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 By Mark Gregory    News 

Joliet West's Evans victim of 'hate crime'

Jazzpher Evans, a graduate of Joliet West High School and freshman at Quincy University, spoke out Thursday along with her family and attorney after she was brutally attacked in... — Updated 4/10/2021

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports 

JCA defeats Minooka in match-up of two local powers

Two schools, separated by a 20-minute ride down Interstate-80, both programs that have had much success on the local volleyball landscape over the recent times, yet during normal... — Updated 4/9/2021

 
 By Mark Gregory    News 

604 Initiative offers mentorship to youth

If it truly takes a village to raise a child, then rest easy Will County - the village is here. The 604 Initiative, a non-profit organization designed to serve minority and... — Updated 4/8/2021

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Romeoville beats Joliet Central for second-straight win

After serving as interim coach of Romeoville for all nine games last season when Oliver Gibson was away from the team and never returned, Justin Trovato is now the official head... — Updated 4/8/2021

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Minooka grad Foltynewicz will start home opener for Rangers

Mike Foltynewicz is at home again in Texas. Coming out of Minooka High School in 2010, the man they call Folty signed to play collegiate baseball for the University of Texas in... — Updated 4/8/2021

 
 By Mark Gregory    News

SD 88A board votes to eliminate baseball, softball and golf

In an attempt to get more of its students involved in activities, the Richland Grade School District 88A school board voted unanimously on a staffing plan that included no staff... — Updated 3/30/2021

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Minooka scores late to beat Oswego East in opener of new stadium

For years, Minooka was considered the worst football facilities in the greater Joliet area - and rightfully so. Now, the Indians are among the best. Minooka opened those facilities... — Updated 3/26/2021

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Drake's Yesufu makes his name known in pair of NCAA tournament wins

Some may say his two-game performance in the NCAA tournament was a coming out party for Drake guard Joseph Yesufu — those people, however, are a little late to the party. Yesufu,... — Updated 3/23/2021

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Plainfield South's Schultz is state's best

The 1930’s actor and vaudeville performer Will Rogers was one quoted as saying, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” And while Rogers died some 50... — Updated 3/23/2021

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Enterprise Publications honors Drake Skleba for outstanding service to the community

As the COVID-19 pandemic caused havoc all over the country, it was routinely stated that those most impacted were the elderly and those with preexisting conditions and that, for the... — Updated 3/21/2021

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Heidkamp nets win 300 at Benet Academy

In 2008, Benet Academy basketball coach Marty Gaughan was retiring after 19 seasons at the helm of the Redwings' program. The recently retired coach was part of the hiring... — Updated 3/21/2021

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Bolingbrook learns in loss to defending champs

Just when you thought the past year could not get any weirder - the Bolingbrook Raiders unveiled a pass-heavy offense in Friday night's football opener at defending Class 8A state... — Updated 3/20/2021

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Trio of local women head to the NCAA tournament

When the men's NCAA bracket was announced, there were two players from local communities on teams heading to the NCAA tournament and both are from the Valley View School District -... — Updated 3/16/2021

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Raiders have successful six-week season with young team

In a tribute to an injured senior, Bolingbrook and St. Ignatius orchestrated a scenario where the teams traded uncontested layups in the beginning of the game in order to get the in... — Updated 3/14/2021

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Pair of Valley View School District alums in men's NCAA tournament

After beginning the season with a perfect 19-0 record, the Drake Bulldogs finished with a record of 25-4 on the season and after falling to Loyola-Chicago in the Missouri Valley... — Updated 3/14/2021

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Downers Grove North defeats unbeaten Glenbard West

On paper, Glenbard West is one of the top teams in the state in this abbreviated COVID-19-shortened season. The Hilltoppers entered the final game at Downers Grove North undefeated... — Updated 3/12/2021

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

COLUMN WIDE RIGHT: No better honor for my friend, Drake Skleba

If there is one thing we have learned in the last year is to take nothing for granted — ever. That has been stuck in my head ever since the 2020 Prep Shootout Basketball All-Star game was cancelled because of COVID-19. At that ga... — Updated 3/4/2021

 
 By Mark Gregory    News

Local author set to release debut novel

Growing up in the Joliet area, Jennifer Anton always wanted to write and from an early age at St. Mary's Immaculate Grade School in Plainfield, she was inspired to do just that.... — Updated 2/16/2021

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Chicagoland Speedway will not host a 2021 NASCAR event

The 2021 NASCAR schedule is expected to be released Wednesday and Joliet's Chicagoland Speedway will not be part of the lineup. The NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, Gander... — Updated 10/21/2020

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Crest Hill Sports Huddle goes unbeaten in pandemic

In 2020, it seems the only clear-cut winner of anything has been COVID-19, as the pandemic and subsequent lockdown by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has wiped out everything from... — Updated 10/21/2020

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Downers Grove's Burdi makes MLB debut with White Sox

In the sixth inning of a game that saw the Chicago White Sox losing 6-0, Downers Grove native Zack Burdi lived a childhood dream. The former Downers Grove South Mustang, Burdi made... — Updated 9/23/2020

 
 By Mark Gregory    News

Claar officially retires as mayor of Bolingbrook after nearly 34 years

"This is it," Bolingbrook Mayor Roger C. Claar said to the large crowd gathered to see him off at his final board meeting after serving the village for nearly 34 years - 33 years,... — Updated 8/20/2020

 
 By Mark Gregory    News

Niles Police Sgt. Joseph Lazo hospitalized after crash in Texas

The Niles Police Department was devastated last week when three men affiliated with the department were struck when an alleged drunk driver going in the opposite direction swerved... — Updated 8/11/2020

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Bolingbrook's Borland tweets letter from Ohio State athletes as rebuttal to #BigTenUnited

Ohio State University captain and Bolingbrook graduate Tuf Borland Tweeted a letter Aug. 7 attributed to the the one put out by a group called #BIGTENUNITED just one day earlier. In the original statement, #BIGTENUNITED wrote,... — Updated 8/11/2020

 
 By Mark Gregory    News

Minooka holds in-person graduation

In a ceremony that lasted the whole weekend and was forced by weather to take place in two different places, the seniors from Minooka High School graduated July 11-12. The students... — Updated 7/23/2020

 

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