Marist’s boys track team won its first sectional since 1982. Photo courtesy of Marist High School
High School Track: Lyons’ Dickman medals at state; Marist boys enjoy big week
By Jeff Vorva
Postseason track was hot and heavy in the Southwest Regional News area as girls completed the state competition and the boys were battling it out at sectionals and sending an army of competitors this this week’s state meet.
In Class 3A, Lyons’ Katie Dickman finished in third place in the 1600-meter run, with a time of 4 minutes, 42.55 second, which would have been a state record.
But Normal Community freshman Ali Ince broke the record with a 4:40.85 and Oak Park’s Josephine Welin was runnerup with a 4:42.55.
The previous record was held by Woodstock’s Kayla Beattie, who ran a 4:43.65 in 2011.
The race was held June 12 at Eastern Illinois University after two long weather delays pushed the event back.
Dickman, Rebecca Phillips, Lillie George and Abby Deuter finished eighth in the 1600 relay with a 4:02.77.
Stagg’s Shannon Lawler finished sixth in the 100 hurdles with a time of :14.99 and added a 10th-place showing in the 300 hurdles with a :46.62.
Shepard’s Kayden Porter took 10th in the shot put with a throw of 37 feet, 9.25 inches.
Marist won its first postseason title since winning a Class AA district championship in 1982 when it won the Morton Sectional with 125 points on Thursday. St. Laurence (94 points) and Brother Rice (83) rounded out the top three.
Marist’s Jake Phillips won the 3200 with a 9:55.82 while Joshua Harris won the shot put with as 44-11.25 and the discus with a 137-3.25.
Brother Rice’s Nehemiah Ray was a triple winner as he won the 100 with an :11.12, the 200 with a :22.34 and the 400 with a :51.02. Teammate Mickey Corcoran won the 800 with a 2:00.93. Marcus Kennedy won the high jump with a 6-4.
Riverside-Brookfield’s Paul Proteau won the 1600 title with a 4:34.24 with freshman teammate Cooper Marrs right next to him with a 4:34.74.
The Bulldogs’ 1600 relay team of James Dalton, Proteau, Marrs and Miles Rubio won in 3:35.45 and the 3200 relay team of Marrs, Proteau, Dalton and Jack O’Brien won in 8:13.49.
Shepard’s Karam Jaber won the 110 hurdles in :15.51 and the 300 hurdles with a :42.80. The Astros’ 400 relay team of Maurice Woody, Jalen Smith, Isiah Wiggins and Kendrick Washington won in :45.59.
St. Laurence’s 800 relay team of Matt Ochoa, Dell rio Johnson, DeShawn Parker and Adrian Williams won in 1:31.11. Aaron Wofford won the triple jump with a 45-6.5.
Morton’s Victor Rodriguez won the pole vault with 14-9.25.
Oak Lawn’s Robert Wagner won the long jump with a 22-3.75.
At Naperville North
As expected, Sandburg had great success in distance running as junior Declan Tunney won the 3200 in 9:23.95 while the 3200 relay team of Ismail Tineh, Grant Giblin, Trent Anderson and Brock Rice earned a title with a 7:51.92.
The Sandburg 3200 relay team has medaled in eight straight state meets including posting a state-record 7:36.36 in 2016.
At St. Rita
Evergreen Park won the third sectional in school history and the first since 2015 scoring 120 points while Mount Carmel was runnerup with 93.
Evergreen Park’s Jalen Jones won the 100 with an :11.09 and the triple jump with a 42-6.25. The 1600 relay team of John Bledsoe, Rocco Cipolla, Jack Donnelly and Dan Farritor won with a 9:36.73. Isiah Mosley won the discus with a 116-2.5.
Mount Carmel’s Jaden Bossie won the 110 hurdles with a :15.18. Teammate Myles Smith won the 300 hurdles with a :42.63.
The 400 relay team of Derick Whaley, Tucker Miller, Bossie and Enzo DeRosa won with :44.08. The 1600 team of Whaley, Hugo Rincon, Darrion Dupree and Grant Mason won with a 3:35.61. Mason won the high jump with a 5-7.75
St. Rita’s EJ Nwagwu won the 200 with a :22.32.
At De La Salle
The hosts’ 400 relay team of Jaden Blake, Ray Coffee, Dom Richko and Mustapha St. Clair won with a :44.87 and the 800 relay team of Blake, Coffee, Jason Moore and St. Clair won with a 1:32.91. Blake won the pole vault with a 13-10.5.
Chicago Christian’s Gave Kuecker won the 1600 with a 4:48.66 and the 3200 with a 10:37.25. Luke Jelderks won the long jump with a 21-5.
