. That wall was called regular-season conference champion Burlington Central.
As do most coaches, Joe Ryan preaches having a one-game-at-a-time attitude to his Sycamore football players.
On paper, there’s not much on the line for the DeKalb football team when it faces Geneseo at home tonight.
October 23, 2014
At the beginning of the girls tennis season, both Sycamore tennis coach David Hillmer and No. 1 singles player Angelina Ye said that junior Katherine Sullivan had a chance to qualify for the state tournament. And, they were both correct.
October 22, 2014
The Genoa-Kingston volleyball team topped Johnsburg in Big Northern East play Tuesday, defeating the Skyhawks 25-21, 25-19.
HUNTLEY – For much of Tuesday’s Class 3A Huntley Regional semifinal against Rockford Jefferson, the DeKalb boys soccer team looked like the team in control.
DeKALB – The stage was set for an emotional night at DeKalb High school when the Barbs played their senior night match against rival Sycamore.
BYRON – It took Eric Phillips all of 87 seconds to score Tuesday in the Class 1A Byron Sectional semifinal against Harvest Christian.
October 21, 2014
HAMPSHIRE – In the opening 25 minutes of the 2A Burlington Central Regional semifinals between Kaneland and Sycamore, nothing separated the two Northern Illinois Big 12 foes.
October 20, 2014
Thorbjornsen, Knights gear up for postseason play at Burlington Central Regional
GENOA – As far as the Genoa-Kingston football team is concerned, the Cogs’ past two games have been playoff games.
October 18, 2014
The regular season has been a breeze for Sycamore girls tennis player Angelina Ye. Why should the playoffs be any different?
DeKalb clinched the Northern Illinois Big 12 East conference title with a 26-14 win over Yorkville on Friday, October 17, 2014.
At every practice this week, the Hiawatha football team focused on stopping Rockford Christian Life quarterback Brady Pond.
LaSALLE – After losing five straight contests to fall out of playoff contention, the Kaneland football team didn’t waste any time piling on the points against winless LaSalle-Peru on Friday night.
HARVARD – Genoa-Kingston football coach Travis Frederick said that halftime of Friday’s game against Harvard was the most disappointed he’s been after a first half of play this year.
They’re both juniors. They’re both representing Genoa-Kingston. And they both shot the same score.
HINCKLEY – The Hinckley-Big Rock boys soccer team played its brand of soccer and forced Genoa-Kingston out of its comfort zone in Friday’s Class 1A Hinckley-Big Rock Regional championship game.
MORRIS – On paper, it looked as if Sycamore and Morris were evenly matched coming into Friday night's football game on Morris' homecoming.
DeKALB – It took the DeKalb football team 20 seconds to erase almost a quarter century of frustration.
October 17, 2014
MORRIS – Despite the muddy conditions, DeKalb beat Morris 2-1 to tie Yorkville for the league crown – the fifth straight title for the Barbs.
DeKALB – Another swim dual. Another victory. That seems to be the case with the DeKalb-Sycamore girls swimming team.
DeKalb and Yorkville aren’t exactly traditional football powers.
It’s been a long time since Tracy Williams has seen a DeKalb team this good.
October 15, 2014
Genoa-Kingston juniors Tommy Lucca and Nick Adamczyk each finished with a 78 at the Class 2A Grayslake Central Sectional, which earns them a spot at this weekend’s Class 2A State Boys Golf Tournament at Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University.
DeKALB – In their first meeting of the season, the DeKalb boys soccer team’s win over Sycamore had a small blemish on the result because the Spartans were hindered by an early penalty kick and a red card.
SYCAMORE – Kaneland volleyball coach Cynthia Violett said it was mental toughness that keyed her team’s dominant third-set win in Tuesday’s 25-22, 18-25, 25-15 victory over Sycamore.
October 13, 2014
Monday’s Class 3A Lake Forest Sectional at Lake Bluff Golf Course was halted because of inclement weather, but most of the participants completed 18 holes.
October 11, 2014
Delaney Bend shot a 96 on Saturday at Shewami Country Club in the Class A Girls Golf Wateska Sectional, missing out on a trip to the state tournament by eight strokes.
After two days of tennis playing at DeKalb High School, the Kaneland Knights took the crown for girls tennis in the Northern Illinois Big 12 conference.
MORRIS – Morris senior quarterback Griffin Sobol gingerly raised his hands for a gritty game of show and tell after Friday’s Northern Illinois Big 12 football game at Kaneland.
GENOA – The Genoa-Kingston football team made a double-digit comeback in the third quarter Friday night to get a 37-28 win over North Boone.
KIRKLAND – The Hiawatha football team came into Friday night’s game against Alden-Hebron looking to become playoff eligible for the first time since 2009, even if the Hawks didn’t qualify that year, missing out on playoff points.
YORKVILLE – A workhorse running back and a lockdown defense.
ROCHELLE – After he scored on a 68-yard touchdown run to get DeKalb within one point of Rochelle with two minutes left in Friday night’s football game, Dre Brown had it in his mind that he wanted the Barbs to go for two.
October 10, 2014
The DeKalb Barbs beat the Rochelle Hubs, 28-27, with a touchdown and the game-winning two point conversion coming in the final minutes of the game.
The Hiawatha Hawks lost to the Alden-Hebron Giants, 30-18, in Kirkland on Friday, October 10, 2014.
Yorkville shut-out Sycamore, 14-0, on Friday, October 10, 2014.
October 9, 2014
SYCAMORE – A win today in Yorkville and the Sycamore football team still will have a chance of getting at least a split of the Northern Illinois Big 12 East Championship.
KIRKLAND – If the Hiawatha football team ends up missing the playoffs for the 27th straight year, the coaches and players can look back at a 24-14 homecoming loss to Westminster Christian as the one that got away.
DeKALB – The DeKalb girls volleyball team was clicking on all cylinders in its first game against Kaneland on Thursday night. Kills were falling left and right for the Barbs, but the momentum didn’t last long.
Playing only his second match after gaining eligibility, Kaneland sophomore Carl Thorbjornsen – who moved from Norway in early September – scored three goals Thursday, leading the Knights past Morris, 6-3.
MORRIS – Both Morris girls volleyball coach Jackie Litwiller and her Sycamore counterpart, Eric Nore, expected a close match when their teams took the court Thursday night.
DeKalb (6-0 overall, 3-0 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) at Rochelle (3-3 overall, 1-2 NI Big 12 West)
Daily Chronicle sports editor Eddie Carifio and sports reporter Steve Nitz spend their days covering the area’s sports scene. Occasionally, they give their viewpoints on those local sports. In this installment of their Take 2 column, they look at various teams’ playoff chances.
October 8, 2014
GENOA – The Hinckley-Big Rock girls golf team came into the Class A Genoa-Kingston Regional with high hopes to make into sectionals as a team. The Royals knew they needed one of the three lowest team scores to advance, and they did just that.
Alex Kintz took fourth to pace four Kaneland boys runners in the top 10, helping the Knights take second Wednesday at the Byron Cross Country Handicap races.