SXU sports summary

Men’s soccer team blanked in opener

SXUSPORTSLOGOFOR-ROUNDUP A goal by sophomore Patricio Arce in the 18th minute told the tale as St. Xavier University men’s soccer team dropped its 2014 season opener, 1-0, to No. 7-ranked University of Rio Grande (Ohio) Friday night at Bruce R. Deaton Field.

  The Cougars’ defense was solid as the Red Storm were limited to five shots on goal for the match. SXU freshman Frank Valle played well in his collegiate debut as he stopped three shots while manning the net in the second half. Senior AJ Pfatschbacher handled the first-half goalkeeping chores and was credited with one save.
  The evening’s lone tally was set up by a cross from the left side by sophomore Jorge Andres Guinovart. Junior forward Marco Gutierrez led the Cougars’ offensive charge with three shots, including one on goal. Senior forward Lorenzo Savino registered SXU’s only other on-target shot.
  The Cougars resume play on Wednesday when they host Aquinas (Mich.) College at 7 p.m.
  Senior middle hitter Marie Hackert earned a spot on the all-tournament team as the Cougars split their first two matches of the season on Saturday at Grace College’s Wyndham Classic in Winona Lake, Ind.
  SXU defeated Indiana University-Kokomo 25-21, 25-17, 25-22 before falling to a straight-set loss against the host Lancers by scores of 25-20, 25-8, 25-18. Hackert paced the Cougars in their triumph by putting down a team-best 10 kills to go along with four block assists.
  Senior setter Kelli Shaffer dished out 26 assists, juniors Meghan Falsey and Heidi Gregerson each recorded four kills and three block assists, senior Jessica Galotta (Mother McAuley) totaled six kills and eight digs, and senior libero Dominique Aramburu (Mother McAuley) had 17 digs to further aid SXU’s cause. Complete stats for Saturday's second match against Grace College were not provided due to a computer malfunction.
  The Cougars squared off against Clarke (Iowa) University in a road match this past Wednesday.



A funny thing happened, but we wouldn’t know it

Where did our senses of humor go?

We used to have them, you know, but they’ve suddenly disappeared and been replaced by the thinnest skins found outside of a peach orchard. No longer can we laugh at ourselves or snicker at the lampooning of one’s heritage, background or personal traits.
Done without malice, jokes of that nature are comical, not cruel. There’s nothing wrong with cultivating humor from such subject matter.
Or at least there wasn’t once upon a time.
During a recent trip to a retailer that sells DVDs I ran across one for the “Dean Martin Roasts.” Individuals old enough to recall those shows no doubt remember their popularity, and like any roast insults were the norm. But because TV censors in the 1970s were far stricter, coarseness was avoided.

Community sports news

St. Laurence seeking JV hockey coach

 St. Laurence is seeking an individual to serve as its junior-varsity hockey coach.

Interested candidates must have previous high school coaching experience or an equivalent and must meet all AHAI and Archdiocesan requirements to be considered. St. Laurence does not presently have a varsity team, so the JV coach will head up the entire hockey program. The goal is to begin varsity play in a few years, with the JV coach being an integral part of the process.
Applicants should send a resume and letter of interest to athletic director Tim Chandler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Queen of Peace sponsoring fundraiser
Queen of Peace will sponsor its "Swing for Peace" fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 14, beginning with a 9 a.m. check-in.
The event is for individuals 21 and over to participate in a softball game that will benefit the Pride's athletic programs. Play starts at 10 and a barbecue will be held afterward.
The cost before Aug. 31 is $35 per person, $400 for teams numbering no more than 15 members. Those prices become $40 and $480, respectively, after Aug. 31. T-shirts and food are included.
For more information, visit at
Tryouts to be held for Southside Shooters
Tryouts for the Southside Shooters boys' basketball club will be conducted Sept. 2 at Moraine Valley College.

Tryout times are as follows: 4th- and 5th-graders 6-7 p.m., 6th-graders 7-8 p.m., and 7th- and 8th-graders 8-9 p.m. Eight 6th-grade players are sought for a new team, while 5-to-7 players are needed to fill out teams at the 7th- and 8th-grade levels. New teams are forming at the youngest level.

For more information, contact Bill Finn at 508-0170 or


Are you ready to pick some football?


Our roster is almost finalized, but we are still looking for more.
The second year of our Football Forecast is getting ready to roll for the 2014 season starting with games on Friday, Aug. 29, and most of last year’s gang is back so far. But we welcome any readers to challenge our experts.
If you are interested in taking on our boys for the next nine weeks of the regular season and five weeks of the postseason, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday.
Sports editor Ken Karrson was last year's regular-season king with a 73-14 mark while freelance photographer/writer and former Reporter editor Jason Maholy was the postseason MVP with a 37-16 record.
Those two had matching 109-31 overall ledgers while reader Wally Findyz was 106-34, Reporter editor Jeff Vorva was 105-35 and correspondent Anthony Nasella was 98-42. Overall, the gang was 527-173, which was 75.3 percent — a C average in most circles.
If you think you can help boost that percentage, send us an e-mail.


One strike and they were out

Remember 1994?
It was the year of O.J. Simpson’s infamous leading of police on a slow-speed chase on one of southern California’s freeways, the bizarre act of a supposedly innocent man who went on to beat a double-murder rap before committing the truly heinous crime of memorabilia theft. The latter, of course, did what Marsha Clark and Christopher Darden couldn’t: put Simpson behind bars.
1994 was also the year Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa and Michael Jordan discovered that hitting a curveball was more difficult than defying the laws of gravity on a basketball court. Jordan eventually returned to the NBA, in part because baseball abandoned him first.
Twenty years have passed since baseball’s most crippling work stoppage, one so sweeping that even the 1994 World Series got wiped out. Not coincidentally that was also the moment when an awful lot of fans finally decided to abandon the sport, at least the major league version of it, for keeps.
There were no sides to take in the squabble between millionaire athletes and billionaire owners because there were no good guys involved in the fight. Both groups were greedy, but the owners didn’t stop there — they also had stupidity on their resume.