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Kendall Coyne, shown at a past celebration at Sandburg High School, is the 2021 IBAM Person of the Year. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Coyne Schofield to be honored as IBAM’s Person of the Year

By Jeff Vorva Palos Heights hockey legend Kendall Coyne Schofield is picking up a huge award Friday night and it doesn’t have much to do with hockey. Schofield was named the Irish Books, Art and Music Person of the Year and will be honored at the group’s 13th Awards Gala Oct. 22 at the American…

Jim Sexton, the former Evergreen Park mayor, shows his sign for the drive given in honor at the grand opening of the new baseball and softball fields. (Photos by Jeff Vorva)

Evergreen Park welcomes own fields of dreams and honors Sexton

By Jeff Vorva Brand new fields and a retired mayor were the stars of the show on Oct. 14. Evergreen Park High School had a grand opening of its new turfed baseball and softball fields. The fields were used in late spring, but this event was to celebrate the fields and show them off to…

Chicago 3-year-old Tyler Myslinski, (left) and his 5-year-old brother Jason fight for the ball during an open house at the Wintrust Sports Complex Saturday in Bedford Park. (Photos by Jeff Vorva)

Bedford Park’s Wintrust Sports Complex is a ‘one-stop’ monster

By Jeff Vorva The Wintrust Sports Complex has not even held its grand opening yet in Bedford Park, but it’s already bringing ESPN to town in July. The facility’s general manager, Wade Walsh, said the American Cornhole League will host its Final Chase at the new site and ESPN will be broadcasting the finals on…

Oak Lawn’s Ryan Moyer tries to chase down Argo senior quarterback Deiontae McDonald during the Spartans’ 54-12 win on Oct. 15. Photo by Jason Maholy

High School Football: Oak Lawn routs Argo to keep playoff hopes alive

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor Through one half, a pivotal Week 8 matchup between Oak Lawn and Argo had the appearance of one that might be tight until the very end. The Spartans had a different idea, opening up a commanding lead by the end of three quarters and putting the game away with a…

Trinity Christian College’s women’s soccer coach Josh Lenarz, who recently won his 300th career game, talks with his players Saturday at halftime of a 2-0 victory over St. Francis, Illinois, in Palos Heights. Photo by Jeff Vorva

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…

GOAL CELEBRATION – Chicago’s Kealia Watt jumps into the arms of Tierna Davidson after scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Orlando on Oct. 13. Photo by Jeff Vorva

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…

St. Rita sophomore Ethan Middleton fights for extra yardage against Providence on Oct. 15. Middleton finished with 21 carries for 115 yards and a touchdown in a 35-0 victory. Photo by Jeff Vorva

High School Football: Streaking St. Rita pounds Providence

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent St. Rita is still back on track. On Sept. 11, St. Rita’s football team came home after being battered around by Loyola in Wilmette, 37-7. That dropped the Mustangs to 1-2 after suffering a tight loss to Mount Carmel two weeks prior. In that game, they lost talented running back and…

Sophomore Ryan Jackson was one of three quarterbacks for Lyons during its 35-3 loss to Glenbard West. Photo by Steve Metsch

High School Football: Glenbard West, Pope roll over Lyons

By Steve Metsch Correspondent Lyons will visit Downers Grove North this week for the regular-season finale, in need of a victory to become eligible for the IHSA playoffs. Joey Antonietti understands how the Lions have to approach the must-win situation. “We’ve got a playoff game,” the senior quarterback said after the Lions lost, 35-3, at…

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Football Forecast: Week 8

With two weeks remaining in the regular season, Millar has a three-point lead over Vorva and Wally. All three picked Argo over Oak Lawn in this week’s GOTW and there is little variation in their picks overall, so the current leader is guaranteed to still be ahead come Week 9. Maholy and Whalen are lurking…

Sandburg running back Jake Maziarka runs the ball during the Eagles’ 59-14 win over Stagg on Oct. 8. Photo by Jason Maholy

High School Football: Jake Maziarka runs for 4 TDs in Sandburg’s win over Stagg

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor During the week heading into Sandburg’s matchup with Stagg, Eagles coach Troy McAllister’s message to his players was to not take the winless Chargers for granted. The Eagles were coming off the program’s most significant victory since at least 2015, a 30-27 triumph over powerful Lincoln-Way East in a game…

Shepard senior Kendrick Washington scored three touchdowns, including a 105-yard interception return, to lead the Astros to a 46-15 victory over Oak Lawn. Photo by Steve Metsch

High School Football: Kendrick Washington’s 3 TDs lead streaking Shepard past Oak Lawn

By Steve Metsch Correspondent Although it is possible handful or two of teams will get into this season’s playoffs with four wins, no team that can still get five wins is looking at that as a realistic scenario. Shepard is one of those teams looking at itself as one-and-done, and has had that mindset since…

Brother Rice Jack QB Lausch jogs off the field after scoring a first-quarter touchdown in Friday’s 56-49 loss to Joliet Catholic. Photo by Jeff Vorva

High School Football: JCA beats Rice in battle of top-rated teams

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Brother Rice quarterback Jack Lausch has put up some impressive running and passing numbers in both wins and losses this year. The Crusaders, who were ranked No. 1 in the state by the sportswriters in the Associated Press poll heading into Friday’s action, had a 49-46 setback to Class 8A No.…

St. Xavier linebacker Joey Markasovic brings down Olivet Nazarene quarterback Cameron Crouch in Saturday’s 45-38 Cougars loss Saturday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

College Football: Olivet tops Saint Xavier in offensive showdown

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The number 13 was not lucky the second time. For the second time in as many home games, St. Xavier University faced the 13th-ranked team in the nation in NAIA play according to the coaches polls. While they stunned 13th-ranked St. Francis, Indiana, 38-0, on Sept. 25, the 18th-ranked Cougars had…

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High School Boys Soccer: Argo and Reavis draw in rivalry match at SeatGeek

By Steve Millar Correspondent Neither team got the chance to lift the trophy that was supposed go to the winner, but Argo and Reavis players left with some special memories from a game played last week at SeatGeek Stadium. The Argonauts and Rams played to a 2-2 tie in a fun atmosphere in Bridgeview on…

Chicago House players celebrate Ian Cerro’s second-minute goal to give the team its first victory in SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: House wins first game at home; Milazzo scores first pro goal

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent It was a weekend of firsts when it came to the area’s professional soccer teams. The Chicago House won its historic first home game Saturday at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview with a 1-0 triumph over San Diego 1904 FC. Sunday night, Orland Park’s Tatumn Milazzo, a defender who doesn’t get many…

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High School Football Wrap: Oak Lawn stops 2-pt convo try with no time left, edges Tinley Park

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor The Oak Lawn defense stopped a two-point conversion try with no time left to hang on for a 27-26 win over Tinley Park in a South Suburban Conference crossover. The Titans had pulled within one point when they scored on an untimed play brought about by a penalty against the…

Shepard junior running back Xavier Rogers runs for some of his 86 yards in the Astros’ 21-10 win over Evergreen Park on Oct. 1. Photo by Jason Maholy

High School Football: Shepard tops Evergreen Park for second straight win

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor Shepard coach John Rone would have preferred his Astros not dug themselves a hole by starting 0-4, but being faced with having to win their five remaining games to be playoff-eligible may have had some unintended benefits. Rone does not think having their backs against the wall helped the Astros…

Sandburg junior quarterback Christian Evans, seen here earlier this season during a game against Andrew, completed 76 percent of his passes while throwing for 306 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-27 victory over Lincoln-Way East on Oct. 1. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Homecoming Wreckers: Sandburg ends 13-game winless streak v. LW East with stunning road victory

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor Facing a perennial state power might not be considered by some people to be the best medicine for a struggling team coming off its worst game of the season. But the only choice a team has is to play the next opponent on its schedule, so to Frankfort went Sandburg…

Jillian Cosler hugs teammate Katie Mikso after her round at the Hinsdale South Sectional as coach Todd Allen (right) looks on. Both girls advanced to Friday’s ISHA Class 2A State Tournament. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Four Sandburg golfers headed to state

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent A small contingent of area golfers will be at this weekend’s IHSA state tournaments. Sandburg’s Katie Mikso and Jillian Cosler qualified for the girls Class 2A tournament Monday, while the Eagles’ Caleb Negley and Brendan Joy made it to the Class 3A boys tournament. Mount Carmel’s Michael O’Keefe qualified for the…

Chicago Fire fans returned to SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview on Sept. 29 for a one-off game between the Fire and New York. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Fire wins in return to SeatGeek; NWSL cancels self amid abuse allegations

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent When the MLS and NWSL schedules were announced months ago, the Chicago Fire was supposed to host the New York City Football Club at Soldier Field on Sept. 29. The Red Stars were slated to host Orlando three days later at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview. That’s not what happened. In a…

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High School Football: Lausch tosses 4 TDs, Crusaders top Caravan in wild Blue battle

By Steve Millar Correspondent Brother Rice quarterback Jack Lausch watched from the sidelines as Mount Carmel put together an improbable comeback in the final four minutes to tie Friday night’s game. Lausch, a senior who has committed to play football and baseball at Notre Dame, was eager to respond. “You’ve got to be ready,” he…

Argo’s Davonte Evans gets a block from quarterback Deiontae McDonald during a 52-33 win over Reavis on Oct. 1. Evans scored three touchdowns and McDonald had two scores in the game. Photo by Steve Metsch

High School Football: Argo’s Davonte Evans scores three TDs in win over Reavis

By Steve Metsch Correspondent Late in the fourth quarter, after a play during which it took four or five Reavis defenders to bring Argo’s Davonte Evans to the turf, someone on the Rams’ sideline hollered, “How hard is it to tackle him?” Evans answered that question. “Really hard. Very hard,” the fast and powerful junior…

Reavis graduate Litzy Corona had 14 goals in nine games for the University of St. Francis’s women’s soccer team. Photo by Jeff Vorva

College Soccer: Reavis grad Corona in right spot with ex-Moraine coach at St. Francis

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent When Al Palar was coaching women’s soccer at Moraine Valley Community College, he thought Reavis star Litzy Corona would be a good fit for his team. Three years later, he finally landed her. It was worth the wait. It was an interesting path for both of them. Palar is now the…

Shepard senior Kendrick Washington runs for one of his three touchdowns in a 27-0 win over Eisenhower on Sept. 24. Photo by Jason Maholy

High School Football: Kendrick Washington, dominant ‘D’ lead Shepard over Ike

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor One down, four to go. Entering Week 5 winless, Shepard was faced with having to run the table to have any hope of qualifying for the IHSA playoffs for a sixth consecutive season. Five wins will most likely get the Astros into the postseason, given their strength of schedule, but…

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High School Football: Rolling Lockport blanks Sandburg

By Randy Whalen Correspondent Turning a program around doesn’t happen overnight. There are usually some bumps along the way. Sandburg football coach Troy McAllister knows that. He turned Phillips of the Chicago Public League into a two-time state champion. But in his first season there in 2010, the Wildcats finished 2-7. The Eagles have four…

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Local Restaurant Is Result of Hard Work

New Owners Are Open for Business with Beggars Pizza Along Archer Avenue Beggar’s Pizza, 5133 S. Cicero Ave., Chicago, opened its doors in April. In the past six months, owners Roberto Reyes and Vince Gallegos have worked nonstop to perfect their restaurant and their menu.{{more}} The story of Reyes and Gallegos and their partnership shows…

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Planting Tulips in Fight Against Breast Cancer

October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many organizations and health facilities used this month to spread a powerful message: Early detection can save lives. Breast cancer affects thousands of women in this country and throughout the world, claiming the lives of mothers, sisters, grandmothers and aunts.{{more}} This year, Advocate Christ Medical Center, along with…

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To Demolish 4 Buildings Near Midway

The city of Chicago is looking at ways to make Midway Airport safer for flights landing in and out of the landlocked airport. It has been nearly six years since a Southwest Airlines airplane over-ran the runway, crashing through the walls onto traffic, killing a 6-year-old boy. The city has approved the purchase of four…

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SWOP Takes New Slant On Foreclosures

More than 500 people packed the auditorium of Eberhart Elementary School on Oct. 27 to attend the Southwest Organizing Project’s Fall Assembly. Neighborhood residents filled the main floor and the balcony, spilling out into the hallway. SWOP’s agenda focused on three topics: Housing, Education, and Immigration. And before the night was over, the crowd roared…

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Listen To Hotline Complaints

Midway Noise Commission Reviews Takeoffs and Dwelling Units The quarterly meeting of the Midway Noise Compatibility Commission was held Thursday evening, Oct. 27 in a new location Ñ at the Mayfield Banquet Hall, 6072 S. Archer Ave. Voted in by the board was MNCC Resolution 2011-A, which covers the 2012 meeting schedule.{{more}} Under the resolution,…

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Orland Park Leader Is Named Top Director

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 Nancy Johnson has been named 2011 Activity Director of the Year by the Illinois Health Care Association (IHCA). The awards were announced during the IHCA Annual Convention. ÒNancy has the innate ability to encourage Alden Estates of Orland Park residents to live an active and healthy lifestyle; she plans special events…

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Marquette School Marks ‘Lights On’ After School

The 12th annual ÒLights On After School” day, a celebration of after-school programs on Oct. 20, was put on throughout the country. One million Americans and more than 7,500 communities nationwide celebrated the after-school programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families.{{more}} Some schools use this day to display their…

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Argue Length of School Days

Labor Board Backs CTU, But CPS Wants What’s Best for Students The Chicago Teacher’s Union has been adamant in opposing a policy that allows for a longer school day in some of the city’s schools. The CTU argues that implementing a longer school day this year would only affect teachers, who would be forced to…

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Bridgeview OKs Transit Center At Toyota Park

The Bridgeview Village Board meeting of Oct. 19 highlighted improvements to transportation within the village. An agreement for the lease and maintenance of a transit center at Toyota Park, 7000 S. Harlem Ave., in Bridgeview, has been reached between the Village of Bridgeview and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) better known as PACE bus service.{{more}}…

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Shocking comments from an Orland Fire Protection District trustee

Tuesday’s meeting of the Orland Fire Protection District continued its focus on cutting expenditures to save taxpayer monies and reduce the district’s large annual budget and taxes, but there was a sideshow. Three members of the six-member OFPD Senior Council quit, turning their resignations into a political move and declaring their support of former Fire…

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District 229 Asked For Help by Speech Team

Oak Lawn Community High School’s highly successful Speech Team is asking the school board to consider making room in the budget for additional coaches. The request was made at the Oak Lawn Community High School 229 board meeting on Oct. 19.{{more}} Due to low funding, the team was forced to make cuts, reducing the amount…

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Bridal Salon To Reopen In Oak Lawn

Eva’s Bridal in Oak Lawn will be ready to open its doors again on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Ronia Ghusein, owner of Eva’s Bridal, said they will be completing construction that began in June. The new store will be at 5269 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. ÒIt’s been taking us a long time to get there…

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