Eight schools, all of which are currently in the BNC East or the FVC Fox, are poised to make up a new athletic conference beginning in 2015.
Eight schools, including six from McHenry County, are poised to make up a new athletic conference beginning in 2015.
Alex Martens developed a fondness for Southeastern Conference softball after watching the Women’s College World Series.
McHenry sophomore infielder Alex Martens, a Northwest Herald All-Area second-team selection, has committed to play softball at Kentucky.
It started with getting good grades, but the Crystal Lake Comets 16U team is having an impact on its community far beyond the softball field.
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Sara Wiedmaier’s college eligibility has expired, but the 2009 Marengo graduate will have a couple more weeks to play competitive softball this summer.
Five local softball players received All-State second-team honors from the Illinois Coaches Association, which announced its state teams Friday.
Stepping into the batter’s box as Prairie Ridge pitcher Kirsten Stevens stands 43 feet away in the circle equated to a nightmare scenario for any hitter.
Crystal Lake Central softball coach Brian Strombom knew his team had the potential to accomplish something special.
ROCHELLE – The Marengo softball team needed one out to reach a supersectional. That out never came.
ROCHELLE – Marengo softball coach Dwain Nance doesn't want his team to get its local sports news from a newspaper. He would prefer they didn't get it at all.
CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry softball coach John DiFrancesca instilled in his players a focus on the present.
The McHenry and Gurnee Warren softball teams took similar paths to the Class 4A Prairie Ridge Sectional.
The Marengo softball team captured its seventh straight regional title Saturday with a 4-2 win over Burlington Central in the Class 3A Sycamore Regional championship.
ALGONQUIN – Seeded fifth in its own softball regional, Jacobs wasn't expected to make a deep postseason run.
FOX LAKE – McHenry right-hander Kristin Koepke has some giddy up on that fastball. And she is quite capable of keeping her Warriors in many of games.
McHenry slugger Kelsea Cichocki says her Warriors can play both small and big ball when the time is right.
SYCAMORE – One clutch hit started the momentum for the Marengo softball team on Thursday.
ALGONQUIN – Huntley junior Mackenzie Brown wanted to put together a good at-bat.
WOODSTOCK – Woodstock North shortstop Bria Romine is one of the top players on her team, but coach Kristin Holzbauer kept telling the senior she wanted to see more.
ALGONQUIN – It didn't matter who was in the circle for Cary-Grove when Jacobs freshman Emily Borg stepped to the plate.
FOX LAKE – Nothing like setting the tone early.
Collin Ridout doubled and homered for Johnsburg, which cruised to the Class 3A Lakes Regional quarterfinal with a 12-0, five-inning win against North Chicago on Monday.
SYCAMORE – A signature win seemed to be shaping up for the young Hampshire softball team in the top of the seventh inning of Monday’s Class 3A Sycamore Regional quarterfinal against Sycamore.
WOODSTOCK – On May 13, Marian Central softball starting catcher Hannah O’Hagan slid into third base in a game against Wheaton Academy and broke several metacarpals in her right hand. She had four pins inserted this past week in an injury that ended her season.
CRYSTAL LAKE – For as many scoring opportunities No. 5 Jacobs had early in its regional quarterfinal game against No. 4 Crystal Lake South, the Golden Eagles believed it was only a matter of when, not if, they would break through.
The Prairie Ridge softball team scored four runs in the top of the 13th inning to beat Marengo, 5-2, on in a nonconference game Saturday in Marengo.
Jordan Hook hit a walk-off double to right center to score Sara Finn in the 12th inning for the Hampshire softball team in a, 4-3, Fox Valley Conference Fox Division win against Woodstock North on Friday.
The McHenry baseball team defeated Huntley, 2-1, on Thursday at McHenry, spoiling the Red Raiders’ chance for an outright Fox Valley Conference Valley Division title.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Maybe it was the pregame bubble gum that Michelle O'Keefe's mother gave the Crystal Lake Central softball team, or maybe it was the loud, energetic music heard from the adjacent baseball field during warmups.
The Woodstock girls soccer team poured on the offense Wednesdasy in a 6-0 win over Marengo in their Class 2A Marengo Regional semifinal.
The Huntley girls soccer team cruised in its opening match of the Class 3A Rockford Guilford Regional.
Crystal Lake Central pitcher Tyler Hoffman pitched all seven innings in a Fox Valley Conference Fox Division two-hit shutout win over Hampshire, 10-0, on Monday in Hampshire.
Lauren Stanley threw a no-hitter for Cary-Grove on Friday, and the Trojans held on for a 1-0 win against Dundee-Crown in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division softball.
Crystal Lake Central’s Kushal Gourikrishna and T.J. Blackmore won their opening round match of the Fox Valley Conference Tournament at No. 2 doubles, knocking off No. 4 seed Scott Wonsil and Spencer Freeman from Grayslake North, 6-4, 6-3.
ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Kristin Koepke McHenry, So.
The Huntley softball team defeated Crystal Lake South, 8-6, on Wednesday in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game.
Jorge Pichardo and Harvard’s 4x800-meter relay team both set meet records Saturday at the Genoa-Kingston Invitational in Genoa.
Jerry Lagerhausen just wants the best for his Alden-Hebron softball team.
The McHenry girls soccer team picked up its first Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win of the season Thursday, taking down first-place Huntley, 2-1.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake Central softball coach Brian Strombom knows that no matter the situation, he can count on his pitching staff, and with a slim lead late in the game against Dundee-Crown on Wednesday, he had to trust his staff again.CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake Central softball coach Brian Strombom knows that no matter the situation, he can count on his pitching staff, and with a slim lead late in the game against Dundee-Crown on Wednesday, he had to trust his staff again.
RICHMOND – There have been days this season when the Marengo softball team could rely on its pitching without having to worry about much offensive support.
Deanna Hecht scored on a direct kick from 25 yards out midway through the first half to give Huntley the lead at home in a 3-0 win against Cary-Grove on Tuesday in Fox Valley Conference girls soccer.
After giving up a home run as her only hit the last time she faced Huntley, Prairie Ridge’s Kirsten Stevens wasn’t taking any chances Monday.
CARY – Sam McLean had been close before and wasn't convinced the contact she made with a high fastball had a chance at getting the job done.
Lindsay Efflandt is trying to enjoy softball games with her Cary-Grove teammates and vows to return to the pitching circle.
Huntley's Haley Spannraft threw her first career no-hitter Saturday in a 15-0 win over Rockford Guilford.
CRYSTAL LAKE – Lauren Stanley should have been nervous.