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Marist’s Joe O’Connor gets ready to set Marty Canavan Saturday in a loss to Glenbard West in the Brother Rice Smack Attack championship match. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup: Glenbard West smacks Marist from ranks of unbeaten

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Two of the top eight boys volleyball teams in the country squared off April 23 and it didn’t go well for No. 4. Marist, which came into the Brother Rice Smack Attack tournament unbeaten and ranked fourth in the nation in the USA Today/American Volleyball Coaches Association’s poll released April……

Multi Hall of Famer Mary Pat Connolly, Marist’s only girls basketball coach, is retiring. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup: Marist coach Connolly retires

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The only girls basketball head coach in Marist history is retiring. Mary Pat Connolly, who started the RedHawks program in 2002 when the Chicago private school went coed, is giving up coaching the program. “It’s been a fun journey for my family,” Connolly told Daily Southtown columnist Tony Baranek. “They……

Orland Park’s Tatumn Milazzo is high on the top of the pile for the celebration of the Red Star goal by Amanda Kowalski Saturday against Racing Louisville. Photo courtesy of the Chicago Red Stars

Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars face a potentially Challenge-ing schedule

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The Chicago Red Stars have put themselves in a great position to make it to the semifinals of the Challenge Cup. But is that a good thing? The Red Stars tied Racing Louisville, 1-1, on the road April 16. A victory at Kansas City this Saturday would mean a trip……

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Boys Volleyball: Inexperienced roster has Marist off to one of best starts in program history

By Randy Whalen Correspondent Back in March, Marist began the season by winning its own tournament. While it was the first time the RedHawks hosted the tourney in three years, because of COVID, it was also the third consecutive time they won it. But with a bevy of fresh faces, this one was the most……

Carthage College’s men’s volleyball team is hoping for back-to-back Division III national championships. Photo by Carthage College.

College Report: Area alums gunning for back-to-back national titles with Carthage men’s volleyball

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer This Marist/Chicago Christian/Lyons connection could lead Carthage College to another national title. Marist setter Gene McNulty, Chicago Christian middle hitter Zach Bulthuis and Lyons outside hitter Matt Slivinski helped lead the defending national champs to the Final Four of the NCAA Division III men’s volleyball tournament with a pair of……

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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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Baseball: Mt. Carmel’s Curtin tosses no-no in dominant DH sweep of Richards

By Steve Millar Correspondent Shane Curtin’s Mount Carmel teammates made it a short outing for him on the mound. The senior pitcher made it a dominant one. Curtin, a Creighton recruit, threw a five-inning no-hitter as the host Caravan rolled to a 10-0 win over Richards in the opening game of a doubleheader on April……

Former Riverside-Brookfield star Ryan Cermak celebrates a grand slam against Western Illinois. Photo courtesy of Illinois State University

College report: Former Riverside-Brookfield star homers in four consecutive at-bats

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Former Riverside-Brookfield baseball standout Ryan Cermak is a leadoff hitter who is belting the ball like a cleanup hitter. The Illinois State University centerfielder hit three straight homers — including grand slams in consecutive at-bats— and broke a school record with 10 RBIs in a 15-7 victory over Western Illinois……

Chicago Fire II player Chinoso Offor (left) and Rochester’s Lamar Batista make nice in front of an official after they were jostling and shoving for a few minutes during the teams’ 0-0 tie on Sunday in Bridgeview. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Fire II gets a point, but still no goals after three games

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The new Chicago Fire II team is winless and scoreless through three games, but coach Ludovic Taillandier knows wins and losses are not the team’s main focus. The Fire II, which tied Rochester 0-0 April 10 at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, is a mix of youth and Chicago Fire players……

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Marist sees better days ahead after rough start to season

By Steve Millar Correspondent It’s been a tough start for Marist against a loaded schedule. But after the RedHawks fought back again and again in a 3-2 loss to 2021 Class 2A state runner-up Joliet Catholic on April 6 night at Joliet Memorial Stadium, there were plenty of reasons to think things are going to……

Lizzie Sedekis (white helmet) is congratulated by her Chicago Christian teammates after a home run against Timothy Christian on April 6 in Palos Heights. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup: Chicago Christian softball team looking to get their groove back

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Kevin Pittman said he’ll take some of the blame. The Chicago Christian softball and boys basketball coach has an annual tradition. After the rigors of the basketball season, he uses spring break to recharge. “When they asked me to take the softball job, I said I would do it for……

Kendall Coyne Schofield visited the Palos Heights Public Library, 12501 S. 71st Avenue, Palos Heights, to discuss her book, meet with residents, and sign copies on April 5. (Photos by Kelly White)

Olympian – and now author – Kendall Coyne Schofield visits Palos Heights Library

By Kelly White Always in pursuit of her dreams, Kendall Coyne Schofield wants to inspire today’s youth to do the same. “I want young girls to be able to have the same dreams as young boys in the world of professional hockey,” Coyne said. With her book, “As Fast As Her: Dream Big, Break Barriers,……

