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Softball: Richards’ Sara Tobin the epitome of team player

It’s kind of ironic, the dreams Sara Tobin had as a little girl about being a softball player. “I really didn’t have a specific role in mind,” she said. “They were just about being a player with potential, a player who had the potential to …


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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Disabato: Jim Maley ready for challenge as St. Laurence basketball coach


Back on March 19, I asked St. Laurence athletic director Tim Chandler what requirements he was looking for in his search to replace basketball coach Mark Sevedge, whom the school had let go. “We’re looking for someone who has knowledge of the Catholic League and …

Men’s College Volleyball: Lewis tops Ball State to reach MIVA Tournament final


Lewis took a giant leap toward reaching the NCAA tournament by beating Ball State 23-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-13, 15-8 Wednesday night at Neil Carey Arena. No. 11 Lewis (23-6) rallied from an opening-set loss and a 2-1 deficit to beat No. 13 Ball State (22-7), …

Boys Tennis: Lincoln-Way East wins inaugural Lincoln-Way Cup


Not all Lincoln-Way boys tennis teams are created equal. Lincoln-Way East won the first Lincoln-Way Cup in dominant fashion Wednesday scoring a perfect 15 points, winning all of its matches against runner-up North (8 points), Central (4) and West (3) at East’s campus in Frankfort. …

Baseball: St. Rita blanks Fenwick to stay unbeaten


Another day, another lopsided victory for St. Rita.

The latest victim was Fenwick on Wednesday in Chicago.

St. Rita made quick work of the visiting Friars, banging out 10 hits and posting an 11-0 Catholic League crossover win in five innings.

The Mustangs, 21-0 overall …

Boys Volleyball: Andrew on target vs. Lockport

It’s no surprise that Nick VanderZanden was champing at the bit to compete against Lockport. The previous time Andrew faced the Porters, the 6-foot-9 VanderZanden set a school record with 10 blocks. “I couldn’t wait to face them,” he said. “I knew I’d go hard …

Girls Soccer: Joliet Catholic tops Providence in overtime

Down a goal with less than three minutes to go Wednesday, Joliet Catholic didn’t panic. “We were frustrated, but we just kept fighting,” the Angels’ Kelsey Builta said. “We beat (Providence) twice last season and we really wanted to beat them again.” Joliet Catholic made …

High School Sports Roundup for April 23, 2014


Joliet Catholic 4, Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child 3: Nick Dalesandro (2-for-2) hit an RBI single and also scored the final run to lead host Joliet Catholic. Alex Ragusa added two RBI for the Hilltoppers.

Reavis 4, Evergreen Park 0: Belal Abuzir allowed six hits …

SouthtownStar Softball Top 10

Records through April 22; last week’s ranking in parentheses

1. Lincoln-Way West 13-1 (1)

2. Marist 11-3 (2)

3. Mother McAuley 11-3 (9)

4. Tinley Park 8-3 (3)

5. Lincoln-Way North 7-3 (NR)

6. Andrew 11-4 (4)

7. Lemont 11-4 (5)

8. Sandburg 9-7 (7)

9. Marian Catholic 6-4 (NR)

10. Richards 9-4 (10)

Softball: Kim Baffin steps up for Reavis

When the wind is blowing out, keeping the ball down is critical for a pitcher. Kim Baffin did that and more Monday in one of Reavis’ biggest wins of the season. The junior kept Hinsdale Central off balance with a steady diet of changeups, notching …

Softball: Three things learned

1. Oak Forest youth will be served. They’re up and down right now, but the 11-4 Bengals, led by the power duo of Taylor Sterkowitz and Kylie Powers, will without a doubt be one of the area’s most experienced squads in 2015. At one point …

SouthtownStar Softball Stats


Softball area statistical leaders through April 22.

College Baseball: St. Francis, Judson split doubleheader

St. Francis’ Brandon Mendoza was sure it was deja vu.

Hadn’t he already been waiting in the hole, with teammate Dave Kuhne standing in the on-deck circle?

Mendoza certainly had an excuse for the confusion. St. Francis was absolutely killing the ball Wednesday, with Mendoza …

Baseball: Brad Wood a two-way force for St. Laurence


Growing up, Brad Wood’s first love was wrestling. So much, in fact, the Orland Park resident intended to focus on pinning opponents, not pounding baseballs in high school. However, a knee injury suffered while playing football affected his wrestling, just as his love for baseball …

Boys Basketball: St. Laurence names Jim Maley new coach

Despite the fact St. Laurence basketball went 0-11 in the Catholic League and finished with just six wins this past season, Jim Maley calls the private school in Burbank “one of the best kept secrets on the South Side.”

Maley will have a chance to …

Girls Soccer: Early goal lifts Lincoln-Way North over Andrew


Sarah Mirabella saw her opportunity Tuesday night and pounced.

The beneficiary of a misplayed goal kick that left her with a shot at an open net, Lincoln-Way North’s Mirabella had just one thing on her mind: don’t blow this chance.

“I had no clue that …