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.

The big payback

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Mustangs turn tables on Astros in huge win

 The late James Brown only sang about it, but Shepard was forced to live through it Friday night.

  The big payback — it’s what Evergreen Park gave to the Astros, who had won five consecutive games against the Mustangs. That list of victories included a crushing one in 2012, when Shepard established a school standard for single-game points behind the exploits of former all-area receiver Londell Lee.
  Lee may be gone from the prep scene, but still very much in evidence was the bad feelings that had enveloped Evergreen players and coaches after last fall’s ravaging. And not even the winless ledger the Astros carried with them into the South Suburban Conference Red rematch was going to lessen the desire to retaliate in kind.
  “We went over there last year and got embarrassed,” Mustangs coach Dan Hartman said. “They played their stud the whole game and broke all kinds of conference records. We also told our players, ‘You’re playing an 0-7 team, and you can make their season by not being focused and letting them pull off an upset.’”


This could only happen with the Chicago Cubs.

  Most professional sports franchises routinely acknowledge anniversaries of notable accomplishments. It may be the winning of a World Series or Super Bowl, or the eclipsing of a thought-to-be-unbreakable individual record, but all of those feats have something in common.
  They identify greatness. No one celebrates non-achievement, and downright forgettable moments are treated in an appropriate manner: They’re forgotten.
  Ah, but not in Wrigley Land. That’s the price to be paid for a century-plus of on-field ineptitude.
  Cubs fans, unless they’re 110 years old, have no recollection of monumental exploits. How could they, unless they’re delusional or prone to fabricating events to make themselves feel better about their favorite major-league baseball team?

Volleyball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Lady Spartans lock up SSC Red title

  In a showdown last Tuesday night between the two best teams in the South Suburban Conference Red, Oak Lawn and Shepard engaged in a back-and-fourth battle that could be described by many different adjectives.  

 In the end, the Lady Spartans emerged victorious by a 25-20, 14-25, 29-27 count over the Lady Astros, thereby separating themselves from Shepard atop the division. Oak Lawn officially sealed the conference title two nights later with a win over Evergreen Park.

  Becky Bradshaw (11 kills, nine digs), Simona Tomczak (eight kills, nine digs), Jamie Fionda (seven kills), Tara Hill (seven digs) and Bree Markusic (four kills) paced the Lady Spartans, who overcame four Lady Astros match points to prevail on Tuesday.
  “I think Shepard is a team that you always have to prepare for,” Oak Lawn coach Dennis McNamara said. “I really felt like the girls were ready to go and had some idea about what they wanted to do.”

SXU sports summary

Cougars runners poised for big finish

A return to Kansas wasn’t only part of Dorothy and Toto’s agenda.

Some St. Xavier University male athletes want to do the same. The only difference is that, in place of a yellow-brick road, they plan to follow a green-grass course.

  It was on that latter surface where the Cougars shone at the NAIA Pre-Nationals Invitational, which was held Oct. 12 in Lawrence, Kan. Pitted against 33 other top-tier NAIA cross country teams at Rim Rock Farm, SXU fashioned quite an impressive showing.
  Buoyed by senior Brian Corcoran’s 12th-place individual effort, the Cougars ran fifth overall. Corcoran, who was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week a couple days after the race, posted an 8K time of 25 minutes, 28 seconds, which was only eight seconds behind the No. 7 finisher in a 272-competitor event.
  Lawrence will also be the site of the NAIA National Cross Country Championships in November.