Athlete of the Week

Cameron Karney

Prairie Ridge

Mon, 16 October 2017

Karney finished third at the IHSA Class 2A boys golf state finals, shooting a 1-over-par 143. He helped the Wolves finish sixth in the 12-team field at the Class 2A finals.

Jayden Otto

Prairie Ridge

Mon, 09 October 2017

Otto helped lead the Wolves to a near-perfect week with two Fox Valley Conference wins and a 4-1 finish at the St. Charles East Mizuno Cup. Otto had 22 assists, 12 digs and three kills for the Wolves in a 25-18, 25-22 victory over Crystal Lake South and added 18 assists, two kills, two blocks and a pair of aces in a 25-11, 25-18 win over Dundee-Crown. At the Mizuno Cup, the 5-foot-11 setter and NCAA Division I North Florida commit had 108 assists, nine blocks and 12 aces.

Noah Melick


Mon, 02 October 2017

Melick scored four goals, including the game-winner, in the Golden Eagles’ 5-4 victory over Prairie Ridge in their Fox Valley Conference match. Melick, who is committed to Wisconsin, also had a key play in Saturday’s 1-1 tie with Naperville Central when he drew a penalty kick, which Colin Walsh made for Jacobs’ lone goal.

Chelsea Gale

Prairie Ridge

Mon, 25 September 2017

Gale finished 10th in the Palatine Cross Country Invitational, which features many of the state’s top teams, on Saturday at Deer Grove East Forest Preserve. Gale ran the course in 18:15.7 to lead the Wolves to 18th place out of 29 teams. She did not run in the McHenry County Meet varsity race earlier this season, but since has emerged as one of the area’s top girls runners.

Molly Lyne

Crystal Lake Central co-op

Mon, 18 September 2017

Lyne, a Cary-Grove sophomore, earned medalist honors at the McHenry County girls golf tournament with a 4-over-par 74. She helped the Crystal Lake Central co-op team to a 36-stroke victory at the event.

Adam Jayko


Mon, 11 September 2017

Jayko passed for 426 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-10 win over Richmond-Burton on Friday. Jayko completed 21 of his 28 pass attempts. He also made two field goals and all four extra points for the Skyhawks, who are off to a 3-0 start to the season.

Megan Kelly

Crystal Lake Central

Mon, 04 September 2017

Kelly helped lead the Tigers to a perfect week, sweeping Cary-Grove, 26-24, 24-18, and Hampshire, 25-23, 23-12, to improve to 3-1 in the Fox Valley Conference. The 6-foot setter had six kills, seven assists, nine digs and two blocks against Cary-Grove, and seven kills, 10 assists, five blocks and seven digs against Hampshire. Central went 5-0 at the Jacobs Invitational on Saturday, sweeping Marian Central, 25-14, 25-22, in the semifinals and Batavia, 25-20, 26-24, in the championship. Kelly recorded eight kills, nine assists, four digs and three blocks in the final, including the last point on a block.

Julian Ajroja


Mon, 28 August 2017

The speedy senior scored four goals and assisted on five more in the Chargers’ first four games, helping D-C to an undefeated start. Ajroja assisted on all three D-C goals in the title game of the North Shore shootout, which the Chargers won, 3-1. The Michigan State commit is already halfway to his assist total from a year ago in just a week and a half.

Garrett Tighe


Mon, 21 August 2017

The Jacobs junior birdied the first four holes he played and went on to fire a 4-under-par 68 and win the Huntley Invitational at Blackstone Golf Club.

Tyler Pennington


Mon, 22 May 2017

Pennington was 9 for 12 over four games and knocked in nine runs as the Trojans continued on their hot streak with four victories. Pennington was 3 for 3 in a 4-1 win over St. Charles North, then gave Hampshire’s pitchers fits in three games. He was 3 for 3 with a double, triple and five RBIs in an 11-0 win over the Whip-Purs on Thursday. He then was 2 for 3 with two RBIs in a 16-5 win over the Whips on Saturday and went 1 for 3 with two RBIs Monday as the Trojans beat Hampshire, 8-1.

Kerwin Chong


Mon, 15 May 2017

Chong won the Fox Valley Conference boys tennis title in No. 1 singles. For Chong, a junior, it was his third FVC title, but his first in singles. He defeated Crystal Lake South’s Nick Thome in the championship match. Jacobs won the team title as well.

