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It was a very successful year for our teams in 2012-2013.
JOLIET | Amid the bedlam, backslapping, hugging and smiling faces, Mount Carmel senior Jason Gasser stood at the pitcher's mound and soaked up the moment.
JOLIET | The look of a champion is not something you can see in the Mount Carmel baseball team's eyes, but you can see it in its actions.
Mount Carmel baseball coach Brian Hurry gathered his team in left field at Reavis' Ron Czarnecki Field after it beat St. Rita to win the Class 4A Reavis Sectional and told them a story.
So who will be Crete-Monee's next athletic director?
The question has been asked many times: "Has the sport gone out of sportsmanship?"
It appears to be the perfect private-public partnership.
It has been a different and rough road for former Crete-Monee football player Matt Finnin.
T.J. Laurisch doesn't try to think about what if.
Tim Zasada has been breaking down DVDs for two weeks.
What have we learned from the incidents that occurred during and after the Class 2A boys state championship game?
Former Crete-Monee boys basketball star Michael Orris doesn't expect a long, dragged-out recruitment.
SOUTH HOLLAND | Mark Anderson and Gary Lagesse stood on the softball field at Thornwood on Tuesday while the Thunderbirds worked on their baserunning techniques.
The Marian Catholic boys basketball team enjoyed one heckuva ride this season.
The message was played on the video board at Peoria's Carver Arena throughout the weekend.
PEORIA | All year Seton Academy has won the close ones.
HARVEY | You knew the ride would eventually end for Bloom Township boys basketball coach Jasper Williams and assistant coach Pete McGuire.
Seton Academy boys basketball coach Brandon Thomas got a phone call Thursday morning from D.J. Cooper.
NORMAL | At Marian Catholic, it will be known as "The Shot."
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | When Marian Catholic beat Marist for the Mother McAuley Sectional championship, Spartans coach Annie Byrne was not among those celebrating and hugging her players.
To some, they will remember the late Phil Henderson dunking over Georgetown's Alonzo Mourning in a 1989 NCAA Regional final in East Rutherford, N.J.
LANSING | You could see the frustration on the faces of T.F. South boys basketball coach John O'Rourke and his assistant Rich Tarbunas after the Rebels fell 62-48 to Hillcrest on Friday night.
When I first heard the news Tuesday while listening to the Mike McConnell Show on WGN radio, I did a double take.
CALUMET CITY | The backdrop was a high school basketball game and it was as great of a place as any to get a message across to teens and adults alike.
Beecher boys basketball coach Tony Waznonis couldn't wait to get back on the sidelines this week.
Not only did Crete-Monee act quickly, but it got the right guy for the football job in John Konecki.
CALUMET CITY | T.F. North boys basketball coach Tim Bankston didn't have to say much to his team after Friday's 68-47 loss to Hillcrest.
Just how much security is too much or too little?
CALUMET CITY | Tim Bankston may be like the parent who maybe lets his child learn a lesson on their own.
Amidst all the tweets and just plain old gossip, Crete-Monee football star Laquon Treadwell will make his announcement at 5 p.m. today as to where he will play his college football.
Mirko Jurkovic was not only about what is right with athletics and the role it plays in life, but what is good in general.
His career has taken him across the sea and now back to the east side of Chicago.
LANSING | Tiffany Stokes' basketball career took her from Lynwood and T.F. South High School in Lansing to the wheat fields of Kansas, then to the Bronx.
In the end, there was no upset, but the Northern Illinois football team upset the status quo by making an appearance in the Orange Bowl.
It is not playing at a movie theater near you, but it is one of the greatest stages for holiday tournament basketball.
The Crete-Monee football program reached the top of the mountain this year by winning the Class 6A state title.
Tim Bankston said last week would be more than a test for his T.F. North boys basketball team.
You wonder what direction the St. Francis de sales athletic program is going in.
Rick Majerus is being remembered for his humor and one-liners, but the former Marquette, Ball State, Utah and Saint Louis University men's basketball coach was more than what people saw or heard in a 30-second video clip.
CALUMET CITY | In the T.F. North boys basketball team's 65-33 win over Evergreen Park on Friday, the Meteors showed they learned from last year's disappointing season.
Both Crete-Monee and Mount Carmel high schools capped off great seasons with state championships.
CHAMPAIGN | There is a fine line between confidence and being cocky.
Jerry Verde is not auditioning to be in a video for a Billy Joel tune.
When you look at Saturday's Class 6A semifinal football matchup between Crete-Monee and Lemont, you see a great matchup.
Richard Blievernicht may just throw on his old letterman's sweater -- the one that reads: "K.V.C. Champs" -- when he goes to Saturday's Class 6A quarterfinal football game at Crete-Monee High School.
They've waited almost 365 days for this game and it is here.
Beecher senior runner Grant Nykaza doesn't mind being the favorite.
It would have been nice to have Dave Mattio at least go out with a winning record and maybe one playoff game.
Who will be the surprise of the postseason as we start the IHSA football playoffs tonight?
ESPN's "30 for 30" series debuts "Benji" on Tuesday which looks back at the murder of Simeon basketball star Ben Wilson in November of 1984.
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