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Football: Round 1 Playoff Capsule Previews

CLASS 6A 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 …


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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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 …

Football; St. Rita’s Brandon Gaston moves from follower to leader


Brandon Gaston didn’t begin playing organized football until he was in the eighth grade, as a lineman for the Calumet City Chargers. Gaston preferred catching a baseball, not a football, while growing up in Glenwood. “I would play baseball every day,” Gaston said. “I loved …

SouthtownStar Football Top 10

Includes records; last week’s rankings in parentheses:

1. Providence 8-1 (1)

2. Richards 8-1 (2)

3. L-W East 8-1 (3)

4. H-F 7-2 (4)

5. Joliet Catholic 7-2 (5)

6. Lemont 9-0 (7)

7. Brother Rice 6-3 (8)

8. St. Rita 6-3 (6)

9. L-W West 8-1 (9)

10. L-W North 8-1 (10)

SouthtownStar Football Stats


Through Week 8. Stats provided by schools.


Player, school Att. Yds. Avg. TD

Studer, LW Central 243 1,408 5.8 16

Lee, St. Rita 156 1,182 7.6 12

Morrissey, LW East 220 1,118 5.1 20

Roundtree, Chi. Christian 142 938 6.6 13

Branch, LW North 137 883 6.4 21

Cusimano, Andrew 209 881 4.2 9

Montalvo, LW West 133 833 6.3 10

Benavides, Bloom 174 831 4.8 11

Smart, St. Laurence 185 819 4.4 7

Emmanuel, Bloom 113 795 7.0 11

McDonald, Tinley Park 137 758 5.5 9

Jones, Br. Rice 142 752 5.3 13

Moore, …

Football: It’s Round 2 for T.F. South, Reavis

Two weeks ago, Reavis played arguably its worst game of the season, absorbing a 34-14 shellacking from T.F. South. Offense, defense, special teams, the Rams were outplayed in every facet by the Rebels. “One team showed up, and we didn’t,” Reavis coach Tim Zasada said. …

College Football: St. Ambrose at St. Xavier


St. Ambrose (Iowa) (3-4, 2-2)  at St. Xavier (5-2, 1-1) When: 1 p.m. Saturday at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field, Chicago. Coaches: Mike Feminis, St. Xavier; Mike Magistrelli, St. Ambrose. Previous meeting: St. Ambrose won 65-30 on Nov. 2, 2013, in Davenport, Iowa. St. Xavier …

College Football: Siena Heights at St. Francis

Siena Heights (4-3, 3-1)  at St. Francis (4-4, 1-3) When: 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium, Joliet. Coaches: Joe Curry, St. Francis; Jim Lyall, Siena Heights. Previous meeting: St. Francis won 17-13 on Nov. 2, 2013, in Adrian, Michigan. St. Francis preview: The Saints lost …

High School/Local College Sports Roundup for Oct. 29, 2014

Girls Swimming & Diving

South Suburban Blue Meet: Melissa Joyce won the 200-yard individual medley (2:24.51) as Tinley Park (239 points) edged Oak Forest (236) and Lemont (229) for first place in the five-team meet. Oak Forest was led by Gretchen Behrens, who prevailed in …

Boys Soccer: Blake Van Bruggen and Andrew proving to be great late


Blake Van Bruggen’s senior year at Andrew is turning out to be more memorable than he possibly could have imagined a few weeks ago. On Oct. 3, after a loss to Lincoln-Way West, the Thunderbolts were 4-7-2 overall and 0-2 in the SouthWest Suburban Red, …

Boys Soccer: Lockport, Thornton co-op reach sectional final


The fact Lockport was the No. 1 seed and Stagg the No. 12 mattered very little Tuesday night as the teams battled all night in an evenly played game. Vinny Smithwick knew the game likely was going to come down to one big moment and …

Boys Soccer: Marian Catholic clips Crete-Monee in sectional semifinal

With the end of regulation in sight, Marian Catholic’s Carlo Falcioni was looking to “pick up scraps” near the goal. He ended up with much more than that. Falcioni scored the game-winning goal Tuesday with two minutes remaining as Marian defeated Crete-Monee 1-0 in a …

Girls Volleyball: Shepard outlasts Stagg in regional semifinal


It could have been exhaustion. It was more excitement, though, that had Shepard’s Nikki Alex searching not for words, but air after the host Astros beat Stagg 22-25, 25-20, 25-21 in a pulse-pounding Class 4A regional semifinal Tuesday.

“All the adrenaline and the excitement of …