At halftime of a cold, rainy and windy Class 5A state championship on Nov. 30, St. Rita faced a 21-point deficit against a perennial powerhouse, and things looked bleak for the Mustangs’ quest for a state crown.

Preparing to defend a potential do-or-die 2-point conversion in the final two minutes of the Chicago Prep Bowl against Simeon, St. Laurence senior safety Brandon Wilson knew the time had come.

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With a 1-point lead against Christ the King (CK) in the championship of the 20th annual Tom Hopkins Memorial St. Cajetan Turkey Shoot, the Mt. Greenwood Gold fourth-grade boys basketball team needed a strong finish to squeeze out the win.

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As the Mt. Greenwood Colts peewee team started practice in July, Coach Anthony DePaola knew his roster of third- and fourth-graders had plenty of talent.

After St. Laurence lost to Oak Lawn 73-66 in the championship of the Oak Lawn/Reavis Spartan-Ram Classic on Nov. 29, Trey Davis wasn’t ready to hit the panic button—not by a long shot.

St. Rita senior lacrosse midfielder Jack Nolan (Morgan Park, St. Cajetan) signed his National Letter of Intent on Nov. 20 to continue his academic/athletic career at Marquette University. Nolan is a four-year varsity starter who scored 32 goals and added 14 assists in his junior year. He ear…

Senior guard Jenna Badali (Oak Lawn, St. Catherine) scored 17 points in Mother McAuley’s 65-28 victory over Crystal Lake Central on Nov. 23 to surpass the 1,000 career points mark. She added 6 steals in the Mighty Macs’ victory. A three-year varsity player, Badali is a Lewis University recru…

The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) basketball team went 4-0 at the CICS Ellison Thanksgiving Tournament, held Nov. 25-27, to win the tourney title. The Cyclones defeated Hubbard, Goode STEM Academy, host Ellison and Hubbard again in the championship. (photo courtesy of…

Trevor Tovey and his St. Rita offensive linemates want to give star sophomore running back Kaleb Brown as much running room as possible.

As the team switched its focus to the Chicago Catholic League/East Suburban Catholic Conference (CCL/ESCC) playoffs following a first-round exit in the state playoffs, St. Laurence junior running back Nate Thomas and his teammates knew what needed to be done.

After a loss to Nazareth Academy in Week 7, Marist senior linebacker Colin Bohanek looked around the locker room and knew his team had the talent to survive its impending do-or-die situation.

Despite a valiant fourth-down stand and a big-time rushing touchdown late in the game, Morgan Park (MPHS) came up a bit short against rival Simeon in the Chicago Public League championship.

With a season of experience as head coach under her belt at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS), Coach Maureen Mulchrone-Griffin has seen plenty of improvement in her girls basketball team.

The Southside Catholic Conference has announced its Girls Basketball All-Conference team, including Ellie White and Claire Allison from St. Alexander; Lucy Wizgird and Jessica Reardon from St. Barnabas; Betsy Bracewell (pictured), Carmen Colon, Camry Lyons and Sarah Ternes from St. Catherine…

Morgan Park High School senior guard Adam Miller verbally committed to the University of Illinois in a news conference on Nov. 21 at the Jordan Brand store in downtown Chicago. A 6’4” left-handed guard, Miller averaged 28.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists as a junior and leads a Mustang…

Marian Catholic hosted a National Signing Day ceremony on Nov. 14 with eight student-athletes signing their National Letter of Intent, including (standing from left) Zivana Labovic (Michigan State soccer), Ahron Ulis (Iowa basketball), Elijah Jones (Western Illinois basketball), Adam Huekels…

In a standout varsity career for the St. Ignatius cross-country team, senior Rhiannon O’Keefe had accumulated a long list of individual accolades, including three trips to the state meet.

Thomas Leonard stood at the starting line of the Class 3A state cross-country finals thinking about something that teammate Luke Hortsman said a few weeks earlier at the conference meet.

Devyn Petrowski has heard the question many times, and after the Mother McAuley senior committed to continue her academic/volleyball career at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, she will undoubtedly hear it again.

Mother McAuley hosted a National Signing Day ceremony on Nov. 13 with Lexi Warfield (Loras volleyball), Abbey Murphy (Minnesota hockey), Amia Owolabi (Embry-Riddle volleyball), Devyn Petrowski (Embry-Riddle volleyball), Morgan Riordan (Salem water polo) and Jenna Badali (Lewis basketball) si…

St. Laurence senior outside hitter Reagan Jasica (Mt. Greenwood, St. Catherine of Alexandria) committed to Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisc., in a National Signing Day ceremony on Nov. 13 at the school. A three-year varsity starter, Jasica helped the Vikings to two regional titles and …

A year ago as a freshman, Mary Clare Brusek celebrated with the student section from the stands at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena as the Marist volleyball team dominated on its way to its second straight state title.

Two evenly matched teams butted heads for three quarters, and host Mt. Carmel and Glenbard North took a 14-all tie into the fourth quarter of their Class 7A second-round game on Nov. 9.

Thrust into the starting quarterback spot at halftime of a Week-9 game against Mt. Carmel, Br. Rice sophomore Jack Lausch improvised on the fly in his first action under center and in shotgun, leading the team to 2 touchdowns.

Limited by injuries throughout the regular season, the Christ the King (CK) eighth-grade girls basketball team was determined to keep fighting on in the playoffs.

Making the program’s first state appearance, St. Laurence finished fourth in Class 2A. Playing in the third-place game on Nov. 9 at Hoffman Estates High School, the Vikings lost 2-1 to Troy Triad. Senior midfielder and team captain Saul Camacho scored in the first half, his 17th goal of the …

The St. Barnabas seventh-grade girls basketball team won the Southside Catholic Conference White division championship on Nov. 10 at Mother McAuley with a 22-18 victory over St. Germaine. Reganne Reardon (8 points, 8 rebounds) and Sally Kennedy (6 points) led the Buckeyes. The St. Barnabas d…

Marist senior Camryn Hannah knows that at any time in a match, things will go awry, and the RedHawks will have to calm down, refocus and deliver.

The Southside Catholic Conference All-Conference football team was honored in between the JV and varsity championship games on Nov. 3 at Marist High School. The All-Conference members include Robbie Rugledge (RB/DB), Nick Popp (WR/DE) and Timothy Allison (QB/DB) from St. Alexander; Tim Daigl…

Making their varsity debut a year ago as seventh-graders for St. John Fisher, Owen Winters and his teammates endured an injury-plagued season as a young team that struggled to click.