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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

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

BISHOP NOLL VS RIVER FOREST GIRLS BASKETBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • CALUMET TWP. | It may not have been how Bishop Noll envisioned the win coming before the game Saturday, but the Times No. 5 Warriors still cruised to a 61-32 win over River Forest for the Greater South Shore Conference tournament title. "Early on, a couple calls didn't go in our favor," said coach Vanita Gary, whose team defended its crown. "It kind of sucked some of the energy out of the game." Naomi House and Elena Sobilo each missed much of the first half with foul trouble. House tallied her second foul barely two minutes into the game. River Forest slowed the bleeding in the second quarter but Noll still lead 30-14 at the break. House notched her fourth foul at the 5:35 mark of the third and went back to the bench. "It changes our rhythm a bit (to have House and Sobilo out of the regular rotation)," Gary said. "Early foul calls can make you play a little more timid, a little less aggressive." "Aggressive ball is our style. Anything other than that, it's an adjustment."
  • 1/25/2014
  • Album ID: 1759046
  • Photos by John Smierciak

BISHOP NOLL VS LAKE STATION BOYS BASKETBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • CALUMET TWP. | Tyreon Gates wasn’t on Bishop Noll’s basketball team his freshman year, so he missed a chance to cut down a piece of the net after Noll won the Greater South Shore Conference that season. Saturday at Calumet, the Noll senior made sure he tickled the net multiple times before taking his latest souvenir piece down. Gates broke open a tight game with a pair of late 3-pointers in the final minutes and led Bishop Noll with 19 points as the Warriors captured their fourth consecutive GSSC tournament title with a 64-48 win over Lake Station.
  • 1/25/2014
  • Album ID: 1759047
  • 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

FIRST TECH CHALLENGE AT IUN BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • GARY | Students from St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point joined whiz kids from four other states Sunday at a regional qualifying robotics tournament at Indiana University Northwest. A total of 24 teams from Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin took part in the FIRST Tech Challenge, which is in its 23rd year, said Keith Hall, an FTC senior mentor for Illinois and Northwest Indiana. The mission of FIRST Tech Challenge is to inspire children to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, said Hall, who helped organize the event with his wife, Lori. Of nine teams from Indiana, the St. Mary CyberCatz were the only team from Lake County. Coach Heather Clarkson, a computer teacher at the school, said the program allows her students to meet kids from all over the Midwest. The challenge of being interviewed by competition judges has improved her students' presentation skills, she said.
  • 1/19/2014
  • Album ID: 1756261
  • Photos by John Smierciak

PICKETING IN FRONT OF ST. FLORIAN SCHOOL IN HEGEWISCH BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • CHICAGO | A member of the school board for St. Florian’s Catholic School said Wednesday that Chicago Archdiocese officials were sympathetic toward a plan by Hegewisch neighborhood residents who want the school to remain open. School officials said they were told by the Archdiocese that the 107-year-old school was among a half-dozen that would close at the end of the current school year because of financial difficulties. The school board that helps run the school met Wednesday night with Sister Mary Paul McCaughey, superintendent of the Archdiocese schools. At that meeting, parents discussed efforts they have been concocting to raise an additional $200,000 per year for the next three years to help make up for subsidies the Archdiocese will no longer provide. “We’ve been given a chance to fundraise,” said Mirian Rodriguez, one of the school board’s members, who said that McCaughey seemed sympathetic to the interests of parents who don’t want to have to transfer their children to different schools.
  • 1/15/2014
  • Album ID: 1755067
  • Photos by John Smierciak
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