The switch this year to Jim Roberts as head coach may have affected Jacobs guard Chris Orange more than any other Golden Eagle. As point guard, the wiry 6-1 junior is running the show in a new offense after Golden Eagles longtime coach Jim Hinkle had retired. It’s not unlike the change a quarterback faces in a new offense.
Only two team teams alive in this Class 4A state tournament clawed their way up through three regional contests to make sectional. Those two underdogs with first-year coaches — South Elgin (17-14) and Jacobs (18-13) — face each other Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Class 4A Elgin Sectional.
Longtime area resident and athletic director Steve Gertz is taking over the Dundee-Crown athletic program on July 1 after the retirement of current Chargers athletic director Richard Storm. The school board approved the hiring Monday.
Beating teams from the Rockford area’s Northern Illinois Conference has never been the forte of the Fox Valley Conference and Huntley.
Along with the school’s first-ever state basketball trophy for fourth place in Class 3A, the Rockets came away from their experience at Redbird Arena believing they now had a very good idea of what it will take to make the next step and win a state title in the future. And they think they can do it.
Quincy Notre Dame’s veteran girls ballclub caused 27 turnovers, and came away with a 64-40 victory over Burlington Central’s young squad for third place in Class 3A Saturday at Illinois State’s Redbird Arena.
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The problem with that style occurs when the opponent also plays defense and hits the boards like a taller team should. Jacobs did both, then got one brief spurt of offense with 11 third-quarter points from guard Chris Orange to come away with a 43-33 victory.
Kateri Stone’s steal at halfcourt and basket with 3:32 remaining ignited an 11-0 run over the next three minutes as Montini rallied from a 24-21 deficit to defeat Burlington Central 34-26 in a Class 3A state semifinal Friday at Redbird Arena.
South Elgin, which upset Larkin in the regional semifinals, ended an improbable week with a 76-62 victory over St. Charles East to win the Class 4A St. Charles North Regional championship Friday. The Storm will play Jacobs on Wednesday in a semifinal of the Class 4A Elgin Sectional.
The Red Raiders came out strong and never let up Friday night, coasting to a 77-29 victory over shorthanded Jefferson to capture the Class 4A Belvidere North Regional championship.
Three turning points made it possible for a fourth seed to rise up and play in a regional championship game like the Storm will do Friday in the Class 4A St. Charles North Regional finals against third-seeded St. Charles East.
Just chalk it up to March Madness, and perhaps one case of bad seeding.
The team from Bowlway Lanes takes a narrow lead against Elgin Lanes into the final round of match play in the second Elgin Cross-Town Classic this Saturday at Bowlway Lanes following a late comeback last Saturday.
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St. Charles East got out to a quick lead and never relinquished it as the Saints defeated rival St. Charles North 65-50 in a Class 4A regional semifinal.