043033 UC Ingalls Mental Health Awareness Month Ad Reoirter
Volleyball on Wood Floor

Volleyball on Wood Floor

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 it because that’s the game of volleyball,” Reavis junior Jacob Nosek said of the second set. “You’re going to mess up a point. You’re going to gain a point. It’s all about your mentality where you need to focus. You mess up, you clear your mind and play the next point. It’s one point out of 25.

“Once I saw the team passing the ball and we got good sets and put the right effort into it, I knew we were going to have the right outcome.”

Nosek came up huge down the stretch and the host Rams pulled through for a 25-19, 22-25, 25-17 win.

Nosek finished with eight kills for Reavis (3-5). Joey Para had seven kills, Matt Swiatek contributed four blocks and four kills, Tom Wasiel had four kills, Adrian Rutkowski chipped in three kills, two blocks and two aces, and Tyler Jones finished with three blocks and two aces while dishing out several assists.

Ben Michel led Nazareth (3-1) with nine kills and two aces. Kyle Pinckney had eight kills, while Caden Hogan chipped in three kills and two blocks, and Mitch Cannon added three kills.

Nosek took over in the third set, coming up with six kills. He had three during a 6-1 surge that stretched the Rams’ lead to 12-6 and had two more during a match-ending 5-0 run.

“We made a good comeback and it was a really big team effort,” Nosek said. “It wasn’t just me. I couldn’t get the correct hits without the team and the hustle we’re throwing in. That’s going to continue throughout the season and hopefully we will get more wins.”

Reavis coach Mike Jebens said Nosek is new to the outside hitter position.

“He’s not a natural outside but he’s stepped up for us this year in a new role,” Jebens said. “He’s still learning, he’s still raw, but he’s definitely picking it up and he’s got the body for it. I’m excited to see his future.”

While the Roadrunners’ powerful hitting combo of Michel and Pinckney gave Reavis problems in the second set, the Rams did a good job limiting them in the third.

Swiatek and Rutkowski led the blocking for Reavis.

“It’s all about timing,” Swiatek said. “We knew who their hitters are and their favorite spots, and then it’s just teamwork and communication to close those gaps and not let them get any spikes in.”

Nazareth trailed 10-5 in the second set before rallying to tie it 10-10 behind a pair of aces from David Valdez.

The Roadrunners then rode Michel and Pinckney, who combined for six kills in the set, to the win to force the third set.

Despite the loss, there were reasons for encouragement for the Roadrunners.

“I like that we’re setting the middle a lot,” said Nazareth assistant coach Matt Madia, who was filling in for head coach Jennifer Milligan. “Kyle (Pinckney) jumps out of the gym. If you put the ball up, he’s going to go get it.

“We need to get a little more consistent. In the last couple points, you could see we’re just in our heads a little bit. You just have to stay calm, take the other team out of system and take advantage of some of those open shots that they give us.”

Local News

Nazareth Academy English teacher Amelia Garcia is one of 10 Golden Apple excellence in teaching winners this year. (Golden Apple photo)

Naz’s Amelia Garcia wins Golden Apple teaching award

By Bob Bong Amelia Garcia, a teacher at Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park, was one of 10 teachers in Illinois to receive the 2022 Golden Apple award for Excellence in Teaching last week. Garcia, who teaches 10th- and 11th-grade English, was surprised with the award at a school assembly on May 4. “This is really…

Kenneth Keyser shakes hands with Mayor Steve Landek after he is sworn in as Bridgeview’s newest police sergeant. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

Keyser promoted to police sergeant in Bridgeview

By Steve Metsch After 24 years working on the Bridgeview Police Department, Kenneth Keyser finally has the job he’s been waiting for. Keyser, 49, was promoted to sergeant at the May 4 meeting of the village board. He’ll be in charge of the midnight shift, starting at 10 p.m. and working until 6 a.m. But…

Arin Wright, shown playing in the Chicago Red Stars' season opener on April 30, and her teammates were idle on Saturday night because their scheduled opponent, Washington, was playing in the exhibition Challenge Cup final. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Cup runneth over — Red Stars v. Washington postponed because of exhibition tourney

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer SeatGeek Stadium was empty the night of May 7. The NWSL game between Washington and the Chicago Red Stars that had been scheduled was postponed, and will be played at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 8. The reason? It wasn’t weather related. It was a cool but dry night. A decent…

Former Orland Park police chief Tom McCarthy, shown at a May 2 village board meeting, has an Illinois football scholarship named in his honor. Photo by Jeff Vorva

College Report: Illini football names scholarship after former Orland top cop Tim McCarthy

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Many area residents know Tim McCarthy as the former longtime police chief of Orland Park. Those who know history know McCarthy was a U.S. Secret Service agent who took a bullet for President Ronald Reagan during John Hinckley Jr.’s assassination attempt in 1981. Not as well known is that McCarthy…

Roberts Road road closures and detours. (Maps supplied by Illinois Tollway)

More road closures this week for Roberts Road, 87th Street

From staff reports Road closures with detours are scheduled for this week on Roberts Road and 87th Street to accommodate bridge beam removal for the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project. In addition to overnight closures, this work will require a weekend-long closure of both local roads at their intersection under I-294. Delays are expected. On Roberts Road under I-294, up to two…

Lyons boys gymnastics team, shown earlier in the season, is hoping to win its second straight IHSA state title. Photo by Lyons Township

