St. Laurence soccer players spray cola during a celebrating winning their division in the Bodyarmor Sports Series soccer showcase. Photo courtesy of St. Laurence

Area Sports Roundup: Sandburg boys finish fourth at Richard Spring Invite

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer The Sandburg boys cross country team is unlikely to win back-to-back Class 3A state championships. But the Eagles are still strong, and it showed that Sept. 17 by finishing fourth in the Richard Spring Invitational at Detweiller Park in Peoria. Oak Park won the meet with 75 points followed by…

Evergreen Park running back Antonio Clay-Jones had a game-high 111 yards rushing in a 27-7 loss to Richards on Sept. 16. Photo by Steve Metsch

Football: Fast start helps Richards top Evergreen Park

By Steve Metsch Correspondent Richards had a chip on its shoulder coming into its homecoming game against Evergreen Park. The Bulldogs were not happy being 1-2 entering the game, while the Mustangs came in 3-0. Regardless of those records, the Bulldogs are the perennial favorites in the South Suburban Red, and it was time to…

SXU coach Mike Feminis is two wins away from No. 300. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pigskin Wrap: St. Xavier wins, moves Feminis within two of milestone

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Saint Xavier lost its first two games by a combined score of 88-10. The last thing the Cougars needed was for Siena Heights to come into Chicago and make itself at home. But the Saints tried, scoring on their first drive and putting the Cougars in a hole. This time,…

Mallory Pugh has 10 goals for the Red Stars. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars hanging on to playoff spot; Fire eliminated from postseason contention

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The Chicago Red Stars returned to Bridgeview with mixed results in two games, but held onto the final playoff spot in the NWSL and increased their lead over seventh-place Angel City. The top six teams make the playoff in the 12-team league. The Red Stars (8-6-6, 30 points) cooled off…

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Area Sports Roundup: Stagg and St. Laurence advance in soccer showcase

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Stagg and St. Laurence’s boys soccer teams advanced to the championship weekend of the Bodyarmor Sports Series showcase by winning games last weekend at Olympic Park in Schaumburg. Stagg opened with a 2-0 victory over Notre Dame in the first round on Sept. 10. Piotr Zawislan and Kamil Bak scored…

Justin Pringle, No. 6, scored the first TD of the year for St. Xavier in a 31-10 loss Saturday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pigskin Wrap: No panic for SXU after tough start to season

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Saint Xavier is off to a not-so-good start, but veteran coach Mike Feminis is not panicking. The Cougars were ranked 11th in the nation in the NAIA coach’s poll and are 0-2 after a 31-10 home-opening loss to St. Thomas (Florida) on Sept. 10. That followed a 57-0 loss to…

Jhon Duran, a 19-year-old with the Chicago Fire, is in pain early against Intger Miami but recovered and scored two goals in a 3-1 victory Saturday in Bridgeview. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Fire breaks goal drought in win over Miami

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Remember when the Chicago Fire opened the season getting shut out in six of its first eight games? Recently, the Fire started to recreate that skid as they entered their battle with Miami having been blanked in four straight matches and 402 consecutive minutes. Chicago was able to finally break…

Nazareth’s Ethan Enriquez runs past Marist’s Jamel Howard in a game Sept. 9 in LaGrange Park. Marist rolled, 31-3. Photo by Steve Metsch

Football: Balanced attack leads Marist over Nazareth

By Steve Metsch Correspondent After being blown out by 28 points on their home field, one might think the Nazareth coach Tim Racki would be frustrated. Not exactly. Racki was pleased by the Roadrunners’ refusal to back down despite trailing Marist 24-3 at halftime in their Week 3 game Sept. 9. Nazareth held the RedHawks…

Stagg senior wide receiver Justin O’Bradovich breaks free from an Oak Lawn defender en route to a 33-yard touchdown reception. Photo by Jason Maholy

Football: Stagg batters Oak Lawn for first win streak since 2018

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor Stagg coach Colt Nero and his Chargers came into this season expecting to win. Some might consider that a lofty expectation considering the program had entering 2022 lost 23 consecutive games and had not been victorious in Nero’s time at the helm, which began with the truncated 2021 spring season.…

St. Rita’s Ethan Middleton rejoices with assistant coach Gus Jones after scoring his second touchdown in a 17-12 victory over Brother Rice on Friday night. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pigskin Wrap: St. Rita trips up Rice

Mt. Carmel, Argo, Evergreen Park and Lyons improve to 2-0 By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Longtime rivals St. Rita and Brother Rice had not played each other since the Chicago Catholic League merged with the East Suburban Catholic Conference. Brother Rice is in the league’s Blue Division while St. Rita is in the Green, and…

Mallory Pugh is among the NWSL leaders in goals and assists. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Road to final playoff spot tough for Red Stars

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer With five games left in the season, the Chicago Red Stars are hanging on to the NWSL’s sixth and final playoff spot. The Red Stars (7-5-5, 26 points) can make a lot of headway if they get hot, but that is not going to be an easy task. They visit…

Sandburg freshman Lindsey Gerhardstein is ahead of the pack at Lyons on Saturday. Sandburg High School photo

