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*Zach Miller, Glenbard East junior
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Will Dolatowaski, Wheaton Warrenville South senior
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Reggie Davis, Glenbard North senior
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Shawn Havenga, Glenbard East senior
Brandon Clark, Glenbard North junior
David Niggins, Naperville Central junior
Matt LaCosse, Naperville North junior
James O'Shaughnessy, Naperville North senior

Greg McAndrew, Wheaton Warrenville South senior
DJ Vaughn, West Aurora senior

*unanimous decision

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Zach Miller, Glenbard East junior

COACH OF THE YEAR
Scott Miller, Glenbard East

Hoops for Healing

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TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Monday, Nov. 23
Orange Pool at Oswego

Geneva vs. West Chicago, 5:30 p.m.
Waubonsie Valley vs. Oswego, 7 p.m.
Blue Pool at Naperville North
DeKalb vs. Oswego East, 5:30 p.m.
Marmion vs. Naperville North, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 24
Orange Pool at Oswego
Geneva vs. Waubonsie Valley, 5:30 p.m.
West Chicago vs. Oswego, 7 p.m.
Blue Pool at Naperville North
Marmion vs. Oswego East, 5:30 p.m.
DeKalb vs. Naperville North, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 25 at Oswego
West Chicago vs. Waubonsie Valley, 12 p.m.
Geneva vs. Oswego, 1:30 p.m.
Marmion vs. DeKalb, 3 p.m.
Oswego East vs. Naperville North, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 27 at Oswego
No. 4 Orange vs. No. 4 Blue, 12 p.m.
No. 3 Orange vs. No. 3 Blue, 1:30 p.m.
No. 2 Orange vs. No. 2 Blue, 3 p.m.
No. 1 Orange vs. No. 1 Blue, 5 p.m.

--Naperville North swimmer Joel Demuth has signed a letter of intent with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

--Huskies junior softball player Sammy Marshall has given a verbal commitment to Western Illinois.

Naperville North senior center Matt Hasse gave a verbal commitment to Austin Peay on Monday, according to Sean Connor, his AAU coach with the Velocity program.

The Governors have advanced to the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship game in six of the past seven seasons. Coach Dave Loos, who is heading into his 20th season leading the program, has 314 victories at Austin Peay, which ranks second in conference history.

Basketball's early signing period runs Nov. 11-18. The 6-foot-9-inch Hasse figures to be in an immediate fight for playing time next year - Loos is guiding a team that features nine underclassmen on the roster.

North HOF

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Naperville North recently announced its 2010 Hall of Fame class. Dave Bucher, Jim Konrad, Chad Ganden, Mike Kuefler, Scott Kavanagh and Jackie Diekamper will be honored in February. For quick biographies of the inductees, click here.

The Huskies get spotlight treatment this week in the Chicago Sun-Times. It includes an essay submitted by North defensive coordinator Sean Drendel, a 1990 graduate. Drendel writes in part:

Football coach Larry McKeon, my mentor, brought in weight lifting. We never lifted before that. If you aren't playing another sport, he said, you better be lifting. I didn't enjoy lifting. So I played other sports.

But coaches such as McKeon, Carl Hunckler, Paul Ryan and Tom Vargos taught us that hard work pays off, that if you put time and effort in, there will be value in it, as an athlete and a person. Character counts, too. And everyone on the team matters. There are no cuts at Naperville North.

The Yankees and Jerry Hairston were left to wonder what could have been after Monday night's 5-1 victory in Baltimore. With two outs in the seventh inning, Andy Pettitte's perfect game ended once Hairston allowed a ground ball to roll through his legs at third base. The Naperville North graduate seemed to handle the error like a pro. New York Daily News columnist John Harper has the story here.

"Naperville Sports Weekly" will be back on the air just as the prep seasons begin again. The show starts its third season on Naperville Community Television on Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Viewers have three ways to watch: Channel 17; NCTV17.com through simultaneous streaming and on-demand; and iTunes podcast. The complete schedule can also be found at NCTV17.com.

The half-hour program has highlights and features from Benet, Naperville Central, Naperville North, Neuqua Valley and Waubonsie Valley.

Naperville and its high school cross country teams are currently featured at Running Times magazine.

According to Prep Baseball Report, Naperville North pitcher Kyle Klosak has committed to Oakton Community College. PBR ranks the right-hander as the state's 26th-best prospect in the class of 2010. Klosak appeared in 15 games, primarily as a reliever, for the Huskies last season, going 3-3 with a 5.71 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 30-plus innings.

MLB.com's Mychael Urban recently chatted with new Oakland outfielder Scott Hairston. Read the full Q&A session here.

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