When you look at the roster of the baseball team at the College of Lake County, you see familiar names of players who had good high school careers and are using the junior college in Lake County as a stepping stone to playing at a four-year school, and doing so while accumulating college credits on the cheap. That exact same concept also applies to the women’s basketball program at CLC. At least it should.
The Falcons sled-hockey team members felt like the national champions they are during last Sunday afternoon’s flash-mobbed “The Sleds are Coming” benefit game at Lake Forest College. A concerted effort to pack the stands in the college’s ice arena for the fourth annual event gave team members an afternoon to remember.
Here’s food for thought from Gurnee American Legion Post 771 on how to put a finishing touch on Valentine’s Day weekend. On Sunday from 7:30 a.m. until noon, the Legion will be holding a Sweetheart Pancake Breakfast & Bake Sale at the Legion facility (southeast corner of Grand Avenue/Route 132 and Route 21 in Gurnee).
While all high school wrestling teams compete in the IHSA-sanctioned playoffs, grade-school wrestling has two separate umbrella organizations. One — the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation — governs club wrestling teams such as the Lakeland Predators and Zee-Bee Stingers. The other is the Illinois Elementary School Association, give governs grade-school wrestling teams.
It matters how you start, but it matters even more how you finish. And so, in the North Suburban Conference Championship Game in girls basketball, the home team fell behind 52 seconds into the game, and didn’t lead until there were just 11 seconds remaining. But in between, Vernon Hills (22-6) hung around and hung around and hung around, and was close enough that when Monica Bahlmann bombed home a three-pointer with 11 seconds to play, it flipped the script and gave the Cougars a 43-42 victory over Zion-Benton (20-5) and a second straight league championship.
Even before last Saturday, most Lake County high school basketball fans knew Lake Forest junior Evan Boudreaux was a special talent. The 6-8 forward/center came into his team’s nonconference showdown against St. Viator that night averaging around 26 points and 14 rebounds a contest for the Scouts (18-4 overall), with more than a year yet to fine-tune his skills before choosing where to play college ball.
At the end of last spring’s very successful season, Warren High School softball coach Tina Meyer left to take the coaching job at Zion-Benton High School. At the end of last fall’s very successful football season, Warren head coach Dave Mohapp decided to call it a career and stepped down after guiding his team into the second round of the playoffs. When Warren athletic director Mark Pos selected a coach to replace Meyer on the softball diamond, he knew right where to look and promoted assistant coach Bryan McNulty to the top spot. This week, when Pos picked his coach
With a road game at powerful Lake Forest looming on Friday, Zion-Benton was pushed to the limit by Grayslake Central on Tuesday, as the Zee-Bees showed some late poise to earn a 58-53 nonconference victory.
North Chicago hit the 20-win plateau for the season on Tuesday night, but the coveted victory didn’t come easy. Host Warren overcame a 17-point deficit to forge a tie, but the Warhawks regrouped late to pull away and win 76-65, giving Warren coach Ryan Webber the first four-game losing streak in his coaching career.
All things Jason Brown, garnered from the internet as the 19-year-old figure skater who graduated from Highland Park High School is competing in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Given the weather, it was certainly an aptly named competition, but the cold didn’t stop the Level 4 girls from Ultimate Gymnastics of Gurnee turning up the heat at the Big Chill Classic meet held recently in suburban Countryside. The Ultimate girls won the team competition and were dominant across the age divisions.
As the season winds down to the champion meets in March, the Kenosha YMCA Seahorses youth swim team continued to strive for even better times at its recent dual meet against the McGaw YMCA and Lakeview YMCA at the McGaw pool in Evanston.
Standing 6-foot-3, he certainly is tall enough. But North Chicago High basketball player JayQuan McCloud is not “big” in the basketball sense, which is why he doesn’t have the nickname “Big Mac.” Because if he did, it would have been absolutely perfect, considering the honor bestowed on the talented senior guard this winter.
Nathaniel Cessna is a 6-2 junior guard with the Westlake Christian Academy Eagles, who is in his third season as a member of the varsity squad at the school in Grayslake. Last week, in a loss to the Home Run Kids team (home-schooled student/athletes who play out of Gurnee), Cessna scored the 1,000th point of his Westlake career.
It wasn’t artistic, but visiting Carmel pulled together in the second half to overcome pesky Lakes 45-41 and reach the 20-win plateau for the first time since the program’s glory days under Frank Belmont.
When Libertyville High School senior Anthony Monken signed a letter of intent to play football next fall at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, he became the third straight Wildcat to call the signals for the Orange/Black as a senior, and then move on to play college football.