Brother Rice players go through their drills during the first day of football practice on Monday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

‘Coach Q’ era begins at Brother Rice

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer You might say the man they call “Coach Q” was as cool as a Q-cumber on the first day of high school football practice for the 2022 season. As an assistant coach, Casey Quedenfeld helped Episcopal High School in Texas win a private school state championship in 2019. He also……

SXU football coach Mike Feminis hugs Amari Venerable after the running back scored the game-winning TD in overtime St. Francis in Joliet last year to qualify for the NAIA playoffs. The Cougars are ranked 11th in the country in the preseason. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup: Saint Xavier football tabbed 11th in preseason rankings

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Saint Xavier’s football team has something to feel lucky about. The Cougars are ranked No. 11 in the preseason NAIA Football FirstDown PlayBook Top 25 Preseason Coaches’ Poll. That’s a number to which people around the school have taken a liking. “Hopefully 11 is our lucky number and maybe it’s……

Orland Park native Tatumn Milazzo is all smiles during the Red Stars' 2-0 victory over Gotham. She scored a goal and anchored the defense in a shutout. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Milazzo’s first goal at SeatGeek helps Red Stars snap skid

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer At one time in early July, the Chicago Red Stars were tied with San Diego for the most points in the NWSL. For most of the month they hung around second place, but after ending July with a two-game losing streak, they entered Sunday’s home game against Gotham FC in……

Sandburg's Jillian Cosler will be among the golfers competing this week at Cog Hill. (Supplied photo)

46th Junior PGA Championships begin Tuesday at Cog Hill

Two of golf’s major junior championships return this week when the 46th Junior PGA Championships tee off Tuesday at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Palos Park. The championships run until Friday. This is the first time both the boys and girls championships are at the same venue since 2017. Sandburg’s Jillian Cosler, of……

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Spartans hoop to keep the good times rolling

By Randy Whalen Correspondent The recent string of success for the Oak Lawn boys basketball team is something that hasn’t been seen at the school in 50 years. Now, with the edition of Xavier Sulaiman, who scored 38 points in an 86-85 travel team loss in mid-July, the Spartans have the potential to be even better. “Xavier……

Alex Costa, No. 1, was named Trinity Christian College's Male Athlete of the Year for 2021-22. The Oak Lawn resident is a Richards grad. Photo by Trinity Christian College

Area Sports Roundup: Costa and Busker named top athletes at Trinity; St. Rita’s Talty to kick for Tide

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Former Richards volleyball standout Alex Costa led the NAIA with 508 kills and 613.5 points last season. Not a bad season for the Trinity Christian College sophomore. It gets even better. Last week, Costa was named TCC’s Male Athlete of the Year. The Oak Lawn native also had top numbers……

Alyssa Mautz (center) is joined by her teammate for a ceremony Saturday at Soldier Field before the Red Stars' loss to San Diego. Mautz retired and will be an assistant women's soccer coach at Texas A&M. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: San Diego rookie Shaw, 17, scores lone goal in 1-0 win over Red Stars

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer The pregame attention went to 32-year-old Alyssa Mautz. The postgame attention – and surely a lot more attention to come – went to 17-year-old Jaedyn Shaw. Mautz announced that last Saturday’s game against the San Diego Wave would be her final last for the Chicago Red Stars. She has accepted……

Bobby Frasor (right) stepped down last week as Brother Rice's basketball coach after seven years at the helm. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Bobby Frasor steps down as coach at Brother Rice

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The wins. The mosh pits. The jokes. These are just a few of the things that will be missed by Bobby Frasor, who stepped down last week as the basketball coach at Brother Rice and is leaving the world of hoops. Frasor was a star player for the Crusaders who……

Lyons graduate Izzy lee will continue her athletics career at Illinois, where she will play soccer for the Fighting Illini. Supplied photo

Lyons grad Izzy Lee headed to Illini

By Randy Whalen Correspondent Izzy Lee grew into her role as a two-sport standout at Lyons. Now she’s taking that growth to college at Illinois, where she will play goalie for the women’s soccer team. A couple years ago, Lee experienced a growth spurt. Being taller and stronger predictably supplemented her soccer and hoops skills.……

Michael Schofield, shown at a Schofield Family Foundation golf event, was signed by the Chicago Bears on Monday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Michael Schofield signs with hometown Chicago Bears

