Glenbard West is going home (but in a good way); Lockport, Lake Park win

Sophomore Jakobi Lange (7) had 13 kills for Hinsdale Central, but it wasn't enough as Glenbard West prevailed, 25-21, 25-18, at the Hinsdale Central Sectional. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Glenbard West senior Danny Pasinski knew he was going to get a lot of work Tuesday against Hinsdale Central.The 6-foot-4 outside hitter was ready for it.“We knew from the scouting report that our outside was going to work a little bit more than our other positions tonight,” Pasinski said. “So I think I got ran a little bit more, which is nice.“I hit a load to...

Tuesday, June 15 results

A large and enthusiastic crowd was on hand Tuesday to watch Lake Park defeat Glenbard North in a sectional championship game. Tuesday, June 15 results Sectional finals (in bracket order) Marist Sectional Lincoln-Way East def. Marist 26-24, 26-24Lincoln-Way East (19-5 overall): Ian Nicholson (9 kills), Owen Morrow (21 assists), Jason Kougan (5 kills), Jon Guch (5 kills), Sam Szafoni (5 digs).Minooka Sectional Lockport def. Edwardsville 27-25, 25-21Lockport (22-3 overall): Matt Arens (11 kills, 3 blocks), Carter Steffgen (7 kills)...

Recruiting 101: What you can do to help college coaches find you

Former Benet setter Ally Van Eekeren is one of hundreds of former Illinois high school stars now playing at the collegiate level. Some are discovered by coaches. But many handle their own recruiting. (Photo courtesy of Creighton Athletics) By Randy SharerSpecial to Illprepvb.comMajor life choices that come up for the first – and perhaps only – time can be challenging.Take, for example, volleyball players looking to continue their careers in college.By the time they learn the ins-and-outs of the recruiting process, they may wish they’d had...

Hinsdale Central stuns St. Francis (again); Marist, L-W East and Lockport move on

Lake Park defeated Buffalo Grove, 25-19, 25-13, on Saturday to advance to Tuesday's finals of the Lake Park Sectional against Glenbard North. At Hinsdale CentralHinsdale Central senior AJ Hood chose an unusual way to prepare for what many assumed would be the final match of his high school career on Saturday.“I was driving around this morning before the match,” Hood said. “I drove around my town and all I could think of was I owe it to this town to make another state run.”Thanks in part to the play of Hood, the fourth-seeded Red Devils rode...

Saturday, June 12 results

Lane Tech defeated Jones College Prep, 25-18, 13-25, 25-21, Saturday at the (Chicago) Wolcott Sectional. Saturday, June 12 results Sectional semifinals (in bracket order) Marist Sectional Marist def. Homewood-Flossmoor 25-16, 25-10Lincoln-Way East def. Sandburg 25-15, 20-25, 25-23Minooka SectionalAt Belleville WestEdwardsville def. O’Fallon 27-25, 20-25, 25-20At MinookaLockport def. Lincoln-Way West 25-21, 23-25, 25-13Lockport (21-3): Matt Arens (21 kills), Braeden Goebbert (5 kills, 2 blocks), Carter Steffgen (15 digs), Evan Dziad...

Memory serves St. Francis; Downers Grove South, Lincoln-Way West claim regional titles

After dropping the first set, Aaron Marrs (3, far right) and Downers Grove South rallied to beat Oswego in the Benet Regional championship match. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Aiden Benson remembers.“Bad memories,” he said. “Bad memories all the way around.”Two years ago, led by 6-7 junior middle hitter Bryce Walker and a bunch of sophomores and vying for its first-ever berth in the IHSA state quarterfinals, St. Francis was the No. 1 seed in the Hinsdale South sectional. But the Spartans were stunned by No. 8 Hinsdale Central, 25-18, 25-16, in t...

St. Francis, York advance; Lockport wins, Lincoln-Way Central survives thriller

Oswego (left) surprised Benet in a regional semifinal Tuesday in Lisle. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) https://youtu.be/b8pYfsg-cDk By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comMary Brown has the video of the final point when her Lincoln-Way Central boy's volleyball team upset Lockport to win the regional title in 2017.The Knights will have an opportunity to add to Brown's video highlight collection Thursday. That's because they persevered in a wild and crazy match with a 25-23, 36-34 victory Tuesday over Plainfield East in the second semifin...