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  • High school boys swimming: Cary-Grove co-op nips Hoffman Estates

    The Cary-Grove co-op boys swimming team defeated Hoffman Estates, 96-86, Tuesday in Hoffman Estates.
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 9:44 pm
  • High school boys swimming preview: McHenry, Jacobs co-op swimmers have edge

    Experience is the factor that all returning local state qualifiers cite as their biggest advantage heading into the boys swimming season.
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:39 pm
  • High school girls basketball: Hampshire's Emma Benoit player of week

    Athlete of the WeekEmma Benoit, Hampshire, jr., FThe 6-foot forward led the Whip-Purs in scoring in ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 4:34 pm
  • High school boys basketball: Crystal Lake South tops Dundee-Crown, Cary-Grove edges Huntley

    Senior forward Kyle Bartusch scored 15 points on seven field goals to lead the Crystal Lake South boys basketball team to a 53-39 victory over Dundee- ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 10:55 pm
  • Prep Zone: Huntley's Macy Tramblay headed to Colorado State

    Macy Tramblay appreciated the scenic surroundings in Fort Collins, Colorado, when she visited her grandfather Harold Dean.
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 6:48 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove players talk about difference between 1st and 2nd

    CARY— The wounds are still fresh for Michael Gomez.The soreness in his muscles is beginning to fade. ...
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 10:08 pm
  • High school girls gymnastics: Prairie Ridge co-op wins DeKalb Invitational

    The Prairie Ridge girls co-op gymnastics team finished with 146.975 points in its win at the DeKalb Invitational in DeKalb Friday night.
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 11:08 pm
  • High school boys swimming: Cary-Grove beats Woodstock co-op

    Freshman Nolan Hare finished first in two individual events for Cary-Grove in a 99-34 Fox Valley Conference boys swimming victory against Woodstock co ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 10:40 pm
  • High school girls basketball: Huntley beats Cary-Grove

    CARY – In her first varsity start, sophomore forward Madeline Moffett received the difficult task of defending Cary-Grove's Katie Barker, last year's ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 12:01 am
  • High school wrestling: Cary-Grove wins Crystal Lake Central triangular

    CRYSTAL LAKE – After playing offense and defense in football, Cary-Grove’s Michael Gomez was confident he would be ready to go when he got to wrestlin ...
    Dec. 10, 2014 - 10:10 pm
  • High school girls basketball: Crystal Lake South's Fanter player of week

    Athlete of the WeekChanel Fanter, Crystal Lake South, jr., GFanter helped lead the Gators to a 3-0 r ...
    Dec. 10, 2014 - 9:52 pm
  • High school boys basketball: Hampshire beats Cary-Grove in OT

    HAMPSHIRE – Rather than sulking after missing what would have been the game-winning layup in the final seconds of regulation, Hampshire’s Matthew Brid ...
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 10:37 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove's Ruhland wins Johnny Lattner Award

    HAMPSHIRE – Trevor Ruhland was busy playing a basketball game. His dad, Matt Ruhland, was at Soldier Field collecting the Johnny Lattner Player of the ...
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 10:04 pm
  • 2014 Northwest Herald Girls Volleyball All-Area team

    FIRST TEAM Frankie Cavallaro Dundee-Crown, jr., S With two years’ experience as a varsity captain t ...
    Dec. 7, 2014 - 2:24 pm
  • High school boys basketball: Cary-Grove wins at Carmel in OT

    MUNDELEIN – Three Cary-Grove boys basketball players made their season debuts Friday night after being part of the football team’s Class 7A title-game ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 10:51 pm
  • Northwest Herald Football Player of Year: Cary-Grove's Trevor Ruhland

    Cary-Grove football coach Brad Seaburg has not seen all of the offensive linemen who ever played for the Trojans, but his predecessor Bruce Kay has se ...
    Dec. 6, 2014 - 12:12 am
  • High school wrestling: Huntley finally beats Cary-Grove

    CARY – The Huntley wrestling team did something Thursday night it had yet to do since B.J. Bertelsman began coaching at Huntley four years ago: beat C ...
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 10:29 pm
  • Girls basketball: Johnsburg loses to St. Viator

    The Johnsburg girls basketball team dropped its nonconference game against St. Viator, 45-19, Wednesday at Arlington Heights. Junior forward Jazza Joh ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 11:24 pm
  • High school girls basketball insider: Johnsburg's Jazza Johns player of week, Huntley tops power rankings

    Athlete of the WeekJazza Johns, Johnsburg, jr., FJohns averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds, 4.5 steals a ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 12:39 pm
  • High school girls basketball: Katie Barker's 31 leads Cary-Grove past Dundee-Crown

