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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.’”

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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.

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Timmermans becomes career goals leader at Chicago Christian
  There’s nothing left for Getenet Timmermans to prove on the soccer field.
  The Chicago Christian senior became his school’s all-time leader in goals earlier this season, and with the Knights winning their own Class 1A regional last Saturday, Timmermans has a chance to add to his career total of 95.
  He’s already seven goals ahead of Christian’s previous standard, and his 37 markers during the 2013 campaign also represent the most for a Knights player in a single season. But Timmermans’ soccer excellence came about in a rather unorthodox manner.
  Orphaned at a young age in Ethiopia, Timmermans was excited about being adopted and becoming an American high school student. He knew this would be a place of great opportunity for himself and his younger brother, Fukado. Getenet didn’t speak English well, but he did play a great game of soccer.
  “When I got to the school, all I wanted to do was get on the soccer team,” Timmermans said. “I’d show up every day and ask the coach if I could play.”
  He wasn’t able to do so right away, as he had to wait weeks before he was cleared. But even with part of his freshman season lost, Timmermans scored goals at a rapid enough pace that he entered the current campaign with designs on breaking Christian’s scoring record.
  “I just kept working,” Timmermans said. “My team made it so easy for me. They are so good at getting me the ball so I can score.”
  And having his younger brother alongside him while it happened was icing on the cake.
  “Having Fukado on the field has made this the best season ever,” Getenet said. “He is the best freshman player CCHS has had.”