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Cougars to honor Hallberg

    SXU Hallberg headshot

 The 2013-14 women’s basketball season hasn’t even begun, but already St. Xavier University is receiving an honor.
  Specifically, it’s longtime Cougars coach Bob Hallberg being feted. At a special dedication ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 13, Hallberg will be recognized for his full body of work at SXU when the school officially renames the Shannon Center’s basketball floor “Bob Hallberg Court.”
  The ceremony will precede that night’s 7 p.m. game between the Cougars and Trinity International University.
  Hallberg, who has also served as SXU’s athletics director since 2001, is best known for leading the school’s women’s basketball program since its inception in 1999. However, he was also at the university in the early 1970s, when he coached the men’s team and had an earlier six-year stint as AD.
  Hallberg’s men’s basketball squads won 127 games and captured two conference titles, but his women’s teams have eclipsed those numbers. The female Cougars reached 100 victories in just four years, have won at least 20 games in every year of the program’s existence and qualified for the NAIA national tournament in each of the past 11 seasons. SXU’s overall winning percentage under Hallberg is .764 (327-101).
  Prior to his return to SXU, Hallberg coached the men’s basketball teams at Chicago State University and the University of Illinois-Chicago to some of their greatest successes. He’ll enter 2013-14 with 905 career triumphs at all levels of competition, including high school.
  Hallberg, an Oak Lawn resident, was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in September 2012.

Community sports news

Marist athletes chosen for All-ESCC teams

  Several Marist student-athletes were among the individuals chosen for All-East Suburban Catholic Conference recognition in their respective fall sports.
  Foremost among the group was volleyball player Carolyn Yerkes, who was named the conference’s Player of the Year. Joining the senior libero on the All-ESCC squad were senior setter Molly Mayo, senior outside hitter Meg Ryan and junior right-side hitter Lizzie Zaleski. Honored as ESCC Coach of the Year was first-year Lady RedHawls leader Julie Popp-Hopkins, who guided her team to an unbeaten conference record.
  Also grabbing Coach of the Year honors was Marist soccer boss Sean Maxwell. RedHawks players tabbed for the All-ESCC soccer team were senior midfielders Eddie Cunningham and Brendan McHugh, senior forward Brian Greenfield and senior defender Joe Panella.
  Among the eight Marist football players picked as all-conference performers was senior receiver Nic Weishar, who garnered the Most Valuable Offensive Player designation. Junior wide receiver Flynn Nagel also made the All-ESCC team, as did senior running back Peter Andreotti, senior quarterback Jack Donegan, senior defensive back Ryan Mishka, senior linemen Marcus Pitts and Mitch Schleyer, and senior punter Ryan Tucker.

Substance over style

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Eagles outlast Chargers in SWSC Blue dogfight

 Friday night’s SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue showdown between Sandburg and Stagg was all about substance instead of style.

  In an era when lots of scoring is deemed necessary to make football appealing to the casual fan, the Eagles and Chargers harkened back to an earlier time, when defenses ruled the gridiron. Aesthetically, there was nothing particularly attractive about the contest, but that mattered little to Sandburg players and coaches.
  The result that style of play produced looked beautiful to them.
  By virtue of a hard-fought 14-0 decision over Stagg at Seliga Field, the Eagles became playoff eligible for the fifth straight year. They can guarantee themselves a berth in the Class 8A tournament by knocking off SWSC Blue leader Bolingbrook this Friday.

In the Nic of time

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Weishar’s heroics catapult RedHawks over Benet

  Nic Weishar was not a complete stranger to playing defense for Marist prior to Friday night.
  Benet Academy no doubt wished he had been.
  Weishar, the Notre Dame University recruit who is best known for his pass-catching exploits, put those hands to a different use against the Redwings. While he still did his fair share on behalf of the RedHawks’ offense, Weishar made himself quite a familiar face to Benet’s too.
  He specifically did so by stealing two of Redwings quarterback Jack Beneventi’s first-period passes. One of those Weishar took down to Benet’s 1-yard line, which set up a touchdown plunge by JaWill Aldridge, while the other he ran back 15 yards into the visitors’ end zone.

Neighborhood menace

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Bulldogs continue surge by blasting Spartans

  This time, there was no doubt.

 When Richards and Oak Lawn met last fall, a projected mismatch never occurred. Despite the fact the teams were traveling in different directions from a win-loss standpoint, the Spartans rendered the discrepancies moot by going toe-to-toe with their more heralded cross-town neighbor.

  The Bulldogs did win, but by just 11 points and only after surviving a scoreless second half. So when Oak Lawn arrived at Korhonen Field for another encounter Friday night, Richards coach Tony Sheehan didn’t want his guys assuming circumstances would be any different.
  But they definitely were. The Bulldogs saw to that by tallying five times in the opening half while holding the Spartans without a first down, and then completing a rout by crossing the goal line twice more after intermission.
  Richards’ resounding 45-0 South Suburban Conference Red victory was the latest in a growing list of dominant performances as it steams toward the Class 6A playoffs. The Bulldogs (7-1, 4-1) have outscored their last three opponents by a combined 112-0 margin.