One of the best efforts of the season from Elgin ultimately wasn’t enough as Larkin once again had too much firepower down the stretch while securing a 71-67 road win against its crosstown rival at Chesbrough Field House.
Now in its 39th year, the Elgin Holiday Tournament is more diverse than ever with five schools from the Chicago Public League and two from Rockford joining a mix of public and private schools from throughout the suburbs in the 16-team field.
Larkin is ready to make the short trip north to Algonquin to take part in the Jacobs Tournament, which marks a break with tradition after playing at the Elgin Tournament the past seven years. Bartlett and South Elgin are also in the 16-team field.
Larkin pays a visit to rival Elgin on Thursday at Chesbrough Field House. The Royals swept all four matchups against the Maroons last season and will be trying to extend their longest winning streak in the series since capturing seven straight from 1990-93.
Holiday hoops tournaments are right around the corner. For fans looking to hit the road and see some action outside the Fox Valley, check out this rundown of events taking place around the region that involve teams from the Courier-News coverage area.
Dave St. John is living proof it really is possible to bleed Maroon red and Royal blue at the same time. A 1954 graduate of Elgin High who later had five sons go through Larkin, St. John is a fixture at sporting events on both sides of town.
Batava drained 13 three-pointers compared to none for Larkin and led by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter, but the Bulldogs ultimately saw their upset bid come up empty as the Royals rallied behind Kendale McCullum and Drew Jones for a 69-65 win.
Bartlett made sure nothing came easy for rival South Elgin on Friday on the way to a convincing 68-50 Upstate Eight Valley victory. The outcome marked the lowest scoring output of the year for the Storm, which came in averaging 79 points.
St. Edward is off to a blistering 9-0 start, and its success is built around a roster filled almost entirely with multi-sport athletes. Senior Davontae Elam and junior Nick Duffy are two of the top contributors to the Green Wave’s balanced and versatile attack.
Boys basketball news and notes from around the Elgin area, including a look at Burlington Central, which is riding high after a 6-1 start to the season. Last year the Rockets found themselves in a big hole after losing their first seven games.
Erin Blair, a first-year health teacher at Lakewood School in Carpentersville, will need a substitute for much of February after recently being chosen to work as a women’s hockey referee at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Locked in a nonconference dogfight where the lead changed hands nine times in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter, Burlington Central showed some serious poise down the stretch as it pulled away for a 74-68 win against Elgin on Tuesday.
Playing without its best player on the road against an up-and-coming Larkin team in the final game of the Mac Irvin Classic was the challenge facing Mogan Park, and the defending Class 3A champion answered the call with an 84-82 overtime victory in Elgin.
Fresh off three victories in the past five months, Elgin golfer Carlos Sainz Jr. look to take a big step up the professional ladder when he tees it up at this week’s Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament finals at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.
St. Edward went on a 13-2 run during a three-minute stretch in the fourth quarter to take command in a 59-52 victory against Montini on Wednesday at Aurora Christian’s Burney Wilkie Classic. The Green Wave improves to 6-0 with the win.
Departing staff writer Erik Jacobsen reflects on his eight-plus years working as a sports reporter for the Courier-News and offers up thanks to the athletes, coaches, co-workers and readers who have made his job so enjoyable.