Players of the Year in basketball and wrestling

Players of the Year in basketball and wrestling

  BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Josh Niego, Brother Rice Photo by Jeff Vorva Brother Rice's Josh Niego embraces the role of the underdog. The Crusaders' senior forward took it as a challenge when his squad was absent from Chicago-area news outlets' preseason boy's rankings. “I always read what the so-called 'expert' reporters say, and this year there were a lot of them doubting us, saying we were too small, whatever,” he said. “I... Read more


SSC Blue baseball season officially swor…

SSC Blue baseball season officially sworn in

Photo by Jeff Vorva St. Laurence sophomore pitcher Marius Balandas bears down in his victory over Mt. Carmel on Saturday. A fan arrived at the St. Laurence/Mt. Carmel baseball game at Haggerty Field in Chicago a little late on Saturday morning. He looked and then squinted at the scoreboard, which showed that St. Laurence had scored nine runs in the top of the first inning. “Holy (deleted)!” he said. “Is that NINE runs?” That reaction came moments after one of... Read more

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‘Ted 2’ sequel should have stayed in hibernation The comedy “Ted 2” is an unneeded sequel to the film “Ted.” The first brought us Mark Wahlberg as John, along with Seth MacFarlane as Ted, his foul-mouthed Teddy bear of a best friend. This film picks up a little after the first film ended. We see the bear getting married to his sleazy fiancee, Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), at a wedding officiated by Sam... Read more


Family crisis allows my daughter to prea…


Family crisis allows my daughter to preach kindness and love for her sister

  Photo by Claudia Parker Donae Parker poses for a recent photo to be used in a program booklet at an upcoming conference where she is speaking.   Through teary eyes, I witnessed my 9-year-old daughter, Donae, deliver a 12-minute sermon on faith during a youth service held this Sunday at Roberts Temple Church of God, 4021 S. State, Chicago. Her message was personal, at times lighthearted, while other times heartfelt. She... Read more