College Report: Area grads earn All-American honors, then win national title

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By Jeff Vorva Staff writer National champions and All-Americans. Chicago Christian grad Zach Bulthuis, Marist alum Gene McNulty and former Lyons’ star Matt Slivinski were last week named All-American first-teamers by the National Volleyball Association/American Volleyball Coaches Association. Then they proved they were deserving of the honor, helping Carthage College win an NCAA Division III…

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Pro Soccer Report: New-look Red Stars ready to open season


By Jeff Vorva Staff writer No Rory Dames. No Julie Ertz. No Sarah Gorden. No Katie Johnson. A lot of familiar faces will be missing when the 2022 Chicago Red Stars’ open the NWSL season on Saturday against Louisville, with the match scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview. There is…

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Kaspar resigns committee posts before Orland trustees vote


By Jeff Vorva Orland Park resident Scott Kaspar took the you-can’t-fire-me-because-I-quit approach to fending off being removed from two committees and said he was protecting those committees from politics. Orland Park’s village board tabled a motion to have Kaspar booted off the Police Pension Fund and Ethics committees for comments that they said he made…

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Bylut hopes Palos Heights library will offer more in-person programs


By Jeff Vorva Former COVID-19 rules are being relaxed but a pandemic byproduct still exists in Palos Heights. In the same week that mandatory mask rules were lifted on airplanes and local transportation, Palos Heights Alderman Don Bylut wondered aloud about why all of the programs he had seen posted in newspapers and online were…

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Area Sports Roundup: Marist coach Connolly retires


By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The only girls basketball head coach in Marist history is retiring. Mary Pat Connolly, who started the RedHawks program in 2002 when the Chicago private school went coed, is giving up coaching the program. “It’s been a fun journey for my family,” Connolly told Daily Southtown columnist Tony Baranek. “They…

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College Report: Area alums gunning for back-to-back national titles with Carthage men’s volleyball


By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer This Marist/Chicago Christian/Lyons connection could lead Carthage College to another national title. Marist setter Gene McNulty, Chicago Christian middle hitter Zach Bulthuis and Lyons outside hitter Matt Slivinski helped lead the defending national champs to the Final Four of the NCAA Division III men’s volleyball tournament with a pair of…

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Cudney honored by Orland Park for raising money for Ukraine


By Jeff Vorva Eleven-year-old Luke Cudney is a home-school student in Orland Park who learned a little bit about making pottery via a video class. Little did he know that it would lead him to being honored by the Village of Orland Park trustees and Mayor Keith Pekau. Pekau presented Cudney with a Community Pride…

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Palos Heights looks to add more parking at Lake Katherine


By Jeff Vorva When Lake Katherine gets busy, parking can be an issue. The facility and the City of Palos Heights are working on improving that situation. Plans are in the works for additional parking to be created in what is now an open field on the northeast side of the property. “The goal is…

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