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 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 2/16/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

JCA heads to regional championship

After defeating the 16-13 St. Francis, 62-58 on Jan. 25, Joliet Catholic Academy (15-17), closed out its 2019-20 regular season with a five-game losing streak. Playing in what many people consider to be the best girls high school b... — Updated 2/13/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Ellie Gross and valiant Trojans fall to physical Whitney Young for Class 4A Proviso West Sectional championship

At Whitney Young High School on Chicago's West Side, the sounds of Oliva-Newton-John's 1981 hit, "Let's Get Physical", is probably heard everyday, at Dolphin practices. On Thursday night in the Class 4A Proviso West Sectional... — Updated 2/28/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Hilltoppers stun top-seeded Prairie Central in Class 2A Manteno Regional semifinal; face Manteno on Friday

For Joliet Catholic boys basketball coach Joe Gura and the Hilltoppers, the 2019-20 regular season has not been a lot of fun. Playing in the East Suburban Catholic Conference, which is heavily considered the second toughest... — Updated 2/27/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

MONDAY GIRLS HOOPS REPORT

Opening up the IHSA Class 4A Joliet West Regional on Monday night, the Minooka Indians (8-24) put on a show, beating Bradley-Bourbonnais 54-37. The reward for the Indians' impressive victory on Monday night is a Tuesday night date... — Updated 2/18/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

ENTERPRISE NEWSPAPERS BOYS/GIRLS HOOPS RANKINGS

BOYS 1. Notre Dame 26-4 Dons stunned at Benet 2. Joliet West 23-4 Tigers slip past Steelemen at "The Old Barn" 3. Benet Academy 20-8 Redwings take down No.1 Dons 4. Bolingbrook 22-5 Raiders struggle past LW East in 2 OT 5.... — Updated 2/17/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Redwings battle the nation's No. 12 team to the end on special night; Hawks roll past Minooka

After taking down the Associated Press' Illinois Class 3A No.1 Notre Dame, on Friday, Benet Academy (20-8) hosted the La Lumiere Prep (19-3) from LaPorte, Indiana. The Lakers checked in at No.12 in the MaxPreps.com Excellent USA... — Updated 2/16/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Red-Hot Tigers smash West Aurora for 10th consecutive victory

Since losing to Joliet West 66-39 on Jan. 20, red-hot Plainfield North (18-7, 10-4) has run off 10 consecutive victories. On Friday night in Plainfield, the Tigers took-apart West Aurora 70-52. The Tigers led 19-18 after one quarte... — Updated 2/15/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Bertino bombs bury Butler; lead JCA to Class 2A Chicago Christian Regional championship

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 will always be remembered as one of the all-time gr... — Updated 2/14/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

West holds off Central in huge girls basketball game

On Tuesday night, before a capacity crowd at Joliet West High School and a WJOL1340-AM listening audience, the girls of Joliet West and Joliet Central put on a show on Joliet's West side. With the huge crowd and the two powerhouse... — Updated 2/13/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Trojans cruise past Mustangs in rematch

Back on December 21, 2019 in the District 99 Crosstown Classic at Downers Grove South, the Downers Grove North girls cruised past the host Mustangs, 55-29. In a West Suburban Conference postseason crossover game between the Gold... — Updated 2/13/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Notre Dame defeats Maine South in a battle of area teams in front of near-capacity crowd in Park Ridge

Before an almost capacity-crowd at Maine South High School in Park Ridge on Tuesday, the Associated Press' Illinois Class 3A No.1-ranked Notre Dame took on the young and talented... — Updated 2/12/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Steelwomen-Tigers meet on the West Side in "Joliet Rumble"

Back on December 9 at "The Old Barn" on the campus of Joliet Central High School; Central girls varsity basketball coach the Steelwomen defeated the Tigers, 47-44. Placher's Tigers (26-3, 14-1), have not lost a game since. They... — Updated 2/11/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