    Katie Barker scored 31 points to lead the Cary-Grove girls basketball team to the 59-50 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win over Dundee-Crown Tu ...
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 10:40 pm
  • Prep Zone: Cary-Grove's Olson to Bradley, Crystal Lake South's Britten to Seton Hall

    Cary-Grove junior Erin Olson feels she has an advantage growing up with two coaching parents.Her fat ...
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 8:34 pm
  • Take 2: Cary-Grove took risks in final, most of them worked

    The high school football season ended on Saturday night as Cary-Grove fell to Providence in the Class 7A state championship game, 31-28. The loss kept ...
    Nov. 29, 2014 - 10:48 pm
  • High school football: Short late 1st half kickoff cost Cary-Grove

    CHAMPAIGN – After Cary-Grove battled back from its first deficit of the season with two unanswered touchdowns to take a 14-7 lead late in the first ha ...
    Nov. 29, 2014 - 10:36 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove's legacy will be as winners

    CHAMPAIGN – This time, there was no long line of high fives waiting for a giddy Cary-Grove football team.
    Nov. 29, 2014 - 10:46 pm
  • High school football: Providence beats Cary-Grove, 31-28, for 7A title

    CHAMPAIGN – Cary-Grove’s Michael Gomez was slightly conflicted after his high school football career ended.
    Nov. 30, 2014 - 10:48 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove falls to Providence 31-28 in 7A final

    CHAMPAIGN – Cary-Grove’s main concern coming into the Class 7A state championship game was Providence’s prolific passing attack led by All-State quart ...
    Nov. 29, 2014 - 9:52 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove vs. Providence in-game analysis IHSA 7A final

    What our reporters and others are seeing during the game as Cary-Grove (13-0) takes on Providence (12-1) in the Class 7A IHSA football final in Champa ...
    Nov. 29, 2014 - 7:29 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove season in review - how they got to 13-0

    Here's a look back on how Cary-Grove reached the 13-0 mark. ...
    Nov. 29, 2014 - 10:00 pm
  • Cary-Grove vs. Providence at 4: What they're saying on social media heading into the game

    Cary-Grove (13-0) will face Providence (12-1) at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Class 7A state final in Champaign.
    Nov. 29, 2014 - 4:27 pm
  • High school football: Ruhland just part of what makes Cary-Grove tick

    CARY – As the door to the Cary-Grove locker room swings open in the moments after a late November practice, the roaring laughter becomes unmistakable. ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 11:31 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove kicker Walsh was fine with limited role

    CARY – Collin Walsh enjoyed being an integral part of the offense for Cary-Grove’s sophomore football team.
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 4:06 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove and Providence are '1A and 1B' of Class 7A

    CARY – While Cary-Grove maintained the proper focus on the task ahead each week, the Trojans occasionally peeked at one potential opponent for the Cla ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 9:57 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove player state diary – Matt Sutherland

    The Northwest Herald continues a tradition when a local football team is playing for a state championship with daily journals from players on the team ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 3:04 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove player state diary – Thor Halverson

    The Northwest Herald continues a tradition when a local football team is playing for a state championship with a daily journal from players on the tea ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 2:53 pm
  • DeFABO: IHSA football watered down with too many classes in state tournament

    One Cary-Grove touchdown turned to five last week and, before long, the Class 7A semifinal was well out of hand.
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 11:30 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove departs for Champaign

    CARY – Family members and members of the community were in attendance as the Cary-Grove football team embarked on its final road trip of the season fr ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 10:03 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove (13-0) vs. Providence (12-1) breakdown

    Class 7A preview capsuleCary-Grove (13-0) vs. Providence (12-1)When: 4 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Sta ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 1:40 pm
  • Take 2: Can Cary-Grove slow down Providence offense?

    Cary-Grove and Providence have breezed through the Class 7A playoffs and will provide football fans around the state with the state championship game ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 11:29 am
  • Take 2: How do you stop Cary-Grove High School's triple-option offense?

