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Illiana Christian Vikings

Illiana puts scare into defending champs

Illiana puts scare into defending champs

LANSING | In a darkened, nearly empty gym, Timothy Christian coach Scott Piersema broke away from some friends and family from the old neighborhood and caught up to Illiana Christian coach Nikki Van Dyke.

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Steven Massey and Matt Zandstra are Illiana's 1-2 punch

Steven Massey and Matt Zandstra are Illiana's 1-2 punch

Illiana Christian has advanced to the boys golf sectional in Class 2A in five of the last six years.

August 21, 2014 6:00 pm
Illiana Christian's 3,200 Relay team sets Class 2A state record

Illiana Christian's 3,200 Relay team sets Class 2A state record

CHARLESTON | Four years and more of blood, sweat and toil came down to less than eight minutes of hard work Saturday morning for four runners from Illiana Christian.

May 31, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Super six lift Illiana to sectional title

DOLTON | When they might have been running the open 400 meters at Thursday's Class 2A Thornridge Track & Field Sectional, Illiana Christian's Austin Gibson and Kevin Vroegh could be found, respectively, on a massage table and in the stands.

May 22, 2014 8:30 pm
Wilmington ousts Illiana Christian in eight innings

Wilmington ousts Illiana Christian in eight innings

BEECHER | Befitting a team that took ownership of its mistakes, Cassidy Robertson popped up from the dirt between second and third and said, "My fault."

May 21, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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Kevin Vroegh aims for big finish

Kevin Vroegh aims for big finish

With a team that has accumulated as much depth as Illiana Christian, it’s difficult to pin the leader tag on any one person.

May 21, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Illiana Christian's Alexa Beezhold on fast track

Illiana Christian's Alexa Beezhold on fast track

LANSING | Illiana Christian senior runner Alexa Beezhold has an encouraging word for younger teammates who might lack some confidence.

May 20, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Bloom Twp. tops Illiana Christian in physical match

Bloom Twp. tops Illiana Christian in physical match

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | What's happening this season for the Bloom Township girls soccer team is something Andreina Hernandez knows doesn't happen every season.

May 12, 2014 8:15 pm Photos

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Illiana seniors paving road for soccer success

Illiana seniors paving road for soccer success

Illiana Christian's Emma Pawlowski wouldn't have had it any other way.

May 10, 2014 9:00 pm

Pawlowski goal lifts Illiana to victory

SOUTH HOLLAND | For Illiana Christian's Emma Pawlowski, it was nothing more than a simple chip shot.

May 06, 2014 8:00 pm
Illiana Christian boys make statement with win

Illiana Christian boys make statement with win

PALOS HEIGHTS | For a track team that doesn’t have a track to practice on, any win could be considered big, but to go into a 10-team invitational at your arch-rival's home track and win is special.

May 02, 2014 10:15 pm Photos

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Wiltjer twins a pair of bright spots for Illiana

Wiltjer twins a pair of bright spots for Illiana

LANSING | They may be twins, but it's not that tough to tell Heather and Ashley Wiltjer apart.

May 02, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Illiana's Van Kalker is 'grass' roots

Illiana's Van Kalker is 'grass' roots

LANSING | Kyle Van Kalker did a little cleaning up around the Illiana Christian baseball field a few years ago.

May 01, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Fenton-Illiana Chrisitan soccer game suspended by lightning

Fenton-Illiana Chrisitan soccer game suspended by lightning

SOUTH HOLLAND | After lightning delayed Illinois Christian's 1-1 tie against Fenton midway through the second half, the Vikings' missed chances are stinging that much harder.

April 29, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Illiana and Washington battle to tie in girls soccer

CHICAGO | Washington head coach Rafael Ramirez wanted his team to play a defensive game, and the Patriots played it to perfection except for a late penalty in the match.

April 26, 2014 5:00 pm

Illiana has the breakfast of champions in softball

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Illiana Christian's softball squad had a morning doubleheader on Saturday.  The Vikings also had a 6:30 a.m. fundraiser first.

April 26, 2014 5:00 pm
The Butler does it for Illiana in track and field

The Butler does it for Illiana in track and field

LANSING | For a generation, Illiana Christian has been known as a school that turns out distance runners on a steady basis. It's not quite the factory that York is, but for its size, Vikings running quickly for a mile or more have been a common sight in the spring.

April 26, 2014 5:00 pm Photos

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Battle of Lansing goes to T.F. South

Battle of Lansing goes to T.F. South

LANSING | As the remnants of a crowd estimated at 200 milled about, and T.F. South center fielder Bri Heintz posed for pictures with a boy and a bouquet at home plate, Rebels catcher Cori Reynolds took it all in.

April 25, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Falconi takes control in Marian win

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | On a 47-degree day with a 14 mile-per-hour tailwind, a pitcher has to have control.

April 22, 2014 9:09 pm

Illiana Christian gets the bats going

LANSING | Even though they had Friday afternoon off, Matt Dykstra and a few of his Viking teammates figured they should show up to the field and take some extra batting practice anyway. Early Saturday afternoon, it certainly paid off for Illiana Christian.

April 19, 2014 6:00 pm
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