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TAKE 2: DeKalb girls basketball still the favorite for conference crown, but Sycamore not far behindBy BY ROSS JACOBSON – firstname.lastname@example.org AND STEVE NITZ – email@example.com
Daily Chronicle sports editor Ross Jacobson 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 discuss the upcoming girls basketball season.
SYCAMORE – Julia Moll could immediately tell this year’s Sycamore girls basketball team was different.
A late rally wasn’t enough as Sycamore girls basketball fell to Sterling, 46-42, Tuesday in Sterling. Bailey Gilbert led Sycamore (3-2) with 21 points.
In a season that featured four local playoff teams, there were many incredible moments and exciting games over the nine-game regular season and into the postseason.
SYCAMORE – Three years ago, Ben Niemann was just worried about making friends.
Madelyne Johnson had 17 points and 10 rebounds for DeKalb girls basketball in a 40-34 win over Oswego at the Lady Warhawk Tournament. Brittney Patrick added 13 points and five assists for the Barbs, who improved to 4-1 on the season.
SYCAMORE – Three-pointers helped bring Sycamore back in the game.
DeKalb boys basketball got its first win of the season with a 65-56 victory over Rockford East at the Boylan Thanksgiving tournament on Friday.
DeKALB – Congestion in the of the DeKalb wrestling lineup relegated Ulises Jacobo to the junior varsity team last season.
BATAVIA – The Kaneland boys basketball team rallied to beat Batavia, 81-74, in overtime on Wednesday at the Windmill City Classic.
SYCAMORE – Sycamore basketball coach Andrew Stacy wants his team to pride itself on wearing opponents down this season, but in the first half of Wednesday’s Leland G. Strombom Tournament game against Hampshire, Stacy thought the Spartans were sluggish.
SYCAMORE – Throughout preseason practice, Sycamore was missing nine of its players because of their duties with the Spartans’ football team.
LOMBARD – Sycamore had a magnificent season.
Click here for highlights of the Class 5A Sycamore-Montini playoff football game.
Photos from Sycamore's loss to Montini during the Class 5A semifinals at Montini.
LOMBARD – Sycamore’s seniors, led by players like Ben Niemann and Devin Mottet, accomplished so much within the Spartan program, but for the second year in a row the season ended with a loss at Montini.
As a sophomore, Adam Millburg watched teammate Mark Stice compete in the Class 2A cross country state championships.
Joe Scianna will sit in the stands for Sycamore football home games and instantly recognize the Spartans’ offensive plays.
The DeKalb-Sycamore co-op swim team saw its season end in the preliminary round of the IHSA state swimming finals at New Trier High School on Friday.
The final moments of last year’s second-round loss against Montini re-emerged as Sycamore watched film in preparation for this afternoon’s long-anticipated rematch with the Broncos in Lombard.
As Angelina Ye warmed up on the Palatine tennis courts to start the first day of the state tennis tournament, Dave Hillmer noticed something strange.
DeKalb junior Michael Belluzzi normally has a calm disposition while bowling, but coach Ernie Pinne could tell something was different when the Barbs faced LaSalle-Peru on the road last Wednesday.
The Sycamore girls basketball team won its season opener Thursday night, defeating Crystal Lake Central, 59-30, at the Burlington Central Tournament.
Click here for our video prediction for the Class 5A semifinal game between Sycamore and Montini.
DeKALB – The few seconds between touching the wall and seeing the time felt like an eternity to Bailey Flemming.
The two people Kelsey Schrader always wanted to see after a race were her older brother and sister.
Click here for a video preview of the Class 5A semifinal game between Sycamore and Montini.
The DeKalb-Sycamore co-op girls swimming team had two individual state qualifiers out of the St. Charles East Sectional, while the co-op's 200-medley relay qualified as well.
SYCAMORE – Devin Mottet was tired.
SYCAMORE – During the final four drives of the IHSA Class 5A quarterfinal between Sycamore and Lincoln-Way West, the Spartans defined its season with resilience and excitement.
Click here for video highlights of Sycamore's dramatic 21-14 Class 5A quarterfinal victory against Lincoln-Way West.
At times it seems all too easy for Ben Niemann.
DeKALB – For the last three years Colette LeBlanc had been hearing stories about the DeKalb/Sycamore co-op swim team.
Kaneland School District 302 on Thursday announced that three retired educators will fill the role of interim athletics and activities director for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year.
SYCAMORE - Nathan Haacker was set on going to John Logan Community College.
Click here for our quarterfinal preview of Sycamore vs. Lincoln-Way West in the Class 5A playoffs.
LA GRANGE PARK – Brett Weaver couldn't come up with the words.
LA GRANGE PARK – Ben Niemann doesn’t crave the spotlight, but he sure took it against Nazareth.
Kelsey Schrader couldn't complain about the way she finished her high school country career on Saturday in Peoria.
Daily Chronicle sports editor Ross Jacobson 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 discuss the big-picture implications of a Round 2 victory for Sycamore and Kaneland.
From observing the Sycamore football team just before an afternoon practice starts, it’d be hard to tell the Spartans were under any pressure and in the midst of one of the best seasons in school history.
Mark Stice and Adam Millburg did everything together leading up to last year’s cross country state championships.
No. 2 Sycamore (10-0) at No. 10 Nazareth Academy (8-2)
PRINCETON – Sycamore’s girls volleyball team went from below .500 in the regular-season to the brink of a supersectional.
We preview Sycamore's Class 5A second round playoff game vs. Nazareth here.
PRINCETON – Once the Sycamore volleyball team got momentum rolling its way, there was nothing Dunlap could do about it.