That’s a wrap: East Aurora: plus St. Charles East, Bishop McNamara statistics

East Aurora finished the regular season with a 4-31 record including 1-8 (eighth place) in the Upstate Eight Conference. “The girls played a tougher than usual schedule this season, putting up some good points against opposing teams,” said head coach Jennifer Wilson. “We played rival West Aurora and put up some good numbers (in a 25-19, 25-14 loss), some of the best scores the program has seen in a number of years.”East Aurora was a mixed team with seven seniors, two juniors and five sophomores.Junior middle hitter Barakat Adekola was sel...

In case you missed it … AVCA announces Phenom List

The following athletes from Illinois were recently named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Phenom List. Student-athletes named to the Phenom List are eligible to register for the Phenom College Preparatory Program to be held in conjunction with the AVCA Annual Convention in Minneapolis in December. Participants and their parents attend educational sessions, the Under Armour High School All-America Volleyball Match & Skills Competition, NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship matches, interact with AVCA Co...

Catholic League stars best ESCC

The Chicago Catholic League all stars defeated the East Suburban Catholic Conference all stars 25-21, 25-22, 25-23 in a match played June 4 at Brother Rice. ...

How one school built a successful program from the ground up – Montini boys’ volleyball

Reprinted with permission (and edited for style). Three head coaches in five years. A fluctuating roster of players. Swinging between one-win seasons and a conference championship. After waves of inconsistency within the program, the Montini Catholic boys’ volleyball team is finding its roots and finally cultivating a name for itself in the area.  Following the departure of Dan Vashinko during the summer of 2016, former baseball and basketball coach Brian Opoka was asked to step in and steady a program that had seen its fair share of chan...

O’Fallon emerges as team to beat down south

Coach Joe Nesbit and his Belleville East Lancers The O'Fallon Panthers under first-year coach Amy Sheehan are 9-0 and have emerged as the team to beat in Southern Illinois. O'Fallon, led by Justin Hovick and Bryce Backus, edged Southwestern Conference rival Edwardsville 26-25, 31-29 on March 29. Edwardsville was coming off a 25-20, 25-14 victory over Belleville East two nights earlier. Last weekend, the Panthers went 5-0 to win the Rockwood Summit Tournament in Missouri. The three Belleville schools have taken turns beating up an each ...

Yaconis commits to Akron; Michio 15 Premier wins Silver on the court; Batavia’s Garrett is gold in the classroom; 1st Alliance 17 White is white-hot

Michio Chicago 15 Premier Batavia's Jenna Garrett Batavia’s 6-foot senior middle hitter Hannah Yaconis, who plays for SPVB 18 Blue during the club season, has verbally committed to study and play at the University of Akron. Yaconis was an all-tournament selection at the Waubonsie Valley Blast, a first-team all-Upstate Eight River Conference selection, and was voted the All Program Player of the Year at Batavia. “I think that Hannah will do very well at the University of Akron and will be able to help them right away,” Batavia coach Lor...