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FLOSSMOOR| With Maine South breathing down its neck, the Homewood-Flossmoor wrestling team knew it would need to finish strong in order to hold off the Hawks.
FRANKFORT | Thornton Fractional South senior Paul Pierce had been playing suffocating on-ball defense against Lincoln-Way Central, but the captain's two biggest plays Monday may have come when he left his man open.
PARK FOREST | Bloom Township head coach Jasper Williams knows an undefeated team can't stay the course for long if it can't crack the 50 percent mark from the charity stripe.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Just when it look as though undefeated Marist would pull away and cruise to victory, the Marian Catholic girls basketball team showed that it had one more comeback left.
Truth be told, Homewood-Flossmoor's Michelle Mayer had to deal with more disappointment her senior season than she would have liked.
The first time Marian Catholic coach Kerri Evans saw Becca Gray pitch was the first day of softball tryouts in March of 2008.
Entering the 2011 season, the Homewood-Flossmoor softball program had not won a regional title since 2004.
JOLIET | The Mount Carmel baseball players left the field Saturday afternoon with a feeling of deja vu, and it was a feeling they could have done without.
JOLIET | Mount Carmel had played 41 baseball games entering its Class 4A state semifinal contest Friday against Lyons Twp., and each time the Caravan had tallied at least a pair of runs.
T.F. South senior Sophie Kessler will be among some of the state's best softball players taking the diamond Sunday in East Peoria.
CHICAGO | With 17 juniors on the Mount Carmel baseball roster, and as many sophomores as seniors, there is certainly no denying that the team is a young one.
The first time Jeneva McCall saw the hammer throw in competition was as a high school freshman at the Virginia state track meet at James Madison University.
CHICAGO| Last week, Mount Carmel sophomore Jerry Houston delivered a seventh-inning single to lift the Caravan to a 3-2 win over Oak Park-River Forest
Mount Carmel High School is synonymous with sports excellence.
LOCKPORT | Homewood-Flossmoor pitcher Sarah Burke played with fire for five innings at Thursday's Class 4A Lockport Sectional semifinal against Andrew.
FLOSSMOOR | Homewood-Flossmoor pitcher Sarah Burke mowed through top competition this spring with the poise of a grizzled veteran.
NORMAL | The Homewood-Flossmoor girls soccer team felt it was the better team on the pitch in Tuesday's class 3A Normal Community Supersectional against Granite City.
At first glance, it appears the Homewood-Flossmoor's Ali Farkos has one of the toughest jobs on the soccer pitch.
NEW LENOX | The last time the Marian Catholic softball team saw Lockport pitcher Taylor Weissenhofer, the southpaw shut down the Spartans for six innings.
CHICAGO | When Homewood-Flossmoor junior Ali Farkos found the back of the net with 12:41 left on the clock Friday night, the Vikings' bench erupted, with the cheers being led by head coach Charlie Ward.
NEW LENOX | Two teams had to deal with frigid temperatures in Thursday's Class 2A Lincoln-Way West Sectional semifinal, but, for the most part, only one team had to deal with the wind.
Beecher senior Skyler Woods insists there is nothing special in her town's water.
NEW LENOX | Having clinched the East Suburban Catholic Conference title last Friday, and with a potential big matchup in the regional final on Saturday, Marian Catholic knew it had to avoid the trap game Tuesday.
CALUMET CITY | The T.F. North baseball team was planning to play small ball Monday afternoon.
Two years ago, everything on Illiana Christian's Leah Van Drunen seemed to be breaking.
BEECHER | Technically speaking, this was an upset.
LANSING | The T.F. South baseball team has struggled over the last couple of weeks.
SOUTH HOLLAND | When members of Illiana Christian's soccer team were running sprints back in February, it was to prepare them for days like Friday.
LANSING | Down six runs before even getting a chance to bat, Illiana Christian knew it would have to chip away at Glenbard South's lead Wednesday.
You couldn't blame Homewood-Flossmoor junior Rebecca Mathews if she was feeling a little bit of déjà vu right now.
SOUTH HOLLAND | Illiana Christian girls soccer coach A.J. Turkstra admitted before Tuesday's Class 2A Illiana Christian Regional semifinal that he didn't know what to expect from No. 4-seeded Brooks.
FLOSSMOOR | Returning to the Class 3A Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional after a 24-hour layoff didn't bother Vikings standout Abie Ehimwenman.
Back in the days of Alex Lagesse and Ashley and Jalyn Shearer, Beecher softball was a pitching powerhouse.
FLOSSMOOR | For anyone who has been paying attention to the weather in the last two months, this news won't come as a surprise.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS| On Monday, Times No. 1 Marian Catholic rallied in the seventh inning to pick up a road win over East Suburban Catholic Conference rival Marist.
BEECHER | Tuesday afternoon's contest between Beecher and Homewood-Flossmoor had the potential to be a duel between two of the area's top three teams.
LANSING| Through the first three innings of Monday's district baseball game, passers-by may have thought T.F. North and T.F. South had traded uniforms.
After finishing fourth in the state last year, expectations were as high as they have ever been for the Homewood-Flossmoor girls water polo team heading into this season.
LANSING | Much was at stake in Friday's conference softball showdown between T.F. South and Lemont.
Last year did not end on the high note Gary Ford had been seeking.
LANSING | Two days after pounding out 14 runs in a win over Elmwood Park, Illiana Christian changed the script on Thursday.
Coaching carousels don't usually bode well for teams at any level, let alone high school.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | As Tayler Whittler came from behind Wednesday night, so too did her Crete-Monee team.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Facing its toughest test of the season on Tuesday, Marian Catholic did not get off to the start it was looking for against Oak Forest.
LANSING | It took the T.F. South bats a while to warm up Monday evening, but when they finally did, they did so in a big way.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Saturday was a great day to play two.
LANSING | T.F. South Kevin Hallberg was excited to finally play some baseball Friday.
In 2007, the Beecher girls softball team won the Class A high school state championship.
Marian Catholic senior Rachel Glenn is undoubtedly one of the most important players on the softball field for the Spartans.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS| Make it a Lansing sweep for the Marian Catholic baseball team.
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