Collegiate banners line the hallways at Thornton Fractional North High School in Calumet City.
Thornton Fractional North Principal Dwayne Evans stands in front of the school's main entrance.
Pierre Thomas talks to the campers at the Pierre Thomas Skills Camp at T.F. South on Thursday.
Pierre Thomas participating in a football drill with campers at his skills camp at T.F. South on Thursday.
T.F. South Head Football Coach Tom Padjen, left, welcomes Pierre Thomas at T.F. South on Thursday.
Whether they're a freshman or not, when a player scores 55 goals in a rain-shortened season, it's going to get noticed.
Nicole Vega, The Times Illinois Player of the Year, practices her kicks at T.F. North High School. Vega had 55 goals in leading Thornton Fractional to 14 wins.
Freshman Nicole Vega had 55 goals in leading Thornton Fractional to 14 wins this season.
Thornton Fractional's Nicole Vega is The Times Player of the Year. Her 55 goals led area scorers.
T.F. South's Peyton Padjen tags T.F. North's catcher Mike Steele out at second base at the U.S. Steel Yard. Padjen has played with an injured left pinky suffered in a game against Lincoln-Way North.
Baseball fans try to keep warm Friday night at US Steel Yard. From left is Danielle Mendoza, 8 withher grandmother, Antonia Cruz, center and her mother Rosa Mendoza, who all came to watch Rosa's son, Moses play for T.F. North.
T.F. North's Fabian Del Real pitches in the first inning of the Meteor's game with T.F. South on Friday during the 11th Annual High School Challenge at the US Steel Yard.
T.F. South's Peyton Padjen tosses the ball to Brian Seymour after tagging T.F. North's Mike Steele out at second Friday in the first game of a doubleheader during the 11th Annual high School Challenge at the US Steel Yard.
T.F. South's Peyton Padjen tags T.F. North's Mike Steele out at second Friday in the first game of a doubleheader during the 11th Annual high School Challenge at the US Steel Yard.
T.F. South's Justin Pasko gets safely to home as T.F. North's Mike Steele reaches for the throw during the second inning Friday night during the 11th Annual high School Challenge at the US Steel Yard.
T.F. North and T.F. South cover the field Friday at the US Steel Yard as the first game in the 11th Annual high School Challenge is delayed by rain.
Jim Urbanek, of Chicago Heights, puts on shin guards while preparing to serve as home plate umpire Friday at the US Steel Yard.
OAK FOREST | Deland Deere and the Meteors are made for just this type of game.
TF North's Ke'von Martin, right, celebrates after scoring on T.F. North's first play from scrimmage Friday night against Hillcrest.
T.F. North quarterback Davion Sylvester, center, bursts through the line for second-quarter gain Friday night against Hillcrest.
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