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A change early in the year made a big difference for the T.F. South girls volleyball team.
Maybe it was a "here we go again" scenario last week when the Homewood-Flossmoor football team fell behind 14-0 early to Bolingbrook.
Just when you think you've seen it all, Crete-Monee and District 201 provide you with an I-can-top-that moment.
A few years ago, when the Bloom Township football program wasn't winning on a consistent basis, I asked coach Tony Palombi what happens if his team gets over .500 and makes it to the playoffs?
The first four weeks have been anything but status quo in the prep football season.
Former NFL player and Thornridge grad Reggie Hayward didn't hide his displeasure in a phone conversation Thursday morning.
It's hard to believe that one-third of the football season will be done after this weekend, weather permitting.
Unfortunately, the numbers are not there and may never be for the St. Francis de Sales football program.
Fans are counting down the hours and minutes, and hoping for better weather than last year's first scheduled day of season openers.
While next weekend is an early enough start for the prep football regular season to start, there is nothing wrong with a controlled scrimmage against another opponent that could be taking place tonight or Saturday.
Circle Sept. 5 on your calendar.
As the final days of summer wind down, people are talking about the upcoming football season, which gets underway with Monday's first official practice.
Somehow, you almost expect him to be waiting for everyone at the 19th hole with a cold drink in hand and asking you how you putted.
DOLTON | What many think is a most difficult task doesn't phase new Thornridge football coach Pat Jennings.
A.J. Price knows college scouts will be in the crowd at Tucci Stadium on Saturday night at the 40th annual Illinois High School Shrine Game on the Illinois Wesleyan University campus.
Liz Metcalfe said she was a little nervous when her Illiana Christian girls basketball team took the floor at the Shepard summer league.
Will the kitchen sink be thrown in next?
It's time to take a break, bring out the fishing poles, relax and reminisce about the 2013-14 prep season.
After 35 years of teaching and coaching, Sue Giannantonio doesn't know what her plans are for retirement.
Evan Falk has "DP" engraved on the heel of his mitt.
A few months ago, not a lot of people expected the Illiana Christian baseball team to be playing for a regional title.
He started out as a Rebel and is finishing as a Meteor.
If you had the pleasure to know Curt Ehrenstrom, you walked away feeling as if you knew him your whole life.
When former Bloom Township softball coach Mark Anderson took over as Thornwood's coach last year, many told him he was out of his mind.
Kevin Wolfe made it clear that when he was brought back after a one-year exile, he would be the boys basketball coach and not the director of basketball operations at St. Francis de Sales.
The Illinois High School concluded its investigation of the Homewood-Flossmoor athletic program Tuesday and reinstated girls basketball coach Anthony Smith. Smith is eligible to coach at any IHSA member high school immediately.
Eugene Goers walked with pride, cane in his right hand and his granddaughter Sarah Goers holding his left arm.
This is not a scene from Shakespeare's Hamlet.
CHICAGO | You look at the names of those who played in the McDonald's All-American Games, both boys and girls and you see a lot of names who either are in the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments or are stars in the NBA.
What is next for Illiana Christian athletics?
Will Illiana Christian High School athletics start a new tradition and move from March Madness to Hoosier Hysteria?
NORMAL | Terrone Parham just had the game of his life.
HARVEY | The Homewood-Flossmoor boys basketball team had one more ounce of fight left in it Friday night in the Class 4A Thornton Sectional final.
As we look back at the 2013-14 girls basketball season, it was a little different, to say the least.
HARVEY | Tyler Ulis has done just about everything to take over a game in the fourth quarter and swing it in favor of Marian Catholic.
NEW LENOX | A packed gym, with both sides screaming to the hilt and it coming down to the final seconds.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The first official day of girls basketball practice saw the defending Class 4A state girls basketball champion Marian Catholic Spartans carrying a binder into practice.
Have you seen the commercial about where Leroy falls out of his deer stand and someone asks what happened?
What might have been the beginning of a run to a Class 4A state title was an empty gym with empty seats that the Homewood-Flossmoor girls basketball team would have occupied for their scheduled Class 4A T.F. North Regional.
SOUTH HOLLAND | Maybe the guy who is most impressed with how the Thornwood boys basketball team has performed without its star is the star.
It's hard to believe we are in the middle of February and the start of the proverbial second season starts Monday for Class 3A and 4A girls basketball programs.
In an era where a lot of kids expect everything and think all is owed to them, Mount Carmel senior lineman Steve Dumezich is a breath of fresh air.
Dennis Kelly is more excited about tonight's Marist at Marian Catholic boys basketball game than he is about the big pre-game ceremony.
The losses do not bother T.F. North boys basketball coach Tim Bankston as much as how his team has lost.
You want to see a walking example of frustration, you need not look further than Bloom Township girls basketball coach Ron Newquist and his team.
You will get two days of good basketball and entertainment with a chance to pitch in for a good cause.
LANSING | Perhaps the only selfishness on the T.F. South girls basketball team is when coach Steve Breshock brings out the two big boxes of doughnuts from a local bakery.
You would have to say your stocking was stuffed with some good basketball with all the holiday tournaments.
Two different scenarios, two different coaches, two different parts of the state.
The best gift card you might give someone is a day pass to the McDipper XLI basketball tournament, which begins Thursday at Rich South High School.
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