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Riverside-Brookfield sophomore quarterback Diego Gutierrez is chased by Chicago Christian freshman linebacker Brock Sperling. Photo by Steve Metsch

High School Football: Riverside-Brookfield puts bite on Chicago Christian

By Steve Metsch Correspondent A lethal combination of mistakes and a quality opponent resulted in a loss for Chicago Christian. The host Knights fell 42-6 to Riverside-Brookfield in Metro Suburban…

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High School Football: Shepard still winless after loss to Lemont; battle with Richards awaits

By Steve Millar Correspondent Shepard coach John Rone believes he has seen steady improvement from his team each week. But at 0-3 with a game against Richards looming in…

Stagg’s boys cross country team did a ton of offseason work to help open the season with two meet victories. Photo by Jeff Vorva

High School Cross Country: Stagg boys’ hard offseason work contributing to big results

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Stagg won the boys preseason SouthWest Suburban Red cross country race on Aug. 30. But some people think it was won long before that date. The…

Sanad Alshubbak reacts after drilling a 40-yard field goal against Andrew. Photo by Jeff Vorva

No chance of rain: Sandburg shuts out T-Bolts as McAllister gets first win as an Eagle

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Before every game, football defenses usually make it a goal to post a shutout. Sandburg has been doing that for years. Friday night, it actually happened…

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Football Forecast: Week 3

Millar had a great week going 10-2, two games better than anyone else, and correctly picking Marist to beat Richards in the Game of the Week to jump into the…

Oak Lawn running back Nicco Reyes runs for a chunk of his 93 yards during the Spartans’ 40-21 win over Stagg on Sept. 3. Oak Lawn ran for 395 yards and piled up 508 overall. Photo by Jason Maholy

High School Football: Oak Lawn’s McGlynn, Duer star on offense and ‘D’ in win over Stagg

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor Oak Lawn defensive end Jack McGlynn had never played offense in a game prior to the Spartans’ Week 2 matchup with Stagg. After his performance…

Junior Zion Nix proved hard to tackle. He ran nine times for 77 yards and one touchdown. Photo by Steve Metsch

High School Football: Lions feast against Addison Trail

By Steve Metsch Correspondent Heading into Week 2, Lyons coach Jon Beutjer wanted his team to bounce back from an opening-week loss and tune up for a Week 3 showdown…

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High School Football: Marist ‘D’ shines in win over Richards

By Steve Millar Correspondent Twenty-three seconds into Friday night’s game, Marist and Richards had both scored touchdowns and it looked like a shootout was in store. That would not have…

Quarterback Blainey Dowling led his team to a 42-0 victory over Phillips Friday night. Photo by Jeff Vorva

High School Football: Dowling helps Mount Carmel whip Phillips

  By Jeff Vorva Correspondent If the last name of Mount Carmel quarterback Blainey Dowling sounds familiar, it’s because the Caravan’s Stadium is named Barda-Dowling Stadium. The “Dowling” part of…

Former Red Stars assistant coach Scott Parkinson (left) is now the head coach at Gotham. Photo by the Chicago Red Stars

Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars, Gotham draw for second time in three matches

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent It was quite an eight-day stretch for Scott Parkinson. On Aug. 29, he was an assistant coach for the Chicago Red Stars as they beat Kansas…

SXU receiver Justin Pringle is brought down by Indianapolis defender Larry Burks as Pringle scores a touchdown Saturday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

College Football: Big second half lifts Indy over Saint Xavier

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent University of Indianapolis football players came to Saint Xavier with heavy hearts. The Greyhounds suffered an emotional setback in when former teammate Koebe Clopton was shot…

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Football Forecast: Week 2

Greetings, football fans. What a Week 1 it was, both on the field for our area teams and here for our silly little prognosticating competition. On the field, Richards showed…

Brother Rice senior running back Tommy Bennett finds a hole in the Hillcrest defense during the Crusaders' 42-6 win on Aug. 27. Photo by Jason Maholy

High School Football: Lausch totals 5 TDs in first half as Brother Rice thumps Hillcrest

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor As far as season-openers go, it couldn’t have gone much better for Brother Rice. The Crusaders scored two touchdowns in the first four minutes and…

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High School Football Wrap: Chicago Christian rolls behind two Lukes

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor Chicago Christian picked up where they left off in the spring — scoring points, playing tough defense and winning, opening the season with a 50-8…

Casey Krueger was back at SeatGeek Stadium on Saturday after helping the United States win a bronze medal in the Olympics. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Two Olympians back for Red Stars in win over KC

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The Olympians are back. Well, at least two of them. After weeks without Julie Ertz, Alyssa Naeher, Casey Krueger and Tierna Davidson, who were participating for…

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High School Football: Blocked kick, scoop-and-score lift Caravan

By Steve Millar Correspondent J.T. Harris knew he had just made a huge play for Mount Carmel in the final minute of Friday night’s season-opener against St. Rita. The…

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High School Football: Punt return lifts Richards over Nazareth in opener

