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BLOOMINGTON | A long and storied rivalry returned with a flash Saturday.
SOUTH HOLLAND | It’s funny what can result when happenstance smiles on you.
NORMAL | The casual observer probably couldn't tell that Tyler Ulis's body wasn't 100 percent in Marian Catholic's supersectional game against Edwardsville on Tuesday night.
NORMAL – So close.
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.
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