• Former D230 rivals turned St. Ambrose competitive dance teammates (left to right) Sydney Sobkowiak, Taryn Moustakas and Sam O’Malley pose for a photo together. Photo submitted

    Former D230 rivals turn dance teammates at St. Ambrose

    December 9, 2016 By Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter Sports
    When Taryn Moustakas, Sam O’Malley and Sydney Sobkowiak competed in competitive dance competitions at Stagg, Andrew and Sandburg, respectively, they always wanted to do it at the highest level — especially when they competed against another Consolidated High School District 230 team. But now the trio is performing together and truly doing it at the highest level.
  • Orland Park native Joe Dela Pena displays some of his work. He runs Chicago’s Warm Belly Bakery and recently took part in Food Network’s “Christmas Cookie Challenge.” Maia Rosenfeld

    OP native competes in ‘Cookie Challenge’

    December 8, 2016 By Jon DePaolis, Freelance Reporter Life & Arts
    Orland Park native Joe Dela Pena has had a lifelong passion for sweets. And with the holidays coming up, the former Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 teacher and Consolidated High School District 230 alumnus has a distinct childhood memory of roasting marshmallows — not chestnuts on an open fire — indoors, all by himself.
  • Makayla Kestel-Torsan (left) and her brother, Nathan (right), pose for a photo with their mother, Dawn, who is raising money through GoFundMe for a handicap conversion van. Photo submitted

    Orland Park women’s LGMD fight helped by GoFundMe efforts

    December 7, 2016 By Ryan Esguerra, Freelance Reporter News
    Often in life, people fail to appreciate the little things. For Dawn Kestel-Torsan of Orland Park, it is the little things she is unable to do in her day-to-day life that make the biggest differences.
  • The Sandburg boys basketball team celebrates after breaking a late-game tie Friday, Dec. 2, to earn a win over Andrew and improve to 5-1. Photos by Adam Jomant/22nd Century Media

    Sandburg boys basketball beats Andrew at the line to take close game

    December 6, 2016 By Jason Maholy, Freelance Reporter Sports, High School
    Sandburg players hit three free throws in the final seconds of this past Friday’s contest against Andrew, providing the margin of victory in a 35-32 win in a district rivalry game played before a packed house in the Eagle Gym. Barlow Alleruzzo, playing in his first home game as a member of the Eagles, sunk what proved to be the winning free throw Dec. 2 with 3.5 seconds to go; however, his miss of the second attempt gave the visiting Thunderbolts a chance to make a play and get the ball back, down just one point.
  • Jerling Jr. High School students (left to right) Daria Sickler, Natalia Diaz, Ana Rose Bialek, Brielle Morris and Marytherese Nevin explain how their machine works Nov. 29 during an engineering competition. Photos by Brittany Kapa/22nd Century Media

    Jerling eighth-graders compete in engineering challenge

    December 5, 2016 By Brittany Kapa, Assistant Editor News
    Jerling Jr. High School students recently got a taste of what engineers go through on a daily basis. The students displayed their skills in the field of hydraulics and pneumatics during the school’s eighth-grade Fluid Power Challenge, which was held Nov. 29 at the Orland Park Civic Center.

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