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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 …


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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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SouthtownStar Softball Stats


Softball area statistical leaders through April 22.

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 …

Bass Fishing: Brother Rice team ready to cast

Brendan Moriarty put the meaning of high school bass fishing simply. “One of the main reasons why I chose Brother Rice was because of their bass fishing program,’’ he said in an email. “I knew they had a solid team with solid coaches.’’ Moriarty and …

Baseball: Richards outlasts Shepard

Richards coach Brian Wujcik was cautiously optimistic entering the season. However, even he’s surprised at the level of success his team is achieving. Richards made it 12 wins in its last 13 games Tuesday after downing visiting Shepard 7-4 in a South Suburban crossover. Whereas …

Softball: Haley Earl’s walk-off home run lifts Marian Catholic over Providence

The high, towering flyball to left-center off the bat of Marian Catholic’s Haley Earl with one on and two outs in the bottom of the seventh and her team trailing by a run had everybody wondering. Would the ball clear the fence? Moments later, the …

Boys Volleyball: Marist finds groove, downs St. Rita

Marist is a tough team to peg down. The RedHawks won their first three matches, followed by a seven-match losing steak — albeit to top competition at the Marist and Wheaton Warrenville South invitationals — and then broke the spell by handing perennial power St. …

High School Sports Roundup for April 22, 2014


St. Rita 14, St. Ignatius 2: Nick Goldsmith (4 RBI) hit a three-run homer and Jake Shepski added a two-run triple to power visiting St. Rita (20-0, 5-0) in the five-inning Catholic League crossover.

Joliet Catholic 14, Providence 0: Mitch Boe had four RBI …

College Baseball: Lewis walks off a 9-8 winner over St. Francis

Having played in just three games this season and totaling just seven at-bats, Lewis’ Kelton Zimmerman intended to make the most of his rare start Tuesday.

The junior did more than just contribute against area rival St. Francis.

Zimmerman knocked in the game-winning run, his …

SouthtownStar Baseball Top 10

Records through April 21; last week’s rankings in parenthesis

1. St. Rita 19-0 (1)

2. Lincoln-Way West 13-0 (4)

3. Lincoln-Way North 9-1 (7)

4. Lemont 12-1 (3)

5. St. Laurence 14-2 (2)

6. Mount Carmel 12-2 (5)

7. Joliet Catholic 11-3 (6)

8. Providence 13-4 (10)

9. Sandburg 9-4 (8)

10. Richards 12-3 (NR)

Baseball: Crete-Monee looking for more on defense

Crete-Monee coach Gene Cahan has been pleased with his team’s pitching and ability to score runs. Defense, however, is another story and the main reason the Warriors were 5-6 through Monday. “That’s where we’ve been inconsistent,” he said. “We’ve got to make plays because I …

Baseball: Three things learned

1. De La Salle’s Alex Padilla can deal. The senior right-hander, committed to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, has ace stuff — an upper 80s (mph) fastball, 11-to-5 breaking ball and killer changeup. Pitching on three days’ rest Saturday against Brother Rice, Padilla allowed three runs, six hits …

SouthtownStar Baseball Stats


Baseball area statistical leaders through April 21.

Girls Soccer: Captain Kyleigh Maday at core for Providence


A varsity star since her freshman year, Providence senior Kyleigh Maday has a hard time believing it’s already her final season with the Celtics. “It flew by,” she said. “We have high hopes for this season. I definitely want to have a good year my …

Boys Volleyball: Andrew’s Sanil Thomas makes seamless transition from setter to big-time hitter


Sanil Thomas isn’t making it easy for opposing coaches to game-plan against Andrew. After earning an All-Area nod last season as a sophomore setter, Thomas is making waves as a high-octane outside hitter, becoming a containment hassle for rival coaches who are mentioning him as …