Courier News Latest news from Courier News Online en-us (Editor) Courier News 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Cougar Notes: Kyle Schwarber callup excites Cubs faithful in Kane County ]]> Lead story image

The way first-round pick Kyle Schwarber started out his Cubs career last week at short-season Class A Boise turned him into a social media legend. With every bomb Schwarber dropped on Northwest League pitching, Cubs fans began salivating over their latest top prospect. After going 12-for-20 with four home runs in five games with an almost comical 1.975 OPS, he was promoted to Kane County. ]]> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:37:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Minor League Baseball: Cubs’ No. 1 pick Schwarber opens with hit, RBI in Cougars’ win ]]>

Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs’ first-round (fourth overall) pick in this month’s First-Year Player Draft, went 1-for-3 with an RBI in his first game with the Cougars, who scored all of their runs in the third inning en route to a 7-0 win in a game called with two outs in the fifth due to rain. ]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:02:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Hampshire grad Jake Goebbert called up to the majors by San Diego ]]>

The former Hampshire player was promoted to the San Diego Padres from Class AAA El Paso after the Padres put first baseman Yonder Alonso on the disabled list. It’s his first time with a major-league club after starting out in the minor leagues with the Houston Astros’ organization in 2009, following his career at Northwestern. ]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:18:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Soccer: St. Charles East’s Amanda Hilton is Courier-News Player of the Year ]]> Lead story image

Leading the Saints with 17 goals, senior midfielder was key player in St. Charles East’s drive to Class 3A state final. ]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:40:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Golf Notes: Taylor Arenson wins Naperville women’s city title ]]> Lead story image

Taylor Arenson, a 2014 Naperville North High School graduate, Monday shot even par 72 at Naperbrook Golf Course to claim the Naperville Women’s City Golf Championship. Defending champion Carolyn Wong took second with a 79 and was followed by Kathleen Giradot (82), Martha Rash (83) and Katrina Carter (90). ]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 02:31:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Soccer: Courier-News All-Area Team ]]> Lead story image

Following are members of the 2014 team, plus honorable mention. ]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:47:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cougars Insider: Dr. Bob Froehlich on being the owner — ‘This is, like, ours’ ]]> Lead story image

When the Cougars announced their affiliation with the Cubs going into the 2013 season, people assumed fan interest would be piqued by the news. Which it was. But it also had another unintended effect. It caught the interest of the couple that wound up becoming the team’s new majority owners. ]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 02:30:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Minor League Baseball: Powell leads West All-Stars to victory ]]>

The Beloit centerfielder was named MVP of the Midwest League All-Star game as the West All-Stars blanked the East 7-0. The Cougars are a member of the Western division. ]]> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:30:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Basketball: Elgin graduate Sean Harrington brings out best in The Players Camp ]]> Lead story image

An Elgin graduate, son of former Elgin coach Jim Harrington and now an ESPN analyst, Harrington has started his own business called The Players Camp. It’s designed to bring players from Illinois and Wisconsin to the Walker Athletics facility in Lisle for eight-hour camps for boys grades three through high school senior. ]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:53:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Softball: Bandits’ All-Star doubleheader a talented tale of the tape ]]> Lead story image

There will be a bevy of talent on display Wednesday at The Ballpark in Rosemont. A Bandits’ squad made up of players from their 14-U and 16-U teams will take on the frosh-soph High School All-Stars at 6 p.m. and the Bandits’ 18-U team will face off with the junior-senior High School All-Stars at 8 p.m. ]]> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:14:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Soccer: IHSA success factor decision keeps St. Edward in Class 1A — for now ]]> Lead story image

The rule change would have forced St. Edward up into Class 2A because the Green Wave won a third-place trophy in 2014 and a fourth-place trophy in 2011. The success factor formula requires teams winning two trophies in four years to make automatic advancement to a higher class, and a change was also tacked on at Monday’s IHSA board meeting requiring one of those trophies to have been won in the past two years. ]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 02:29:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: South Elgin scores early, often to secure third-place finish in Class 3A ]]> Lead story image

The Storm had missed several opportunities to pad an early lead Friday and fell 3-2, but they took advantage of most of their chances early and made them hold up Saturday for a 6-5 victory over Prairie Ridge to capture the third-place trophy at Joliet’s Silver Cross Field. ]]> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 02:39:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Minor League Baseball: Cougars fall to Beloit in back-and-forth affair ]]>

Host Beloit won the game with a run in the bottom of the ninth inning in a back-and-forth game. The teams combined for 30 hits, with the Cougars collecting 19 of those. ]]> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 23:52:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: South Elgin counting on success for success ]]> Lead story image

One of the great things about achievement is it often inspires more. South Elgin emerged from taking the school’s first-ever baseball state trophy for third place in Class 4A vowing to be back for something even better. ]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:25:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: St. Rita rallies past South Elgin in 4A semifinal ]]> Lead story image

South Elgin held a 2-1 lead Friday and St. Rita pitcher Mike Costanzo appeared in trouble several times, but the left-hander hung tough and the Mustangs rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning off South Elgin pitcher Ryan Nutof for a 3-2 victory in the Class 4A state semifinals at Joliet’s Silver Cross Stadium. ]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:31:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Little-used Austin Sayer closes South Elgin’s victory ]]>

The final hero of South Elgin’s run to a state third-place trophy Saturday had become a forgotten man of sorts. Reliever Austin Sayer hadn’t pitched since May 23, but he came on with none out and two on and did just enough to avoid being burned for the loss while gaining his second save as the Storm won 6-5 over Prairie Ridge for the Class 4A third-place trophy. ]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:31:28 -0500