    The home stretch of the high school football season is here as Cary-Grove is set to face Providence in the Class 7A state title game in Champaign on S ...
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 3:54 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove player state diary – Connor Leach

    The Northwest Herald continues a tradition when a local football team is playing for a state championship with a daily journal from a player on the te ...
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 3:51 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove's DiMatteo bonds with father over football, even at separate sites on Friday nights

    The moment still resonates with Ray DiMatteo three months later.The Cary-Grove senior defensive end ...
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 2:54 pm
  • High school boys basketball: Marian Central, Woodstock win at Hoops for Healing

    At the Hoops for Healing Tournament in Woodstock, Marian Central's Adam Pischke led all scorers with 26 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead the ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 11:29 pm
  • High school girls basketball: Cary-Grove has strong second half in win over Lake Zurich

    LAKE ZURICH – Cary-Grove coach Rod Saffert had seen enough. Although his Trojans held a 3-point lead at halftime, they were allowing too many rebounds ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 8:56 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove player state diary – Trevor Ruhland

    The Northwest Herald continues a tradition when a local football team is playing for a state championship with a daily journal from a player on the te ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 6:13 pm
  • High school wrestling: FVC Valley preview capsules

    VALLEY DIVISIONCary-GroveCoach: Ryan Ludwig (fourth season)Last season: Third in the FVC meet; fifth ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 5:29 pm
  • High school wrestling: 5 to watch

    Christian Brunner (43-5)Dundee-Crown, jr., 182Brunner lost in the finals at 182 in Class 3A last sea ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 5:05 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove fullback Pennington on track to be great

    CARY— As Cary-Grove fullback Tyler Pennington burst past the goal line Saturday in the Trojans' Class 7A semifinal victory over Libertyville, the stud ...
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 12:07 am
  • High school football: Cary-Grove player state diary – Jason Gregoire

    It hasn’t really hit me yet that I only have a few days left of football in my entire life. I have b ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 7:13 am
  • High school football: Can Cary-Grove DBs measure up to Providence receivers?

    CARY – The Cary-Grove defensive backs will face with a tall task in Saturday’s Class 7A football state championship game against Providence.
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 7:16 am
  • High school boys basketball: Marian Central beats Cary-Grove

    WOODSTOCK – Following a first half that Marian Central boys basketball coach Curtis Price said “lacked a little energy,” the Hurricanes responded.
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 10:01 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove knows what to expect state final week

    CARY — When the season kicked off in August, it was assumed that the senior-laden Cary-Grove football team was commencing one long, methodical march d ...
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 9:11 am
  • High school boys basketball: 5 to watch

    Northwest Herald Boys Basketball Five to WatchJason Gregoire, Cary-Grove, Sr., Guard, 6-4Gregoire wa ...
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 8:13 pm
  • High school boys basketball: Fox Valley Conference Valley Division preview capsules

    Fox Valley Conference Valley DivisionCary-GroveCoach: Ralph Schuetzle (11th season).Last year’s reco ...
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 12:42 pm
  • Take 2: The blowouts continue for Cary-Grove, but would state title game loss ruin it?

    Cary-Grove defeated Libertyville on Saturday, 41-7, advancing to the state title game for the third time in six years. It sets up a rematch of the 200 ...
    Nov. 22, 2014 - 9:56 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove reserves playing a lot as Trojans continue to blowout opponents

    LIBERTYVILLE — For Cary-Grove, each win this season has ended in the same, non-dramatic fashion.Back ...
    Nov. 22, 2014 - 8:51 pm
  • DeFABO: Cary-Grove happy with win but far from finished

    LIBERTYVILLE— The celebration started with three minutes left on the clock.Hugs and congratulations ...
    Nov. 23, 2014 - 11:37 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove headed back to state final after beating Libertyville

    LIBERTYVILLE – The mood on Cary-Grove’s sideline was already upbeat in the third quarter as the Trojans held a comfortable lead.
    Nov. 22, 2014 - 8:33 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove reacts to state final berth on social media

    Nothing brings a community together quite like a winning football team. When Cary-Grove beat Liberty ...
    Nov. 22, 2014 - 10:32 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove headed to 7A final after win over Libertyville

    LIBERTYVILLE – The Cary-Grove football team is headed back to the state final. And the Trojans did i ...
    Nov. 22, 2014 - 8:40 pm
  • High school girls basketball roundup: Cary-Grove defeats Elk Grove in LZ tourney

    Katie Barker scored 29 points to lead the Cary-Grove girls basketball team to a 50-34 victory over Elk Grove on Friday in the Lake Zurich Tournament a ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 10:54 pm
  • High school girls swimming: Crystal Lake co-op's Tarazi reaches 200 IM final

    EVANSTON – Having a torn strap on a new suit wasn't the way Crystal Lake co-op's Valerie Tarazi wanted to start her first appearance at the girls swim ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 11:13 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove's 2004 season, with state title loss to Libertyville, was turning point

