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Sophomore Danni Scully of Nazareth is triple-teamed by Marist in a 53-42 victory in LaGrange Park on Jan. 19. Photo by Jeff Vorva

‘Grizzled’ sophomores help Naz beat Marist

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Nazareth’s “grizzled veterans” have won 19 of their first 20 games. The Roadrunners’ were victorious in a big East Suburban Catholic Conference showdown with Marist, with two sophomores doing most of the damage in a 53-42 win in LaGrange Park on Jan. 19. Nazareth improved to 19-1, 4-0. The Roadrunners…

Sandburg’s boys bowling team is headed to state for the first time since 2017 after winning its own sectional on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Carl Sandburg

Postseason Sports Report: Area stars ready for state bowling and dancing

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The first two IHSA state tournaments for winter sports will take place this weekend, and an army of area athletes will be competing in both. The boys bowling and competitive dance championships will be held Friday and Saturday, with the bowlers heading to St. Clair Bowl in O’Fallon and the…

Stagg coach Marty Strus gets ready to talk to his players during Friday night’s game against Andrew. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Strus tops former coach in Stagg’s win over Sandburg

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Marty Strus has nothing but good things to say about his former high school coach, John Daniels. “He’s meant a ton to me,” Strus said of the coach he faced off against last week when his Stagg Chargers took on Sandburg. “He meant a lot to me as a player…

Argo graduate Tom Diaz at junior college nationals in the final straightaway about 50 meters from the finish line. (Supplied photo)

Moraine Valley’s Tom Diaz earns All-Conference honors

By Carol McGowan Tom Diaz is a freshman at Moraine Valley Community College, and is making big strides with their cross country team. Diaz is also a 2021 graduate of Argo Community High School, and is the first Argonaut to earn All Region honors while pursuing his cross country career. MVCC’s Men’s an& Women’s Cross…

Summit native Flip White is a member of the Harlem Globetrotters. (supplied photo)

Summit native marks decade with the Harlem Globetrotters

By Carol McGowan Saul White Jr., better known as Flip White to basketball fans, has been with the famed Harlem Globetrotters for just over 10 years, and has no intention of stopping the entertainment he provides for his fans. White, who grew up in Summit, attended Wharton School and Graves Junior High (now Heritage) in…

Oak Lawn’s Davion Lawrence (right) led his team with 14 points in a 57-52 victory at Evergreen Park on Thursday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Here’s the skinny: Trimmed-down Lawrence helps Oak Lawn top Evergreen

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Oak Lawn senior basketball player Davion Lawrence is 45 pounds lighter than he was last season, but insists his eating habits are the same. He has, however, changed up his training habits. Heading into football last fall, Lawrence and a few fellow seniors wanted to get in the best shape…

Former Mother McAuley star Hannah Swiatek (right) smiles and walks off the court with Justene Charlesworth after a recent University of St. Francis victory over Cardinal Stritch. Photo by Jeff Vorva Former Mother McAuley star Hannah Swiatek (right) smiles and walks off the court with Justene Charlesworth after a recent University of St. Francis victory over Cardinal Stritch. Photo by Jeff Vorva

College Report: McAuley grad Swiatek plays hero for St. Francis

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Hannah Swiatek comes off the bench for the University of St. Francis and is averaging 3.1 points per game. But when called on for the biggest shot of her college career, the 5-foot-8 junior guard from Oak Lawn delivered. Swiatek scored the winning basket in a wild 99-97 overtime road…

Argo’s Evan Shelton (30) and Will Adams battle Shepard’s Robinson Hale for the ball. Photo by Steve Metsch

Evans, Adams lead Argo past Shepard on Alumni Night

By Steve Metsch Corrspondent Argo’s Davonte Evans and Will Adams both knew it was just a matter of time before the Argonauts would find a way to beat Shepard. That time came in the third quarter of a South Suburban Red matchup, when Argo outscored Shepard en rout to a 61-52 on Jan. 14. “We…

Mother McAuley’s Bella Finnegan launches a 3-point attempt over St. Laurence’s Lilliana Magana as Vikings coach George Shimko looks on in a game on Jan. 11. Finnegan scored her 1,000th career point in the game. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Stagg’s Laila Barakat and McAuley’s Bella Finnegan hit 1K career points; Richards’ Kortz gets 300th win