Area Sports Roundup: Sandburg sports flying high; 14 area teams to play in soccer showcase

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Even by Sandburg’s standards, this was a big sports weekend for the Orland Park school. Eagles freshman cross country phenom Lindsey Gerhardstein took first place at the Mike Kuharic Invitational at Lyons and is emerging as a star in the making. Aimee Crnich and Elysa Corcoran finished first and second…

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Girls Volleyball: Marist rebounds from back-to-back tourney losses, tops St. Francis in two sets

By Randy Whalen Correspondent A fourth-place finish in the most prestigious early-season tournament in the state wouldn’t prompt most teams to do some soul searching. Marist isn’t just any team. Between 2017-19, the RedHawks lost a total of seven matches while winning back-to-back Class 4A state titles in 2017 and 2018, then placing third in…

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Boys Soccer: Shepard’s run to Windy City Ram title game ends with loss to Lockport

By Steve Millar Correspondent Shepard’s run at the championship of the Windy City Ram Classic fell just short, but senior forward Zach Soltysiak knows there is plenty for the Astros to take away from the experience. The Astros won their first four games in the 32-team tournament to reach the title match before falling 4-1…

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Football: Chris Lofgren runs for 146 yards, 4TDs as Marist rolls over Richards

By Steve Millar Correspondent For the second week in a row, Marist’s players looked at the scoreboard and saw the score was 21-0 less than five minutes into the game. This time, though, it was in the RedHawks’ favor. After Marist’s rally from a big early deficit fell just short against Glenbard West in Week…

Shepard senior Xavier Rogers takes on a T.F. South defender during the Astros’ season-opening victory over the Red Wolves on Aug. 26. Photo by Jason Maholy

High School Football: Xavier Rogers has first and last words as Shepard tops T.F. South

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor Shepard coach John Rone said he challenged Xavier Rogers to get stronger, faster and better during the offseason. If Week 1 of the 2022 season was any indication, the senior running back/linebacker fully embraced that challenge on all fronts. Rogers scored two touchdowns and was a key cog in a…

Red Star Yuki Nagasato became eligible for free agency Friday and Saturday scored two goals. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: NWSL approves free agency, says players can negotiate with other teams during season

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Things are getting serious in the NWSL. Free agency is now a thing and, in its first day, controversy abounded. And it affects the Chicago Red Stars. On Friday, the NWSL released a list of 26 players who are eligible for free agency. That included Red Stars veterans Yuki Nagasato…

Conte Stamas is the new basketball coach at Brother Rice. Photo courtesy of Brother Rice

Area Sports Roundup: Former Lyons and Morton College coach Stamas now the boss at Brother Rice

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer A guy who has seemingly done it all in the basketball world is coming to Brother Rice. Conte Stamas, a former Lyons and Morton College head coach, was hired Aug. 25 to replace Bobby Frasor Frasor left the program to work in the corporate field. If the the expected returnees…

Stagg coach Colt Nero and his players enjoy snapping a 23-game losing streak Friday night. Photo by Stagg High School

Pigskin Roundup: 23-skidoo — Stagg losing streak is history after season-opening win over Reavis

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The boss got it right. Before the Consolidated High School District 230 Board of Education Meeting on Aug. 25, Stagg Principal Eric Olsen talked to a news reporter about the coming football season. Olsen said the Chargers would soon snap their 23-game losing streak dating back to Week 2 of…

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Girls Volleyball: Lyons caps unbeaten opening week with win over Lockport

By Randy Whalen Correspondent Kamryn Lee-Caracci is going to keep hitting. When she connects, watch out. Lee-Caracci clubbed a match-high 12 kills and had 15 digs and added a pair of aces as Lyons opened its season by rallying for an 18-25, 27-25, 25-16 victory over host Lockport on Aug. 24. The match was played…

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High School Football: Mt. Carmel air attack, dominant ‘D’ star in season-opening romp over St. Rita

By Steve Millar Correspondent With Mount Carmel struggling to run the ball against a tough St. Rita defensive front early in the 2022 season opener, it was time for the Caravan to unleash an overlooked weapon: the passing game. “We started off slow running the ball but [coach Jordan Lynch” put together a game plan…

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Girls Volleyball: Mother McAuley tops Matea Valley for Oswego East title

By Randy Whalen Correspondent The storyline was simple for Mother McAuley. An opportunity to cap the first week of this season by gaining a measure of revenge from last year’s loss in the Class 4A state title match. The Mighty Macs did that as they came out clicking and didn’t let up in a 25-21,…

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Safety first: Strong defenses and turnovers rule as Nazareth beats Kankakee, 2-0

By Steve Metsch Correspondent Tim Racki has coached hundreds of high school football games. He’s won seven state championships, including three at Nazareth. But he’s never seen anything like the Roadrunners’ 2022 season-opening game against Kankakee. One minute and five seconds into the game, on second-and-13 from Kankakee’s 5-yard line, a snapped ball sailed past…

Sandburg's Jillian Cosler finished second in a prestigious tournament in Decatur on Friday. Photo courtesy of Sandburg High School.