Area Sports Roundup: Lyons eyes back-to-back state gymnastics titles

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Time will tell if the Lyons boys gymnastics team can win its second straight IHSA state championship. But the Lions have taken a good first step in achieving that goal. Lyons won its own sectional May 5 with 149.3, nearly 10 points better than runner-up Naperville North. Senior Randy Yonan…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Baseball: Brother Rice closing in on Catholic League Blue crown

By Steve Millar Correspondent Hitting in the seventh spot in the Brother Rice lineup, senior outfielder Nick Daugherty knows he will usually have a shot to drive in a run or two when he steps to the plate. “It’s great,” Daugherty said “I think every time I come up to bat there’s a runner at…

Steve Landek

Landek to retire from Illinois Senate

Porfirio will take his place on the ballot By Bob Bong In a move that had apparently been in the works for at least a month, Democratic state Sen. Steve Landek will not run for re-election in November. Lyons Township Trustee Mike Porfirio, a close ally of Landek since his days as his chief of staff in Springfield, is…

Mark Malnekoff, of Klingon Assault Group, came in full costume for the Oak Lawn Public Library's Fan Fest on Saturday. (Photos by Kelly White)

Fan Fest returns to Oak Lawn Library

By Kelly White Comic lovers of all ages joined forces this weekend and came together at Oak Lawn Public Library’s annual Fan Fest. The fest at the library, 9427 Raymond Ave., is a pop culture celebration and free comic book day. It provides an opportunity for the community to come to a local event without…

Indian Head Park Administrator John DuRocher (second from left), and Mayor Tom Hinshaw (third from left), along with presenters from Strand Associates, at the town hall meeting on April 26. (Photos by Carol McGowan)

Huge turnout for meeting on Wolf Road widening in Indian Head Park

By Carol McGowan A crowd estimated at more than 150 packed Lyonsville Congregational Church in Indian Head Park last week to hear about plans to widen Wolf Road. The plans have been in the works since 2020 and call for Cook County to widen Wolf Road from 79th Street to Plainfield Road. Most of the…

Neighbors

DVN JCs Restoration House Ad
Pilot program to send mental health professionals with law officers in 4 Illinois communities

Pilot program to send mental health professionals with law officers in 4 Illinois communities

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Police departments in four communities in Illinois will be part of a co-responder pilot program that aims to send social workers and mental health professionals on law enforcement calls. That was part of House Bill 4736, a measure signed into law Tuesday by Gov. JB Pritzker…

Appellate Justice Lisa Holder White named to replace Justice Garman

Appellate Justice Lisa Holder White named to replace Justice Garman

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court announced Tuesday that 4th District Appellate Justice Lisa Holder White has been appointed to succeed Justice Rita Garman, making her the first Black woman to serve on the state’s high court. “Being appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court is the honor of…

Garman to retire from state Supreme Court, setting up appointment to replace her

Garman to retire from state Supreme Court, setting up appointment to replace her

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Republican Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman announced Monday that she will retire on July 7, marking the end of a long legal career that has included 48 years as a jurist. She would have been up for retention this year, but the timing of her…

DCFS director: ‘Stuck kids’ docket a problem years in the making

DCFS director: ‘Stuck kids’ docket a problem years in the making

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Department of Children and Family Services Director Marc Smith has faced nine cases of contempt of court in recent weeks for failing to comply with a judge’s order to place the state’s most vulnerable children in an appropriate setting. In a recent interview with Capitol News…

ANALYSIS: Where does the GOP governor field stand on abortion?

ANALYSIS: Where does the GOP governor field stand on abortion?

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] Perhaps the biggest news affecting state government this week came not from Springfield but from Washington, D.C. That news was an unprecedented leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would overturn the landmark 1973 abortion rights decision Roe v. Wade. That case’s precedent protects access to…

UPDATED: Fitch, S&P announce Illinois credit ratings upgrades

UPDATED: Fitch, S&P announce Illinois credit ratings upgrades

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Fitch Ratings on Thursday raised the state of Illinois’ rating for general obligation bonds two notches, to BBB+, while S&P Global Ratings on Friday upgraded state bonds by one notch. That means all three major credit rating agencies have updated Illinois credit by two notches in…

Ceremony honors officers killed in the line duty

Ceremony honors officers killed in the line duty

By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – As rain steadily fell in Springfield Thursday morning, there was a somber feeling among the law enforcement officers and elected officials that gathered at the Illinois State Library to honor 11 fallen officers killed in the line of duty in 2021. “I have a heavy heart…

Audit finds IDPH failed to intervene in early days of LaSalle Veterans' Home outbreak

Audit finds IDPH failed to intervene in early days of LaSalle Veterans’ Home outbreak

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A new report from the state’s auditor general found more fault with the Illinois Department of Public Health in its response to a deadly COVID-19 outbreak at a state-run veterans home than was found by a previous watchdog report that investigated the matter. A November 2020…

Fitch raises Illinois credit rating two notches

Fitch raises Illinois credit rating two notches

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Fitch Ratings on Thursday raised the state of Illinois’ rating for general obligation bonds two notches, to BBB+, making it the second rating agency to do so in recent weeks and marking the fourth time the state has received a credit upgrade in the last year.…

CAPITOL RECAP: Lawmakers react to leaked draft abortion decision

CAPITOL RECAP: Lawmakers react to leaked draft abortion decision

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker and Illinois Democrats warned of an “end to the constitutional right to privacy” if a leaked U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the 1973 landmark decision in Roe v. Wade becomes finalized as precedent. “It means women who lose access to the full suite of medical advances…

CRR NH In Realty House Ad
AladdinsBanquets WebAd