St. Xavier University's men's volleyball team will be heading to the national tournament for the third time in four years. Photo courtesy of St. Xavier University Athletics

Area college report: Ooms brothers lower the boom, propel Saint Xavier to national tourney

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Good things happen when the Ooms brothers go boom. In this case, it means another trip to the NAIA National Tournament The siblings from Minooka High School combined for 18 kills on Saturday to lead the Saint Xavier men’s volleyball team to a 25-23, 25-18, 27-25 victory over Judson to……

Chicago Red Stars defender and Team USA mainstay Tierna Davidson, shown in a game in 2021, suffered and injury and will be out for the 2022 campaign. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars lose star defender Davidson for season

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer The Chicago Red Stars biggest loss of the exhibition season didn’t come during a game. It came during training. Defender Tierna Davidson will miss the season after tearing an ACL while practicing for the team’s second Challenge Cup game. Davidson is also a U.S. Women’s National Team member and will……

Lyons boys volleyball players have a spirited celebration after beating Lockport to win the 12-team Argo Invitational on Saturday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup: Lions grow together while winning Argo Invitational

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer A few last-minute changes in the schedule forced Lyons to head into the Argo Invitational with just two matches under its belt this season. While some of the other teams in the tournament had played more matches, the Lions adapted and won the 12-team tournament with a 5-0 record, including……

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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……

Red Star Yuki Nagasato (right) tries to clear a path for Vanessa DiBernardo on March 25 against Kansas City. DiBernardo scored Chicago's only goal in a 3-1 loss at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview. (Photos by Jeff Vorva)

Red Stars Report: Red Stars upset but Mahomes was happy with KC win over Chicago

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Leading up to the Challenge Cup home opener against the Kansas City Current, the Chicago Red Stars were feeling pretty good. New coach Chris Petrucelli said every day was enjoyable. “They come out and have fun,” he said on March 24. “Everyone is smiling. I can’t think of anything that……

Brother Rice pitcher Dylan Warda fires a pitch against Sandburg on March 22 in Orland Park. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Area Sports Roundup: Brother Rice riding in style; Evergreen Park’s Lily Strand fans 27

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer For some games, Brother Rice arrives in style. On March 22, the Crusaders opened a few eyes when they arrived in Orland Park on a charter bus for a non-conference game against Sandburg. “We’ve had problems with the timing of getting a bus and sometimes 3:45 is the earliest we……

Marist volleyball players celebrate a victory over Lincoln-Way East to win their own 24-team tournament on Saturday. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Boys Volleyball: Marist beats Lincoln-Way East in battle of national powers

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer High rankings do not mean a whole lot to Kellen O’Keefe. The Marist senior hitter was well aware the RedHawks were recently ranked 14th in the nation in a USA Today/American Volleyball Coaches Association poll in mid-March. But minutes after the RedHawks won their own 24-team tournament with a 21-25,……

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Girls Soccer: Morton starts strong, but falls just short of Windy City Ram Classic semifinals

By Steve Millar Correspondent Morton’s girls soccer team fell just short of a 3-0 week and a spot in the Final Four of the Windy City Ram Classic. But the Mustangs put up a strong fight against host Lincoln-Way East on the morning of March 19, and they saw no reason to be discouraged……

The Palos 118 South Middle School eighth-grade volleyball team took first place in the Southwest Interscholastic Conference tournament on March 12. (Supplied photo)

Palos 118 eighth-grade volleyball team wins Southwest Interscholastic Conference Tournament

From staff reports The Palos 118 South Middle School eighth-grade volleyball team took first place in the Southwest Interscholastic Conference tournament on March 12. Bella Macino was named MVP for her 20-point serving streak, which pushed the Cardinals to the win in a two-set match against the OLHMS Mustangs. The Cardinals finished with a 16-3……

Richards’ Christian Rosales delivers a pitch in a huge come-from-behind victory over Stagg on March 16. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Batter Up: Richards and Stagg show resilience in baseball’s opening week

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer If the infancy of the high school baseball season has proved anything, it’s that Stagg and Richards are two resilient teams. Just when they look down and out … Let’s look at Richards first. The Bulldogs opened the season on March 14 with a 4-0, five-inning road loss to Marist.……

Catalyst Maria graduate Jonathan Brundidge (left) and St. Rita alum Cameron Bartmann pose with the NJCAA National Championship trophy on Sunday as South Suburban College won the title the night before. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup: South Suburban College wins national title

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Now for some March Madness that was not as heavily publicized over the weekend … Area athletes participated in three national championship basketball games on Saturday, and a couple of them can lay claim to being national champs. St. Rita grad Cameron Bartmann and Catalyst Maria alum Jonathan Brundidge play……

The Chicago Red Stars, shown celebrating a goal during the 2021 season at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, hope there will be more celebrations in 2022. They play their first home Challenge Cup game at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars seek title after back-to-back runner-up finishes

