Getting Prepped

Getting Prepped

Glenbard North pitcher Frawley picks Purdue

Posted by coachbu on Wed, 08/22/2012 - 12:46
Glenbard North senior right-handed pitcher Matt Frawley has made a verbal commitment to Purdue. Frawley joins a Boilermakers' program coming off a Big Ten title and NCAA tournament appearance.

Naperville North football goes prime time

Posted by coachbu on Mon, 08/20/2012 - 10:00
Inside looks at professional and college sports teams have become almost a television programming staple. Now CN100, The Comcast Network, is going to take viewers inside the Naperville North football program in "All In," which is billed as a behind-the-scenes look at high school football in the Chicago area. The show will debut Sept. 6 to provide an inside look at what makes a top-tier program through the student-athletes, coaches, alumni and community supporters. Daily Herald DuPage football guru Kevin Schmit has been and may continue to be interviewed for the program.

Grayslake Central's Meehan to play baseball at Eastern

Posted by coachbu on Wed, 08/08/2012 - 09:19
Grayslake Central catcher Kristian Meehan graduated with impressive numbers and skills on the baseball field but minimal scholarship interest from colleges. Meehan was planning to go the junior college route, but that changed this summer and a couple of weeks ago he decided to play Division I baseball at Eastern Illinois. “I’m really happy for Kristian and his family,” said Rams coach Troy Whalen in a news release. "This is a kid who should be playing high level baseball somewhere and his dream has come true. It just goes to show you how important timing is in this game. There were a lot of moving parts and Kristian remained patient, put up some unbelievable numbers this spring and he is being awarded.”

Former Barrington star Jon Anderson new Dundee-Crown baseball coach

Posted by coachbu on Wed, 08/08/2012 - 08:09
Jon Anderson, an all-area shortstop at Barrington for the legendary Kirby Smith in the mid-1990s, has been named the new baseball coach at Dundee-Crown after stints as an assistant coach at Jacobs and Bartlett. Anderson played four years at Illinois, spent three years playing in the Red Sox minor league system and finished his professional playing career with a 16-game stint with Rockford in the Frontier League in 2002. Anderson replaces Conant graduate Tommy Parisi, who resigned after one season in charge at D-C.

Bad news for Wheaton American Legion baseball team

Posted by coachbu on Tue, 08/07/2012 - 17:56
Wheaton American Legion baseball coach Jerry Miller was looking forward to an early-morning bus ride Wednesday that would take his team, the Illinois state runnerup, to the Great Lakes Regional tournament in Midland, Mich., which starts Thursday. Unfortunately for Wheaton, the team will not be taking the trip because it does not have enough players to participate, per American Legion rules. A combination of players who had conflicts with Wednesday's start of high school football practice, work and family commitments left Wheaton with only 11 players who could make the trip. Legion rules require a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 so Wheaton learned late Tuesday afternoon it had to forfeit its spot in the eight-team regional.

Wheaton American Legion extends season

Posted by coachbu on Sat, 08/04/2012 - 00:12
The day started at 10 a.m. Friday and ended around midnight for the Wheaton American Legion baseball team. But its 12-2 win over Danville in Mattoon not only ensured Wheaton a chance to play for a state title but a spot in next week's Great Lakes Regional. Wheaton would need to beat Moline twice Saturday - starting at noon - to win the state title. But both teams know they are going to the regional since two teams from Illinois advance this year. The regional starts Thursday in Midland, Mich.

Norm Hillner stays in game at Northwestern

Posted by coachbu on Thu, 08/02/2012 - 10:54
Those who have known Norm Hillner for awhile know he's not the type of guy to retire quietly. So, although Hillner's days of coaching high school soccer and baseball ended in the spring, he's now moving up a level to become the director of operations for the Northwestern men's soccer program. Hillner joins a program that made its sixth NCAA tournament appearance and won Big Ten regular season and tournament titles in 2011. His role will be coordinating team travel and game day operations, assisting in community relations projects and helping with alumni events such as golf and soccer tournaments.

Former Palatine soccer star Stan Anderson returns home

Posted by coachbu on Wed, 08/01/2012 - 12:08
Having Stan Anderson as part of your soccer program usually spells success. So, Loyola University's men's soccer program figures to continue to succeed as it announced Wednesday the former Palatine High School star goalkeeper and Fremd assistant coach is joining the Ramblers as an assistant coach. “I am looking forward to working with Brendan (head coach Eitz), the rest of the staff, and the Ramblers,” Anderson said in a release from the school. “Over the past 16 seasons I have worked with some great student-athletes and I look forward to working with some great ones at such a world-class university like Loyola. The goal of any athlete or coach is to get to the NCAA Tournament and Loyola has made a habit of that recently. The season is right around the corner so the

Expanded Proviso West tourney field set

Posted by coachbu on Tue, 07/31/2012 - 22:50
Will bigger be better for one of the best boys basketball holiday tournaments around? That will be determined in December as the 32-team field was announced for the Proviso West Holiday Tournament.

Malnati joins Loyola University coaching staff

Posted by coachbu on Tue, 07/31/2012 - 18:21
Rick Malnati's name has been frequently brought up for a variety of basketball coaching jobs since he stepped aside a few years ago after a highly successful tenure at New Trier. Now, Malnati is back on the sidelines after he was named as an assistant men's coach at Loyola University for second-year head coach Porter Moser. Malnati was a special assistant/advisor to the head coach last year for Moser as he helped assist with film breakdown, practice planning and scouting. “Rick has a tremendousknowledge of and feel for the game of basketball,” Moser said in a release from Loyoa. “When he was at New Trier High School, Rick was one of the most well-respected and successfulcoaches in the state. He is an Illinois guy through and through and is a tremendous asset to our