SOUTH HOLLAND | All of 80 seconds into Thornwood's conference opener against rival Thornton, the Thunderbirds' star player, Donte Thomas, had a shot blocked, picked up a foul, was involved in some on-court chest-bumping and was one of two recipients in a double-technical.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | They both call Chicago Heights home, and they both walked into Marian Catholic's gym with 18-17 records in the regular season.
NEW LENOX | Down 21-0 and riding a three-game losing streak into the conference leader's home field, Thornton's Wildcats probably should have been deflated at halftime of their visit Friday to Lincoln-Way West.
TINLEY PARK | In his 28th season, after 189 wins and now 98 losses, you'd think Bill Mosel had seen it all.
FRANKFORT | Thornton was its own worst enemy as a penalties and a fumble put the Wildcats behind the eight ball for most of the first half Friday night in their 30-12 loss to Lincoln-Way North.
Fittingly, in Wildcats country, Friday's SouthWest Suburban Red showdown between Thornton and Bradley-Boutbonnais featured as wild a final four minutes, 49 seconds as a football fan can imagine.
NAPERVILLE | When all else failed, Naperville North went back to its bruising best.
HARVEY | Thornton Township's Cavion Clanton sure didn't seem phased by the 24 hour delay to the Wildcats season opener.
HARVEY | Thornton coach Bill Mosel and his football team will have to wait one more day before they can open the 2013 season.
Sam Agyarko sees a balance between academics and athletics as one of the keys to a school's success.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Thornton proved Wednesday it's not how you start, but how you finish.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Thornton may have struggled with rebounding all night, but Da'Marques Turner secured the ball for the Wildcats when they needed it most.
HARVEY | Thornton senior Demetri Smith was matter-of-fact in his assessment of the Wildcats boys track team after they won the seven-team Thornton Track Classic Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
HARVEY | Lejavius Johnson and the Bloom Township boys basketball team wanted to jump all over Thornton Township early and once they had them down, they wanted to keep them down.
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