Crown fits Chargers fine
Stagg wins three times to gain championship
Richards coach Brian Wujcik gave his players adequate warning before last Wednesday’s Class 4A Homewood-Flossmoor Regional semifinal got underway.
“We told them two things: Things are just different in the playoffs and Stagg’s not the same team they were when we played them in the second week [of the regular season],” he said.
Wujcik couldn’t have been more correct. Not only did the Chargers avenge an earlier 14-4 setback with a spirit-crushing 4-1 triumph over the favored Bulldogs, but they carried the momentum of that unexpected conquest forward.
Stagg, which blasted Eisenhower 13-0 in a play-in game to earn its berth opposite Richards, completed a stunning run to a regional championship by edging Lincoln-Way East 3-2 on Saturday. The Chargers last won a postseason title in 2008, although they have played in six regional finals during Matt O’Neill’s eight coaching seasons.
Next up for Stagg (16-18) was a date with top-seeded Lincoln-Way North this past Wednesday in an Andrew Sectional semifinal. The Phoenix advanced by beating Marist 4-3 in the latter’s own regional on Saturday.