Mustangs still unbeaten on gridiron
Another week, another nail-biter.
And while a new hero stepped forward, it was the same old story for Evergreen Park Saturday afternoon, much to the Mustangs’ delight. A week after escaping Richards with a one-point win that kept it in first place within the South Suburban Conference Red, Evergreen followed the same format in Summit and gained sole possession of the penthouse.
Don Oresky’s 30-yard runback after stripping the ball from Argo tailback D’Ken Jones with under nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter erased the Mustangs’ six-point deficit and helped them secure a 45-44 victory over the previously undefeated Argonauts. Evergreen’s defense, which intercepted four passes on the day, prevented Argo from making a fourth comeback.
The hosts had spotted the Mustangs a pair of 13-point leads and one of 11 points before rallying in each instance. Jones’ 4-yard run late in the third period had established a 44-38 edge for the Argonauts.
Keyshawn Carpenter (30 carries, 179 rushing yards) scored on runs of 7, 9 and 27 yards to pace another robust offensive display by Evergreen (6-0, 3-0), which swapped the lead five times with Argo. Jacquet McClendon (10 catches, 156 yards) had touchdown receptions of 11 and 12 yards, and reserve quarterback Sean Ryan (15-of-33, 260 passing yards) also fired a 32-yard TD strike to Eric Gurrister.
The Argonauts generated over 330 yards of offense themselves, including Diamonte Malloy’s 39-yard scoring dash. The home team also tallied on an interception return and 62-yard kickoff return.
The Mustangs’ defense, however, also had its moments of glory, such as those four pickoffs. LeShon Johnson made two of them, while Mike Rizzo and Danny Hines each had one.
The victory assured Evergreen of reaching the Class 4A playoffs for a third consecutive season, the second-best streak in school history. The Mustangs entered the postseason from 1992-95 under Brett Nelson and qualified a total of seven times in a 10-year span while he was at the helm.
If Evergreen can complete an undefeated regular season, it will put itself in a position to challenge the program’s greatest one-year records. The Mustangs went 8-0 in 1964, which was a decade before the state playoffs began, and posted 10-1 ledgers in both 1977 and 1994.
Evergreen golfers win conference crown
For the fourth time in eight seasons, Evergreen Park’s boys’ golf team ruled as a conference champion.
The Mustangs (14-3) claimed their latest crown at Cog Hill on Sept. 30, when they bested the other South Suburban Conference Red teams. Their two-stroke victory over runner-up Richards made up for a one-shot loss in 2012.
JR Wazio was the match medalist after firing an 18-hole score of 82. Aaron Green Van Zee survived a rough first couple holes to wind up with a 90, which placed him fourth overall. Ronnie O’Toole carded a 91.
Evergreen’s Danny Smith was the frosh-soph medalist.
Worth volleyball team takes second
Worth Junior High School’s girls’ volleyball team took second place in the South Suburban Junior High School Conference tournament, which was held last Thursday at Wilkins Junior High.
Worth team members included Ashley Kevin, Cassidy McCarthy, Madelyn Powers, Farah Elhoumaidi, Kayla Strezo, Taylor Wood, Rebecca Harkala, Stephanie Ho, Samantha Noftz, Allison Witt, Mikayla Ferguson, Alyssa Stergiopoulos and Julie Burda. Kathy Dennis was the Worth coach.
Conrady boys claim another softball title
For the 10th time in 14 seasons, Conrady Junior High School’s boys’ softball team reigns as the South West Interscholastic Conference champion.
Conrady posted an 11-0 record this year under coach Tim Kaczmarek and now heads into the playoffs. Comprising the team roster are Mitchell Dollah, Julian Zavala, John Wrobel, Mike Tobin, Mike Abraham, Brett Selke, John Cleveland, Andrew Rukujzo, Jordan Thompson, Cade La Russo, Omar Shublaq, Zach Padilla and Jimmy Mannette.
Shimko basketball to run tryouts
The George Shimko Basketball School will conduct tryouts for players in grades 4-8 on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Oak Lawn Pavilion, 9401 S. Oak Park Ave.
A boys’ session will run from 1-2:30 p.m., while two girls’ tryouts will be held. Female players in grades 4-5 will go from 2:30-4 p.m., with players in grades 6-8 to follow from 4-5:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend the tryouts, but parents must register players and sign a waiver form 20 minutes prior to an evaluation session.
OL High School to co-host bass-fishing tourney Saturday
Oak Lawn High School and Rayjus Outdoors will co-host a bass-fishing tournament on Saturday, at the Kankakee/Des Plaines River.
The event begins with a 6 a.m. check-in. Competition will start at 7:15 and run through 2 p.m. Schools may register an unlimited number of boats, but the overall field will not exceed 50. Each boat, which must be captained by an adult, can include up to four anglers.