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 By Drake Skleba    News

COVID-19 deaths by USA regions, virus originated in Wuhan, Hubei, China

NORTHEAST 10 STATES New York 6,298- 86% of the 6.298 victims, were suffering from hypertension (55%) or diabetes (37%) and other underlining illnesses.. USA TODAY Network April 7 New Jersey 1,504 Massachusetts 433... — Updated 4/9/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

D'Amico and Kilfoy's bombs lifts ND past Deerfield in 3A Grayslake North Sectional semifinal

On Tuesday night, in their IHSA Class 3A Grayslake North Sectional semifinal, top-ranked Notre Dame (29-5) defeated Deerfield 48-32. Notre Dame's 6-foot-8 junior Troy D' A'mico and 6-foot-7 senior Vince Kilfoy both just scored six... — Updated 3/11/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Tigers roar past Romeoville; Dons, Redwings roll to regional titles

CLASS 4A REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES ROMEOVILLE JOLIET WEST 61 ROMEOVILLE 47 The Tigers rolled to the regional championship behind Jemere Hill (19 points), Ashawn Burbridge (13 points) and freshman Jeremy Fears, Jr. (10 points).... — Updated 3/7/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Undefeated Bismarck-Henning ends Hilltoppers' magical Class 2A sweet 16 run in 2A Pontiac Sectional final

The final score was not indicative of how well Joliet Catholic (15-20) played in its Class 2A Pontiac Sectional final against undefeated Bismarck- Henning-Rossville-Alvin. The scoreboard showed that the now 34-0 Blue Devils... — Updated 3/7/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Hilltoppers hold off Paxton-Buckley-Loda in 2A Pontiac Sectional semifinal

On Monday night, the Joliet Catholic Academy traveled down I-55 to take on the Paxton-Buckley-Loda in an IHSA Class 2A Pontiac Sectional semifinal. For 89 years, Pontiac High School has hosted the longest-running boys holiday... — Updated 3/5/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Hawks outlast Schurz to advance to regional final in Loyola

Led by 6-foot-7 senior Nick Ostojic and 6-foot-5 junior Marko Anderson and a gutsy performance from junior guard Sean Gallery the Hawks held off Schurz 59-51. With the win, Maine South (18-14) advances to the IHSA Class 4A Loyola... — Updated 3/5/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Plainfield North hits 20 wins

SOUTHWEST PRAIRIE WEST Plainfield North 48 Yorkville 39 The Tigers traveled to Yorkville (12-17, 4-12) and defeated the Foxes for their 20th victory of the season. For Plainfield North coach Bob Krahulik, this season's 20-win... — Updated 3/4/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Shoemaker, Wildcats roll past SWSC Red champs from L-W Central in regional semifinal

A year ago in the Class 4A Oswego Regional championship game, Plainfield Central's furious fourth-quarter rally against West Aurora fell short and the Wildcats were defeated 66-65. On Friday, the Wildcats will have a rematch with... — Updated 3/4/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Playoffs open for Class 3A/4A boys

CLASS 3A REGIONAL SEMIFINAL NORTH CHICAGO NOTRE DAME 71 NORTH CHICAGO 31 The top-ranked Dons (27-5), routed the regional hosts from North Chicago (6-26), behind 21 points, from junior, Troy D'Amico. BENET ACADEMY BENET ACADEMY 67... — Updated 3/4/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Hinton, Williams lead Curie past Dons in battle of AP Class 4A/3A No.1s

On Wednesday night in Niles, the CPS Red South-Central champion Chicago Curie, in a recent addition to each school's schedule, squared off with the East Suburban Catholic Conference co-champion Notre Dame. In the latest Associated... — Updated 2/26/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Lady Raiders handle Kampschroeder, Naperville North 53-42, to advance to Class 4A Benet Academy Sectional Final; AP No.1 Redwings, Thursday

In Lisle at their IHSA Class 4A Benet Academy Sectional semifinal the Bolingbrook (23-7) slowed down Naperville North's junior Greta Kampschroder and Naperville North 53-42. With the win, the Lady Raiders advance to the sectional... — Updated 2/26/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports


GIRLS PLAYOFFS BENET ACADEMY 62 OSWEGO 36 Last season in the 2019 IHSA Class 4A Lewis University Super-sectional, Benet Academy destroyed Oswego 55-22 and went on on bring home the Class 4A fourth-place trophy back to Lisle. On... — Updated 2/26/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

