Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Sandburg wrestling standout Chris Pajak outpolled seven others in voting for Southland Patch MVP, Feb. 18-24. He is now eligible for Patch Athlete of the Month honors.
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Friday, December 9, 2011
Spartans turn up the defensive pressure in 65-29 rout of Bengals.
Blazing Trojans maintain their grip on the Patch Power Rankings top spot, but H-F, Marist and Brother Rice are also riding high with recent victories.
1. Bloom Township (6-0): The Blazing Trojans put their defensive prowess on full display in Tuesday’s 49-38 win at Thornwood. Henry Hicks, a 6-foot-2 junior, is among Bloom’s defensive standouts, and he’s not too shabby on the offensive end, either. Point guard Donald Moore is a driving force. 2. Homewood-Flossmoor (5-1): The Vikings have bounced back after losing to Bloom on Thanksgiving weekend, earning victories over Joliet West and Morgan Park and Rich Central. 3. Marist (4-0): The RedHawks have two of the top underclassmen in the area in Lexus Williams and Nic Weishar. Williams scored 26 points and Weishar netted 23 in the RedHawks’ 74-71 victory over St. Rita on Tuesday night. 4. Andrew (4-0): The Thunderbolts end a week-long layoff …
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tim Loeding pours in 27 points as the host Bengals pull away from the Astros.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Matt Manzke, boys basketball coach at Oak Forest, reflects on his passion for the sport and why he wants to help the school love basketball. This summer, his program had a good turnout for its youth camp.
Oak Forest boys basketball coach Matt Manzke knows the school traditionally has been a baseball and a football school. Now, he’s trying to show athletes why it should be a basketball school, too. With more than 125 kids combined in 5-6 grades, 7-8 grades and incoming freshmen camps this summer, Manzke is showing Oak Forest youngsters why basketball is a great sport. It’s no surprise that Manzke has such a zeal for the sport. With basketball having deep roots in his family, he has developed a passion for the game that he is now sharing with the Oak Forest community. He played high school basketball at Marist before playing at Illinois Wesleyan and Benedictine. His dad played basketball at Leo. Now, the two talk after every game to discuss …
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
An all-star team of high school boys showed up their professional counterparts in the annual McDonald's McLegends basketball game.
Thornton's Jeremy Parker scored a team-high 21 points and Homewood-Flossmoor's Julian Lewis chipped in 17 as the high school boys downed their professional counterparts 123-122 in overtime at the annual McDonald's McLegends game. The Legends team featured household NFL names like Antwaan Randle El and Rodney Harrison testing their skills in a game of basketball. For more on the story, click here. Brandon Magallones fired a two-hitter and struck out 12 in Providence's 9-1 baseball victory over Marian Catholic. For more on the story, click here. Providence remains unbeaten and rates No. 1 in our Patch Baseball Power Rankings. To view the rankings, click here. Stagg is 15-0 and rates No. 1 in our Patch Softball Power Rankings. To view the …
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Bengals' Alec Brown won conference and regional wrestling titles and advanced to the IHSA state tournament; Tim Byrdak fighting for a spot in the bullpen with the Mets.
Oak Forest enjoyed a successful winter sports season with a number of Bengals earning individual all-conference selections and a few teams reeling in conference championships. In boys basketball, senior guard Scott Korosic was named to the all-Conference team (the Bengals compete in the South Suburban Conference). In girls basketball, juniors Katie Swanson and Lynn Nagle and senior Colleen Emmett were named to the all-conference team. * In wrestling, Eamon Przekwas and Alec Brown won conference titles and were regional champions, while Brown was a state qualifier. A slew of boys swimmers won conference titles. Joe Behrens won the 100 breast, Casey Gallagher won the 100 back, Cullen Stine won the 100 fly, and Will Strale won the 50 and 100 …
Thursday, March 10, 2011
A daily video recap of the Southland's top stories
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Friday, March 4, 2011
Sports Editor Ron Kremer ranks the region's top boys basketball teams from 1-5, plus the five knocking on the door.
1. Homewood-Flossmoor (22-5): Tim Williams, a 6-7 junior forward, looks more and more like his old self every time out. He returned from an ankle injury recently to give the Vikings a bigger presence in the lane. When opponents collapse on him, H-F has more room to operate on the perimeter. The Vikings hit 9-of-16 three-pointers through the first three quarters in a 66-34 victory over Marian Catholic. Next: Tonight vs. Plainfield Central in Class 4A Plainfield Central Regional title game. 2. Bloom (16-10): The Blazing Trojans’ season has played out like a roller-coaster ride. One day, they’re up. The next day, they’re down. Junior guard Donald Moore led the latest uptick. He scored 12 points, had three assists and three steals in a 41-34 …
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Oak Forest senior transforms from bench player to captain of the team.
As Oak Forest senior basketball player Marcus Burse kept his team in the game during its first-half struggles in a 62-58 loss to Chicago Fenger on Monday night in play at the Class 3A Rich East Regional, his transformation was made complete. Burse scored 11 of Oak Forest's first 19 points and showed off his leadership skills in his final high school basketball game. Anyone who saw where he was at during his freshman year would have been amazed to see how far he has come. Despite losing in the opening round of the playoffs to the Titans, Burse led the Bengals with a game-high 18 points and a bit of his own drive. “I was the captain of the team,” he said. “I learned to show by example because nobody else is going to do it if you don’t do …