Summer baseball roundup

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Crusaders put all the pieces together

  Like jigsaw puzzles, baseball teams need every piece in place to make a satisfying whole.
  For Brother Rice, the 2014 summer baseball season could be described as an unfinished picture. Missing was one very important part: a reliable offense.
  While the Crusaders’ pitching and defense have been steady, an often-meager attack relegated Rice to more defeats than it probably deserved. Certainly, no opponent had really teed off on the Crusaders, yet their ledger entering last week was below .500.
  No more, however. With a suddenly vibrant offense complementing its other two phases, Rice swept past four foes in a row. None of them got any closer than five runs.
  The Crusaders’ most impressive outing came last Tuesday against Class 3A champion Lemont, which suffered a 13-3 defeat to Rice. The latter also took down Evergreen Park (9-0), Andrew (8-1) and Hinsdale Central (7-2).


Cup-generated interest will runneth dry 

Last week’s power outage was certainly inconvenient but not being able to watch the World Cup because of it didn’t bother me at all.
I just substituted watching my unrefrigerated food spoil for viewing excitement.
I know my opinion might be in the minority right now, but I’m willing to wait. Millions of Americans will return to the dark side with me once Cup fever subsides. And trust me it will.
However, not everyone in my profession thinks so. One Chicago Tribune columnist reported on the high TV ratings the 2014 World Cup broadcasts have garnered. And a woman who writes for the New York Times News Service was positively gushing about the U.S. team following its elimination loss to Belgium.
Specifically, Juliet Macur focused on U.S. goalie Tim Howard, who made 16 saves in the match. I won’t deny that was a great performance, but Ms. Macur’s post-match hyperbole was enough to make even the most seasoned PR professional blush.

Community sports news

Beverly Hills cycling race set for July 24

The historic Beverly neighborhood will be transformed into a high-speed race course when nearly 200 world-class cyclists compete in the 12th annual Beverly Hills Cycling Classic on Thursday, July 24.
Presented by the Beverly Area Planning Association, the event is part of the Prairie States Cycling Series. It will take place at 107th Street and Longwood Drive with start times of 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. In addition to the races, the event will feature live music, food and drink.
For more information, call (773) 233-3100 or visit

2014 All-Area Softball Team


  • Wyderski again led the way at the plate and in the field for the Lady RedHawks and secured a second consecutive Player of the Year honor from this paper in the process. The Loyola University-bound shortstop batted a solid .492 with respective on-base and slugging percentages of .566 and .894 while racking up 65 hits in 132 at-bats over 39 games. Wyderski included 13 homers, 12 doubles and a triple among her hits, drew 19 walks, scored 55 times and drove in 50 runs. One of her best days of the spring was against East Suburban Catholic Conference foe St. Viator when she went 4-for-4 with two homers, six RBI and four runs as Marist swept a doubleheader. Wyderski also went deep twice in an ESCC twinbill versus Joliet Catholic Academy, and her game-tying round-tripper set the Lady RedHawks up for an eventual regional championship-clinching win over Lyons Township.

McAllister stepping down as SXU coach

 After putting a face on St. Xavier University’s men’s cross country and track programs, Ed McAllister will become just a face in the crowd.

  McAllister, who guided the Cougars’ original cross country team in 1976 and then brought SXU into national prominence during his current decade-long tenure, has announced his retirement. He had coached the track team since its inception in 2006.