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Agents of fortune

  • Written by Ken Karrson

This time, Spartans get breaks, beat Astros

  The agents of misfortune suddenly got a few breaks to go their way.
  And those circumstances were enough for Oak Lawn to overcome its sometimes-erratic performance Friday night and bag its first victory since opening week. By no means was it easy — host Shepard, in fact, held a 20-7 halftime lead — but the Spartans were glad to accept a 21-20 South Suburban Conference Red win under any conditions.
  “Would you rather be lucky or good,” Oak Lawn coach Sean Lucas said with a chuckle. “We’ll take lucky this week.”
  For sure, the Spartans had been anything but that in recent weeks. Most frustrating to them were losses to Argo and Eisenhower in Weeks 4 and 5, both of which were administered by just two points.
  “We’ve been telling our players all year we’re a good team,” Lucas said. “We just had to prove it.”
  Ironically, from a pure execution standpoint, Oak Lawn’s third-year leader thought his athletes had actually performed at a higher level versus the Argonauts and Cardinals than they did against the Astros. In Lucas’ opinion, the Spartans “didn’t play well at all [here].”

H-F equals hurt, frustration

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Eagles’ QB injured in lopsided loss to Vikings

  The letters “H” and “F” in local high school circles are an abbreviation for Homewood-Flossmoor.
  Friday night, they also stood for something else: hurt and frustrated.
  Those words didn’t describe the Vikings, but their SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue foe from Orland Park. Sandburg entered the divisional contest with four victories in five tries, but still in search of one that might rightfully be thought of as a signature win.
  The Eagles must keep looking. H-F saw to that by seizing command of the game at Seliga Field in less than six minutes.
  The Vikings erupted for three touchdowns over that span, one of them coming on a 50-yard gallop by sophomore Deante Harley-Hampton. His twin brother, Devonte, accounted for the other two scores, which were bridged by a Sandburg fumble.

Homecoming helplessness

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Mistake-prone, injury-plagued Cougars lose league opener

  Saturday’s homecoming football game at St. Xavier University started four hours earlier than scheduled because of a threat of bad weather.

 Nature’s worst was avoided, but what the host Cougars couldn’t dodge was a hefty share of bad luck.

  Already down a couple men on the defensive side, SXU’s ranks got thinned further when Jacob Ghinazzi was ejected from the Cougars’ Mid-States Football Association Midwest League opener because of helmet-to-helmet contact with a Grand View University player. And the Cougars weren’t spared grief on the offensive side, either, as both quarterback John Rhode (separated shoulder) and tailback Nick Pesek (severe ankle sprain) exited the game prematurely with injuries.
  To make matters even worse, SXU was also mistake-prone. Six turnovers plagued the home team, and those miscues couldn’t be played through. Instead, the NAIA No. 4-ranked visitors toppled the No. 3 Cougars 48-21 at Bruce R. Deaton Field.

Bartosh

Give me a reason not to detest you

An open letter to an unknown woman in Texas:

  Hey lady!
  You get the Jerry Lewis-style opening here because I don’t know your name. Most people across the land probably don’t either, but you’ve nevertheless managed to attract a great amount of both attention and enmity for a recent act you performed that found its way onto the Internet.
  Let’s call it your 15 minutes of fame — or, more accurately, your 22 seconds of infamy. The video clip in question was shot at Minute Maid Park in Houston and involved your retrieval of a baseball that bounced on top of one of the dugouts during a game.
  As most fans would attest, all’s fair in the pursuit of a foul. That means normally frowned-upon behavior, such as jostling others to purposely knock them off-balance and better position yourself for a payoff, is considered acceptable. And that’s certainly understandable — after all, such a souvenir is rare enough that only a few million others have one to call their own.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

 Even though Stagg’s boys’ golf team finished at the bottom of last Tuesday’s six-school SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue meet at Coyote Run in Homewood, Chargers coach David Podkul is not the least bit discouraged as his team prepares for this weekend’s regional at Brother Rice.

  One big reason is the continuing emergence of senior Trace Moustakas as a viable candidate to qualify for the state meet, based on his average scores. At Coyote Run, Moustakas shot a season-best 18-hole score of 79 to finish in the top 10 individually.
  With Moustakas averaging between 37 and 39 in nine-hole matches, Podkul is excited about his prospects, as well as those of Brendan Kiblehan — who shot an 86 on Tuesday — Dean Abate and sophomore Robert Stark.
  “Our four best golfers have been steady for us all season,” Podkul said. “I’ve coached Trace since he was a freshman, and I really think he can be a state qualifier for us. He’s been our captain and anchor, and he also plays baseball. He’s a hybrid athlete.