Area Sports Roundup: Sandburg golfer Jillian Cosler opens high school sports season with a bang

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The 2022-23 high school sports season opened with a bang. Practices were allowed to begin on Aug. 8 and the IHSA unleashed boys and girls golfers on Aug. 11; and there was some excitement the next day. Sandburg’s girls golf team participated in the Prep Tour Showcase at Hickory Point…

Fire goalie Gabriel "Gaga" Slonina and his teammates have four games scheduled at SeatGeek Stadium in the coming months. Photo courtesy of Chicago Fire

Pro Soccer Report: Chicago Fire to play four matches at SeatGeek

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Before soccer fans could blink their eyes, SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview has been tabbed to host four Chicago Fire games. SeatGeek was the MLS club’s home from 2006 until 2019, when it moved to Soldier Field. Conflicts with Soldier Field’s prized tenants, the Chicago Bears, and damage to the playing…

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Chicago Is Pillaging Suburbanites Ñ Again

History is replete with instances in which Chicago has dipped its corrupt government hand into the back pocket of suburbanites to pay for their own mismanagement and sweetheart deals. In the 1980s, it was the CTA that needed cash. In fact, when has the CTA never been a ÒCash Tapped Agency?” To help cover the…

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Hours Are Extended For Oak Lawn Children’s Museum

Hours have been extended for families and their kids to visit the Oak Lawn Children’s Museum, 5100 Museum Drive. The extended hours will be offered through Friday, Dec. 30.{{more}} The museum will be open the second and fourth Thursday until 8 p.m., and will also be open the second and fourth Friday until 8 p.m.…

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Lane Resigns As Committeeman, Suggests Curtis

Lona Lane has decided she wants to concentrate solely on her duties as 18th Ward alderman. On Oct. 5, she handed in her resignation as ward committeeman and has asked the community to support Derrick Curtis to take her place.{{more}} Curtis is the current ward superintendent for the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation. He…

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Mayor Selects New Trustee In Oak Lawn

Cynthia Trautsch is Oak Lawn Mayor Dave Heilmann’s choice for 1st District Trustee. Trautsch will take the place of former Trustee Jerry Hurckes. Hurckes resigned in August after being on the board for 12 years. He is now the chief of staff to Cong. Dan Lipinski (D-3rd).{{more}} Trautsch was born and raised in Oak Lawn,…

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Maria High School To Close

100-Year-Old Institution Has Plans To Become a Charter Facility The Sisters of St. Casimir and Maria High School, 6727 S. California Ave., recently announced that they are in discussions to open a K through 12 co-educational charter school at Maria.{{more}} On July 21, an application for this charter was submitted to Chicago Public Schools (CPS)…

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Oak Lawn Author Writes Book On Haunted Spirits

A local man may add being a published author to his resume. Elkossei Ashraf, an Oak Lawn resident, has written a book titled, Haunted Estate Sale: 2 Angry Spirits. Ashraf said that he came to the United States from Egypt approximately 20 years ago.{{more}} A former resident of Chicago Ridge, he has resided in Oak…

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Warn of ‘Scams’ in Oak Lawn

Village Board Also Approves New 1st District Trustee Several senior scams have been reported in the Village of Oak Lawn, and they were among the topics of discussion at the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting on Tuesday.{{more}} Trustee Alex Olejniczak (2nd) stated that offenders are calling seniors, pretending to be the police. One senior couple…

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Unemployed Look For Possibilities at Job Fair

Long lines and expectant faces awaited prospective employers at Cong. Dan Lipinski’s (D-3rd) first-ever job fair last Friday. On Oct. 7, Lipinski hosted a job fair at the Bridgeview Community Center, 7900 S. Oketo Ave., to help residents who are unemployed or underemployed network with potential employers.{{more}} Participating businesses included Cintas Corp., Metra, Pace, and…

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Future of Holy Cross, Nativity Are Unknown

Maria High School, 6727 S. California Ave, apparently will become a charter school in 2013. For 100 years, Maria has served the Southwest Side of Chicago as an all-girl Catholic school. But the announcement came last week that Maria will no longer continue to operate as a Catholic institution because it is no longer financially…

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Police Chief Adresses UBAM

McCarthy States Local Businesses Can Help in Crime Fight Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy was at the United Business Association of Midway meeting on Wednesday morning, discussing his plans to fight crime and improve the Chicago Police Department.{{more}} The meeting was held at the Airport Maintenance Complex at Midway Airport. McCarthy compared crime rates to…

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Peraica Arrives Late for Court, Tossed in Jail

Former Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica arrived late for a court appearance Tuesday morning at the Bridgeview Courthouse. And his tardiness resulted in his being placed briefly in lockup.{{more}} Peraica’s appearance in court Tuesday was a result of a misdemeanor case in which he was accused of tearing down the political signs of his opponent…

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Kupczyk Tells Chamber Crime Dips in 8th District

Residents of Chicago’s Garfield Ridge and Clearing neighborhoods can sleep a bit more soundly because crime is reportedly down in those areas. Chicago Lawn (8th) District Cmdr. John Kupczyk gave an update on crime in the area at the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday.{{more}} Ò(In) the city as a whole, crime is…

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