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Start fast, finish strong: Niego hits five threes in 1st, Rice rolls past Richards

By Steve Millar Correspondent Ahmad Henderson took his punishment in stride and was ready to play when the opportunity arose. Henderson, Brother Rice’s star junior point guard, did not start against Richards on Dec. 17 because he arrived a few minutes late to the team’s pre-game activities. “I just had the same mindset as if…

Richards’ Greg Miller had 18 points, including four 3-pointers, in a win over St. Laurence on Dec. 15. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Boys Basketball: Richards knocks Oak Forest from ranks of unbeaten

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Crossover victories in the South Suburban Conference have not come easy for boys basketball teams in the Red division. Heading into action on Dec. 14, the Blue teams displayed dominance with a 16-4 record over the Red foes. Richards had the tall task of going on the road to face Oak…

Orland Park's John Richardson is one of several Brother Rice football players on teams who are in bowl games. Photo by Lon Horwedel

College Report: Ex-Crusaders go bowling; Rettke helps Badgers win NCAA volleyball title

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Brother Rice graduates are dotting several college football rosters during this bowl season, which got started on a wild note with a former Crusader in the middle of the action. John Richardson, a redshirt sophomore kicker from Orland Park, booted two field goals and five extra points for Northern Illinois in…

Brother Rice quarterback Jack Lausch signed to play football at Northwestern, which came in with a last-minute offer. He had verbally committed to be a preferred walk-on at Notre Dame in two sports. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Fifteen area players commit on early signing day; Lausch chooses Northwestern

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The last-minute offer from Northwestern had Brother Rice senior Jack Lausch weighing some options. He was already a preferred walk-on for baseball and football at Notre Dame and for a long time, that appeared to be his college destination. Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald came in and made an offer to the…

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Argo wrestling off to a great start

By Carol McGowan The boys wrestling season at Argo High School is off and running. The team dominated on all levels recently, competing in opening week of SSC Conference competition in a quad winning all three meets vs. Shepard, TF North and Tinley Park. On Saturday, December 4, varsity wrestlers finished in second place as…

Chicago Christian freshman Brock Brown guards Riverside-Brookfield’s Brady Vaia during a Metro Suburban Red game on Dec. 10. Photo by Jason Maholy

Boys Basketball: Chicago Christian is a work in progress

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor Most teams, in particular those coming off successful seasons, lose some of their best or most experienced players to graduation from one year to the next. Rare it is that a team loses all of its best and most experienced players. The top 11 guys on the roster, for example.…

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Boys Basketball: Riverside-Brookfield rolling in the early going

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor After entering the season with high expectations, a talented and experienced Riverside-Brookfield team has not disappointed. The Bulldogs won eight of their first nine games and came into this week on a roll as winners of five straight. During that streak they have barely been challenged, averaging nearly 78 points…

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Boys Basketball: Mt. Carmel, Brother Rice each win twice over weekend

By Steve Millar Correspondent The Ciaravino brothers are making a huge impact for Mount Carmel in their first varsity season. Anthony, a junior guard, and Angelo, a sophomore forward, are both in the starting lineup for the Caravan and producing at a high level. Anthony is not surprised. “We kind of had an idea of…

Marist players celebrate their victory over Mother McAuley last Thursday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Girls Basketball: Harris, Chivers lead Marist over McAuley

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Marist went up against the best and came away with a big loss. Bolingbrook, the Class 4A state runner-up in 2020 and the No. 1-ranked team this preseason by MaxPreps, defeated the RedHawks, 67-46, on Nov. 30. Since then, the RedHawks (7-1) have won four straight, including a 69-54 home victory…

Trinity Christian College’s Brianna Uhl, right, was named the NCCAA Player of the Year. Photo by Jeff Vorva

College Sports Report: Trinity Christian soccer player Uhl earns 2nd conference POY of 2021

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Trinity Christian College soccer player Brianna Uhl became a three-time player of the year in 2021, and because of the unique circumstances spawned by the COVID-19 pandemic won the same award twice in the same calendar year. The 2020 season — usually played in autumn — was because of the pandemic…

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Worth seeks new direction for Water’s Edge golf course

By Joe Boyle Worth officials hope that the third time is the charm with a proposal for new management of the Water’s Edge golf course. Two representatives from Orion, which is based out of Kansas City, Mo., attended the Worth Village Board meeting on Tuesday night to respond to questions and provide a vision for running the…

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Boys Basketball: Evergreen Park off and running in early going

