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Worth working up a sweat over

Coach Sly gives major kudos to the local athletes that are still tearing it up in the last week of May or, better yet, first week of June.

It can't be easy to stay focused as a high school athlete once school is out, the seniors have all graduated and it's 80, 85 degrees and humid outside (or worse yet, inside a gym).

Some of your friends are already trekking up to the lake house, and you're still expected to be locked in, just like always, in practices and games at the end of a long season.

Then again, when you're playing this late in the school year (or after the school year, Sly should say), that means a team is doing something special, and that's definitely been the case for St. Charles North boys volleyball, St. Charles East baseball and softball and St. Francis baseball.

If there was a more exciting game than the North boys volleyball team's three-game, back-and-forth rumble with Oak Park-River Forest on Friday, Sly'd like to hear about it.

Even if boys volleyball isn't your thing, any sports fan can appreciate the drama, competitiveness and emotion that was on display during the North Stars' triumph in Hoffman Estates.

A Tri-Cities boys volleyball team playing in June … who'd have thunk it? Always thought that was the domain of the big boys in DuPage County.

You know what stinks, though? That these teams can't strut around the hallways at school and boast about their big postseason wins with all their classmates, since school's out for the summer.

Oh well. Guess that's what Facebook, Twitter and text messaging is for.

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