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By being No. 6, B.J. Futrell became one of four.
Being an All-American in track is becoming pretty commonplace for Robert Gardner.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Even David and his sling faced shorter odds.
Numbers alone don't tell the whole story of Zack Novak's importance to Michigan's basketball team.
LOCKPORT | The third time was the charm -- just as the first and second times had been.
SOUTH HOLLAND | This moment nearly didn't arrive.
LOCKPORT | This time, Bloom Township left no doubt.
A few local graduates recently made their presences known in Big Ten athletics, with two earning Player of the Week honors and another being tabbed as the Field Athlete of the Year for indoor track.
FLOSSMOOR | History repeated itself Friday night, so Thornwood's postseason stay became history as well.
FLOSSMOOR | Classes weren't in session Tuesday night, but Thornwood players picked up some valuable knowledge anyway.
One game into his collegiate baseball career, John Kravetz has already given himself a tough act to follow.
SOUTH HOLLAND | Thornwood made sure there was only enough room for one.
Rocky Hill's teenage years are long gone, but almost every day he experiences a time-stands-still moment while walking the halls at Thornridge.
TINLEY PARK | Johnte Shannon needed just one shot to turn frustration into elation Tuesday night.
A number of local graduates are occupying spots on Purdue's indoor track rosters this winter, and some of them produced strong showings at recent meets.
For a quarter-century, Steve Ruzich has given no quarter when it comes to preparing his South Suburban College baseball teams.
CRETE | LJ was suddenly OK, and as a result, so was Bloom Township on Friday night.
SOUTH HOLLAND | Wearing the favorite's tag in athletics can be a risky proposition -- just ask any members of the 1969 Baltimore Orioles or 1968 Baltimore Colts.
The awards keep coming for Brad Karp.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | This storm hit without warning.
HARVEY | Senior Night comes later. Tuesday was Sophomore Night at Thornton.
He did it on behalf of Michigan State, but Branden Dawson did not give a spartan performance.
CALUMET CITY | T.F. South's long nap is over.
CALUMET CITY | In the athletic world, bravado runs rampant.
CHICAGO | There was no cure for this type of cold.
A little down time did nothing to dull Katie Klyczek's game.
TINLEY PARK | The Boston Celtics aren't the only basketball team that relies heavily on contributions from Paul Pierce.
SOUTH HOLLAND | A little thing meant everything Tuesday night.
A little-school residence didn't mean Kyle Kovach couldn't accomplish big things in 2011.
LANSING | Call it a four-gettable quarter.
A double-digit win streak was forged with double-double assistance from Brad Karp.
LANSING | Before things went too sour, Illiana Christian put together a sweet 16 Friday night.
CRETE | The third overtime was the charm for Crete-Monee.
Celestra Warren is doing big things on a small stage.
SOUTH HOLLAND | Summer's long gone, but St. Francis de Sales still got stung Friday night.
LANSING | The T.F. South-T.F. North rivalry burns hot in most activities, but a few Meteors have splashed some cool water on one of them.
OLYMPIA FIELDS | The Big Three became a Fab Four on Tuesday night.
Kyle Whitaker helped Michigan leave its competition all wet.
LANSING | On a day filled with images of the past, Thornton Fractional South basketball players made sure the present wasn't completely ignored.
Artie Rogers would probably fail as a salesman in the retail world.
So far, Elias Larson has been as good as advertised.
(Last week's ranking in parentheses; games through Wednesday)
Megan Epperson went out in a manner befitting a team leader.
ALEX AUSTIN, Mount Carmel
Numbers supposedly don't lie, but in this case they don't tell the whole story, either.
(Last year's record in parentheses)
The Big Ten wrestling season is only two weeks old, but B.J. Futrell has already put his imprint on it.
CHICAGO | His great-uncle Dick was best known for the savage hits he applied to ball carriers who dared venture into his territory.
This junior's achievement was duly noted.
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