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Boys Hoops Wrap | Curie, Rice and Marist among area regional champs

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent The original March Madness got underway last week across Illinois, and several area teams were crowned regional champions. Teams still alive in Class 4A are Marist and Curie, and in Class 3A are Brother Rice, De La Salle, Evergreen Park and Mount Carmel.   CLASS 4A Marist (29-4) cruised to a…

Evergreen Park senior Tre Dowdell crosses over a Hillcrest defender during the Class 3A Evergreen Park Regional championship game on Feb. 23. Photo by Xavier Sanchez

Boys Basketball Class 3A Playoffs | Evergreen Park tops Hillcrest for first regional title since 1974

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent Some Evergreen Park players have deep roots in the community, but it was a newcomer that carried the Mustangs to a monumental win. Senior guard Tre Dowdell put up a game-high 30 points and Mustangs rolled to a 74-60 win over Hillcrest in the Class 3A Evergreen Park Regional championship game…

SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview could be the site for Northwestern football games in 2024. Photo by Jeff Vorva

College Football | Northwestern football may play at SeatGeek

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent It appears that Chicago’s Big Ten team will be Bridgeview’s Big Ten team for at least one day. Maybe more. Northwestern has released its 2024 football schedule, but where the Wildcats will play their seven home games is unknown. Their home stadium, Ryan Field in Evanston, is undergoing a major facelift…

Nazareth senior Amalia Dray fight through a Kenwood defender during the Roadrunners’ 50-37 win in the Class 4A Mother McAuley Sectional title game. Photo by Xavier Sanchez

Girls Basketball | Nazareth tops Homewood-Flossmoor, heads to Illinois Final Four for fifth time in past six seasons

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent Nazareth head coach Ed Stritzel has built his Roadrunners into a powerhouse program with a defense-first philosophy that is carrying the reigning Class 3A state champions through another deep postseason run. Four nights after Nazareth held Kenwood to a season-low 37 points in the Class 4A Mother McAuley Sectional championship game,…

Mount Carmel's wrestling team celebrates a Class 3A championship. Photo courtesy of Mount Carmel High School

Postseason Roundup | Mount Carmel wrestling wins fifth state title

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent During the regular season, only one wrestling team from Illinois beat Mount Carmel in a dual meet. Joliet Catholic got the better of the Caravan with a 38-27 victory on Jan. 18. That came two days after Mount Carmel lost to Crown Point (Indiana). The Caravan will be unable to square…

St. Laurence's Kathleen Martin gets off a shot against Hinsdale South in the Class 3A St. Ignatius Sectional on Feb. 22 in Chicago. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup | St. Laurence girls hoops has benchmark season

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The St. Laurence girls basketball team’s historic season came to a close with a 42-29 loss to Hinsdale South at the Class 3A St. Ignatius Sectional on Feb. 22, but the Vikings hit some milestone’s in former Marist and Saint Xavier star Claire Austin’s first year as coach. The Vikings: •…

Sandburg players celebrate their Class 4A regional championship after defeating Romeoville in overtime on Feb. 15. Photo by Xavier Sanchez

Girls Basketball | Sandburg outlasts Romeoville for first regional crown since 2016

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent It was the Eagles’ game to win and no one was going to change the outcome. On its home floor against a Romeoville team that had not lost this year, Sandburg used overtime to defeat the Spartans, 62-58, on Feb. 15 for the Class 4A Sandburg Regional title. It is the…

Evergreen Park guard Taylor Yeaman drives past Hinsdale South's Amelia Lavorato during the Hornets' regional final victory on Feb. 16. Photo by Xavier Sanchez

Girls Basketball | Evergreen Park’s Scaduto signs off after career spanning four decades

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent The box score does not always give the full story of a game. Evergreen Park visited Hinsdale South on Feb. 16 with the hope of winning a regional championship.  Unfortunately for the Mustangs, the game did not go their way. The Hornets jumped to an 18-3 lead in the first quarter…

