Thursday, April 14, 2011
Coach Gary Simon zeroes in on defense as primary area for improvement.
Lake Zurich High School varsity baseball coach Gary Simon was calm and collected as he stood by the visitor’s dugout at Mundelein High School last week. His team had just lost 11-0, as the Mustangs walked off the field in the bottom of the sixth inning because they had just crossed the slaughter rule threshold. Jordan Wiegold’s smash line drive double was the final blow, driving in the last two runs. Simon, while not thrilled with his team’s performance, also was not overly concerned. He preferred taking the long view, aware that there are plenty of games left in the season to make amends. “We just need to get ready for our next game up in Waukegan,” he said. “We didn’t play like this in the tournament last week,” Simon said, referring to…
Monday, April 11, 2011
Lake Zurich High School's baseball, lacrosse and soccer seasons are warming up with the weather
Spring is here, which means that baseball, lacrosse and soccer are flourishing at various community, park and recreation department and school fields throughout Lake Zurich and the surrounding Ela Township environs. Lacrosse in particular is gaining traction as an increasingly popular youth sport, similar to where soccer was 15-to-20 years ago. The Lake Zurich High School Boys Lacrosse Team is a steadily improving squad. Currently at the B level in the North Suburban Conference, they’re starting to look like they’ll be able to bring it against some of the upper-tier A level teams. “We’re pretty talented this year,” first-year coach Kyle Dresser said. “We’re fast and athletic and we have a number of guys who can shoot the ball.” The Bears …
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Agreement with Village of Deer Park lasts 12 years.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Ela Soccer Club has reached a 12-year soccer field development and usage agreement with the Village of Deer Park. “This is a win-win partnership that will develop two much needed additional premier soccer field areas for use by Ela Soccer,” said Doug Anderson, president of Ela Soccer. “Ela Soccer is honored and excited to be working with another first class and professional government entity. The elected officials of the Village of Deer Park along with the Village of Lake Zurich and Ela Township clearly understand the contribution that Ela Soccer makes to the community and embrace continued long term mutually beneficial relationships that directly impact the areas youth.” Under the terms of the agreement, Ela Soccer Club will develop two…
Thursday, April 7, 2011
11-0 Mundelein lead ends it in the bottom of the sixth.
After Tuesday’s 9-1 pasting by visiting Mundelein, it would have been a tall order for the Lake Zurich High School Bears baseball team to avenge that loss on Wednesday, especially given that the 9-0 Mustangs had home field advantage. Wednesday’s outcome was even uglier, as the Bears succumbed to the slaughter rule after Mundelein scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take an 11-0 lead. “This is by far the best Mundelein team that I’ve seen in my 11 years here,” said Lake Zurich coach Gary Simon. “They’ve got a lot of things working for them: pitching, hitting, good defense. Their pitching looks real good.” After putting it all together in Tuesday’s dominant win, the Mustangs were hard-pressed to outdo themselves in …
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Boys learn baseball basics at six-on-six indoor baseball league.
Every Sunday since January, 10-and-11-year-old boys have been preparing for Lake Zurich's youth baseball season by honing their ball playing skills during two-hour sessions at Homerun Sports and Fitness Youth Indoor Baseball League. The six-on-six teams have been learning basic fundamentals in pitching, hitting, fielding, base running, and assorted other game situations. With the guidance of several coaches, the boys have been able to expand their baseball knowledge.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Mirko Grcic named to All-Patch Hardwood Tour First Team.
Seventeenth in a series The Patch Hardwood Tour examines boys high school basketball on a weekly rotational basis, focusing on teams in a 12-town region. Its intent is to celebrate and inform about prep hoops; the best high school sport in the state. With this column, The Tour officially concludes for this season. Excellence was abundant on The Patch Hardwood Tour during this past hoops season. From the gloriously outstanding campaigns of the Huntley Red Raiders and Crystal Lake Central Tigers to the late-season victories finally garnered by struggling squads from Prairie Ridge and Lake Zurich, effort earned rewards. In that same spirit, this column wraps up the 2010-11 basketball season by acknowledging the teams and individuals who…
Monday, March 14, 2011
The uncompromising tournament known as March Madness had swallowed the quartet whole.
Sixteenth in a series. The Patch Hardwood Tour examines boys high school basketball on a weekly rotational basis, focusing on teams in a 12-town region. Its intent is to celebrate and inform about prep hoops; the best high school sport in the state. The Tour will be stopping in your town soon. Four remaining survivors of the 17 Patch Hardwood Tour teams advanced into week 16 of the high school basketball season, but by the end of the seven-day stretch, the uncompromising tournament known as March Madness had swallowed the quartet whole. Such is the one-and-done nature of the IHSA prep basketball tournament, which snuffed the hopes of Huntley, Crystal Lake Central, Grayslake Central and Fremd. Each had managed to survive the first week of…
Monday, March 7, 2011
Huntley, Crystal Lake Central, Fremd and Grayslake Central remain in the hunt.
The attrition that accompanies the beginning of March Madness is startling in its callous swiftness. Teams build all year for a run in the state hoops tournament, but most hopes are snuffed almost immediately, and oft-times cruelly. After one week, just four of the 17 Patch Hardwood Tour teams are still standing, proudly hoisting Regional championship plaques. Three of those (Huntley, Crystal Lake Central and Fremd) were listed as this column’s top four teams in the final regular season poll. The fourth (Grayslake Central) is no real surprise, based on potential demonstrated numerous times during the year that belied its record. The advancing quartet in equally divided, with two of the squads (Huntley and Fremd) advancing to Class 4A …
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Local version of March Madness begins with roundup of 17 teams.
Fourteenth in a series The Patch Hardwood Tour examines boys high school basketball on a weekly rotational basis, focusing on teams in a 12-town region. Its intent is to celebrate and inform about prep hoops; the best high school sport in the state. The Tour will be stopping in your town soon. At halftime, a cheerleader from each Crystal Lake team flip-flopped wildly across the basketball court from opposite ends, then slammed violently together in mid-spin near the center line to the concerned gasp of the full-house crowd. Thankfully, neither of the young girls suffered serious injury, but their unintended meeting symbolized the full-bore battle that took place Friday night between the Crystal Lake Central Tigers (22-4) and the…
Lake Forest ties the game on a 3-point shot at the end of regulation before surging to a 60-49 overtime win.
So close yet so far. Through careful, well-executed ball control, Lake Zurich nursed a slender lead against Lake Forest in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter in their Monday night IHSA quarterfinals game. Leading 45-42 with seven seconds left on the clock, the Scouts’ coach Phil LaScala called a time out. “I told our guys that we’ll probably get one shot, and make it a good one,” said LaScala. That’s exactly what junior guard Thomas Durrett did. Aided by a perfect kick-out by teammate John Hayes, Durrett nailed a 3-pointer up left of the free throw line, tying the game at 45 to send it into overtime. Unfortunately for the Bears, the Scouts then proceeded to play their best basketball of the evening, outscoring Lake Zurich in the four…