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Boo-hooing booing? That’s a boo-boo

(Reprinted from
Sept. 27, 2012)

  What’s next? A moratorium on foam-finger waving?
  There’s little question that political correctness has permeated our world to a stifling degree. So much is considered off-limits these days I’m not even sure what I’m able to say to myself without insulting me.
  A feel-good society sounds fine in theory, but it’s simply not realistic to expect a 24/7 trouble-free existence. Life is full of plot twists and turns, and all of us must be prepared to deal with unhappiness from time to time.
  And there’s no special immunity granted to athletes and coaches in that regard. There is one difference between sports people and those of us outside their domain, however.
  Vocal reactions aren’t a standard part of our workplaces. Sure, we might occasionally disagree with obstinate co-workers, mutter obscenities to witless supervisors under our breath or receive a managerial tongue-lashing for not working hard enough to ensure the next round of executive-level bonuses, but these things only happen periodically.
  Then again, we also don’t get cheered for a job well done. So whoever revels in the good should be willing to also shoulder the bad.
  But not in these touchy-feely times. Now, there’s no place for criticism, even if it’s warranted.

Volleyball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Mighty Macs state their case away from home

  In an attempt to again become the best volleyball team in the state, Mother McAuley has gone outside the state for preparation.
  Coach Jen DeJarld’s strategy has been to go wherever the competition is fiercest, and for the past two weekends that’s sent the Mighty Macs on road trips. Last weekend McAuley appeared at the 24-school Louisville Invitational and went 4-1 against a string of heavy hitters, a performance good enough to net the Macs runner-up status at the prestigious event.
  “These last two weekends, traveling out of state and playing five of the nation’s top teams, was a great experience for us,” DeJarld said. “The reason we compete in those matches is to be fully tested early on and also to make us aware of what our deficiencies are.
  “I think from one week the level of our play has increased dramatically — the speed of our play has definitely increased. We’ve made a lot of improvements in just one week. I’m really happy at the place we’re at right now.”
  McAuley began play in Louisville with wins over two Kentucky programs: Holy Cross (25-10, 25-15) and Dunbar (25-11, 25-17). Kelsey Clark put down eight of her tournament-total 25 kills in the victory over Dunbar.

SXU sports summary

Golfer Thompson does it again

SXUSPORTSLOGOFOR-ROUNDUPWere Taylor Thompson a softball player, she’d bring a smile to the faces of hitting coaches everywhere.
After all it’s impossible to bat over 1.000.
Thompson’s sport is golf, but St. Xavier University coach Mike Mandakas is equally enamored of the sophomore athlete’s exploits. And why wouldn’t he be, seeing as how Thompson is a perfect 2-for-2 in tournament victories so far.
Thompson was four strokes behind the leader after Day 1 of last weekend’s Battle of Blackthorn Tournament before rallying to force a sudden-death playoff on Saturday. A par on the first playoff hole allowed Thompson to finish first once more.
“Taylor played another great tournament from start to finish,” Mandakas said. “To open up the season with two individual tournament wins is quite an accomplishment.”
Thompson shot a cumulative 149 through 36 holes, bettering her Friday score by one after firing a second-round 74 on Saturday. Behind Thompson SXU claimed fifth in the team standings at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend, Ind.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Amy Strong

Disselkoen latest Runner of the Week

TRINITYLOGO-FOR-8-28Anybody thinking Trinity Christian College’s women’s cross country team doesn’t extend beyond Anna Bos is in for a surprise.

  While Bos is undeniably the Trolls’ ringleader, she isn’t always their race leader.
  Jessica Disselkoen is carving out her own running niche and matching her heralded teammate feat for feat. Each woman won once in Trinity’s first two weeks of competition, and last week Disselkoen duplicated Bos’ recent award-winning double by getting named as Runner of the Week by both the National Christian College Athletic Association and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
  Disselkoen’s honor followed her victory in the Midwest Classic Sept. 5 at Aspen Ridge Golf Course in Bourbonnais. Her 5K time of 18 minutes, 45.19 seconds was seven seconds faster than her closest pursuer and just two seconds shy of her personal best. Disselkoen beat 77 other runners to the chute.
  Having conquered the Aspen Ridge course once Disselkoen decided to do it again at last Friday’s Illinois Intercollegiate Championships. This time she shattered her personal standard by clocking an 18:11.7, which was 32 seconds better than she’s ever handled 5K and only two seconds off Bos’ school-record effort at that distance.
  Disselkoen was one of three Trolls in the top 10 as Ashley Jourdan (ninth in a personal-best 18:59.9) and Bos (10th, 19:02.2) also did their parts to lift Trinity into a fourth-place team finish among 14 schools. A total of 139 women participated in the race.
  Kasey Zaremba was 37th for the Trolls in a personal-best 20:21.2.

Moraine athletics wrap

Cyclones golfers coping with challenging slate

MORAINE-LOGO  When it comes to challenging his golfers, Moraine Valley College coach Bob Freudenthal spares no obstacle.
  At the University of St. Francis Tournament, for example, the Cyclones annually square off against some of their toughest competition, most of it supplied by four-year schools. The situation was no different on Friday at Wedgewood Golf Course, but Moraine managed to beat out a few other teams and wind up 14th in a field of 18.
  John Nagle (season-low 77) paced the Cyclones, while Matt Contey (80), Jeff Cizek (83) and Scott Borden (83) also contributed to the 323 team total.
  “I’m happy with the way the season is progressing,” Freudenthal said. “When all the guys hit their best game, we could put up some really low scores. We’ll see if they save the best for last.”
  Moraine tapped into some of that “best” last Thursday when it held off Waubonsee College by four strokes in an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference event at Glenwoodie Golf Course.
  Three Cyclones broke 80, with David Karwoski’s round of 75 leading the way. Contey and Joe Knight both fired 79s and John Orowick posted an 81 for 18 holes.