Football

April 12, 2014
By JAY SCHWAB jschwab@shawmedia.com
It was only a couple years ago that Kaneland junior Zack Thielk was close to ground zero in the weight room.
April 1, 2014
By JEFF ARNOLD jarnold@shawmedia.com
More than a year after she started investigating head injuries among high school athletes, State Rep. Carol Sente understands unanswered questions still exist.
March 18, 2014
By JEFF ARNOLD jarnold@shawmedia.com
Whether high school football players in Illinois will be permitted to participate in full-padded summer camps will come down to a vote of IHSA member schools.
March 7, 2014
By DAILY CHRONICLE STAFF - sports@daily-chronicle.com
Dre Brown took a visit to the University of Illinois this weekend.
February 27, 2014
By DAILY CHRONICLE STAFF - sports@daily-chronicle.com
Former Northern Illinois wide receiver and current Western Michigan football coach P.J. Fleck will be inducted into the Kaneland Hall of Fame this spring.
February 13, 2014
By ROSS JACOBSON rjacobson@shawmedia.com
Between basketball games in the pool, fishing trips and football practices, Michael Stinnett and Josh Hunt have hung around together a lot over the past four years.
February 6, 2014
By TRAVIS ZUELLIG- sports@daily-chronicle.com
Teammate Short headed to FCS Northern Colorado
February 5, 2014
Kaneland senior Dylan Nauert called St. Cloud State football assistant coach Mitchell Kleinschrodt on Saturday night to offer his verbal commitment, and Nauert said Kleinschrodt "just went nuts. It was awesome."
January 25, 2014
By KEVIN DRULEY kdruley@shawmedia.com
Tyler Slamans has only versed himself briefly in Western Illinois’ offense. He just took an official visit to the school this month, and committed Thursday to play football there.
January 3, 2014
By STEVE NITZ- snitz@shawmedia.com
Jason Schepler had been working out in his hometown of Sycamore, just waiting for another opportunity in the NFL.
December 25, 2013
By KEVIN DRULEY - kdruley@shawmedia.com
DeKALB – Matt Williams snagged his share of screen time during the Northern Illinois football team’s Orange Bowl appearance last season.
December 17, 2013
By ANTHONY ZILIS - sports@daily-chronicle.com
DeKALB – The biggest push is done in Dre Brown's college recruitment.
By KEVIN DRULEY – kdruley@shawmedia.com
Kaneland senior right tackle Joe Komel lamented a lack of motivation early in his football career.
December 16, 2013
Attendance figures top the 2012 state finals in Champaign
December 2, 2013
By DAILY CHRONICLE STAFF - sports@daily-chronicle.com
In a season that featured four local playoff teams, there were many incredible moments and exciting games over the nine-game regular season and into the postseason.
By ROSS JACOBSON rjacobson@shawmedia.com
SYCAMORE – Three years ago, Ben Niemann was just worried about making friends.
November 30, 2013
By ROSS JACOBSON - rjacobson@shawmedia.com
DeKALB – Winning high school state championships is nothing new to Ken and Derek Leonard.
By ROSS JACOBSON rjacobson@shawmedia.com
DeKALB – The Lena-Winslow football team won its second Class 1A state title Friday, defeating Downs Tri-Valley, 28-21, in the state finals. The Panthers gave the Daily Chronicle all-access from their arrival Thursday in DeKalb on through their victory celebration in the locker room Friday afternoon.
By STEVE NITZ snitz@shawmedia.com
DeKALB – For Stillman Valley football coach Mike Lalor, making the trip down to Champaign for the IHSA State Football Championships was somewhat of a ritual.
November 29, 2013
By DAILY CHRONICLE STAFF - sports@daily-chronicle.com
Behind the scenes of Lena-Winslow's Class 1A state football championship at Huskie Stadium.
November 23, 2013
By STEVE NITZ – snitz@shawmedia.com
LOMBARD – Sycamore had a magnificent season.
By DAILY CHRONICLE STAFF - sports@daily-chronicle.com
Click here for highlights of the Class 5A Sycamore-Montini playoff football game.
Photos from Sycamore's loss to Montini during the Class 5A semifinals at Montini.
By Dan Santaromita - dsantaromita@shawmedia.com
LOMBARD – Sycamore’s seniors, led by players like Ben Niemann and Devin Mottet, accomplished so much within the Spartan program, but for the second year in a row the season ended with a loss at Montini.
By ROSS JACOBSON rjacobson@shawmedia.com
Joe Scianna will sit in the stands for Sycamore football home games and instantly recognize the Spartans’ offensive plays.
