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Lizzie Sedekis (white helmet) is congratulated by her Chicago Christian teammates after a home run against Timothy Christian on April 6 in Palos Heights. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup: Chicago Christian softball team looking to get their groove back

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Kevin Pittman said he’ll take some of the blame. The Chicago Christian softball and boys basketball coach has an annual tradition. After the rigors of the basketball season, he uses spring break to recharge. “When they asked me to take the softball job, I said I would do it for…

Kendall Coyne Schofield visited the Palos Heights Public Library, 12501 S. 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, to discuss her book, meet with residents, and sign copies on April 5. (Photos by Kelly White)

Olympian – and now author – Kendall Coyne Schofield visits Palos Heights Library

By Kelly White Always in pursuit of her dreams, Kendall Coyne Schofield wants to inspire today’s youth to do the same. “I want young girls to be able to have the same dreams as young boys in the world of professional hockey,” Coyne said. With her book, “As Fast As Her: Dream Big, Break Barriers,…

St. Xavier University's men's volleyball team will be heading to the national tournament for the third time in four years. Photo courtesy of St. Xavier University Athletics

Area college report: Ooms brothers lower the boom, propel Saint Xavier to national tourney

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Good things happen when the Ooms brothers go boom. In this case, it means another trip to the NAIA National Tournament The siblings from Minooka High School combined for 18 kills on Saturday to lead the Saint Xavier men’s volleyball team to a 25-23, 25-18, 27-25 victory over Judson to…

Chicago Red Stars defender and Team USA mainstay Tierna Davidson, shown in a game in 2021, suffered and injury and will be out for the 2022 campaign. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars lose star defender Davidson for season

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer The Chicago Red Stars biggest loss of the exhibition season didn’t come during a game. It came during training. Defender Tierna Davidson will miss the season after tearing an ACL while practicing for the team’s second Challenge Cup game. Davidson is also a U.S. Women’s National Team member and will…

Lyons boys volleyball players have a spirited celebration after beating Lockport to win the 12-team Argo Invitational on Saturday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup: Lions grow together while winning Argo Invitational

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer A few last-minute changes in the schedule forced Lyons to head into the Argo Invitational with just two matches under its belt this season. While some of the other teams in the tournament had played more matches, the Lions adapted and won the 12-team tournament with a 5-0 record, including…

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Boys Volleyball: Reavis hands Nazareth first loss of season

By Steve Millar  Correspondent After winning the opening set and taking a big lead in the second one, it seemed like Reavis was set to cruise to a victory over previously unbeaten Nazareth. When the Roadrunners stormed back to force a third set, though, the Rams had to bear down. “We just had to forget…

Red Star Yuki Nagasato (right) tries to clear a path for Vanessa DiBernardo on March 25 against Kansas City. DiBernardo scored Chicago's only goal in a 3-1 loss at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview. (Photos by Jeff Vorva)

Red Stars Report: Red Stars upset but Mahomes was happy with KC win over Chicago

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Leading up to the Challenge Cup home opener against the Kansas City Current, the Chicago Red Stars were feeling pretty good. New coach Chris Petrucelli said every day was enjoyable. “They come out and have fun,” he said on March 24. “Everyone is smiling. I can’t think of anything that…

Brother Rice pitcher Dylan Warda fires a pitch against Sandburg on March 22 in Orland Park. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Area Sports Roundup: Brother Rice riding in style; Evergreen Park’s Lily Strand fans 27

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer For some games, Brother Rice arrives in style. On March 22, the Crusaders opened a few eyes when they arrived in Orland Park on a charter bus for a non-conference game against Sandburg. “We’ve had problems with the timing of getting a bus and sometimes 3:45 is the earliest we…

Marist volleyball players celebrate a victory over Lincoln-Way East to win their own 24-team tournament on Saturday. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Boys Volleyball: Marist beats Lincoln-Way East in battle of national powers

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer High rankings do not mean a whole lot to Kellen O’Keefe. The Marist senior hitter was well aware the RedHawks were recently ranked 14th in the nation in a USA Today/American Volleyball Coaches Association poll in mid-March. But minutes after the RedHawks won their own 24-team tournament with a 21-25,…

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Girls Soccer: Morton starts strong, but falls just short of Windy City Ram Classic semifinals

By Steve Millar Correspondent Morton’s girls soccer team fell just short of a 3-0 week and a spot in the Final Four of the Windy City Ram Classic.   But the Mustangs put up a strong fight against host Lincoln-Way East on the morning of March 19, and they saw no reason to be discouraged…

The Palos 118 South Middle School eighth-grade volleyball team took first place in the Southwest Interscholastic Conference tournament on March 12. (Supplied photo)

Palos 118 eighth-grade volleyball team wins Southwest Interscholastic Conference Tournament

From staff reports The Palos 118 South Middle School eighth-grade volleyball team took first place in the Southwest Interscholastic Conference tournament on March 12. Bella Macino was named MVP for her 20-point serving streak, which pushed the Cardinals to the win in a two-set match against the OLHMS Mustangs. The Cardinals finished with a 16-3…

