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MIKE NIETO: A 'Thorn' is a thorn

Former NFL player and Thornridge grad Reggie Hayward didn't hide his displeasure in a phone conversation Thursday morning.

4 hours ago

MIKE NIETO: Week 3 is a crucial one

It's hard to believe that one-third of the football season will be done after this weekend, weather permitting.

September 11, 2014 7:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: St. Francis de Sales should drop football

Unfortunately, the numbers are not there and may never be for the St. Francis de Sales football program.

September 04, 2014 7:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: Here's to another exciting season

Fans are counting down the hours and minutes,  and hoping for better weather than last year's first scheduled day of season openers.

August 28, 2014 7:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: A battle over this scrimmage

While next weekend is an early enough start for the prep football regular season to start, there is nothing wrong with a controlled scrimmage against another opponent that could be taking place tonight or Saturday.

August 21, 2014 7:00 pm
MIKE NIETO: T.F. South football reunion should be a good one

MIKE NIETO: T.F. South football reunion should be a good one

Circle Sept. 5 on your calendar.

August 14, 2014 7:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: Some things to watch for in 2014

As the final days of summer wind down, people are talking about the upcoming football season, which gets underway with Monday's first official practice.

August 07, 2014 4:45 pm

MIKE NIETO: This is for a good purpose

Somehow, you almost expect him to be waiting for everyone at the 19th hole with a cold drink in hand and asking you how you putted.

July 31, 2014 4:45 pm
MIKE NIETO: Jennings brings confidence to Thornridge football

MIKE NIETO: Jennings brings confidence to Thornridge football

DOLTON | What many think is a most difficult task doesn't phase new Thornridge football coach Pat Jennings.

July 24, 2014 4:45 pm
MIKE NIETO: T.F. North's Price knows Shriner's Game more than a contest

MIKE NIETO: T.F. North's Price knows Shriner's Game more than a contest

A.J. Price knows college scouts will be in the crowd at Tucci Stadium on Saturday night at the 40th annual Illinois High School Shrine Game on the Illinois Wesleyan University campus.

July 10, 2014 7:00 pm
MIKE NIETO: Metcalfe excited to be back at head coach

MIKE NIETO: Metcalfe excited to be back at head coach

Liz Metcalfe said she was a little nervous when her Illiana Christian girls basketball team took the floor at the Shepard summer league.

July 03, 2014 7:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: Does this have legs this time?

Will the kitchen sink be thrown in next?

June 26, 2014 5:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: Another interesting prep season comes to an end

It's time to take a break, bring out the fishing poles, relax and reminisce about the 2013-14 prep season.

June 19, 2014 8:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: Giannantonio a true Warrior

After 35 years of teaching and coaching, Sue Giannantonio doesn't know what her plans are for retirement.

June 12, 2014 8:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: Someone will be watching the Falk brothers

Evan Falk has "DP" engraved on the heel of his mitt.

June 05, 2014 8:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: Illiana Christian baseball clicking at the right time

A few months ago, not a lot of people expected the Illiana Christian baseball team to be playing for a regional title.

May 29, 2014 8:00 pm
MIKE NIETO: The final countdown for T.F. North's Kosiara

MIKE NIETO: The final countdown for T.F. North's Kosiara

He started out as a Rebel and is finishing as a Meteor.

May 22, 2014 10:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: Coach E's life had a familiar and golden ring to it

If you had the pleasure to know Curt Ehrenstrom, you walked away feeling as if you knew him your whole life.

May 15, 2014 10:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: A task, but a worthwhile one at Thornwood

When former Bloom Township softball coach Mark Anderson took over as Thornwood's coach last year, many told him he was out of his mind.

May 08, 2014 10:00 pm

MIKE NIETO: Crucial time for St. Francis de Sales athletics

Kevin Wolfe made it clear that when he was brought back after a one-year exile, he would be the boys basketball coach and not the director of basketball operations at St. Francis de Sales.

May 01, 2014 7:00 pm
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