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2021 High School Football Preview

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2021 Football Preview

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High School Football Preview: Richards looks to bounce back after spring growing pains

BULLDOGS AT A GLANCE CONFERENCE: South Suburban Red HEAD COACH: Tony Sheehan 2019 RECORD: 10-2 2021 SPRING RECORD: 3-3 2021 FALL OUTLOOK: When it comes to wins and losses, the…

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Charging into a new era: New Stagg AD Jen Doede has landed her dream job

By Randy Whalen Correspondent Jennifer Doede wants to leave the world a better place. Her next step in that journey will be as the athletic director at Stagg. Doede officially…

Krystal Levitske, of Willow Springs, Lyons Township Supervisor Christopher Getty, and Natalie Metsch, of LaGrange. (Supplied photo)

Lyons Township honors local Softball World Series players

By Carol McGowan Three local residents who participated in the 2021 National Club Softball Association World Series were honored last week at the Lyons Township Board of Trustees meeting. Pitcher…

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Sandburg mourns sudden passing of coach Bill O’Donovan

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Sandburg lost a teacher and coach before the school year even started, leaving students, former students and colleagues stunned. Bill O’Donovan, who coached football and girls…

Wojciech Wojik and the Chicago House will make their SeatGeek Stadium debut on Saturday. Graphic by the Chicago House

Pro Soccer Report: Woj Woj and House ready to make SeatGeek Stadium home

    By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Win, lose or draw, there will be fireworks. The Chicago House will make its debut at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview against New Amsterdam at…

Joe McCormick holds up home plate. McCormick is back home at St. Laurence and at age 22 is the Vikings freshman baseball coach. Photo by Jeff Vorva

McCormick’s place is at St. Laurence

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Since the day Joe McCormick set foot at St. Laurence as a high school freshman, he knew he had found a home. The Orland Park resident…

Mallory Pugh gets a shot off, but it was not accurate as the Red Stars failed to find the back of the net in Sunday’s 2-0 loss to Orlando in Bridgeview. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Banged up Red Stars looking for aid from Olympians

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The Olympians can come back any time now, as far as the Chicago Red Stars are concerned. The United States women’s soccer team brought home the…

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Youth Softball: Lyons-McCook 14U takes 5th in state

By Steve Metsch Correspondent David Sandoval and his players won’t soon forget the summer of 2021. Sandoval manages the 14-U girls softball team in the Lyons-McCook Little League, a team…

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High School Football: O’Connor is back in the saddle at Chicago Christian

By Steve Metsch Correspondent The new head football coach at Chicago Christian is a familiar face to Knights fans. Tom O’Connor served the past five seasons as special teams coordinator…

New Oak Lawn football coach Ryan Pattison is hoping to turn the Spartan program around. Photo by Jeff Vorva

High School Football: New coach Pattison looks to turn Oak Lawn around

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent When Ryan Pattison was hired as the head football coach at Guerin, he was looking forward to leading the 2020 squad and rebuilding a program. He…

Peter Wilt tells a UBAM audience about plans for another pro soccer team in Chicago. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Another pro soccer team in Chicago is in the House

By Jeff Vorva Peter Wilt is at it again. The man who was a huge influence in bringing the Chicago Fire and Chicago Red Stars to the area and helped…

New Sandburg coach Troy McAllister talks to his troops on the first day of summer camp on Tuesday, July 5. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Troy McAllister has taken an interesting journey to Sandburg

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Yes, new Sandburg football coach Troy McAllister had an interesting tenure at Phillips as he led the program to two state championships – the first and…

In the middle of the mob is Orland Park native and Chicago Red Stars defender Tatumn Milazzo, who may have tapped in a goal that was ruled an own-goal in her team’s 3-1 victory over the OL Reign. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Two more own-goals help vault Red Stars into second place

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent For a few hours on July 18, the Chicago Red Stars were in first place. After a 3-1 victory over the OL Reign in front of…

Richards receiver Travis Garmon lets out a yell while the Bulldogs defense makes a stop against Sandburg during 7 on 7 drills. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Richards team under construction, Sandburg finds dual threat in Evans

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The new playing surface at Korhonen Field is shaping up. Periodic Twitter updates show the progress of the new turf field, which is expected to be…

Brian Badke will finish out his career with one more season as Brother Rice’s football coach. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Quick turnaround on tap for football

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The high school football season is off to a goofy start and the first kickoff is two months away. This is about the time of year…

Houston’s Jasmyne Spencer (left) and the Red Stars’ Arin Wright battle for the ball in Sunday’s NWSL showdown at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview. Photo by Jeff Vorva

OG is MVP for Red Stars in bizarre win over Houston

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The most valuable player for the Chicago Red Stars the past few weeks has been Own Goal. Well, that’s not really a player. In soccer stat…

Nellie Gannon, an area dentist, was the first female to cross the finish line at the Orland Park Liberty Run on Friday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Nothing but the tooth: Area dentist Nellie Gannon wins women’s Liberty Run; Sandburg grad Dahleen finishes first among men

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent After stops in Kentucky and Tennessee, Nellie Gannon is back home. The Marist graduate and dentist is working at offices in Palos Heights and Orland Park;…

Kayla Sharples was a key in the Red Stars’ lone goal in a victory over Washington on Friday night. ISI Photo

