• Lockport coach Dan Starkey (middle) addresses his team prior to a Thursday, Aug. 18 practice at the school’s East Campus. Photos by Adam Jomant/22nd Century Media

    Football Preview Guide: Porters ready to go ‘the hard way’ to return to postseason

    August 26, 2016 By Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter Sports, High School
    “The hard way” will be the way of the Porters. The slogan for the Lockport Township football team this season emphasizes not cutting corners. While the Porters want to work hard and have been over the summer, they do not want to have the hard losses they experienced this past season.
  • Lincoln-Way West quarterback Cal Pohrte looks for an open receiver Aug. 17 during a practice. Photos by Adam Jomant/22nd Century Media

    Football Preview Guide: West hopes defense will lead to success in new class

    August 24, 2016 By James Sanchez, Contributing Editor Sports, High School
    Despite being Class 5A state runner-up this past season, Lincoln-Way West head coach Dave Ernst voiced his concerns about moving up to Class 7A now that the Lincoln-Way district transitioned to three schools from four. He said the Warriors will be “toward the bottom” when it comes to attendance in their new class, going up against larger schools, which means more standout athletes [and] coaches, and less two-way players to face.
  • Senior defensive end Mike Murphy (3) fights through a block in pursuit of senior quarterback Collin Friedsam (10), who surveys the field after a play-action fake Aug. 17 at Sandburg’s afternoon practice. Photos by Tim Carroll/22nd Century Media

    Football Preview Guide: Eagles hope new coach, new QB, new defensive scheme breed results

    August 24, 2016 By Tim Carroll, Assistant Editor Sports, High School
    Change is sometimes a good thing, but not always. Sandburg High School’s football team, however, thinks the changes it has made since this past season are all for the better.
  • Providence quarterback Jared Drake (right) hands off the ball to running Back Richie Warfield Aug. 15 during a practice. Photos by Adam Jomant/22nd Century Media

    Football Preview Guide: Celtics ‘hungry’ for success after down year

    August 24, 2016 By Chris Walker, Freelance Reporter Sports, High School
    Last year was forgettable. Playing with a target on its backs after winning the Illinois High School Association Class 7A Championship in 2014, Providence was a different team this past season.
  • Elizabeth Meyer (left) along with her father Robert (middle) and older sister Alayna take time to select their favorite cupcakes Aug. 17 at Homer Township Public Library. Photos by Thomas Czaja/22nd Century Media

    Cupcake creations part of 10th anniversary of bookmobile

    August 24, 2016 By Thomas Czaja, Editor Life & Arts

    Tucked away inside Homer Township Public Library, more than 100 cupcakes sat on display in a variety of colors and creations in celebration of a 10th birthday party.