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Look what Laila Barakat started. The Stagg senior basketball star hit a milestone when she scored her 1,000th career point against Richards on Jan. 8. That was the first of three notable career accomplishments achieved the following week. It was followed by Mother McAuley senior Bella Finnegan scoring her 1,000th…

Shepard's Damari Reed takes on Minooka's Jake Hinders en route to the first of his four victories and the 152-pound championship at the Illini Classic. Photo by Jason Maholy

Marist wrestlers take Illini Classic crown; Shepard’s Damari Reed stays unbeaten

By Steve Millar Correspondent When Peter Marinopoulos was a freshman, he served as the Marist wrestling team’s manager when the RedHawks would travel to tournaments. Two years later, he is finishing tournaments on top of the podium. Marinopolous, ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 3A at 195 pounds by the Illinois Wrestling Coaches…

Marist’s Elisa Ward (right), and Mother McAuley’s Bella Finnegan and their teams will be a part of the Coach Kipp Hoopsfeast Saturday and Monday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Local Sports Notebook: Four area girls teams headed to Hoopsfest

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Four area girls basketball teams will participate in the 32nd running of the Coach Kipp Hoopsfest. This year’s tournament, sponsored by Dick’s Sporting Goods, takes place Saturday at Montini High School and Monday at Benet Academy. Sandburg is scheduled to play Downers Grove North in the 12:30 p.m. game on…

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Argo Wrestling busy over winter break

By Carol McGowan While many students enjoyed time off during the school’s winter break, Argo wrestlers were hard at work competing in an all level tri meet. They beat both DeLaSalle High School and Riverside-Brookfield teams and it came down to the last match to decide the winner. The Argonauts battled to the end and…

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Boys Basketball: Highs and lows for Oak Lawn

By Steve Millar Correspondent During a week that Oak Lawn coach Jason Rhodes knew would present a huge challenge for his team, the Spartans started with a big win over a top South Suburban Conference contender. Then the league’s greatest perennial power provided proof that Oak Lawn still has a lot of work to do.…

Former Argo star Tadriana Heard, now playing for Morton College, looks for an open teammate against Moraine Valley on Thursday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

College Report: Division I schools listening to Heard

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Tadriana Heard is ready for a second round of Division I basketball. The former Argo star is playing her second season for Morton College, and heading into this week’s action was first in the nation among National Junior College Athletic Association players with 64 3-pointers. She was also 10th in…

Evergreen Park’s Bakari Nelson (right) tries to stop Oak Forest’s 6-foot-10 Robbie Avila Friday night. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Boys Basketball: Evergreen Park riding out toughest stretch of schedule

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer So, how did Evergreen Park get to 9-6 over in its first 15 games? The Mustangs took a rollercoaster ride. In a nutshell: They started the season with four consecutive wins, lost the next three, won five straight and then dropped three in a row. The latest three-game losing streak…

Sandburg’s Claire Callaghan dribbles during the opening round of the Eagles own holiday tournament on Dec. 27. The Eagles finished second in the tournament. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Girls Basketball: Sandburg falls to LW Central in champ game of Holiday Tournament

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Two years ago, a group of promising freshmen were bumped up to the varsity at Sandburg, joining an already stellar sophomore in Erin O’Connell. The team went through some growing pains in 2019-20 but flirted with 20 wins, finishing 19-12. Then there were some pains of playing an abbreviated schedule during…

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St. Rita takes 5th at Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic

By Steve Millar Correspondent St. Rita’s youth was evident in some mistakes the Mustangs made down the stretch in the fifth-place game of the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic. But the Mustangs’ talent won out in the end. Sophomore guard Jaedin Reyna went coast-to-coast and scored on a drive to the basket with 2.5 seconds left…

Lyons Township’s Tavari Johnson was an all-tournament player as he helped his team to a second-place finish in the Jack Tosh Tournament. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Lions take 2nd at Tosh Holiday Classic

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Glenbard West won the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic. That made sense. The Hilltoppers are ranked No. 1 in most state and Chicago-area polls. But not much else about this tournament made a lot of sense, especially when it came some of the seven area teams involved or, in two cases (Riverside-Brookfield…

Abbey Murphy, a Mother McAuley grad and University of Minnesota hockey player, was named to the Olympic team. University of Minnesota photo

Murphy joins Schofield on U.S. women’s hockey team

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Abbey Murphy lists Kendall Coyne Schofield as her sports role model. Now, she will be a teammate of Schofield on the biggest stage for women’s hockey. Team USA Hockey announced its Olympic roster over the weekend and two-time medal winner Schofield, a native of Palos Heights and a Sandburg graduate, will…

