Leaving Ramblers a wreck

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Shutdowns of Loyola top Crusaders’ week

  The record shows that Brother Rice broke even last week.
  Convincing Loyola Academy players the Crusaders were only average might be a difficult task, however.
  For sure, the Ramblers saw Rice at its best, particularly last Wednesday, when it rode Mike Enriquez’s superb pitching to a slaughter-rule win in Wilmette. The Crusaders’ offense wasn’t too shabby, either, as it pounded out 10 hits, six of which — as well as seven combined RBI — were supplied by Andrew Dyke and Kevin Biondic. Behind that assault, Rice was able to pin a 10-0 defeat on Loyola.
  But an even bigger story was Enriquez’s mastery on the hill. The senior had a no-hitter through 4 2/3 innings before getting touched for a single, the Ramblers’ lone hit on the afternoon. Enriquez did walk three, but those mattered little as he also struck out six men and was backed by a flawless Crusaders defense.
  Rice coach John McCarthy appreciated Enriquez’s effort, particularly since it came on the heels of the Crusaders’ second Chicago Catholic League Blue loss to Mt. Carmel in a three-day span.
  “That was exactly what we needed to keep us in the Catholic League Blue hunt,” McCarthy said. “To do that, you’ve got to win games, and he put a stop to the losing streak. That was what we wanted from a senior pitcher.”

Making a bold statement

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Vikings knock off Class 4A champ Caravan twice

  When it came to a clash of champions, league trumped state last week.
  During the 2013 regular season, St. Laurence ruled over the Chicago Catholic League Blue. Among those schools the Vikings beat out for the crown was Mt. Carmel, which didn’t waste any time bemoaning its shortcoming.
  Instead, the Caravan consoled themselves with an even bigger prize: a Class 4A championship. But when Mt. Carmel and St. Laurence renewed acquaintances on Wednesday, the past no longer mattered.
  Only the here and now did, and the Vikings made it known they have every intention of successfully defending their league title. Having outscored Providence Catholic 25-4 in its first two CCL Blue outings, St. Laurence carried that momentum over into its encounters with the Caravan, who also fell to defeat twice.
  The Vikings’ 7-3 victory in the teams’ initial contest was satisfying enough for coach Pete Lotus. But when St. Laurence followed up with a 15-6 mauling of Mt. Carmel and its ace pitcher Marko Boricich on Saturday, Lotus was almost at a loss for words.


They want things to go swimmingly

  (Reprinted from Feb. 12, 2009)

  We’re in the midst of another get-healthy craze.
  At least that’s what I keep hearing. Apparently, though, the members of my doughnut-munching, burger-lunching, tortilla chip-crunching sportswriting posse have failed to hear the news. Speaking of the news, did you ever notice how the televised version of it never has any trouble finding overweight, out-of-shape folks to profile for stories on our unhealthy lifestyles?
  That tells me the get-healthy craze is failing miserably.
  Evidently a lot of people live by the slogan found on a T-shirt I own: I’m in shape — round is a shape. Would I like to be more fit? Of course, but I’d also like to be younger, richer and better looking, too, and those aren’t happening for me, either.

SXU sports summary

Nolen, Nonnemacher named Cougars Athletes of the Year

  Football kicker Spencer Nolen and softball pitcher Megan Nonnemacher were named St. Xavier University’s top male and female athletes, respectively, for the 2013-14 school year at last week’s awards banquet.
  Their designations highlighted the event, which also feted a total of 94 student-athletes for their classroom achievements. Both Nolen, a graduate student who is pursuing a masters degree in business administration, and Nonnemacher, an elementary education major, were among those individuals awarded gold medallions for maintaining a grade-point average between 3.75 and 4.0 on a 4.0 scale through Dec. 31, 2013.
  On the field of play, Nolen led the Cougars in scoring last fall with 72 points, which came on 33 conversions and 13 field goals. He was also the team’s primary punter. Nolen was a member of the Mid-States Football Association All-Midwest League squad and a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete.
  Nonnemacher has won 22 games for SXU’s No. 8-ranked softball program this spring after being chosen as a first-team honoree for the Capital One Academic All-America College Division team and a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete.

Softball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Lady Bulldogs draw closer to another title

  Richards is seeing red again — a Red Division title, that is.
  Nothing is yet official, but the Lady Bulldogs improved their odds of grabbing a fourth consecutive South Suburban Conference Red championship by notching three more victories last week. The trio of wins elevated Richards’ overall record to 14-4 and its league mark to 12-2.
  The last of those triumphs, 11-3 over Reavis, gave Lady Bulldogs coach Julie Folliard her 600th career win. She has guided Richards to plus-.500 ledgers in all but two of her 26 seasons at the Oak Lawn school.
  Also conquered by the Lady Bulldogs last week were Hillcrest (13-0) and neighborhood rival Oak Lawn (4-3 in eight innings).
  “We’re really focused on our conference right now,” Folliard said. “In terms of the 600th win coming in a conference game, that was terrific for the girls because they’ll always remember it. It was a good game.
  “We were able to jump ahead [of Reavis] early. The kids have been focused and they’re getting better every game. They’re feeding off the continued progress, which is fun to see as a coach.”