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College Notebook | Niagara guard Henderson looks like lock for MAAC freshman of year

By Jason Maholy / January 28, 2024 / Comments Off on College Notebook | Niagara guard Henderson looks like lock for MAAC freshman of year

By Mike Walsh Correspondent Ahmad Henderson’s collegiate basketball career has gotten off to a promising start. The Niagara freshman guard was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s Rookie of the Week for the period ending Jan. 24. Henderson, a Brother Rice graduate, paced the Purple Eagles to a 2-1 record that week as he averaged…

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Oak Lawn’s Walsh earns all sectional honors again

By Bob Bong / November 11, 2023 /

After finishing his third season on the Oak Lawn Community High School’s varsity boys soccer team this year, Dylan Walsh can admire some impressive numbers for himself. He scored 13 goals and five assists this season. He’s amassed 35 career goals. He’s contributed nine career assists. And now, he can reflect on earning his second…

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Argo makes Class 7A playoffs, will open against top-seeded Normal

By Bob Bong / October 20, 2023 / Comments Off on Argo makes Class 7A playoffs, will open against top-seeded Normal

By Mike Walsh Correspondent After addressing his Argonauts following their comeback victory over T.F. South in the regular-season finale — a win that two days later officially punched their ticket to the IHSA playoffs for a second straight season — Argo head coach Phil Rossberg stood by himself in the south end zone. Rossberg, standing…

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Argo’s girls varsity tennis team wins South Suburban Red title

By Carol Mcgowan / October 19, 2023 / Comments Off on Argo’s girls varsity tennis team wins South Suburban Red title

Argo High School’s girls varsity tennis has won the South Suburban Red conference title for the fourth time in school history. Prior to this season, the last title was won in 2017. This year’s team consists of Gabriela Dabrowski, Olivia Dlugi, Abigail Grenier, Julia Grenier, Ashley Jauregui, Sofia Jauregui-Ibarra, Athena Litsogiannis, Olivia Lopez, Lana Murphy, Isabel…

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Antonio Clay-Jones carries Evergreen Park past Reavis

By Bob Bong / September 15, 2023 /

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent No deficit in sports is too great to overcome unless the double zeros on the clock are reached. Unfortunately for Reavis High School, that was the situation in their Week 3 matchup with Evergreen Park High School. Despite every Reavis Rams (1-2) effort to overcome their deficit, the Evergreen Park Mustangs…

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Marist adds 5 athletes, wrestling team to sports Hall of Fame

By Bob Bong / September 15, 2023 / Comments Off on Marist adds 5 athletes, wrestling team to sports Hall of Fame

By Jeff Vorva  The Marist Athletics Hall of Fame is pretty crowded, with 111 individuals or teams recognized. But there is always room for more. Five more individuals and one team were honored Sept. 1 at halftime of the Brother Rice-Marist football game, won by the RedHawks in thrilling fashion, 30-24. Peter Bilecki, who graduated…

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Baseball Class 4A State Championship | Brother Rice falls to Edwardsville, takes 2nd for best finish since 1981

By Jeff Vorva / June 11, 2023 / Comments Off on Baseball Class 4A State Championship | Brother Rice falls to Edwardsville, takes 2nd for best finish since 1981

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Cole Van Assen helped take Brother Rice to a place it hasn’t been to since 1981. A state championship game. The Crusaders lost, 6-4, to Edwardsville in the IHSA Class 4A state final on June 10 at Duly Health and Care Field in Joliet, but it was Van Assen’s masterpiece…

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Softball | Marist rolls over Yorkville for second championship in three seasons

By Jason Maholy / June 11, 2023 /

By Randy Whalen Correspondent Marist left no doubt about which is the best Class 4A team in Illinois. The RedHawks concluded their torrid run through the IHSA playoffs with a 9-1 win over Yorkville in the state championship game, played June 10 at Louisville Slugger Stadium in Peoria. It’s the second state title for Marist…

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Back-to-Back Champs! Nazareth makes history with second straight title

By Jeff Vorva / June 11, 2023 / Comments Off on Back-to-Back Champs! Nazareth makes history with second straight title

By Jeff Vorva Despite being a beloved Hall of Fame baseball player, Jim Thome had never won a championship ring in high school or the pros. That ended on June 10. Thome is an assistant coach for Nazareth, which made history by becoming just the fifth team in IHSA history to win back-to-back baseball championships.…

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Softball | Hillegonds hurls one-hitter, Cunnea homers to send Marist to third straight state title game

By Jason Maholy / June 10, 2023 / Comments Off on Softball | Hillegonds hurls one-hitter, Cunnea homers to send Marist to third straight state title game

By Randy Whalen Correspondent There was happiness all around for Marist. The RedHawks cruised into their third straight Class 4A state championship game by bashing Barrington 10-0 in five innings on June 9 at Louisville Slugger Stadium in Peoria. Marist (36-2) will face Yorkville (36-2) at 3:30 on today for the state title. The Foxes…

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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…

Joey’s Red Hots will open its seventh location on Monday at 9135 W. 159th St. in Orland Hills. (Photo by Steve Neuhaus)

Comings & Goings: Joey’s Red Hots to open Monday in Orland Hills

By Bob Bong Co-owner Anthony Nardo is not one to miss an opportunity to expand the reach of the Joey’s Red Hots empire. The Orland Park-based chain of restaurants has set Monday, February 26, as the opening date for its newest Joey’s location, in Orland Hills. Nardo and his partner Nick Iozzo jumped quickly when…

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New Warsaw saga continues

. Neighbors to have a second say about banquet hall . By Dermot Connolly and Tim Hadac Several dozen Clearing residents interested in the future of the shuttered New Warsaw Restaurant & Banquets property, 6250 W. 63rd St., had their say last week. More than 50 people turned out on Feb. 14 at the Clearing…

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…

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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…

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