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Piece of the pie

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Vikings share CCL Blue title

  Half a piece is better than none at all.
  That’s true whether the object in question is a baked good or baseball title. And it was an opinion shared by St. Laurence players and coaches in the aftermath of Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Brother Rice.
  That defeat put the Vikings in danger of a runner-up finish within the Chicago Catholic League Blue. But Mt. Carmel, which had fallen twice to the Vikings in earlier matchups, did them a favor by knocking off arch-rival St. Rita in another Saturday clash.
  Thus, St. Laurence was guaranteed a slice of the championship pie, which it shared with the Mustangs. The Vikings (26-4, 13-3) bagged at least a piece of the Catholic Blue crown for the third time in four seasons. They won it outright in 2013.

  “It’s not the most ideal way to win a conference championship, but we’ll take it,” St. Laurence coach Pete Lotus said with a chuckle. “Luckily, Mt. Carmel came through for us. Our game was done in probably an hour-and-a-half, but we still had guys around because it was our Alumni Day.
  “This is always our first goal and I’m really proud of our guys. Once you get past the frustration of not playing the way we’re capable [on Saturday], you realize it’s a great accomplishment [to win the championship].”
  And, as Lotus pointed out, the Vikings actually had to come from behind after losing a game to De La Salle several weeks ago. The Meteors handed St. Laurence its only other shutout of the spring.

Just for the fun of it

  • Written by Ken Karrson

On eve of playoffs, Knights bag three more wins

  With a second straight Suburban Christian Conference Gold title already in hand, Chicago Christian had nothing to prove against three nonleague foes last week.
  And on Monday, that’s exactly the way it appeared.
  Knights coach Eric Brauer liked that his club managed to knock off Christian Liberty Academy 5-0, but that’s as far as the positive vibes went. While Chicago Christian was never in danger of suffering a defeat, it also lacked the game-day energy Brauer has come to expect.
  “Our intensity and focus was nowhere near what it needed to be,” he said. “I think our kids weren’t looking at it as very important. It was not the level of competition we’d been playing the previous four weeks in conference, and we played down to our competition.”

Crowning achievement

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Bulldogs lock up SSC Red championship

  The Bulldogs are back on top.
  A season that began on a high note and has pretty much remained there paid its first dividends on Saturday when Richards officially locked up its third South Suburban Conference Red title in four years. The Bulldogs did so by defeating host TF North 8-3 in a conference crossover while their closest Red Division pursuer, Evergreen Park, was being shut out by SSC Blue leader Lemont.
  “It’s been a very nice season,” Richards coach Brian Wujcik said. “I really did not anticipate us [having] the potential to go 17-2 [in league play].”
  Wins over Argo this past Monday and Wednesday would give the Bulldogs that exact mark. While Wujcik certainly wasn’t about to assume success against the Argonauts before the games were played, the veteran boss figured everything would be fine if Richards simply followed the script.

SXU sports summary

Surprises sprung on Cougars in national events

  Visits to national tournaments resulted in surprise endings for a couple of St. Xavier University sports teams.
  One of those was rather unpleasant, as the No. 8-ranked Cougars softball squad had its postseason journey halted earlier than anticipated by Lindsey Wilson College in the NAIA Opening Round National Championships in Columbia, Ky. SXU left a dozen runners stranded in a 4-3 loss to the Blue Raiders, its second suffered against Lindsey Wilson in the double-elimination event.
  Also somewhat shocking, but in a good way, was the Cougars golf team’s top-25 finish at the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Bartosh

Nothing phone-y about this competition

  (Reprinted from
Sept. 13, 2012)

  Alexander Graham Bell is probably turning over in his grave right about now.
  Then again, maybe he’s known about this for a while and already completed his post-burial, human tilt-a-whirl reaction. After all, the activity that would cause such a dramatic response has been going on for over a decade.
  News of it has only recently come my way, which I’d normally be embarrassed to admit. However, there’ve been more important stories to pursue, and even the most intrepid news gatherer can’t be everywhere at once, can he?
  Anyway, this latest tale involves a bizarre endeavor, one that takes its rightful place among the ever-growing list of so-called “sporting competitions” that are wrongly categorized. Through the years, readers familiar with this column have been told of many others — lawn-mower racing, iron-man ironing, pole dancing and beer pong, just to name a few — and, in case you haven’t heard about it before, mobile phone throwing now can be included.