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MARIAN CATHOLIC VS LINCOLN-WAY EAST IN CLASS 4A BASKETBALL SECTIONAL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The sequence might have gone unnoticed by many, but not by Marian Catholic's Spartans. The Times' No. 2 squad, playing a team it had beaten by 30 to open the season, trailed Lincoln-Way East after the first quarter of their Bloom Township Class 4A Sectional semifinal. After finally knotting the score at 26 with 3:12 to play in the half, Marian's defense then frustrated the Griffins for 58 seconds, denying their outside shooters and sealing off the lane, until East turned the ball over on a traveling call. "That's the best feeling in the world," Spartans guard Gabby Cooper said. "It was a big momentum boost," Marian coach Dan Murray said. "To be honest, Lincoln-Way outplayed us most of the first half. That enabled us to take a lead into halftime. That was huge." Eventually, Marian (25-4) posted a 61-51 win to advance to Thursday's title game opposite Oak Lawn (28-1), a 61-56 winner over Marist. Marian will play for its 10th sectional crown in 13 years, Oak Lawn for its first in school history.
  • 2/25/2014
  • Album ID: 1771315
  • Photos by John Smierciak

THORNWOOD VS ANDREW BOY BASKETBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • SOUTH HOLLAND | By most standards, the last of Donzel Vinson's five 3-point baskets Friday was from way, way outside. But Vinson, one of a squadron of gunners for Times No. 2 Thornwood, doesn't think in terms of those standards. "When I had 17 to get to 20?" he asked. "Yeah, that was pretty deep." At perhaps 27 feet, was it on the edge of his range? "I don't really have a range," he said. "When I start hitting them, I hit them from anywhere." And the Thunderbirds, extending a brilliant season with a 75-48, SouthWest Suburban Red win over Andrew, are developing a knack for finding the hot hand.
  • 2/14/2014
  • Album ID: 1766814
  • Photos by John Smierciak

SETON ACADEMY VS ILLIANA CHRISTIAN GIRLS BASKETBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • SOUTH HOLLAND | Given this was Seton Academy's third regional title in a row, the biggest victory for the Sting's Ebony Bailey on Thursday may not have been her team's 56-30 win over Illiana Christian. It might have come after the game, when she was announced as the GCAC White Division Player of the Year.
  • 2/13/2014
  • Album ID: 1766604
  • Photos by John Smierciak

CRETE MONEE WARRIORS WILL SEND NINE PLAYERS INTO THE COLLEGE RANKS BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • CRETE | For the graduating seniors of the Crete-Monee football team, it has been quite a ride. The seniors leave behind an impressive legacy and an impressive collection of statistics. A 40-7 record over the past four seasons. A 35-consecutive game winning streak, and 30 consecutive Southland Athletic Conference wins. Also, two undefeated regular seasons in 2011 and 2012, including a 14-0 season and state championship in 2012. "These kids had a huge part in us winning our first state championship ever in school history," Warrior head football coach John Konecki said. "They set a bar of excellence that will forever be held up as, this is what we're trying to do as a team and as a class here at Crete-Monee High School." And now, some Warriors will move on. The Warriors will send nine players into the college ranks next season, the most from one graduating class in school history. Rodulfo Antuna will attend St. Xavier University. Deon Benton, Lincoln University. Jonathon Draper, Eastern Illinois. Kevon Love, Fort Scott College. Joshua McCaskel, St. Joseph. Nyles Morgan, Notre Dame University. Shane Ratkovich, Robert Morris University. Chris Slayton, Syracuse University. And Anthony Townsend, Lincoln University.
  • 2/5/2014
  • Album ID: 1763197
  • Photos by John Smierciak

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

Illiana Christian's Caleb Jonkman

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  • 1/31/2014
  • Album ID: 1778634
  • Photos by The Times

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. NORTH VS OAK FOREST BOYS BASKETBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • CALUMET CITY | T.F. North was in command and it looked like the Meteors would upset Oak Forest. Then the Meteors did what they have done all year. They could not finish off the Bengals. Oak Forest scored the game's final seven points for a 52-46 South Suburban Blue Conference win over T.F. North on Friday. "At the end of the game we got a little selfish and that cost us," North coach Tim Bankston said. "We had people who were open, yet we forced outside shots and they didn't fall. That is the same old story."
  • 1/24/2014
  • Album ID: 1759044
  • Photos by John Smierciak

T.F. NORTH VS LEMONT GIRSL BASKETBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • CALUMET CITY | The frustration of letting another game get away from her team did not show on the face of T.F. North Chris Pruitt.The second-year coach sat on the bench following the Meteors 34-33 South Suburban Blue loss to Lemont on Tuesday. Her team had been in command until the final 1 1/2 minutes when it was outscored 8-2.But the frustration did show in her voice and she came right to the point about it."There are no excuses or no way I can justify our (lack of) rebounding, lack of communication, lack of desire or lack of hustle," Pruitt said. "We have a lack of desire to win. I can't teach that. We were up and we're taking (long) jump shots. We had turnovers down the stretch and a lack of concentration."
  • 1/21/2014
  • Album ID: 1759041
  • 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
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