Minus Olympians, Red Stars top Washington

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The Chicago Red Stars’ first match without Olympians Julie Ertz, Alyssa Naeher and Tierna Davidson was a success. The Red Stars knocked off Washington, 1-0, in…

Lyons’ Joseph Antonetti, with the football, gets mobbed by his teammates during 7-on-7 drills against Wheaton-Warrenville South Thursday. The quarterback had made an interception on defense to cause the celebration. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Seven-on-sevens up and running: Lyons hosts scrimmages featuring Marist, York and WW South

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Lyons quarterback Joseph Antonetti and Marist signal-caller Dontrell Jackson both found comfort and normalcy in 7-on-7 scrimmages held July 1 at the Lions’ home field in…

Leah Bylut of Shepard gets ready to serve in a match against Richards earlier this year. She left the school as the all-time leader in aces and digs. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Shepard grad Bylut has Palos Lions Club roaring

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Tons could be written about what Leah Bylut did during her volleyball career at Shepard. She left the program with the most aces (198) and digs…

Photo courtesy of Lyons Township High School Lyons graduates Jacob Muth and William Hadraba placed will compete in the 2021 Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School National Championship, to be held in July 29-31on Lake Chickamauga in Tennessee.

Lyons grads aim to reel in a national championship

By Steve Metsch Correspondent Two recent graduates of Lyons Township High School are hoping their fishing expertise reels in a national championship Jacob Muth, of Western Springs, and William Hadraba,…

Vanessa DiBernardo of the Red Stars slips on the wet SeatGeek Sradium grass in Saturday’s 3-0 loss against Racing Louisville. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Red Stars slip and slide in loss to Louisville

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Last October, the Chicago Red Stars traded Savannah McCaskill and Yuko Nagasato to Racing Louisville FC for the right to protect the rest of its roster…

Author William Bike discusses his book "The Forgotten 1970 Chicago Cubs: Go and Glow" on Monday, June 21, at Prime Time Restaurant & Bar, 7750 W. 95th St, Hickory Hills.

Chicago Cubs author says 1970 team was one to remember

By Kelly White In August of 1967, William Bike attended his first Chicago Cubs game. It wasn’t his father, however, who he sat in the bleachers with for the first…

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Arab business owners accuse mayor of bigotry

Lightfoot unfairly shutting gas stations, they say By Tim Hadac and Jeff Vorva It’s not every day that Mayor Lori Lightfoot is likened to former President Donald Trump, but that’s…

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Moms, kids terrified by gunfire near St. Nick’s By Tim Hadac The day after a double shooting down the block from the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish Carnival, a range…

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Fiesta Back of the Yards cancelled

The vibrant sights, sounds, aromas and tastes of the annual Fiesta Back of the Yards will be nowhere this year, as the long arm of the pandemic has claimed the…

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Pappas: tax sale coming up

Urges property owners to check status online From staff reports Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas will conduct the first sale in more than two years of delinquent Cook County property…

Township of Lyons Trustee Mark Anderson scored a hole in one. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

Township of Lyons trustee scores hole in one

By Steve Metsch Township of Lyons trustee Mark Anderson figured it wasn’t his day after he scored a nine on the par-three first hole at Zigfield Troy in Woodridge. Boy,…

Township of Lyons Trustee Colleen Kelly (center) discusses a new senior services bus with Trustee Donna McDonald and Supervisor Christopher Getty. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

New bus will be rolling for Township of Lyons seniors

By Steve Metsch The Township of Lyons is getting a new bus for its popular senior services that saw 2,300 riders in the month of August. The bus is officially…

Pooches, cats and other critters, as seen here in June 2019, will return to the streets of La Grange on Saturday for the 75th Pet Parade. (File photo)

Pet Parade returns to La Grange for 75th year

By Steve Metsch After a year of not seeing folks march with their dogs, cats and other creatures down the streets, anticipation is high for this year’s La Grange Pet…

Lyons Township Democratic Committeeman Steve Landek greets Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle at Fall Fest. (Photos by Steve Metsch)

Lyons Township Democrats rally at Fall Fest’s return

By Steve Metsch The Democratic Party of Lyons Township Fall Fest reflects what the organization is all about, one official said. Brian Bernardoni, president of the Roberts Park Fire Protection…

Certified Canine Massage Therapist and Owner of Feel So Good Canine Massage, JoAnne Dykhuizen, discussed the many physical and psychological benefits of canine massage at the library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., Evergreen Park. (Photo by Kelly White)

Residents learn the benefits of canine massage at the Evergreen Park Library

By Kelly White Summer can leave some pets stressed. In order to cure some of that anxiety, the Evergreen Park Public Library held a class on understanding the benefits of…

American Quality Schools Corporation founder, President and CEO Michael J. Bakalis briefly outlines Harbridge College Prep plans to members of the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce. --Photo by Tim Hadac

Another new high school in Clearing?

Private school planned for old St. Rene bldg. By Tim Hadac The Clearing neighborhood has not been home to a high school in the last 100 years; but within the…

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Boy Scout seeks vols to help clean trails

Working to earn the Eagle Scout rank By Tim Hadac A Garfield Ridge Boy Scout is looking for help with his Eagle Scout project. Matthew Salinas, 15, is looking for…

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Garfield Ridge Civic to hear about home equity

From staff reports The Garfield Ridge Civic League is inviting all to their next meeting, set for 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15 at CrossRoads Community Church, 5433 S. Austin. Scheduled…

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