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Lucky 13th season nets OP native Fitzgerald Big Ten Coach of Year

December 3, 2018 by Jeff Vorva, Sports Editor Sports, Alumni-College

The 13th time was the charm.

Orland Park native Pat Fitzgerald was unanimously named Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year as the Northwestern boss won honors from both the media and coaches on Nov. 27.


Orland Park’s Kenagy enjoys soccer hail at Yale

by Patrick McGavin, Freelance Reporter Sports, Alumni-College

Soccer is both art and science. 

Kyle Kenagy learned another part of the equation is knowing the importance of timing and placement.

On Oct. 13th, Kenagy blasted home a deflection outside of the top of...

A long-time matchup finally comes for OP’s Wirtel brothers

by Jeff Vorva, Sports Editor Sports, Alumni-College

When Orland Park’s Steve Wirtel committed to Iowa Sate as a long snapper, his family and friends were looking forward to Nov. 12, 2016.

That was when Steve was supposed to take the field in Lawrence, Kansas, against...

Slager is now king of all D-III tacklers

by Tim Yonke, Freelance Reporter Sports, Alumni-College

The essence of football is tackling.

That is something that Orland Park native Ryan Slager knows very, very well.

On Oct. 20, the Grinnell (Iowa) College linebacker shattered the NCAA Division III...