Chicago State athletic director; diligent basketball coaching search worth the wait

By Patrick Engel Medill Reports Chris Zorich knows the narrative that surrounded his three-month coaching search. He heard the criticism of his long hiring process and Chicago State’s lack of a men’s and women’s head basketball coach during the entire spring and summer evaluation periods. The first seven words he spoke while standing behind a […]

Romeoville High School “modifies” walk-out after Instagram threat

By Patrick Engel Medill Reports Romeoville High School students participated in 17 minutes of silence in their gym in lieu of a walk-out protest that was canceled early Wednesday morning as a result of a prior threat posted by a student on Instagram. The school’s decision to postpone the walk-out came early Wednesday, after Romeoville […]

Loyola women’s basketball ends season with loss to Valpo in conference tournament

Loyola vs. Valpo tourney

By Patrick Engel Medill Reports MOLINE – Loyola players and coaches hung around the TaxSlayer Center after their game to watch the Missouri Valley’s award ceremony. They gazed from across the court and offered periodic golf claps as the league’s individual award winners climbed onto a makeshift stage to accept a plaque, certificate or trophy […]

Two seniors, two different paths and one common challenge


By Patrick Engel Medill Reports The floral bouquets were delivered, the tribute videos were finished and the 2-foot by 3-foot action pictures were framed. It was 12:45 p.m., which on March 3, 2018 at Gentile Arena, meant the time had come for a sendoff. Loyola’s seniors lined up with their families, paraded out to center […]

Loyola women’s basketball regular season ends with a thud against Northern Iowa

Loyola vs. UNI

By Patrick Engel Medill Reports Nearly every shot is met with a hand in the face. Passing lanes open for a fleeting moment. Screens are called out so everyone in the building can hear. Switches and double teams come fast, and deflections are frequent. This is what it’s like to face Northern Iowa’s defense, often […]