Waubonsie Valley graduate and Arizona State University senior Keia Pinnick recently earned All-America honors for the second time in her career, taking second in the five-event pentathlon at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships held earlier this month at the University of Arkansas.
Former three-sport Batavia standout Missy Norville recently won individual titles in the triple jump, long jump and 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division III Indoor Nationals held in Naperville at North Central College. Norville accounted for 30 of Illinois College’s 32 points at the meet.
West Aurora may have come one point closer one game from state in this year’s 62-52 playoff loss Tuesday to Proviso East in the supersectional, but it hurt just the same. For the second year in a row, the speedier Pirates dictated tempo and earned a trip to the state semifinals in Peoria.
Aurora Central orchestrated the upset of the season to date, 41-37 over Wheaton Academy, highlighted by an Anthony Andujar three-pointer with 1.8 seconds remaining in Wednesday’s semifinal of the Class 3A IMSA Regional. The Chargers are now 9-2 in postseason play since 2010-11.
Aurora Christian coach and former Buffalo wide receiver Don Beebe and former Dallas defensive lineman Leon Lett will be featured during Sunday’s Super Bowl pregame coverage on CBS. The duo will discuss Beebe’s hustle play from the 1993 Super Bowl, where he forced Lett to fumble just short of the end zone.
At Saturday’s Batavia Night of Hoops, officials from the school will rename the event the Jim and Sylvia Roberts Night of Hoops to honor the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Famer and his wife.
It’s not always take-your-breath-away high school basketball skills that are on display, but when Marmion and Aurora Central mix it up in front of an always-packed house at one or the other’s who-needs-elbow-room gym, the action seldom disappoints. It didn’t Friday night at ACC.
Tumultuous seems almost an understatement to describe his first year, but now three semesters into the college experience, East Aurora graduate Ryan Boatright is settling in and playing well as a sophomore at the University of Connecticut.
P.J. Fleck was introduced as the new head football coach at Western Michigan University Tuesday in Kalamazoo. At 32, the Kaneland High School graduate is the youngest head coach in the NCAA FBS Division I ranks, 11 months younger than Matt Campbell of Mid-American Conference rival Toledo.
Aurora broadcaster Bill Baker, who has done Northern Illinois football and basketball games for 33 years, will be following to the Huskies to Miami for the Orange Bowl game against Florida State on Jan. 1.
“Time of possession is one of the most overrated stats, and here’s why,” Aurora Christian coach Don Beebe said Saturday after his team successfully defended their IHSA Class 3A state title in a game they lost the possession battle, 32:12 to 15:48. “Back in the day, when everybody was running to get in position to throw on third down, time of possession was a big factor. Now that you’re in spread (offenses) and can score quick, time of possession means nothing. It really doesn’t.”
This fall, Bryan Wells has seen both his old team and his new team enjoy tremendous success on the gridiron. The former Neuqua Valley head coach is now the principal at Aurora Christian High School, where he also serves as an assistant on coach Don Beebe’s staff.
Aurora Christian coach Don Beebe wasn’t hesitant to point the finger at himself for a “bad call” late in Saturday’s playoff game that his team was able to overcome in its 28-21 win over Immaculate Conception.
Eight of the 16 football teams in The Beacon-News coverage area have already clinched their spot in the IHSA playoffs. A ninth team, 5-3 Plano, is a virtual lock with a winless Dwight team next on its schedule. Meanwhile, 4-4 Oswego East must beat Plainfield North on Friday to become playoff eligible.
With no fanfare, Waubonsie Valley senior running back Austin Guido became the school’s career rushing leader Oct. 5 sometime during the first quarter of the Warriors’ eventual overtime loss to district rival Neuqua Valley. Guido’s career totals stand at 471 carries, 3,349 yards and 46 touchdowns. All three are school career records.
Six weeks into the high school football season, Jamaal Richardson hadn’t been playing poorly for Oswego’s defense. Far from it. Still, Oswego coach Brian Cooney felt this wasn’t as good as it gets for the senior leader of his secondary. That’s why he called the safety into his office before Week 7’s homecoming game vs. Plainfield North.