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Beecher Softball's Sarah Crews and Coach Kevin Hayhurst

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  • Times Illinois softball Player of the Year Beecher's Sarah Crews and Times Illinois Coach of the Year Beecher's Kevin Hayhurst.
  • 7/1/2014
  • Album ID: 1819794
  • Photos by Jonathan Miano

Illinois Female Athlete of the Year

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  • T.F. South's Ashtyn Kapovich
  • 6/27/2014
  • Album ID: 1822736
  • Photos by John Smierciak

SEVEN ON SEVEN PASSING TOURNAMENT BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • Something about a seven-on-seven passing tournament just doesn't look right when Mount Carmel is taking part. So it wasn't surprising when Caravan coach Frank Lenti had a chance to go against his old defensive coordinator, Bob Padjen of T.F. South, Lenti called something more familiar to Mount Carmel. "I told his brother (T.F. South coach Tom Padjen) that since he's got eight guys in coverage, we're going to run the ball," Lenti said. The Caravan did run the ball to the amusement of spectators and coaches, and the bewilderment of some players. Mount Carmel junior Anthony Thompson, a left-hander, took care of the first team quarterbacking duties for the Caravan at the Richards Passing Tournament on Saturday. Thompson looked sharp and threw a hard, tight spiral all morning. Against Richards in the second round, Thompson threw a deep hitch and go down the left side of the field to connect with the Caravan receiver in the end zone for a 40-yard touchdown. "He's got to quicken his feet up and quicken his release up," Lenti said of Thompson. "The big thing is he's got to get back to throwing the ball on time, but we don't do a whole lot of this. This is the only one-day passing league thing we do all summer." More often than not, many of the defenses featured eight men on the field and forced better reads and passes by the quarterbacks. "I was trying to work on timing today," Thompson said. "Running the option, a lot of teams stack the box against us. It's real important that when we get those passing chances, we capitalize on those opportunities." T.F. South's Jerome Barker intercepted Thompson in the Rebels' round against the Caravan. Barker also had two deflected passes against Mount Carmel. "We've only had three days of camp," Rebels head coach Tom Padjen said. "So for a lot of our young guys, and we're young, it's baptism under fire. There's some tremendous programs here, so it gives our guys a good sense of where we're at, and where we need to be." T.F. South senior quarterback Cody Petrich said he felt great after being banged up in 2013, and that he has greatly benefited from his experience under center. "It's a lot clearer now and easier to see defenses and coverages," Petrich said. "It's good to see these guys out here ready to learn. I'm definitely ready for the season ahead."
  • 6/21/2014
  • Album ID: 1816691
  • Photos by John Smierciak

DAYLEN HUBBARD, BLOOM HIGH SCHOOL HURDLER BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • Daylen Hubbard was right there, going hurdle-for-hurdle with Tifonte Hunt across 110 meters final at the Class 3A Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional. The two seniors were the latest example of the century-old rivalry between Bloom Township and Thornton, and the finish line was looming. It was Hubbard, representing Bloom, at the line. Or was it? The finish-line camera proved it was not. Hunt edged Hubbard by one- hundredth of a second with a winning time of 14.28 seconds in a race so competitive, six of the eight finalists advanced to this weekend’s IHSA championship at Eastern Illinois in Charleston. “I knew what I had to do,” Hubbard said. “I knew there were other state finalists (from last year) in the heat. I wasn’t worried. I was supposed to be a state finalist (in 2013) until I was injured. “When I get in the blocks, I try not to think about it, because I’d be scared. It seems like a hundred hurdles. I’m going to get hit or hit one, so I try not to think about my race. Hubbard thought he was the winner until the announcement that Hunt edged him was made. “I thought he won too,” Hunt said. The consolation for Hubbard was in qualifying again for the 3A battle at O’Brien Field. He was seeded 11th last year, but an injured right hip flexor kept him from running his best time in his heat race. He missed the championship race by a third of a second.
  • 5/27/2014
  • Album ID: 1806483
  • Photos by John Smierciak

SOUTHLAND ATHLETIC CONFERENCE MEET BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS | It came down to the little things for Crete-Monee en route to capturing the Southland Conference boys track title on Wednesday night. Sophomore LaVall McNulty won discus with a throw of 141 feet, 11 inches, his career best by 20 feet. The Warriors grabbed first and third place in each hurdle race. Senior Quinten Nash won the 200 meters barely a half-hour after being nipped at the wire by Bloom Township's James Harriel in the 400 "Any team victory tonight was kind of unexpected," Warriors coach Brian O'Donnell said. "On paper, we were supposed to lose by 50 points. But some of our guys stepped upy. I wasn't expecting to win conference." Crete-Monee beat Bloom 170-160, in a two-team runaway. Rich East (78) was a distant third. Last year, Bloom beat Crete-Monee by 67 points. O'Donnell didn't need to be reminded.
  • 5/14/2014
  • Album ID: 1801415
  • Photos by John Smierciak

ILLIANA CHRISTIAN VS FENTON GIRLS SOCCER BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • SOUTH HOLLAND | After lightning delayed Illinois Christian's 1-1 tie against Fenton midway through the second half, the Vikings' missed chances are stinging that much harder. Just after the start of the second half, Illiana Christian was given chances to score early and often against Fenton, but the Vikings failed to find the goal that could have ended the match. If the Vikings had succeeded in scoring the go-ahead goal, the Metro Suburban Conference game would have been ruled a win. Inclement weather postponed the match with 24:11 remaining in the second half. Now, the teams will resume the match at Paarlberg Park at a future date.
  • 4/29/2014
  • Album ID: 1794421
  • Photos by John Smierciak

Illiana Christian vs. T.F. South softball

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  • 4/24/2014
  • Album ID: 1822745
  • Photos by John Smierciak

BEECHER VS ILLINOIS LUTHERAN BOYS BASEBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • BEECHER | Beecher's Justin Roggemann was waiting for the fastball, and Roggemann got the fastball. Roggemann scored the winning run on a passed ball to give the Bobcats a 2-1 win over River Valley Conference rival and Times No. 3 Illinois Lutheran. In a 1-1 game, Roggemann started the bottom of the seventh with a lead off double before coming in to score after a Jared Buzan pitch sailed high on Chargers catcher Dylan Gould. With the win, Beecher remained undefeated at 6-0 overall and 4-0 in RVC play. "Coach (Brandon DuBois) told me to be ready for a bad pitch," Roggemann said. "I just saw the chance and took it." Beecher (6-0, 4-0) started the scoring with one run in the bottom of the first. Beecher lead off hitter Cameron Morgan walked to start the bottom of the first then later came around to score on a Dallas Saddler sacrifice. Illinois Lutheran (5-1, 1-1) answered with one run in the third on a Gould RBI single that scored Evan Henschel.
  • 4/8/2014
  • Album ID: 1785859
  • Photos by John Smierciak

Marian Catholic vs Bloom Township, Boys Basketball

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  • Marian Catholic vs Bloom Township, Boys Basketball
  • 3/12/2014
  • Album ID: 1776795
  • Photos by John Luke

TF NORTH VS BREMEN IN BASKETBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • MIDLOTHIAN | Not that an exclamation point was needed for T.F. North's first quarter against Bremen on Thursday night, but Sadiq Salisu provided one anyway. His banked-in 55-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Meteors a 10-point lead and reinforced the idea that it would be his team's night. T.F. North romped to a 59-23 victory over the Braves, and it was that close only because Meteors coach Tim Bankston took it easy on his South Suburban Blue lodge brothers after scooting to a 39-8 halftime lead.
  • 2/27/2014
  • Album ID: 1772345
  • Photos by John Smierciak
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