    The last time Cary-Grove and Libertyville met on the football field, it ended with a windstorm and a flurry of mixed emotions.
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 11:38 pm
  • Take 2: Another week, another game where Cary-Grove High School's football team is the favorite

    Cary-Grove plays Libertyville at 3 p.m. Saturday with a trip to the state football title game on the line. Sports reporters Mike DeFabo and Joey Kaufm ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 2:21 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove vs. Libertyville breakdown

    Class 7A PlayoffsNo. 1 Cary-Grove (12-0) at No. 11 Libertyville (9-3)When: 3 p.m. Saturday.About the ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 2:15 pm
  • High school girls golf: 2014 Northwest Herald All-Area team

    Northwest Herald Girls Golf All-Area team First team Blake Betke, Richmond-Burton, seniorBetke led t ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 11:21 pm
  • High school football: Q&A with Cary-Grove's Zach McQuade, football player of the week

    Zach McQuade, Cary-Grove, DB, Sr.Cary-Grove senior defensive back Zach McQuade intercepted three pas ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 11:26 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove's Ruhland and Gomez, Crystal Lake Central's Ortner named IHSFCA all-state

    A big reason for Cary-Grove’s offensive success – an average output of 44 points a game – lies with its talented and experienced offensive line.
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 5:54 pm
  • DeFABO: Cary-Grove High School senior shows toughness playing with swollen, bent finger

    CARY— Cary-Grove coach Brad Seaburg stood outside the Trojans' locker room Saturday answering each question about his team’s 44-26 Class 7A quarterfin ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 5:32 pm
  • High school girls basketball roundup: Cary-Grove rolls past Johnsburg

    At Johnsburg, Cary-Grove made eight 3-pointers on its way to a 69-31 win over Johnsburg as part of the Lake Zurich Thanksgiving Tournament. Katie Bark ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 11:33 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove offense fueled in 'Hogpen'

    CARY — The muscle behind Cary-Grove’s offensive line is sculpted on a patch of worn grass surround by barbed wire fence, just behind the visiting blea ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 12:53 am
  • High school wrestling: Cary-Grove's Michael Cullen commits to Wisconsin

    Michael Cullen lives in a hard-core wrestling family and started experiencing the sport in practices around the age of 4.
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 11:08 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove rushers keep linemen happy ... with food

    CARY— Debbie Gregoire stood in her living room rattling off Monday night’s menu.“Fifty tacos. Two ba ...
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 11:41 pm
  • High school girls basketball: Fox Valley Valley Division preview capsules

    Valley DivisionCary-GroveCoach: Rod Saffert, ninth seasonLast year’s record: 18-12 overall, 6-6 FVC ...
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 9:07 pm
  • High school girls basketball: Five players to watch

    5 to watchAli Andrews, Huntley, jr., forward Andrews, the Northwest Herald Player of the Year and a ...
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 4:24 pm
  • High school girls basketball: Huntley gets to play role of defending FVC Valley champs

    Following four straight seasons atop the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division, the Cary-Grove girls basketball team’s title streak ended and a new ch ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 12:10 am
  • High School Football: Northwest Herald Player of the Week nominations

    Zach McQuade, Cary-Grove, DB, Sr.McQuade had three interceptions, recovered an onside kick and saved ...
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 4:27 pm
  • High school girls swimming: Cary-Grove's Rose reaches fourth straight state meet

    At Lincolnshire, Cary-Grove’s Melissa Rose made it four-in-a-row getting to state in the 100 breaststroke after taking second in 1:07.08 at the Steven ...
    Nov. 15, 2014 - 7:52 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove beats Geneva in 7A quarterfinal

    CARY – Cary-Grove’s offense was thrilled to get the ball back as defensive back Zach McQuade thwarted Geneva’s drive with his third interception.
    Nov. 15, 2014 - 7:30 pm
  • DeFabo: Cary-Grove responds to first adversity of season

    CARY— Cary-Grove entered the grey brick alumni building for halftime Saturday in an unfamiliar situation: a football game.
    Nov. 15, 2014 - 11:01 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove's McQuade has become key defensive specialist

    CARY – At the halfway mark of the regular season, Cary-Grove's Zach McQuade switched from a two-way threat to a defensive specialist.
    Nov. 15, 2014 - 11:01 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove beats Geneva 44-26

    CARY – Geneva took the momentum into halftime. But Cary-Grove struck first in the second half. Matt ...
    Nov. 15, 2014 - 7:32 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove has fought to stop Geneva QB Santacaterina for years

