Coming to a Screeching halt

  • Written by Frank Gogola

Mt. Assisi Academy students departed school for the final time last Friday.

One day later, the Screeching Eagles’ athletic existence ceased as well.
When Mt. Assisi was unable to complete a comeback against Chicago Christian in a Class 2A regional championship softball game on Saturday at Trinity Christian College, all that was left were the memories and plenty of tears.
The Lady Knights lived to play another day this spring, but the Eagles are done. Mt. Assisi has closed its doors and the underclassmen among its student body need to find new school homes in the fall.

Class 2A Chicago Christian Regional

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Easy as can be

Knights steamroll pair of foes to gain title

Anything worth having is worth working for — or so it’s said.

The second part of that old chestnut sure didn’t apply to Chicago Christian last week. While the Knights were glad to win their fourth straight regional championship and fifth in six years, they did so without breaking a sweat.
When Christian crushed CICS/Longwood 22-0 in a Class 2A Chicago Christian Regional semifinal matchup last Wednesday, eyebrows might not have been raised. After all, the Knights entered the contest as a prohibitive favorite and, besides, first-round encounters often feature lopsided outcomes.
But then Christian went out on Saturday and duplicated its previous dominance. Back-to-back 11-run explosions to start the game sent the Knights on their way to a 22-0 rout of ACE Charter Tech and the aforementioned regional crown.

Mighty Macs sink

  • Written by Frank Gogola

McAuley takes fourth in state water polo

One day after 13 proved a lucky number for Mother McAuley, it reverted to its more common form.
Thirteen goals on Friday were enough to advance the Mighty Macs out of the quarterfinal round of the girls’ state water polo tournament. With senior captain Clare Bryar scoring seven times, McAuley defeated Palatine 13-8 in Lincolnshire.

A fresh Perspective(s)

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Public League coach Mamon named Bulldogs’ new hoops boss

  Jevon Mamon doesn’t back away from a challenge.
  He didn’t when his former basketball team, Perspectives Charter/Leadership, got elevated to the storied Chicago Public League Red South Division. And Mamon didn’t hesitate to apply when Richards’ head-coaching position opened up, even though John Chappetto had guided the Bulldogs to the 2008 Class 4A championship, nine consecutive conference titles and more than 200 wins in all during his 12-year tenure.
  Taking over an established program held plenty of appeal for Mamon and, as it turned out, for many other individuals. Perhaps the biggest obstacle thrown in the 32-year-old’s path was stiff competition for the Richards job.


The good, the bad and the nutty

  (Reprinted from
Aug. 18, 2011)

  Sports stories come in all varieties. Here are three recent examples representing, in order, the good, the bad and the nutty.
• The 10 degrees of Sensei Keiko Fukuda
  First off, most of us are never going to see our 98th birthday. And the ones who do might not be in any condition to remember the special occasion, or even know where or who they are at that particular moment.
  And when it comes to exercise — well, let’s just say wrapping a shawl around one’s shoulders can constitute a full-fledged physical workout at that advanced age.
  But enough tasteless jabs aimed at my elders. I’d better shut the trap, lest I anger Sensei Keiko Fukada.
  Fukada is 98 years old, which in Asian culture automatically makes her a respected figure. In Fukada’s case, what also helps to engender esteem is the fact that she can beat the snot out of any smart mouths that cross her path.