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‘V’ means more than ‘victory’ during March Madness

BARTOSH

(Reprinted from March 17, 2011)

In the 1940s, making the “V” sign with one’s index and middle fingers meant victory, as in the winning of World War II.

In the 1960s, longhaired hippies flashed that same sign in resistance to another military conflict. That group said they wanted peace, but what they really meant was that they wanted no piece of the armed-forces action.

Now, in 2011, when men hold up their two fingers, they’re telling their spouses or significant others that the action they desire is a vasectomy.

At least it’s true when March Madness is on the horizon. In a report presented last week on a variety of media outlets, the number of men scheduling that particular surgery escalates right before TV coverage of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament begins in earnest.

(This story, by the way, perfectly illustrates what is referred to as a “slow news day” in our business. But let’s forge on anyway).

Having recovery time coincide with tourney time is, I have to admit, pretty cagey. Doctors have done their part to prod prospective clients into making a snip decision by incorporating tacky slogans and promising consolation prizes to replace the children those men will no longer be fathering in the future.

Trolls’ bats lead the way

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trinity sports report

Trinity Christian College baseball coach Justin Huisman said it best.

“It was fun to be outside,” he said of last week’s trip to Florida.

The Trolls took advantage of the great outdoors. After a two-week layoff caused by bad weather back home, Trinity exhibited no signs of rustiness as it belted 18 hits in its Sunshine State opener and thumped Aquinas (Mich.) College 19-1.

Oddly, it was actually a come-from-behind affair, as Aquinas scored in its initial at-bat. The Trolls tallied in each frame thereafter.

That victory also set the tone for a week in which Trinity went 5-4 to improve its season ledger to 5-8. The Trolls amassed 52 runs and gave up 34, a dozen of the latter being surrendered in a high-scoring loss to St. Ambrose. Otherwise, Trinity’s pitching and defense was more solid than it perhaps had a right to be, given the inability to do anything but work out in the gym for two weeks.

“I fully expect our pitching to be the backbone of the team,” Huisman said.

Marist alums in latest ESCC Hall of Fame class

Submitted photo. The Worth Warriors recently completed an unbeaten basketball season.Submitted photo. The Worth Warriors recently completed an unbeaten basketball seasoMarist alumni Gary Kostrubala and Tony Evensen will be among the 12 newest inductees into the East Suburban Catholic Conference Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 10, at Crystal Sky Banquet Hall in McCook. Nine individuals will enter the Hall, along with Joliet Catholic Academy’s 1994 baseball and 2004 football state championship squads and Notre Dame’s 2004 baseball titlist team.

Kostrubala brought a pair of gold medals back to Mount Greenwood in the spring of 1982, when he returned from the state track meet as a champion in both the shot put and discus events. Less than a full year later, it was Evensen’s turn, as he became Illinois’ best wrestler at 138 pounds in February of 1983.

Former Carmel football players Jack Simmons and Mark Venegoni, former Marian Catholic basketball player Adam Savick, Benet Academy boys’ golf coach Dan Nagis, Benet girls’ basketball coach Peter Paul, St. Viator boys’ golf coach Jack Halpin and ESCC girls’ basketball officials assignor John Dacey round out the list of Hall of Fame newcomers.

Tickets to the event are $50 and may be purchased through any ESCC member school’s athletic department. For more information, visit www.eastsuburbancc.com or contact Mike Hennessey at (847) 779-8652.

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Marist alums in latest ESCC Hall of Fame class

Marist alumni Gary Kostrubala and Tony Evensen will be among the 12 newest inductees into the East Suburban Catholic Conference Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 10, at Crystal Sky Banquet Hall in McCook. Nine individuals will enter the Hall, along with Joliet Catholic Academy’s 1994 baseball and 2004 football state championship squads and Notre Dame’s 2004 baseball titlist team.
Kostrubala brought a pair of gold medals back to Mount Greenwood in the spring of 1982, when he returned from the state track meet as a champion in both the shot put and discus events. Less than a full year later, it was Evensen’s turn, as he became Illinois’ best wrestler at 138 pounds in February of 1983.
Former Carmel football players Jack Simmons and Mark Venegoni, former Marian Catholic basketball player Adam Savick, Benet Academy boys’ golf coach Dan Nagis, Benet girls’ basketball coach Peter Paul, St. Viator boys’ golf coach Jack Halpin and ESCC girls’ basketball officials assignor John Dacey round out the list of Hall of Fame newcomers.
Tickets to the event are $50 and may be purchased through any ESCC member school’s athletic department. For more information, visit www.eastsuburbancc.com or contact Mike Hennessey at (847) 779-8652.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Despite losing a large group of seniors to graduation last spring, Shepard’s boys’ track team is showing signs of promise in the early weeks of the 2014 season, as evidenced by a pair of first-place finishes in its two most recent meets.

On March 6, the Astros were the top team at the Argo Invitational, which featured Richards and Oak Lawn in addition to Shepard and the host school. Last Friday, the Astros also set the pace at the Morton West Invitational, a meet that included six squads in all. Besides the home team and Shepard, the field contained Addison Trail, Fenwick, Ridgewood and Riverside-Brookfield.
“We competed in three meets before Argo, [including a 28-team meet at Illinois Wesleyan University], but the kids really competed well in the past two,” Astros coach Scott Wilkins said. “We graduated a lot of talented kids [from] last year, but we’re a very deep team this year and will be strong in our area.
“We cover all the events really well, and we have a lot of kids who are very versatile. With that said, we don’t have many really big-time studs, [but] there definitely is some potential for some of the kids to qualify for the [upcoming] indoor Top Times meet.”