T.F. South
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T.F. SOUTH VS TINLEY PARK BASKETBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • TINLEY PARK | It was evident from the start that T.F. South was a more focused team Wednesday night against Tinley Park than it had been Monday at Rich East. The Rebels shot better, were quicker defensively, and played an all- around sharper game against the Titans, especially in the first three quarters. Only a late rally by the hosts made the final score of 72-68 appear like it was a tight game.
  • 2/5/2014
  • Album ID: 1763188
  • Photos by John Smierciak

TFS VS RICH CENTRAL GIRLS BASKETBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • LANSING | Times No. 4 T.F. South won two of four quarters Thursday against Rich Central, and a third came up even. However, four quarters make a game, and, more specifically, the second quarter made this one. Rich Central outscored the Rebels 21-8 in the second quarter and held on for a 52-48 win.
  • 1/30/2014
  • Album ID: 1760987
  • Photos by John Smierciak

T.F. SOUTH VS BOGAN IN BOYS BASKETBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • CALUMET CITY | After a win early this season over another of the top teams in the metropolitan area, Bogan's LuWane Pipkins declared himself "the best guard in the city." After Pipkins went off for a school-record 40 points Sunday in a 76-50 win over T.F. South in the Coaches Against Cancer Basketball Tournament at T.F. North, Bengals coach Arthur Goodwin expanded the geography slightly, and disagreed.
  • 1/12/2014
  • Album ID: 1753512
  • Photos by John Smierciak

T.F. South at Lincoln-Way North football

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  • T.F. South at Lincoln-Way North playoff football
  • 11/1/2013
  • Album ID: 1726181
  • Photos by Jonathan Miano

T.F. SOUTH VS SANDBURG IN CLASS 4A REGIONAL SEMIFINAL VOLLEYBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • TINLEY PARK | It was the worst possible ending, and the best possible message. After T.F. South trailed, 23-18, in the third set of its Andrew Regional final, and 24-21, and at 24-23 when Crystal Lee slammed home her 13th kill of the night following a heart-stopping dig by Cori Reynolds, after a timeout as a reeling Sandburg tried to gather itself, Justine Flores stepped to the line to serve for the tie. And floated the ball wide. "I was just trying to get it in," she said later. "It hit the wrong part of my hand." The Sandburg half of the crowd erupted over the 25-22, 17-25, 25-23 win that sent them to their own Class 4A sectional for a 7 p.m. Tuesday semifinal opposite Marist. The T.F. South half groaned. Flores collapsed to the floor. Her teammates ran to her, and picked her up. "That meant a lot," she said. "It said it wasn't my fault. … It said we are a team — we win as a team, and we lose as a team." Twenty-six times in 31 outings this season, the Rebels won. Against the Eagles (30-7), they won more points — 70-67 — but Sandburg eked out a win in the opening set and, after nearly getting blocked out of the gym in Set 2, another in the closer to advance. Seven different Rebels had kills on the night. Briana Lilly, Lee, Leah Lagestee and Jenna Pasko put up tremendous blocks. Ashtyn Kapovich, Reynolds and Flores, senior defensive stalwarts, anchored a back row that cleaned up what blocks didn't swat down.
  • 10/31/2013
  • Album ID: 1725587
  • Photos by John Smierciak

Lemont at T.F. South football

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  • Lemont at T.F. South football.
  • 10/25/2013
  • Album ID: 1723282
  • Photos by Jonathan Miano

T.F. North at South football

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  • T.F. South's 14-13 win over T.F. North for the Mushroom/Wooden Shoe Trophy.
  • 10/18/2013
  • Album ID: 1720281
  • Photos by Jonathan Miano

Tinley Park at T.F. South football

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  • Tinley Park at T.F. South football
  • 10/11/2013
  • Album ID: 1717225
  • Photos by Jonathan Miano

TF UNITED VS OAK FOREST SOCCER BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • CALUMET CITY | It may be too late for Thornton Fractional to win a South Suburban Blue Conference title, but it still isn't taking any games lightly. T.F. United dominated Oak Forest 9-0 in a South Suburban Blue match Thursday. Ray Kobus and Luis Ramirez each scored two goals, and Cristian Gonzalez had a goal and an assist. Jose Sandoval recorded three assists as Thornton Fractional used seven first-half goals to quickly topple the Bengals and force the slaughter rule with a 20-minute second half. "There was a lot of passing and two-touch soccer," Kobus said of the win. "Very unselfish. We played our game today and came out with a good result." Ramirez, a junior, said the team is still a work in progress that has put their 5-15-1 record of 2012 behind them and is playing at another level this year. "We're working and doing good this season," Ramirez said. "Last year we did terrible, honestly. But the bad thing is that these seniors are going to leave, but still we have a good team this year." With a 6-3 record in the South Suburban Blue, the United is preparing for the playoffs and what it hopes will be a deep run. "Our first goal was winning conference or even sharing the title," Kobus said. "Now, we're focusing with our practices for preparing for regionals. We're looking forward to trying to get a regional championship." Kobus, a senior leader on the United, is looking for good practices before the playoffs to help lead the team into the postseason. "Definitely communicating and just keep playing our game," he said. "Finishing and listen to what we do in practice. How we practice is how we play."
  • 10/10/2013
  • Album ID: 1716632
  • Photos by John Smierciak

THORNTON FRACTIONAL SOUTH VS EISENHOWER IN FOOTBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • LANSING | T.F. South coach Tom Padjen isn't one to give big speeches, especially a Knute Rockne-like speech. The veteran coach motivated his team at halftime by telling a story from the 1997 season. "We were at Eisenhower and our quarterback (his son Mark), was tackled near the Eisenhower sideline and a coach yelled, 'Take his legs out,'" Tom Padjen said. Mark Padjen, who was at Friday's game, recalled after the game: "I got in his face and said 'I am indestructible.'" The "indestructible" speech motivated the Rebels as they shut down Eisenhower in the second half for a 17-7 South Suburban Conference crossover win on Friday. Senior Jariel Brooks said the players took the speech to heart. "We were indestructible in the second half and we had to get it together," Brooks said. "This was like a playoff game for us because we have to win the rest of our games if we are going to make the playoffs. We had to step it up." With their backs to the wall and a homecoming crowd behind them, South (3-3) shut out the Cardinals (4-2) in the second half. South has not been over .500 this year.
  • 10/4/2013
  • Album ID: 1714608
  • Photos by John Smierciak
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