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Cup-generated interest will runneth dry 

Last week’s power outage was certainly inconvenient but not being able to watch the World Cup because of it didn’t bother me at all.
I just substituted watching my unrefrigerated food spoil for viewing excitement.
I know my opinion might be in the minority right now, but I’m willing to wait. Millions of Americans will return to the dark side with me once Cup fever subsides. And trust me it will.
However, not everyone in my profession thinks so. One Chicago Tribune columnist reported on the high TV ratings the 2014 World Cup broadcasts have garnered. And a woman who writes for the New York Times News Service was positively gushing about the U.S. team following its elimination loss to Belgium.
Specifically, Juliet Macur focused on U.S. goalie Tim Howard, who made 16 saves in the match. I won’t deny that was a great performance, but Ms. Macur’s post-match hyperbole was enough to make even the most seasoned PR professional blush.

Community sports news

Beverly Hills cycling race set for July 24

The historic Beverly neighborhood will be transformed into a high-speed race course when nearly 200 world-class cyclists compete in the 12th annual Beverly Hills Cycling Classic on Thursday, July 24.
Presented by the Beverly Area Planning Association, the event is part of the Prairie States Cycling Series. It will take place at 107th Street and Longwood Drive with start times of 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. In addition to the races, the event will feature live music, food and drink.
For more information, call (773) 233-3100 or visit www.bapa.org.

2014 All-Area Softball Team

FIRST TEAM


BROOKE WYDERSKI, Marist, SS, Sr.
  • Wyderski again led the way at the plate and in the field for the Lady RedHawks and secured a second consecutive Player of the Year honor from this paper in the process. The Loyola University-bound shortstop batted a solid .492 with respective on-base and slugging percentages of .566 and .894 while racking up 65 hits in 132 at-bats over 39 games. Wyderski included 13 homers, 12 doubles and a triple among her hits, drew 19 walks, scored 55 times and drove in 50 runs. One of her best days of the spring was against East Suburban Catholic Conference foe St. Viator when she went 4-for-4 with two homers, six RBI and four runs as Marist swept a doubleheader. Wyderski also went deep twice in an ESCC twinbill versus Joliet Catholic Academy, and her game-tying round-tripper set the Lady RedHawks up for an eventual regional championship-clinching win over Lyons Township.

McAllister stepping down as SXU coach

 After putting a face on St. Xavier University’s men’s cross country and track programs, Ed McAllister will become just a face in the crowd.

  McAllister, who guided the Cougars’ original cross country team in 1976 and then brought SXU into national prominence during his current decade-long tenure, has announced his retirement. He had coached the track team since its inception in 2006.

It’s good with wood

  • Written by Frank Gogola

 Shepard continues a long-standing summertime tradition

  Baseball is a game in which failure is much more common than success.
  Nowhere else would an individual be considered an above-average performer when he makes good only 30 percent of the time. But no one criticizes a .300 hitter.
  As a coach, Frank DiFoggio understands that as well as anyone. He also realized long ago that being properly schooled in fundamentals is the best way for a player to maximize his potential.
  And that isn’t only true for those who toil at the sport’s highest level.
  In fact, a dedication to the basics is probably more important for a high school athlete whose skills are still in the developmental stage. However, the standard use of aluminum bats often allowed athletes to play through flaws by enabling them to send balls flying even on desperation swings.
  In 2004, DiFoggio decided to try something radical to ensure that his Shepard players wouldn’t rely on shortcuts. In the summer of that year, he had the Astros use wood bats for the first time.