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More than 800 runners competed in this year’s Turkey Trot. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Record number of runners come out for 33rd Turkey Trot

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent In 2019, Patrick Foster won the Orland Park Turkey Trot for his first top finish in a competitive race. This year, he was back in the winner’s circle. Foster, an Orland Park native who now lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin, finished the 2 1/2-mile race in 14 minutes, 19.9 seconds…

Chicago Christian freshman Charity Love moves up court against Eisenhower in the Bobby Bolton Classic. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Girls Basketball: Shepard, Knights among four area teams to open season at Bobby Bolton Classic

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Four area teams competed in the eight-team Bobby Bolton Classic at Richards, and each showed some bright spots and had some sloppy moments. That was to be expected. Richards, Oak Lawn, Chicago Christian and Shepard were all opening the season with young teams. According to their rosters, 15 of 54 players…

Rory Dames, shown during the NWSL semifinals in Portland, resigned at the Chicago Red Stars coach a day after the team played in the league’s championship game. Photo by IMI

Pro soccer report: Red Stars lose Dames after losing in NWSL title game

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent After a bizarre season that saw many of their best players injured for much of the time, a 5-0 loss to open the season and the thrill of making it to the NWSL championship game, Chicago Red Stars coach Rory Dames announced late Sunday night he was resigning. “For 11 years,…

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St. Rita tops Prospect, advances to second straight state title game

By Steve Millar Correspondent After entering the season with huge expectations, St. Rita lost two of its first three games and star senior running back/receiver Kaleb Brown to injury. While some may have written the Mustangs off, they still believed they had a team that could win a state championship. “We’ve been able to stick…

Brian Badke gives his last postgame speech to Brother Rice’s football team after a loss to Wheaton North on Saturday. He is retiring after this season. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Crusaders playoff run ends with semifinal loss to Wheaton North

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent At age 47, Brian Badke has a lot of good coaching years left in him. But for now, he is stepping away and putting the whistle in storage. He has a lot of good spectating years ahead of him that he wants to take care of, first. The Brother Rice football…

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Girls Volleyball Class 2A State Finals: Chicago Christian takes 3rd place with win over Mater Dei

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor Philosophers and believers in analytics can debate the reality of momentum in the context of having a tangible effect on player performance and the outcomes of athletics competitions. To many if not most sports fans, players and coaches, there is no question momentum is real. And it flows both ways.…

The Red Stars, shown celebrating in Portland, are one win away from a NWSL title. Photo by ISI

Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars stun Thorns, will face Spirit for NWSL title

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Talk about coming full circle. The Chicago Red Stars opened the season in May with a full squad and dropped a 5-0 decision at Portland in one of the most lopsided defeats in franchise history. Then, on Nov. 14, with a team depleted by injuries and illness, they shocked the Thorns,…

Mother McAuley sophomore Ellie White follows through on a kill during the Class 4A championship match against Metea Valley. (Photos by Jason Maholy)

Girls Volleyball Class 4A State Finals: Metea Valley tops Mother McAuley in three sets for state title

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor You can’t win them all. Coming into the state finals last weekend, Mother McAuley had won championships in 65 percent of its trips to state, including its last two in 2013 and 2016. After rallying past Edwardsville, 27-29, 25-21, 25-16, in the semifinals on Nov. 12, the Mighty Macs were…

Nazareth players clebrate after winning the Class 3A state championship. (photos by Jason Maholy)

Girls Volleyball Class 3A State Finals: Nazareth defeats Belvidere North for program’s first state title

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor Trailing 12-6 in the third set of the Class 3A state championship match last Saturday at Illinois State’s Redbird Arena, time was running out on Nazareth to right the ship. Belvidere North was riding a wave of momentum going back to the second set and had scored 28 of the…

Amari Venerable (No. 23) and his SXU teammates celebrate a 26-20 overtime victory over the University of St. Francis Saturday in Joliet. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

College Football: Saint Xavier edges St. Francis in OT to clinch spot in playoffs

Jeff Vorva Correspondent With an automatic bid for the NAIA national playoffs on the line, Saint Xavier and St. Francis couldn’t decide anything after 60 minutes of play. So, the Cougars had to make it back into the playoffs in overtime thanks to a 25-yard-run from Amari Venerable on their first play from scrimmage after…

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High School Football Class 5A Quarterfinals: Pick-6 spells doom for Nazareth in loss to Fenwick

By Steve Metsch Correspondent Nazareth made it the Class 5A football quarterfinals with a solid defense and an impressive freshman quarterback. In the end, however, that defense buckled and that quarterback looked like his age against a Fenwick team with 30 seniors on its roster. Friars senior defensive end Suleiman Abuaqel picked off a Logan…

Sandburg’s cross country team celebrates its state championship in Peoria. Photo from Sandburg High School.

Boys Cross Country State Final: Sandburg computes with 3A title; Marist’s Jake Phillips takes fourth in 2A

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Some exhaustive research combined with a little computer wizardry came up with the prediction that Sandburg would win the IHSA Class 3A title by 106 points. A simulation created by Illinois XC Speed Ratings used each state qualifier’s “previous four rated performances and season rating 1,000 times,” then took the average…

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High School Football Class 8A Playoffs: Marist stops Storm, advances to quarterfinals

By Steve Millar Correspondent Marist Senior defensive end Jayson Harris-Woodard and the rest of the RedHawks defense were excited for a new kind of challenge against South Elgin. Coming into Saturday’s Class 8A second-round game, the undefeated Storm was averaging 45 points a game with its triple-option attack. “We don’t usually get to see…

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High School Football Class 7A Playoffs: Mount Carmel moves on with batty win over Batavia

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Dennis Furlong had three choices. The Mount Carmel wide receiver took a handoff from quarterback Blainey Dowling on an untimed down with a Class 7A second-round playoff game on the line and the Caravan down by four points to No. 1-seeded Batavia. His first two choices were to catch the Bulldogs’…

Gotham’s Estelle Johnson (left) and the Red Stars’ Kealia Watt battle in Sunday’s playoff game. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars blank Gotham, advance to NWSL semifinals

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Mallory Pugh and the Chicago Red Stars gave their fans a going-away gift. Playing in Chicago’s final home game of 2021, Pugh scored in the 61st minute and the defense made it stick as the Red Stars beat Gotham, 1-0, in the opening round of the NWSL playoffs Nov. 7 in…

Nazareth senior Quentrell Harris powers past Marmion’s Joseph Gordan (50) and Kevin Roche Jr. Harris scored one touchdown in the Roadrunners’ 23-14 victory. Photo by Steve Metsch

High School Football Class 5A Playoffs: Nazareth advances to quarterfinals with win over Marmion

By Steve Metsch Correspondent Powered by faith and trust — two words heard often after a hard-fought victory over Marmion — there’s no telling how far Nazareth can go in the Class 5A playoffs. The Roadrunners (7-4) advanced to the quarterfinals with a 23-14 victory over the Cadets on Nov. 5 in the second round…

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Girls Volleyball: Logan Grevengoed’s 1,001th career kill sends Chicago Christian to supersectional

By Steve Millar Correspondent Senior outside hitter Logan Grevengoed set off a raucous celebration at Chicago Christian on Wednesday night when she put down her 1,000th career kill. No. 1,001 was pretty special, too. That’s the one that clinched a Class 2A sectional championship for the host Knights, who beat Beecher 25-19, 25-13. Chicago Christian (33-6)…

Sandburg senior Nate Gibbons gets ready to swat away a Billy Cernugel pass Saturday in Hinsdale Central’s 41-15 victory over the Eagles. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Eagles have hard time running with the Devils, but eye a bright future

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent It was hard for a strong contingency of Sandburg football fans who were at Hinsdale Central on Saturday afternoon to feel good. After a weird 0-0 first quarter in the first-round game of the IHSA Class 8A playoffs, in which the host Red Devils were called for false-start penalties on three…

Sandburg’s boys cross country team, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 3A by two ranking services, poses after winning the Hinsdale Central Sectional Saturday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Sandburg boys eye state title as area sends army to state XC meet

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Sandburg’s boys team and Marist’s Jake Phillips earned sectional championships on sloppy-but-manageable courses on Saturday. A weeklong rain turned many Chicago-area courses to mush, but the Eagles and Phillips soldiered through and are heading with some momentum to this Saturday’s state cross country meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria. Sandburg, which…

Kaleb Brown, right, and Djabril McNabb talk before St. Rita’s playoff game against Rolling Meadows. Brown was ready to play after missing most of the season with an injury but sat out because of the rain and the Mustangs took a large lead early. Photo by Jeff Vorva

High School Football Class 7A Playoffs: Sophomore RBs, Ulatowski lead St. Rita in romp over Rolling Meadows

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Kaleb Brown was all dressed up and ready to go. But he will have to wait another week before his return. The St. Rita senior star running back/wide receiver suited up for the first time since injuring a kneecap early in a loss to Mount Carmel the first game of the…

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High School Football Class 7A Playoffs: Brother Rice edges Wheaton Warrenville South

By Steve Millar Correspondent Brother Rice’s offense has been virtually unstoppable all season, rolling to at least 40 points in every game it played. It’s the Crusaders’ defense, however, that is the biggest reason they survived the first round of the Class 7A playoffs. On a night when the offense struggled, the defense made…

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High School Football Class 8A Playoffs: Marist rolls past Glenbard East, gets unbeaten S. Elgin in 2nd round

By Steve Metsch Correspondent Basking in the glow of a convincing postseason victory, Marist coach Ron Dawczak told his players to enjoy it for a night, then focus on their next opponent. That probably won’t be hard for the RedHawks, who — as Glenbard East coach John Walters noted — play a tough schedule every…

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IHSA Football Playoffs: Brother Rice, Marist, Mount Carmel, St. Rita, Richards, Nazareth advance to second round