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Last September, Michael Schofield was looking for work after being cut during training camp by the Baltimore Ravens. His people contacted the Chicago Bears. It sounded like a pretty good idea for both parties. He had experience — and a Super Bowl ring — as an NFL offensive linemen and……

Mallory Pugh is third in the NWSL in goals with six in seven games. The Red Stars host NWSL leader San Diego at Soldier Field on Saturday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars’ Pugh, Waves’ Morgan headline battle at Soldier Field

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Two of the three best goal-scorers in the NWSL were teammates for most of July as members of the United States Women’s National Team. Now they are back in the league after leading their country to a Summer Olympics bid, and will face each other right off the bat in……

Orland Park's Jack Brannigan, shown pitching for Marist in a rare high school game at Wrigley Field in 2019, hopes to play in a major league park soon as he was drafted in the third round by Pittsburgh. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup: Marist and R-B alums caught up in the draft

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Marist and Riverside-Brookfield baseball fans were likely beaming with pride during this year’s Major League Baseball draft, which concluded July 19. Both schools had a pair of ex-players drafted. A look at who went where for the RedHawks and Bulldogs: — R-B’s Owen Murphy, who wrapped up his senior season……

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Nazareth grad Katie Hurta excited to start collegiate volleyball career at Penn State

By Randy Whalen Correspondent There are numerous facets of the game that Katie Hurta excelled in as a volleyball player. Now, she has taken those talents to at Penn State, where her collegiate athletics career will begin in roughly one month. Hurta, of Palos Hills, helped Nazareth win the IHSA Class 3A girls volleyball state……

Gaelic football tournament coming to Gaelic Park.

Gaelic Park to host Continental Youth Championships

The Chicago Gaelic Athletic Association will host the 2022 Continental Youth Championships at Gaelic Park this July 28-31. The CYC is an annual tournament that rotates cities and features hundreds of Gaelic football, hurling, and camogie games. Over 1,500 youth players representing 22 clubs from all over the United States as well as Canada will……

In his senior season, Tyler Bartczak hit .420 with three home runs, 22 RBIs and 14 stolen bases, and as a pitcher finished 6-3 with a 2.29 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 52 innings pitched. Supplied photo

Shepard grad Bartczak put it all together in senior season

By Steve Millar Correspondent Tyler Bartczak had success on the mound throughout his four varsity seasons at Shepard. But he had not produced offensively as much as he had hoped. Until his senior season. “It was super important to me to hit well this year,” Bartczak said. “You always want to be the best that……

Red Stars midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo (right) dashes by Houston's Shea Groom in a 4-1 loss Saturday in Houston. Photo by IMAGN

Pro Soccer Report: Houston’s hat trick too much for Red Stars; Bezerra hat trick not enough for Fire II

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Bad things came in threes for the Chicago Red Stars. Houston’s Ebony Salmon scored three goals against the Red Stars’ defense and Chicago lost by three, 4-1, in an NWSL match July 16 at PNC Stadium. It snapped the Red Stars nine-game unbeaten streak. The loss dropped the Red Stars……

Marist receiver Patrick Johnson and all of the players in the CCL/ESSC Blue will have rough and tumble games this season. Photo by Jeff Vorva

IHSA releases 2022 football schedule

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer It’s that time of year. The IHSA has released the 2022 football schedule. So, from now until Aug. 26, one can go on the IHSA website, look at the schedules and see all of the blanks where the results and scores will be. It’s a clean sheet for all, and……

A memorial service was held Saturday for John George, who was a longtime teacher and coach at Evergreen Park Community High School. (Photos by Joe Boyle)

Late Evergreen Park teacher, coach preached character, family

By Joe Boyle Words of praise have never been scarce from the Evergreen Park community for John Elias “Coach” George. Relatives, friends, colleagues and former students were in attendance during a memorial service for George, a longtime teacher and coach at Evergreen Park Community High School. George died June 3, 2020, but a public memorial……

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Angelo Luna put in the work and broke the St. Laurence record for RBIs in a season

By Steve Millar Correspondent Angelo Luna produced one of the greatest offensive seasons in St. Laurence history last season. Luna, an outfielder and an Illinois-Springfield recruit, broke the Vikings single-season RBI record with 56. He also finished with the second-best single-season totals in program history for hits (55), runs (50) and doubles (17). “Now that……

Giona Czochara scored 28 goals last season, breaking Marist's single-season record. Supplied photo

