November 13, 2013
SYCAMORE - Nathan Haacker was set on going to John Logan Community College.
October 8, 2013
Anthony Holubecki’s fastball occasionally touched the lower 90s this summer, velocity the Kaneland sophomore right-hander only hopes to augment.
September 9, 2013
Her pencil may have shaken with every bump in the road, but Morgan Newport had little choice – the then-freshman starting pitcher had to do her homework on the bus to and from DeKalb softball games last year. Otherwise, her ability to play club volleyball may have been compromised.
July 18, 2013
KIRKLAND – When anyone comes into Kirkland from the east or west on Route 72, they eventually see the population sign.
July 16, 2013
GENEVA – Kaneland alumnus Drew Peters surveyed a Fifth Third Bank Ballpark clubhouse food spread Monday afternoon and smiled.
July 10, 2013
Ty Carlson was at a Kaneland basketball practice when Ernie Colombe dropped by with a hard-to-believe bulletin: Carlson’s summer baseball team, the Kane County Phantoms, would be coached by former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen’s son, Oney Guillen.
June 13, 2013
Here is the full list of our individual and overall male and female athletes of the year.
June 10, 2013
Scott Nelson practiced throwing pitches outside the strike zone.
June 4, 2013
What were the top 10 prep sports games that the Daily Chronicle covered during the 2012-13 season? Check out the list here.
June 3, 2013
What were the top 10 prep sports moments for the 2012-13 school year?
June 1, 2013
SYCAMORE – Sycamore pitcher Cole Nelson was in a rhythm early in Saturday's Class 3A Sycamore Sectional championship, sending the first nine St. Francis batters back to the dugout during a perfect first three innings.
The Sycamore baseball team might have to get used to text messages filled with exclamation points from Jason Cavanaugh if its scoring binge continues.
May 31, 2013
SYCAMORE – Midway through the season, Jason Cavanaugh knew the Sycamore baseball team’s offense couldn’t possibly stay as poor as it was. Entering the year, Cavanaugh envisioned an explosive offense, and when he saw his team practice, he knew that potential was still there.
May 30, 2013
Images from the Sycamore baseball team's victory against Rockford East in the Class 3A Sycamore Sectional semifinals.
One facet of the game matters most to Sycamore baseball coach Jason Cavanaugh.
May 29, 2013
Daily Chronicle sports editor Ross Jacobson and sports reporter Steve Nitz spend their days covering the area’s sports scene. Occasionally, they give their viewpoints on those local sports. In this installment of their Take 2 column, they discuss the potential of DeKalb softball and Sycamore baseball to win sectional titles.
May 28, 2013
Editor’s Note: This is the third story in a three-part series on pitching in high school baseball.
May 25, 2013
MAPLE PARK – The Kaneland baseball program has earned many honors over the years, including an IHSA Class 3A state title in 2011, but had never won a regional championship on its own field.
ROCHELLE – Mitchell Jordan heard the loud thump as his fifth-inning home run ball hit the left-center field scoreboard at Rochelle High School.
MAPLE PARK – Kaneland batters knew it would be a challenge to get on base against Sandwich starting pitcher Jake Roehn in Friday’s IHSA Class 3A Kaneland Regional semifinal.
May 24, 2013
Images from the DeKalb baseball team's loss to Dundee-Crown.
DeKALB – When the wind is blowing in at DeKalb High School’s Dave Pettengell Field, hitting can be a daunting task.
In the past four years the Hinckley-Big Rock baseball team has never had to worry about the catchers’ position – Mitch Ruh has made sure of that.
May 23, 2013
The Hiawatha baseball team’s season ended Wednesday with a 7-6 loss to Freeport in a Class 1A River Ridge Sectional semifinal. The Hawks fought back, scoring three runs in the seventh, and the final out was recorded with two runners in scoring position.
