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In considering Ashtyn Kapovich’s four varsity softball seasons at T.F. South, Rebels coach Jamie Arundel had no problem arriving at a favorite tale.
BEECHER | One afternoon, you're playing in the Class 2A state third-place softball game.
BEECHER | In his 12 years as Beecher's softball coach, Kevin Hayhurst has been named Times Illinois Coach of the Year after four seasons, including this one.
NEW LENOX | There weren't a lot of frowns in Illiana Christian's post-game huddle Thursday, after the Vikings' season was ended in a with a 7-1 loss to Lemont in the Class 3A Lincoln-Way West Sectional semifinals.
Six seasons, six state championships, have come and gone since Beecher last reached the tournament's final weekend.
ROSEMONT | With her two-run double in the first inning of Beecher's 18-0 Class 2A Rosemont Stadium Super-Sectional win Monday over Westmont, Sarah Crews took over the Ladycats' team RBI lead.
Beecher softball coach Kevin Hayhurst expected to have a full scouting report on Westmont in his hands within a couple of hours of his team's 9-2 win Saturday over the hosts in the Reed-Custer Class 2A Sectional title game.
BRAIDWOOD | Whatever Kevin Hayhurst's words of wisdom were, they didn't register with Sarah Crews.
CHICAGO | Just 10 days earlier, Marian Catholic had beaten Marist and Redhawks left-hander Ryan Kairis 3-2 in an East Suburban Catholic Conference game.
BRAIDWOOD | Describing her team's approach at the plate, senior pitcher Sarah Crews sounded notes of patience.
BEECHER | If not for the home plate umpire's generosity, Taylor Johnson's first regional championship at-bat would have been exceedingly brief.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The message delivered — sternly — by Thornwood's coaches after a Class 4A Lincoln-Way North Regional play-in loss to Bloom Townwhip was one of effort and commitment.
BEECHER | A year ago, Beecher's top-seeded Ladycats encountered a third-seeded Wilmington squad in a regional title game and were eliminated from the postseason by a 3-2 count.
DOLTON | When they might have been running the open 400 meters at Thursday's Class 2A Thornridge Track & Field Sectional, Illiana Christian's Austin Gibson and Kevin Vroegh could be found, respectively, on a massage table and in the stands.
BEECHER | Befitting a team that took ownership of its mistakes, Cassidy Robertson popped up from the dirt between second and third and said, "My fault."
LANSING | There was a moment last fall, after T.F. South Booster Club President Rick Seymour and his band of volunteers demolished the old cyclone fence dugouts at the school's softball field, when their forward progress was halted.
BEECHER | Isabella Woolslayer knows her Beecher history.
LANSING | Despite being separated by just a few miles of Ridge Road, Munster and T.F. South were softball strangers until Saturday -- more or less.
DOLTON | To no one's surprise, Thornton, the defending state champion in the event, won the 400-meter relay Thursday en route to claiming the team title in the SouthWest Suburban Conference meet at Thornridge.
BEECHER | After two walks, an error and an infield hit off the glove of Sandburg's sprawling pitcher, Sydney Zupan authored what qualified as the big blow of Beecher's four-run first inning Wednesday with a slicing bloop of a base hit over the third baseman's head.
BEECHER | As soon as Taylor Johnson fouled off the 2-2 change-up, Sarah Crews, watching from the dugout, knew.
LANSING | They may be twins, but it's not that tough to tell Heather and Ashley Wiltjer apart.
CALUMET CITY | Playing a very good Eisenhower team on Wednesday, Thornton Fractional's co-op volleyball team hung around a bit longer than expected, then faded in a 25-21, 21-14 South Suburban Conference loss.
LANSING | Their game delayed by lightning and suspended by rain Tuesday, T.F. South and Lemont will attempt today to pick it up where they left off.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Illiana Christian's softball squad had a morning doubleheader on Saturday. The Vikings also had a 6:30 a.m. fundraiser first.
LANSING | As the remnants of a crowd estimated at 200 milled about, and T.F. South center fielder Bri Heintz posed for pictures with a boy and a bouquet at home plate, Rebels catcher Cori Reynolds took it all in.
Ousted Homewood-Flossmoor girls basketball coach Tony Smith has been cleared to resume coaching "anywhere," the Illinois High School Association announced Tuesday.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | By the end of her team's 8-6, Southland Athletic Conference win Tuesday at Bloom, Crete-Monee's Sarah Rizzo might have been shaking, but she wasn't shaken.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Throughout catcher Morgan Zimmerman's four-year varsity career at Bloom Township, she said, "We've always been an average team."
FLOSSMOOR | The animated way she addressed her team following its 8-3 loss Wednesday to Sandburg was born from Homewood-Flossmoor coach Katie Rice's frustration.
LANSING | A year ago, Sydney Harrison would have been stationed at first base, watching somebody else have all the fun.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | It was a night dedicated to the youngsters.
LANSING |Ashtyn Kapovich took the ACT Saturday morning, but do not accuse her of taking the cerebral approach with her to the softball field Saturday afternoon.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | A scheduling snafu left Marian Catholic and Illiana Christian without an umpire until 40 minutes after their scheduled start time Friday, but even that wait wasn't enough to cool off the Spartans' Allison Spence.
CRETE | Moments before her team's contest with Times No. 2 Crete-Monee started Thursday, Kankakee coach Deb Johnston walked in front of the visitors dugout and clapped her hands together once.
FLOSSMOOR | Gazing at the shiny new, wheelchair-accessible bleachers, press box and concession stand behind her team's backstop, protected by the new wind screens lining the outfield fence, Homewood-Flossmoor softball coach Katie Rice voiced a plan — or perhaps a hope.
CRETE | Sarah Crews has been playing varsity softball for four years at Beecher High School, and Monday against Illinois Lutheran she very nearly notched a first.
PALOS HEIGHTS | Allison Spence didn't mind doing it all Saturday for Times No. 3 Marian Catholic, throwing a shutout and driving in both runs in a 2-0 win over Stagg.
MUNSTER | Continuing their early-season trends, Homewood-Flossmoor was short-handed while Munster was sure-handed Wednesday at Community Park.
OAK LAWN | Six innings into her first varsity start, her bare arms turned pink from the wind and temperatures in the 40s, T.F. South's Sarah Kessler fired a fastball to Oak Lawn's Dana Greene.
Long before he was named Thornwood's boys basketball coach, Paul Slavich was himself a player at the South Holland school.
Sue Giannantonio is not looking for a farewell tour. The gifts she's received from coaching Crete-Monee softball over 28 seasons — she's entering No. 29, her last — have come, in abundance, from giving freely of her own passion and commitment to the game.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | If you're counting, with Tuesday's season-opening, 26-24, 15-25, 20-25 loss to Shepard, that's 18 in a row for Marian Catholic's boys volleyball team.
A year ago, Ashton Millender was a state champion, part of the Marian squad that captured the 4A crown over Rolling Meadows.
HARVEY | Malcolm Grady is not Homewood-Flossmoor's star, but the junior forward was hard to miss Wednesday in the sixth-seeded Vikings' 71-62 upset over No. 2 Thornwood in the Class 4A Thornton Sectional semifinals.
HARVEY | When Tyler Ulis left the game Tuesday after hitting a pair of free throws with 1:37 to play, the score was Bloom Township 40, Ulis 40.
PLAINFIELD | Tyler Ulis doesn't have many fond memories of the Plainfield Central gym.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Samson wouldn't have taken the risk.
After his team escaped Bloom Trail with a 67-62 overtime sectional title win Tuesday over Oak Lawn, Marian coach Dan Murray seemed especially pleased for forward Kauai Bradley.
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