Community sports news
Marist dodges bullet vs. St. Patrick
Marist’s defense had no answer for Jeremy Molina Saturday afternoon.
Luckily for the RedHawks, he also wasn’t the right answer for St. Patrick.
Certainly, the tailback did more than his fair share on the Shamrocks’ behalf as he accumulated 266 rushing yards on 34 carries and scored twice. But even with key offensive contributions from a couple other sources to augment his efforts, Molina’s sterling exhibition couldn’t dislodge a win from the RedHawks’ grasp.
Marist pocketed the East Suburban Catholic Conference victory at Hanson Stadium by unleashing a furious offense of its own. While RedHawks running back Peter Andreotti was unable to duplicate Molina’s ground-gaining feats, he did match the latter’s touchdown total by tallying on a 1-yard run and 28-yard reception.
And with a greater array of weapons at its disposal, Marist managed to survive St. Pat’s massive 512-yard output and return home with a 42-34 triumph in hand. The RedHawks, who the week before had to ward off a serious challenge issued by Nazareth Academy to win another high-scoring matchup by eight points, improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in league encounters.
Also finding the Shamrocks’ end zone was Jawill Aldridge, whose 87-yard kickoff return shoved the hosts into a hole that proved inescapable. Flynn Nagel caught a 16-yard pass from Jack Donegan for another Marist TD.
The RedHawks are back on the road Friday, when they tangle with Joliet Catholic Academy at Memorial Stadium.
Two holes-in-one recorded at Silver Lake
Two Orland Park men recorded holes-in-one while playing recent rounds of golf at Silver Lake Country Club.
Kevin Winston’s ace occurred on Sept. 12, when he used a 6-iron to play the 143-yard 18th hole of the North course. Sam Everett and Matt Byrdak, both of Orland, witnessed Winston’s feat.
“It felt like winning the Stanley Cup,” Winston said.
A couple weeks before that, Tim McFarland experienced the same thrill while playing on the South course. With partners Rich Beazley and Jack Spieser watching, McFarland handled the 148-yard third hole in one shot by employing a 6-iron.
“[It was] awesome — a perfect shot,” McFarland said. “Amazing.”
Evergreen football gets corporate support
At every Evergreen Park High School home football game this fall, Mustangs fans will have an opportunity to cheer the team on from the end zone as “couch potatoes.”
The promotion is being corporately sponsored by Famous Dave’s restaurant, which will have its mascot, Wilbur, supply dinner to each of the designated couch potatoes and give one of them a chance to win a $150 catering package. Individuals competing for the package will throw four footballs and try to get three of them into each section of a net set up at the 50-yard line.
For more information, visit www.evergreenpark.org. Famous Dave’s is located at 2855 W. 95th St., in Evergreen Park.
Illinois Hoopla to conduct basketball events
Illinois Hoopla will conduct two basketball programs during the month of October.
PeeWee Basketball mini-camps for youngsters in grades 1-3 will run two nights a week during the following periods: Oct. 7-18, and Oct. 21-30. In addition, a 3-on-3 tournament for players in grades 3-8 will be held Oct. 7-16.
For more information on either activity, contact Rick Palmer at 460.6513 or [email protected], or visit www.illinoishoopla.com
OL High School to co-host bass-fishing tourney
Oak Lawn High School and Rayjus Outdoors will co-host a bass-fishing tournament on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Kankakee/Des Plaines River.
The event begins with a 6 a.m. check-in. Competition will start at 7:15 and run through 2 p.m. Schools may register an unlimited number of boats, but the overall field will not exceed 50. Each boat, which must be captained by an adult, can include up to four anglers.
