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OAK LAWN | Something about a seven-on-seven passing tournament just doesn't look right when Mount Carmel is taking part.
If Bloom Township's three straight Southland Athletic Conference titles don't speak volumes to the importance of Jazmin Aldape's play, there isn't much that will.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | For a team that hasn't had much trouble hitting all season, Marian Catholic's Spartans simply ran into the wrong pitcher on the wrong day.
LOCKPORT | As T.F. South coach Jamie Arundel said, it's tough to play defense when the other team is hitting the ball over the fence.
CRETE | On Monday afternoon, Crete-Monee's Brandon Hannigan proved he can stay as cool as a cucumber despite 80-degree temps.
GRANT PARK | After giving up an unearned run in the first inning, Illinois Lutheran starter Grant Farmer made some minor adjustments. After that, the Chargers' ace had more than enough stuff on this day.
FRANKFORT | For nearly 60 minutes, Bloom Township keeper Maria Narcisi faced a barrage of Lincoln-Way North shots and turned them all away. But the Blazing Trojans' keeper and her perfect day were finally spoiled by the shots she couldn't get to.
STEGER | After his team gave him three runs in the bottom of the first inning, Illinois Lutheran's Jared Buzan was ready to take care of the rest.
FRANKFORT | Bloom Township coach Kelly Gutierrez put it best when she said she would rather have her team's match with Homewood-Flossmoor stopped early in a scoreless tie, than have to pick up a 0-0 tie late in the game.
STEGER | The 2014 River Valley Conference baseball crown was about to be decided on one play.
CHICAGO | After a 1-1 tie against Illiana Christian on April 26, when all the Washington players had left Calumet Park on Chicago's Southeast Side and coach Rafael Ramirez prepared to carry the team's gear to his car, one player waited around to help him.
COUNTRY CLUB HILLS | Thornridge's Tatayana Groom wasn't feeling her best at the Class 2A Hillcrest Sectional, but that wasn't going to let her have a bad night.
CALUMET CITY | It may have been a windy and rainy day. T.F. South may have been a little late getting to the game.
COUNTRY CLUB HILLS | After waiting nearly 50 years for its first team title in the South Suburban Conference last season, T.F. North didn't have to wait another 50 years for another.
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.
CRETE | Crete-Monee coach Gene Cahan wanted to give a few of his pitchers a couple innings each Saturday against Oak Forest.
SOUTH HOLLAND | For Illiana Christian's Emma Pawlowski, it was nothing more than a simple chip shot.
CHICAGO | For the second time in a week, St. Laurence was just too much for Times No. 1 Mount Carmel.
OAK FOREST | The Crete-Monee girls track team is good, but coach Willie Cole is not going to let the Warriors get too far ahead of themselves.
CALUMET CITY | T.F. United forward Debo Akinsanya has played a little goalie before for the United, and one thing is certain, it never gets any easier when she's put in net.
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.
CALUMET CITY | After battling bad weather all season, T.F. North decided to enjoy the good weather and get out early Friday night to get some extra work in before their night game with Bloom Township. It paid off big for the Meteors.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Whenever Bloom Township and Crete-Monee meet on the soccer pitch, there's always plenty at stake.
LANSING | Despite five first-place finishes between them, the consensus between Crete-Monee's Tineja Foy and Latris Daniels was that Wednesday's cold temperatures had a big effect on both times and distances.
Thornton's Devante Smith somewhat chuckles when he hears what track coach Vince McAuliffe says about his blue-collar attitude.
CALUMET CITY | After giving up three goals to Argo in the first half, Thornton Fractional was given a lively "talk" by United coach Alejandro Lagunas.
STEGER | Since a 2-1 loss to Beecher on April 7th, Illinois Lutheran has run off six straight wins. And a big part of that winning streak is what is taking place on the Chargers' mound.
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.
LANSING | Illiana Christian senior Josh Kocoj must have known somewhere in the back of his head that this was going to be his last chance at lacing up the old sneakers and representing the Vikings.
BEECHER | As a sophomore, Beecher forward Jordyn Miner knows to give plenty of credit where credit is due.
LANSING | When five of seven lead-off men get on base, it usually spells big trouble for the opposing team.
FLOSSMOOR | Rebecca Tanner may only be in her first year as the Homewood-Flossmoor varsity goalie, but she sure is picking things up fast.
PALOS HILLS | For a team with state final aspirations, Thornton knows what matters the most is what happens in May.
LANSING | In what was the rubber match of a three-game series over three days, Illiana Christian didn't let this one stay close for long.
LANSING | For an 0-2 Illiana Christian boys volleyball squad, it was going to be no easy task when 10-3 Richards came to town Wednesday night.
SOUTH HOLLAND | Despite a 1-0 lead at halftime, Illiana Christian coach AJ Turkstra wasn't thrilled with the play he saw from his team on Tuesday evening.
BEECHER | Beecher's Justin Roggemann was waiting for the fastball, and Roggemann got the fastball.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | With a young team in 2014, Marian Catholic is having to learn on the fly. And now without their leading scorer Hailey Losselyong, the Spartans are really going to have to pick things up quickly.
CALUMET CITY | For the T.F. United girls soccer team, the 2014 season is going to come down to offense and the United's ability to generate it.
Homewood-Flossmoor's Lauren Hurley is trying to lead by example. And with her experience and skill, she's not a bad role model to follow.
PALOS HEIGHTS | Illiana Christian senior Emma Pawlowski is liking what she's seeing from her teammates early on in the girls soccer season.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Penalty kicks was not how Homewood-Flossmoor coach Jim Boswell wanted this game to end.
FLOSSMOOR | As Homewood-Flossmoor coach Pat Duignan put it, Jamila Jenkins was simply in the right place at the right time.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | For Kristin Spratt and her Homewood-Flossmoor teammates, it was just nice to get out on the field and get the soccer season started after a long, hard winter.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | When the inevitable second half Joliet Central run came, Bloom Township's Jared Johnson answered the call.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Making the extra pass is not something new to the Bloom Township offense. The Blazing Trojans have been doing it all year long.
CRETE | Crete-Monee's Mike Nelson certainly took coach Tom Cappel's advice early in Tuesday night's matchup against T.F. South.
Growing up in Lowell, Jacob Tucker always knew he wanted to wrestle for the hometown Red Devils. It's what most boys from the rural community want and dream about.
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