Illiana Christian Vikings
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.
Illiana Christian has advanced to the boys golf sectional in Class 2A in five of the last six years.
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.
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.
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."
With a team that has accumulated as much depth as Illiana Christian, it’s difficult to pin the leader tag on any one person.
LANSING | Illiana Christian senior runner Alexa Beezhold has an encouraging word for younger teammates who might lack some confidence.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | What's happening this season for the Bloom Township girls soccer team is something Andreina Hernandez knows doesn't happen every season.
Illiana Christian's Emma Pawlowski wouldn't have had it any other way.
SOUTH HOLLAND | For Illiana Christian's Emma Pawlowski, it was nothing more than a simple chip shot.
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.
LANSING | They may be twins, but it's not that tough to tell Heather and Ashley Wiltjer apart.
LANSING | Kyle Van Kalker did a little cleaning up around the Illiana Christian baseball field a few years ago.
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.
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.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Illiana Christian's softball squad had a morning doubleheader on Saturday. The Vikings also had a 6:30 a.m. fundraiser first.
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.
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.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | On a 47-degree day with a 14 mile-per-hour tailwind, a pitcher has to have control.
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.
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