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LOCKPORT | Marist's Christian Cunningham saw the ball coming his way, tilted his head just so, nodded at the proper instant — and watched his header that would have tied the Class 3A regional semifinal with T.F. United at 3-all midway through the second half carom off the crossbar.
The skies were filled to the brim with leaden clouds that occasionally brought forth showers Monday.
LOCKPORT | Golf is a delightful game that can send a player to the highest of highs.
Steven Massey has his golf geography correct.
MIDLOTHIAN | One down, two to go.
CRETE | Maggie Sloan didn’t quite know how to characterize her round after scoring a 9-over-par 80 at Lincoln Oaks Golf Course.
HAMMOND | It was the rarest of golf tournaments. There was scoring, but there were no losers.
Three years and two months ago, Michael Barber, a freshman still a few days from taking his first class, came to the first day of tryouts for the 2011 Beecher golf team.
LANSING | The key to Illiana Christian’s 2-1 upset victory over Marian Catholic on Monday afternoon was the first five minutes of the second half. No goals were scored, but the tone was set.
OAK FOREST | It wasn't a matter of Oak Forest outplaying T.F. North on Friday night.
CHICAGO | Mount Carmel's offense might be 3-1 if it was by itself. The problem for the offense is the Caravan defense, which has always been the strength of a Frank Lenti team.
CALUMET CITY | Thornton Fractional is starting to get used to success.
BRIDGEVIEW | St. Joseph Prep of Philadelphia may have arrived in the area seen only on video, but the Hawks held few secrets for Mount Carmel on Sunday at Toyota Park.
Illiana Christian has advanced to the boys golf sectional in Class 2A in five of the last six years.
Maggie Sloan still gets the surprised looks on the first tee.
CRETE | Homewood-Flossmoor’s Jack Mulligan was on his last hole, the third at Balmoral Woods, and in a greenside bunker in two.
BURBANK | St. Rita starting pitcher Mike Costanzo was up at 6 on Saturday morning.
BURBANK | “Defense wins games,” Jeremy Houston was saying. “You don’t have defense, you don’t win games.”
CHARLESTON | Four years and more of blood, sweat and toil came down to less than eight minutes of hard work Saturday morning for four runners from Illiana Christian.
CHARLESTON | The last hurdle can be the killer.
CHARLESTON | Thornton senior Cavion Clanton was gutted.
CHARLESTON | Illiana Christian's Kevin Vroegh ran his race.
Daylen Hubbard was right there, going hurdle-for-hurdle with Tifonte Hunt across 110 meters final at the Class 3A Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional. The two seniors were the latest example of the century-old rivalry between Bloom Township and Thornton, and the finish line was looming.
CHARLESTON | Brittany Thomas was not happy.
CHARLESTON | If Jayla Stewart sees Emma Spagnola again, it will either be in a nightmare or in college.
FLOSSMOOR | Daylen Hubbard of Bloom Township thought he'd won the 110-meter hurdle final in the Class 3A sectional, having buzzed over the hurdles at Homewood-Flossmoor as fast as he could.
With a team that has accumulated as much depth as Illiana Christian, it’s difficult to pin the leader tag on any one person.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | It came down to the little things for Crete-Monee en route to capturing the Southland Conference boys track title on Wednesday night.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Willie Cole called Crete-Monee's 1.5-point victory over Bloom Township to claim the Southland Athletic Conference girls track title on Wednesday the most gratifying of the 18 the Warriors have scored in his 21 years at the helm.
LANSING | For a generation, Illiana Christian has been known as a school that turns out distance runners on a steady basis. It's not quite the factory that York is, but for its size, Vikings running quickly for a mile or more have been a common sight in the spring.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | On a 47-degree day with a 14 mile-per-hour tailwind, a pitcher has to have control.
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.
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