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

By News Desk / June 14, 2021 / Comments Off on 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 four Southwest Regional News teams won regional titles during this wild and unpredictable year. Top-seeded St. Rita beat fourth-seeded Argo 25-20, 25-16 in the first semifinal while…

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

By News Desk / June 14, 2021 / Comments Off on 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 get past another perennially elite program to get there. The RedHawks will play Lincoln-Way East on on Tuesday, June 14 for the Marist Sectional championship…

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Dickman, Marist boys enjoy big track week

By News Desk / June 14, 2021 / Comments Off on Dickman, Marist boys enjoy big track week

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The postseason track was hot and heavy in the Southwest Regional News area as girls completed state competition and the boys were battling it out at sectionals and sending an army of competitors this week’s state meet. A breakdown: Girls State Meet In Class 3A, Lyons’ Katie Dickman finished in third…

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High School Baseball: Knights crank it up after loss

By Jeff Vorva / May 18, 2021 / Comments Off on 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 is no longer in the same conference, but can still rile up the Knights. Chicago Christian was 10-0 at the time. “That lost hurt,” senior…

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Pride of Lyons: Boys gymnastics takes home first state title

By Jason Maholy / May 17, 2021 / Comments Off on 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 three third-place trophies from the Illinois High School Association state meets in the past, won on Saturday with 157.200 at Hoffman Estates High School. Niles…

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High School Football: Chicago Christian tops Aurora Christian, wins first conference title since 2006

By Jason Maholy / April 27, 2021 / Comments Off on High School Football: Chicago Christian tops Aurora Christian, wins first conference title since 2006

By Jason Maholy, Sports Editor Two seasons ago, Chicago Christian qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2008. The Knights had gone even longer without a conference championship. Thirteen seasons, to be precise. Some freshman on this year’s team weren’t born the last time the program had won a conference title. The iPhone…

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Brother Rice lineman Zak Bowden motions forward as quarterback Jack Lausch scores one of his three rushing touchdowns in Friday’s 40-21 road victory over Marist. Photo by Jeff Vorva

High School Football: Rice tops Marist as both powers eye playoffs

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The buzz and postgame emotions from Brother Rice’s 40-21 victory over Marist on Friday was abbreviated. Because the heralded game was played on the final regular season weekend of the year, these area and state powers and bitter rivals quickly turned their attention to the playoff pairings announcements, which came less…

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Last home game a winner for Red Stars

By Alison Moran What a way to end a season at home. It was a perfect night for a cool game of soccer, with temperatures in the upper 50s and no rain dampening the field. In front of 4,488 of the Red Stars’ faithful at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, the Chicago Red Stars defeated KC…

Evergreen Park wide receiver Elijah Matthews catches a touchdown pass over Oak Lawn’s Gavin Butler. Photo by Steve Metsch

High School Football: Mustangs buck Spartans into offseason

By Steve Metsch Correspondent Coming into the regular-season finale, Evergreen Park knew Oak Lawn needed a victory to possibly make the playoffs. The Mustangs, most likely already in the tournament but with a chance to improve their seed, had other plans. “Not on our watch,” senior wide receiver Elijah Matthews said after Evergreen Park defeated…

Sandburg’s Maia Loureiro, shown in a first-round match in Barrington, is the fifth area player to finish in the top 10 in the state in girls tennis. Photo by Jeff Vorva

High School Sports Postseason Roundup: Maia, oh, Maia — Sandburg soph finishes in top 8

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent It was cloudy. It was windy. It was rainy. Many people might describe it as a lousy day, but Sandburg sophomore tennis star Maia Loureiro wasn’t complaining. She was playing tennis. In the state tournament. She opened her state career on that crummy Oct. 21 day at Barrington High School with…

Kendall Coyne, shown at a past celebration at Sandburg High School, is the 2021 IBAM Person of the Year. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Coyne Schofield to be honored as IBAM’s Person of the Year

By Jeff Vorva Palos Heights hockey legend Kendall Coyne Schofield is picking up a huge award Friday night and it doesn’t have much to do with hockey. Schofield was named the Irish Books, Art and Music Person of the Year and will be honored at the group’s 13th Awards Gala Oct. 22 at the American…

Jim Sexton, the former Evergreen Park mayor, shows his sign for the drive given in honor at the grand opening of the new baseball and softball fields. (Photos by Jeff Vorva)

