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Baranek: Reavis’ Ally Balandis faces down a big life challenge and comes up a winner

Reavis senior Ally Balandis is not what you’d call a rebel, but she never has done things by the book. She really doesn’t have much choice. That was etched in stone the day she was born, when some nerves in her upper left arm were …

 

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Lincoln-Way West going the extra mile

Rails

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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Bowling Insider: Perfection? Hand it to Hudson

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In a time when ball and lane technology has sent the amount of 300 games soaring, there still are a few unique accomplishments to be found. How many bowlers can say they’ve thrown a perfect game with both their right and left hand? John Hudson …

Badminton: Lincoln-Way East’s Courtney Matheu makes impressive recovery

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Lincoln-Way East’s Courtney Matheu was looking ahead, and she was worried. Just months away from the end of her high school career, Matheu thought she was going to miss out on all those things seniors look forward to, especially prom and graduation. Why? No, not …

Boys Water Polo Note

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Lincoln-Way North possesses one of the area’s stingiest defenses, and it was on display in Saturday’s third-place match at the Sandburg Tournament. The Phoenix and a St. Charles North squad ranked among the state’s top 20 teams battled for nearly 2½ quarters before the North …

Girls Water Polo Note

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Replacing star Danijela Jackovich, who now plays for Stanford, was a huge challenge for defending state runner-up Lincoln-Way Central, and the Knights took some lumps early in the season. Central seems to be finding its footing now, however. The Knights (7-6) have won four straight, …

Boys Tennis Note

The first Lincoln-Way Cup takes place at 9 a.m. Wednesday with all four Lincoln-Way schools – East, Central, West and North – battling it out in the middle of spring break at the East courts in Frankfort. The Lincoln-Way schools never will be confused with …

Lewis men’s golf team third in GLVC tourney

Lewis is in third place after two rounds of the 54-hole Great Lakes Valley Conference Men’s Golf Championships in Columbus, Ind. The Flyers shot 282 on Sunday for a two-day total of 580, 12 shot behind leader Indianapolis. Jeremy Fraser leads Lewis at 75-68—143, good …

Baseball: ‘D’-lightful effort for Musielak, Brother Rice

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Good pitching and defense is a recipe for success on the baseball diamond. Brother Rice flashed both on Saturday against De La Salle. Brian Musielak kept Meteors hitters off balance and received a strong effort by his defense as Brother Rice downed visiting De La …

Baseball: The Butler did it: Lockport foiled by Minooka

For Minooka pitcher Joe Butler, it was just another day in the park. The sophomore right-hander didn’t feel any pressure of making a big start against Lockport. He threw five strong innings to help the Indians to a 5-2 victory Saturday night before a large …

Boys Track and Field: Crete-Monee has run of things at H-F Classic

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With multiple state medalists including hurdler Rashad Hulbert and sprinter Lexus Jackson, Crete-Monee had a pretty good run until last season. The Warriors were shut out of state qualifying in 2013, but based on the early returns this spring, that looks like a blip on …

Boys Volleyball: Eisenhower’s McCoy, Curta chip in for title

It didn’t take much to get Robert McCoy to try out for the Eisenhower volleyball team. “One of our girl players saw that he had really good footwork in gym class,” Eisenhower coach Stan Natonek said, “so she offered him a bag of Flaming Hot …

Boys Water Polo: Sandburg stellar in rematch against Andrew

Sandburg didn’t have to wait long for revenge. Two days after Andrew earned a 14-11 win in the Eagles’ home pool, the teams met again Saturday in the championship of the Sandburg Tournament. This time it was all Eagles. Zach Roper scored six goals, Sean …

Badminton: T.F. South dominates at own invitational

With partner Jenna Pasko, T.F. South’s Cassie Breshock has a state championship in doubles in mind in May. But in gearing up for the postseason, Breshock doesn’t care where she plays. The senior isn’t a singles or doubles player. She’s a badminton player. With the …

High School/Local College Sports Roundup for April 19, 2014

Baseball

Lincoln-Way East 2, Plainfield South 0: Jack Dwyer (single) and Brian Christianson (triple) posted RBI for host Lincoln-Way East (8-5). Ryan August and five relievers combined on a five-hitter for the Griffins.

Mount Carmel 10, Bishop McNamara 3: Malik Carpenter (3-for-4) registered two runs …

Curtis Granderson Stadium dedicated at UIC

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Curtis Granderson is a three-time All-Star with nine-plus years of major league experience under his belt. He’s played in Detroit and New York City, and played on the biggest stages baseball has to offer in the postseason. But Thursday, even an accomplished star such as …

High School/Local College Sports Roundup for April 18, 2014

Baseball

Oak Lawn 7, Reavis 3: Justin Swatek and Ryne Melnik each had two RBI for visiting Oak Lawn (3-11, 2-3) in the South Suburban Red. Reavis dropped to 4-9, 2-3.

Joliet West 3, Andrew 2: Austin Peterson and Stefan Urosevic scored runs for visiting …