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Football: Despite getting nicked by Providence, Brother Rice leaves lasting impression

Coaches deal with losses in different ways. Brother Rice’s Brian Badke certainly would have preferred a victory from his team Friday against Providence. However, after the Crusaders dropped a 45-42 thriller to the Celtics, Badke not only showered his players with praise, he did so …


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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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High School/Local College Sports Roundup for Oct. 22, 2014

Boys Soccer

Class 3A Sandburg Regional

Thornton co-op 2, Shepard 0: Goals by Mario Graciano and Julio Salazar propelled Thornton co-op (11-7-2) in the semifinal. Tony Castro stopped five shots in recording his 11th shutout.

Class 2A Providence Regional

Providence 5, Brooks 1: Bernie O’Donnell …

Boys Soccer: T.F. United, Lockport advance to regional final


Miguel Villalobos hadn’t gotten many opportunities to score for T.F. United this season, but the junior kept the faith.

“I haven’t gotten a lot of playing time, but I was dreaming that I would get a chance and I’d score,” he said.

Villalobos’ dream came …

Girls Tennis: Homewood-Flossmoor’s Timara Maxwell, Sophia Osabuohien aim for long run


Timara Maxwell and Sophia Osabuohien haven’t left themselves much room for improvement. Heading into this week’s state tennis tournament, improvement is what the Homewood-Flossmoor doubles team is seeking. The duo made it to the state quarterfinals last season before losing two straight matches. “We’re hoping …

Football: Plenty at stake in T.F. South vs. T.F. North game


Throw out the win-loss records. The stakes always are high when T.F. South and T.F. North do battle, as they will Friday in Calumet City. Beyond the winner taking ownership of the Wooden Shoe and Mushroom Traveling Trophy, along with District 215 bragging rights, Friday’s …

Football: Lemont’s Ryan Dawson makes quarterback job his own


For the first three weeks of Lemont’s season, Ryan Dawson often rotated offensive series at quarterback with Chris Thompson. With the Indians winning their first three games, the plan to rotate figured to remain intact. Or so it appeared. Dawson earned the start against Oak …

SouthtownStar Football Top 10

Includes records; last week’s rankings in parentheses:

1. Providence 7-1 (1)

2. Richards 7-1 (2)

3. L-W East 7-1 (4)

4. H-F 6-2 (5)

5. Joliet Catholic 6-2 (6)

6. St. Rita 6-2 (2)

7. Lemont 8-0 (7)

8. Brother Rice 5-3 (8)

9. L-W West 7-1 (9)

10. L-W North 7-1 (10)

Boys Soccer: Crete-Monee’s Fernando Aguirre brings intensity, leadership to the field


Fernando Aguirre was born without the lower part of his left arm. When the Crete-Monee senior is on the soccer field, though, that doesn’t matter. “The moment I step on the pitch and start playing, I don’t even think about all that,” Aguirre said. “That …

SouthtownStar Boys Soccer Top 10

Includes records through Monday;
last week’s rankings in parentheses

1. Lockport 14-3-2 (1)

2. Sandburg 12-6-2 (2)

3. Lemont 15-2-4 (3)

4. Bremen 11-6-2 (4)

5. Eisenhower 14-6 (5)

6. Marian Catholic 14-7-2 (6)

7. Lincoln-Way West 12-8-1 (7)

8. Bloom 15-4-3 (8)

9. St. Laurence 10-4-3 (9)

10. Thornton co-op 10-7-2 (10)

Boys Soccer: Lincoln-Way West, Thornton co-op share SouthWest Suburban Red title


Lincoln-Way West and Thornton co-op emerged as the survivors in the wild SouthWest Suburban Red chase, sharing the conference title with 4-2 records. The conference race was so crazy that going into the final slate of games Oct. 14, it was possible for all seven …

SouthtownStar Boys Soccer Stats


Through Oct. 13. Stats provided by schools.


Player, school Matches Tot

Schmidtke, Ill. Lutheran 24 44

Aguirre, Crete-Monee 21 30

Massa, LW Central 16 29

Lysik, LW Central 16 27

Chrobak, Reavis 21 25

McLaughin, St. Laurence 17 24

Avalos, Bremen 19 21

Olson, JCA 23 20

Patino, Richards 15 19

Schultz, Beecher 10 17

Avila, Eisenhower 18 17

Guarino, Marian 17 17

Aldape, Bloom 20 16

Egeler, Ill. Lutheran 24 16

Gallegos, T.F. …

Boys Soccer: Timothy Christian kicks out Chicago Christian in sectional semifinal


As an eighth-grader a year ago, Jimmy Allen watched Timothy Christian’s sectional title run.

He wants to be part of another one.

Allen scored twice as the Trojans shook off an early deficit to roll past host Chicago Christian 5-2 in a Class 1A sectional …

Girls Volleyball: Sandburg turns back Lincoln-Way East


Sandburg junior Gillian Thanasouras wasn’t particularly pleased when she found out the Eagles’ biggest match of the SouthWest Suburban Blue season Tuesday was being moved from the Eagle gym to the tiny Gold gym.

“The big gym has a better, bigger atmosphere,” she said. “It’s …

High School/Local College Sports Roundup for Oct. 21, 2014

Boys Soccer

Class 3A Sandburg Regional

Richards 2, Sandburg 1: Jerry Patino scored twice to boost Richards (8-9) in the semifinal. Celso Perez and Hussain Sadeq had assists in helping the 18th-seeded Bulldogs defeat the second-seeded Sandburg (12-7-2) seed in the Sandburg Sectional.

Class 2A …

Girls Volleyball: Marian Catholic’s Maddie Huekels all about helping others, on and off the court


On the court, Marian Catholic senior Maddie Huekels probably is most effective for the Spartans as a setter. She’s among the Southland leaders this season with 376 assists. Huekels also is a reliable server, with 138 points and 21 aces. And she can take matters …

Baranek: The Newsomes — Deb and Abby — share bond as athletes, Shepard stars


Deb and Abby Newsome make good use of their mother-daughter time. If there’s a beach and a net, they’ll bring the volleyball. “We played in Mexico once and it was me and someone from the resort against Mom and Dad,” Abby said. “Of course, me …