Homecoming court crowned at Nazareth Academy
Two local students are among the 2021 homecoming court at Nazareth Academy. Serving as queen is Isabella Romano, a 2017 graduate of St. Daniel the Prophet School. On the court is Ryan Spain, a 2019 graduate of of St. Symphorosa School. The court was announced at an all-school pep rally during their recent Spirit Week.…
Café 63 rolls out auto-themed menu for car show
By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] Back in the Oct. 6 edition of the Clear-Ridge Reporter & NewsHound, I wrote about the car show hosted by the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce and the Clearing Night Force, set for 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Well, it’s…
Leaders push back against vax
Aldermen, FOP chief butt heads with Lightfoot By Tim Hadac A week after the Lightfoot Administration announced that all city workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19—or face disciplinary measures—some employees pushed back. One of the most public was 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares, who signed a letter of concern to the mayor–with five of…
Support older workers, Newman says
From staff reports U.S. Rep. Marie Newman (D-3rd) recently joined three Democratic House colleagues in introducing the Supporting Older Workers Act, a new bill designed to improve and advance the employment, economic success and the well-being of America’s older workers. Newman said the legislation would strengthen the workforce development system for older workers and reduce…
Trinity Christian women’s soccer coach Josh Lenarz wins 300th game
By Jeff Vorva Correspondent It’s way, way, way too early to predict this, but it’s not something to dismiss. At this pace, Trinity Christian College women’s soccer coach Josh Lenarz could someday win his 600th career game. While the current NAIA record is 380 triumphs by Oklahoma City’s Brian Harvey over a 26-year span, Lenarz…
Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars battling for home playoff match
By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The Chicago Red Stars played their final regular-season game at SeatGeek Stadium on Saturday night with a 2-1 victory over Kansas City in a National Women’s Soccer League game. Is there a chance they will be back in Bridgeview for a postseason match? Even though the top four teams in the…
Making their move
Cook County Jail Chess Team competes in int’l tourney From staff reports The Cook County Jail’s Chess Team finished in third place in its division during the championship round of the largest international chess competition for detained individuals, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced last week. Hosted by Cook County Jail and sanctioned by the International…
Oak Lawn officials praise new restaurants
By Joe Boyle The recent wave of restaurant grand openings has Oak Lawn officials excited about the future of the village. Trustee James Pembroke (4th) said the recent opening of Shake Shack has received an immediate positive response. “Shake Shack has had an impressive opening,” Pembroke said during the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting on Tuesday night.…
Roberts Park Fire Protection District donates blankets to homeless shelter
The Roberts Park Fire Department recently donated more than 200 new individually packaged blankets to the Providence of God homeless shelter in Chicago. Chief Jeff Ketchen and members of the RPFD worked with Isaac Bucio, a Chicago firefighter who volunteers at the shelter.
Federal court throws out June legislative maps, declines to send issue to bipartisan commission
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A three-judge federal court panel in Chicago ruled Tuesday that the legislative redistricting plan that Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law in June – before official 2020 U.S. Census numbers were available – was unconstitutional because the population variances among districts violated the “one-person, one-vote” doctrine.…
State ramping up vaccine booster campaign
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday urged eligible Illinoisans to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot and called on skilled nursing facilities to make booster shots available to patients and staff by Thanksgiving. Currently anyone who received the Pfizer vaccine and is over 65 years of age…
State worker vaccine deadline extended to Oct. 26 for first dose
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday that his administration has reached agreement with multiple trade unions requiring certain state workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but it is extending the deadline for workers to get their first shot to Oct. 26 while negotiations continue with the state’s…
Lawmakers returning to Springfield to consider congressional remap, more
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ first congressional remap draft is out but changes could be in store as lawmakers return to Springfield Tuesday for the first of their final two weeks of scheduled session in 2022. It’s customary for lawmakers to meet each fall to consider overriding or accepting any…
CAPITOL RECAP: New congressional maps unveiled ahead of veto session
By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly released a proposed set of new congressional district maps Friday, just days before lawmakers return to the Statehouse for the start of their fall veto session, which begins Oct. 19. All states redraw their congressional districts following each decennial census. The proposed new…
UPDATED: New congressional maps unveiled ahead of fall veto session
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Democrats in the Illinois General Assembly released a proposed set of new congressional district maps Friday, just days before lawmakers return to the Statehouse for the start of their fall veto session, which begins Oct. 19. All states redraw their congressional districts following each decennial census.…
Tax summaries show Pritzkers made $5 million last year – not including family trusts
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker’s campaign released summary documents of his 2020 tax returns Friday, which showed the first family reporting $5.14 million in adjusted gross income, all from taxable interest and dividends. The campaign released seven pages summarizing the governor’s and first lady MK Pritzker’s returns, which…
Democrats release draft congressional maps
By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers released the first draft of new congressional maps Friday, the latest step in a process that occurs every 10 years after the U.S. Census and could impact the balance of power in the U.S. Congress. The new maps are only a draft and will…
Report: Nursing homes in crisis with staff shortages
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A new report released Wednesday says staffing shortages at nursing homes in Illinois have reached crisis proportions and that people of color are most at risk of suffering the consequences. That’s because those individuals are more likely to live in understaffed facilities or in “ward” rooms…
Springfield transportation hub to relieve rail congestion
By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A railway improvement project intended to greatly improve traffic congestion between St. Louis and Chicago reached a milestone Tuesday as work began on a multimodal transportation hub in the capital city. Gov. JB Pritzker was joined at a groundbreaking ceremony by U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and…