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Disabato: After losing his father to ALS, Illinois State’s Pat Meehan carries on as dad would want him

Though many of his teammates choose to gather together, Pat Meehan prefers to sit by himself inside the locker room for about 15 minutes before every Illinois State football game. A redshirt junior linebacker, Meehan sits alone, the sounds of Van Morrison soothing his ears; …


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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Football: Suddenly thrust into role as lead back, Lincoln-Way East’s Liam Morrissey thriving


When the season started, Liam Morrissey wasn’t expected to be Lincoln-Way East’s primary option at running back. That honor was designated for Alex Kraft, a two-year starter at tailback. But when Kraft suffered a concussion in a Week 1 loss to Oak Park-River Forest, Morrissey …

Boys Golf: Providence wins Catholic League title


Providence set a school record. Loyola posted its best score of the year. Seven individuals fired an even-par 72 or better. It all added up to one of the most competitive Catholic League tournaments in history on Wednesday. Led by medalist Ricky Costello, Providence totaled …

SouthtownStar Football Top 10

Includes records; last week’s rankings in parentheses: 1. Providence 5-0 (3) 2. Richards 4-1 (4) 3. St. Rita 4-1 (2) 4. L-W North 5-0 (5) 5. Joliet Catholic 4-1 (6) 6. L-W East 4-1 (7) 7. H-F 3-2 (1) 8. Brother Rice 4-1 (8) 9. L-W West 5-0 (9) 10. Mount Carmel 2-3 (10) …

Football: Bloom ready to test Crete-Monee


Bloom coach Tony Palombi knows what it’s going to take for his team to upend Crete-Monee on Saturday in a pivotal Southland Conference showdown: Forty-eight minutes of mistake-free football. Palombi is confident his team is capable of that against the 2012 Class 6A state champions. …

SouthtownStar Football Stats


Through Week 5. Stats provided by schools.


Player, school Att. Yds. Avg. TD

Studer, LW Central 148 810 5.5 6

Morrissey, LW East 135 662 4.9 12

Roundtree, Chi. Christian 67 572 8.5 7

Moore, Evergreen 63 557 8.8 8

Lee, St. Rita 84 551 6.6 6

Benavides, Bloom 113 549 4.9 8

Jones, Br. Rice 86 525 6.1 11

Harrison, Shepard 90 459 5.1 6

Branch, LW North 60 449 7.5 10

Smart, St. Laurence 119 446 3.7 4

McDonald, Tinley Park 80 428 5.4 4

Emmanuel, Bloom 67 428 6.4 4

DeVries, Andrew 77 419 5.4 4 …

High School/Local College Sports Roundup for Oct. 1, 2014

Boys Soccer

Bloom 11, Rich South 1: Jovanny Ruiz and Alex Segoviano each scored twice for host Bloom (11-4-3, 6-0) in the Southland. Tony Aldape added a goal and two assists for the Blazing Trojans.

Illinois Lutheran 4, Peotone 2: Luke Egeler and Justin Schmidtke …

Boys Soccer: Alec Guarino Marian Catholic’s goal-getter


When Alec Guarino suffered a back injury last season in Marian Catholic’s game vs. Homewood-Flossmoor, he didn’t think it was too serious. It turned out to cost him a large portion of his season, though. “I got hit and (the opposing player) might have landed …

Cross Country: Lemont girls team setting up for long run


Cross country success for the girls program at Lemont includes a five-year stretch of qualifying for the Class 2A state meet from 2007 through ’11. What longtime coach Tim Plotke has this year is a team capable of going beyond that record. “I think this …

Boys Golf: Lockport’s Gehrig Hollatz records a 69 to win SouthWest Suburban Blue Tournament


Despite carding one of his best rounds of the season, Lockport’s Gehrig Hollatz couldn’t help but look behind him Tuesday during the SouthWest Suburban Blue Tournament. It’s hard to blame him. Last season, Hollatz needed a four-hole playoff to defeat Joliet co-op’s Trent Wallace for …

Boys Soccer: Skirmish involving fans mars Bloom’s 2-1 win over Crete-Monee

Bloom put itself in prime position to capture the Southland Conference title Tuesday by beating Crete-Monee for the second time this season. The way the game ended, though, marred the celebration. Bloom won 2-1 after the game was called with 5:51 to go after an …

Girls Volleyball: Crete-Monee outlasts Bloom

Angle, then down. That’s how Crete-Monee junior Anita Jenkins described the serve she used to take over the match in Tuesday’s 25-21, 25-13 Southland Conference victory over host Bloom. “I’ve always served like that. It just goes that way,” Jenkins said. It was good for …

High School/Local College Sports Roundup for Sept. 30, 2014

Boys Soccer

Chicago Christian 3, Timothy Christian 2: Jake Roberston scored twice and Benjamin Freisen once to vault host Chicago Christian (8-11, 2-2) in the Metro Suburban East.

Mount Carmel 2, St. Laurence 1: Jonah Nuno-Sheldon netted both goals for host Mount Carmel (6-6-2, 2-1-1) …

SouthtownStar Boys Soccer Top 10

Includes records; last week’s rankings in parentheses

1. Lockport 7-3-1 (1)

2. Sandburg 7-4-2 (2)

3. Eisenhower 9-3 (3)

4. Lemont 9-2-3 (4)

5. Lincoln-Way Central 9-4 (10)

6. St. Laurence 6-3-2 (5)

7. Lincoln-Way North 6-4-3 (7)

8. Lincoln-Way West 8-5 (9)

9. Thornton co-op 7-4-1 (8)

10. T.F. United 10-5-1 (NR)

Boys Soccer: St. Laurence ready, willing, stable

Although St. Laurence finished just 5-12-3 in 2013, first-year coach Matt Prunckle felt pressure to win right away when he accepted the job. “Taking over, I definitely felt like we should win this year,” Prunckle said. “We have a senior-heavy team with a lot of …

SouthtownStar Boys Soccer Stats


Through Sept. 29. Stats provided by schools.


Player, school Matches Tot

Schmidtke, Ill. Lutheran 19 37

Aguirre, Crete-Monee 15 20

Schultz, Beecher 10 17

McLaughin, St. Laurence 10 17

Guarino, Marian 9 13

Meltz, Beecher 10 12

Avalos, Bremen 9 12

Egeler, Ill. Lutheran 19 12

Short, Beecher 10 11

Olson, JCA 14 11

Gallegos, T.F. United 11 11

Chrobak, Reavis 12 10

Yazdani, Ill. Lutheran 14 9

Strick, Beecher 10 8

Borns, Ill. …