Garmon scores on 84-yarder in fourth quarter; Donnie Burton adds 2 TDs By Steve Metsch Correspondent Even after the hundreds of football games he’s coached, Tim Racki dreads the first…

Reavis freshman Krystian Paluch (left) and Marist’s Dom Lepore jostle for position Saturday Marist’s 3-1 quarterfinal victory in the Windy City Classic. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Boys Soccer: Marist and Shepard boot way into Windy City Ram semifinals

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Bryson Roberts is back on the pitch and better than ever. The Marist junior forward, who skipped his sophomore season to focus on club soccer, has…

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High School Football Preview: Maturation of Marist ‘D’ will be key to another postseason run

REDHAWKS AT A GLANCE CONFERENCE: Chicago Catholic League/East Suburban Catholic Blue HEAD COACH: Ron Dawczak 2019 RECORD: 8-5 2021 SPRING RECORD: 4-2 2021 FALL OUTLOOK: With quarterback Dontrell Jackson Jr.…

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High School Football Preview: Brother Rice has the goods to send Badke out on top

CRUSADERS AT A GLANCE CONFERENCE: Chicago Catholic League/East Suburban Catholic Blue HEAD COACH: Brian Badke 2019 RECORD: 8-5 2021 SPRING RECORD: 4-2 2021 FALL OUTLOOK: As if the Crusaders didn’t…

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Football Forecast: Week 1

The Week 1 Football Forecast from our motley crew of prognosticators is here. Defending champion is Steve Millar, who took the title in the spring with a strong finish and…

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High School Football Preview: Sandburg begins the Troy McAllister era

EAGLES AT A GLANCE CONFERENCE: SouthWest Suburban Blue HEAD COACH: Troy McAllister 2019 RECORD: 2-7 2021 SPRING RECORD: 1-4 2021 FALL OUTLOOK: With a new coach in Troy McAllister, the…

Chicago Christian senior Luke Jelderks has moved to quarterback this season. The Knights have made the playoffs the past two full seasons. File photo

High School Football Preview: Chicago Christian looks to keep good times rolling under new coach

KNIGHTS AT A GLANCE CONFERENCE: Metro Suburban Red HEAD COACH: Tom O’Connor 2019 RECORD: 6-4 2021 SPRING RECORD: 5-1 2021 FALL OUTLOOK: The Knights lost a lot of talent from…

To help students, parents and coaches prepare for the fall season, Marist High School, 4200 W. 115th St., Chicago, hosted a Red/White Night last Friday. (Supplied photos)

Marist kicks off season with Red/White Night

By Kelly White With autumn just around the corner, fall athletes are emerging to shine. To help students, parents and coaches prepare for the season, Marist High School, 4200 W.…

Shepard junior quarterback Quran McClellan will look to build on his strong spring season and help the Astros repeat as South Suburban Red champs. File photo

High School Football Preview: Shepard in unfamiliar spot as defending conference champ

ASTROS AT A GLANCE CONFERENCE: South Suburban Red HEAD COACH: John Rone 2019 RECORD: 6-4 2021 SPRING RECORD: 5-1 2021 FALL OUTLOOK: The Astros made history when they won their…

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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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City giving cash to needy CPS students

From staff reports The creation of the Chicago Families Forward Fund was announced last week by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Interim Chicago Public Schools CEO Dr. José M. Torres. Driven…

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Bahn named as superintendent for Willow Springs SD 108

By Carol McGowan There’s a new superintendent at Willow Springs School. Steve Bahn has taken over the position on an interim basis after the retirement of Frank Patrick, who was…

Four friends dressed up as bananas to enjoy the North Coast Music Festival. (Photo by Jenn O’Brien)

North Coast Music Festival rocks SeatGeek Stadium

By Carol McGowan An estimated 75,000 people flocked to SeatGeek Stadium last weekend for the annual three-day North Coast Music Festival, which was held in Bridgeview for the first time.…

Ted Tala, director of Lyons parks and recreation, gave a glowing review of the summer camp it operated in tandem with School District 103. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

Lyons summer camp gets glowing review at SD103 board meeting

By Steve Metsch The summer camp program co-presented by the Lyons Parks and Recreation Department and Lyons School District 103 was such a success, plans are underway for an encore…

Bridgeview has approved tax breaks for Billy Jo's, a restaurant in the village. (File photo)

Speedy Bridgeview approves tax plan for restaurant

By Steve Metsch When Trustee Claudette Struzik saw students from Reavis High School in the audience at the Sept. 1 meeting of the Bridgeview Village Board, she cautioned them that…

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Fall on the Green returns for 25th year

From staff reports Although last year’s event was called off because of the pandemic, the Village of Oak Lawn is bringing back Fall on the Green this weekend. This year’s…

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Blue Mass on Saturday at St. Francis of Assissi

Many police officers, firefighters, emergency services personnel and their families are expected to attend a Blue Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, hosted by St. Francis of Assisi Parish…

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