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27th ANNUAL BOYS TRACK CLASSIC INVITATIONAL IN HARVEY, IL., BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

  • 12 photos
  • HARVEY | There are home meets, and then there are HOME meets. Nobody was more at home at Saturday's Thornton Classic than Thornton senior Maurice Buchanan. The long-jumper, high-jumper and jack-of-all trades sprinter lives in the blue house bordering the south end of Thornton's football stadium, so close that the Wildcats' locker room is farther from the finish line than his own bedroom. "He's about as Harvey as can be," Thornton track coach Vince McAuliffe said. "He's true-blue Thornton. He bleeds purple, and growing up in that house, he's been listening to me yell at people for 12 years." Buchanan, a state qualifier in the long jump last year and a member of Thornton's Class 3A third-place finishers as a sophomore, is rarely McAuliffe's target. Saturday, as Thornton (129 points) finished second to Evanston (167) at the seven-team classic, Buchanan won the long jump in a season-best 22 feet, 7 inches, finished second in the high jump (6-0) and ran in the finals of the 100 meters and the third leg of the Wildcats' winning 1,600-meter relay. When the state series begins, he'll likely compete in the two jumps, the 400 relay and the 800 relay.
  • 5/4/2013
  • Album ID: 1649237
  • Photos by John Smierciak

TFS VS TINLEY PARK VARSITY SOFTBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • LANSING | All season, the one thing that has hindered T.F. South's softball team more than the weather is giving the opponent a big inning, then coming up short. Monday was no exception as the Rebels let South Suburban Blue-leading Tinley Park have a five-run third inning in the Titans' 13-3 win. Tinley Park (11-3, 10-0) broke open a 1-0 game in the third, then added three runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings. "We let them have five or six outs in the third and when you let a team like Tiney have that many outs, they are going to take advantage of it," T.F. South coach Jamie Arundel said. "It's one or two bad innings that hurt us. I thought we hit the ball pretty well, but we also made a few (baserunning) mistakes."
  • 4/22/2013
  • Album ID: 1642701
  • Photos by John Smierciak

BISHOP NOLL VS LOWELL IN THE 11TH ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL CHALLENGE BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • GARY | Chad Mateja made his first start of the season Saturday, but nobody told Lowell. Mateja led Times No. 5 Bishop Noll to a 10-0 win over the Red Devils in five innings for the High School Challenge nightcap at U.S. Steel Yard. "I was just getting the ball over the plate, hitting my spots and letting the defense do its job," Mateja said. The senior hurler threw five shutout innings, striking out eight while his offense did its job, scoring 10 runs to end the game early.
  • 4/13/2013
  • Album ID: 1638847
  • Photos by John Smierciak

KANKAKEE VALLEY VS BOWMAN ACADEMY IN THE 11TH ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL CHALLENGE BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • GARY | Kankakee Valley needed only three hits to put an early end to its 10-0 five-inning win over Bowman on Saturday at U.S. Steel Yard. "We didn't hit the cover off the ball, but we were opportunistics a little bit today," coach Doug Greenlee said. "There were a couple of high fly balls that dropped. That helped. Those were tough plays." In the Eagles' (0-1) first game of the season, Bowman officially had four errors, but allowed several balls to drop that could have been caught. "The only disappointment I had was my veteran ballplayers and some of the mental mistakes they made," Bowman coach William Outlaw said. "All the runs were off errors, so once we correct the mental mistakes I think we'll have a great season."
  • 4/13/2013
  • Album ID: 1638846
  • Photos by John Smierciak

TFS VS TFN VARSITY SOFTBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • LANSING | For T.F. South starter Devin Pieper, it sure makes a day on the pitching rubber easier when your team scores eight runs in the first. The Rebels used an eight run bottom of the first to overcome South Suburban Blue Conference rival T.F. North 17-0 in five innings. Rebels leadoff hitter Marcy Evans was 4 for 4 from the plate with two RBIs and four runs scored. Rebel cleanup hitter Daviea Cowans was 2 for 3 with three runs scored and two RBIs. "I felt energized at the plate today," Evans said. "I felt confident and comfortable. I was seeing the ball well. It was a little cold, but all the hard work we did paid off in the end."
  • 4/13/2013
  • Album ID: 1638845
  • Photos by John Smierciak