By Steve Millar Correspondent After cruising through the Lisle Thanksgiving Tournament with three double-digit wins, Evergreen Park boys basketball team found itself in a close game down the stretch for the first time this season. The Mustangs passed the test Thursday night, scoring the final six points of the game to break open a…

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Boys Basketball: Sandburg finding their footing under new coach John Daniels

By Steve Millar Correspondent Trailing by 19 points at halftime against a highly touted Lemont team, Sandburg did not back down. The Eagles rallied behind senior guards Ryan McPolin and Ty Binns but fell just short in a 58-55 loss on Nov. 30 in Orland Park. “I was happy we came back,” McPolin said. “We…

St. Xavier’s Maia Fawcett is guarded closely by Trinity Chkrstian’s Summer Cramer in a Dec. 1 CCAC game. Photo by Jeff Vorva

College Report: SXU feasting after Thanksgiving famine

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent A spoiled Thanksgiving for St. Xavier University’s women’s basketball team could mean trouble for the rest of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Cougars, who were ranked 16th in the nation by an NAIA committee after two losses to ranked non-conference foes, took their frustrations out on Trinity Christian College, scoring…

Longtime Red Stars star Julie Ertz is one of the players traded earlier this month. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Sports Analysis: Red Stars in a state of flux after trades

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The next coach of the Chicago Red Stars will have his or her work cut out for them. After two straight runner-up finishes in the NWSL playoffs, the team appeared to have been maybe a player or two away from getting over the hump and winning a championship. Then, shortly after…

St. Rita junior Kaiden Space scored 16 first-quarter points in a win over De La Salle on Friday night. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Boys Basketball: St. Rita’s young stars too much for De La Salle

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent St. Rita’s team of heralded young superstars finally played a home game in front of a crowd with their peers. The Mustangs feature starting freshman Melvin Bell sophomores James Brown, Morez Johnson and Jaedin Reyna plus junior Kaiden Space and last season, the stands featured family members because of COVID concerns.…

Bella Finnegan led Mother McAuley with 26 points against Sandburg last Thursday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Girls Basketball: Well-traveled Macs have happy homecoming

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The kids were putting on a show for the kids. Mother McAuley’s girls basketball team has three sophomores starting on the varsity and the Mighty Macs won their first home game of the season with a 48-39 non-conference won over Sandburg last Thursday in front of a crowd that featured several…

Stagg’s unified volleyball team was honored for winning a state championship at the November District 230 board meeting. (Photos by Jeff Vorva)

Teams honored and trainer mourned at SD230 meeting

By Jeff Vorva There was both celebration and sorrow at the Consolidated High School District 230 meeting on Nov. 16. The board recognized a pair of state champions – the Stagg unified volleyball team and the Sandburg Class 3A cross country team. But there was some sadness to the meeting as longtime Sandburg trainer Dave…

More than 800 runners competed in this year’s Turkey Trot. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Record number of runners come out for 33rd Turkey Trot

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent In 2019, Patrick Foster won the Orland Park Turkey Trot for his first top finish in a competitive race. This year, he was back in the winner’s circle. Foster, an Orland Park native who now lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin, finished the 2 1/2-mile race in 14 minutes, 19.9 seconds…

Chicago Christian freshman Charity Love moves up court against Eisenhower in the Bobby Bolton Classic. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Girls Basketball: Shepard, Knights among four area teams to open season at Bobby Bolton Classic

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Four area teams competed in the eight-team Bobby Bolton Classic at Richards, and each showed some bright spots and had some sloppy moments. That was to be expected. Richards, Oak Lawn, Chicago Christian and Shepard were all opening the season with young teams. According to their rosters, 15 of 54 players…

Rory Dames, shown during the NWSL semifinals in Portland, resigned at the Chicago Red Stars coach a day after the team played in the league’s championship game. Photo by IMI

Pro soccer report: Red Stars lose Dames after losing in NWSL title game

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent After a bizarre season that saw many of their best players injured for much of the time, a 5-0 loss to open the season and the thrill of making it to the NWSL championship game, Chicago Red Stars coach Rory Dames announced late Sunday night he was resigning. “For 11 years,…

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St. Rita tops Prospect, advances to second straight state title game

By Steve Millar Correspondent After entering the season with huge expectations, St. Rita lost two of its first three games and star senior running back/receiver Kaleb Brown to injury. While some may have written the Mustangs off, they still believed they had a team that could win a state championship. “We’ve been able to stick…

Brian Badke gives his last postgame speech to Brother Rice’s football team after a loss to Wheaton North on Saturday. He is retiring after this season. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Crusaders playoff run ends with semifinal loss to Wheaton North