Amber Humphres


Mon, 08 May 2017

Humphres had five goals and six assists in three wins for the Skyhawks in the past week. On Saturday, she was involved in all five of the team’s goals, scoring three and assisting on the other two. She didn’t score Tuesday but had two assists, then capped the regular season with two goals and two assists Thursday.

Delaney Rummell


Mon, 01 May 2017

Rummell was the catalyst for Hampshire's perfect week, hitting .789 (15 for 19) out of the leadoff spot with nine extra-base hits. The Whip-Purs went 5-0 and won the Chicagoland Challenge title, scoring 41 runs on 49 hits in three tournament games. The Illinois commit hit five home runs, three doubles and a triple, scoring 15 runs and driving in 12.

Finn Schirmer


Mon, 24 April 2017

Schirmer won the 110-meter high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles at the McHenry County Track and Field Meet over the weekend. The Marengo freshman won the 110 hurdles in 14.83 and the 300 hurdles in 39.96.

Makena Silber

Prairie Ridge

Mon, 17 April 2017

Silber scored five goals and recorded three assists in three games last week. The Wolves junior had multiple goals or assists in each game and netted the winner in two of them.

Brian Fuentes

Crystal Lake South

Mon, 10 April 2017

Fuentes has five extra-base hits in his last six games. The senior third baseman delivered the game-winner against McHenry on Tuesday, a two-run homer in the top of the 10th for a 4-2 victory. That homer was Fuentes’ second of the season. He had three hits in the game, three stolen bases and scored twice.

Leah Secor


Mon, 03 April 2017

Secor has helped power the Indians – the No. 7 team in the Illinois Coaches Association Class 3A softball rankings – to a 5-1 start with nine hits in her first 16 at-bats. The senior shortstop and four-year varsity player had a team-best five doubles, one homer, five runs scored and five RBIs in wins in the Indians' first four games.

Joey Brown


Mon, 27 March 2017

Brown led Woodstock with 16 strikeouts during a 5-0 win over Elgin on Friday. Brown threw a complete game in the shut-out victory. That performance came a few days after Brown scored the go-ahead run against Antioch in the top of the seventh, then came in for the save in the bottom half of the inning. The Blues Streaks won that game 3-2 and finished the week 4-0.

Blaine Borhart


Mon, 13 March 2017

Borhart made the game-winning 3-pointer in the final seconds of Marengo's sectional semifinal win over Glenbard South. Borhart scored 15 points and helped the Indians win their first sectional title since 1998.

Mike Volkening


Mon, 06 March 2017

Volkening scored 26 points in Marengo’s regional semifinal victory over Woodstock, then followed it up with 17 points in a regional title victory over Richmond-Burton. The senior shooting guard has helped the Indians win their second regional title in the past three years.

Gavin Sutton


Mon, 27 February 2017

Sutton (47-3) scored a technical fall and two major decisions to advance to the Class 2A 145-pound final. He defeated Morton's Mikie Hartnett, 7-3, for his first state title. It was the 10th individual title in R-B's history and the fourth in his family (brother Garrett has two and cousin Cameron Kennedy has one).

Lenny Petersen

Crystal Lake Central

Mon, 27 February 2017

Petersen (42-4) won his second consecutive IHSA state title with a technical fall and two pins to reach the Class 2A 138-pound championship match. There, he defeated Washington's Blaize Punke, 7-4, for the title.

Nikki Baars

Prairie Ridge co-op

Mon, 20 February 2017

Baars, a Cary-Grove senior on the PR co-op team, won the IHSA all-around state championship on Friday and helped the Wolves capture their third consecutive IHSA team title on Saturday. Baars scored a 38.075 in the all-around, edging Glenbrook South’s Hannah Hartley (38.025). As a team, PR’s 148.8 bested second-place DeKalb (146.95).

Morgan Madsen


Mon, 13 February 2017

Madsen had a monster game in a 58-44 Kishwaukee River Conference win against Woodstock North, scoring 21 points and hauling in 13 rebounds to lead the Skyhawks. She also chipped in two assists, four steals and a pair of blocks. With the win, the Skyhawks finished 12-0 and completed a perfect season in the inaugural year of the KRC.

Blaine Bayer


Mon, 06 February 2017

Bayer gave Marengo all kinds of trouble Friday in the Rockets’ 57-40 victory, which was the Indians’ first loss in the Kishwaukee River Conference. Bayer scored 32 points in the game and hit 19 of 22 free throws. The 5-foot-10 senior guard, who passed 1,000 career points this season, also hit three 3-pointers in the game. He is averaging 15.7 points a game.

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