Diving into wild college career

  • Written by Jeff Vorva

Orland Park’s Barrett’s Holy Cross hockey team struggling but making some history 

  Orland Park’s Mike Barrett started his college hockey career on a team with a sub-par 4-13-2 record.

  But Barrett and Holy Cross haven’t been at a loss for excitement at the Worcester, Mass campus.

  The former Marist High School student and his teammates have enjoyed a wild ride so far this season. That included:
  • A 5-4 victory over Boston College, which was ranked seventh in the nation at the time, on Nov. 29 in Boston. Barrett had two goals and an assist in that game.
  It was the first time Holy Cross ever beat BC and it’s the first time Boston College ever lost to an Atlantic Hockey team.
  “It was unbelievable,” Barrett told reporters after the game. “Everyone in hockey knows the talent and prestige of the BC hockey team so it makes the win that much better.
  “I can’t give enough credit to Matt Vidal, Castan Sommer, and Joe McNamara for the goals. Joe set up the first one and my linemates (Vidal and Sommer) made the second one possible; all the credit goes to them.”

No pushovers

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

EP feeling better after winning last 3 of 4

  Evergreen Park’s boys basketball team opened the season 0-5 but won three out of four games in the Immaculate Conception/Westmont Tournament for a second-place finish.
  That gave the Mustangs a shot in the arm heading into Friday’s showdown against Oak Forest.
  “We’re not going to get pushed over, I’ll tell you that,’’ Mustangs coach Pat Flannigan said. “Against Oak Forest, we’re going to rise to occasion and play like we’re capable of. No matter our record, our opponent is going to be in for fight. They won’t be able to mark as a win against Evergreen Park, I’ll tell you that.”
  The title game in Elmhurst didn’t go well, however.

Stagg and Sandburg to reunite at United Center Jan. 18

  • Written by Jeff Vorva

  Michael Jordan, Derrick Rose, LeBron James and Kevin Durant are on a long list of people who have played there.

  Add the names Max Strus, Kevin White, Niko Cahue and Niko Kogionis to that list.
  While Strus and White from Stagg and the two Nikos from Sandburg are not household names across the country, they will join their teammates in getting a chance to say they have played on a historic basketball court that those NBA legends and others have played for when the two area District 230 rivals hook up at 2 p.m. Jan. 18 in a Southwest Suburban Conference Blue battle at the United Center.

SXU men

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Karp golden as he closes in on team record after SXU whips Silver Lake

  The last time St. Xavier University played Silver Lake College of Wisconsin, the game was a nip-and-tuck affair in the first half that found the Cougars up just two points.

  Sunday’s affair against Silver Lake would wind up being a stark contrast from the previous meeting.
  Jumping out to an early 24-13 lead and never trailing in the game, No. 10- ranked St. Xavier rolled to a 113-64 win over Silver Lake in NAIA men’s basketball action on Bob Hallberg Court at the Shannon Center in Chicago.


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