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Preseason Football No. 2: After back-to-back state titles, Mount Carmel brings different look to ’14 season

Beyond its inner circle, little is known about Mount Carmel this season. Why? Much of the starting lineup largely is composed of players who are preparing for their first seasons as starters. However, a lack of familiarity should not be construed as weakness — not …


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Lincoln-Way West going the extra mile


After suffering a heartbreaking overtimes loss to Joliet Catholic in a Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game last season, Lincoln-Way West has put in extra work in the offseason to complete it’s state title run. read more...

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Girls Volleyball: Mother McAuley opens season with two-set win over Joliet Catholic


A well-oiled machine it wasn’t. Defending Class 4A champion Mother McAuley had to dig deep — or at least block and serve well — when it counted to prevail 25-23, 25-18 Wednesday over host Joliet Catholic in its season opener. “We’re not satisfied,” Kennedy Arundel …

Disabato: In just five years, Homewood-Flossmoor goes from 1-8 to the top of Southland football


If someone would have told me back in fall 2009 that Homewood-Flossmoor would be the SouthtownStar’s preseason No. 1 football team in 2014, I would have suggested that person adhere to a drug test. At that time, H-F was coming off a 1-8 season. If …

Boys Cross Country: Bolstered by returning standouts, Sandburg aims for top-three finish at state


Even for Sandburg, the expectations are higher than usual this year — and the Eagles want it that way. “One of the feelings last year at state, seventh was a good finish, but we’re not satisfied,’’ Sandburg coach John O’Malley said. “We’ve got a core …

Boys Soccer: Dan Petrou’s hat trick helps Lincoln-Way West past Illiana Christian 4-2


Moving from the midfield to forward this season, Lincoln-Way West’s Dan Petrou knows he’ll be one of the go-to offensive weapons for the Warriors. If Wednesday’s season opener was any indication, he’s ready. Petrou, who scored three goals all last season, matched that in one …

High School/Local College Sports Roundup for Aug. 27, 2014

Boys Soccer

Lockport 1, Minooka 1: Jack Dilger had the goal for visiting Lockport in its season debut.

Sandburg 1, Maine South 0: Ryan Kozlowski scored on an assist from Kevin Mahoney to power visiting Sandburg (1-0). Jim Amedeo garnered the shutout.

River Valley/Southland Challenge …

Baseball: Florence Freedom holds off Slammers 9-7

Kody McFarland, Joliet’s 6-foot-7 rookie right-hander, put together his best outing of the season Friday against Windy City. His six hitless innings oin a 7-1 road win earned praise from Slammers manager Jeff Isom for the progress McFarland made. “His previous starts, he only threw …

Baseball: Evansville Otters sweep doubleheader from ThunderBolts

Evansville 9-2, ThunderBolts 2-0 Recap: The ThunderBolts had not been swept in a doubleheader for seven years before Sunday, but now it’s happened twice on consecutive game days. Jose Velez tied a franchise record for Evansville with 16 strikeouts in Wednesday’s opener. Josh Spence (1-10) …

Preseason Football No. 3: After being 6A runner-up in 2013, Richards aiming higher


Coming of a Class 6A state runner-up finish, many programs figure to suffer a drop in talent, reducing expectations the following season. That’s not the case at perennial power Richards, which returns a slew of playmakers on both sides of the ball and claims the …

Boys Soccer: Thornton co-op stops Homewood-Flossmoor 2-0

Coming off a record-setting season in 2013 that included a sectional finals appearance, high expectations surround Thornton co-op.

“That team took us far last season, and we want to go even further this year,” Thornton’s Salvador Estrada said.

The Wildcats started the year on a …

Girls Volleyball: Andrew serves up a winner against Oak Forest


Andrew’s girls did plenty of running after plenty of errant serves during their final practice before Tuesday’s season opener against visiting Oak Forest.

It apparently was good motivation. The Thunderbolts were doing plenty of smiling after plenty of aces in a 25-19, 25-14 victory in …

High School/Local College Sports Roundup for Aug. 26, 2014

Boys Soccer

Lincoln-Way East 4, Brother Rice 2: Blake Tempel had three goals and an assist to lead visiting Lincoln-Way East (1-0).

River Valley/Southland Challenge

Crete-Monee 9, St. Anne 0: Fernando Aguirre’s six goals led host Crete-Monee (1-0). Victor Romo chipped in three goals and …

Baseball: Florence Freedom KOs Slammers 6-1

Looking for an upbeat finish to a disappointing season, the Joliet Slammers hope to use a sweep of the Windy City ThunderBolts and a nine-game homestand to fuel the final stretch. “It’s nine games, an evaluation period to see whose arrow is pointing up instead …

Preseason Football No. 4: St. Rita ready to fire on ‘D’ cylinders


If defense indeed wins championships, St. Rita should find itself in position in 2014 to claim the vaunted Catholic Blue title and deliver an extended run toward the Class 7A state crown. The Mustangs, who in 2013 won the Prep Bowl after earning a piece …

Boys Soccer: Shepard steamrolls Chicago Christian 7-0


Kevin Dusek never imagined his senior year would start so spectacularly.

The Shepard midfielder scored twice in the first six minutes Monday night as the defending South Suburban Red champion Astros made a strong opening statement, rolling to a 7-0 win over crosstown rival Chicago …

Girls Volleyball: Tinley Park turns back Lincoln-Way West

Tinley Park certainly walked the walk in Monday’s 25-20, 25-15 victory over host Lincoln-Way West, with an across-the-board display of hitting skills. The talk? Excitement at beating a team from one of the Southland’s toughest conferences (SouthWest Suburban). “Of course, always,” the Titans’ Lindsay Lannen …