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The third time’s no charm, either

Just when you thought it was safe to re-enter the sports pages...
Getting a few things off my chest, assuming that didn’t include any of the remaining dark hairs on it, has proved cathartic over the past few weeks. Hopefully, the mention of them has helped relieve a little of your own athletics-induced frustration as well.
Of course, I realize that nothing is ever going to change. Sports in this country — especially when we’re talking about enterprises such as the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball and even the NCAA—are monolithic. So much money is being made off them by team owners, major universities and professional athletes that doing anything to rock the boat that’s sailing on a clear—green revenue stream would constitute fiscal insanity.

Girls’ basketball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

End of the line for Screeching Eagles

This time, it really is the end.
The 2013-14 postseason will be forever remembered as a bittersweet one for the basketball players and coaches at Mt. Assisi. The sweet part of it is easy to figure — by upsetting Westmont last Tuesday in a Class 2A Harper Sectional semifinal, the Screeching Eagles advanced farther into the state playoffs than ever before.
And even though Seton Academy ended Mt. Assisi’s dream of reaching the supersectional round for the first time by doling out a 45-37 defeat on Thursday, the Eagles would normally have used this latest experience to prepare themselves for another run next year. But that, of course, is where the bitter comes in.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trolls men miss out on CCAC tourney

Even after last week’s 77-73 loss to Judson University, there was hope for Trinity Christian College’s men’s basketball team.
The Trolls needed to beat St. Xavier University, the powerhouse from Chicago’s Mount Greenwood neighborhood, to gain the final berth in this week’s Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. It was not to be, however.
The Trolls played a tremendous defensive game on Saturday, but failed to get the offense they needed, thanks to the defense played by the NAIA Division II No. 7-ranked Cougars. The outcome, a 70-62 victory for SXU, ended Trinity’s season at 9-21 overall, 5-14 in league play.

Community sports news

Marist breezes to pair of basketball victories 

Boy, that was easy.
Marist basketball coach Gene Nolan probably wouldn’t utter such a statement, but there was no denying the RedHawks’ dominance in a pair of games last week, one of which was an East Suburban Catholic Conference contest.
First up for Marist was Hubbard, which went down hard on Tuesday. Spurring the RedHawks’ resounding 76-30 triumph were Jeremiah Ferguson and Nic Weishar, who tallied 14 and 13 points, respectively. Ferguson struck again on Friday, as his 18 points represented Marist’s top individual scoring effort in a 47-28 romp past Notre Dame.
Kevin Lerma added 12 points in the latter game for the RedHawks (18-8, 4-3), who played St. Viator this past Wednesday and complete their regular-season schedule tonight versus Chicago Agricultural Science.

SXU sports summary

Cougars the top NAIA finisher at track meet

St. Xavier University didn’t win the Chicagoland Championships, but no other NAIA men’s track program could surpass the Cougars’ performance.
At a meet featuring schools from all three divisions of the NCAA as well as the NAIA, SXU placed sixth overall in a 17-squad field at North Central College. That represented the Cougars’ highest team finish ever.
Highlighting SXU’s exhibition on Feb. 15 were Brian Corcoran, Shane Kenney and Janis Pastars, who occupied the top three positions in the 1,000-meter run. Both Corcoran (2 minutes, 33.22 seconds) and Kenney (2:33.58) ran national-qualifying times, while Pastars clocked a 2:36.48 in taking third. Pastars did post a qualifying time in the mile run, where his 4:17.34 effort was good for fifth place overall.
Also turning in solid showings on the Cougars’ behalf were John Stancato (fourth in the 200-dash in 22.73; fifth in the 60 in 7.11), Matt Krakowski (51.18 in the 400) and Rexford Wiafe (ninth in the 800 in 1:57.93). Wiafe’s clocking was just off the national-qualifying mark.