Lady Skyhawks Enjoying the Journey

 

Lake in the Hills, IL- I have never opened a feature with a video. I hope I’m not breaking any dumb rules. Brad Frey, head coach of the Lady Skyhawks basketball team from Johnsburg High School, was kind enough to invite me to have an inside look at his successful team on this chilly Thursday afternoon in Johnsburg.

The practice included heated efforts practicing last-second game scenarios. I also saw some very good situational coaching from Coach Frey, but that was nothing compared to the ‘Rock/Paper/Scissors’ battle.  See below…

We had a great time talking with Cortland and Aannah. Their cool interviews are right here:

 

 

 

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Inside With Wiles: Chargers Basketball Christmas

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Carpentersville, Il- This week, I got the chance to interview three Dundee-Crown basketball players. Seniors Sean Jay & Brett Buske and Sophomore Jack Orndahl. Since it is so close to Christmas, the interviews were Christmas related. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did sitting down with my Chargers! Happy Holidays!

First, I interviewed Sophomore guard, Jack Orndahl.

Ethan: If you could get one gift for anyone on the team, what would it be, who would you get it for and why?

Jack: I would get Tariq (Senior forward, Tariq Burns) some black or white shorts so we dont have to see his booty sweat, or Sean (Senior guard, Sean Jay) a visit to the Chiropractor for all those charges he takes.

Ethan: Who on the team is most likely to get coal for Christmas?

Jack: Definitely Gabe (Sophomore forward Gabe Bergeron) because of how disrespectful that dunk was. (Referring to a dunk against Hampshire last week.)

Ethan: Who on the team would win at a Christmas cookie eating contest?

Jack: I’m pretty confident for this one. I truly believe I could win in an eating contest versus anyone.

Ethan: What would you get Coach Huber for Christmas and why?

Jack: I would get Coach Huber some new dress clothes so he could look even more fresh at the games.

Ethan: If you could ask for anything in the world for Christmas, what would you ask for?

Jack: I would ask for a tan, four door Jeep Wrangler because it’s my dream car.

Ethan: What was the best gift you’ve ever received for Christmas?

Jack: The best gift I’ve ever gotten for Christmas was getting Air Jordan Grape 5’s by surprise.

Ethan: What is one thing you look forward to on Christmas Day?

Jack: On Christmas Day, I’m just looking forward to having a stress free day while my family and I relax. All the anxiety of sports and school can be put aside for the day.

Next, I interviewed Senior forward, Brett Buske.

Ethan: If you could get one gift for anyone on the team, what would it be, who would you get it for and why?

Brett: I would probably buy Khiry (Senior guard, Khiry Powell) some headphones. He’s always asking for somebody to lend him some headphones on game day. He’s gotta get in the zone somehow, so we all take care of him. But I’m sure he’d love to have his own.

Ethan: Who on the team is most likely to get coal for Christmas?

Brett: I would say Ethan (Senior guard Ethan Buhrow). He’s a funny guy, but i’m not sure whether or not Santa shares his sense of humor.

Ethan: Who on the team would win at a Christmas cookie eating contest?

Brett: If Tariq’s cookie eating skills are anything like his pizza eating skills, then he would blow us all out of the water.

Ethan: What would you get Coach Huber for Christmas and why?

Brett: I would buy Coach Huber some new underwear, one practice he and (Senior guard) Sean Jay were matching. I would buy him a new pair to save him the embarrassment of having to match Sean.

Ethan: If you could ask for anything in the world for Christmas, what would you ask for?

Brett: If I could ask for anything in the world for Christmas it would probably be some warmer weather. Not to be a Scrooge but I personally can’t stand the snow and the cold.

Ethan: What was the best gift you’ve ever received for Christmas?

Brett: One year for Christmas I received an electric guitar and amp. At the time I couldn’t play guitar, but since I’ve tried to make time to teach myself a few things here and there.

Ethan: What is one thing you look forward to on Christmas Day?

Brett: I look forward to sleeping in, and then making a big breakfast with my sister and my parents. It’s a tradition that we’ve been doing for years.

Finally, I interviewed Senior guard, Sean Jay.

Ethan: If you could get one gift for anyone on the team, what would it be, who would you get it for and why?

Sean: I would buy Coach (Jason) Russell a gift card because whenever I need something to eat or gum to chew he is always the guy that takes care of me and I’d like to give back to him.

Ethan: Who on the team is most likely to get coal for Christmas?

Sean: No one

Ethan: Who on the team would win at a Christmas Cookie eating contest?

Sean: Tariq.

Ethan: What would you get Coach Huber for Christmas and why?

Sean: I would buy him an appropriate Christmas sweater because he doesn’t have any.

Ethan: If you could ask for anything in the world for Christmas, what would you ask for?

Sean: I would ask for a job that I would love that would make me a ton of money to live happy

Ethan: What was the best gift you’ve ever received for Christmas?

Sean: Probably my iPod because I had it for a long time and I used it 24/7

Ethan: What is one thing you look forward to on Christmas Day?

Sean: Seeing all my cousins and family

Story by Ethan Wiles

Inside With Wiles: FVC Boys Basketball

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Carpentersville, IL- Ethan Wiles with a great job telling us what we can expect this season in Fox Valley Conference Boys Basketball. Enjoy!!

This week we break down the Fox Valley Conference boys basketball teams for the upcoming season. Most teams have already started tournament play before they open up for non-conference play and a lot of teams have stood out so far. Here are my notes on the FVC basketball teams.

