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When T.F. North bowling coach Matthew Pettiti set his varsity roster for last Saturday's Rich East Invitational at Lakewood Bowl, he included freshmen bowlers Capri Howard and Candice Redman.
CALUMET CITY | T.F. North coach Chris Pruitt wants senior Chanel Howard to play more of a leadership role on a young Meteor team. If Tuesday night's win against Evergreen Park was any indicator, Howard may be moving in the right direction.
RICHTON PARK | Saturday's Rich East Invitational may have been the first major bowling meet of their varsity careers, but T.F. North freshmen Capri Howard and Candice Redman looked more like seasoned seniors.
CRETE | If the opening game of the Southland Athletic Conference schedule is anything like the rest of Crete-Monee's 2013-2014 season, it's going to be quite the roller-coaster ride for the Warriors.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Anika Johnson may be one of eight sophomores on the Bloom Township girls basketball roster, but Johnson and her teammates aren't making any excuses for a 2-3 start to the 2013 campaign.
SOUTH HOLLAND | When the Seton Academy girls basketball team has success, it's usually because of the team's defense.
When Emmanuel Barjebo and Thornton Township started the 2013 season, the team didn't set any type of lofty goals such as winning this title or winning that super-sectional. Instead, Barjebo insists that the team simply wanted to get better.
VALPARAISO | Eighty-five-year-old Tom Magill of Chesterton wasn't about to let a little cold stop him from competing in the 11th annual Valparaiso Turkey Trot.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Homewood-Flossmoor coach James McLaughlin has a young team, but he has to be proud of what he saw from it Wednesday night.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Marian Catholic's Tyler Ulis usually has too much energy heading into a new season, and he has to make an effort to contain the adrenaline.
RICHTON PARK | Bloom Township coach Ron Newquist knew his team would have to play big Saturday afternoon against a larger Hillcrest middle.
BEECHER | Beecher's Sam Pilbeam didn't look nervous in crunch time Friday night, but the sophomore guard said there were plenty of nerves under the surface.
FLOSSMOOR | With Illinois' new defensive hand check rule, it's going to be slow going for plenty of high school teams early in the high school basketball season.
FLOSSMOOR | Homewood-Flossmoor coach Craig Buzea wasn't about to play the blame game after the Vikings' tough, season-ending loss to Naperville Central.
TINLEY PARK | If the Wildcats had to lose, this was the way they wanted to do it.
NEW LENOX | Illiana Christian's Sydnee VanBeek has no doubts that her team played with everything it had, but the Vikings' best came up just a bit short Thursday night.
TINLEY PARK | Thornton Co-op sophomore Ricardo Estrada wasn't going to let this game be the end of the line for the Wildcats.
PALOS HILLS | The wind played a major factor in Saturday's Class 3A Stagg Regional championsihp, and Thornton Co-op was able to use it more effectively when given its first-half chances.
CALUMET CITY | A loss wasn't the way T.F. North's Nikita Smith wanted to end his high school career, but the Meteors senior can move on knowing he left it all on the field.
CHICAGO | With Mount Carmel running back Matt Domer nursing an injury and resting up for the start of the playoffs, Jaquan Buntyn made the most of his chances in the backfield Friday for the Caravan.
NEW LENOX | It wasn't the way the Vikings wanted the game to end, but this game's end had to be reached at some point.
PALOS HILLS | As of late, Thornton Fractional senior Ray Kobus had uncharacteristically been struggling with his shots on goal.
HARVEY | Thornton Township's Emmanuel Barjebo is as selfless as soccer players come, and perhaps this admirable trait is the result of a tough road taken to the soccer fields of South Chicago.
PALOS HEIGHTS | With a team stocked full of juniors, the future of Beecher soccer looks promising.
CRETE | If the Crete-Monee offense was looking for a little more balance, the Warriors seem to have found it.
PALOS HEIGHTS | Beecher freshman Gabe Fonseca is going to have a tough time topping the first playoff game of his career.
FLOSSMOOR | T.F. South's Maggie Sloan had to play an extra hole to decide whether or not she would qualify for this weekend's state finals, and the extra pressure that was involved wasn't going to get the best of her.
As Illinois Lutheran's Evan Henschel entered his final year of high school, his soccer game has been given a boost by the confidence that comes with the tag of being called a "senior."
MERRILLVILLE | Never a team to be satisfied, the Crown Point boys soccer team is still trying to work and still trying to get better even in sectional play.
BOONE GROVE | Boone Grove boys soccer coach Brian Sherwin wanted his team to control the rush that would come in the first 10 minutes of the Wolves' sectional championship match against Hebron.
After two years of taking a couple practice swings like most golfers before his shot, Marian Catholic's Mike Millsaps realized that part of a golfer's game just wasn't the way it worked for him.
LANSING | At times, T.F. South did a good job of containing Tinley Park running back Preston Thompson.
CALUMET CITY | It may be too late for Thornton Fractional to win a South Suburban Blue Conference title, but it still isn't taking any games lightly.
MERRILLVILLE | Crown Point's Scott Garcia found the opportune time to record his second goal of the season.
CRETE | Homewood-Flossmoor's Jack Mulligan left a few shots out on the course Tuesday morning, but it didn't stop him from bettering his opponents on this day.
RICHTON PARK | All three phases of the game had plenty to go home proud about after this Bloom Township win.
KANKAKEE | Crete-Monee's Elijah Douglas is just going to consider this the Warriors homecoming.
If last year was a rebuilding year for the Thornton Fractional boys soccer team, Ray Kobus' idea of rebuilding took on a whole new meaning during the season.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Bloom Township coach Kelly Gutierrez is happy with what she's seeing out of her team at this point in the season.
STEGER | After a solid game by the Bloom Township defense, a late fumble by the offense was too to overcome.
MIDLOTHIAN | T.F. South quarterback Cody Petrich wasn't about to point fingers, and he put any blame for a Rebels loss squarely on his own shoulders.
CALUMET CITY | If the T.F. United are going to claim any share of the South Suburban Conference title, they are going to have to play perfect soccer the rest of the season.
BRIDGEVIEW | Illinois Lutheran's Justin Schmidtke understood the importance of a boys soccer win over Beecher, and he didn't mind the big stage this match happened to be on.
LANSING | For Illiana Christian's Alexa Beezhold, life in first place can sometimes be tough running out in front and all alone.
CALUMET CITY | T.F. North had to shuffle some starters on offense Friday night, and the Meteors were unable to get the big play and finish when they needed it.
Bloom Township senior Justus Brantley and his father Thomas break down plenty of game tape. The viewing sessions don't always include recent footage.
FLOSSMOOR | It didn't take long before Homewood-Flossmoor coach Chris Reid knew that the teams were going to have to call this one.
HIGHLAND | Crown Point's Dominic Peretin felt good Saturday afternoon, because he helped the Times No. 2 Bulldogs win the 38th annual Highland Doubles Tournament.
CRETE | It wasn't pretty, but Crete-Monee sure will take it.
BEECHER | Beecher midfielder Jackson Strick knew that losing to Grant Park again was not an option.
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