ENTERPRISE NEWSPAPERS BOYS/GIRLS HOOPS RANKINGS

BOYS 1. Notre Dame 25-3 Dons' smash Shamrocks to clinch ESCC tie 2. Joliet West 22-4 Without 3 starters, Tigers rally past Hillcrest 3. Bolingbrook 21-5 Raiders ambushed by hot-shooting Vikings 4. Benet 18-7 Redwings fall at... — Updated 2/10/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Steelwomen rout Romeoville to set up big game on Tuesday night at Joliet West

Winning for the 22nd time in 23 games, Joliet Central (25-4, 13-2) received a battle in the first half from Romeoville (7-21, 2-13) before exploding for a 55-29 Southwest Prairie East victory. With the SPC East win, the big game... — Updated 2/9/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

WEEKEND BOYS HOOPS REPORT

SATURDAY Notre Dame 65 Hersey 48 The top-ranked Dons (25-3), led 24-15 after one quarter, 43-32 at the half and 59-41 after three quarters at Hersey (8-16) in Arlington Heights on Saturday. Bolingbrook 68 West Aurora 56 The Raiders... — Updated 2/9/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Without Hill, Burbridge, Tigers still rally past Hillcrest

Again depleted by injuries, health problems, etc., state-ranked Joliet West (22-4), was playing at Lewis University in Romeoville on Saturday afternoon Last week in the Will County Invitational Shootout, without leader Jamere Hill... — Updated 2/9/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Willowbrook, Stubblefield III, lead Warriors past Romeoville in shootout

In the final game of the day, in the five-game, The 'Ville Shootout at Lewis University in Romeoville, the host Spartans (14-13) took to the court against the Willowbrook. Led by 35 points from senior guard Everett Stubblefield... — Updated 2/9/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

THURSDAY GIRLS HOOPS REPORT

On Thursday, the Bolingbrook Raiders (20-6,6-1) traveled to Orland Park in search of win No. 20 for the season at Sandburg (17-10, 1-6). The Lady Raiders won the game 63-51. The Southwest Suburban Blue victory pulled Bolingbrook to... — Updated 2/7/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Lisle becomes Village of Champions for a day

On Wednesday night, Lisle, The Arboretum Village became the Village of Champions. That was after the conference championship-winning efforts of Lisle Senior High School and Benet Academy girls' basketball teams. At home in Lisle,... — Updated 2/6/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Deksnys leads Lockport past Plainfield South

The first three quarters of the nightcap of the Will County Hoops Invite at Lewis University, the game was an individual, three-point shooting contest between Lockport junior Matas... — Updated 2/5/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

AP Illinois Class 3A No. 1 Dons run past Roadrunners to stay atop ESCC

On Wednesday, the Associated Press released its Illinois Boys' High School Basketball Rankings. Sitting atop the AP Illinois Class 3A Boys Rankings are the Dons of Notre Dame. On Friday night in Niles, the Dons (22-3, 6-0) rolled o... — Updated 2/1/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Trojans win, half game behind Dukes in WSC Silver; LT stuns York

Downers Grove North (22-5, 8-2) easily won its West Suburban Silver game at Proviso West (5-14, 2-8) in Hillside 54-29. Then the girls of Troy received great news from Elmhurs, where Lyons Township (14-8, 7-3) stunned the WSC Silve... — Updated 2/1/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Simeon quickness too much for Notre Dame

The Chicago Public League Red South-Central Division is considered by many to be the best boys' basketball conference in the state. Simeon leads the conference with seven IHSA... — Updated 1/29/2020

 
 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Bolingbrook shoots 50 percent from the foul line in loss to conference rival Homewood-Flossmoor

In Bolingbrook's (16-6, 3-1), heartbreaking, 47-43, Southwest Suburban Blue showdown defeat at Homewood-Flossmoor (18-4, 4-0) the Lady Raiders, went to the free throw line 24 times... — Updated 1/29/2020

 

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