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Boys Soccer: After playing two years with Chicago Fire Academy, Ben Rohder eyes big senior season at Sandburg

Ben Rohder hadn’t played soccer for Sandburg since his freshman year, instead devoting his time to playing with the Chicago Fire Academy. With his senior year looming, though, Ben saw one last chance to play with his younger brother, Dan, a sophomore playing on the …


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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Cross Country: Lincoln-Way West boys team ‘hungry for more this year’


Lincoln-Way West won the Class 2A Crete-Monee Regional last season, but the Warriors finished a disappointing ninth at the Normal West Sectional. West’s Evan Mitchell, who took third out of 97 runners Saturday at the Joliet Central Steelmen Invitational, expects the Warriors to reach new …

Girls Volleyball: Providence succumbs to Benet

Veronica Snelling and Sara Nielsen hold a common bond at Benet, the only sophomore starters on a senior-laden team. That connection runs deeper. The girls have gone to school since the first grade, through Hadley Junior High in Glen Ellyn to Benet. They’ve been volleyball …

Girls Volleyball: Shepard turns aside T.F. South


A couple of quick jabs. Then a stunner. Then a haymaker. Shepard put T.F. South away so quickly Tuesday in Game 1 it was hard to believe it was supposed to be a matchup between two South Suburban heavyweights. Game 2? Different story. Shepard won …

Boys Soccer: Bloom bounces back with Windy City Ram Classic consolation title


Bloom’s season got off to a disappointing start with a loss to Fenwick in the first round of the Windy City Ram Classic. The tournament, though, would go on for the Blazing Trojans and there was still plenty for which to play. The 32-team event’s …

SouthtownStar Boys Soccer Top 10

Includes records;
last week’s rankings in parentheses

1. Sandburg 5-3 (2)

2. Lockport 2-2-2 (1)

3. Eisenhower 5-3 (NR)

4. Lemont 3-2-2 (3)

5. Reavis 5-2-1 (8)

6. Marian Catholic 8-3-1 (9)

7. Lincoln-Way North 5-2-2 (4)

8. Thornton co-op 3-3 (5)

9. Stagg 3-3-2 (6)

10. Lincoln-Way West 5-4 (7)

Boys Soccer: Argo stings Richards 6-1

What started as a seemingly harmless rush in the final minute of the first half Tuesday ended up being a game-changer for Argo. Geraldo Flores carried the ball toward the Richards goal and slipped a pass to Matt Sulamc, who fired a shot that deflected …

High School/Local College Sports Roundup for Sept. 16, 2014

Boys Soccer

Chicago Christian 5, Guerin 1: Jake Robertson’s hat trick guided visiting Chicago Christian (3-8, 1-1) in the Metro Suburban East.

Eisenhower 5, Tinley Park 1: Omar Hernandez had one goal and one assist to boost visiting Eisenhower (6-3, 2-1) in the South Suburban …

SouthtownStar Boys Soccer Stats


Through Sept. 15. Stats provided by schools.

More stats at


Player, school Matches Tot

Schmidtke, Il. Lutheran 8 20

Schultz, Beecher 10 17

Guarino, Marian 9 13

Meltz, Beecher 10 12

McLaughin, St. Laurence 7 12

Short, Beecher 10 11

Strick, Beecher 10 8

Avalos, Bremen 5 8

Petrou, LW West 9 8

Swanson, Beecher 10 7

Egeler, Il. Lutheran 8 7

Olson, JCA 9 7

Gibbons, Beecher 10 6

Aldape, …

Girls Volleyball: Oak Lawn’s Brianna Markusic a player for all seasons


When she was a little kid, there was no playing around with dolls for Brianna Markusic. “My mom told me that every time I had a doll I would destroy the doll,” she said. “I wasn’t a big fan of them. I’d always wind up …

Football: Lincoln-Way North piling up points, wins


Lincoln-Way North coach George Czart has no complaints when it comes to his team’s performance this season. The Phoenix is 3-0, having outscored foes 142-19, including Friday’s 49-13 shellacking of Andrew. What concerns Czart, however, is the little resistance his team has faced from opponents. …

Baranek: Mount Carmel football coach Frank Lenti expects more out of Caravan


Mount Carmel coach Frank Lenti can’t remember the last time his Caravan had a 1-2 record. Further, he couldn’t care less. “Doesn’t matter,” he said. “Nobody gives you a trophy for the front end of the season.” What he does care about is how they’ve …

NASCAR: Brad Keselowski wins 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet


The cars in front of him were two-wide — very wide. Wide enough, anyway, to leave open a spot in the middle. Brad Keselowski had to make a decision. The lure? The biggest was to win — plus automatically get in to the next round …

Boys Soccer: St. Laurence, Stagg play to 1-all tie

Mike McLaughlin’s impact on Monday’s game against Stagg went beyond the St. Laurence senior’s pretty first-half goal. When the Vikings went down a man in the second half, McLaughlin’s mere presence made it hard for the Chargers to take advantage. “We were a man up, …

Girls Volleyball: Lincoln-Way North outlasts Stagg

Ally Geary probably will see plenty of time at outside hitter for Lincoln-Way North over the next two seasons. For now, though, she’s a super-sub. Phoenix coach Mary Brown couldn’t have picked a better time to send her out Monday than at the end of …

High School/Local College Sports Roundup for Sept. 15, 2014

Boys Soccer

Lincoln-Way West 5, Peotone 0: Conrad Bolster, Sam Sigrist and Dan Petrou were among the goal scorers for host Lincoln-Way West (5-4). Dominic Leo and Gus Petrungaro combined on the shutout.

Reavis 2, Shepard 0: Goals by Slawomir Chrobak and Miguel Manzo lifted …