Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Libertyville concluded its season by edging Palatine by a point.
The attrition that accompanies the beginning of March Madness is startling in its callous swiftness. Teams build all year for a run in the state hoops tournament, but most hopes are snuffed almost immediately, and oft-times cruelly. After one week, just four of the 17 Patch Hardwood Tour teams are still standing, proudly hoisting Regional championship plaques. Three of those (Huntley, Crystal Lake Central and Fremd) were listed as this column’s top four teams in the final regular season poll. The fourth (Grayslake Central) is no real surprise, based on potential demonstrated numerous times during the year that belied its record. The advancing quartet in equally divided, with two of the squads (Huntley and Fremd) advancing to Class 4A …
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Parks and Recreation Committee consider renting section of of Libertyville Sports Complex driving range as they continue to consider selling property.
Libertyville will begin to consider renting a less used section of the driving range within the Libertyville Sports Complex as the village also reviews selling the property to reduce its debt. Connie Kowal, director of recreation and Sports Complex, said the south side of the driving range closest to Peterson Road, offers minimal revenue potential. The section, which features the putting green, chipping green and grass tee practice area is difficult to manage due to its topography and its distance, according to Kowal. "It is out of site, out of mind to the clubhouse and thus is tough to manage for revenue production," said Kowal before the Parks and Recreation Committee and Commission Tuesday night. He said the area may better be used as …
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Each week Patch will send a photographer out to capture the essence of Libertyville.
Libertyville High School girls basketball team recently claimed an North Suburban Conference title.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Little-used Jackie Hansen comes off the bench to provide spark in win over Wauconda.
Anyone figuring the odds at the NSC title game on Wednesday night was simply out of luck. The battle between unbeaten Libertyville and Wauconda didn't figure to be close. Yet with less than six minutes to play in the fourth quarter it was knotted up at 27-27. Maybe even higher odds would placed on No. 33 in a Libertyville uniform having anything to do with this big contest. Jackie Hansen gave the Wildcats (27-0) great energy off the bench. Libertyville star Savannah Trees scored the game's last 10 points as the Wildcats won the title game 37-27. The junior Hansen was one of the first players off coach Kathie Swanson's bench. That came in the first quarter as the lethargic Wildcats offense produced only 5 points and trailed the underdog …
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Eleventh in a series. The Patch Hardwood Tour examines boys high school basketball on a weekly rotational basis, focusing on teams in a 12-town region.
Eleven weeks into the season it finally happened, thanks to a big game and a boost from the girls. I’m talking about the first full house for a hoops contest I’ve witnessed this campaign – the first-place Mid-Suburban League West showdown Friday between the Barrington Broncos and the host Fremd Vikings won by the visitors 75-61. In a rare pairing, the boys varsity game preceded the girls contest, meaning that the fairer of the species took center stage at prime time before a larger-than-usual audience. But, as I’ve already pointed out, the boys benefitted as well from the parents, friends and fans of the girls game, who lent their presence and vocal cords to the important contest, giving it the atmosphere it deserved. Unfortunately for the…
Monday, February 7, 2011
The LHS Cheerleading team placed second at the state competition.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Congratulations to the Libertyville High School Cheerleading team on placing second at the Illinois High School Association State Competitions! On Monday, LHS Principal Dr. Marina Scott led the team on a Championship March through the school's hallway.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Libertyville cheerleaders bring home second place; boys hoops almost topples the top team.
On Monday there will be a championship march through Libertyville High School. And this is one of those teams that can truly entertain while marching. It's the second place Libertyville co-ed cheerleading squad. And after Friday's results at the IHSA state tourney, it didn't look so good. Libertyville was in ninth place. The big rally to second place came on Saturday in Bloomington. So if you want to catch the parade of these athletes it kicks off on the second floor near the English classes around 9:20 a.m. Athletics director Briant Kelly has worked out a schedule that will wind these fun team around the biology room and tech wings. Don't bet on a quiet march for this spirited club. Wrestling: Ok, so the Wildcats didn't win another …
Friday, February 4, 2011
Tenth in a series. The Patch Hardwood Tour examines boys high school basketball on a weekly rotational basis, focusing on teams in a 12-town region.
Way back when I was a reporter for my college newspaper I interviewed the head basketball coach for a preseason article. The team had a pair of excellent returning guards on the verge of setting scoring and assist records at the school, and I asked him if either had even a scintilla-of-a-chance of having a professional basketball career. His response was totally unexpected. “Actually,” he said, “the guy who has the best chance is Steve Smith.” Now, Steve Smith (not his real name . . . it has long faded from my memory) was entering his sophomore season on the team. He was, to put it kindly, terrible; all arms and legs, painfully thin and bereft of coordination. But he stood 7-foot-2 inches tall. The coach explained that if Smith could …
Monday, January 31, 2011
Here's a recap of the latest achievements of Libertyville High School Wildcats.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Cheerleading Wrestling Girls Bowling Girls Gymnastics Girls Basketball Boys Swimming and Diving Boys Basketball Information provided by Libertyville High School.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Wrestling team wins another conference title; girls basketball team's map set for the big run.
The one program that seems to dominate year in and year out is the one with the kids you don't want to mess with. Some of them may be on the small side but again it's not wise to make them angry. Congratulations are out for the Libertyville boys wrestling team. Another conference title was clinched on Saturday. That follows a 6-0 mark in the regular season. Now it wasn't easy for the Wildcats up at Lakes High School, both Warren and Stevenson have potent squads. But aided by a pair of champions, the Wildcats prevailed with 186 points. Those two champions also did not have free rides on the way to titles. At 112, Pat Fitzgerald headed to overtime before nipping Grant's Ben Soumar. The versatile Sayad Banifazl settled in at 152 and edged …