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  • What retirement? Mount Carmel forces out football coach Frank Lenti after 34 years

    It was a messy day on the South Side at Mount Carmel High School. Initial reports from school officials indicated that longtime head football coach Frank Lenti — the winningest coach  in Illinois history — was retiring and that Jordan Lynch was taking over. The end result is the same, but the details are far murkier and the fall out between the administration and Lenti is real messy. WGN Radio’s Sam Panayotovich has the story on the Caravan coaching change. […]

  • Bobby Frasor is ready for year three at the helm of Brother Rice basketball

    Sam Panayotovich sits down with Bobby Frasor, a former McDonald’s All-American at Brother Rice, national champion at North Carolina and professional basketball player overseas. Frasor is about to embark as his third season as the head coach at his alma mater. Topics include being a ball boy for his dad at Eisenhower, playing with sharpshooters, going downstate his senior year, the Crusader Crazies, impressing Roy Williams at an AAU tournament in Houston, committing to North Carolina, FaceTiming with Tyler Hansbrough, […]

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    Preps Plus Chicago: Week 3

    Sam Panayotovich and Kevin Powell recap week two of the high school football season on Preps Plus Chicago.  Get all the scores, stats and stories from Chicagoland high school football every Friday night on WGN Radio. This week’s guest is head coach Troy McAllister of #5 Phillips. Special thanks to Chicago Tribune reporters Mike Helfgot, Pat Disabato and Mike Clark out on location. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3396752/3396752_2017-09-09-002552.64kmono.mp3??ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3781.mp3

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    Preps Plus Chicago: Week 2

    Sam Panayotovich and Kevin Powell recap week two of the high school football season on Preps Plus Chicago.  Get all the scores, stats and stories from Chicagoland high school football every Friday night on WGN Radio. This week’s guest is head coach Josh Hjorth of #11 Stevenson.  Special thanks to Chicago Tribune reporters Mike Helfgot, Pat Disabato and Mike Clark out on location. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3394143/3394143_2017-09-02-101443.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3871.mp3

  • Getting to know new UIC Flames athletic director Garrett Klassy

    Sam Panayotovich sits down with Garrett Klassy, the new athletic director at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Topics include the newest chapter of Flames athletics, a rising basketball program, growing up reading the sports pages on the family farm in Wisconsin, connecting with Curtis Granderson and the alumni base, the best barbecue in Alabama, working with Chip Kelly at Oregon and having big dreams for UIC.

  • Serbian National Baseball Team makes first trip to play in America

    The Serbian National Baseball Team is stateside for the first time ever as they prepare for the European Championships in Belgrade. They will play five games in six days at Oil City Stadium in Whiting, Ind. WGN Radio’s Sam Panayotovich sat down with tour head coach and secretary general Nikola Vucevic to discuss the monumental road trip and all things Serbian baseball. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3373458/3373458_2017-07-07-171058.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3801.mp3   UPDATE: Sam also spoke with Serbian infielder/outfielder Nick Mitrovich. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3373661/3373661_2017-07-08-104701.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3801.mp3

  • New Blackhawk Henri Jokiharju: ‘It’s awesome – dream come true’

    Sam Panayotovich talks with Chicago Blackhawks first round draft selection Henri Jokiharju.

  • Video and photos: 2017 Opening Night at Wrigley Field

    Before the 2017 Chicago Cubs home opener, the 2016 World Series championship banner is raised at Wrigley Field (joining three other newly-raised championship banners), fireworks are launched in celebration, and team owners Tom, Laura and Todd Ricketts throw out ceremonial first pitches. Plus, more photos from the Opening Night ceremonies:

  • Photos: The Men’s National Championship

  • Phil Segroves leads Mount Carmel into new era of basketball

    Sam Panayotovich sits down with Mount Carmel head varsity basketball coach Phil Segroves as he embarks on his first campaign with the Caravan. Topics include Segroves’ 19 year tenure at the school, his coaching roots, Alabama accents, tales from freshman football, being a father, building a program of his own and welcoming Dwyane Wade to the MC family. http://serve.castfire.com/audio/3220321/3220321_2016-11-16-232221.64kmono.mp3?ad_params=zones%3DPreroll%7Cstation_id%3D3801.mp3

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