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LANSING | You lose to your big rival in overtime and you are assured of not making the playoffs for just the third time in the last 18 years.
CALUMET CITY | He is playing out of position, but you would never know it from talking with him.
The Big Blue Machine is firing like an old Detroit 8-cylinder from the 1960s.
LANSING | The T.F. South football team knows its back is to the wall and the Rebels won't give up.
Four games does not a season make, but if you win those four games and you are the Thornwood football team, it is a pretty good start.
CHICAGO | Mount Carmel showed what it is capable of on Friday night.
Tom Cappel said he is happy to be back as a prep coach.
PALOS HILLS | The T.F. North football team looked pretty good at times in Friday's season-opening 20-7 win over Stagg.
Maybe the toughest thing about the Crete-Monee High School football field not being ready for its home opener Aug. 26 is the players are losing more than a home game.
There is no past or tradition for Missy Mitidiero to fall back on.
Beecher resident Yoko Griffin knows which soccer team she will be rooting for Sunday in the FIFA Women's World Cup Championship between the United States and Japan.
Malik Norman is soaking up more than the sun at Eureka College.
Kevin Spudic would like to see Illinois' state football finals in the Chicago area.
JOLIET | The debate has gone on for several years as to whether the Illinois High School Association should do away with the third-place game in the state series in various sports.
JOLIET | John Kravetz was pumped ever since the last out was recorded Monday night in Mount Carmel's Class 4A Crestwood Supersectional win over Lincoln-Way East at Standard Bank Stadium.
CHICAGO | The intensity is there, but you can't tell by looking at their faces.
CRESTWOOD | You know that Frank Kiszka, Tony Morsovillo and Steven Bajenski were up in heaven high-fiving each other.
Keisha Collins figured she would become a coach when she was finished playing college basketball.
You ever wonder what it would be like to be named after someone famous?
Some of them may have graduated 60 years ago or more and since moved out of Harvey or Riverdale, but in some ways they never really left.
Sometimes you wonder if you read something the right way.
So who is Thornridge's new football coach?
HARVEY | Former Thornton and Northern Illinois football star Jermaine Hampton would like to see the NFL lockout end soon.
It was like a bad replay for Crete-Monee boys basketball player Greg Mays.
To say the least, it's been quite a week for Marian Catholic grad Kaila Turner and the Notre Dame women's basketball team.
Crete-Monee's Jamee Crockett is looking forward to one more prep basketball game.
Marian Catholic softball coach Kerri Evans said one of her players, who had never been on an airplane until Friday, asked if she could talk on the flight to Florida.
Crete-Monee has enjoyed success in boys basketball in the past and had a nice run the last few years. But if the program is to be a south suburban and state power, this year will be the year remembered as the one that put the Warriors on the map.
This will be south suburban basketball at its best.
It was like Rocky Hill had a date with destiny several years ago, only he didn't know it.
The Marian Catholic girls basketball team is playing with a lot of confidence, but don't mistake it for cockiness.
They could meet again next Friday with just a bit more at stake.
They have flown under the radar.
LANSING | Sometimes a true test of character comes when everything is going wrong and it seems like you are at rock bottom.
CALUMET CITY | The story line repeats itself and I don't mean the one of how poor T.F. North lost everyone and it was going to be a long year.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | You beat the No. 7 and No. 4 teams in Class 4A in a span of four days and win the East Suburban Catholic Confercne title.
You'll get two for one tonight at Marian Catholic.
CALUMET CITY | Rick Runaas said he would have liked to have played in T.F. North's old gym.
Wednesday's weather conditions provided some interesting scenarios as to how local athletes got in touch with their future colleges.
RICHTON PARK | Everybody seems to be contributing in one way or another for the Crete-Monee boys basketball team this season.
CALUMET CITY | This was supposed to be the year T.F. South would finally get District 215 rival T.F. North in girls basketball.
CRETE | The Crete-Monee boys basketball players called Friday's 56-45 win over Bloom Township a "must-win" game.
With defending Class 3A boys basketball champions coming to Times No. 4 T.F. North for a 6 p.m. showdown today, T.F. North coach Tim Bankston knows his team will be up.
RICHTON PARK | They haven't blown out too many teams. In fact, most of the Bloom Twp. boys basketball teams wins are close ones.
Jim O'Boye doesn't hide the fact he loves prep sports and it shows.
LANSING | If T.F. South girls basketball coach Steve Breshock isn't running out of patience, he should be.
Mount Carmel baseball coach Brian Hurry could not have put it any better.
RICHTON PARK | Melvin Buckley Jr. has proven the golden arches are just that.
Corey Ankum had a smile which could lift someone up even on the roughest of days.
CRETE | When you have a team as talented as the Crete-Monee boys basketball team, you often think of the cliche': "Are there enough basketballs to go around?"
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