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer It’s an obvious goal. Win it all. The Chicago Red Stars, who make their 2022 home debut in the Challenge Cup at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Kansas City at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, finished runner-up in each of the past two NWSL seasons in 2019 and 2021. There was no……

New Argo head football coach Phil Rossberg on the sidelines during a game last season. (Photo courtesy of Argo High School)

Rossberg takes over Argo football program

By Carol McGowan Phillip Rossberg may be the new head football coach at Argo High School, but he’s been a familiar face on the sidelines and in the classroom at the school for the last seven years. He started working at the school in 2015, and along with being the new head football coach, he’s……

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Garfield Ridge native is new Vikes’ volleyball coach

From staff reports A Garfield Ridge native has been named head boys’ volleyball coach at St. Laurence High School. Laura Bugarin “brings a wealth of volleyball knowledge to the Vikings, with 11 years of coaching experience for 1st Alliance Volleyball Club, Illinois’ top USA Volleyball (USAV) club and a nationally ranked program,” school officials said. Coaching some of the……

Several of the people and organizations involved in the Hale Community Garden gathered for a photo last week when 13th Ward staff dropped off new black dirt for the project. They are (from left) Moe Zahdan, 13th Ward supervior; Anita Cummings, executive director of the United Business Association of Midway; Samantha Kyme, Hale dean of students leading the environment/culture program; Hector Villalobos and his children, Liliana and Leonardo Villalobos of Clearing. --Supplied photo

Biz leaders help school’s garden grow

By Dermot Connolly The United Business Association of Midway has partnered with Hale School to expand the community garden outside the school at 6140 S. Melvina. “I have always believed that a strong partnership is what gets anything accomplished,” said Anita Cummings, UBAM executive director. “This is a cornerstone of our organization. We work with……

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Top cop to drive in charity race

By Joan Hadac There are all kinds of fundraisers that benefit Special Olympics Illinois, but none is faster than the Five-O at the Dirty-O, the annual stock car race at the famed Dirt Oval 66 racetrack (known to fans as the Dirty-O) in Joliet. Five-O at the Dirty-O is a charity race featuring law enforcement officers……

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Patriot’s Day Parade is here

Garfield Ridge is expected to be awash in red, white and blue on Thursday, June 30, as the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce’s annual Patriot’s Day Parade is scheduled to step off at 7 p.m. from Archer and Central, heading west and ending at Kennedy High School. All Clearing and Garfield Ridge residents are welcome……

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Days off are days off, Tabares says

Cops cheer call for City Hall to stop ‘abusing’ police By Tim Hadac Until the Lightfoot Administration comes up with a plan to stop canceling regular days off of police officers, 23rd Ward Ald, Silvana Tabares is asking that city government withhold permits of all public parades and festivals that rely on the protection of……

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Pianos in the parks

As part of the annual Make Music Chicago celebration, pianos have been placed in six public parks across the city, including McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing. Now through July 31, Chicagoans are invited to play songs on the instruments, which are typically available during fieldhouse hours. This year, the International Music Foundation will include a……

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Rush cheers ‘desperately needed’ gun law

From staff reports Provisions based on gun-safety legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-1st) has passed the U.S. House of Representatives as part of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. The legislation has also passed the Senate. Rush’s Gun Trafficking Prohibition Act (H.R. 30) prohibits the trafficking and straw purchasing of guns and bars the……

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Chuy hails ‘consumer protection’ legislation

From staff reports Legislation designed to prevent large technology companies, retail firms and payday lenders from owning an industrial loan company (ILC) charter and operating a bank without any of the oversight, safeguards and limitations that apply to such institutions, has passed the House Financial Services Committee, said U.S. Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (D-4th), a……

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Newman notes fed funds coming

From staff reports As part of this year’s community project funding from the House Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Rep. Marie Newman (D-3rd) said she has secured more than $15.9 million in federal funding to invest in community and health services and strengthen transportation networks across the Southwest Side and suburbs. Most of the community project funding requests……

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Boy Scout earns his Eagle wings

Boy Scout Michael Kozel (center) of Troop 1441, sponsored by the St. Mary Star of the Sea Holy Name Society, recently passed his Eagle rank Board of Review process—in which adults in authority checked his required number of merit badges, service hours to his position in the troop and his Eagle Scout service project. Kozel’s……

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Mayoral race comes to Archer

Neighbors cheer as Lopez slams Lightfoot on crime By Tim Hadac Southwest Side civic and business leaders last Saturday got an early glimpse of the 2023 mayoral race, as 15th Ward Ald. Raymond Lopez made a campaign stop on Archer Avenue. Lopez was the guest of honor at a “meet and greet” held at the……

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Two incumbents square off in new 6th District

Newman, Casten battle for Dem nod By Steve Metsch It doesn’t happen often, but voters in the new 6th Congressional District have an unusual choice in the June 28 Democratic primary. Because of redistricting, two sitting members of Congress–Marie Newman and Sean Casten– are going toe-to-toe for the nomination in the June 28 primary. The……

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