The 'Brook's Three Amigos pay back H-F to share SWSC Blue title with Vikings

Back on February 7 in Flossmoor, Homewood-Flossmoor made 29 of their 45 shots from the field against visiting Bolingbrook. Included in their 45 shots were the Vikings' knocking down nine of their 15 shots from beyond the arc. H-F b... — Updated 2/26/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Evanston rolls past Hawks 65-51 in Class 4A Maine West Sectional semifinal; Concludes outstanding 2019-20 campaign for Hawks

In the long and ultra-successful 48 years of Maine South girls' basketball the 2019-20 Hawks were very special. The 26-win campaign ties them for sixth-place with most wins a season. The 26-7 final record put this seasons' Hawks... — Updated 2/26/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Trojans smother Red Devils for Class 4A Hinsdale Central Regional title

In his playing days for the Downers Grove North Trojans, Downers Grove North girls' basketball coach Stephan Bolt was known for his offensive abilities. As one of the all-time leading scorers in Downers Grove North boys basketball... — Updated 2/24/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports


EAST SUBURBAN CATHOLIC Notre Dame 61 Carmel 52 The Dons fell behind 12-2 in the first quarter and trailed 21-12 in the second quarter before grinding out the ESCC victory at home. With the win, Notre Dame (26-4, 8-1) grabs a share... — Updated 2/24/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Redwings fall to Stevenson on Saturday night in Lincolnshire

On Friday night, the Benet Academy Redwings (21-9) traveled to Arlington Heights to complete their 2019-2020, East Suburban Catholic Conference schedule against rival St. Viator. Trailing 30-20 at the half, the vaunted Redwing... — Updated 2/24/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Tigers and Hawks take home Class 4A Regional championships

Twenty-four consecutive wins and the 2020 IHSA Class 4A Joliet West Regional Championship. On Joliet's West Side on Thursday night, Joliet West slipped past Moline 49-45 to defend its house and win the Class 4A Joliet West... — Updated 2/21/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Angels fall to Seneca in Wilmington Sectional final

With 5:36 remaining in their IHSA Class 2A Wilmington Sectional championship game, Joliet Catholic Academy junior Jenna Hernandez' steal and coast-coast score gave the Angels a 36-33 lead. The Angels (17-18) would not score... — Updated 2/21/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Jazz Brown and Jenna Hernandez lead Angels past Fieldcrest in OT and into 2A Sweet 16

"Well we're back to .500 and into the Sweet 16," Joliet Catholic Academy Angels' coach Jim O'Brien said Tuesday night. No sweeter words were spoken for the JCA girls (17-17), that just three years ago finished the season at 0-27.... — Updated 2/20/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Raiders "Three Amigos" lead Bolingbrook blitz of Leo at Evergreen Park's Sunday Showcase

In the final game of Evergreen Park High School's Sunday Showcase, Bolingbrook took on Leo (15-14) of Chicago. The five-game Sunday high school basketball showcase was presented by Evergreen Park High School's head basketball coach... — Updated 2/20/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Lisle Lions destroy Chicago Woodlawn and advance to St. Joseph Sectional Final; two time-defending state champ Marshall up next

For Lisle (27-7), its IHSA Class 2A St. Joseph Sectional opener with Chicago Woodlawn (13-6) would be a tune-up for the main event in Westchester on Thursday night at 7. The Illinois Central 8 champions from Lisle overwhelmed the... — Updated 2/19/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Raiders defeat Porters to stay in SWSC Blue race with H-F

Bolingbrook (24-5, 5-1) pulled back to within one full game nof the Southwest Suburban Blue leaders from H-F (22-3, 6-0) with the 72-54 win over Lockport (12-16, 1-5) at the 'Brook. Plainfield North (19-7) traveled to Neuqua... — Updated 2/19/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Joliet Catholic Academy wins Class 2A regional title

Earlier this season Joliet Catholic Academy senior Mia Bertino became the newest member of the JCA 1,000 career-point club. Known for her deadly three-point shooting accuracy, she w... — Updated 2/19/2020

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Lisle wins regional title, extends school win record to 26

With the 7-degree temperature outside, the IHSA Class 2A Girls Lisle Regional championship game along the very frozen banks of the DuPage River turned into a hotly-contested game. With the host Lions (26-7) comfortably ahead 30-18... — Updated 2/19/2020


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