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CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Even David and his sling faced shorter odds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | This storm hit without warning.
HARVEY | Senior Night comes later. Tuesday was Sophomore Night at Thornton.
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.
TINLEY PARK | The Boston Celtics aren't the only basketball team that relies heavily on contributions from Paul Pierce.
LANSING | Call it a four-gettable quarter.
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.
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.
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.
(Last week's ranking in parentheses; games through Wednesday)
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)
CHICAGO | His great-uncle Dick was best known for the savage hits he applied to ball carriers who dared venture into his territory.
This "B" definitely stung.
Any football fan perusing a list of Butler University's 2011 statistical leaders won't find Billy Bork's name in any category.
BEECHER | Forgive Grant Nykaza if he's a little more self-centered this year. The same goes for Mike Polzin and Aaron Borgman.
BEECHER | Tired of not being on the guest list, Larissa Swanson and her Beecher teammates invited themselves to the year's biggest cross country event.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Slow and steady hasn't yet won the race, but it's helped Noah Brim place himself among the leaders several times this season.
CHICAGO | Those who thought Friday night's Class 8A playoff opener between Homewood-Flossmoor and Marist would be a nonstop scoring fest were half-right.
CALUMET CITY | Anyone scanning a list of finishers at the South Suburban Conference Blue girls cross country meet wouldn't have seen a T.F. North runner listed.
CALUMET CITY | The SSC Red champs were left red-faced by T.F. North on Friday night.
LANSING | Ask Alexa Beezhold to describe herself and you may hear the following:
SOUTH HOLLAND | If one is good, two are better.
CHICAGO | Four victories in four years is not the stuff off which dreams of football glory are created.
CHICAGO | Football may be America's favorite sport, but not too long ago, it was a completely foreign concept to Rashid Hedjizan.
FLOSSMOOR | Following in the footsteps of an accomplished parent can be a daunting task.
CALUMET CITY | Bremen players couldn't follow the bouncing ball Friday night.
FLOSSMOOR | Marian Catholic's 1-2 punch produced a 1-2 finish Wednesday afternoon.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The fireworks started earlier than scheduled Friday night.
CHICAGO | Brother Rice's first four foes this season were pretty much running on empty.
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