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Sandburg victory leaves Lincoln-Way East feeling Blue

Lincoln-Way East's Kaleigh Ritter, Nicki Bechtold, Molly Skoda, Jessica Pappas and Hannah Kowlczyk. By Randy Whalen Special to Illprepvb.com A conference championship really isn't won by capturing the first league match of the season. If history is an indicator, however, the SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue Division race may be over. That's because Sandburg stymied defending conference champion Lincoln-Way East 25-19, 25-21 in the conference opener for both teams Thursday in Frankfort. It's the second straight season that the...

Benet finds there’s still some magic left in old ‘Alumni Gym’

Naperville Central's Grace Butler, Alexandra Vanwestrienen, Nicole Smith and Kayla Closset. There’s nothing like playing in your home gym to cure what’s been ailing you, even if it’s not really “home.”No. 4 Benet snapped a two-match losing streak Thursday in the school’s historic Alumni Gym, where the Redwings’ boys basketball team won a state-record 102 consecutive games from November 26, 1975 until January 24, 1987.Benet moved the varsity game to the old gym to make way for freshman “A” and “B” games in the main gym. The change of scen...

Arundel switches jerseys, sparks Marist comeback against St. Francis

No. 1-ranked Marist rallied after dropping the first set Wednesday to visiting St. Francis. By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comAs both the defending Illinois Class 4A state champion and defending national champion, it's easy to say that the Marist girls volleyball team is versatile.But after the RedHawks were trounced Wednesday in the opening set of their home matchup with Wheaton St. Francis, that versatility really showed.After starting the match at libero, Maddie Arundel switched to her usual position at outside hitter. That was the...

Thursday, August 30 results

Andrew def. Stagg 25-27, 25-21, 25-14Andrew: Bri Haggerty (11 kills, 9 digs), Katie DeHaan (26 assists), Kylie Adams (19 digs),  Amanda Long (9 digs), Meredith Flaherty (7 kills), Alexa Caponigro (6 kills).Aurora Christian def. Westminster Christian 25-9, 25-12Westminster (3-5 overall, 0-1 in the Northeastern Athletic). Aurora Christian (2-1 overall, 1-1 in the Metro Suburban Conference).No. 16 Belleville Althoff def. Marion 25-14, 25-10No. 4 Benet def. Naperville Central 25-11, 25-20Naperville Central (2-2): Alexandra Vanwestrienen (9- digs)...

Wednesday, August 29 results

Bremen def. Rich Central 25-17, 25-16Bremen (1-1 in the South Suburban). Fremd def. Libertyville 27-25, 25-16Fremd: Heidi Sayre (3 kills, 5 digs), Breslen Reid (6 kills), Peyton Hooker (9 kills), Breslen Reid (2 aces), Claudia Wala (2 aces, 1 block), Maddie Achinger (9 digs), Lydia Vander Ark (9 assists),  Rian Baker (10 assists, 2 blocks), Jules Tangney (2 blocks).Cary Grove def. Grayslake Central 25-21, 25-22Grayslake Central (5-4): Cassidy Beshel (12 kills, 2 blocks, 1 ace), Amber Moser (5 kills, 2 aces), Kate Bullman (5 kills, 2 blocks)...

Tuesday, August 28 results

Andrew def. Morris 25-10, 25-19Andrew: Bri Haggerty (11 kills, 8 digs), Abby Kiaupa (5 kills, 4 blocks), Jamie Skvarla (15 assists), Kylie Adams (13 digs), Amanda Long (6 digs, 2 aces), Meredith Flaherty (6 kills).Morris: K. Dransfeldt (4 kills, 2 blocks, 3 digs), N. Guth (3 kills, 1 block, 1 dig), K. Adams (2 kills), H. Barth (2 kills, 7 assists, 2 kills), J. Less (1 kill, 3 assists, 1 ace, 3 digs), O. Schultz (5 digs, 1 assist).Barrington def. Dundee-Crown 25-21, 25-17Barrington (1-1), Peyton Tilly  (6 kills, 1 blocks,  2 aces), Bailey Madr...