LISLE – The Benet girls basketball team still remembers how close it was to a sectional appearance in February. Leading Naperville Central by 15 points at halftime in the regional championship game on Feb. 14, the Redwings let their lead slip away in the third and fourth quarters, eventually losing by two points.
ELMHURST – Monday was the first day girls basketball teams in the state could play their first games. Timothy Christian tipped off Tuesday while IC Catholic will play its first game Friday. The Knights feature a number of returners while the Trojans have a new-look team.
NORMAL – Delaney D’Amore ended the season for IC Catholic the way she could only dream. The Knights’ senior outside hitter returned a serve and received a set from Kimmy Martino. She smacked the ball just out of the reach of an Edwards County player to clinch the Class 2A state title on Saturday.
DOWNERS GROVE – Three individuals and two relays from York’s girls swimming and diving team qualified for state out of the Downers Grove North sectional on Saturday. The Dukes were third as a team at the sectional.
LISLE – Nick Balaban describes his Lisle girls basketball team as a defensive powerhouse loaded with offensive potential. Taking over for Dan Murray – who left following a 24-6 (13-1 Interstate Eight Small) regular season and a trip to the regional finals – Balaban believes a tenacious defense is the key to another successful season and playoff run for the Lions.
WESTMONT – What the Westmont girls basketball team lacks in size, it more than makes up for in speed and tenacity. With only two returning starters from last season’s 19-11 squad, the Sentinels juggled their roster, retooling with a smaller, guard-heavy lineup.
DOWNERS GROVE – Head coach Lyndsie Long is ushering in a new era of Downers Grove South girls basketball. Long – who was recently hired to teach health and PE at the high school – will take the torch from longtime head coach Ellen O’Brien, who stepped down after the 2012-13 season.
WEST CHICAGO – The 2013-14 season is one of new beginnings for the West Chicago girls basketball team, which joins the Upstate Eight Conference after leaving the DVC.
WHEATON – A memorable 2012-13 season brought Wheaton Warrenville South to the cusp of the state semifinals. Now, with a talented core of returners back in the fold, the Tigers are looking to take that final step this winter.
WHEATON – The 2012-13 season was one to remember for the Wheaton North girls basketball team, a season that fell just a few points short of a sectional title. Now, despite losing two of their leading scorers to graduation (Mandy Traversa and Reilly Stewart), the Falcons still have the pieces in place to post similar success.
NORMAL – St. Francis left no doubt as to which was the superior girls volleyball team during Saturday’s IHSA Class 3A state final match. St. Francis convincingly handled LaSalle-Peru for its second consecutive Class 3A title.
GLEN ELLYN – With a majority of its returning players already having multiple years of varsity experience under their belt, the Glenbard South girls basketball team is primed for another big season this winter.
GLEN ELLYN – With just two seniors on the roster, the 2013-14 Glenbard West girls basketball team has plenty of inexperience. But head coach Mike Hofland is excited about this group.
LA GRANGE PARK – Nazareth Academy announce that three student-athletes, Danielle Bartodziej (Westchester), Samantha Brown (Chicago) and Alexia Petrovic (Burr Ridge), signed their commitments to continue their academic and athletic pursuits.
MADISON, WI – Frank Kaminsky set a University of Wisconsin program record by scoring 43 points in the Badgers 103-85 win over North Dakota on Tuesday. The 2011 Benet graduate broke the previous mark of 42, set by Ken Barnes in 1965 against Indiana.