Lyons Mayor Christopher Getty presents Desmond Zuro a Standing Tall Award. Zuro, a sophomore at Morton West High School, placed 19th in the IHSA state bowling championship. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

Lyons awards outstanding Morton high school bowler

By Steve Metsch Desmond Zuro has loved bowling since the first time he sent a ball toward the pins at Bowlero Lyons on 47th Street. Six years later, the Lyons resident is one of the best high school bowlers in the state. A sophomore at Morton West High School, Zuro placed 19th of 180 bowlers…

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Girls Basketball | LW Central scrapes by Stagg for Andrew Regional crown

By Randy Whalen Correspondent Stagg was hoping the third time was the charm. For three quarters, it was. But the Chargers couldn’t convert in crunch time and saw Lincoln-Way Central rally for a 36-33 victory in the Class 4A Andrew Regional title game Feb. 16. It was Stagg’s third loss — by a total of…

Stagg senior Arianna Araujo, who did not qualify as an individual for the IHSA state tournament, nonetheless won the state title on Feb. 17. Photo by Randy Whalen

Girls Bowling State Finals | Stagg’s Arianna Araujo rolls to title

By Randy Whalen Correspondent Prior to the start of the IHSA girls bowling postseason, Stagg senior Arianna Araujo made a statement to her coach. “She told me that she was going to win state,” Chargers coach Rich Kowalczyk said. “I was like, ‘Let’s get through the regional first.’ But she had that much confidence in herself and…

Lyons won its third straight regional title on Feb. 15 with a 57-55 victory over Mother McAuley. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Girls Hoops Wrap | Lyons holds off McAuley rally, wins third straight regional

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The last time Lyons won three straight regionals was when it went on an 11-year run of titles from 1989 to 1999. After the Lions held off a furious Mother McAuley rally in a 57-55 win Feb. 15 in their own Class 4A regional, they celebrated their third title in three…

Red Stars midfielder Julia Bianchi is one of six players on the team to be called up for international duty. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup | Call of Duty: Six Red Stars tabbed for national teams

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Time will tell what kind of product the Chicago Red Stars will put on the field in 2024. The team is coming off a last-place finish in the NWSL, and there has been a revolving door of players and coaches this offseason. One positive for the team is that it has…

Mount Carmel wrestlers thrived at the individual state wrestling event in Champaign. Photo courtesy of Mount Carmel High School

Postseason Roundup | Two Mt. Carmel wrestlers win state titles, five others medal

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Two Mount Carmel wrestlers won Class 4A state championships, and both had to beat opponents from Marist to do it. Junior Seth Mendoza won his third straight state championship at 126 pounds, beating Marist’s Michael Esteban 13-5 in the title match on Feb. 17 at the State Farm Center in Champaign.…

Evergreen Park senior guard Nolan Sexton moves the ball up court against Providence on Feb. 14. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Boys Basketball | Stagg tops Bradley to clinch program’s first conference title

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent Stagg came into this season looking for their first winning campaign since 2016.  The Chargers did better than that. In addition to being assured of finishing over .500 for the first time under coach Marty Strus, Stagg won the first conference championship in program history. The Chargers (19-11, 5-3 SouthWest Suburban…

The Richards girls bowling team won the Stagg Sectional to punch its ticket to the state tournament. Photo by Randy Whalen

Girls Bowling | Richards wins sectional title; Stagg also advances to state

By Randy Whalen Correspondent This season, there was no roll-off heartbreak for Richards. Instead, there was the Bulldogs’ first sectional championship in 32 seasons. A year after having their season end at the same stage of the state series, the Bulldogs rode a hot start to the Stagg Sectional title on Feb. 10 at Palos…

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Pro Soccer Report | Red Stars choose Feuz as GM

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The Chicago Red Stars have lit the Feuz. The team, which is under new ownership, hired head coach Lorne Donaldson in December, and on Feb. 5 hired his boss. The Red Stars named Richard Feuz the team’s general manager, after he served a stint as chief executive officer for Switzerland’s Servette…

