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HARVEY | When Thornridge junior basketball player Victor Trout made a bucket off a steal to tie T.F. South on Saturday, it appeared the Falcons were poised to take control of the game.
LANSING | Thornton Fractional South boys basketball coach John O'Rourke has seen his team start slow more often than he cares to remember this season.
CHICAGO | Marian Catholic senior Melanie Ransom said she adjusted quickly to joining the Spartans girls basketball squad this year.
BURBANK | When one digs a hole, sometimes it can't be filled back up.
CHICAGO | The Times No. 1 Marian Catholic's girls basketball team had a double-digit lead evaporate in a matter of minutes Saturday afternoon against host Mother McAuley.
SOUTH HOLLAND | Seton Academy's Alex Foster, with his mind made up, said Wednesday it was the right time to sign a letter of intent to play men's basketball at the University of Minnesota.
CRETE | Crete-Monee's Nyles Morgan may only be a junior, but the linebacker has already caught plenty of eyes of college coaches.
CRETE | Revenge might in fact be good served cold, but it is even better when it also comes at the last minute.
CHICAGO | Facing third down and 39 yards to go in Friday night's Class 8A playoff game against Bloom Township, Simeon seemed unlikely to convert.
VALPARAISO | Once Valparaiso's volleyball team solved the middle, they solved their entire match against Michigan City.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Marian Catholic boys soccer coach Nasser Shahtaji said the beautiful game can be cruel at times, too.
FLOSSMOOR | Homewood-Flossmoor quarterback Ron Johnson played Friday night as if he knew his opponent front and back, which he did.
RICHTON PARK | Like a freight train beginning a 48-minute trip, Crete-Monee's football team started Friday night's game against host Rich South slowly, but eventually could not be stopped.
STEGER | Bloom Township played its first half of football against Kankakee on Saturday as if it had the game already won.
OAK FOREST | When a football team loses as many fumbles as the amount of points they are able to put on the board, that team should expect to be in for a long game.
OAK LAWN | It wasn't anywhere near the final score Thornton Fractional North coach Artie Rogers was looking for, but he said Friday night's football game against Richards was a step in the right direction for the Meteor program.
CHICAGO | It was not expected to be much of a contest, and it wasn't.
GLEN ELLYN | Crete-Monee football coach Jerry Verde has always stressed the importance of a strong start to his football players.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Bloom Township's football team started well against Chicago Public League opponenet Phillips on Saturday afternoon, then carried that early momentum with varying degrees of success to a convincing 36-0 win at Bloom Trail High School.
CHICAGO | It doesn't take a mathematics genius or a brilliant football mind to know that when one scores nearly three points a play for the first half, the rest of the game is probably going to turn out just fine.
DOLTON | Thornton Fractional North quarterback Davion Sylvester did not complete many passes in Saturday's rainy game against Thornridge.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | It wasn't exactly a textbook performance by a team ranked tops among Class 6A clubs, but Crete-Monee made big plays down the stretch for what matters most -- a win.
CHICAGO | With a four-point lead heading into the second half of Saturday's season opening football game against St. Patrick, Mount Carmel coach Frank Lenti and his Caravan turned to the ground game, which in turn ground the Shamrocks to pulp.
CALUMET CITY | Artie Rogers saw too much of the type of uneven play Friday night that often ails teams in early-season encounters, and Thornton Fractional North's coach saw it in defeat.
HAMMOND | The football playbooks used Friday night under the lights at Morton High School were stripped down, basic, or as described on both side of the field, vanilla.
LANSING | Sports have certainly shaped Dyer resident Jaclene Bonnema's life, and in return, Bonnema's athletic talent helped shape the landscape of Illinois prep sports.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Eight seniors graduated from the 2011 team, so Marian Catholic softball coach Kerri Evans entered 2012 with the mindset that her Spartans would need to re-invent themselves.
BEECHER | Beecher junior Savannah Soppet keeps her busy daily schedule on a low-tech, big calendar that is kept for all to see in the Soppet house.
WHITING | The Northwest Indiana Oilmen provided the electricity at Oil City Stadium that Mother Nature thankfully kept away Saturday night.
OAK LAWN | With the end of another high school year barely in the past, it might seem odd to refer to the 2012 prep football season as being right around the corner.
JOLIET | Marian Catholic senior pitcher Ben Santori said that when he learned on Thursday that he would be the Spartans starting pitcher for the IHSA Class 3A state championship game, he was fine with the news.
NEW LENOX | Marian Catholic pitcher Brett Lilek is used to big decisions, both on the field and off.
NEW LENOX | Imagine what Marian Catholic pitcher Brett Lilek is like when he does have a good pre-start warmup.
TINLEY PARK | The last out of a baseball game is generally considered the toughest to get.
CHICAGO | As soon as the final shot fell into the court Tuesday night, Mount Carmel senior Bob Walsh ripped off his volleyball jersey, just as he told his teammates he would.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Tinley Park sophomore Maranda Stroz made it pretty clear Saturday afternoon why she is the Titans' designated player.
CHICAGO | Morton simply did not have the size, the power, nor the overall talent to compete with Mount Carmel's volleyball team Friday night.
BURBANK | Try as they did, Thornton Fractional South's softball team was unable to break Marist's pesky defense Wednesday afternoon, nor solve RedHawk pitcher Audra Hecker's off-speed pitches.
NEW LENOX | When Illiana Christian's boys volleyball team showed Lincoln-Way Central it could defend the middle early in Tuesday's playoff match, the Knights simply moved their base of attack outside.
Beecher distance runner Grant Nykaza knows what it feels like to be a champion. As a freshman and sophomore, Nykaza was part of Beecher's 3,200-meter relay team that won back-to-back Class 1A IHSA state championships.
NEW LENOX | Illiana Christian's boys volleyball team has been looking forward to tonight's match with Lincoln-Way Central for some time now.
LANSING | First-year Chicago Christian softball coach Kevin Pittman spoke from experience when he said one can throw out the records when the Knights and Illiana Christian face each other in any sport.
LANSING | On the boys volleyball court, Illiana Christian outside hitter Kyle Vander Zee is a quiet leader, not one to really blow his own horn.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | When Lincoln-Way North midfielder Jessica Bean drove a shot past Marian Catholic goalkeeper Sarah Sieracki less than five minutes into the play of Friday's Class 2A Marian Catholic Regional championship match, it was only a hint of what was in store for the Spartans.
BEECHER | When the Beecher softball team started the season by losing two of its first three games, Ladycats pitchers Savannah Soppet and Sarah Crews were not worried.
LANSING | In his 29 years as a high school badminton coach, T.F. South coach Bob Tengstrand has learned he can never be sure what to expect when it comes time for the IHSA state tournament.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Blooms Township made it look easy.
CHICAGO | Leaving too many runners stranded on base is an unaffordable luxury when facing the Providence baseball team.
HARVEY | Thornton senior Demetri Smith was matter-of-fact in his assessment of the Wildcats boys track team after they won the seven-team Thornton Track Classic Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
VALPARAISO | Valparaiso track coach Brett Polizotto said he knows his team manages to dominate its own annual relay, year after year.
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