Richards’ Christian Rosales delivers a pitch in a huge come-from-behind victory over Stagg on March 16. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Batter Up: Richards and Stagg show resilience in baseball’s opening week

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer If the infancy of the high school baseball season has proved anything, it’s that Stagg and Richards are two resilient teams. Just when they look down and out … Let’s look at Richards first. The Bulldogs opened the season on March 14 with a 4-0, five-inning road loss to Marist.…

Catalyst Maria graduate Jonathan Brundidge (left) and St. Rita alum Cameron Bartmann pose with the NJCAA National Championship trophy on Sunday as South Suburban College won the title the night before. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup: South Suburban College wins national title

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Now for some March Madness that was not as heavily publicized over the weekend … Area athletes participated in three national championship basketball games on Saturday, and a couple of them can lay claim to being national champs. St. Rita grad Cameron Bartmann and Catalyst Maria alum Jonathan Brundidge play…

The Chicago Red Stars, shown celebrating a goal during the 2021 season at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, hope there will be more celebrations in 2022. They play their first home Challenge Cup game at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars seek title after back-to-back runner-up finishes

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer It’s an obvious goal. Win it all. The Chicago Red Stars, who make their 2022 home debut in the Challenge Cup at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Kansas City at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, finished runner-up in each of the past two NWSL seasons in 2019 and 2021. There was no…

New Argo head football coach Phil Rossberg on the sidelines during a game last season. (Photo courtesy of Argo High School)

Rossberg takes over Argo football program

By Carol McGowan Phillip Rossberg may be the new head football coach at Argo High School, but he’s been a familiar face on the sidelines and in the classroom at the school for the last seven years. He started working at the school in 2015, and along with being the new head football coach, he’s…

CELEBRATE – Marist’s softball team had plenty to celebrate last year and hopes for more celebrations in 2022. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Seven reasons this spring sports season could be special

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Things are a little quiet right now, but it’s the calm before the storm. Get ready for a monster sports spring in the area. The IHSA offers 13 spring sports and activities, including bass fishing. Area colleges will be busy, especially with baseball and softball. The Chicago Red Stars, who…

Bianca St. Georges of the Chicago Red Stars tries to advance the ball against Portland on Saturday. Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer, USA Today Sports

Area Sports Roundup: Top pick Ava Cook scores Red Stars’ lone goal in winless trip to Portland

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Mixing a blend of veterans and newcomers, the Chicago Red Stars lost two games and tied one while scoring just one goal during a three-game preseason series in Portland. New coach Chris Petrucelli watched his team open with a 0-0 deadlock with the U23 U.S. Women’s National Team on March…

Evergreen Park native Zach Rothstein has traded the volleyball for an iPad for his tools of the trade as he is an assistant coach for his alma mater, Fontbonne University. Photo by Jeff Vorva

College Report: Rice grad Rothstein enjoying coaching at Fontbonne

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer After hitting the floor time after time after time as a libero at Brother Rice and Fontbonne University, Zach Rothstein’s body is glad he is now a graduate assistant with the latter. The Evergreen Park native admits there is a time or two where he wouldn’t mind diving to make…

Claire Austin and SXU's women's basketball team play in in the opening round of the NAIA Tournament on Friday in Nebraska. Photo courtesy of St Xavier University

College Roundup: Saint Xavier women’s hoops heading to national tourney

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer St. Xavier’s women’s basketball team may have ended the conference tournament on a rough note, but it is still going to the NAIA National Tournament with a top-five seed in regionals. The Cougars (25-6) earned the fifth seed in the Omaha Sports Commission Bracket and will play No. 12 Bethel…

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Chicago Christian leaving Metro Suburban for new conference

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Chicago Christian will be changing conferences in two years. The Knights are leaving the Metro Suburban for a the Chicagoland Christian Conference, a new league to consist of private schools. They will be joined by Aurora Christian, Bishop McNamara, Hope Academy, Christ the King, Marian Central Catholic, St. Edward, Timothy…

Sandburg's Josie Canellis won the Queen of the Hill championship in Normal on Saturday. Photo courtesy of the IHSA

Lucky 13: Sandburg’s Josie Canellis is Illinois’ Queen of the Hill

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer During grade school, Josie Canellis wore the number 13 on various recreation and travel teams. She never found it to be an unlucky number. Even though she is wearing No. 5 for the Eagles, the junior still has some fond thoughts about 13, especially after competing in the IHSA 3-point…

St. Rita's Morez Johnson, an Illinois recruit, scored 16 points in Friday's sectional championship loss to Kenwood. Photo by Jeff Vorva

St. Rita’s season comes to end against Kenwood

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer If this St. Rita team returns intact next season, look out. The Mustangs were six minutes away from winning their first sectional championship, holding a six-point lead against top-seeded Kenwood at the Class 4A Thornwood Sectional on March 4. The Broncos, however, roared back and went on a roll the…

