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H-F's Unified Basketball team wins state title for second time

It’s the unified team of special education and regular students, but coaches say that name is also emblematic of how students at Homewood-Flossmoor High School have worked together to make the sport of basketball a winning endeavor for all — not once, but twice.

Local kids can compete at MLB Junior Home Run Derby

Flossmoor Baseball and Softball will host a free Major League Baseball Junior Home Run Derby for local youth at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at Flossmoor Park, 2525 Flossmoor Road.
 
The competition, sponsored by Major League Baseball, is a way for talented youngsters to showcase their hitting talents, with the opportunity of competing at the national finals during MLB All-Star Week.
 

High expectations as H-F boys track team aims for state title

Raising the bar. The expression comes from the high jump and pole vault events of track and field. Each athlete tries to jump over a bar at a set height. Then the bar is raised. Those who succeeded make more attempts at the new height, until only one athlete remains as the winner. This year, the entire boys track team at Homewood-Flossmoor Hight School is raising the bar.

Three generations enjoying racquetball tradition

Racquetball is a family tradition for Bob Adams of Homewood. Today three generations play the game, and Bob and his sons meet each week for a friendly game or two at the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District's H-F Racquet & Fitness Center.

H-F hockey team wins Hayes Cup

The Homewood-Flossmoor High School hockey team won both games with 3-2 scores to defeat Lake Central High in Indiana and walk away with top honors and the Hayes Cup on March 10.
 

H-F wrestler takes silver medal in state tourney

Jeff Griffin lost only one bout in the recent IHSA state wrestling tournament – and a wager with himself. “Since sophomore year, I knew that I wanted to be in the state finals. I told myself that if I didn’t win the state championship, I would wrestle in college,” Griffin joked. “Now, I guess I have to wrestle in college.”

H-F seniors reach college goal for NCAA careers in football

It’s the time of year when high school seniors and their parents start to show off new college colors — a Drake ball cap, a Western Kentucky hoodie, a  Northern Illinois track jacket. There was an added twist for 10 Homewood-Flossmoor High School families on Feb. 7, when Vikings seniors signed national letters of intent to play college football. Several generations of family and friends pulled on college sweats and T-shirts to witness the start of the players’ NCAA careers.

Retired H-F Racquet Club tennis coach honored for adaptive tennis initiative

Nancy Hoekstra’s dedication to making the game of tennis accessible to all won her Member of the Year-Illinois honors from the Professional Tennis Registry  (PTR) during its 2018 International Tennis Symposium in Hilton Head, South Carolina, in February.

The rise of fencing

Forget Zorro. He wasn’t a fencer. The masked man’s swashbuckling movie scenes that capture the clatter from dueling rapiers as opponents fight on isn’t what today’s fencing is about. Today’s fencing requires one-on-one strategy, physical agility and intensity and it’s drawing the attention of students at Homewood-Flossmoor and Marian Catholic High Schools. Nationwide, interest in high school fencing has been on a steady rise the past four decades, according to the National Fencing Club.

Weather helped Coyote Run Golf Course record its longest season in 2017

The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District’s Coyote Run Golf Course in Flossmoor had its longest season on record — 310 days. 

Dave Ward, superintendent of golf, reported to the park board that the unseasonably mild winter allowed the park district to open the course Feb. 17, 2017, the earliest opening day in its history. The season, that officially closed Dec. 24, was the longest golf season at the course.

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