ROCHELLE – Rochelle only had three wins coming into Wednesday’s Class 3A Rochelle Regional semifinal against Sycamore, but Spartans baseball coach Jason Cavanaugh said he was “scared to death” by the Hubs, and he had a good reason.
May 22, 2013
Mike Mercado trembled with nervousness in the batter’s box.
May 21, 2013
Genoa-Kingston baseball lost to Wheaton Academy, 6-0, in the Class 3A Burlington Central Regional quarterfinals on Monday, ending the Cogs’ season.
May 20, 2013
Statistical analysis has led to changes for the Sycamore baseball team.
May 19, 2013
Hiawatha defeated Alden-Hebron, 3-2, in nine innings to capture the team's first regional title since 2008.
BIG ROCK – A few weeks before the Hiawatha baseball team made program history by winning their first regional championship, Hiawatha baseball coach Sean Donnelly gathered his team in a classroom before practice and pulled up a video.
May 17, 2013
Genoa-Kingston softball swept Harvard in a double-header to complete its regular season with a record of 17-6 overall and 8-4 in the Big Northern Conference East.
May 16, 2013
SYCAMORE – The opportunities had certainly been there, coming from a variety of angles, but each – whether sailing too high or just wide – had missed the mark.
BIG ROCK – Hinckley-Big Rock pitcher Dutch Schneeman fired a high fastball with his final pitch of the game.
May 15, 2013
Editor's Note: This is the second story in a three-part series on pitching in high school and college baseball.
The DeKalb baseball team lost to Yorkville, 10-3, on Tuesday. The win gave Yorkville the outright Northern Illinois Big 12 East title as the Barbs fell to 11-16 overall and 5-10 in the conference. Sycamore finished a game behind Yorkville at 10-5 in conference.
May 14, 2013
DeKalb baseball is hoping to get in a groove during the last week of the regular season as the Barbs defeated Sterling, 10-3, in a Northern Illinois Big 12 crossover game.
May 13, 2013
Starting pitching determines momentum in baseball.
May 12, 2013
DeKalb girls soccer won its first playoff game with a 3-0 victory over Elgin in the Class 3A DeKalb Regional quarterfinals.
May 11, 2013
SYCAMORE – A few weeks ago, Sycamore baseball coach Jason Cavanaugh predicted there would be a time when his team’s surprisingly effective pitching would go through a tough stretch, and its unexpectedly poor hitting would need to carry the load.
May 10, 2013
The DeKalb girls soccer team earned a 1-0 victory over Sycamore on Thursday.
May 9, 2013
Spartans’ bad timing: Sycamore needed a win Tuesday against Yorkville to wrap up the Northern Illinois Big 12 East conference title.
The Kaneland girls soccer team beat Sycamore, 1-0, as the Knights got a first-half goal from Kiandra Powell off an assist from Courtney Diddell for the only score.
May 8, 2013
DeKalb girls soccer defeated Morris, 4-0, on Tuesday afternoon and clinched the Northern Illinois Big 12 East title after Sycamore and Kaneland played to a scoreless tie.
May 7, 2013
SYCAMORE – Cole Nelson describes himself as a “man of action.”
SHABBONA – A first-inning fastball to Hinckley-Big Rock’s Luke Winkle changed the entire complexion of Monday’s game against Indian Creek.
Genoa-Kingston senior Danielle Neisendorf set a Big Northern Conference record by clearing 5 feet, 4 inches in the high jump and won the conference title Monday. The Cogs finished seventh as a team with 37 points.
May 5, 2013
DeKalb girls soccer shut out Morris, 5-0, on Saturday to remain undefeated in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East.
Editor's Note: This is the first story in a three-part series on pitching in high school baseball.
May 3, 2013
DeKalb junior badminton player Tristan Draper qualified for the IHSA State Tournament after taking fourth place at Thursday’s Naperville North Sectional. Draper went 4-2, losing the third-place match to Lincoln-Way West’s Elizabeth Heise, 16-21, 11-21.