Marian Catholic Spartans
HARVEY | When Tyler Ulis left the game Tuesday after hitting a pair of free throws with 1:37 to play, the score was Bloom Township 40, Ulis 40.
Bloom Township's Jared Johnson is looking forward to tonight's matchup with favored Marian Catholic in one semifinal of the Class 4A Thornton Sectional.
NORMAL | When nothing seemed to want to go in the basket from close range for the Marian Catholic girls basketball team, Gabrielle Cooper was more than happy to try from much farther out.
NORMAL | Dan Murray took over a girls basketball program coming off a state championship, with stars and key contributors returning for a shot at repeat glory.
NORMAL | The same demoralizing and debilitating start the Marian Catholic girls administered to earn a berth to the state tournament they received upon arriving.
Follow the Spartans as they try to repeat as Class 4A state champions.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | There was no bragging, trash-talking or posting on Facebook.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | When Kauai Bradley hit the buzzer-beating game-winner last year to give the Marian Catholic girls basketball team its first state title, then-junior Dajhae Mullins saw the whole thing unfold in the Class 4A state championship.
PLAINFIELD | Tyler Ulis doesn't have many fond memories of the Plainfield Central gym.
BLOOMINGTON | Edwardsville's Kortney Dunbar knocked down a 3-pointer late in the first quarter Monday, and quickly put up three fingers in celebration.
After his team escaped Bloom Trail with a 67-62 overtime sectional title win Tuesday over Oak Lawn, Marian coach Dan Murray seemed especially pleased for forward Kauai Bradley.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Ninety seconds into the second quarter, Marian Catholic coach Dan Murray stared down the sideline at Ashton Millender, his offensive centerpiece.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | There wasn't a lot of celebrating after Marian Catholic beat Nazareth Academy, 79-56, Thursday to win its first outright East Suburban Catholic Conference title.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The sequence might have gone unnoticed by many, but not by Marian Catholic's Spartans.
SKOKIE | This was postseason-quality entertainment in a preview package: big vs. small in a one-on-one duel in the fourth quarter.
ORLAND PARK | After Marian Catholic won its 14th straight regional title Thursday with a 58-25 win over Sandburg, Spartans coach Dan Murray was asked if he didn't want to blow the streak in his first year.
ORLAND PARK | The old basketball cliche proved too true for Crete-Monee on Wednesday night. Games can be won or lost at the free-throw line.
Jose Champagne didn't let a torn ACL in his left knee sidetrack him from his goal.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | It is not surprising that Ashton Millender, the leading scorer on Marian Catholic's defending state champion girls basketball team, would invoke the same phrase as her coach when discussing the game she loves.
JOLIET | It was not a surprise that Ashton Millender and Teniya Page rose to the occasion on Wednesday night, carrying second-ranked Marian Catholic to a victory over Joliet Catholic Academy and taking with it at least a share of the East Suburban Catholic Conference title.
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