River Forest tabbed Joe O’Connell as the school's next football coach, selected by the River Forest Board of School Trustees.

O'Connell, a 1999 Lowell grad, has been the offensive coordinator at Merrillville under both Brad Seiss and Zac Wells.

“We are excited to get an educator and a coach with Joe’s extensive experience," Athletic Director Andy Wielgus said in a release late Tuesday night.

O’Connell replaces Austen Robison who coached the Ingots the last three years.


LaPorte's Penzoil inks with Saint Mary's: LaPorte's Rylee Penzoil recently signed a softball letter of intent with Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame.

Penzoil will be completing her fourth and final year as a Slicer softball player this spring. She is also a 3-year letter winner in girls soccer and she participated in basketball for two years.

She was selected to the all-Duneland Athletic Conference team in girls soccer as a senior and was named the team MVP. Rylee is a member of the National Honor Society. She plans on becoming a speech pathologist.

Boys basketball

Oregon-Davis 51, Morgan Township 32: Trevor Braden had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Calumet 72, Hobart 61: Jacorie Gillespie had 23 points to lead the Warriors.

Teammate Jaylen Sullivan added 22 points.

Julian Harvey scored a game-high 25 for the Brickies. Tyler Schultz had 13, while Connor Martinez scored 12.

T.F. South 83, Tinley Park 54: Eric Blair led T.F. South with 31 points in a blowout road victory.

News and notes

Matt Lottich to speak at Calumet Sportsmanship Dinner: Valparaiso University men's basketball coach Matt Lottich will be the keynote speaker at the 64th annual Sportsmanship Dinner.

The dinner, slated for 6:30 p.m. Monday and will be held at the Halls of St. George in Schererville and will bring together the boys basketball players at the schools participating in five of the Region's sectionals.

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