Hickory Hills native Max Strus's hot streak to end 2021 is the Regional-Reporter's favorite story of the year in local sports. Photo by Miami Heat

The Year in Review: A look at our favorite local sports stories from 2021

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent OK, the top local sports story of 2021 is the same top story as it is for everybody. COVID-19. The virus, or more accurately, the pandemic caused by virus, changed the landscape of just about everything. Its effect on local sports was huge the first four or five months of the…

C.J. Brown left the Chicago House to become an assistant with the Fire. Photo by Chicago House

Pro Soccer Report: House lose coach to Fire, Red Stars gain young talent

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent There are three professional soccer teams that play in Chicago and all three will have new coaches in 2022. The Chicago Fire relieved coach Raphael Wicky of his duties toward the end of the season and replaced him with Ezra Hendrickson. The Chicago Red Stars are in the process of interviewing…

Skip Sullivan, a legendary teacher and coach at Oak Lawn Community High School, is shown at a Sully Shuffle that raised money for Parkinson’s Disease charities. Sullivan died at age 70 in late November. Photo by the Sully Shuffle Foundation.

Oak Lawn coaching and teaching legend Skip Sullivan remembered

By Jeff Vorva If anyone earned the moniker of “Mr. Oak Lawn” in regard to high school sports it would be Skip Sullivan. Sullivan died at age 70 on Nov. 25. He coached and taught at Oak Lawn Community High School for 41 years and had an impact on many Spartans. “He’s been such a…

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Girls Basketball: Lockport plays Grinch, steals win from Stagg

By Randy Whalen Correspondent There was some confusion about the number of points Gail Korbitz scored against Lockport last week. The 6-foot-1 inch Stagg senior forward had 21 points, according to the scoreboard. But she finished with a career-high 23 points. “She had a great game,” Chargers coach Bill Turner said. Unfortunately for Stagg, the…

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Girls Basketball: Oak Lawn off to strong start, takes 2nd at Lady Spartan tourney

By Randy Whalen Correspondent Mia Kennelly has not forgotten the impact the program’s seniors had on her the past three seasons. Now, as the Spartans’ only senior, she has embraced the role of being a leader. “It’s been very different being the only senior on the team,” Kennelly said. “But I like helping the younger…

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St. Rita sophomores star in win over Marist

By Steve Millar Correspondent After missing a loss to Carmel on Dec. 11 because of an illness, Jaedin Reyna was ready to get back on the court and make a difference. “It definitely fired me up to come back and help the team,” said Reyna, who was not happy St. Rita lost without him. “I…

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Robbery / Kidnapping In Oak Lawn

On October 26, 2011 at approx. 3:15 p.m. an 81 year old elderly female resident of Chicago’s 8th district was grocery shopping at 95th and Pulaski in Oak Lawn. While in the parking lot loading groceries into her car the victim was approached by 2 black offenders, one male the other female. They attempted a…

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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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Halloween Curfew Remains

Oak Lawn Board Insists on 3 to 7 p.m. for Trick-or-Treaters Several residents stepped forward to the podium at the Oak Lawn Board Meeting on Tuesday night to persuade the board to change the Halloween trick-or-treating hours. The current Halloween hours that the board voted on at the Oct. 11 meeting were 3 to 7…

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Students From SW Side Pledge To Resist Guns

Several schools on the Southwest Side of Chicago participated in the 16th annual National Day of Concern. One of the schools was St. Mary Star of the Sea, 6424 S. Kenneth Ave. Technically, the full title is ÒDay of National Concern for Students Against Gun Violence.”{{more}} The Student Pledge Against Gun Violence is a national…

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In Theo We Trust

So Theo Epstein is a Cub, and it’s time to get excited. Right? Right? Well, yeah. But haven’t we Cub fans been excited before? Like when Corey Patterson arrived? Or when Felix Pie arrived? Or when Greg Maddux was signed as a free agent? Or when Kosuke Fukudome came over from Japan?{{more}} Or when Larry…

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Debate Lingers On Cameras For Area 14

The installation of video cameras that will focus on presumed high crime areas in Marquette Park Service Area 14 are on hold. Joe Polikaitis, the director of Marquette Park Service Area 14, was confident that a couple of cameras would be installed in October. ÒThe city will not allow us to use light poles,” said…

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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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