Pitching Depth Creates Optimism for North Shore Country Day Baseball Team in 2015

The North Shore Country Day baseball team advanced to the sectional finals for the first time in its history this season, and with all its top pitchers returning in 2015, the Raiders expect to build upon that success. The Raiders came into the year with a fairly inexperienced pitching staff. Two seniors, Chris McCarren andContinue reading “Pitching Depth Creates Optimism for North Shore Country Day Baseball Team in 2015”

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Jewell Loyd Still Hungry for Title After Two Stellar Seasons with Notre Dame

In Jewell Loyd’s first two collegiate seasons, the Notre Dame women’s basketball team went 57-1 in regular-season games — the best record among any team during that time. During those two years the team has won regular-season and conference tournament championships in the Big East (2013) and ACC (2014). However, the Fighting Irish have beenContinue reading “Jewell Loyd Still Hungry for Title After Two Stellar Seasons with Notre Dame”

Talented Pitching Staff Behind Niles West’s Early Season Success

SKOKIE — The Niles West baseball team may be young, but a deep pitching staff is helping the Wolves make up for a lack of experience.  Niles West has relied on its arms on the way to a 3-1 start. “The pitching staff has kept us in games so far this season,” junior pitcher andContinue reading “Talented Pitching Staff Behind Niles West’s Early Season Success”

Buffalo Grove Baseball Team Holds On to Beat Niles West

SKOKIE — After a strong performance from starting pitcher Justin Hasek and some early run support, the Buffalo Grove baseball team was able to hang on late for a 7-4 road win over Niles West on Saturday. Hasek pitched four scoreless innings for the Bison, striking out six and allowing just one hit.  “Justin wasContinue reading “Buffalo Grove Baseball Team Holds On to Beat Niles West”

Skylar Groth, Buffalo Grove Control Hoffman Estates

Buffalo Grove 3, Hoffman Estates 0 THE SKINNY The Buffalo Grove girls soccer team kept the ball in the attacking half of the field for most of its MSL opener against Hoffman Estates Friday, but a combination of strong winds, poor finishing and an improved Hawks team held the Bison to just three goals inContinue reading “Skylar Groth, Buffalo Grove Control Hoffman Estates”

Softball Season Preview: New Trier Returns Several Key Contributors

New Trier The New Trier softball team has six starters returning from a 2013 team that went 26-2 in the regular season, including a perfect 10-0 in CSL South play, and made it to the Class 4A sectional finals.  New Trier has five returning all-conference players, including pitcher Allison Quigley, who won 21 straight decisionsContinue reading “Softball Season Preview: New Trier Returns Several Key Contributors”

Zach Tieke Leads Fenwick Friars With His Voice

For Zach Tieke, leadership is about being vocal and creating a sense of unity among all members of the Fenwick boys swimming team.  A senior captain for the Friars, Tieke uses his role as one of the most experienced athletes on the team to get his teammates motivated in their training and preparation. “He’s differentContinue reading “Zach Tieke Leads Fenwick Friars With His Voice”

Jonathan Ramoska’s work ethic helps to propel Maine South

While the Maine South boys swimming team had a competitiveness to it last season, this year’s squad has taken its intensity to a new level. A big reason for the change has been the addition of Jonathan Ramoska, a junior transfer from Marmion. “Before he arrived, practice was more of a ‘just do what youContinue reading “Jonathan Ramoska’s work ethic helps to propel Maine South”

Undersized Anton Vazhinskiy holds his own against the heavyweight

NORTHBROOK — For many wrestlers, gaining just one or two pounds can mean not making weight. For Glenbrook North senior Anton Vazhinskiy, that isn’t a worry. Weighing in at 218 pounds before Friday’s dual, Vazhinskiy would have been able to wrestle at 220 pounds. Instead, he’s been wrestling up at the 285-pound weight class for muchContinue reading “Undersized Anton Vazhinskiy holds his own against the heavyweight”

Promotion of D.J. Penick has steadied Highland Park

NORTHBROOK — A midseason injury left a hole in the Highland Park wrestling team’s lineup, but a freshman team call-up has provided the Giants with stability and excitement for the future. When John Ciancio went down with an injury, it was freshman D.J. Penick who was brought up to the varsity team to help fillContinue reading “Promotion of D.J. Penick has steadied Highland Park”