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Recent articles by Rick:

Newark’s Danica Peshia powers up in sixth inning but runs into winds of fortune. ‘This is exactly where I wanted to be.’

Danica Peshia, who already had two hits, came close to hitting a late homer Saturday against Ottawa Marquette in a Class 1A sectional final. → Read More

West Aurora’s Mackenzie Fraus flexes strong defensive muscle in tense regional final. ‘It was a very stressful game.’

Mackenzie Fraus led a sparkling defensive effort Friday as the Blackhawks battled for Wheaton Warrenville South rallied for a 2-1 victory. → Read More

Keeping the faith, freshman Brynn Woods strikes out 12 as Kaneland ousts Burlington Central: ‘I believe in myself’

Brynn Woods set a tone, pitching the Knights to Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Rockets in a Class 3A Burlington Central Regional semifinal. → Read More

Cinderella again, Sara Tarr comes up with big hit as West Aurora shocks third-seeded Oswego. ‘I had no doubt.’

Sophomore Sara Tarr missed last season's playoff run due to surgery but appears ready to shoulder the load for Blackhawks → Read More

Lauren Rodgers pitches for East Aurora against Batavia — and coach who’s made big difference in her life. ‘He’s family.’

Freshman Lauren Rodgers pitches for East Aurora against Batavia — and a coach who has made a big difference in her athletic career. → Read More

Addison Koth concentrates on hitting home runs for Bartlett. Getting intentionally walked? ‘That’s not in my control.’

Maryville recruit Addison Koth, who has the program's single season and career home run records, leads Bartlett into the postseason. → Read More

Rick Armstrong’s Aurora, Elgin, Naperville softball rankings and player of the week

Yorkville, St. Charles North and St. Charles East end up topping regular-season rankings. Newark's Kaitlyn Schofield is player of the week. → Read More

Column: What’s up, doc? Oswego East’s Emily Schultz, in fifth year, leads Stanford turnaround. Hopes med school is next.

Oswego East graduate Emily Schultz, who is starring as a fifth-year senior with Stanford, also has two siblings competing in major sports. → Read More

Column: Middle distance runs in Patrick Hilby’s family, but Aurora Central Catholic star wants more. ‘I’d like to win.’

Patrick Hilby has blossomed in the middle distances, especially the 800-meter run after finishing third last spring in the Class 2A state meet. → Read More

Column: Sandwich’s Justin Sartori enjoys another extended run for AU in baseball. ‘A perfect fit in everything he does.’

Justin Sartori, a Sandwich graduate, is a member of a unique group of NCAA athletes who had to deal with and adapt to the pandemic. → Read More

New coach, new conference. West Aurora hires Michael Fowler as boys basketball coach, moves back to Upstate Eight.

West Aurora hires 2000 graduate Michael Fowler as boys basketball coach and announces move back to the Upstate Eight Conference. → Read More

Kenzie Gatz gets going as Oswego East preps for playoffs with rivalry win over Oswego. ‘Everything was working for me.’

Backed by a 20-hit attack obviously helped Kenzie Gatz in the 13-5 Southwest Prairie Conference victory, but she also contributed four hits. → Read More

Rick Armstrong’s Aurora, Elgin, Naperville softball rankings and player of the week

St. Charles East and South Elgin make dramatic moves up the rankings, while St. Charles East's Grace Hautzinger is the player of the week. → Read More

Freshman Hayden Sujack and junior Samantha Gaca team up to lift St. Charles East past North. ‘It’s one of those things.’

Samantha Gaca and Hayden Sujack continued to step up Thursday for the host Saints’ 2-1 win over crosstown rival St. Charles North. → Read More

Freshman catcher Kayla Kersting and senior ace Madi Reeves form uncommon bond for Yorkville. ‘It’s a true friendship.’

Freshman catcher Kayla Kersting settles in behind the plate and teams up with record-setting pitcher Madi Reeves for high-flying Yorkville. → Read More

Knee surgery can wait as slugger Ryan Williams wants to lead Newark back to state. ‘I didn’t want to let my team down.’

Returning all-state player Ryan Williams of Newark suffered ACL tear in performing drill at college camp in December → Read More

In third year on varsity, Genevieve Gonzales gets going from third spot in order for Metea Valley: ‘It’s a testament to her.’

Batting third in the order in her third year on the varsity, the junior shortstop has become the Mustangs’ leading run-producer with 27 RBIs. → Read More

Rick Armstrong’s Aurora, Elgin, Naperville softball rankings and player of the week

Oswego, Naperville North, South Elgin and Bartlett move up in rankings, while Oswego's Corrin Kennedy is the player of the week. → Read More

The kids are all right, according to Amelia Lohrey, a rare Aurora Central Catholic upperclassman. ‘We are so young.’

Aurora Central Catholic's young team has no seniors and just three juniors, led by outfielder Amelia Lohrey → Read More

Cleaning up, Maddie Hernandez hits two-run homer to power St. Charles North past East: ‘It came out of nowhere.’

Maddie Hernandez's two-run homer in the irst inning stood up for the North Stars in a 2-0 victory over crosstown rival St. Charles East. → Read More