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 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 3/1/2021

 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 3/1/2021

 By Drake Skleba    Sports 

Temple's Hail Mary buzzer-beating three stuns Marist in OT

Benet Academy in Lisle was the place to be in Illinois high school girls basketball on a spring-like Sunday evening. Two Hall of Fame head coaches. Two undefeated East Suburban Catholic Conference powers and for what it is worth... — Updated 3/1/2021

 By Drake Skleba    Sports 

Steelmen rally past Plainfield North in SPC Crossover on Plainfeld's North Side

In a Southwest Prairie Conference crossover battle on Plainfield's North Side, the Steelmen of Joliet Central and the host Tigers of Plainfield North put on a show for 32 minutes. With 9.7 seconds remaining in regulation, Steelmen... — Updated 2/28/2021

 By Drake Skleba    Sports 

Redwings bounce back as "D" smothers Carmel in ESCC Saturday matinee

After suffering a heartbreaking, last second, buzzer-beating loss to Class 3A No.1 Niles Notre Dame (11-1, 7-0) on Friday, the question was whether the Benet Academy Redwings could bounce back less than 24 hours later. In a Saturda... — Updated 2/28/2021

 By Drake Skleba    Sports 

Acosta, Hilltoppers slip past MCC in overtime for first win of 2021

In Joliet Catholic Academy's memorable postseason run in the 2019-20 Class 2A IHSA playoffs, then-junior guard Ante Acosta had some shining moments for his Hilltoppers. Defeating... — Updated 2/27/2021

 By Drake Skleba    Sports 

Redwings blast the Roadrunners in ESCC battle of unbeatens

In a battle of East Suburban Catholic Conference undefeated powers, the Benet Academy Redwings (6-0, 3-0) crushed the host Roadrunners of Nazareth Academy, 48-22. 26-4. Leading 15-12 with six minutes remaining in the first half,... — Updated 2/25/2021

 By Drake Skleba    Sports 

Revenge is sweet - Angels pick up pay-back win over bitter-rival Providence Catholic

One week ago in New Lenox, the Providence Celtic girls varsity basketball team defeated the Joliet Catholic Academy Angels 61-58. The two Roman Catholic schools went after each other for 32 minutes. Revenge. For someone to seek... — Updated 2/24/2021

 By Drake Skleba    Sports 

Romeoville, Trice holds off Schmid, Plainfield South in SPC East

In a Southwest Prairie East battle on Saturday, Romeoville hung on to defeat Plainfield South 56-49 at "The Ville". The host Spartans were led by their double double machine, 6-foot-4, 245 pound senior Trayton Trice. Trice picked... — Updated 2/23/2021

 By Drake Skleba    Sports 

Kennedi Perkins remembers! Lady Raiders roll past H-F and move atop the SWSC Blue

Back on Thursday, January 23, 2020 (47-43) and then again on February 11, 2020 (51-48), Homewood-Flossmoor defeated the Bolingbrook Lady Raiders. The two Lady Vikings victories over Bolingbrook gave H-F the 2019-20 girls Southwest... — Updated 2/23/2021

 By Drake Skleba    Sports 

SWSC Red leader Andrew holds off SWSC Blue leader Bolingbrook in Saturday matinee

In a battle of Southwest Suburban Conference divisional leaders the SWSC Red leading Andrew Thunderbolts held off the SWSC Blue leading hosts from Bolingbrook 52-45. The Thunderbolts (4-1) were led by their 6-foot-4 junior Mike... — Updated 2/20/2021

 By Drake Skleba    Sports 

Joliet West, Lee hand Plainfield South, Schmid first loss of 2021

After Tuesday's 58-56 overtime loss to arch-rival Joliet Central (3-2, 3-1), the Tigers of Joliet West were looking to bounce back at the expense of the undefeated Plainfield South Cougars on Friday night. The Cougars (3-1, 3-1)... — Updated 2/20/2021

 By Drake Skleba    Sports 

Marist shoots down Hilltoppers in ESCC action in Joliet

In an East Suburban Catholic Conference battle in Joliet on Wednesday, the visiting Marist Redhawks (2-1,1-1) led the host Joliet Catholic Hilltoppers 33-26 at the half. In the first three minutes of the third quarter, a 9-0 Marist... — Updated 2/18/2021

