Feast, then famine

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Crusaders whip Vikings, fall at Fenwick

  Along with death and taxes, one of life’s certainties through the years has been that Brother Rice basketball teams will include plenty of good shooters.
  Before the 2013-14 season concludes, the current batch of Crusaders may very well take their place alongside other great Rice marksmen of the past. For the moment, though, accuracy rates as more of a four-letter word than an eight-letter one.
  Neither of the Crusaders’ outings last week featured them in ideal offensive form. On Tuesday, that didn’t matter, seeing as how visiting St. Laurence endured even greater struggles and ultimately dropped a 58-38 verdict in the Chicago Catholic League neighborhood showdown.

The great eight

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Chargers’ depth sinks three foes 

To reach the heights this season, Stagg must display depth.

  Everyone on the Chargers’ schedule knows the kind of damage Max Strus can inflict upon them. Appropriately, more and more opposing game plans are being designed with the idea of lessening the 6-foot-6 senior’s impact as much as possible.
  Lincoln-Way East was particularly effective at doing exactly that Friday night in a SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue encounter. The Griffins devised a scheme that shackled Strus and limited him to seven points, which came on one field goal and five free throws.


By jiminy, let there be cricket

 (Reprinted from July 21, 2011)

  Why can’t we be left alone?
  By “we,” I mean fans of major sports. Just as society is determined to get every man, woman and child aboard the PC bandwagon, so, too, do enthusiasts of certain athletic activities seek to draw us over to their side.
  And, truth be told, there are a few out-of-the-ordinary endeavors that I’ve found intriguing enough to view for short stretches.
  The NBC Universal channel airs a variety of sports, none of which falls into the category of football, basketball or baseball. Broadcast instead are things like track and field, beach volleyball, rowing, rugby, skiing and bobsleigh.

Girls’ basketball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Lady Mustangs rounding into shape behind Pfister

  Evergreen Park’s success on the basketball court last week, perhaps not surprisingly, coincided with junior guard Megan Pfister becoming healthy enough to be a steady contributor on offense for the Lady Mustangs.
  Pfister averaged 15.3 points a game in Evergreen’s three games: a 57-35 win over Queen of Peace on Monday, a 45-44 setback against TF North on Tuesday and a thrilling 54-52 overtime victory over Tinley Park on Thursday.
  Pfister scored 15 points versus both the Pride and Lady Meteors, then dropped in 16 against the Lady Titans. That latter total included the game-winning bucket with 20 seconds remaining.

Community sports news

Community-sports Fall-Sports-Awards BradshawSubmitted photo: Oak Lawn High School’s Becky Bradshaw was named as the top volleyball player in the South Suburban Conference Red this fall. Oak Lawn honors fall athletes

Oak Lawn High School recently honored a number of student-athletes for their accomplishments during the 2013 fall season.

  The list of feted individuals included volleyball player Becky Bradshaw, who was earlier named the South Suburban Conference Red Player of the Year, and state-qualifying tennis player Alexis Fletcher. Fletcher shared the team MVP award with Paulina Kotwica in that sport, and both girls were all-conference selections.
  Other tennis players recognized were Emily Salomone and Azizza Hasan, who were both chosen for the Sportsmanship Award.
  Joining team MVP Bradshaw on the All-SSC Red volleyball squad were Christina Egan, Simona Tomczak, Brianna Markusic and Tracy Peck (honorable mention). All of them played key roles in the Lady Spartans’ capturing of an SSC Red title. Named as Oak Lawn’s Sportsmanship Award winner was Tara Hill.