First and frustrated

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Eagles lose lead, then game to rival Knights

 Running second in the first week has not been Sandburg’s style of late.

En route to earning playoff berths each of the last five seasons, the Eagles’ typical modus operandi has been to win a batch of early games, nail down a spot in the Class 8A tournament as quickly as possible and then concentrate on fine-tuning the operation. Lincoln-Way Central unexpectedly interrupted that pattern Saturday night in New Lenox.

Football roundup

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Mustangs victorious via forfeit

RedHawks fall to St. Rita at Soldier Field

 Even before the 2013 football season got underway, Evergreen Park coach Dan Hartman admitted the Mustangs’ Week 1 opponent, Chicago Public League member Little Village, was unlikely to present a very stern challenge.


  But Hartman never envisioned just how easy picking up a win would actually be.
  When heavy rain and lightning hit the area Friday night, the poor weather forced postponement of most south suburban contests. The Evergreen-Little Village matchup, however, wound up in the cancellation category.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Even though Stagg trailed in overall possession time against a solid Wheaton North team during last Monday’s boys’ soccer season-opener, the Chargers still displayed enough on both sides of the ball to come away with a 2-1 victory.

  Stagg’s defense especially shone in the second half, as the locals posted a shutout during that span. Netminder Erick Estrada came up with a huge save in the closing minute to preserve the win. John Zajac and Matt Kois, meanwhile, provided the Chargers’ offensive spark.
  “Wheaton North is a good team,” Stagg coach Mike Kealy said. “They had a little bit more of possession, but we capitalized on two opportunities.”
  The first of those came just 1:10 into the match, when Zajac made good on a corner kick. Wheaton later took advantage of a Chargers defensive breakdown that led to a breakaway goal, but Stagg found the net one more time before the opening half ended.
  “We’ve been working on those corner shots in practice,” Kealy said. “It was good to put one in early. We had a lot of chances in the second half, [including] two or three breakaways that we could have easily put away.”

SXU sports summary

Cougars golfers place second in season-opener

Led by the consistent play of seniors Kirby Brown and Brendan Ryan (Shepard), St. Xavier University’s men’s golf team opened its 2013-14 season with a second-place finish in the two-day Calumet College of St. Joseph Fall Preview. 

Brown shot rounds of 77 and 75 last Monday and Tuesday, respectively, at White Hawk Country Club in Crown Point, Ind., and tied for the runner-up spot in a 43-man field with his 152 score. Ryan carded 78s on both days, and his 156 total secured for him the No. 8 position overall.

  Junior Kyle Bahnick fired a first-day 76 and finished at 160 for the Cougars, while sophomore Zack Trent (85-82) was at 167. Bahnick wound up 12th among individual golfers.
  SXU’s cumulative score of 635 put it ahead of everyone but the AIB College of Business (610) in a seven-team field. The University of St. Francis was third at 640.
  The Cougars’ next outing is on Saturday, when they take part in Mount Mercy University’s Cropper Golf Classic. The two-day event will be held at Hunters Ridge Golf Course in Marion, Iowa.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Golfers show improvement in second match

One really was the loneliest number for Moraine Valley College golfers last Monday.

A single shot was all that separated the Cyclones from first place in their second outing of the year. Nevertheless, that showing marked a measurable improvement for Moraine, which was again paced by Jack Misheck, who fired an 18-hole score of 82.

  He shared top team honors with Shepard alumnus Pat Neylon, while Sandburg grad Joe Knight was right behind the duo with a round of 83. Jeff Cizek (85) and John Randolph (88) were the Cyclones’ other competitors.