Cary Grove- 6-21 last season. The Trojans had a rough season last year finishing 3-7 in FVC play. They do however return 6’2 Senior guard Zach Beaugureau who was second on the team in points last year. He also was fifth in the area in three pointers with 47. Matt McCumber is a key player this year at 6’4, he will also be pitching at Northern Illinois University next season. The Trojans should compete, however I don’t think they will be a threat in the conference

Crystal Lake Central- 2-25 last season. The good thing about the Tigers this year is that they are returning all of their players. Adam Wittenberg and huge 6’8 sophomore Alex Timmerman will be a force inside this year. With only one win in conference play last season, the Tigers should improve their record this year.

Crystal Lake South- 16-12 last season. The Gators should be a force in the FVC this week due to the fact that they are getting a lot of Junior help. Seven juniors will join Matt Meyers and Luke Nolan this season, and will look to be successful this year. The Gators, in my opinion, should be in the top 5 in the FVC this season.

Dundee-Crown- 3-22 last season. The Chargers come in looking to improve their FVC record last year. With zero conference wins, head coach Lance Huber is looking to turn that around. Jack Orndahl returns this season after averaging 10.1 points a game last year. The Chargers also welcome seniors Tariq Burns and Jermani Dal Santo to the team this season. The Chargers should be competitive this season but shouldn’t be a huge threat in conference play.

Hampshire- 10-18 last season. The Whippurs lost leading scorer Brennen Woods when he transferred to Harvest Christian in Elgin but Billy Dumoulin will be an outside shooting threat this season. Junior guard Nate Cork will be another leader on the team this year. I think the Whippurs will lose more games this season with the loss of Woods, but look for them to be competitive.

Huntley- 8-22 last season. The Red Raiders are on the rise with 10 juniors on the roster this season. Seniors Matt Seng, Michael Parks, Stephen Browne, and Luke Mahnke will lead the young team this year with the loss of Olalere Oladipo (a football commit to Illinois) who didn’t come out for the team. The record will improve but look for Huntley in the next few years.

Jacobs- 23-7 last season. This team is my favorite to win the FVC this season. The Golden Eagles went undefeated in conference play last season and should run the table again this year. 6’9 center Cam Krutwig will be a threat to defenses all over this year. Junior guard Ryan Phillip averaged 11.2 points a game last season with 38 three pointers, and should be a huge offensive help to the Golden Eagles this year.

McHenry- 17-19 last season. This should be a good year for the Warriors. They are returning two key juniors and three seniors, while also gaining the help from junior guard Maki Mohr. The Warriors tied for second place in the conference last year with a 7-3 record in FVC play. I believe McHenry will be in the top three in the FVC along with Jacobs, and Prairie Ridge.

Prairie Ridge- 25-4 last season. Just like Jacobs, the Wolves went undefeated in conference play last season. Seniors Brian Dorn and Kyle Loeding return and will continue to lead the way for a dominant Wolves team. Football stud Austen Ferbet joins the team and will be a threat inside the paint. With the new format of the FVC teams. PR will play Jacobs twice this season. One meeting being the third to final game of the season. I believe the conference will come down to that game. PR and Jacobs will be first and second in the conference. It will be another huge season for the Wolves.

My projections for the FVC standings:

  1. Prairie Ridge
  2. Jacobs
  3. McHenry
  4. Crystal Lake South
  5. Cary Grove
  6. Hampshire
  7. Huntley
  8. Dundee-Crown
  9. Crystal Lake Central

Replay: #ProfessorOfGoodFitness Alex Kube Elite 7

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Alex Kube Founder and Creator of Elite 7

Lake in the Hills, IL- I have gotten to know Alex Kube and have found him to be a sincere and generous young man. Kube surely would have been a #YoungGun if I had access to a time machine like Rod Taylor ( IMDb: The Time Machine ). Kube is Cary-Grove HS and Northern Illinois University coached and trained and is without a doubt one of our area’s most successful athletes. He had a couple of opportunities with the NFL (Bears and Vikings) and played in the Arena Football league (Rush).

Join us as we caught up with Alex and his wife Elizabeth as they were returning from a family gathering recently. We discussed his big position change at NIU, a move that had a rippling effect on his football future. Never a complainer, Alex explains the thought process that went into his move from safety to strong side linebacker. We talk about his family and what he sees as his mission for Elite 7 and the young men he works with.

Click here to listen to bergsworld.live and Alex Kube have a nice #ChitChat:

Alex Kube’s NIU/Cary-Grove HS Biography

  • 2007-2010 Highlights: The Sporting News Freshman All-American, Started all 14 games his senior year and led the Huskies with 81 tackles and made MAC Third Team Defense. Also made Second Team All-League by Phil Steele’s Magazine.
  • 2005 Highlights: IHSA Class 6A All-State selection, C-G Team Captain and MVP, Northwest Herald All-Area and Player of the Year, Daily Herald Fox Valley All-Area and Co-Captain, Chicago Sun-Times First Team All-Area, Second Team All-State Chicago Tribune, First Team All-State Champaign News-Gazette and IFCA First Team All-State.
  • Personal Biography: Met future wife Elizabeth Starliper while they were freshmen at NIU. They were engaged in Mexico on January 12th, 2012 and married on June 14th, 2014. Elizabeth was an exceptional athlete at Dakota High School where she excelled at volleyball, basketball and softball.

 

Cool links to learn more about Alex Kube, Elite 7 & NIU:

Alex Kube’s NIU Highlight Video

NIU Huskies Website

Elite 7 Website

 

 

 

 

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Awesome image as Kube is ready to pounce
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Dakota HS where Elizabeth excelled in 3 sports