The Mount Carmel wrestling team is sending 13 grapplers to the state tournament. Photo courtesy of Mount Carmel High School

Postseason Roundup | Area wrestlers and gymnasts are state-bound

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Once again, the Southwest Regional area will send a ton of wrestlers to the IHSA boys state meet, including 17 sectional champions. The state matches are from Feb. 15-17 at the State Farm Center in Champaign. In Class 3A, Mount Carmel had four champs at the Hinsdale Central Sectional — Seth…

The Shepard girls basketball team celebrates the first conference title in program history. Shepard High School photo

Area Sports Roundup | Shepard and Oak Lawn share SSC Red girls hoops crown

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The Shepard girls basketball program has been around for close to a half century. The team has had a handful of 20-win seasons and four regional championships. But until this season, the Astros had never won a conference title. A wild celebration took place in the Shepard gym after the Astros…

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Boys Hoops Wrap | Curie soars past Kenwood for Chicago city title

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent Curie powered through Whitney Young, Simeon and Kenwood to earn the Chicago Public League championship. The Condors defeated the Broncos, 65-59, in the city title game played Feb. 10 at Credit Union 1 Arena on the University of Illinois-Chicago campus. The win secured Curie’s third city title, with the other coming…

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Boys Basketball | Brother Rice tops Mount Carmel in CCL Blue battle

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent No game seems too big for Brother Rice. Looking to make a statement against Mount Carmel, the Crusaders used a fourth-quarter surge to open up a close game en route to a 69-59 win in front of a capacity crowd in Mount Greenwood on Feb. 9. The loss was the Caravan’s…

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OLCHS bowler earns athlete of the month honors

By Brian Frangella             Charlie Dell was a picture of consistency for the month of December on the lanes for the Oak Lawn Community High School boys bowling team. He won Top 5 individual medals at three different invitationals, he rolled his career-best 289, and he was the South Suburban Conference Red Individual Champion. All this…

The Marist competitive cheerleading team won the IHSA state title in the large-team division. Photo courtesy of Marist High School

Postseason Roundup | Marist breaks through with first state cheerleading title

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent For years, Marist’s competitive cheerleading team was knocking on the door of a state championship. On Feb. 3, the RedHawks were like cops on television busting down the door. Marist won the IHSA state championship in the large-team division at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington with a score of 96.32, ahead…

Marist senior guard Darshan Thomas makes a move toward the basket during the RedHawks’ 65-64 win over Benet on Feb. 2. Photo by Xavier Sanchez

Boys Basketball | Darshan Thomas scores late to lift Marist over Benet

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent A life lesson can be learned anywhere and at any time. “Sometimes it is hard and it does not work out, but you have to keep fighting and he did,” Marist coach Brian Hynes said after the RedHawks defeated Benet on Feb. 2. The “he” Hynes was referring to was Marist…

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Area Sports Roundup | Larry Rothschild joins Windy City ThunderBolts

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent First Bobby Jenks. Now Larry Rothschild. The Windy City ThunderBolts are stacking their staff with some familiar names from the Chicago baseball scene. They hired Jenks, a former White Sox closer and member of the 2005 World Series-winning team, as manager earlier in the offseason and recently hired Rothschild to be…

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10th La Grange Restaurant Week kicks off Friday

By Steve Metsch For the 10th straight year, folks are invited to visit old favorites and try unfamiliar places during the La Grange Restaurant Week. “It’s a healthy way of building the community, getting people to try new things,” said Zach Molokie, culinary director for Cloud 9 Hospitality, which owns Barrel House Social. “I think…

Orland Park resident Peter Vrdolyak addresses the Orland Park Board of Trustees Monday night with concerns about changes to be made at Schussler Park. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Orland Park park projects meet with some public resistance

