Charley Niego is named Regional/Reporter Athlete of the Year

Charley Niego is named Regional/Reporter Athlete of the Year

Photo by Jeff Vorva Charley Niego lets out a yell after receiving a state championship medal. When Charley Niego walked through the gym doors at Mother McAuley High School for her first volleyball practice three years ago, she had one goal. She wanted to be on a team that won an Illinois High School Association volleyball championship, just like her mother – Therese Boyle-Niego – did in 1980 and 1981. It was a bond... Read more


Jeff Vorva's Extra Point: EP comeback, S…

Jeff Vorva's Extra Point: EP comeback, Stack bring us some great baseball stories

    Supplied photo Evergreen Park’s 10U Cal Ripken team celebrates its state championship on June 9 and is eyeing a World Series bid if it wins the regional tournament this weekend.      At first, I was a little disappointed that none of the area’s high school summer league baseball teams were able to make it to regional semifinal action. But summer baseball is what it is – a watered-down product because of travel teams. Wins and losses don’t matter much.... 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


Time is right for opening door to new po…


Time is right for opening door to new possibilities

Photo by Claudia Parker Claudia Parker is retiring as a columnist so she can pursue other projects, like this recent assignment taking photos of a 2017 graduate.   “When one door closes, another one opens…” --Alexander Graham Bell Cheers to new beginnings! Last Saturday, I shot senior portraits for a 2017 graduate who said, “Do whatever you want,” she shrugged. “You’re the photographer, I trust you.” My mind looped with endless possibilities. “I’ve got this,” I told... Read more