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Football: Homewood-Flossmoor runs over Neuqua Valley 41-20 in Class 8A

When Homewood-Flossmoor junior running back Deante Harley-Hampton gets loose in the open field, there are few players who can catch him. Neuqua Valley found that out Friday night. Harley-Hampton rushed for 236 yards and four touchdowns to lead host Homewood-Flossmoor to a 41-20 win over …


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: Lincoln-Way East overpowers Lincoln-Way Central in Class 7A


Lincoln-Way East’s offense did just about all it could do without scoring on its first two possessions in Friday night’s Class 7A playoff opener against Lincoln-Way Central.

Two Griffins defenders finally showed how it’s done.

It wasn’t just a quarterback sack that Brad Toepfer laid …

Football: St. Rita in control in 35-21 win over Plainfield East in Class 7A


Playing in an unfamiliar environment and unwelcome conditions, St. Rita kept its focus on what it could control. “We talked all week about going on the road in the playoffs in a hostile environment, with the weather, expect the unexpected,” Mustangs coach Todd Kuska said. …

Football: Brother Rice comes undone in second half, falls 34-21 to Naperville Central in 8A


Naperville Central had been here before: down a couple of touchdowns at home to a tough opponent from the South Side. It turned out OK the last time for the Redhawks and it did this time, too. Quarterback Conor Joyce and running back Kevin Clifford …

Football: Reavis lets it rip, upends T.F. South 17-7 in 7A


Reavis coach Tim Zasada knew that if his team could survive the third quarter going up against a fierce north wind, it had a shot in the fourth quarter Friday against T.F. South. The Rams survived the third despite losing a 3-0 halftime lead. The …

Football: Lincoln-Way West blanks Morgan Park 28-0 in Class 6A

Whether in the heat of August practices or the sometimes frigid temperatures of the postseason, Lincoln-Way West’s formula isn’t going to change much. This is a team that will try to hit opponents in the mouth with a ground-pounding run game and a stifling defense. …

Football: Lincoln-Way North bows to WW South in OT in Class 71


It’s hard to blame Wheaton Warrenville South quarterback Josh Prueter for having his doubts about a comeback Friday night.

With Lincoln-Way North holding a 10-7 lead and the ball with 1:32 remaining, a first-round playoff exit appeared a foregone conclusion for the Tigers.

That wasn’t …

High School/Local College Sports Roundup for Oct. 31, 2014


Class 4A

Manteno 49, Evergreen Park 19: Ethan Kaufman threw four touchdown passes and ran for two scores (3, 37 yards) to propel host Manteno (9-1). Tucker Presler added scoring receptions of 50 and 5 yards for the Panthers. Quarterback Sean Ryan contributed a …

Baranek: H-F girls basketball coach Tony Smith opens up about his exit and eventual return to school


Monday is going to bring the biggest breath of fresh air that Tony Smith has gulped in a long time.

It’s the first day of practice at Homewood-Flossmoor for the new girls basketball season, and the Vikings coach can walk into the gym without a …

On Campus: Ball State’s Scott Secor field-goal feats merit honor


To say Scott Secor’s 55-yard field goal Oct. 18 for Ball State against Mid-American Conference rival Central Michigan was memorable is something of an understatement. Not only was the kick a career-best for the Lincoln-Way Central graduate, it also tied his then-career-high for four field …

Colleges: St. Xavier soccer player David Rodriguez a national award nominee


St. Xavier soccer midfielder David Rodriguez is one of five national nominees to compose the male college division of the Mundial Sports Network “Best of the Best” Athletic Leadership Scholarship. “It is an honor to be nominated for this award and to have an opportunity …

Football: Round 1 Playoff Capsule Previews



Oak Forest (6-3) at Richards (8-1)

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Outlook: The teams’ Week 6 meeting resulted in a 39-14 win by Richards. For Oak Forest to turn the tables, its defense must pressure Richards QB Hasan Muhammad-Rogers (99-of-174, 1,685 yards) and the …

Girls Volleyball: Joliet Catholic outlasts Providence for regional crown


Perfect timing and devastating execution.

It was a 1-2 punch that lifted Joliet Catholic past Providence 25-23, 27-25 in Thursday night’s Class 3A Providence Regional title match.

The puncher? An Angel named Mary.

“I just really wanted to do it for my team,” Joliet Catholic …

Girls Volleyball: T.F. South tops Plainfield South for regional title


T.F. South was so close a year ago.

The regional title was right there for the taking, but the Rebels came up a few points short in the final, falling in three nail-biting games to Sandburg.

Crystal Lee and the Rebels weren’t going to let …

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

Girls Volleyball

Class 4A Argo Regional

Sandburg 25-25, Downers Grove North 20-20: Sami Knight posted 14 assists and 12 digs to vault Sandburg (32-5) in the championship. Julia Borschel tacked on eight kills for the Eagles.

Class 4A Eisenhower Regional

Marist 25-25, Hinsdale Central 20-19: …

Disabato: While some may have counted Mount Carmel out, Frank Lenti and Co. rise to occasion


During most every season in the past 29, Frank Lenti could begin looking ahead toward the playoffs around Week 6 or 7 of the regular season. By that time, the Caravan already had locked up a playoff spot. That wasn’t the case this season. Mount …