Boys cross country: Palatine finds its way past Fremd, wins West title

Palatine fell behind early to crosstown rival Fremd and then watched senior Brian Leonard, who was leading the race, miss a flag deep in the first mile and make a hasty retreat. Despite the setbacks, the Pirates did not panic. Leonard and Palatine made a nice recovery, surging in the final mile in capturing a 23-33 victory over Fremd and also adding a 15-50 victory over host Conant at Mid-Suburban …

Girls volleyball: Glenbard East edges rival Willowbrook

Glenbard East pin hitter Allison Hamaker moved from the right side to the left this season, which girls volleyball coach Marci Maier admits is a little unusual for a left-hander. But it probably would not have mattered where Hamaker was hitting from Thursday in Villa Park. The 6-foot sophomore pounded out 19 kills and added 3 blocks to lead the visiting Rams to a 25-22, 22-25, 25-10 nonconference victory over …

Jackson: Six decades of teaching still fresh in some minds

As of now, the cooler weather did much to improve the current story of fishing affairs. For example, Fox River small-mouth have been aggressively chasing leeches and minnows south of Elgin. Bode Lake bluegills seem to be larger and on a heavy bite. The Bangs Lake walleye night bite keeps some anglers interested. So there is quite a bit of activity, even on those industrial park ponds I have frequented …