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent At age 47, Brian Badke has a lot of good coaching years left in him. But for now, he is stepping away and putting the whistle in storage. He has a lot of good spectating years ahead of him that he wants to take care of, first. The Brother Rice football…

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Girls Volleyball Class 2A State Finals: Chicago Christian takes 3rd place with win over Mater Dei

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor Philosophers and believers in analytics can debate the reality of momentum in the context of having a tangible effect on player performance and the outcomes of athletics competitions. To many if not most sports fans, players and coaches, there is no question momentum is real. And it flows both ways.…

The Red Stars, shown celebrating in Portland, are one win away from a NWSL title. Photo by ISI

Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars stun Thorns, will face Spirit for NWSL title

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Talk about coming full circle. The Chicago Red Stars opened the season in May with a full squad and dropped a 5-0 decision at Portland in one of the most lopsided defeats in franchise history. Then, on Nov. 14, with a team depleted by injuries and illness, they shocked the Thorns,…

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Orland Park Police Chief Joseph Mitchell had good news to report about crime in 2021 except for weapons arrests. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Many crimes down in Orland, but weapons arrests concerning

By Jeff Vorva Orland Park Police Chief Joseph Mitchell had mostly good news when revealing the village’s 2021 crime statistics. But one glaring area that has him bothered is the number of unlawful use of a weapon arrests that have been shooting up. Mitchell and Mayor Keith Pekau attribute it to felons from other towns…

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Former GOP allies to battle for county board race

Gorman wants to reclaim seat from Morrison By Bob Bong A battle royale is brewing in the race for the Republican nomination for Cook County Board’s 17th District. The 17th District is one of only two county board seats held by Republicans and it has only ever had a Republican commissioner dating back to Herb…

Mayor John Mahoney explains modifications to an ordinance regarding video gaming in Palos Park on Monday night. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Park inches closer to gaming solution

By Jeff Vorva Signs are pointing to the fact there probably will be limited video gaming in Palos Park. Mayor John Mahoney and the village council rejiggered a few things with an ordinance and some of the village codes and the end result is that Monday they asked village attorneys to look into the changes…

Josh Barron has been named the new superintendent of District 218. (Photo supplied by District 218)

Barron ready to pitch in as new SD218 superintendent

By Jeff Vorva Tommy John surgery and an auto accident helped derail Josh Barron’s dreams of becoming a major league baseball player. So, he embarked on a different career path, teaching and coaching, and that evolved into his becoming a school administrator. He has worked his way up to the top spot as he was…

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Tabares backs West Lawn Branch Library

Twenty-third Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares (left) recently toured the renovated West Lawn Branch Library, 4020 W. 63rd St.,, with new branch manager Mina Duarte. Details about the renovation’s may be found in the West Lawn column in the January 28 Greater Southwest News-Herald. –Supplied photo

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Chuy backs Starbucks unionization

U.S. Rep Jesús “Chuy” García (D-4th), white mask, recently stood with those who support unionization of Starbucks workers, outside a shop in the city. Workers are attempting to organize under the banner of Chicago and Midwest Joint Board, Workers United, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union. –Supplied photo

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Palos Township tax appeal workshop on January 26

For 68 years the Palos Area Chamber of Commerce has remained actively involved in the everyday life of the Palos area, residents and business community. (Supplied photo)

Palos Area Chamber dedicated to promoting area

By Kelly White Dedicated to helping local area businesses strive is the Palos Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber was formed in 1949 when a small group of merchants joined together for the purpose of advancing economic, industrial, professional, cultural, and civic welfare of the Palos Heights area. For 68 years, the Palos Area Chamber…

Palos Park police will hold an active shooter training session on January 30. (Supplied photo)

Palos Park police to hold active shooter drill

From staff reports Palos Park Police will fine tune their strategies for dealing with an active shooter to ensure the safety of both officers and citizens later this month. The end goal of the January 30 drlll is to test the department’s active shooter response plans and fine tune them. “Palos Park effective preventive measures…

Richards High School Principal Dr. Mike Jacobson and several staff members at the high school, 10601 Central Ave., Oak Lawn, walked for 24 hours on a treadmill to raise money for student scholarships starting bright and early on New Year's Day. (Supplied photos)

Richards’ Principal walks 24 hours for a cause

By Kelly White Most people spend New Year’s Day relaxing. Richards High School Principal Dr. Mike Jacobson spent it on the treadmill. For the second year in a row, Jacobson inspired generous donations of more than $20,000 on New Year’s Day by walking 24 hours on a treadmill without stopping. All of the money raised goes directly to benefit…

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