Sandburg settles for second best

  • Written by Jeff Vorva

State title string stops at five

  Sandburg’s softball team was three innings away from keeping the streak alive.
  After rallying, the Lady Eagles held a 3-2 lead over Warren four innings into Saturday's Class 4A championship contest in East Peoria. Sandburg couldn't maintain that advantage, however, and suffered an 8-4 loss.
  A second-place state finish was still better than most would have predicted for a team that had lost 15 games during the regular season, but when the Lady Eagles couldn't reach the mountaintop an impressive school run was officially halted.

Fairy-tale season ends against Warren

  • Written by Frank Gogola

The postseason's feel-good story lacked an appropriate ending.

Being runner-up is certainly nothing of which to be ashamed, however, and that's where Sandburg landed after Warren defeated it 8-4 in the Class 4A softball final Saturday in East Peoria. The Lady Eagles were ahead 3-2 after four innings but were unable to hang onto the lead.
What made Sandburg's playoff run so impressive was that it followed a somewhat average regular season, one in which the Lady Eagles lost 15 times. But after dropping a decision to Lockport on May 23, Sandburg found another gear and peeled off seven straight victories to position itself opposite Warren.
Pitcher Sarah Herold cited the Lady Eagles' 4-3 triumph over Barrington in 13 innings one day after the setback against Lockport as the key element in their revival.
“Barrington, they’re a good team — everybody knows it,” Herold said after Sandburg's supersectional conquest of Naperville Central. “For us to just beat them, I think it really motivated us.
“[It was] like, ‘Listen, guys, we can do this. Yeah, we lost to Lockport or [Lincoln-Way] East, but we beat Barrington.’”
Herold, a postseason fixture for the Lady Eagles (24-16), battled uncharacteristic wildness early on versus Warren as she put two batters aboard in the top of the second inning by hitting them with pitches. That set the table for a two-run double.


Rodman decides to do the write thing

(Reprinted from Feb. 7, 2013)

  Hey, Dr. Seuss, guess what? You have company.
  Children’s books are an important component of the literary world. While they may seem trite to adults, we’re no longer looking at them through innocent eyes or with an untainted conscience.
  Of course, many of us would probably benefit from a rereading. Based on the public actions I witness from a fair amount of folks these days, long forgotten are basic niceties such as politeness, honesty, sharing and showing consideration for others.
  And if a barnyard animal or talking piece of machinery happens to be the one instructing us in print, the message is no less important. Maybe they’ll succeed where Dr. Phil has failed.
  There is a knack, though, to composing a book that is designed to attract a very young audience. Heavy-handedness won’t work, and the morality tale must be presented in a simple, yet effective manner.

Community sports news

Palos Heights to sponsor flag football league

  The Palos Heights Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registration for an NFL Flag Football League it will sponsor this fall.
  Coed teams are being formed for youngsters entering grades 3-8. Games will be played on Sundays from Sept. 7-Nov. 2 at Shepard and in-season practices will be conducted one day per week.
  The cost is $76 for residents, $96 for nonresidents, and the deadline to enter is Aug. 8 unless all spots are filled before that. All participants will receive a team jersey and participation award.
  Individuals can sign up at the recreation department, 6601 W. 127th St.

The retiring types

  • Written by Frank Gogola

Four coaches hang up whistles from the games they love

Much like a hearty stew, there are a plethora of ingredients
— not all of them readily visible — that go into creating a high school sports coach. Just ask a few well-seasoned ones.

Four area leaders who know the recipe quite well won't be around next year, however, to dispense more instructional servings to eager-to-learn student-athletes. Richards'
John Chappetto, Oak Lawn's Janet Meyers, Marist's Denise Bromberek and Brother Rice's Paul Ickes all decided that the 2013-14 school year would be the last one in charge of their respective programs.
Bromberek completed her final assignment on Saturday, when the Lady RedHawks met Sandburg in a Class 4A sectional title
game. The Lady Eagles brought her 12-year softball-coaching tenure at Marist to a halt with a victory.
Bromberek, who is moving out of state with her family, has been the Lady RedHawks' only varsity softball coach since Marist went coed. She led the Lady RedHawks to a state championship two years ago.