STAGG HIGH SCHOOL TRACK INVITATIONAL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • PALOS HILLS | Jauan Wesley says he can tell when he wins a race, even though he’s looking straight ahead and the fellow next to him is nearly even with him. Call it a runner’s intuition. The good ones have it. Wesley put it to use twice in Saturday’s windblown Stagg Invitational. Both times, the Thornton junior was right, even though he won by the narrowest of margins. The first example came in the 100-meter final. Both Wesley and teammate Jalen Banks breezed in their heats, and when starter Pete Shreck fired the gun for the final, they were side-by-side from start to finish. When they came back to the line to get their times, Wesley said to Banks, “I gotcha.” And Banks said, “But I almost caught you.” Each knew their placing before they were told their times: 10.51 gale-aided hand-timed seconds for Wesley, 10.52 for Banks.
  • 4/6/2013
  • Album ID: 1635412
  • Photos by John Smierciak

CROWN POINT VS MUNSTER IN VARSITY SOFTBALL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • CROWN POINT | Crown Point's youth movement was on display Friday. The Times No. 2 Bulldogs topped No. 3 Munster 2-0 behind the arm of freshman Miranda Elish and the bat of sophomore Rachael Honaker. "I was so nervous (before the game)," Elish said. "But I knew if I came out on my game that we'd win." It was Elish's first high school start and the ninth-grader tossed a seven-inning shutout with nine strike outs against a strong Mustang lineup. She's already verbally committed to play at Oregon. "Everything was working," Elish said. "I threw quite a few bad change-ups, but it threw their eyes off and I'd come back and I'd hit my fastball or my rise."
  • 4/5/2013
  • Album ID: 1635003
  • Photos by John Smierciak

RAILCATS HIGH SCHOOL CHALLENGE BETWEEN ANDREAN AND MORTON BASEBALL TEAMS BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • GARY | Andrean hasn't allowed a run through four games, but that doesn't mean Morton didn't have its chances Wednesday. The Times No. 2 59ers squeaked by the Governors 2-0 in the second day of the Railcats High School Challenge at U.S. Steel Yard. Morton left 10 runners on base, at least one in each inning.
  • 4/3/2013
  • Album ID: 1634127
  • Photos by John Smierciak

CRETE -MONEE GIRLS TRACK INVITATIONAL BY JOHN SMIERCIAK

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  • CRETE | Track meets aren’t won by 84 points. Not even on a chilly, windy day in late March. Tell that to Bloom Township’s girls team. The Blazing Trojans won the 15th Lady Warrior Invitational by 84 points on Saturday, scoring 165 points to more than double runner-up Rich South’s total of 81. And that was with a disqualification from second place in the 800- meter relay. That would have meant eight more points. The Trojans rolled thanks to depth in sprints, distance and success in the field. Much of it was accomplished by two juniors, Ivory Cassell and Gina Narcisi. Cassell won the 100 in 12.62 seconds, anchored the 400-meter relay to victory, won the triple jump, and came in second in the long jump. Narcisi, eschewing soccer this spring for track to go with her cross country exploits in the fall, scored victories in the 1,600 and 3,200- meter runs. Together, Cassell and Narcisi accounted for 58 points. They and Cassell’s relay teammates would have finished sixth in the competition by themselves, and Bloom would have had enough to win with the rest of its team.
  • 3/30/2013
  • Album ID: 1632591
  • Photos by John Smierciak

Reavis School Remodeled

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  • Newly remodeled Reavis School in Lansing Il.
  • 3/20/2013
  • Album ID: 1627196
  • Photos by Daniel Pels
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