Rice bags first win over Loyola since 2008

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Blue hasn’t always been a popular color at Brother Rice.

Ever since their entry into the powerful Chicago Catholic League Blue, the Crusaders have usually played second — or third or fourth — fiddle to other members of the division. That’s understandable seeing as how three programs have at least one state football championship to their credit since the CCL Blue’s inception and the fourth has been a runner-up.
That latter team is Loyola Academy, which had beaten Rice every year since 2008. The Ramblers’ 2013 victory was, in fact, one of just two double-digit wins foes collected against the Crusaders last fall.
So when Loyola visited Joe Johnston Field Friday night for the latest renewal of the series the supposedly smart money was on the Ramblers continuing their mastery over Rice. That turned out to be a fool’s bet, however.
Fresh off a payback to neighboring Marist for a 2013 loss, the Crusaders continued down that same revenge-seeking path and Loyola became their latest victim.
After spotting the Ramblers the game’s first touchdown, Rice rattled off 16 unanswered points over the middle two periods, an output that was just enough to nail down a 16-13 triumph in both squads’ CCL Blue opener.


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.