    CARY— This week, No. 1 Cary-Grove (11-0) was scouting No. 4 Geneva (10-1) for Saturday’s 1 p.m. quarterfinal matchup when some of the Trojans noticed ...
    Nov. 14, 2014 - 10:42 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove vs. Geneva

    Class 7ANo. 4 Geneva (10-1) at No. 1 Cary-Grove (11-0)When: 1 p.m. Saturday, Al Bohrer Field.About t ...
    Nov. 14, 2014 - 5:48 pm
  • Take 2: Confident in Cary-Grove win, but Marian Central is underdog

    The high school football playoffs are coming down to the home stretch. In Class 7A, No. 1 Cary-Grove (11-0) hosts No. 4 Geneva (10-1) Saturday at 1 p. ...
    Nov. 14, 2014 - 4:34 pm
  • High school football: Q&A with Northwest Herald Player of the Week Tyler Pennington, Cary-Grove

    Cary-Grove sophomore fullback Tyler Pennington rushed for 135 yards and four touchdowns Saturday in the Trojans' 35-14 Class 7A second-round playoff v ...
    Nov. 14, 2014 - 9:49 am
  • High school gymnastics: Cary-Grove's Mahoney, Underwood accept scholarships

    Riley Mahoney and Rachael Underwood have spent their gymnastics lives together, so it only made sense they should share another moment Wednesday night ...
    Nov. 12, 2014 - 11:44 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove's 3 adopted Lou Holtz principles remain key to success

    CARY— One player after another walks off the practice field wearing a white or blue mesh jersey. “CARY GROVE” is printed on the front. Below it, cente ...
    Nov. 11, 2014 - 11:49 pm
  • Northwest Herald Player of the Week candidates

    Billy Bahl, Marian Central, QBBahl averaged 15.7 yards a pass as he threw for 220 yards and ran for ...
    Nov. 10, 2014 - 5:23 pm
  • Inside Girls Swimming: Crystal Lake co-op's Valerie Tarazi Athlete of Week

    Athlete of the WeekVALERIE TARAZICrystal Lake co-op, fr.Tarazi won the 100-yard butterfly (57.39) an ...
    Nov. 9, 2014 - 5:08 pm
  • DeFABO: Cary-Grove football team's defense pitched shutout, despite score

    ST. CHARLES— As the clock ticked and St. Charles North inched toward the goal line, Cary-Grove braced for a red-zone stand.
    Nov. 8, 2014 - 11:33 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove rolls past St. Charles North

    ST CHARLES – There usually is not a whole lot to complain about during an undefeated season and, thus far, Cary-Grove really has not had anything to c ...
    Nov. 9, 2014 - 12:14 pm
  • High school swimming: Jacobs-Hampshire co-op wins FVC title

    WOODSTOCK – Jacobs-Hampshire co-op didn’t win a lot of races on Saturday at the girls swimming Fox Valley Conference Championship at Woodstock North, ...
    Nov. 8, 2014 - 5:56 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove beats St. Charles North in Round 2

    ST. CHARLES – Cary-Grove sophomore fullback Tyler Pennington ran for four touchdowns to lead the Trojans to a 35-14 win over St. Charles North in a Cl ...
    Nov. 8, 2014 - 7:22 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove's Gregoire has shown maturity during senior season

    CARY – There are a number of individuals that could be credited for the success of the Cary-Grove football team this season, but there is a lot that f ...
    Nov. 7, 2014 - 11:43 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove vs. St. Charles North preview

    Class 7ANo. 1 Cary-Grove (10-0) at No. 9 St. Charles North (8-2)When: 2 p.m. Saturday.About the Troj ...
    Nov. 7, 2014 - 5:11 pm
  • DeFABO: High school volleyball coaches always trying to gain edge with scouting

    CRYSTAL LAKE— In the corner of the gym at Crystal Lake South High School, the woman wearing a black jacket with “Wildcats” stitched on the back in ora ...
    Nov. 6, 2014 - 9:34 pm
  • High school volleyball: Crystal Lake South beats Cary-Grove for sectional title

    CRYSTAL LAKE – The motto of the Crystal Lake South girls volleyball team is “One More,” and after taking their second straight Class 4A sectional titl ...
    Nov. 6, 2014 - 9:57 pm
  • High school volleyball: Crystal Lake South, Cary-Grove set to face off for sectional title

    CRYSTAL LAKE – “We like to show up (in big matches). That’s what we do best.”That’s how Crystal Lake ...
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 11:59 pm
  • High school volleyball: Cary-Grove beats Huntley to reach sectional final

