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HARVEY | There were tears in the Thornwood locker room Wednesday night, Thunderbirds coach Paul Slavich reported.
PLAINFIELD | The box score sometimes hides the truth.
NEW LENOX | For a brief moment during the second quarter on Wednesday night, Lincoln-Way Central was giving Homewood-Flossmoor all it could handle. Three-pointers were dropping in from all angles for the Knights, and a seven-point deficit became a tie on Brad Bass's shot from the free-throw line.
PLAINFIELD | T.F. North came all the way back from a 14-point deficit to take the lead on Plainfield Central in front of a raucous group of Wildcats fans.
COUNTRY CLUB HILLS | It had the makings of an upset.
MIDLOTHIAN | Not that an exclamation point was needed for T.F. North's first quarter against Bremen on Thursday night, but Sadiq Salisu provided one anyway.
RIVER FOREST | Three times in as many years, Seton Academy's girls basketball team walked into the super-sectional — the last two at Concordia University — with hopes of a berth in the state semifinals at Illinois State.
HARVEY | It could have been more one-sided, but Troy Jackson is a nice guy.
FRANKFORT | It's a tall order trying to stop a team that shoots 76 percent from the field.
RICHTON PARK | There was method to Thornwood's end-game madness against Rich South on Tuesday night.
FRANKFORT | Do not for a minute regard Bloom Township's 14-14 record as a true indicator of the Blazing Trojans' potential.
NEW LENOX | It was a clinic.
JOLIET | It was not a surprise that Ashton Millender and Teniya Page rose to the occasion on Wednesday night, carrying second-ranked Marian Catholic to a victory over Joliet Catholic Academy and taking with it at least a share of the East Suburban Catholic Conference title.
DOLTON | Maybe it was the 6 p.m. start, a Thornridge tradition? Maybe it was the Falcons' defense? Maybe it was just a bad half?
COUNTRY CLUB HILLS | The defense was there for Homewood-Flossmoor on Saturday.
HARVEY | Thornton's boys basketball team wasn't about to make the same mistake twice.
TINLEY PARK | It was evident from the start that T.F. South was a more focused team Wednesday night against Tinley Park than it had been Monday at Rich East.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Marian Catholic proved that it's more than just Tyler Ulis in Tuesday night's 72-58 dissection of Richards.
PARK FOREST | Trailing by a point at the half, T.F. South boys basketball coach John O'Rourke was concerned.
CHICAGO | Mount Carmel coach Mike Flaherty knows the difference between one guard who can handle the ball and two. Caravan ran their winning streak t
LOMBARD | Mike Taylor meant it when he said of Stevenson's Jalen Brunson, "I'd pay to see him go play."
HARVEY | There's an explanation for the dimming lights in the area around Thornton Township High School at about 7:15 Friday night.
OAK FOREST | Coach Steve Breshock spent five hours Tuesday plowing snow from driveways.
JOLIET | Bloom Township answered Joliet Central's rally with a counter rally to escape the host's gym with a 67-60 boys basketball victory in the final game of the MLK Day of Hoops on Monday.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Some days, it’s your day.
BURBANK | Three points in the third quarter. Nearly nine minutes without a basket. One 3-pointer in 11 attempts.
CRETE | Compared to Friday's incandescent effort, Tyler Ulis was just relatively brilliant Saturday night.
CRETE | It wasn't all that pretty. At times, the winner wasn't really effective. But Times No. 3 Thornwood will take its 56-46 victory over no. 2 Mount Carmel on Saturday at the Crete-Monee Shootout, thank you very much.
SOUTH HOLLAND | When Thornridge threatened Thornwood's comfortable lead on Tuesday night, and threaten the Falcons did, cutting a 16-point deficit to eight with 5:37 to play, someone had to step up.
OAK LAWN | For all the back-and-forth in the second quarter in T.F. South's tangle with Richards on Friday night, Rebels coach John O'Rourke didn't like what he saw.
LANSING | The question as Rich East and Illiana Christian traded baskets and the lead back and forth Tuesday night was simple: Which team would break the other's form first?
DEKALB | There is no need to state the goal at Mount Carmel at the start of a football season.
DEKALB | The statistics were staggering.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Here is the problem with playing against Tyler Ulis: Stop one phase of his game, he goes to another. Stop that one, he goes to yet another. And so forth.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The moment that decided Times No. 4 Thornwood's visit to No. 1 Marian Catholic came early on Tuesday night.
Nothing says it’s the holiday season more for a Mount Carmel football player than a Thursday featuring tackling before turkey.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. | When an offense piles up yardage and touchdowns the way Mount Carmel does, the defense can be overlooked.
OAK LAWN | T.F. South girls basketball coach Steve Breshock remembers a time when his Rebels couldn't shoot straight.
DOWNERS GROVE | The rain pelted down and the wind prevented a precision passing game.
PEORIA | At Mount Carmel, running has generally been associated with crashing through the line and reaching the end zone.
PEORIA | To a man, Illiana Christian cross country runners prefer to consider the water bottle half-full.
CHICAGO | Matt Domer had to take a breath -- something he'd earned after rushing for 273 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries -- before considering the question.
Nick Fiene was there last year, awash in the vortex of the state high school cross country championship, a sophomore waiting for the crowd at Peoria’s Detweiller Park to quiet down, waiting for the gun.
BOLINGBROOK | The reality of the playoffs struck in the second quarter Saturday night, and it hit Bloom Township hard.
WEST CHICAGO | It was expected that Saturday’s Class 2A cross country sectional at Kress Creek Farms Park would come down to Illiana Christian and Yorkville.
FLOSSMOOR | Little changed Friday night from the first time Homewood-Flossmoor played, and played with, Sandburg this season.
Like most brothers, Tony and Nick Wondaal grew up playing against each other in most every sport that could fit into a backyard or playground.
MIDLOTHIAN | For Illiana Christian, the boys cross country tradition of dying their hair blond goes back to about 2000.
PALOS HILLS | Was there revenge involved in Thornton’s 6-1 romp over Romeoville in Wednesday’s boys 3A regional semifinal at Stagg?
Maggie Sloan isn’t planning to study alchemy in college. The T.F. South golfer already knows how to turn one element into another.
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