By Jeff Vorva With the exception of a few engineering decisions that have to be finalized, some of Orland Parks parks are ready for some major face-lifts. But not everyone is happy with the proposed plans. The two parks receiving the most attention in the coming years will be Schussler Park and Centennial Park West.…

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Oak Lawn girls take on Kenwood tonight for Regional title

By Brian Frangella Trying to win a conference championship in any sport requires the ability to overcome obstacles that may get in the way. Last year, it was the uncertainty and oddity of dealing with a global pandemic that presented challenges for the Oak Lawn Community High School girls basketball team. However, the Spartans captured…

The Oak Lawn High School boys swim team. (Supplied photo)

Boys swim avenges early losses for second in SSC Red

By Brian Frangella After losing to both Shepard and Evergreen Park during the regular season, the Oak Lawn Community High School boys swim team knew it had its work cut out for it at the South Suburban Conference Red meet last weekend. And the Spartans were well prepared for the challenge as they battled to…

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Orland Park arrests man as an armed habitual criminal

From staff reports A Chicago man was arrested in Orland Park last week after he was stopped and a handgun was found in his waistband. Police stopped a vehicle traveling northbound in the 16900 block of LaGrange Road about 10 p.m. on Monday, February 7. The vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation and the…

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Orland Park police arrest federal parolee with weapon

From staff reports A Calumet City man was charged last week after he refused to leave a vehicle and a loaded handgun was found on the floorboard. Orland Park tactical officers were investigating a suspicious, unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot of 304 Orland Square Drive at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, February 11. During their…

Worth Mayor Mary Werner congratulates three police officers who recently earned master degrees. Deputy chiefs (from left) Robert Peterson and Christiano Fernandez, and Tim Denton, the police chief, were honored during the Worth Village Board meeting on Tuesday night. (Photo by Joe Boyle)

More renovations planned for Worth golf course

By Joe Boyle Upgrades continue at Water’s Edge Golf Course in Worth with plans for an electronic message board to be erected on the property this year. An ordinance was approved for a license agreement with BRT Outdoor LLC concerning Water’s Edge Golf Course signage during the Worth Village Board meeting on Tuesday night. The…

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Oak Lawn man charged with shooting brother 6 times

By Bob Bong An Oak Lawn man was charged last week with attempted murder after he allegedly shot his brother six times in a violent altercation. Police said they received a call of shots fired shortly after midnight on February 8 in the 9600 block of South Karlov Avenue. As officers were responding to the…

Palos Heights Alderman Brent Lewandowski announced Tuesday night that there will be a public hearing on March 7 to discuss video gaming. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Heights to re-open discussion on video gaming

By Jeff Vorva Video gaming discussion is back in Palos Heights. The Palos Heights City Council’s License, Permits and Franchises Committee will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on March 7 at the Orchard Room of the Palos Heights Recreation Center. Members of the committee, headed up by Alderman Brent Lewandowski, will talk about…

Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau had a clip that he posted taken down by YouTube. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Foxx and YouTube face Pekau’s wrath

By Jeff Vorva The Cook County State’s Attorney and YouTube have Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau hot under the collar. Pekau continues to be upset with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx about felons who are free who are coming into his community with illegal weapons. And he is none too happy with YouTube taking…

Palos Park Commissioner G. Darryl Reed cast the lone “no” vote Monday to allow a Class G liquor license business the chance to apply for a video gaming license in the village. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Park to allow Cog Hill to apply for video gaming

By Jeff Vorva At 8:25 p.m. Monday night the long-awaited decision was made on video gaming in Palos Park. After months of conversation and listening to businesses and the public, the village council voted 3-1 to allow the only Class G liquor license business in town – Cog Hill Golf and Country Club – to…

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Pritzker, Ezike address plan to lift mask mandate

School mandates would remain in place for ‘coming weeks,’ pending court decision By Jerry Nowicki Capitol News Illinois and Tim Hadac If COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline for the rest of the month, Gov. JB Pritzker plans to lift his executive order that mandates face coverings indoors by Feb. 28. The plan does not apply…