    CRYSTAL LAKE – From the opening serve until midway through the first set of Huntley’s Class 4A Sectional semifinal match against Cary-Grove, the Red R ...
    Nov. 5, 2014 - 12:42 am
  • DeFABO: Cary-Grove's Lee has put Trojans' title hopes above her future

    CRYSTAL LAKE— Cary-Grove right side hitter Morgan Lee stood next to the court at Crystal Lake South High School on Tuesday, pointing to her left knee.
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 11:14 pm
  • Prep Zone: Jacobs High School distance runner Goldby to Eastern Illinois University

    Matt Goldby suffered a horrific injury when he was 9 years old, one that ended his football career and hindered his pursuits in other sports.
    Nov. 3, 2014 - 10:14 pm
  • High school girls volleyball: Crystal Lake South Sectional starts Tuesday

    Four girls volleyball teams with impressive postseason résumés will compete Tuesday in the Class 4A Crystal Lake South Sectional.
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 12:02 am
  • Musick: Cary-Grove High School football team's strength can't be boxed in

    CARY – For every high school football game, we compile a box score.It's filled with a ton of detaile ...
    Nov. 1, 2014 - 6:06 pm
  • High school football: Saturday's playoff football capsules

    Class 1ANo. 8 Alden-Hebron (5-4) at No. 1 Christian Life (9-0)When: 2 p.m. Saturday.About the Giants ...
    Oct. 31, 2014 - 8:30 pm
  • On Campus: No. 1 Minnesota St. women's soccer has McHenry County flavor

    Long before Crystal Lake South graduate Jessica Taldone became a graduate assistant coach for Minnesota State University’s women soccer program, she k ...
    Oct. 31, 2014 - 5:21 pm
  • High school volleyball: Cary-Grove beats Dundee-Crown, sweeps to regional title

    CARY— Inside Cary-Grove's gym, the walls tell the tale of a storied volleyball program.On a huge whi ...
    Oct. 30, 2014 - 9:52 pm
  • Inside Girls Volleyball: Johnsburg's Abby Majercik Athlete of Week

    Athlete of the WeekAbby MajercikJohnsburg, jr., SMajercik led the Skyhawks to a three-game upset of ...
    Oct. 29, 2014 - 7:47 pm
  • High school volleyball: Cary-Grove sweeps Lake Zurich

    CRYSTAL LAKE— If you want to know something about Cary-Grove’s approach to serving, look no further than the two that bookended the first game of thei ...
    Oct. 28, 2014 - 11:09 pm
  • High School Football: Cary-Grove remains No. 1 in 7A

    Cary-Grove remained at No. 1 in Class 7A and three other local schools picked up votes in their respective classes as The Associated Press released it ...
    Oct. 28, 2014 - 10:57 pm
  • High School Soccer: Huntley's Mario Vergara is Athlete of the Week

    Athlete of the WeekMario Vergara, jr., M, HuntleyVergara was a big part of a Huntley team that won a ...
    Oct. 27, 2014 - 5:00 pm
  • Inside Prep Football: Cary-Grove stays atop power rankings

    Northwest Herald Power Rankings1. Cary-Grove (9-0): The Trojans rolled to an unbeaten regular season ...
    Oct. 26, 2014 - 5:36 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove leads 8 McHenry County teams into playoffs; Jacobs left out

    As Cary-Grove’s football coaches saw results from Friday night and crunched numbers, they realized the Trojans likely would remain in Class 7A as the ...
    Oct. 26, 2014 - 12:01 am
  • High school football: Cary-Grove (9-0) vs Niles North (5-4)

    No. 1 Cary-Grove (9-0) vs. No. 16 Niles North (5-4) When: 1 p.m. Saturday Class: 7A Record: 9-0, 5-0 ...
    Oct. 26, 2014 - 2:48 pm
  • Boys and girls cross country roundup: Marian Central girls surprise, win regional

    WINNEBAGO – Marian Central’s girls cross country team was hoping to grab second place in the Class 1A Winnebago Regional.
    Oct. 25, 2014 - 10:19 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove beats Crystal Lake South, finishes undefeated

    CRYSTAL LAKE ­ Both teams had a lot to play for as Cary-Grove traveled to play the Gators on Friday night in the FVC Valley Division game.
    Oct. 25, 2014 - 12:42 am
  • Cary-Grove High School girls volleyball team defeats Prairie Ridge High School

    CARY – The girls volleyball regular season didn’t exactly end quietly for Cary-Grove or Prairie Ridge.
    Oct. 24, 2014 - 12:35 am
  • Girls Swimming Roundup: Crystal Lake co-op defeats Woodstock co-op

