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High School Boys Volleyball: Brother Rice and St. Rita reach Sweet 16

    By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The four boys volleyball teams that battled it out on Saturday in the St. Rita Sectional all had major triumphs two days prior. All…

Marist’s boys track team won its first sectional since 1982. Photo courtesy of Marist High School

High School Track: Lyons’ Dickman medals at state; Marist boys enjoy big week

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Postseason track was hot and heavy in the Southwest Regional News area as girls completed the state competition and the boys were battling it out at…

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High School Softball: Ellie Giles’ gem lifts St. Ignatius over St. Laurence for sectional title

By Steve Millar Correspondent St. Laurence junior Abbey Pochie knew it was going to be a showdown of Division I-bound pitchers and that she would have to be on top…

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High School Boys Volleyball: Marist on the cusp of another trip to state

By Randy Whalen Correspondent Marist is one win away from another trip to the state tournament and the chance at a second consecutive title. But they will first have to…

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Burbank Little League owes T-ball field makeover to Ball Park Buns

From Staff Reports Children 6 to 9 years were among the first to play on the newly renovated T-ball field in Narragansett Park on June 5. Ball Park Buns provided…

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High School Girls Soccer: De La Salle’s unbeaten season ends with loss in regional final

By Steve Millar   Correspondent In what turned out to be its final win of the season, Mother McAuley had both a glimpse of the future and some memorable moments…

Sandburg’s Todd Allen, shown coaching against Stagg earlier this year, left the boys basketball program but will coach the girls bowling team and continue as the girls golf coach at the school. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Sandburg coaching merry-go-round produces ‘Fab Five’

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent In a whirlwind of interviewing activity, Sandburg Athletic Director Steve Schanz has what he calls a “Fab Five” of new coaches replacing those who had some…

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Grappling under the sun: Sandburg tops Andrew in outdoor dual

By Steve Millar   Correspondent Wrestling being moved to the IHSA’s new summer season and shortened, with no state series, has certainly not been ideal. However, wrestling in June as…

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High School Girls Track Sectional Roundup: Area has 10 individual and three relay champs

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent In her final official run on the Lyons track, Katie Dickman went out a winner. Anchoring the 1600-meter relay team that also consisted of Rebecca Phillips,…

Rachel Hill gets ready to take a shot for the Red Stars against North Carolina. Later the in the match, she scored the lone goal in Saturday’s 1-0 win in Bridgeview. Photo by Jeff Vorva

An en-Courage-ing result: Red Stars down North Carolina behind Naeher’s third shutout

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent North Carolina has been an NWSL power since coming into the league. The Courage debuted in 2017 and won the regular season title in its expansion…

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Burbank Little League field benefits from Ball Park Buns

From Staff Reports Children 6 to 9 years were among the first to play on the newly renovated tee-ball field in Narragansett Park on June 5. Ball Park Buns provided…

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Stopped by a sprinkle: Richards and Shepard baseball tie after field irrigation system goes awry

By Steve Millar   Correspondent Shepard baseball coach Frank DiFoggio considered the bizarre ending of the Astros’ regular-season finale against Richards to be appropriate for 2021. The District 218 rivals…

St. Laurence’s Kevin McCormick and his teammates picked up a top seed in a Class 3A baseball sectional. They finished second in the state in 2019. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Crowns are coming: Spring sport state finals to return in Illinois beginning June 10

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Boys volleyball and boys and girls lacrosse teams across the state celebrated in mid-May when the IHSA opened up the postseason to those sports, including state…

Vanessa DiBernardo gets fired up during a home match against Gotham FC on May 22. She and her teammates were fired up four days later after beating KC on the road, 2-0. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Red Stars Report: Pugh shines as Stars get first win; Dames fumes at refs

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The Chicago Red Stars will not be winless when they return to Bridgeview. The team pulled off its first victory of the NWSL season with a…

Sandburg’s 3200-meter relay team of, from left, Ava Giblin, Brielle Morris Katie Roche and Lily Molloy show their medals after winning the event at the SWSC Blue meet in Bolingbrook. Photo by Jeff Vorva.

High School Girls Track: Sandburg 3200 has steep climb for state

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent A trip to state would do a lot of good for Sandburg’s girls track 3200-meter relay team. Sectional competition opened this week, and Sandburg and Stagg…

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Football Class 7A State Championship: Caravan rolls past Roadrunners for 7A title

By Steve Metsch Mount Carmel head coach Jordan Lynch noted “defense wins championships” after the Caravan prevention corps shut down the high-powered Nazareth offense in the Class 7A state title…

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Prep Bowl: Vikings outlast Simeon for first Prep Bowl title in 41 years

By Jason Maholy St. Laurence head coach Adam Nissen’s No. 1 goal is a state championship. He and his Vikings will have to wait until next year to attempt to…

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Prep Football: Nazareth rolls to 5th straight victory

By Steve Millar For Nazareth, the entire 2018 season thus far has been the J.J. McCarthy show. The sophomore quarterback, already a prized Division I recruit, has dazzled week in…

From left, Greg Kotsiviras, Carter Schott, coach Jim Corcoran, Connor Richards, and Leo Glynn are on Sandburg’s unified bass fishing team, which qualified for this weekend’s state meet. Photo provided by Jim Corcoran

State Finals Roundup: Bass fishermen ready to give state title a Schott

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The Illinois High School Association bass fishing state tournament rolls this weekend, and not only will Sandburg and Stagg send teams, the Sandburg unified team will…

