Loyola in 7A? Joliet Catholic in 4A? The 2021 fall schedule is out, and the lack of postseason in 2020 had a significant impact on the multiplier and success formula. How many teams will choose to play up?
Matt Rodewald is an Emmy Award-winning reporter and anchor, and part of IHSA state broadcasts since 2011. But before that he was a three-sport athlete at Geneva. Now he's returning to his athletic roots, as Rodewald has been hired as the head boys track coach and sophomore boys basketball coach at Yorkville.
Liza Fruendt, who starred at Batavia, graduated from Missouri State in 2018 after playing there collegiately and spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is back in basketball after a year off as an assistant coach at Tennessee.
St. Francis rising junior TJ McMillen, one of the area's top recruited football players, also helped lead his varsity baseball team to conference, regional and sectional championships. McMillen is the 2021 Kane County Chronicle Chronicle Male Athlete of the Year.
Batavia junior Katrina Schlenker won won the Class 3A cross country sectional championship in 17 minutes, 5.64 seconds. In track, Schlenker took sixth in the 1600 and 11th in 800 at the state meet. Schlenker is the 2021 Chronicle Female Athlete of the Year.