    The Crystal Lake co-op girls swimming team defeated Woodstock co-op, 108-54, in a Fox Valley Conference dual meet Thursday in Woodstock.
    Oct. 23, 2014 - 10:00 pm
  • High school volleyball insider: Woodstock's Georgia Wicker player of week

    Player of the WeekGeorgia Wicker, soph.Woodstock liberoThe sophomore had 33 digs in two games in a w ...
    Oct. 22, 2014 - 8:45 pm
  • High School Track: Cary-Grove's Schulz chooses Illinois

    Morgan Schulz remembers two years ago when, as a sophomore at Cary-Grove, she delivered the news to her mother Lisa that she was trading soccer for tr ...
    Oct. 22, 2014 - 7:17 pm
  • High School Football: Ask Joe special online edition

    You have questions, I try to have answers.This week, the “Ask Joe” tweets were overflowing with good ...
    Oct. 22, 2014 - 5:49 pm
  • High school soccer insider: Woodstock North's Alejandro Miranda player of the week

    Player of the WeekAlejandro Miranda, sr., midfielder, Woodstock NorthMiranda scored four goals in th ...
    Oct. 20, 2014 - 5:40 pm
  • High school football: Student sections battle to be the best

    CRYSTAL LAKE — A bolt of lightning lit up the night sky above Crystal Lake Central High School on a Thursday night earlier this season. It halted the ...
    Oct. 21, 2014 - 12:25 am
  • High school football insider: Jacobs, Crystal Lake South, Marian Central and Woodstock North all need a win to become playoff-eligible

    Northwest Herald Power Rankings1. Cary-Grove (8-0): The No. 1 team in Class 7A kept rolling along wi ...
    Oct. 19, 2014 - 9:52 am
  • Girls roundup: Marengo wins 5th straight BNC Cross Country Meet title

    Marengo’s girls cross country dominance in the Big Northern Conference continues.The Indians, led by ...
    Oct. 18, 2014 - 10:21 pm
  • High school football: Week 8 Player of the Week candidates

    Jeremy Behnke, Huntley, Sr. Behnke got his first varsity touchdown when he caught a 2-yard pass from ...
    Oct. 19, 2014 - 9:51 am
  • Musick: Cary-Grove's Tyler Pennington reaches 1,000 yards rushing, again

    CARY – Tyler Pennington likes math.On Friday, the Cary-Grove sophomore had a math test in Ryan Passa ...
    Oct. 17, 2014 - 11:38 pm
  • On Campus: Marengo High School grad Diedrick helps Carroll football offense roll

    Senior running back Lamont Williams has scored nine rushing touchdowns this season for Carroll University’s football team.
    Oct. 17, 2014 - 8:34 pm
  • Girls cross country insider: Marian Central's Abigail Jones runner of week

    Athlete of the WeekAbigail JonesMarian Central, SophomoreJones took seventh at the West Aurora Stamp ...
    Oct. 17, 2014 - 5:42 pm
  • High school football: Week 8 preview capsules

    Big Northern Conference East DivisionJohnsburg (6-1, 5-0) at Burlington Central (5-2, 5-0)When: 7:15 ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 8:06 pm
  • High school football: Q&A with Cary-Grove's Tyler Pennington, Week 7 player of the week

    Cary-Grove sophomore fullback Tyler Pennington carried the ball 15 times for 263 yards and two touchdowns in the Trojans’ 49-7 win over Jacobs on Frid ...
    Oct. 15, 2014 - 5:58 pm
  • High school girls volleyball roundup: Huntley tops Dundee-Crown

    At Carpentersville, the Huntley girls volleyball team defeated Dundee-Crown in straight sets, 25-13, 25-18, to earn a Fox Valley Conference Valley Div ...
    Oct. 14, 2014 - 10:07 pm
  • High school football: Cary-Grove stays at No. 1; Huntley, Johnsburg receive votes this week

    Cary-Grove hung on to the top spot in The Associated Press Class 7A football rankings released Tuesday and is the lone area team in any top 10 heading ...
    Oct. 14, 2014 - 10:09 pm
  • State spots still up for grabs at Class AA Warren girls golf sectional

    About a fourth of the players finished before it got downright ugly when the skies opened up on Monday at the Class AA Warren girls sectional golf tou ...
    Oct. 13, 2014 - 11:50 pm
  • Area boys high school boys golfers left in limbo at Class 3A Lake Forest Sectional