Evergreen Park welcomes own fields of dreams and honors Sexton

By Jeff Vorva Brand new fields and a retired mayor were the stars of the show on Oct. 14. Evergreen Park High School had a grand opening of its new turfed baseball and softball fields. The fields were used in late spring, but this event was to celebrate the fields and show them off to…

Chicago 3-year-old Tyler Myslinski, (left) and his 5-year-old brother Jason fight for the ball during an open house at the Wintrust Sports Complex Saturday in Bedford Park. (Photos by Jeff Vorva)

Bedford Park’s Wintrust Sports Complex is a ‘one-stop’ monster

By Jeff Vorva The Wintrust Sports Complex has not even held its grand opening yet in Bedford Park, but it’s already bringing ESPN to town in July. The facility’s general manager, Wade Walsh, said the American Cornhole League will host its Final Chase at the new site and ESPN will be broadcasting the finals on…

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Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound PDF October 27, 2021

Brother Rice lineman Zak Bowden motions forward as quarterback Jack Lausch scores one of his three rushing touchdowns in Friday’s 40-21 road victory over Marist. Photo by Jeff Vorva

High School Football: Rice tops Marist as both powers eye playoffs

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The buzz and postgame emotions from Brother Rice’s 40-21 victory over Marist on Friday was abbreviated. Because the heralded game was played on the final regular season weekend of the year, these area and state powers and bitter rivals quickly turned their attention to the playoff pairings announcements, which came less…

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A ‘businessman with a heart’

Colleagues pay tribute to Jim Vondrak By Joan Hadac In a business world frequently competitive to the point of being harsh and even cruel, James C. “Jim” Vondrak stood out as a businessman with a heart. The scion of a Southwest Side newspaper family, Mr. Vondrak owned and operated a chain of community newspapers led…

Officer Maureen O’Neill in her final days on the job at the Chicago Lawn (8th) District Police Station. --Greater Southwest News-Herald photo by Lorena Paredes

She bleeds blue

Officer Maureen O’Neill retires after 38 years By Tim Hadac If things appear a little unglued in the commander’s office at the Chicago Lawn (8th) District Police Station, it’s because Officer Maureen O’Neill recently retired after serving in the district for 38 years, 7 months and 1 day. “It’s fair to say that in some…

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Purple for a purpose

Taking a momentary break from tying purple ribbons around trees and fenceposts at West Lawn Park last Saturday are CPD Officers Sarai Trevino, Maria DeLaTorre, Raymond Tracy and Jose Supulveda, and Shari Grassmuck and Nancy Arroyo. The group made the park go purple in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. DVAM has been a national…

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Tabares leads way to big success for police

Raises $21,000 for protective vests By Joan Hadac When 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares planned her annual Get Behind the Vest pancake breakfast at St. Daniel the Prophet Church, her goal was to surpass last year’s total of $10,500. To say she succeeded is an understatement. After the final pancake was sold at the drive-through…

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Homecoming court crowned at Nazareth Academy

Two local students are among the 2021 homecoming court at Nazareth Academy. Serving as queen is Isabella Romano, a 2017 graduate of St. Daniel the Prophet School. On the court is Ryan Spain, a 2019 graduate of of St. Symphorosa School. The court was announced at an all-school pep rally during their recent Spirit Week.…

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Café 63 rolls out auto-themed menu for car show

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] Back in the Oct. 6 edition of the Clear-Ridge Reporter & NewsHound, I wrote about the car show hosted by the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce and the Clearing Night Force, set for 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Well, it’s…

Chicago FOP Lodge 7 President John Catanzara, a Clearing resident, advises his union’s members not to abide by Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s vaccine mandate. --Screenshot from an FOP video

Leaders push back against vax

Aldermen, FOP chief butt heads with Lightfoot By Tim Hadac A week after the Lightfoot Administration announced that all city workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19—or face disciplinary measures—some employees pushed back. One of the most public was 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares, who signed a letter of concern to the mayor–with five of…

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Support older workers, Newman says

From staff reports U.S. Rep. Marie Newman (D-3rd) recently joined three Democratic House colleagues in introducing the Supporting Older Workers Act, a new bill designed to improve and advance the employment, economic success and the well-being of America’s older workers. Newman said the legislation would strengthen the workforce development system for older workers and reduce…

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