By ROSS JACOBSON rjacobson@shawmedia.com
The final moments of last year’s second-round loss against Montini re-emerged as Sycamore watched film in preparation for this afternoon’s long-anticipated rematch with the Broncos in Lombard.
November 22, 2013
By FELIX SARVER - fsarver@shawmedia.com
DeKALB – With less than a week to go, Debbie Armstrong knows DeKalb County is primed for two days of high school football state championship games expected to draw 30,000 fans.
By DENNIS D. JACOBS – sports@daily-chronicle.com
On any given Sunday, an analyst on an NFL broadcast will discuss injuries a team has had on its offensive line and how players have found themselves playing different positions than they’re accustomed to, and how difficult the transition can be.
November 21, 2013
By DAILY CHRONICLE STAFF - sports@daily-chronicle.com
Click here for our video prediction for the Class 5A semifinal game between Sycamore and Montini.
November 19, 2013
By DAILY CHRONICLE STAFF - sports@daily-chronicle.com
Click here for a video preview of the Class 5A semifinal game between Sycamore and Montini.
November 16, 2013
By STEVE NITZ – snitz@shawmedia.com
SYCAMORE – Devin Mottet was tired.
By TRAVIS ZUELLIG – sports@daily-chronicle.com
SYCAMORE – During the final four drives of the IHSA Class 5A quarterfinal between Sycamore and Lincoln-Way West, the Spartans defined its season with resilience and excitement.
By DAILY CHRONICLE STAFF - sports@daily-chronicle.com
Click here for video highlights of Sycamore's dramatic 21-14 Class 5A quarterfinal victory against Lincoln-Way West.
By ROSS JACOBSON rjacobson@shawmedia.com
At times it seems all too easy for Ben Niemann.
November 12, 2013
By DAILY CHRONICLE STAFF - sports@daily-chronicle.com
Click here for our quarterfinal preview of Sycamore vs. Lincoln-Way West in the Class 5A playoffs.
November 10, 2013
By JAY SCHWAB - jschwab@shawmedia.com
JOLIET – Dealing with Michael Ivlow and Joliet Catholic was going to be difficult enough.
November 9, 2013
By ROSS JACOBSON - rjacobson@shawmedia.com
LA GRANGE PARK – Brett Weaver couldn't come up with the words.
By DAN SANTAROMITA - dsantaromita@shawmedia.com
LA GRANGE PARK – Ben Niemann doesn’t crave the spotlight, but he sure took it against Nazareth.
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 big-picture implications of a Round 2 victory for Sycamore and Kaneland.
By JAY SCHWAB – jschwab@shawmedia.com
MAPLE PARK – The Kaneland football team's offense has been elite for years. The Knights' defense has caught up in recent seasons, and Gary Koehring has been right in the middle of that development.
By ROSS JACOBSON rjacobson@shawmedia.com
From observing the Sycamore football team just before an afternoon practice starts, it’d be hard to tell the Spartans were under any pressure and in the midst of one of the best seasons in school history.
By BY DAILY CHRONICLE STAFF - sports@daily-chronicle.com
No. 2 Sycamore (10-0) at No. 10 Nazareth Academy (8-2)
November 6, 2013
By DAILY CHRONICLE STAFF – sports@daily-chronicle.com
We preview Sycamore's Class 5A second round playoff game vs. Nazareth here.
November 5, 2013
By ROSS JACOBSON - rjacobson@shawmedia.com
There’s nothing quite like high school playoff football.
November 2, 2013
By DAN TOMLIN - sports@daily-chronicle.com
GENESEO – The Genoa-Kingston football team certainly had its chances.
By TRAVIS ZUELLIG - sports@daily-chronicle.com
SYCAMORE — Sycamore football held a 28-point lead at halftime, but Antioch made things interesting with some trick plays in the second half.
By ROSS JACOBSON - rjacobson@shawmedia.com
BATAVIA – Bright yellow signs lined the fence by the south end zone Friday night at Batavia High School.
By LUKE SRODULSKI sports@daily-chronicle.com
BATAVIA – On the second play from scrimmage, DeKalb junior running back Dre Brown found a hole up the middle and took a handoff 69 yards for a touchdown and, he hoped, a momentum-builder.
By JARED BIRCHFIELD – sports@daily-chronicle.com
MAPLE PARK – Kaneland’s defense held the Hampshire football team scoreless for the first time this season, blanking the Whip-Purs, 35-0, Friday night in the opening round of the IHSA Class 5A playoffs.
November 1, 2013
By ROSS JACOBSON rjacobson@shawmedia.com
Drew Paszotta, Dre Brown and Jack Sauter first met Matt Weckler even before he was their coach.

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