Substance over style

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Eagles outlast Chargers in SWSC Blue dogfight

 Friday night’s SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue showdown between Sandburg and Stagg was all about substance instead of style.

  In an era when lots of scoring is deemed necessary to make football appealing to the casual fan, the Eagles and Chargers harkened back to an earlier time, when defenses ruled the gridiron. Aesthetically, there was nothing particularly attractive about the contest, but that mattered little to Sandburg players and coaches.
  The result that style of play produced looked beautiful to them.
  By virtue of a hard-fought 14-0 decision over Stagg at Seliga Field, the Eagles became playoff eligible for the fifth straight year. They can guarantee themselves a berth in the Class 8A tournament by knocking off SWSC Blue leader Bolingbrook this Friday.

In the Nic of time

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Weishar’s heroics catapult RedHawks over Benet

  Nic Weishar was not a complete stranger to playing defense for Marist prior to Friday night.
  Benet Academy no doubt wished he had been.
  Weishar, the Notre Dame University recruit who is best known for his pass-catching exploits, put those hands to a different use against the Redwings. While he still did his fair share on behalf of the RedHawks’ offense, Weishar made himself quite a familiar face to Benet’s too.
  He specifically did so by stealing two of Redwings quarterback Jack Beneventi’s first-period passes. One of those Weishar took down to Benet’s 1-yard line, which set up a touchdown plunge by JaWill Aldridge, while the other he ran back 15 yards into the visitors’ end zone.

Neighborhood menace

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Bulldogs continue surge by blasting Spartans

  This time, there was no doubt.

 When Richards and Oak Lawn met last fall, a projected mismatch never occurred. Despite the fact the teams were traveling in different directions from a win-loss standpoint, the Spartans rendered the discrepancies moot by going toe-to-toe with their more heralded cross-town neighbor.

  The Bulldogs did win, but by just 11 points and only after surviving a scoreless second half. So when Oak Lawn arrived at Korhonen Field for another encounter Friday night, Richards coach Tony Sheehan didn’t want his guys assuming circumstances would be any different.
  But they definitely were. The Bulldogs saw to that by tallying five times in the opening half while holding the Spartans without a first down, and then completing a rout by crossing the goal line twice more after intermission.
  Richards’ resounding 45-0 South Suburban Conference Red victory was the latest in a growing list of dominant performances as it steams toward the Class 6A playoffs. The Bulldogs (7-1, 4-1) have outscored their last three opponents by a combined 112-0 margin.

The big payback

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Mustangs turn tables on Astros in huge win

 The late James Brown only sang about it, but Shepard was forced to live through it Friday night.

  The big payback — it’s what Evergreen Park gave to the Astros, who had won five consecutive games against the Mustangs. That list of victories included a crushing one in 2012, when Shepard established a school standard for single-game points behind the exploits of former all-area receiver Londell Lee.
  Lee may be gone from the prep scene, but still very much in evidence was the bad feelings that had enveloped Evergreen players and coaches after last fall’s ravaging. And not even the winless ledger the Astros carried with them into the South Suburban Conference Red rematch was going to lessen the desire to retaliate in kind.
  “We went over there last year and got embarrassed,” Mustangs coach Dan Hartman said. “They played their stud the whole game and broke all kinds of conference records. We also told our players, ‘You’re playing an 0-7 team, and you can make their season by not being focused and letting them pull off an upset.’”


This could only happen with the Chicago Cubs.

  Most professional sports franchises routinely acknowledge anniversaries of notable accomplishments. It may be the winning of a World Series or Super Bowl, or the eclipsing of a thought-to-be-unbreakable individual record, but all of those feats have something in common.
  They identify greatness. No one celebrates non-achievement, and downright forgettable moments are treated in an appropriate manner: They’re forgotten.
  Ah, but not in Wrigley Land. That’s the price to be paid for a century-plus of on-field ineptitude.
  Cubs fans, unless they’re 110 years old, have no recollection of monumental exploits. How could they, unless they’re delusional or prone to fabricating events to make themselves feel better about their favorite major-league baseball team?