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...

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...

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...

Here are the latest 1st Alliance VBC/Illprepvb.com Girls 16s Club Rankings

All work and no play makes for a very long day, so these Eastside Volleyball Club 16U Thunder girls took time out to enjoy pizza night at Brienzo's Wood Fired Pizza in Peoria Heights. Fox Force Five?Any fan of Quentin Tarantino and “Pulp Fiction” will remember the fictional TV series pilot that starred Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman), which she referred to as her “15 minutes.” The show followed the exploits of an all-female team of secret agents, each having a particular specialty.The fictional show was later mentioned in “The Lego Batman Movie...

The boys are back in town (i.e. the IHSA state tournament, just not the same town)

The names and faces on the court are not the same, but the goal is. Glenbard West is seeking its fourth state title in seven years as, after a one-year layoff, the IHSA tournament begins this week. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Someday, the IHSA will get this right.“Our regional? Are you kidding me?” said Timothy Christian coach David Barker. “We’re in the greatest sectional ever put together in the history of boys’ volleyball in the state of Illinois.”Barker, of course, was talking about the Hinsdale Central Sectional, where St. Francis, Glenba...

Here are the final regular-season 1st Alliance/Illprepvb.com Boys High School Rankings

Downers Grove South (attacking) is among the teams hoping to advance to the IHSA quarterfinals June 18-19 at Glenbard West. The 2021 IHSA boys’ volleyball tournament will have some unfamiliar wrinkles.One noticeable change in the 2021 tournament is the number of teams competing – 186. That is significantly fewer than the 229 teams entered in the 2019 tournament. Why the sudden drop? Fewer Chicago Public Schools, many of which did not field teams at all this spring due to COVID-19.Secondly, the state finals will not be held at Hoffman Es...

Loyola-bound Schwieger powers Waubonsie Valley to outright DuPage Valley title

Ben Schwieger (9) had 18 kills, 2 blocks and 12 digs in his final appearance in a Waubonsie Valley uniform before he departs to begin his college basketball career Sunday at Loyola-Chicago. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) Ben Schwieger donned his Superman cape … er, his Waubonsie Valley jersey … for the last time Thursday at Naperville North.He made his final game one to remember.The 6-foot-6 senior outside hitter, who will begin his college basketball career Sunday when he arrives on the campus of Loyola University-Chicago, pounded 18 kills to g...

Here are the latest 1st Alliance VBC/Illprepvb.com 17s Girls Club Rankings

1st Alliance 17 Silver takes over the top spot in the latest 17s rankings despite going 1-6 at the Triple Crown NIT in Kansas City, Missouri, last weekend. While the Illinois boys’ high school season enter the home stretch, the girls club season continues in earnest for the 17-and-under age groups.  Local clubs have been in action at the Triple Crown NIT in Kansas City, Missouri, May 29-31, and the 2021 adidas Windy City National Qualifier in Indianapolis, Indiana, May 14-16, among other events both local and out-of-state.Looming o...

Visiting St. Francis proves its point, hands Marist a rare second straight loss

Marist lost a second consecutive match for the first time since 2017 when it fell to visiting St. Francis on Monday. St. Francis' Aiden Benson (left) and Kevin Schuele. By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comComing off its first loss of the season, St. Francis not only wanted to regroup, the Spartans  wanted to show they were still a top team.The Spartans did exactly that.Coming up with some huge plays down the stretch, St. Francis defeated Marist, 25-17, 25-23, in a scintillating matchup Tuesday on Chicago’s south side.St. Francis...