Olympian returns home
Winter Olympian Megan Bozek, an alumna of St. Mary School in Buffalo Grove, returned to her hometown in Illinois to talk to the students, answer questions, pose for pictures and thank them for the video they made wishing her luck prior to the Olympics. Bozek played defense for the U.S. women's hockey team, which won silver last month during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (Photos by Karen Callaway)
Rock the House
Our Lady of the Ridge Men's Club's annual pre-Lenten Boxing Show "Rock the House" in Chicago Ridge took place on March 1. The event has been a tradition at the parish for more than 50 years and benefits the school's athletic programs. All participants receive a first-place ribbons. (Photos by Karen Callaway)

Mount Carmel senior Bryce Brill (white uniform) puts a hold on Belleville West's Nate Higgins. Brill went on to win his third Class 3A IHSA Wrestling title in the 152-lb bracket on Feb. 22. Finals were held at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill. (John Smierciak/Catholic New World)

St. Rita freshman Austin O'Connor flips Oak Park-River Forest's Jason Renteria over his back in the Class 3A IHSA Wrestling Championship match. O'Connor won first place in the 106-lb. bracket. (John Smierciak/Catholic New World)

Marist High School wrestlers walk off of the mat after they received their IHSA Class 3A second-place trophy in state finals for dual team wrestling. The event took place March 1 in Bloomington, Ill., with Marist losing to Oak Park-River Forest. Oak Park-River Forest is ranked No. 2 nationally by InterMatWrestle.com and beat Marist 31-22 in the Class 3A final. (John Smierciak/Catholic New World)

Jack Zabilka from the Everest Academy Knights makes his way past a group of St. Joseph defenders from Manhattan, Ill., as both the academy's girls and boys basketball teams competed during "Pack the House" at Everest Academy in Lemont on Jan 9. Alumni returned for the event to engage in a variety of activities in between games. This was the first year for the event and the first time Everest has had a girls basketball team. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

Jonathan Henzie, from Everest, gives some advice to his team during a break in the action. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

Nina Polivka, a sixth-grader at Everest keeps the ball away from a St. Denis defender. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

On Nov. 30, Mount Carmel's Bob Brophy leads the team's captains along with their first-place trophy from the awards stage after beating Lake Zurich 30-0 in the Class 7A state football championship at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. This was coach Frank Lenti's 11th championship in 30 seasons. (John Smierciak/Catholic New World)

Mt. Carmel's Christian Searles scores against Lake Zurich in the second quarter of the Class 7A state football championship at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Il. In beating Lake Zurich 30-0, the Mt. Carmel Caravan handed coach Frank Lenti his eleventh championship in thirty seasons on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (John Smierciak/Catholic New World)

Loyola Academy's Tony Donofrio (3), John Kecki (95), Jack Gleason (5), and Johnny Burns (26) bring down Naperville Central's Ben Andreas (11), in the Class 8A Illinois State Football Championship at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Il. Naperville Central went on to beat Loyola Academy 13-10 on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (John Smierciak/Catholic New World)

Loyola Academy's Julius Holley (34) stiff arms Naperville Central's Bobby McMillen (44)as Holley goes through the Redhawks' line in the Class 8A Illinois State Football Championship at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Il. Naperville Central went on to beat Loyola Academy 13-10 on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (John Smierciak/Catholic New World)

Shanon Forst from Fenwick competes in the 100-yard breaststroke. Swimmers from several area Catholic High Schools (Loyola Academy, St. Ignatius, Mother McAuley, St. Viator and Fenwick) competed in the MCAC JV Conference hosted by Fenwick High School in Oak Park on Nov. 2.(Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

Liza Prah, from Loyola Academy, competes in the 100 yard breaststroke. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

Mount Carmel champs in baseball: Mt. Carmel won the Class 4A state baseball tournament in Joliet, Il., on June 8, 2013 beating Libertyville 2-1. With the win, Mount Carmel finished 34-8 on the season. It was the 16th IHSA state title in school history, after 11 in football, three in wrestling and one in basketball. (John Smierciak/Catholic New World)

Carrying the baton: Freshman David Frye from Leo High School runs the first leg of the 4x100 meter relay in the Illinois High School Association boys' Class 1A state finals May 25 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. The team placed third in that race and 12th overall in the meet. Other participating archdiocesan high schools in the Class 1A finals included Hales Franciscan, which placed 23rd. St. Ignatius College Prep placed fourth in the Class 3A state finals. St. Rita, Brother Rice and Marist high schools also went to the Class 3A state finals. (John Smierciak/Catholic New World)

Hannah Cohn, a freshman from St. Ignatius College Prep finishes the Illinois High School Association Class 3A 200-meter dash finals at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Il. on May 18, 2013. (John Smierciak/Catholic New World)

Elijah from St. Philip Neri School dribbles while Matthew Cleggs (left) and Aaron Gholston III of St. Thomas the Apostle School defend the basket on March 22. Jabari from St. Philip Neri looks for a pass (center). Students from area schools competed in a kindergarten through second grade basketball tournament at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Hyde Park.The rookie basketball players competed for team trophies during the two day event. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

Jeremy Segreti is presented with a Chicago Bears shirt by George McCaskey, chairman of the board of the Chicago Bears on March 7. McCaskey surprised Jeremy and Joey Segreti, students at St. Francis Borgia School, 3635 N. Panama, during a school assembly to congratulate them on their participation in the NFLRush.com youth fantasy football league. Jeremy, a fifth-grader, placed first out of 130,000 players in the nationwide league. Jeremy also received a scholarship for winning the league. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

Brooke King (7) from St. Viator goes for the ball against St. Ignacius player Nicole Manzari (12) as St. Ignatius College Prep defeated St. Viator 19-8 in a girls varsity lacrosse match at home on April 5. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

Ryan Carroll, a freshman wide recieiver who attended Marist High School, gets tackled by partcipants during a break in the action. Members of Saint Xavier University's (SXU) 2011 NAIA Championship football team hosted a Football Training Camp where youth learned drilss, plays and exercising on April 17. Boys ages nine to 18 participated in the camp, held at The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 1250 W. 119th St., Chicago. (Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)