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Baseball: Joliet Catholic blanks Crystal Lake South 9-0 in Phil Lawler Summer Classic

Mitch Boe knows baserunning. The Joliet Catholic shortstop had a career day on the basepaths Tuesday, stealing five bases and scoring three runs to lead the Hilltoppers to a 9-0 victory over Crystal Lake South at the Phil Lawler Summer Classic at North Central College …


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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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Baseball: ThunderBolts bounce back, defeat Evansville Otters 6-1


After suffering a 15-5 defeat Tuesday at the hands of the Evansville Otters, Windy City ThunderBolts veteran Mike Torres admitted it was a bit tough to bounce back in time for Wednesday’s 10:35 a.m. start.

“The morning games are never easy, and it was hard …

Golf: Frankfort’s Brian Bullington leads after two rounds of Illinois Open


GLENVIEW — Never count out the cagey veterans, at least not after just one round of the Illinois Open. Medinah Country Club pro Travis Johns and University of Illinois golf coach Mike Small got back into the hunt Tuesday by shooting the best rounds of …

Baseball: Southland Vikings’ Brandon White a quick study on the mound


Brandon White had to sit back and take a good look at his baseball future.

Would he have more success as a slick-fielding shortstop who struggled at the plate? Or was it time to make a switch?

“I was always pretty good defensively, but I …

Baseball: Prospect KOs St. Laurence in Phil Lawler Summer Classic

Propect left-hander Pasquelli Atteo found himself pitching from the stretch for most of Tuesday’s pool-play game against St. Laurence in the Phil Lawler Summer Classic.

It apparently didn’t bother Atteo, who tossed a complete game to lead Prospect to a 4-2 victory. It sends Prospect …

Baseball: St. Laurence falls 4-2 to Nazareth in Phil Lawler Summer Classic


Michael Kogut wasn’t supposed to get the start Tuesday morning for Nazareth, and St. Laurence probably wished he didn’t.

The senior did wind up throwing, though, and kept the Vikings in check to the tune of a 4-2 victory in pool play of the Phil …

Baseball: Evansville Otters pound ThunderBolts 15-5

With the wind blowing out on a scorching morning, Tuesday was a rare hitter’s day at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood.

The Evansville Otters sure take advantage.

The Otters pounded out 25 hits, three which left the yard, and rolled to a 15-5 win over …

Baseball: Slammers fall 7-5 in 12 innings vs. Traverse City


Brett Zawacki thrived in the bullpen last year for the Joliet Slammers after a stint in the rotation didn’t pan out.

The Peru, Illinois, native has been a productive reliever again this season, but the Slammers needed him on the mound from the beginning of …

College Baseball: Mark Hernandez named coach at Prairie State

Mark Hernandez has filled out the lineup cards. He has stood in the third-base coaching box.

He even has some head coaching experience under his belt.

Now, however, Hernandez believes he has found the right place to leave his mark long term as a head …

Baseball: St. Laurence tops Prospect 12-4 in Phil Lawler Summer Classic opener


Yes, St. Laurence was nervous out of the gate Monday morning in the Phil Lawler Summer Classic.

No, it didn’t last long.

The Vikings spotted Prospect a four-run lead in the top of the first inning at North Central College in Naperville, then roared back …

Baseball: Joliet Catholic edges Prairie Ridge 1-0 in nine innings in Phil Lawler Classic


Prairie Ridge’s Benjamin Cilano and Joliet Catholic Academy’s Drake Fellows locked up in an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel Monday.

The setting was Benedictine in Lisle for the Phil Lawler Classic, which seemed perfectly fitting since the late Phil Lawler was a longtime pitching coach in Naperville. …

Basketball: St. Xavier’s Brad Karp signs with Cheshire Phoenix of British Basketball League


Brad Karp’s college basketball career is over, but St. Xavier’s all-time leading scorer isn’t calling it quits.

Karp signed a professional contract Monday with the Cheshire Phoenix of the British Basketball League.

“The decision was a lot of different things,” Karp said. “The league has …

Baranek: Bowlers use summer leagues to hone skills, stay sharp


One way to stay cool during the summer is to toss some games at the local air-conditioned bowling center. Kevin Kullman, of Lockport, does that twice a week for a minimum of two to three hours, and bowls in a league on another night at …

Baseball: Slammers defeat Traverse City Beach Bums 6-1

With identical records going into their Frontier League series opener Monday night, Traverse City and Joliet likely see each other as an opportunity to make up ground in the standings.

“We’ve been losing a lot of close games,’’ Adam Giacalone said after the Slammers dropped …

Baseball: The game’s in the bloodlines for Slammers pitcher Sam Moore


Growing up the son of All-Star pitcher Mike Moore, who played for Seattle, Oakland and Detroit, young Sam Moore lived what many youngsters can only dream about.

“I was a little kid and hanging out with Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco and Rickey Henderson,’’ Sam …

Baseball: Slammers’ starting rotation goes through quite a spin


The Joliet Slammers have had to start over this year with their starting rotation. Danny Hernandez retired early in the season, Michael Johnson and Matt Dillon were released, and Blair Walters was signed last week by the Atlanta Braves to pitch in their minor league …