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Softball: Oak Forest’s Taylor Sterkowitz makes hitting her craft — and she’s good at it

Taylor Sterkowitz was 10 years old when she made a crowd gasp with her mighty bat for the first time. It was during a 10-and-under game at Hillcrest’s softball field when she launched a towering home run down the left-field line. “There were cars parked …


High School Sports

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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Softball: Lemont edges Tinley Park

Lemont’s Emily Durham was an MVP foul ball shagger for the first five innings of Thursday’s 5-4 South Suburban Blue victory over visiting Tinley Park.

She was an even better fireman during the final two.

The Indians pitcher was lights-out after Tinley Park dramatically rallied …

Disabato: St. Rita riding high at 17-0


It’s difficult to determine what’s more impressive about St. Rita’s 17-0 baseball record: that the Mustangs have played 17 games during this hazardous spring or that they’ve won all 17 games. Knowing that Mustangs coach Mike Zunica would be willing to play in an oversized …

High School/Local College Sports Roundup for April 16, 2014


Providence 11, St. Joseph 1: Cam Galgano (2-for-3, 2 runs) posted three RBI and Erik Dubek (3-hitter, 9 strikeouts) went the distance to aid host Providence (9-4, 1-0) in the five-inning Catholic League crossover.

Lemont 5, Bremen 1: Charlie Wright and Nate Broskovetz combined …

Football: Richards wide receiver Spencer Tears commits to Nebraska


Richards junior wide receiver Spencer Tears has committed to Nebraska, just three days after returning from a visit to Lincoln to see the Huskers spring game.

“My favorite part was just going around the stadium; when I got there I didn’t realize that the stadium …

Baseball: Sandburg overpowers Homewood-Flossmoor


Sandburg coach Jim Morsovillo emphatically instructed from the third-base coaching box for Julian Gutierrez to swing the bat with two runners on in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game against Homewood-Flossmoor.

“I wanted him to go the other way with the pitch,” Morsovillo said, “maybe …

Softball: Advantageous Sandburg defeats Homewood-Flossmoor


Give Sandburg extra outs, and the Eagles are going to make you pay. “We definitely are going to take advantage of it,” Sandburg’s Sarah Herold said. “If they’re going to give us runs it’s like, ‘Heck yeah! We’re going to take it.’” That was the …

Dan Vosnos named athletic director at Homewood-Flossmoor

Dan Vosnos wants to create a new billboard for Homewood-Flossmoor.

The day after a controversial school board meeting that ended with the dismissal of girls basketball coach Anthony Smith, the newly named athletic director said he’s relishing the challenge of turning the athletic programs in …

SouthtownStar Softball Top 10

Records through April 15; includes last week’s ranking

1. Lincoln-Way West 9-1 (1)

2. Marist 8-3-1 (2)

3. Tinley Park 6-1 (3)

4. Andrew 9-2 (4)

5. Lemont 8-3 (7)

6. Oak Forest 9-2 (8)

7. Sandburg 9-4 (6)

8. Providence 4-3 (8)

9. Mother McAuley 6-3 (NR)

10. Richards 6-3 (NR)

Softball: Three things learned

1. T.F. South bears watching. The Rebels had a tough time of it in a 6-0 loss April 11 to Tinley Park, but seem to have all of the pieces to make this the best of Jamie Arundel’s three seasons as coach. Tiambris Tate, who …

Softball: Tinley Park’s Lauren Buckwalter making an impression


Replacing her bat remains a work in progress. When it comes to toughness, though, Tinley Park’s Lauren Buckwalter already has proved her mettle in stepping into the shoes of Titans shortstop Alyssa Gunther. In the seventh inning Friday against T.F. South, Buckwalter was making a …

SouthtownStar Softball Stats


Softball area statistical leaders through April 15.

Girls Soccer: Joliet Catholic bows to Benet

Benet’s defense was so decimated by injuries last year that by the end of the season the Redwings had lost all four starters. But the Redwings are healthy now and their back line has been a brick wall. After giving up two goals in a …

College Baseball: Prairie State sweeps Moraine Valley in doubleheader

Prairie State’s Bobby Sheppard has his season goals clearly defined. One, two, three. “We talk about winning three championships: conference, regional and then the World Series,” Sheppard said. “This is a different team (than last year), and we have more confidence than last year. We’re …

Baseball: After excelling on football field, Bremen’s Tyler Banovich follows suit on the diamond


High school athletes specializing in a particular sport is growing more common. Tyler Banovich, however, never followed to that trend. “It would have been really tough to give up one sport,” said Banovich, a senior at Bremen who plays baseball and football. “It’s demanding to …

Badminton: Oak Lawn mom/daughter share bond as coach/player


Patricia Casey just needed to hear it from someone else.

Juggling her coaching duties at Oak Lawn while trying to see her daughter, Melissa Greiman, play at Plainfield South as a freshman, Casey thought she was not giving either side the attention it deserved.

“We …