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High School Softball: Riverside-Brookfield’s Hannah Smith sparkles on mound, rakes at the plate

By Steve Millar Correspondent   Riverside-Brookfield senior Hannah Smith showed off her arm and her swing, and even had others speculating about her potential abilities in another sport. Smith threw…

Senior Ryan Stuursma pitched five innings of no-hit ball against Aurora Christian on May 11. Photo by Jeff Vorva

High School Baseball: Knights crank it up after loss

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Chicago Christian lost a baseball game on May 6. It was a bitter 6-5 setback to rival Illiana Christian, a school that moved to Indiana and…

The Lyons boys gymnastics team won the first state title in program history on May 15. Photo courtesy of the Illinois High School Association

Pride of Lyons: Boys gymnastics takes home first state title

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent In its ninth trip to the state meet, the Lyons boys gymnastics program won a state championship. The Lions, who have brought home one second-place and…

Red Stars standout Julie Ertz, shown trying to get by a KC player earlier this year, was injured in a 5-0 loss to Portland on May 16. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Thorns bury Red Stars with four goals in first 30 minutes

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The good news for the Chicago Red Stars is they’ll be playing in in front of fans in Bridgeview for the first time since 2019. But…

Sandburg outside hitter/setter Jeremiah Burden scores on a kill during the Eagles two-set win over Bolingbrook on May 6. Photo by Jason Maholy

Boys Volleyball: Jeremiah Burden helps Sandburg top Bolingbrook

By Jason Maholy, Sports Editor Sandburg senior Jeremiah Burden spent the first three years of his high school volleyball career playing libero. This season, out of necessity because of a…

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Girls Soccer: Sandburg is rolling over the competition

By Steve Millar, Correspondent Emily Ibrahim is playing for Sandburg for the first time this season The senior midfielder has never played high school soccer, instead spending her springs full-time…

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Thanks to those who made Memorial Day meaningful

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing & Garfield Ridge (708)496-0265 [email protected] The small patch of green at the heart of Garfield Ridge came alive with the sounds of a…

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Oak Lawn’s 95th Street crossing closing June 16 

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that repairs to the Metra SouthWest Service Line crossing on 95th Street, east of 52nd Avenue, in Oak Lawn, will require a full closure, weather permitting,…

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Oak Lawn moves Independence Day parade to July 3 

The Village of Oak Lawn announced Tuesday it will move this year’s annual Fourth of July parade to Saturday, July 3, at 4 p.m. In addition to the change in…

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Oak Lawn Library installs new air filtration system 

By Kelly White  Proudly keeping the air clean and its patrons safe is the Oak Lawn Public Library. The library, 9427 Raymond Ave., Oak Lawn, recently installed Respicaire Ultra Violet…

The winning team from Our Lady of the Snows included Keanu Juhasz, Issiah Morales-Chavez, Brandon Delgado and Alejandro Ayala.
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Snows eighth graders score big in stock market game By Kelly White When GameStop stock soared in late 2020, a group of students at Our Lady of the Snows School…

Aurelio's Pizza brought along some cheer and comfort to children undergoing treatment and frontline essential workers at Advocate Children’s Hospital, 4400 95th St, Oak Lawn, by donating 500 personal-sized pizzas on a mobile pizza truck, along with custom-made cookies, to the hospital on National Pizza Party Day on Friday, May 21.

Aurelio’s holds pizza party for children and staff at Advocate Children’s Hospital

By Kelly White Every year on the third Friday in May, pizza lovers across the nation share their love of pizza on National Pizza Party Day. Celebrated this year on…

Ideal School, Countryside cut ribbon on Sensory Meditation Garden

By Carol McGowan Countryside Mayor Sean McDermott, School District 105 officials and others that brought the school’s new sensory meditation garden to life  were on hand May 207 for the…

Palos Park Mayor John Mahoney makes a point protesting Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s idea of cutting funds for local budgets. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Pekau, Mahoney say state should leave local tax fund alone

By Jeff Vorva Two area mayors are speaking out against the state trying to take a bigger bite out of local government’s funding. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has proposed cuts to…

Justice Park District Commissioner Mark Leahy (left), Judge Ed King (center), and Justice Park District Commissioner Tabatha Sutera. (Photos by Carol McGowan)

Sutera, Leahy sworn onto Justice Park Board

By Carol McGowan A new era is underway for the Justice Park District. Commissioners Tabatha Sutera and Mark Leahy were sworn in as full-time commissioners of the park board May 24…

Orland Park Trustee Cynthia Nelson Katsenes talks with veteran Timothy Childers during Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony at the village. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Orland Park honors 55 during Memorial Day ceremony

By Jeff Vorva Every one of the 55 veterans who had their names engraved on the walls of the Ara Pace Memorial have a story to tell. Timothy Childers’ story…

Construction, such as this project taking place at 123rd Street and 73rd Avenue, will be prevalent through October, Palos Heights Alderman Jack Clifford said. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Oh boy, Palos Heights construction will make for a ‘summer of joy’

By Jeff Vorva Palos Heights’ Ald. Jack Clifford (2nd) could not have been more sarcastic when he called this the “summer of joy” after the June 1 city council meeting.…

The Chicago Ridge Public Library, 10400 Oxford Ave., held a grand re-opening event on Sunday, June 6 showcasing modern renovations and providing fun for the entire family.

Chicago Ridge Library celebrates grand re-opening

By Kelly White Proud to show off its new interior is the Chicago Ridge Public Library. The library, 10400 Oxford Ave., Chicago Ridge, held a grand re-opening event on Sunday,…