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T.F. South's Ashtyn Kapovich is The Times Illinois Female Athlete of the Year

T.F. South's Ashtyn Kapovich is The Times Illinois Female Athlete of the Year

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.

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Beecher's Sarah Crews is Times softball player of the year

Beecher's Sarah Crews is Times softball player of the year

BEECHER | One afternoon, you're playing in the Class 2A state third-place softball game.

June 19, 2014 10:03 pm Photos

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Beecher's Kevin Hayhurst is Times softball coach of the year

Beecher's Kevin Hayhurst is Times softball coach of the year

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.

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Illiana baseball goes out on a positive note

Illiana baseball goes out on a positive note

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.

June 05, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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It's a different trip to state for Beecher

It's a different trip to state for Beecher

Six seasons, six state championships, have come and gone since Beecher last reached the tournament's final weekend.

June 05, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Ladycats burning up the path to state

Ladycats burning up the path to state

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.

June 02, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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Confident Beecher poised for next step

Confident Beecher poised for next step

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.

June 01, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Beecher rocks Reed-Custer for sectional crown

Beecher rocks Reed-Custer for sectional crown

BRAIDWOOD | Whatever Kevin Hayhurst's words of wisdom were, they didn't register with Sarah Crews.

May 31, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Marist, Kairis too much for Marian

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.

May 29, 2014 8:30 pm

Crews in control as Beecher tops Chicago Christian

BRAIDWOOD | Describing her team's approach at the plate, senior pitcher Sarah Crews sounded notes of patience.

May 28, 2014 9:00 pm
Johnson will be patient for favored Beecher

Johnson will be patient for favored Beecher

BEECHER | If not for the home plate umpire's generosity, Taylor Johnson's first regional championship at-bat would have been exceedingly brief.

May 27, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Tough pitching, exploiting errors puts Bloom past Thornwood

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.

May 26, 2014 9:59 pm
Beecher avenges softball loss, wins regional big

Beecher avenges softball loss, wins regional big

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.

May 24, 2014 6:00 pm

Super six lift Illiana to sectional title

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.

May 22, 2014 8:30 pm
Wilmington ousts Illiana Christian in eight innings

Wilmington ousts Illiana Christian in eight innings

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."

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Volunteers make gem of Rebels' diamond

Volunteers make gem of Rebels' diamond

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.

May 18, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Last hurrah for 3 Beecher seniors

Last hurrah for 3 Beecher seniors

BEECHER | Isabella Woolslayer knows her Beecher history.

May 17, 2014 7:00 pm

Munster routs T.F. South in softball

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.

May 17, 2014 5:00 pm

Thornton wins SWSC Red boys track title

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.

May 15, 2014 11:00 pm

Crews, Beecher have enough to hold off Sandburg

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.

May 07, 2014 8:15 pm

Johnson hammers out Beecher split with New Trier

BEECHER | As soon as Taylor Johnson fouled off the 2-2 change-up, Sarah Crews, watching from the dugout, knew.

May 03, 2014 5:00 pm
Wiltjer twins a pair of bright spots for Illiana

Wiltjer twins a pair of bright spots for Illiana

LANSING | They may be twins, but it's not that tough to tell Heather and Ashley Wiltjer apart.

May 02, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Improving Thornton Fractional no match for Ike

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.

April 30, 2014 8:45 pm

Rain halts Rebels' sloppy effort

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.

April 29, 2014 10:00 pm

Illiana has the breakfast of champions in softball

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Illiana Christian's softball squad had a morning doubleheader on Saturday.  The Vikings also had a 6:30 a.m. fundraiser first.

April 26, 2014 5:00 pm
Battle of Lansing goes to T.F. South

Battle of Lansing goes to T.F. South

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.

April 25, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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IHSA: H-F investigation closed, Smith cleared to coach in state

Ousted Homewood-Flossmoor girls basketball coach Tony Smith has been cleared to resume coaching "anywhere," the Illinois High School Association announced Tuesday.

April 22, 2014 11:00 pm

Warriors hang on to beat Bloom

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.

April 22, 2014 11:00 pm

Freshman show Bloom way to win over Rich South

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Throughout catcher Morgan Zimmerman's four-year varsity career at Bloom Township, she said, "We've always been an average team."

April 17, 2014 9:00 pm

H-F will have to wait longer to win again

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.

April 16, 2014 8:30 pm
Rebels revolve, evolve on 'D'

Rebels revolve, evolve on 'D'

LANSING | A year ago, Sydney Harrison would have been stationed at first base, watching somebody else have all the fun.

April 16, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Marian, growing up fast, tops H-F

Marian, growing up fast, tops H-F

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | It was a night dedicated to the youngsters.

April 15, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Rebels are thoughtless winners over Lincoln-Way North

Rebels are thoughtless winners over Lincoln-Way North

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.

April 12, 2014 6:00 pm

Marian, Spence, too much for Illiana

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.

April 11, 2014 7:00 pm

Crete-Monee drops key Southland game to Kankakee

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.

April 10, 2014 11:00 pm

Diamond shines, H-F doesn't in loss to Oak Forest

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.

April 09, 2014 7:30 pm
Beecher keeps rolling on the River (Valley)

Beecher keeps rolling on the River (Valley)

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.

April 07, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Spence leads Marian to win over Stagg

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.

April 05, 2014 5:00 pm
Munster handles H-F in five innings

Munster handles H-F in five innings

MUNSTER | Continuing their early-season trends, Homewood-Flossmoor was short-handed while Munster was sure-handed Wednesday at Community Park.

April 02, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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T.F. South's Kessler picks up her first varsity win

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.

April 01, 2014 11:00 pm
The Times Illinois Boys Basketball Coach of the Year: Thornwood's Paul Slavich

The Times Illinois Boys Basketball Coach of the Year: Thornwood's Paul Slavich

Long before he was named Thornwood's boys basketball coach, Paul Slavich was himself a player at the South Holland school.

March 29, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Scouting Local Illiinos Softball Teams

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March 26, 2014 7:00 pm
One more campaign for 'Warrior, through and through'

One more campaign for 'Warrior, through and through'

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.

March 26, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Results same, but attitude different for Marian boys volleyball

Results same, but attitude different for Marian boys volleyball

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.

March 25, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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H-F rides upset streak into sectional title game

H-F rides upset streak into sectional title game

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.

March 12, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Bloom no match for Ulis, Marian

Bloom no match for Ulis, Marian

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.

March 11, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Marian marches on; T.F. South eliminated in Plainfield Central Regional semis

Marian marches on; T.F. South eliminated in Plainfield Central Regional semis

PLAINFIELD | Tyler Ulis doesn't have many fond memories of the Plainfield Central gym.

March 04, 2014 9:45 pm Photos

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Crete-Monee trims Lincoln-Way East, 71-55

Crete-Monee trims Lincoln-Way East, 71-55

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Samson wouldn't have taken the risk.

March 03, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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Marian, Edwardsville match pedigrees, depth

Marian, Edwardsville match pedigrees, depth

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.

March 01, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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