Crowning achievement

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Bulldogs lock up SSC Red championship

  The Bulldogs are back on top.
  A season that began on a high note and has pretty much remained there paid its first dividends on Saturday when Richards officially locked up its third South Suburban Conference Red title in four years. The Bulldogs did so by defeating host TF North 8-3 in a conference crossover while their closest Red Division pursuer, Evergreen Park, was being shut out by SSC Blue leader Lemont.
  “It’s been a very nice season,” Richards coach Brian Wujcik said. “I really did not anticipate us [having] the potential to go 17-2 [in league play].”
  Wins over Argo this past Monday and Wednesday would give the Bulldogs that exact mark. While Wujcik certainly wasn’t about to assume success against the Argonauts before the games were played, the veteran boss figured everything would be fine if Richards simply followed the script.

SXU sports summary

Surprises sprung on Cougars in national events

  Visits to national tournaments resulted in surprise endings for a couple of St. Xavier University sports teams.
  One of those was rather unpleasant, as the No. 8-ranked Cougars softball squad had its postseason journey halted earlier than anticipated by Lindsey Wilson College in the NAIA Opening Round National Championships in Columbia, Ky. SXU left a dozen runners stranded in a 4-3 loss to the Blue Raiders, its second suffered against Lindsey Wilson in the double-elimination event.
  Also somewhat shocking, but in a good way, was the Cougars golf team’s top-25 finish at the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla.


Nothing phone-y about this competition

  (Reprinted from
Sept. 13, 2012)

  Alexander Graham Bell is probably turning over in his grave right about now.
  Then again, maybe he’s known about this for a while and already completed his post-burial, human tilt-a-whirl reaction. After all, the activity that would cause such a dramatic response has been going on for over a decade.
  News of it has only recently come my way, which I’d normally be embarrassed to admit. However, there’ve been more important stories to pursue, and even the most intrepid news gatherer can’t be everywhere at once, can he?
  Anyway, this latest tale involves a bizarre endeavor, one that takes its rightful place among the ever-growing list of so-called “sporting competitions” that are wrongly categorized. Through the years, readers familiar with this column have been told of many others — lawn-mower racing, iron-man ironing, pole dancing and beer pong, just to name a few — and, in case you haven’t heard about it before, mobile phone throwing now can be included.

Softball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Lady RedHawks enjoy four-win week

  Marist was nearly perfect last week.
  Only a loss to Bishop McNamara spoiled an otherwise successful week for the Lady RedHawks, who also defeated the Lady Fightin’ Irish while recording wins over Lockport and New Trier as well. The latter was swept in a Saturday doubleheader.
  The week opened with a wild 15-12 victory over Bishop Mac. Spearheading Marist’s potent offense were Madison Naujokas and Brooke Wyderski, who combined to go 7-for-8 with seven RBI and six runs scored. Naujokas included a pair of homers among her five hits, while Wyderski went deep once.
  Wyderski slammed her 10th homer of the year on Thursday and also belted a pair of doubles, which lifted the Lady RedHawks to a 5-1 triumph over the Lady Porters. Also aiding Marist’s cause were Vanessa Villasenor (two hits), Brooke Wilson (RBI triple, one run) and pitcher Zariya Gonzalez, who fired a four-hitter to enable Marist bounce back from Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to Bishop Mac.
  Wyderski was an unstoppable force versus New Trier as she was retired just once in seven at-bats. Four of her six hits went for extra bases — two homers and two doubles — and she ended the day with eight RBI and five runs.
  With Wyderski leading the way, the Lady RedHawks (20-7-1) beat the Lady Trevians 4-2 and 10-7. Villasenor knocked in the tiebreaking run in Game 1 with her eighth-inning single.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

  Despite guiding Sandburg to the state’s Elite Eight on four previous occasions during the 12 years that boys’ water polo has been an IHSA-sanctioned sport, Eagles coach Jim Caliendo was not convinced his 2014 squad was of that same caliber.

  But that’s exactly what Sandburg became on Saturday when it defeated Andrew 12-10 in the Lincoln-Way Central Sectional championship match. The victory was realized when Zach Roper scored two goals, both on lob shots, in the final 93 seconds.
  The Eagles (25-8), who will be making their third trip to state in four years, meet Naperville North in one of today’s quarterfinals at Stevenson High School.
  “I didn’t know if this team had the potential to go downstate, but they put it all together and proved themselves,” Caliendo said. “It was a very exciting match. Andrew is very well coached and they were very senior-based. They had good, tall athletes with long arms [and] very athletic bodies.
  “Andrew was impressive, so we were very happy to get by them. It took about everything we had and every play we had in our playbook. Zach Roper has averaged six goals a game for us — it’s amazing what he’s done this season.”