Brandon Paul’s secret weapon at the NBA draft combine is a little unorthodox. It involves his experience wearing a name tag and working an actual eight-hour day — not something most Big Ten basketball stars and potential NBA draft picks do.
In an era of sports specialization, three-sport athletes have largely gone the way of video rental stores. Some still exist, but they are a rarity. Willie Bourbon is reminiscent of a time when letterman sweaters, poodle skirts and bobby socks were a common sight on high school campuses.
In a way, the finish reminded of the end the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in 1983, with victorious coach Jim Valvano running onto the court looking for players to hug, only to have trouble finding them.
Perennial powers Stevenson, Lake Forest and Deerfield won sectional team titles and eight area schools qualified singles players or doubles teams for this week’s IHSA state boys tennis tournament.
Brittny Ellis, Brittani Griesbaum and Danielle Griesbaum have been here before and they could be here again. The three Lake County sophomores all wound up on the top of the podium for the second straight season at the IHSA girls state track meet at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Field.
Lakes was dominant during Friday night’s IHSA Class 2A Vernon Hills Sectional track and field meet. So dominant, in fact, that the Eagles’ 144 team points were nearly twice as many as their closest competitors.
Lake Forest High’s School’s girls soccer team exploded for four goals in 11 minutes early in the second half to bury host Antioch 5-0 on Friday and win the Class 2A regional championship.
Waukegan High School basketball standout Jordan Johnson will play college hoops next year at John Wood Community College, which is a juco in Quincy.
Time really does fly when you’re having fun. It’s been a year already since the Jump America indoor trampoline park and fun palace opened on Lakeside Drive (south of Route 132, just west of the tollway) in Gurnee.
Don’t get Brittny Ellis wrong. She’ glad to not be running in a blizzard, a driving rain or a deep freeze. But the Warren High School sophomore still would have preferred a bit of a transition.
EXTRA POINT: Every sports fan has days that are special to him/her. One of those magical days occurred Thursday evening at the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center. The occasion was The News-Sun’s annual High School Sports Banquet, in which we pay tribute to the county’s elite student-athletes.
While the controversy continues to swirl around the Chicago Cubs’ plans to install massive digital scoreboards at iconic Wrigley Field, the youth baseball program in Libertyville has made another major upgrade to its Juniors baseball field.
BMX racers of all ages are welcome to come to the Waukegan track on Sunday for an afternoon on up-and-down BMX competition.
Gerry Cook believes there’s a lot more involved in helping young people develop than just enhancing their martial arts skills.
The Beach Park Bears are no longer flying solo in Lake County in terms of membership in the North West Youth Football League. The NWYFL has expanded to eight teams for the 2013 season as the Lake Zurich Flames have joined. The Flames were long-associated with The Chicagoland Youth Football League, which is the league all the programs based near Beach Park (Zion, Waukegan, Gurnee, etc.) are associated with.
Turns out, it was worth the wait. Grant High School’s softball program needed 13 years to earn a spot in the North Suburban Conference Championship Game. And when the Bulldogs finally got there on Wednesday, they didn’t waste the opportunity. Led by junior pitcher Caitlyn …