There’s only so much a team can do in the school gymnasium and/or in the local baseball training facility — in the case of the Lake College of Lake County, that facility being Batspeed in Gurnee. So, the Lancers are in Florida, hoping their bats heat up on their spring trip.
Carmel held off pesky Vernon Hills 49-43 to win the Class 3A Ridgewood Sectional and earn a shot at Uplift from the Chicago Public League in Wednesday’s Antioch Sectional semifinal.
Top-seed Stevenson (28-1 overall) cruised to a 20-point victory over Warren (17-15) Friday night in the Class 4A McHenry Regional title game between a pair of North Suburban Conference Lake Division rivals.
One quarter of “Warhawk” basketball was enough as North Chicago (24-4) pulled away late from the host Rams (16-12) to win the Class 3A regional and earn a game against St. Patrick in the Antioch Sectional.
For the second straight year, the Lions (23-5) knocked the Zee-Bees (26-4) out of the Class 4A tourney to earn a shot at Stevenson.
A lot of serious basketball is played in Waukegan High Schools’ Dog Pound gym on weekend nights each winter. But that said, it’s not a stretch to say that the best is saved for last every March.
Waukegan High School grad and Air Force Academy junior has been chosen to compete in the National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Rifle Championships.
EXTRA POINT:Random thoughts from someone who thinks that the only thing we’re getting this time from turning time back an hour on Sunday morning is an extra 60 minutes of daylight in the late afternoon to look at all the snow on the ground.
If Deerfield’s Joseph Tucker Tynan gets an end-of-year school assignment to write about the most memorable thing he did this school year, the 11-year-old will have quite a tale to share. A goalie in the Peewee Division (age 11-12) who plays on a local travel team, he recently was named to play in a tournament in late April in Bolzano, Italy (way north, almost in Austria).
The temperature is expected to be in the 60s and the sun will be visable in the sky. That alone is reason to say that it’s good to be College of Lake County softball coach Sue Garcia.
At some point here, the snow’s going to melt, we’re going to survive having water everywhere, and people eventually are going to start throwing the baseball around in their backyards. What we know for sure is that the Beach Park Baseball youth program is gearing up for the 2014 season, with the next registration set for Saturday. Parents can sign their children age 5-14 up at the Beach Park Village Hall from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday.
n the last two years, Lake County has been represented at the IHSA Class 4A Final Four state baseball tournament by Grant (third in 2012) and Libertyville (second in 2013). Now, as we dare to think about spring and baseball for 2014, even with snow piled six feet high on the sides of driveways, Grant and Libertyville have something else in common: Each school has a senior catcher ranked as a top college/pro prospect at the position, according to Perfect Game.
Moments after his team routed North Chicago 90-60 in the North Suburban Conference Championship Game last week, Stevenson High School point guard Jalen Brunson ran past his father Rick, and slapped hands with him in celebration. It’s probably a good thing the younger Brunson — who shoots left-handed — used his right hand when he did, given his left hand was still scaulding hot (15-for-18 from the field en route to 39 points).
Despite a few bumps in the road late, No. 9 seed Warren outlasted 8th-seeded Deerfield down the stretch for a 59-48 Class 4A McHenry regional semifinal win Tuesday.
It was February 8, 2012, and Vernon Hills High School’s girls basketball team was getting pummeled at home in the North Suburban Conference title game by Libertyville. The Cougars, who featured a pair of fresh-faced sophomores in Syd Smith and Lauren Webb at the time, along with then-junior Meri Bennett-Swanson, were about to make history.
Grayslake Central capitalized on a game-ending injury to the star player for Northside Prep of Chicago and rolled to a 57-40 win the in Class 3A regional semifinals.