Class 4A Andrew Sectional

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Catch a falling ball

Big defensive play secures Celtics’ win over Eagles

  Providence Catholic turned last Wednesday’s Class 4A Andrew Sectional matchup with Sandburg into a real glove affair.
  Specifically, Celtics outfielder Phil Kunsa did so with his circus grab of a sinking line drive. Instead of falling into the gap, Peter Paxinos’ hard-hit ball was speared by a diving Kunsa, who snuffed out an Eagles sixth-inning rally that had drawn them within a run.
  That meant Sandburg was left to chase some more, and it never did catch up. Instead, Providence garnered an insurance marker to finalize a 5-3 victory that advanced it into last Saturday’s sectional final opposite Lincoln-Way North.
  The Phoenix earned their championship-game berth by blanking Stagg 1-0 in the other semifinal last Wednesday. Lincoln-Way North’s one-run triumph was its third straight in the playoffs, following regional conquests of Shepard (3-2) and Marist (4-3).
  While Kunsa’s defensive gem provided the obvious highlight, it mattered more because the Celtics (24-14) already had a lead to protect. They built most of that advantage in the third inning by plating four unearned runs off Eagles starter Sean Leland.

And then there were four

  • Written by Frank Gogola

Sandburg reaches Class 4A softball semifinals

  Before the 2014 softball season began, Sandburg senior shortstop Cierra Adamus told Lady Eagles coach Jim Fabianski she was going to help lead them to a state title.
  This past Monday Adamus did her part to ensure that her promise wasn’t hollow.
  Adamus, who began her high school career at Marian Catholic and spent some time in right field earlier this spring, rose high to snag a seventh-inning line drive and turned it into a game-ending double play by firing to second baseman Bri Soltis.


These gentlewomen are

definitely starting some engines

  (Reprinted from Sept. 22, 2011)

  Suddenly, auto racing has become intriguing.
  Once thought to be nothing but an activity for good, old Southern boys to engage in while waiting for crop harvesting time to arrive, the sport has taken on a far more metropolitan image in recent years. Steady TV airings of races certainly helped in that regard, and the arrival of Danica Patrick didn’t hurt, either.
  While she hasn’t taken the racing world by storm in an accomplishment sense just yet, the attractive Patrick made her presence known to product marketers right away. Madison Avenue, meet a primped-up Gasoline Alley.
  Since Patrick is more visually appealing than other professional drivers, it’s not surprising she’s become a spokesperson for various items, some of which are even related to her sport. As advertisers have understood for years, pretty women are a can’t-miss sales option, rivaled only by babies and small, domesticated critters.
  But while Patrick is considered the poster girl for femininity behind the wheel, she’s not the only woman in the driver’s seat. In fact, sisters Amber and Angela Cope have been parking their posteriors there since 2001.

Class 4A Reavis Sectional

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Third time no charm

Vikings upended by revenge-minded Caravan

  Third time a charm? Not for St. Laurence.
  With two victories already collected against Mt. Carmel this spring, the Vikings appeared to have a psychological edge over the Caravan when the two Chicago Catholic League rivals renewed acquaintances in last Thursday’s Class 4A Reavis Sectional semifinal. But coach Pete Lotus suspected the 16-5 and 7-3 conquests his squad recorded earlier would mean little.
  “It’s tough to beat anybody three times, especially a good team like that,” he said.
  Lotus’ words proved prophetic. Behind pitcher Nelson Munoz, Mt. Carmel squeezed out a 3-2 win that kept its hopes for a state-championship repeat intact for a couple more days and halted St. Laurence’s best campaign ever under Lotus.
  “It’s hard to think like that right now,” Lotus said, when complimented for the Vikings’ 2014 season as a whole.
  After a few moments of consideration, though, he felt differently.
  “It’s easy to sit there and look at the last game and be disappointed, but I’m very proud [of our guys],” Lotus said. “They won a lot of games and accomplished a lot. It’s tough to see those guys go.”

Softball roundup

  • Written by Frank Gogola

 Lady Eagles feeling super after winning sectional over Marist

  Against a high-powered offense like Marist’s, Sandburg knew it needed a combination of strong pitching, stout defense and just enough hitting to slow the Lady RedHawks in the Class 4A Reavis Sectional final.
  The Lady Eagles hit the trifecta on Saturday in Burbank. Sarah Herold tossed a five-hitter over five-plus innings, she was backed by solid glove work, and Karli McLaughlin’s one-out single provided the deciding margin in a 2-1 outcome.
  Sandburg’s triumph placed it in this past Monday’s North Central College Supersectional versus Naperville Central.
  The result also concluded the coaching career of Denise Bromberek at Marist. She is relocating out of state with her family after spending 12 years in charge of the Lady RedHawks’ varsity program.
  Emily Griskell had the Lady Eagles’ other RBI and also relieved Herold, who struck out five, in the sixth to earn a save. Griskell allowed just one baserunner while registering the game’s final four outs.
  “They did awesome in the circle,” McLaughlin said of her two teammates. “Both of them hit their spots very well. Emily did a great job [after] coming in and Sarah did a great job holding them throughout.”
  Marist (29-9-1) came into the contest averaging eight runs per game in three postseason outings, but it didn’t tally here until the sixth. The Lady RedHawks managed more than one hit in only one stanza.