    LAKE BLUFF – Two rain delays and a lightning stoppage left many golfers in limbo at Monday’s Class 3A Lake Forest Sectional, which was officially susp ...
    Oct. 13, 2014 - 7:14 pm
  • Prep football insider: Johnsburg enters power rankings, in line for playoff seed

    Northwest Herald Power Rankings1. Cary-Grove (7-0): The Trojans, No. 1 in The Associated Press Class ...
    Oct. 12, 2014 - 10:56 am
  • Girls Volleyball Roundup: Cary-Grove, Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South win tourneys

    Cary-Grove's girls volleyball team won the Schaumburg Invitational on Saturday for the first time since 2011, going 5-0 and defeating St. Charles Nort ...
    Oct. 11, 2014 - 9:23 pm
  • Northwest Herald Football Player of the Week candidates

    Nick Brengman, Johnsburg, QBBrengman completed 12 of 15 passes for 203 yards and one touchdown as th ...
    Oct. 11, 2014 - 7:38 pm
  • Musick: Ruhland, Cary-Grove line flatten Jacobs

    ALGONQUIN – As Cary-Grove and Jacobs lined up for a play late in the first quarter Friday, the clock on the scoreboard started to go haywire.ALGONQUIN ...
    Oct. 11, 2014 - 1:30 am
  • On Campus: Cary-Grove grad Kyle Norberg makes successful switch to RB for North Dakota

    When two University of North Dakota running backs got hurt in back-to-back weeks early this season, the team’s new coaching staff searched for answers ...
    Oct. 10, 2014 - 6:03 pm
  • Girls cross country insider: Prairie Ridge's Shine athlete of week

    Athlete of the WeekAndie ShinePrairie Ridge, SeniorShine finished third in Antioch’s Harland Invitat ...
    Oct. 10, 2014 - 5:56 pm
  • Boys soccer roundup: Crystal Lake South beats Huntley

    At Crystal Lake, the Crystal Lake South boys soccer team defeated Huntley, 3-1, to win the Fox Valley Conference Valley division title outright. Senio ...
    Oct. 9, 2014 - 10:39 pm
  • Prep volleyball roundup: Marian Central tops St. Viator

    At Arlington Heights, junior outside hitter Rachel Giustino recorded 10 kills and added 15 digs to lead the Marian Central girls volleyball team to a ...
    Oct. 9, 2014 - 10:20 pm
  • Take 2: Jacobs will be hard pressed to compete with Cary-Grove like last year

    Jacobs quarterback Bret Mooney engineered a tremendous last-minute comeback as the Golden Eagles beat Cary-Grove, 36-35, last year in a game that ulti ...
    Oct. 9, 2014 - 5:22 pm
  • Crystal Lake Central co-op wins regional title

    WOODSTOCK – There’s no secret that Crystal Lake Central co-op’s Emily Jean and Larisa Luloff have a friendly rivalry on the golf course.
    Oct. 8, 2014 - 10:49 pm
  • Cross country roundup: McHenry boys win quadrangular

    McHenry won two Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys cross country duals at the Cary-Grove Quadrangular, beating the Trojans, 17-42, and Huntley ...
    Oct. 7, 2014 - 11:13 pm
  • Boys soccer roundup: Harvard finishes BNC East undefeated

    The Harvard boys soccer team completed Big Northern Conference East Division undefeated after finishing its regular season with a 1-0 victory over Joh ...
    Oct. 7, 2014 - 11:10 pm
  • Crystal Lake South volleyball evens score with Cary-Grove

    CRYSTAL LAKE – In a meeting of the two top teams in the FVC Valley Division, the Crystal Lake South volleyball team got its revenge against Cary-Grove ...
    Oct. 7, 2014 - 10:51 pm
  • Ethan Farnam 2nd at McHenry Regional, leads Prairie Ridge golfers into sectional

    McHENRY – Prairie Ridge’s Ethan Farnam reached into his bag, grabbed for a refreshment and calmly sipped a drink in between shots during Tuesday’s Cla ...
    Oct. 7, 2014 - 10:52 pm
  • Cary-Grove vaults back to top spot in Class 7A poll

    Cary-Grove is back at No. 1 in The Associated Press Class 7A poll after one week as No. 2.The Trojan ...
    Oct. 7, 2014 - 5:03 pm
  • Girls golf insider: Cary-Grove's Luloff (CLC co-op) athlete of the week

    Athlete of the WeekLarisa Luloff, Crystal Lake Central co-op, sr.Luloff, a two-time Athlete of the W ...
    Oct. 7, 2014 - 2:06 pm
  • Congratulations Tyler Pennington, November Athlete of the Month!