Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Come-from-behind win highlights Cyclones' week

  Moraine Valley College’s men have a fondness for coming from behind on the basketball court, and that strategy worked out well for the Cyclones last Tuesday.
  A slow start and flat performance put Moraine in arrears of the College of DuPage at halftime, but the Cyclones rallied behind Kyle Ward and Johnte Shannon in the second half to bag a 78-66 win over the Chaparrals. Ward and Shannon combined for 26 points and were included among five double-digit scorers.
  Also providing solid performances on Moraine’s behalf were Paulius Ostruskevicius (15 points, five rebounds), Cameron Juillerat (15 points, three assists), Stagg alumnus Brett Kaiser (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Des’nique Harris (eight points, nine rebounds), In addition to his team-high 16 points, Ward had five rebounds and three assists, while Shannon complemented his 10 markers with six steals, five rebounds and four assists.

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 Sinclair honored as ‘Man of the Year’

The Catholic Grade School Football Conference posthumously selected Dave Sinclair as its “Man of the Year” for 2013. The announcement was made at a grade-school all-star football game played at St. Rita on Nov. 23.

  Sinclair, who succumbed to ALS in September, spent many years as a football coach at St. Patricia.

Mt. Assisi student-athletes named state scholars
  Six student-athletes from Mt. Assisi were recently feted for their academic accomplishments by getting named as Illinois State Scholars.
  Included among the Screeching Eagles chosen for the honor were two local residents: Mary Kate Wetzel, of Palos Heights, and Jeslyn Vayalil, of Orland Park. Also recognized were Jacqueline Freeman, Patricia Peters, Rachel Sepulveda and Lauryn White.

RedHawks down

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Marist’s bid for state berth denied

  Naperville became land of the loss for Marist Saturday night.
  Such a result didn’t appear likely in the early stages of the RedHawks’ Class 8A semifinal matchup with their namesakes from Naperville Central. But after establishing a 21-7 lead — the same score by which it had beaten both Bolingbrook and Oswego the previous two weeks — Marist’s semi experience wasn’t so sweet.
  The RedHawks stayed in front almost until the end, but an 18-play, 80-yard trek by Naperville that was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run with less than a minute-and-a-half to go finally ripped the lead from Marist’s grasp. So instead of planning for a Thanksgiving weekend journey to DeKalb, the RedHawks must wait till next year to try again.

Stating their case

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Bulldogs nip Flyers to earn spot in 6A final


  The Class 6A state football title is going to the ’Dogs.
  Now, it’s simply a matter of finding out which group of them sports the biggest bite.
  Thanksgiving dinner is guaranteed to sate players’ appetites today, but a different kind of hunger will still linger for athletes at both Richards and Batavia high schools. And the only thing that will completely satisfy it is a giant trophy and the title of “state champion.”
  Both sets of Bulldogs punched their ticket to Saturday’s 6A finals in DeKalb last weekend, Richards doing so by virtue of a 7-6 verdict over host East St. Louis on Saturday. Batavia, which lost a 31-26 decision to Richards in Week 2 of the regular season, earned a rematch by rolling over Rockford Boylan 38-6.
  The two teams will square off at 1 p.m. at Northern Illinois University’s Huskie Stadium.
  “Twelve weeks later, here we go again,” Richards coach Tony Sheehan said. “What are the odds? But you can’t take for granted that we beat them in Week 2. It’s the state championship now, so everything’s different.”


(Reprinted from Nov. 23, 2000)

  For several years now, I’ve put up with complaints from friends and associates around this time of the year.
  The point of contention is my temporarily reduced workload. Specifically, they chastise me for continually relying on what they deem a shopworn column to fill this space in our annual Thanksgiving edition of the paper.
  (Actually, that paper is no different than any of our other editions, except for the fact it happens to come out on a holiday every year. But I digress.)
  You see, back in 1989 I created a timeline column, which described in some detail my hour-by-hour — and occasionally minute-to-minute — plans for that particular Thanksgiving day. Each year since then, I’ve repeated the column and, whenever possible, the activities themselves.