Sports

Preview: Illinois’ best high school lacrosse match up

By Nick Mantas
Medill Reports

Two of the best high school lacrosse programs in the state of Illinois will face-off for the first time this season.

These two schools have a rivalry that has consequences for the outcome of their games; usually the winner is the state champion.

Loyola Academy High School is hosting its rival New Trier High School Tuesday night at 5 p.m. in Wilmette, IL

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The Chicago Wildfire: Chicago’s Professional Ultimate Frisbee Team

By Nick Mantas
Medill Reports

Chicago has a professional ultimate Frisbee team, the Chicago Wildfire. Professional Ultimate Frisbee is played within the American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL), comprised of teams all across the country including three Canadian teams.

With a large youth movement of the sport in the Chicago suburbs, the Wildfire is reaching out to all parts of Chicago to spread their love for the sport.

It’s early in the season for the Wildfire and they’re looking to make a run for the 2018 AUDL Championship.

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As on-court product surges, UIC faces fan-support and business challenges

By Robbie Weinstein
Medill Reports

By Chicago standards, it was a beautiful, balmy day for January 10. Classes at UIC had yet to resume after the holidays, but the 6-10 Flames men’s basketball team hosted Horizon League foe Green Bay.

Not surprisingly, fans didn’t pack the 8,000-seat UIC Pavilion. The Flames’ eventual 84-73 win over the Phoenix would be their second in a row, at the front end of what would become a 12-2 record through the next six weeks. But only 1,531 turned out for what seemed then like a relatively meaningless game.

The scene was hardly new for UIC. Having hosted plenty of sparsely attended games, it was a familiar story for a program whose operating expenses surpassed operating revenues by $731,411 in 2017, according to public records obtained by Medill Reports.

The athletic department has reasons to hope for a turnaround.

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Northwestern baseball embraces young talent

By Darren Zaslau
Medill Reports

The Northwestern baseball team has 18 underclassmen on the current roster. As the Wildcats embark on the second half of Big Ten Conference play, they will be relying heavily on them to contribute to the team’s success. After hosting Michigan State this weekend, Northwestern will travel to Penn State and Purdue before concluding its Big Ten Conference regular season schedule at home against Iowa.

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Orland Park Teen Wants Everyone to Play Baseball

By Nick Mantas
Medill Reports

Orland Park has a special resident who thinks beyond himself when it comes to improving his community. Sixteen-year-old Zachary Stack is on a mission to building a handicap accessible baseball field.

After hearing about a Challengers Field in nearby Tinley Park, IL he asked why his town of Orland Park, IL didn’t have a field that was handicap friendly. When it was apparent that the idea for one was never thought of, he decided to take action.

Zachary’s mission is to share his love for the game of baseball by making it accessible to those who haven’t always been able to play due to their disabilities.


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Northwestern men’s golf prepares for Big Ten Championships

By Darren Zaslau
Medill Reports

The Northwestern men’s golf team has already started its preparations for the 2018 Big Ten Championships.

After finishing in second place last year, the Wildcats are looking to capture its first Big Ten title since 2006. The Big Ten Championships will be held at the Baltimore Country Club, in Baltimore, Md., from April 27–29.


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ParkWhiz finds Cubs fans better parking on opening day

By Nick Mantas
Medill Reports

When heading to a Chicago Cubs home game, you might want to check to see if you’ll have a place to park before you leave. Too often fans make the mistake of waiting until they arrive in Wrigleyville to shop around the available parking.

With limited parking spots and prices starting around $50 a space, fans are in need of a different option.

ParkWhiz is an on-demand parking app co-founded by Aashish Dalal, a Northwestern graduate. It finds your affordable parking near an event or by simply entering your destination.

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Technology Training and Operations Manager by Day Head Basketball Coach by Night

By Nick Mantas
Medill Reports

Northwestern’s very own Rafie Fields works in the Medill Chicago Newsroom as the Technology Training and Operations Manager. Little do the students there know, his mind for basketball is one of a kind.

The graduate of George Westinghouse College Prep High School is the Head Basketball Coach of his alma mater.

Once a powerhouse of Chicago high school basketball programs, Coach Fields aims to take them back to those days in his first season at the helm.

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Punching Back at the Crime in Chicago’s Southside

By Nick Mantas
Medill Reports

Children on the south side of Chicago are subjected to an alarming rate of violence from a very young age. Without after school activities to keep these kids from joining gangs, many find themselves in a gang before high school.

Sally Hazelgrove took it upon herself to create Crushers Club in Englewood in order to get the kids off the streets.

Her goal is to open multiple clubs like this one in order to turn off the stream of the next generation of gang members.

Photo at top: The walls are decorated with photos of Crusher’s Club members. (Nicholas Mantas/MEDILL)

Is Glen Ellyn’s Ethan Cepuran the future of Illinois speed skating?

By Chris Kwiecinski
Medill Reports

Ethan Cepuran was simply trying to make it through the 2018 Junior World Championships with at least one top-20 finish.

After two days of skating against some of the world’s best up-and-coming speed skaters, the Glen Ellyn native hadn’t finished better than 25th. He even described his performance as poor.

Then, came the mass-start event.

Cepuran, who originally didn’t have spot in the mass start – an event where all competing skaters race at the same time – won silver in the race to secure that elusive top-20 finish.

“I was skating, and then I was on the podium,” he said. “It was all kind of a blur.”

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