The cost of entry is $40 per boat. For information, contact Chris Kuchyt at [email protected]
Orland Township’s Pet-Palooza caters to our furry friends
By Kelly White Pet owners united at Orland Township’s Pet-Palooza. The township hosted the 10th annual event on Saturday, September 24, on the Orland Township grounds, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. With plenty of local vendors, residents were invited out to a day of family friendly, fun-filled activities. Pet-Palooza featured more than 60 local…
Some Worth officials are concerned about SAFE-T Act
By Joe Boyle A controversial criminal justice law that goes into effect on Jan. 1 has some Worth public officials apprehensive and believe it will actually cause an increase in crime. Worth resident Jack McGrath said that varying opinions about the Illinois Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today Act, or the SAFE-T Act, have arrived in mailings at…
Worth revokes second business license for selling illegal cigarettes
By Joe Boyle For the second time in less than a month, the Worth Village Board has voted to revoke the license of a business in which illegal cigarettes were being sold. The board accepted the recommendation of the Worth Police Department, which called for the license of Blowing Smoke II Inc., which did business as Up in Smoke, 11015 S. Harlem Ave., to be revoked.…
Pizza Castle moving from Gage Park to Hickory Hills
By Bob Bong Pizza Castle has had a long run at its Gage Park neighborhood home on the Southwest Side. But after almost 50 years, the Jensen family is pulling up the roots on the family business and moving to the suburbs. The pizzeria, which was founded in 1973, will be moving to 7737 W.…
Macy’s grand opening Friday in Evergreen Park
By Bob Bong The new Market by Macy’s and Macy’s Backstage stores will hold their grand openings this weekend at Evergreen Plaza in Evergreen Park. The new stores will open in the former Carson’s at 9700 S. Western Ave. Market by Macy’s will occupy the first floor and Macy’s Backstage outlet store will take over…
Parking lot nixed in Palos Heights but issue not dead yet
By Jeff Vorva The controversial parking lot proposal in Palos Heights was not approved Tuesday night but the issue is not dead. The city council needed a super-majority 6-2 vote for a zoning change from residential to business and granting a special-use permit for a municipal parking lot at 12303 S. 71st Court in the…
Senior Center has re-opened
By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 I hope everyone has been able to enjoy the beautiful autumn weather we’ve been blessed with. I visited the Southwest Regional Senior Center, 6117 S. Kedzie, recently. They are open once again, and everything looks very nice. New floors were installed and there are freshly painted…
Tabares’ shred day was a fun event
By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 Happy National Pizza Month! Don’t we live in a great neighborhood for pizza? There are so many pizza parlors to choose from. There are the big chains and the mom-and-pop establishments. I volunteered on last week at…
Kids visit gas station with a purpose
By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 Last Thursday, third graders from McKay School visited the new Roux Gas Station at 7051 S. Western. The station was recently built on the vacant lot where Napleton Buick and its predecessor, Van Male Buick, once stood. Now…
Illinois Supreme Court denies former lawmakers’ claim for back pay
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit filed by two former state legislators who sued for back pay they believed they were due for raises that they voted against while in office. Former Sen. Michael Noland, D-Elgin, and former Sen. James Clayborne, D-Belleville, argued…
Illinois takes Equal Rights Amendment to appeals court
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Attorneys for the state of Illinois joined their colleagues in Nevada and Virginia Wednesday in asking a federal appellate court to declare that the Equal Rights Amendment has been legally ratified as the 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “I have a daughter who intends to…
CAPITOL RECAP: State announces further unemployment debt repayment
SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced a plan Tuesday, Sept. 27, to reduce a $1.8 billion Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund deficit by $450 million through an infusion of unemployment-related revenues. The trust fund is the pool of money paid into by employers to provide a social safety net for unemployed individuals. The employer’s insurance premiums…
State to reduce $1.8 billion federal unemployment debt by $450 million
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced a plan Tuesday to reduce a $1.8 billion Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund deficit by $450 million through an infusion of unemployment-related revenues. The trust fund is the pool of money paid into by employers to provide a social safety net for unemployed…
Capitol News Illinois to expand operations with $2 million McCormick Foundation grant
By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Capitol News Illinois will significantly expand its operations as it enters the fifth year of operations in 2023 because of a significant grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. The McCormick Foundation has announced a three-year, $2 million investment in Capitol News Illinois, a nonprofit news organization that provides…
State Sen. Emil Jones III pleads not guilty in bribery case
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Emil Jones III pleaded not guilty in federal court Friday to three felony counts stemming from an alleged bribery scheme involving a red light camera company. Jones, 44, is a Chicago Democrat who has served in the Senate since 2009. He is also the…
Pritzker urges two lawmakers to resign
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker called on two Democratic state senators Thursday to resign their seats amid allegations of misconduct. Sen. Emil Jones III, D-Chicago, was charged in federal court earlier this week with soliciting a $5,000 bribe from a red light camera company. And Sen. Michael Hastings,…
Pritzker urges two lawmakers to resign
Illinois Supreme Court denies former lawmakers’ claim for back pay
CAPITOL RECAP: Another Democratic senator charged in bribery scheme
By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Emil Jones III has been charged in federal court with three criminal counts tied to his dealings with a red light camera company. Jones, a Chicago Democrat, is the son of former Senate President Emil Jones Jr. The younger Jones has served in the Senate since 2009…