Gazing into the crystal ball for 2018

(This story has been updated to reflect enrollment classification changes announced by the IHSA in June.) Can Marist repeat as state champion in 2018? What lies ahead in 2018? Can Marist hold off perennial nemesis Mother McAuley despite losing most of the mainstays who led the RedHawks to the 2017 state title? Can Class 3A champion Belleville Althoff weather the loss of 6-foot-1 setter extraordinaire Louis Comerford? Can Crystal Lake Central get back to the dance despite the loss of the Kelly twins, or will Huntley or Prairie Ridge sup...

MVP Hattie Monson heads up Illprepvb.com/Great Lakes Power League 16s All-League Team

MVP Hattie Monson of league champion SPVB 16 Elite heads the first Illprepvb.com/Great Lakes 16s Power League All-League Team that features some of the best young volleyball players in Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. It’s rare that a libero can have such an dramatic effect on a volleyball team’s sustained success, but the 5-foot-4 Monson is a rare talent. “Hattie put in a lot of extra work this year and she got really se...

Plainfield East – Plainfield Central Boys Volleyball Regional Semifinal At Oswego By Randy Whalen

  David Herrera is glad to be back. Now the Plainfield East senior setter hopes to help his team to new heights.   Herrera had his appendix removed on April 26 and was out of the Bengals lineup for nearly four weeks. He and his teammates shook off some nerves and fought off a set point in the opener to defeat crosstown rival Plainfield Central 26-24, 25-20 on Tuesday, May 22 in the opening semifinal of the Oswego Regional, which is part of the Minooka Sectional.   The Bengals will face Oswego East, which defe...

Glenbard West’s one-game-at-a-time approach pays off at Hinsdale Central

  One last ride. That’s all Glenbard West’s JT Ardell is looking for. “I want to win another (state title),” said the 6-foot-8 middle hitter, who has been part of the last two state championship teams at the Glen Ellyn school. “I'll be disappointed if we don't. One last ride. I really do want to win another.” But after Saturday’s hiccup in the semifinals at the Northside Classic, when the Hilltoppers were ambushed by shorthanded Barrington in strai...

Sky High Adidas 16 Red – new coach, new attitude, better results

  Sky High Adidas 16 Red proves the old adage that it’s not how you start that matters. It’s how you finish. The Crystal Lake crew opened the Great Lakes Power League 16 Super Open with four consecutive losses and found themselves buried in Bracket D. But the girls won seven of their next 11 matches to work their way up to Bracket B. Two losses Sunday – to Motion Volleyball 16 BLU and 1st Alliance 16 Black – sent Sky High Adidas 16 Red back to Bracket C when the Power League wraps up play next w...