By Bob Bong Brother Rice was the only area team to advance to this weekend’s second round of the IHSA state football tournament after Saturday’s slate of games. They join five teams that advanced after Friday night’s action. The Crusaders moved on thanks to a 27-26 squeaker over Wheaton-Warrenville South on Saturday. No. 9 seeded…

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Pro Soccer Report: Watt a finish! Red Stars to host playoff game Sunday

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent One more time. The Chicago Red Stars will play at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview for a final game when they host New York/New Jersey Gotham at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, in the opening round of the NWSL playoffs. The Red Stars finished the regular season with the fourth seed thanks…

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5 area teams advance to IHSA second round after Friday night victories

By Bob Bong Five area football teams won their games Friday night to advance to next weekend’s second round of the IHSA state tournament. Marist scored a 42-0 upset over higher seeded Glenbard East. Mount Carmel shut out Thornwood 20-0 in South Holland. St. Rita easily defeated Rolling Meadows 42-7. Richards knocked off Simeon 28-10.…

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Lipinski Backs SXU In Wager Over Title Game

Cong. Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) has made a friendly wager with Cong. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) on the outcome of Saturday’s National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Football National Championship. {{more}} If the St. Xavier Cougars defeat six-time champion Carroll College, Rehberg will deliver two six packs of Lewis & Clark Amber from the Lewis and Clark Brewing…

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City Championship to Hubbard Cadets

The cadets of the Gurdon S. Hubbard High School JROTC Drill Team competed in the Chicago Public School JROTC All Service City Championship Drill Meet on 10 December 2011 and won their 2nd overall championship in 3 years. Competing against their strongest rivals, Taft High School and the Marine Math and Science Academy, as well…

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Community Alert: Increases of ÒRuse Burglary” attempts in Orland Park and surrounding areas

ÒRuse Burglary” is a term used by police to describe burglaries that occur when criminals attempt to distract a person or people from their home so that an accomplice can enter from another door and steal cash, jewelry and other items. The offenders like to target elderly residents. {{more}} There was a recent attempt in…

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Blagojevich To Serve 14 Years

Topinka, Lisa Madigan and Jesse White Comment on Verdict Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on Wednesday released the following statement in response to U.S. District Judge James Zagel sentencing former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to 14 years incarceration: ÒWith his ruling today, Judge Zagel has ensured that the Rod Blagojevich years will end as they should:…

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Child with Special Needs Is on ‘Nutcracker’ Stage

Sophia Jablonski did not want to just sit and watch others perform in the spotlight. The 11-year-old Orland Park resident has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair. However, that did not prevent her from recently performing as an evil witch in a Children’s Company ballet version of ÒHansel and Gretel” at Lockport High School.…

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Oak Lawn 229 May Modify Some Programs

The Dec. 1 meeting of the Oak Lawn Community High School Board of Education focused on looking to the future of various programs and school curriculum modifications. On an annual basis, according to School Superintendent Michael Riordan, the school Curriculum Committee reviews all of the course offerings for the coming school year. The Curriculum Committee…

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“Boot Campaign” Surprises Wounded Soldier With New Home

Boot Campaign unites with its partner charity, Military Warriors Support Foundation, to surprise a wounded soldier and his family with a new home. The home giveaway will be featured in the “Christmas Wish” special on NBC Chicago’s Weekends with Whitney, airing on Chicago’s NBC 5. 2 on December 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th.…

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Time To Clean Up MWRD’s Political Filter

For far too long, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Great Chicago has been a reservoir for retired, do-nothing government officials who were rewarded with spots on the board in return for their party loyalties. Or, it has been a place where ambitious candidates with political clout have tried to launch their power dynasties. The…

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More Post Office Reductions

But No Changes Are Occurring on Southwest Side for Now With possible unprecedented cuts to first-class mail next spring, residents could see slower delivery for the first time in 40 years, eliminating the chance for stamped letters to arrive the next day. {{more}} Faced with a massive nationwide infrastructure that is no longer financially sustainable,…

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Toys for Tots Drive Collects 25,000 Toys

Motorcyclists and spectators came out in full force on Sunday, Dec. 4 for the 34th Annual Chicagoland Toys for Tots parade. Close to 6,000 motorcycles lined-up on 87th and Western to take the 20-mile ride down Western Avenue to donate toys for needy children across Chicagoland. {{more}} Nearly 25,000 toys were collected by the Marine…

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Gage Park And Kennedy Help Combat Crime

Weekly meetings to help combat crime in and around Chicago Public Schools will take place with police district commanders. Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled a high school version of CompStat, the crime-fighting strategy promoted by Police Supt. Garry McCarthy. {{more}} So far, the only two schools who are partaking in this program, according to Chicago Lawn…

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New Ward Map May Affect The Fifteenth Ward

Several proposals have been suggested to remap the aldermanic wards. Chicago aldermen are trying to figure out how to divide the city’s map to reflect the new census numbers. According to reports, the black population has declined by 181,000, whites have dropped by 53,000, and Latinos have grown by 25,000. {{more}} Hispanics are slated to…

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