When Coach Tom O’Malley started his career 50 years ago, he never gave much thought to how many wins he would achieve.

The Marist cheerleading team finished third in the large division state finals held at Grossinger Motors Arena on Feb. 7-8 in Bloomington, Ill. It was the program’s third state trophy in as many seasons. The RedHawks roster includes seniors Alexis Gaichas, Nora Poole, Caitlin Richter and Mya…

Mt. Carmel student-athletes sign their National Letters of Intent on Feb. 20 in a ceremony at the school. They include football players Jason Thompson (from left, Carthage College), Lance Swain (Quincy University), wrestler Alex Lalezas (Campbell University) and football players Jalen Grant …

As host St. Rita trailed rival Leo with a share of the Chicago Catholic League (CCL)-White title on the line, Alec Millender stepped out of a timeout in the final 30 seconds with a plan.

Opening the Chicago Public League playoffs with a loss was far from the plan for the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) basketball team.

Madeline Langle, a fourth-grader at Queen of Martyrs and member of the girls basketball team, won first place in the district competition on Jan. 11 of the Elks National Hoop Shoot free-throw contest for ages 8-9. Langle advanced to compete at the state level on Feb. 22 in Decatur. She is th…

Twin sisters Nina (left) and Nyiah Penny, seniors at De La Salle High School, signed their National Letter of Intent on Feb. 5 to continue their academic and volleyball careers at Indiana Tech University. A two-time All-Girls Catholic Athletic Conference-Red honoree, Nyiah led the Meteors wi…

Three Marian Catholic football players signed their National Letters of Intent on Feb. 5 in a ceremony at the school, including (from left) defensive backs Elijah Barnes (Trinity International) and Bryce Jackson (University of Sioux Falls) and quarterback/wide receiver Kevin Johnson (Illinoi…

De La Salle junior guard TaKiya “TK” Howard headed into the Feb. 5 game against Butler Prep just like any other.

In transferring from Orr High School, Leo junior guard Terrance Ford had to make some big adjustments: a new school, new friends, a new routine and new teammates.

Advancing out of the regional as an individual, Evergreen Park High School (EP) sophomore bowler Connor Pula felt like he had escaped.

Eight Marist student-athletes signed their National Letters of Intent in a ceremony at the school on Feb. 5, including (sitting from left) Hunter Guest (Illinois Wesleyan golf), Amanda Tracy (St. Mary’s College cross country and track) and from the football team (standing from left), Sean Qu…

Five St. Rita football players signed their National Letters of Intent on Feb. 5, including (sitting from left) Michael Milton (Eastern Illinois), Trevor Tovey (Loras), Nick Adent (University of Chicago), Tommy Hixson (Loras) and Zenin Hall (William Penn). Milton (Beverly, Sutherland), Tovey…

The shots weren’t dropping; the passes weren’t sharp; and the Morgan Park High School (MPHS) Mustangs were in an early funk in the first round of the Chicago Public Schools playoffs.

Mother McAuley senior guard Jenna Badali has been named Girls Catholic Athletic Conference (GCAC) Red Player of the Year. A three-year member of the varsity team, Badali (Oak Lawn, St. Catherine of Alexandria) averaged 17.3 points, 4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.9 assists for the Mighty Macs.…

Behind a balanced attack, host St. Xavier defeated Judson University 77-31 on Jan. 29 in a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference showdown at SXU’s Shannon Center. Claire Austin (pictured) led the Cougars with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and a block. Austin is a Mt. Greenwood reside…

Coach Mike Taylor won his 300th career basketball game as leader of the Marian Catholic Spartans with a 55-37 home victory on Jan. 28 over Nazareth in an East Suburban Catholic Conference (ESCC) matchup. Starting at Marian in 2003, Taylor has posted a 300-194 record there and a 366-244 overa…

Sitting the bench behind an uber-talented senior class a year ago, Mother McAuley forward Janie Ternes knew that her time would come and she would be ready.

With a convincing home win on Jan. 21 over St. Francis de Sales, St. Laurence Coach George Shimko (left) won his 100th career girls basketball game. He won 59 games in four seasons at Queen of Peace and has built the Vikings program from the ground up since St. Laurence went co-ed. The miles…

St. Rita football players Trevor Tovey (from left, St. Christina), Tommy Hixson, Zenin Hall and Michael Milton (Sutherland) participated in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl on Jan. 20 in Dallas, Texas, at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. The four seniors were key players during the Musta…

Marist senior guard Mike Mahoney ran onto the court at the United Center for warm-ups at the annual Griffin Callahan Classic on Jan. 15 and tried to take it all in.