Author: David P. Funk

Prairie State freshman Josh Matiscik is mobbed by teammates after scoring what would be the game-winning goal in the NJCAA national championship. (Provided photo)

Prairie State men’s soccer wins national title

Prairie State coach Carlos Reyes talked to his team before the NJCAA Division II men’s soccer national championship match against Morton College in Arizona.  The Panthers beat Reyes’s Pioneers twice during the regular season, first when they were in a position to win an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference championship and[Read More…]

H-F senior Schoen highlights fall season for Vikings

Caroline Schoen didn’t finish her high school cross country career quite like she’d hoped but the Homewood-Flossmoor senior still graduates as a two-time state qualifier with a running resume full of first-place finishes. She finished 42nd in the Class 3A state meet, crossing the finish line in 18 minutes, 37[Read More…]

Homewood-Flossmoor High School athletes pose as a group after signing their letters of intent to play college sports. (Provided photo)

Baker’s dozen from H-F sign to play sports in college

Homewood-Flossmoor High School got back to normal in a big way on Nov. 9, holding a college signing ceremony for 13 Vikings athletes in the school’s auditorium.  Homewood-Flossmoor High School athletes pose as a group after signing their letters of intent to play college sports. (Provided photo) It’s the first[Read More…]

Demi Chaney, 14, stands on second base during the MLB Trailblazers Series in the spring. Chaney won MVP of the event and will attend the World Series. (Provided photo)

Homewood teen to be honored at World Series

It couldn’t have worked out better for 14-year-old Demi Chaney, but she earned it. The Homewood resident will leave for Houston Friday at the invitation of Major League Baseball. Chaney was chosen as the MVP of MLB’s Girls Baseball Trailblazers series in April in Vero Beach, Fla., so the league[Read More…]

Mia Caporale, of Homewood, helped Chicago Christian win conference and regional titles in October. (Provided photo)

Local trio helping Chicago Christian to big season

SPECO.  Chicago Christian High School cross country runners write the acronym on their hands before races. It stands for “Spiritual, Passion, Encouragement, Commitment, Optimism.”  “(SPECO) is just a reminder of how we prioritize stuff,” junior Grace Mullin said.  So far this season, it’s been an effective motivator. The Knights are[Read More…]

Winter events


  • Flossmoor Business Association open house, 5 to 7 p.m., downtown Flossmoor.


  • Holiday Lights in Homewood, 5 to 9 p.m., Ridge Road and Martin Avenue downtown. Shopping, carousel, mulled wine, cookies, ice sculpture, music, antique car parade.
  • Tree-lighting ceremony with Santa Claus, 7 p.m., Irwin Park.


  • Janet Gustafson’s gingerbread village tours, 3 to 6 p.m. Register at


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