Warren High School’s softball players wear their True Blue jerseys throughout the season — appropriate given the school’s Blue Devils nickname. But on Saturday, Warren’s team will go “purple” as a way of honoring the memory of the mother of Blue Devils standout pitcher Jana Wagner.
PREP NOTES: Dom DiProva pitched six innings of one-run, four-hit ball and Jason Petrillo worked the seventh with two punchouts to get the save as Grayslake North’s baseball team edged Hampshire 2-1 on Thursday.
It’s long been believed that while the high-school communities located in the northeast corner of the state are rivals on the playing field, that the students at those schools work really well together when the occasion arises and understand the concept of teamwork as well as or better than most.
EXTRA POINT: Johnny Johnson has a three-pronged goal for coaching the student-athletes who will play football in the coming years at North Chicago High School.
The NFL Flag Football program that’s based in Zion will kick off its season with a pep rally on Friday night at the Zion Leisure Center’s Sports Arena.
PREP NOTES: Round 1 of the eight-team Lakes Invitational girls soccer tournament was good for Grayslake North (5-6 overall) and terrible for Waukegan (one win all year, 3-2 over Maine East) as the Knights are way better than their record suggests, and Waukegan’s best players apparently are wearing Chicago Magic travel jerseys.
The Grayslake Central Rams’ softball team improved to 13-5 overall and 4-0 in the Fox Valley Fox with a 12-2 win over Johnsburg.
EXTRA POINT: The NFL decided that this is the perfect week to announce its schedule for the 2014 season. And if it’s good enough for the NFL, then who’s to say that it’s not good enough for our area high school football teams.
Coming into the 2014 baseball season, Mundelein High School senior Mike Metz had only started one varsity game as a pitcher.
Waukegan High School had some gym students participate recently in the CrossFit high-intensity training program, which incorporates weightlifting, gymnastics, calisthenics and other disciplines.
Talk to people about Libertyville senior catcher Evan Skoug, and you inevitably will hear the words “mature” and “leader.” Skoug has been starting on the varsity team since his freshman year and has grown into the Wildcats’ leader.
College of Lake County’s baseball team has completed an unlikely run to the Skyway Conference championship and built some serious mojo as the team prepares for all-important tournament play.
Juanita Robinson made it official last week. The graduate of Zion-Benton High School, who led the Zee-Bees to a second-place finish in the 2011 state tournament, signed her letter accepting a scholarship to play her junior and senior seasons of women’s basketball with the Missouri Tigers of the Southweastern Conference.
Last week was a great week for Warren High School’s baseball program, with five senior players signing letters of intent to play ball at the collegiate level next spring.
Warren High School’s girls soccer program will be holding its second annual Goals For Good charity soccer game on Friday night at the school’s football field on O’Plaine Road.
As Russ Brown and Russ Armstrong were simultaneously approaching 50, Jeff Wright was eager for both to hit the milestone age that many dread. The trio have spent more than a decade curling with one another at the Exmoor Curling Club in Highland Park. The age barrier didn’t prevent them from training at Exmoor, but it kept Brown and Armstrong from joining Wright’s team and curling in senior competitions.