Marist soccer standout Gina Czochara fulfills goal of breaking program’s single-season goals record

By Steve Millar Correspondent Gina Czochara had no doubt what she wanted. After watching teammate CeCe Light break Marist’s school record for goals in a season with 27 in 2021, she was inspired. When the RedHawks coaching staff asked players to write down a goal of theirs on a sticky note before the 2022 season,……

Former Stagg basketball star Max Strus, now a starter with the Miami Heat, gives a talk to players at his camp on Monday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup: Miami Heat’s Max Strus returns to roots as host of youth basketball camp

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer When Max Strus was in second grade, he walked through the doors of Stagg High School to attend a youth basketball camp. He did that year after year and summer after summer. On Monday, he walked through those same doors and headed to a basketball camp. This one was different.……

Red Stars defender Amanda Kowalski laughs as she adjusts her headband at the news conference minutes after scoring the final goal in an improbable tie over North Carolina. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Stoppage time goals one minute apart give Red Stars improbable draw

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The Chicago Red Stars have reached the halfway point of their 22-game NWSL schedule and find themselves in second place, one point behind front-running San Diego. They had a chance to climb into first place, but their chances slipped away with wild 2-2 draw to last-place North Carolina on July……

There was a lot of joy at the start of the kids' 50-yard dash at the Liberty Run. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup: Orland Park’s Krysta Stanko wins Liberty Run

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Out-of-state runners have been doing well recently in the men’s division of the Orland Park Veterans Liberty Run. In 2021, Minnesota Resident Owen Ford was a close second in the running of that race. This year, another out-of-state athlete did one better. Brett Hulliberger, of Waukesha, Wisconsin, won the 2-mile……

Tatumn Milazzo was named one of the top players in the NWSL in June. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Milazzo, Pugh named to NWSL’s Best XI for June; Red Stars win eight straight

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer She’s not just the Chicago area’s secret anymore. The progress of Orland Park native Tatumn Milazzo as a professional soccer player is not catching only Chicago’s attention, but that of the NWSL. The second-year Chicago Red Stars defender opened her career seeing a lot of bench time early in her……

Back of the Yards graduate Roxy Herrera receives a hug after winning an award for being one of the top goalies in the country on Thursday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Clean Sheet: Back of the Yards grad Roxy Herrera honored as one of top high school goalies in U.S.

Jeff Vorva Staff writer Roxy Herrera thinks she was 9 or 10 years old when she was the new kid on the Pumas soccer team in Gage Park. Thus, she was immediately used as a goalie for the first time in her life. “They told me the new player plays in goal,” Herrera said. “So,……

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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 the village of……

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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 buildings surrounding……

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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 its……

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Listen To Hotline Complaints

Midway Noise Commission Reviews Takeoffs and Dwelling UnitsThe 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, all of next……

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To Demolish Sites Near Midway

Will Demolish Four Facilities for Runway Protection for FlightsThe 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.{{more}}The city……

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Eva’s Bridal Date Pushed Back Few Days

The employees of Eva’s Bridal in Oak Lawn were ready to open the doors, but unfortunately they had to wait, again.According to owner Ronia Ghusein, Eva’s was scheduled to open on Tuesday, Nov. 1, but final permits caused the store to push the opening to Thursday, Nov. 3.{{more}}ÒWe cannot move any inventory over to the……

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Burbank City Passes 2 Resolutions

The Burbank City Council passed two resolutions under Zoning, Planning, and Development at the Oct. 26 board meeting.Ald. Dan Foy (1st) introduced Resolution 11-09-1, which granted Jose Corral, 8100 S. Laramie Ave., a permit to install a six-foot privacy fence on the front yard side set back.{{more}}Foy concluded the meeting with Resolution 11-05-4, a rezoning……

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Aid for Metropolitan Family

Madigan, Burke Assist in Raising Funds for FacilityIllinois Speaker of the House and state Rep. Michael Madigan (D-22nd) and state Rep. Daniel Burke (D-23rd) were honored by Metropolitan Family Services in securing $825,000 in state funds to improve the agency’s Southwest Side facilities.{{more}}Metropolitan Family Services has been a support system for Southwest Side families since……

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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, 2011Nancy 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 that are……

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Halloween Curfew Remains

Oak Lawn Board Insists on 3 to 7 p.m. for Trick-or-TreatersSeveral 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 p.m.{{more}}Dressed in……

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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 program that honors……

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