BERWYN – There will be plenty of new faces around the Morton girls basketball team, but first-year coach Joe Maietta still believes the program is headed in the right direction. Maietta takes over for Craig Madzinski after assisting Madzinski for the past two years.
WHEATON – It is safe to say that Mother Nature and the Wheaton North football team aren’t the best of friends. One year after its season was ended by a 3-0 loss to Glenbard West on a mud-caked field, the Falcons had to endure rainy and windy conditions in a 16-6 loss to Lake Zurich Saturday in a Class 7A quarterfinal.
Monday was the first day girls basketball teams in the state could play their first games. Several teams from the area, including Nazareth, Fenwick, St. Joseph and Proviso West, are hoping to start strong and finish strong this season.
RIVERSIDE – It won’t be easy to match last year’s success for the Riverside Brookfield girls basketball team, but the Bulldogs still have talent. RB faces the task of replacing its top two scorers from last year from a team that won 24 games and the Metro Suburban Conference title.
Lyons Township heads into the state swimming meet with some momentum after the Lions won their own sectional on Saturday. They scored 287 points and had 14 entries qualify for state. Fenwick also won its own sectional and qualified 18 entries to the state meet.
WESTERN SPRINGS – Lyons Township is offering three pitching camps and a holiday camp this winter at the high school's south campus. LT is hosting a three-day holiday baseball camp for third-eighth graders.
LA GRANGE – First-year coach Paul Krick takes over at Lyons Township and is hoping a focus on the intangibles can turn the Lions into a winner this winter. Key graduation losses from last year’s 17-10 team means the Lions will have a lot of new faces, but LT returns a solid trio that bring experience to a young squad.
Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan visits Lake Barrington
LEMONT – Brett Nagel wouldn’t be the football player he is without Eric Michaelsen. As one of the best players to come through the halls of Lemont High School during the Indians’ recent run of success on the gridiron, Nagel is well aware of the impact Michaelsen has had on the football program as its coach.
ELMHURST – York boys basketball senior Frank Toohey and Dukes' softball standout Angela Scalzitti signed letters of intent last week to continue their careers in college. Toohey will play for Air Force. Scalzitti signed with DePaul.
NORMAL – Since gutting out a three-game win over Montini in the regional championship match Oct. 31, St. Francis' girls volleyball had made a habit of topping its playoff foes in dominating fashion. The trend continued Saturday night as the Spartans topped LaSalle-Peru 25-19, 25-7 to capture their second consecutive Class 3A state title.
NORMAL – In its quest for a third consecutive state title, Benet's girls volleyball team fell just short in a 25-22, 25-19 loss to Mother McAuley in Saturday's Class 4A championship match at Redbird Arena. The Redwings finished the season with a 36-6 record. Mother McAuley finished 40-2 and did not lose to a team from Illinois all season.
WHEATON – Playing in a steady downpour throughout the game, Wheaton North could never get its offense on track in a 16-6 loss to Lake Zurich Saturday night in a Class 7A quarterfinal game. The Falcons ended the 2013 campaign with a 9-3 record while the Bears advance to take on Glenbard West in the semis.
DOWNERS GROVE – A stingy defense was not enough to power the Downers Grove North football team into the state semifinals on Saturday. Although the Trojan defense surrendered just seven points to Mt. Carmel on Saturday, the North offense could not move the ball, gaining only one first down en route to a 7-0 loss.
LOMBARD – Talent and skill is always necessary, but winning a state title requires some luck. Montini escaped with a 22-21 win against Joliet Catholic in a Class 5A quarterfinal on Saturday afternoon in Lombard. The Broncos will host Sycamore in a semifinal next weekend.