Benet, Rogers get the last word against Glenbard East, and the word is … 'Ole!'

Glenbard East's Trevor Real (6) smashed 10 kills Wednesday against visiting Benet, but the visitors prevailed in three sets. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) By Matt Le CrenSpecial to Illprepvb.com As Benet’s resident artist, Drew Rogers was put in charge of designing T-shirts for the Redwings’ senior night.It was a way for the Maryville University-bound outside hitter to demonstrate that his creativity is not limited to the volleyball court.“I was like, ‘What’s our slogan for the year?’” Rogers said. “It’s got to be, ‘Ole.’”The Redwings began...

Maine West reaches heights not heard of since Jordan's second coming with the Bulls

Maine West honored its nine seniors before Tuesday's game against visiting Maine East. The Warriors' 22-25, 25-26, 25-17 victory was the team's 24th of the season, tying the school record set in 1995. https://youtu.be/OVrNPGczPFc By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com Editor1995. A year to remember.Windows 95 was released. The space shuttle “Atlantis” docked with the Russian Mir Space Station. The Dow Jones hit 5,117. Gas was $1.09 a gallon. And Michael Jordan hung up his baseball cleats and returned to the Chicago Bulls, eventually leading t...

Plainfield East beats the Saturday blues, tunes out Hinsdale South at Richards

Plainfield East's Tyler Volling (21) was named the MVP at the Richards tournament. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorSaturdays have not been kind to Plainfield East.“We dominate that narrative,” said Plainfield East’s 6-2 junior setter/rightside Nathan Grutza.Heading into the quarterfinals Saturday at Richards, Plainfield East was 20-1 on weekdays but a pedestrian 5-4 on Saturdays.The Bengals went 1-2 on Saturday at Marist (losing to Marist and Downers Grove South to finish fourth), 2-1 at Smack Attack (losing to...

Marist adds a little variety to its attack, turns the tables on Glenbard West

Danny Dorsey (16, far right) returned to the Glenbard West lineup Thursday after siitting out last weekend's Northside Classic with an ankle injury and led the Hilltoppers with 7 kills, but it was Marist that won the rematch of the Smack Attack finale. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) By Randy WhalenSpecial to Illprepvb.comVolleyball is all about making adjustments.Marist made them. The RedHawks, ranked No. 2 in the Michio Chicago VBA/Illprepvb.com Boys Rankings, avenged an earlier loss to top-ranked Glenbard West and came away with a 25-21, 25-23 v...

Marchis' passion, hard work and energy have Falcons soaring toward postseason

Wheraton North kill leader Will Trussell put 8 more in the column for the Falcons Tuesday against visiting Geneva. (Photo by Dave Ruggles). https://youtu.be/Uq5BTyA9R-w By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorWhenever the Wheaton North coaching staff wants to challenge their players to work harder, they don’t have to look far to find someone for those players to emulate.“We called them out,” said Wheaton North coach Justin Hineman. “We told them, ‘If you want to see what passion is, if you want to see what hard work is, if you want to see...

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Who's the best team in Plainfield? For one night only, give the nod to North

Plainfield North bounced back from a rough couple of weeks to upend Joliet West in Plainfield on Monday and all but end the visitors' chances of catching Plainfield East in the Southwest Prairie Conference chase. By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorAndrew Fedmasu said that his team’s goal is to be the best team in Plainfield.They certainly were Monday.Fedmasu drilled 9 kills to go along with 2 blocks, and fellow pin hitter Aidan Cupps added 8 kills and 2 blocks as Plainfield North handed Joliet West its second loss in the Southwest Prairi...

Quinn Isaacson heads list of Illinois products recognized among college's best

Quinn Isaacson, a Plainfield North graduate who led Ball State to a 23-4 record and the NCAA national semifinals, was named the recpient of the Lloy Ball Award as the nation's best collegiate setter. (Photo courtesy of Off the Block). Quinn Isaacson is capping off a college career with a major college men’s volleyball honor.Off the Block (Offtheblockblog.com) announced Monday that a nationwide voting committee selected the Ball State setter as the recipient of the 2022 Lloy Ball Award.The Lloy Ball Award, which is named after the former ...

Connor Durst puts finishing touches on Glenbrook North's win over Glenbard West

Glenbrook North, which won the Tiger Classic at Wheaton Warrenville South earlier this season, added another title to its resume Saturday at the Northside Classic by defeating Glenbard West in the championship game. (Photos by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorWith Danny Dorsey in a walking boot and Gavin Swartz sidelined by illness, Glenbard West was running out of options.Glenbrook North, on the other hand, had Connor Durst.Durst, a 6-foot-2 junior outside hitter, had 5 kills and 2 blocks during a 9-3 run that put the fin...

Leaving a legacy is foremost on the minds of Volling, Plainfield East's eight seniors

Jace Milka (4) is one of eight Plainfield East seniors who are trying to do something even the great 2018 team was not able to achieve. (Photo by Dave Ruggles) By Phil BrozynskiIllprepvb.com EditorThe 2022 Plainfield East Bengals are poised to do something even the great 2018 Plainfield East team could not accomplish.The 2018 Plainfield East team is the benchmark by which all the school’s boys volleyball teams are measured.That team opened the season with 19 consecutive wins before losing to Brother Rice, 25-22, 18-25, 25-23, at Brother Ric...