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Photo: Youth girls basketball team cap off undefeated season with title

Sports, Youth

The Illini from the New Lenox Rec League Girls Jr. Basketball Division won the 2017 title March 5 to complete an undefeated season. The team, which is sponsored by Raffy’s Candy Store and coached by brothers Chris and Dave Rafalski,...

Intermediate school basketball player wins December crown

by Bill Jones, Managing Editor Sports, Youth, Athlete of the Month

While Ava Gugliuzza, a Nelson Ridge girls basketball player, may have been much younger than her Athlete of the Month competitors, that did not stop her from rising to the top of the December competition.

It should...

LW Xplosion wins 14U championship at Nike tournament

by Michael Ivey, Editorial Intern Sports, Youth

The Nike Tournament of Champions was held at the McCormick Place’s West Building and Lakeside Center from July 10-12. The tournament was one of the largest girls’ travel basketball tournaments in the United States and featured more...