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St. Rita tops Homewood-Flossmoor, vying for first sectional title

By Steve Millar  Correspondent St. Rita’s Morez Johnson knows how deflating it is for an opponent when it plays strong defense and forces the Mustangs into a missed shot, only for Johnson to grab the rebound and score. “Those second-chance points hurt the other team a lot,” Johnson said after St. Rita defeated Homewood-Flossmoor in…

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Dylan Jacobs off and running — fast — to start to ND track season

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Dylan Jacobs is amazed, but not surprised, that Sandburg’s cross country and track programs have produced three runners who have each run a mile in under four minutes. Jacobs became the third on Jan. 22. The Orland Park native, a senior at Notre Dame, broke the magical four-minute barrier during…

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Shooting woes doom Lyons in sectional champ game loss to Whitney Young

By Steve Millar  Correspondent For Lyons coach Meghan Hutchens, it was like a watching a nightmare end to a dream season. Hutchens thought back to the 2010-11 men’s college basketball season, when Butler stormed to the NCAA national championship game only to struggle mightily on offensive in a 53-41 loss to Connecticut. “Nobody wants to…

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Pols want 63rd St. armory for new police HQ

. Porfirio, Guerrero-Cuellar push plan in Springfield . By Tim Hadac Any plans the Chicago Department of Aviation may have had for the vacant Army National Guard Midway Armory, 5400 W. 63rd St., may be grounded, at least for now. Several elected officials are eyeing the parcel as the headquarters of a new police district,…

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Her back against the wall, Stacy needs help

. By Tim Hadac Editor Clear-Ridge Reporter & NewsHound (708)-496-0265 . Clearing and Garfield Ridge have earned a reputation as a place where people look out for each other—and that sometimes means caring for each other in times of need. Today, I want to talk about one such person, who sure could use a boost…

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It’s (pizza) party time at OLS

. Third graders at Our Lady of the Snows School break into cheers as they learn they’ve won a pizza party for selling more raffle booklets than any other class. The recent Grand Raffle fundraiser brought in about $6,000. Parents looking for a grade school for their sons and daughters for 2024-25 are welcome to…

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Dart wants free mental health care for first responders

. From staff reports The Illinois Senate has passed legislation proposed by Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart that eliminates out-of-pocket expenses for first responders seeking mental health treatment. “We ask first responders to be constantly exposed to traumatic and dangerous situations to protect us,” Dart said. “This legislation is a solid step toward helping…

Members of the Green Team, Pat Stifter, Tara Rosenwinkeo, Gareth Blakesley, Lake Katherine's Director & Chief Naturalist; and Beth Enriquez welcome volunteers for Palos Heights' Clean Up Day on April 13. (Photos by Kelly White)

Volunteers give Palos Heights a spring cleaning

By Kelly White Palos Heights works hard to keep its city beautiful. Gathering residents together for a day of cleaning and fun was the Palos Heights Green Team with a Clean Up Day on April 13. “This event invited everyone in our community to do their part in combating pollution by having a fun morning…

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Hunt man who tried to rob Chase Bank

. FBI looking for tips from public .  From staff reports FBI officials are appealing to the public for help in finding a man who attempted to rob a Southwest Side bank branch. The bandit tried to rob the Chase Bank branch at 5687 S. Archer (just west of Laramie) at about 11 a.m. Wednesday,…

Congressman Sean Casten, speaking at a Town Hall meeting at Moraine Valley Community College.
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Casten lauds Biden for ‘clean energy’ move

. From staff reports A move designed to spur the responsible development of clean energy on America’s public lands was recently lauded by U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (D-6th). The congressman, co-chairman of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) Clean Energy Deployment Task Force, joined by co-chairman Mike Levin (D-Calif.), released a statement in…

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E-Notary makes things easier, Giannoulias says

. From staff reports Illinois residents will no longer have to notarize documents in person under a new Electronic-Notary system administered by Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias’ office. Electronic Notarization, or “E-Notary,” will radically change the way people and use notary services, Giannoulias predicted. Without leaving the home or office, an individual or business can…

Fire Bureau Chief David Wheeler (from left), Mayor Terry Vorderer and Police Chief Daniel Vittorio congratulate the winners of the 2023 Fire and Safety Coloring Book Contest during the April 9 Oak Lawn Village Board meeting. (Photo by Joe Boyle)

Oak Lawn honor Fire and Public Safety Contest winners

By Joe Boyle The Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce presented awards to the winners of the 2023 Fire and Public Safety Coloring Book Contest at the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting on April 9. Fire Bureau Chief David Wheeler and Police Chief Daniel Vittoro were on hand to present the plaques, along with Oak Lawn Mayor…

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Rashid scolds TV news orgs on climate change

. From staff reports State Rep. Abdelnasser Rashid (D-21st) recently scolded major news organizations for what he called a lack of attention to climate change. “Last year was marked by alarming climate extremes, from record-breaking heat waves to devastating floods, droughts and wildfires,” Rashid wrote earlier this month in a letter to his political supporters.…

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