Bellleville East looking for Chicago-area boys’ tournament

2023 Belleville East Lancers Belleville East is looking to get into a tournament in the Chicago area in the first couple weekends in April next season. Belleville East is 29-3-2 this season and features 6-1 junior outside hitter August Werner (295 kills hitting .282 this season), 6-3 sophomore Jackson Byers (109 kills hitting .433) and 5-7 junior libero Kamden Dejournett and projects as the top team on the Illinois side of the St. Louis metro area next season. Coaches/athletic directors/tournament directors can contact Joe Nesbit, Bell...

Who’s in? Who’s out? Here is the final list of Illinois girls USAV qualifiers

Club Fusion 17 Gino is one of 12 teams from the Great Lakes Region that will be competing in the various 17s age divisions at McCormick Place this summer. 2023 Girls USAV Qualifiers (updated 6/6)Who’s in? Who’s out?The 2023 USAV Girls Junior 14s-17s National Championship will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, June 28-July 6, the 2023 USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championship will be held at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 29-July 6, the 2023 AAU Girls Junior National Championships will be...

Same old song: another year and nothing has been done to address disparities

Downers Grove South and New Trier locked horns in an IHSA quarterfinal at Hoffman Estates in 2022. The road to Hoffman in 2023 is laden with pitfall for both teams, while it's just an easy pass away for others whose main qualification is geography. (File photo by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorHey, boys’ volleyball fans, once again it’s time to play, “Pick the Winner.”Can you pick the winner of the Jones College Prep sectional?Acero/Garcia, Acero/Soto, Chicago Military Academy-Bronzeville, Hope Academy, Cristo Rey J...

Feeling the pain is Barrington’s gain; IHSA quarterfinal pairings flush with drama

Barrington's 6-11 junior Cole Hartke missed three weeks and 11 matches due to injury, but has returned to help lead the Broncos to Friday's IHSA quarterfinals. (File photo by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorFighting the pain.Barrington talks about it every day.Two years ago, No. 2-seeded Barrington lost its regional opener to No. 18 Addison Trail, 25-17, 25-21. Last year, Barrington, arguably the second-best team in the tournament field, fell to eventual IHSA champion Glenbard West, 22-25, 25-13, 25-18, in the finals of ...

Mother knows best, O’Fallon does the rest; Lyons Township, Barrington advance

Sam Levinson and Lyons Township defeated Downers Grove North Tuesday at Oswego to advance to the IHSA quarterfinals Friday at Hoffman Estates. (File photo by Dave Ruggles) At Lincoln-Way WestMother knows best.So, when Camryn Sheehan woke up not feeling well this morning, his mom, Amy Sheehan, knew what to do to get him better. After all, she had a personal stake in his health. Not only as his mom, but as his coach on the O'Fallon boys' volleyball team.It worked. Sheehan smacked a team-high 12 kills, many of them in a key second-set bu...

Tuesday, May 30, IHSA boys sectional results

Downers Grove North's Cooper Hansen had 3 kills and a block but the Trojans fell to the Lions of Lyons Township, 25-17, 25-23, in the sectional championship match at Oswego. (File photo by Dave Ruggles) Tuesday, May 30, IHSA sectional results(in bracket order with sectional seeds indicated)At Glenbrook North sectional No. 1 Glenbrook South def. No. 2 Glenbrook North 25-17, 25-22Glenbrook South (37-1 overall, 10-0 in the Central Suburban South): Chance Shampine (11 kills, 1 block, 4 digs), Alex Rupprecht 4 kills, 1 block, 7 digs), Kr...

Tuesday, May 30, IHSA boys sectional pairings

West Suburban Silver rivals Downers Grove North and Lyons Township will meet Tuesday in the championship match of the sectional at Oswego. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Tuesday, May 30, IHSA sectional pairings(in bracket order with sectional seeds indicated)At Glenbrook North sectionalNo. 1 Glenbrook South (36-1) vs. No. 2 Glenbrook North (22-8), 6:00 p.m.At South Elgin sectionalNo. 1 Glenbard West (36-2) vs. No. 3 Conant (29-7), 6:00 p.m.At Oak Park-River Forest sectionalNo. 1 Oak Park-River Forest (20-6) vs. No. 5 (Chicago) Payton (12-14), ...

Lyons solves mystery of Red Devils history; Downers North, Lincoln-Way West win

Hinsdale Central (far court), which defeated Lyons Township during the regular season and in last year's sectional semifinals, could not pull of the feat again Saturday. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) At OswegoLyons Township stars Sam Levinson and Luka Kostic claim they don’t dwell on the past.But they aren’t above using history to fuel their fire.Levinson smashed 9 kills and Kostic landed eight more as the top-seeded Lions knocked off rival Hinsdale Central, 25-21, 25-20, in the Oswego Sectional semifinals on Saturday.The victory avenged a ...

Saturday, May 27, IHSA boys’ sectional results

No. he's not getting ready to limbo under the net. Downers Grove South's Jordan Parrot has to reach back to get to this ball during Saturday's sectional semifinal against Downers Grove North at Oswego. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Saturday, May 27, IHSA sectional results(in bracket order with sectional seeds indicated)At Glenbrook North sectionalNo. 1 Glenbrook South def. No. 4 New Trier 31-29, 25-17Glenbrook South (36-1 overall, 10-0 in the Central Suburban South): Chance Shampine (6 kills, 1 ace, 3 digs), Alex Rupprecht (9 kills, 2 aces, 6...

Saturday, May 27, IHSA boys’ sectional pairings

Stevenson, which won the regional at Grayslake Central, will play (Rockton) Hononegah in Saturday's 2:00 p.m. sectional semifinal at (Fox Lake) Grant. Saturday, May 27, IHSA boys' sectional  pairings(in bracket order with sectional seeds indicated)At Glenbrook North sectionalNo. 1 Glenbrook South (35-1 overall, 10-0 in the Central Suburban South) vs. No. 4 New Trier (21-12, overall, 5-5 in the Central Suburban South), 1:00 p.m.No. 2 Glenbrook North (21-8 overall, 6-4 in the Central Suburban South) vs. No. 3 Loyola Academy (31-6 overall, 9-...