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 By Mark Gregory    News 

Success in a season that almost wasn't

This season, the baseball team at Crest Hill's Richland Grade School posted a 10-5 record and won its opening game of the IESA state regionals. However, the success of the Eagles th... — Updated 10/6/2021 Full story

 
 By Mark Gregory    News 

Levaris gets a worthy birthday salute

Gus Levaris got the surprise of a lifetime on Independence Day weekend, thanks in large part to former student Bill Otis. Levaris celebrated his 90th birthday on July 3 and just as... — Updated 9/13/2021 Full story

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports 

Going for Gold: Niles West's Loyd is an Olympian

In 2015, Niles West graduate Jewell Loyd decided to leave the University of Notre Dame after her junior season and enter the WNBA draft . Not only did Loyd become the No. 1 overall... — Updated 9/13/2021 Full story

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports 

East's Louck tabbed as Player of the Year

For some high school sophomores, just making the varsity team is the highlight of the season. For Plainfield East’s Brady Louck, he did more than just make the team, he made... — Updated 9/13/2021 Full story

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports 

Niles West's Loyd earns Olympic Gold

With a 90-75 win over Japan, the United States women's Olympic basketball won its seventh consecutive Gold medal. The biggest story of the game was guards Sue Bird and Diana... — Updated 9/13/2021 Full story

 
 By Mark Gregory    News 

Students tell stories of learning in a pandemic

For more than a year, students have been forced to learn in a way unlike any time in history. From learning strictly online to partial days with masks and social distancing to... — Updated 7/27/2021 Full story

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports 

Angels hit the ball hard, but come up short in state final tilt

Wrigley – it is a name people know as the name of a baseball stadium on Chicago's north side or as the chewing gum company from where the stadium earned its name. Add to that list... — Updated 7/27/2021 Full story

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports 

Minooka, JCA headed to Peoria

In the sectional semifinal, the Minooka softball team showed its ability to use a big inning for a come-from-behind win. In the Illinois State University Supersectioal Monday, the I... — Updated 7/27/2021 Full story

 
 By Mark Gregory    News 

Local collector sells rare item on A&E show

Collectors of memorabilia not only collect in hopes that their items will increase in value and eventually be sold for a profit, but they also collect for sentimental reasons.... — Updated 7/27/2021 Full story

 
 By Mark Gregory    News 

A 'Grate' Life: Joliet sign fabricator dies at 97

As the Rialto Rialto Square Theater sits in downtown Joliet as one of the city's most treasured landmarks, the marquee that adorns the front of the theater is a memorial in its own... — Updated 7/27/2021 Full story

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports 

JCA wins semifinal 5-0, advances to IHSA Class 2A state finals

In a dominating 5-0 performance over Unity High School from Tolono, Joliet Catholic Academy punched its ticket to the IHSA Class 2A finals to be held at Louisville Slugger complex... — Updated 7/27/2021 Full story

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports 

Indians enter playoffs with below .500 record, exit as one of four medalists

When the IHSA Class 4A postseason started, the Minooka girls softball team entered with a record of 11-13 and coming off a fourth-place finish in the SPC West. With a regular season... — Updated 7/13/2021 Full story

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Minooka's 'Wondergirls' come back after lightning delay to win sectional title

In the movie and book 'The Natural' it was a bat crafted out a tree struck by lightning that was dubbed Wonderboy that seemingly gave Roy Hobbs his ability to literally knock the co... — Updated 6/11/2021 Full story

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Hogan pitches West to SPC East title

A year ago, the Joliet West baseball team was ready to compete. The Tigers were coming off a loss in the regional championship game and had several key players back. That season, however, was lost to the pandemic protocol set... — Updated 5/25/2021 Full story

 
 By Mark Gregory    News

Crest Hill's Hareld joins Space Force

Whether it was ship captains navigating by the stars, Neil Armstrong walking on the moon or the countless Hollywood adaptations of what the future may look like, space has been a... — Updated 5/17/2021 Full story

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Hogan, Batusich team up to lead West

In a May where the weather has been nothing shy of cold for many high school baseball games, there has been some heat on the area diamonds. Two of the hottest players around teamed... — Updated 5/10/2021 Full story

 
 By Mark Gregory    News

Timbers honor Joni Hilger with award

Joni Hilger was one of the most dedicated and beloved volunteers at the Timbers of Shorewood – so much so that she was selected as the 2020 Volunteer of the Year and was slated... — Updated 5/10/2021 Full story

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Ex-Bolingbrook Raider inks with Vikings

Former Bolingbrook High School and Ohio State University linebacker Tuf Borland will continue his football career with the Minnesota Vikings after signing as an undrafted free... — Updated 5/4/2021 Full story

 
 By Mark Gregory    News

WIDE RIGHT: After no discussion, Richland Grade School's new plan is amazingly worse than the old one

I logged into the Richland Grade School District 88A Zoom school board meeting April 28 looking for information on a follow-up story to the run I ran a few weeks back about the... — Updated 4/29/2021 Full story

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

JCA's 'special' senior class finishes season 6-0

In 2018 when JCA won the IHSA Class 5A state football title, it was apparent to those watching the games just how battle-tested the Hilltoppers were. Joliet Catholic lost four... — Updated 4/27/2021 Full story

 
 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 Full story

 
 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 Full story

 
 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 Full story

 
 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 Full story

 
 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 Full story

 

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