 By Drake Skleba    Sports 

Wendt and Harris lead D.G. North girls past D.G. South girls in District 99 crosstown classic

Normally, the Downers Grove School District 99 crosstown classic between North and South High is part of a girl and boy hoops doubleheader at either school. Due to the fallout from the virus, the girls' game was played on the... — Updated 2/17/2021

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Undefeated Raiders, Thomas, hold-off Burbridge, Joliet West

In a battle of unbeatens, the Tigers of Joliet West traveled to Bolingbrook to take on the host Raiders in a Saturday afternoon matinee. The Raiders improved to 3-0 with the 53-45 non-conference victory. The Raiders were led by... — Updated 2/14/2021

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Lady Raiders romp past Joliet West behind Saracco and Perkins

On Saturday afternoon Bolingbrook and Joliet West, met in a nonconference battle of unbeaten teams on Joliet's West Side. The Lady Raiders, behind juniors Madisyn Saracco and Kennedi Perkins, routed the host Tigers 68-40. Going... — Updated 2/14/2021

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Glenbrook South, Martinelli hand Hawks first loss of 2021 in CSL South opener

On Friday night in Park Ridge, two undefeated Central Suburban League South powers met at Maine South. Visiting Glenbrook South and the host Hawks each had four consecutive, convincing victories to start the 2021 season. The game w... — Updated 2/13/2021

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Sandburg's 23-0 run beats Porter girls in SWSC Blue

After going toe-to-toe with the defending Southwest Suburban Conference Blue champion Lady Vikings of Homewood-Flossmoor in a 46-36 loss on Monday, the Lockport Porter girls, were looking to even their SWSC Blue record on Thursday... — Updated 2/13/2021

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Bergstrom St. Viator break Angel's hearts in ESCC opener

In the East Suburban Catholic Conference Girls basketball opener for St.Viator and Joliet Catholic Academy the spotlight was on each school's All-ESCC stars. St. Viator (1-0, 1-0) is led by their 5-foot-11 junior star Joy... — Updated 2/13/2021

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Nolan-led Benet Academy survives valiant effort by Joliet Catholic in ESCC opener

For anyone who watched Tuesday night's East Suburban Catholic Conference opener for both Benet Academy and Joliet Catholic they would have been amazed to learn it was game No.1 for the Hilltoppers. It was just the second game of... — Updated 2/10/2021

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Lady Raiders, Thomas hold off much-improved L-W East Griffin girls

After taking home the IHSA Class 4A Third Place trophy in 2019-20, the 2021 season finally commenced in Frankfort on Monday night. Led by its Montini Catholic transfer Tatiana Thomas, Bolingbrook (1-0, 1-0), defeated the scrappy... — Updated 2/9/2021

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Hennessy and White lead Redwings past Wheaton South in season opener

With the frigid temperatures outside, the temperature inside Wheaton Warrenville South's Orange and Black gymnasium was quite comfortable, where on a rare Sunday non-conference battle, Benet Academy and coach Gene Heidkamp opened t... — Updated 2/8/2021

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Maine South's second half dime show leads to home win over Deerfield

After defeating arch-rival Loyola Academy 47-36 on Friday in Wilmette, Maine South returned to Park Ridge on Saturday afternoon for its home opener against Deerfield. Trailing 21-14 midway through the second quarter, the Hawks... — Updated 2/6/2021

 By Drake Skleba    Sports

Maine South boys avenge 2019-20 Regional Final loss at Loyola

Three hundred and thirty-seven days ago, on March 6, 2020, the Loyola Ramblers ended the Maine South Hawks' season with a 47-25 win in the IHSA Loyola Class 4A Regional Championship Game. On Friday night, the 2021 Hawks (1-0)... — Updated 2/6/2021


IHSA makes ruling on sports

The IHSA Board of Directors met for a special board meeting on January 27, 2021, where the Board provided an updated sports schedule and other guidance for the remainder of the... — Updated 1/27/2021


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