'Genuine' coaching legend Gary Korhonen dies

'Genuine' coaching legend Gary Korhonen dies

        Photo by Bob McParland Richards legend Gary Korhonen, right, congratulates basketball coach John Chappetto after the Bulldogs won the IHSA Class 4A state championship in 2008. Korhonen, who won two state championships as the school’s football coach, died Saturday at age 77.     Freshman Tony Sheehan was walking the halls of Richards High School in the early fall of 1992. Coming toward him was Gary Korhonen, the Bulldogs football coach, who was a big... Read more


Jeff Vorva's Extra Point: Smile! We've c…

Jeff Vorva's Extra Point: Smile! We've come full circle with Queen of Peace/St. Laurence

    Photos by Jeff Vorva The final game at Queen of Peace in late January was sad (bottom photo) but things were a lot happier at the historic first girls basketball game at St. Laurence on Nov. 28 (top photo).    Many sports outcomes are judged by wins and losses. This one, however, is judges by tears and smiles. When Queen of Peace officials shocked the south suburbs in January by announcing the school was closing, the basketball team was going... Read more

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‘Ted 2’ sequel should have stayed in hibernation The comedy “Ted 2” is an unneeded sequel to the film “Ted.” The first brought us Mark Wahlberg as John, along with Seth MacFarlane as Ted, his foul-mouthed Teddy bear of a best friend. This film picks up a little after the first film ended. We see the bear getting married to his sleazy fiancee, Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), at a wedding officiated by Sam... Read more


Time is right for opening door to new po…


Time is right for opening door to new possibilities

Photo by Claudia Parker Claudia Parker is retiring as a columnist so she can pursue other projects, like this recent assignment taking photos of a 2017 graduate.   “When one door closes, another one opens…” --Alexander Graham Bell Cheers to new beginnings! Last Saturday, I shot senior portraits for a 2017 graduate who said, “Do whatever you want,” she shrugged. “You’re the photographer, I trust you.” My mind looped with endless possibilities. “I’ve got this,” I told... Read more