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2014 All-Area Baseball Team

FIRST TEAM

 

CHRISTIAN BOLHUIS, Chicago Christian, P, Jr.
• With 23 varsity wins already banked, Bolhuis is on track to become the Knights’ all-time victories leader in 2015 as he trails record holder Trent Overzet by just six. His 2014 pitching numbers on the Knights’ behalf were almost off the charts — his 100 whiffs topped all area hurlers, and he did that while throwing only 64 1/3 innings and walking just 19 batters. The Suburban Christian Conference Player of the Year posted an 8-3 ledger, allowed 35 hits, sported a minuscule 1.20 earned-run average and held opposing hitters to a meager .146 cumulative average. Bolhuis, the son of Knights football coach Jim Bolhuis, became just the third Chicago Christian baseball player ever named to the all-state team, joining Mike Kamp (2012) and Bob Schaaf (1990). Offensively, this paper’s Player of the Year chipped in a .326 average, .415 on-base percentage, 24 runs, 23 RBI and nine doubles. Bolhuis will be the Knights’ starting quarterback for the third season in a row this fall.

Richards 7-on-7 Tournament

  • Written by Frank Gogola

Bulldogs not hangdog after 2014 ending

Richards football players could have hung their heads while recalling the team's shortcoming against Batavia in last fall’s Class 6A championship game.
And remembering that nine starters from the 2013 state runner-up club have moved on would further the reason to feel crestfallen.
But instead of dwelling on various kinds of losses, the returning Bulldogs are looking ahead to the 2014 season with confidence. They plan on applying the lessons learned a year ago and becoming stronger because of it, robust enough perhaps to be the last team standing this time around.
“Last year, we learned that hard work pays off,” said senior-to-be quarterback Hasan Muhammad-Rogers, who is back for his third varsity season “We did everything that we could. All season we busted our butts [and] Coach [Tony Sheehan] pushed us to the limit.

Summer baseball roundup

  • Written by Ken Karrson

No stretch for Mustangs in seventh

Down to its last at-bat, Evergreen Park made sure its first outing of the summer turned out right.
It was a case of seventh heaven for the Mustangs last Wednesday against Richards. Even when trailing the Bulldogs by three runs entering the final frame, Evergreen discovered staging a rally didn’t require too big a stretch.
Richards contributed a couple errors and a walk in the inning, and Bulldogs coach Brian Wujcik said one of the Mustangs’ hits was misplayed by his team. But Evergreen also did its part as Mark Martin, Joe Piet and Matt Lyons all delivered run-scoring hits.
Lyons’ double actually chased across two teammates, and that provided the Mustangs with the difference in a 7-6 victory.
“He’s a super-strong kid,” Evergreen coach Mark Smyth said of Lyons. “He’s a little bit raw, but he’s all baseball.”
The Mustangs are playing a reduced schedule this summer, in part because Evergreen’s 2013-14 school year extended deeper into June than usual. The plan is to not go beyond the Fourth of July.

Bartosh

An unlikely place to ‘p’-erform

  (Reprinted from April 4, 2013)

  Take me out to the ballgame, where I can ski with my pee ...
  Sorry to be blunt, but there’s no genteel way to accurately describe what the Lehigh Valley IronPigs minor-league baseball team has in store for its male patrons this season. Lower-level organizations involved with the national pastime have typically swum upstream when it comes to odd promotions, but this particular one will also involve a steady stream.
  In an attempt to promote increased awareness of prostate health — that’s the official explanation anyway; let’s just call it what it really is: a bizarrely unique marketing tool — the IronPigs have installed above restroom urinals screens that will allow men to play video games while they are relieving themselves.
  What’s that you say? How can guys worry about manning game controls while they’re busy trying to control the direction of their flow? That’s just it — the games are designed to function on a hands-free basis.

Community sports news

Junior Bulldogs basketball camp to be held at Richards

Richards High School will be the site of the Junior Bulldog basketball camp July 7-9.
The sessions, which are open to ages 7-14, will run from 9-11 a.m. each day. The cost is $25 before July 7, $35 for walk-up registrants. The camp will be hosted by incoming varsity basketball coach Jevon Mamon.
For more information, contact Mamon at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .