Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

 It was just a year ago that Chicago Christian’s girls’ bowling team boasted a roster of nine seniors, five of whom were proven competitors.

  So it shouldn’t be unexpected that the Lady Knights are experiencing some growing pains in the 2013-14 campaign. In fact, coach Andy Andrew has just one senior on this year’s squad — the only one, in fact, among 22 bowlers on Christian’s boys’ and girls’ teams.
  Yet the latter is currently boasting a two-match winning streak. The Lady Knights defeated Rich East on Dec. 5 and Shepard 1,259-1,244 last Monday at Centennial Lanes to square their season record at 2-2.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Kentner receives another volleyball award

  The volleyball season is over, but what’s continuing is the handing out of awards to Kara Kentner.
  Moraine Valley College’s sophomore standout was most recently chosen as a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Two-Year College All-America second team. Previous to this latest honor, Kentner received recognition as a National Junior College Athletic Association Division II All-American first-teamer, All-Region IV performer and the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Player of the Year.

Scratching a five-year itch

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Bulldogs strike early, take down Hillcrest

  Only five years had passed, not the clichéd seven, but that didn’t lessen the urge to scratch the itch.
  And that’s what Richards was able to do Friday night at D-Wade Court. Squaring off against perennial south suburban power Hillcrest in the South Suburban Conference opener for both schools, the Bulldogs showed that their Thanksgiving-week romp past four foes at the District 218 Tournament was no fluke.
  They did so by shaking off the negative effects of both an uninspired week of practice and the Hawks’ 7-2 start to the contest. Once Richards moved ahead in the first quarter, it stayed there the rest of the evening, albeit with occasional Hillcrest threats thrown into the mix.
  A series of free throws by returning football players Dedrick Shannon and Spencer Tears in the last half-minute finally slammed the door on the Hawks for good and sealed the deal on an 80-72 Bulldogs victory, their first over Hillcrest since January of 2009.

Red-hot in Blue

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Getaway propels Chargers

  The divisional affiliation is now Blue instead of Red, but Stagg still embraced the latter hue Friday night in Flossmoor.
  That was red as in red-hot, which described the Chargers’ shooting for stretches of their SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue opener versus Homewood-Flossmoor. Baskets on 10 consecutive field-goal attempts went a long way toward staking the visitors to a shockingly lopsided 46-28 halftime lead.
  As coach John Daniels expected, the Vikings didn’t roll over and meekly submit to Stagg after that, but the veteran leader admitted to the third quarter being “really stressful.” When H-F wrapped Tai Odiase’s slam and Dorian McGraney’s 3-pointer around a missed Chargers dunk, the gap was narrowed to four points.

A beast to East

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Eagles easily soar past Griffins

  To Lincoln-Way East, Sandburg was a beast Friday night.
  Not right away — first, the Eagles had to play through an uneven opening period. While it assumed a 16-9 lead over the Griffins during the quarter, Sandburg’s performance was also pockmarked by eight turnovers, several of which were unforced.
  The Eagles’ first three possessions of the evening, for instance, ended on a pair of travels and because of a bad pass. The session was truly one of feast or famine for the hosts.
  “Our execution was very good when we didn’t turn the ball over,” Sandburg coach Todd Allen said. “But Lincoln-Way East wasn’t pressing and we had eight turnovers in 16 possessions. I was very upset with my team when that quarter ended.”