Area gamers participate in historic IHSA state tournament


By Jeff Vorva Oak Lawn and Stagg took seconds in the first. The inaugural Illinois High School Association eSports State Tournament took place Saturday at Bloomington High School and area gamers had a chance to play in the historic event. Oak Lawn and Stagg both had second-place finishers in the tournament and Stagg added a……

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St. Albert wins Bitty Basketball championship

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The St. Albert the Great Coed Bitty Basketball Team won the 2022 Championship. The Bitty Basketball Team consists of students from third- and fourth-grade. After not having sports last year due to COVID, students returned to the basketball court with practices being held at various sites in Burbank. The basketball season runs from November to……

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Baseball: Reavis ace Montalto stifles Evergreen Park again

By Steve Millar Correspondent When Reavis junior Nathan Montalto pitched against Evergreen Park on March 29, he cruised through five innings, striking out eight and allowing just one hit in a 10-0 win for the Rams. So, when Montalto ended up facing the Mustangs a second time, he saw no need to change anything. “Mentally,……

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Boys Volleyball: Reavis hands Nazareth first loss of season

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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……

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Harlem Avenue resurfacing from 62nd to 111th to resume April 4

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From staff reports The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that a resurfacing of Harlem Avenue, from 62nd Street, in Chicago and Summit, to 111th Street, in Worth, passing through Bedford Park, Bridgeview, Burbank, Chicago Ridge and Palos Hills, will resume, weather permitting, Monday, April 4. The $5 million project, which consists of resurfacing the six-mile stretch……

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Bridgeview, Burbank police ready for Polar Plunge

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By Steve Metsch Bridgeview Police Officer Josh Brander and some of his colleagues can’t wait to go swimming Saturday. No, it’s not in the warm comfort of a YMCA swimming pool or a local hotel. This will happen outside. On March 5. In Northern Illinois. It’s not exactly swimming weather, which is why it’s called……

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Lions take 2nd at Tosh Holiday Classic

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By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Glenbard West won the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic. That made sense. The Hilltoppers are ranked No. 1 in most state and Chicago-area polls. But not much else about this tournament made a lot of sense, especially when it came some of the seven area teams involved or, in two cases (Riverside-Brookfield……

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Pandemic takes toll on area grade schools


By Bob Bong and Peter Hancock One year after COVID-19 scrambled the state’s public school system with schools alternating between in-person and remote learning because of uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the Illinois State Board of Education has released its school report card for public schools. The report card, issued every fall, gives parents a……

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Boys Basketball: Richards knocks Oak Forest from ranks of unbeaten


By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Crossover victories in the South Suburban Conference have not come easy for boys basketball teams in the Red division. Heading into action on Dec. 14, the Blue teams displayed dominance with a 16-4 record over the Red foes. Richards had the tall task of going on the road to face Oak……

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