Top 10 Stories Of 2013

  • Written by Jeff Vorva

Triumphs. Disappointments.

 The area had no shortage of drama and excitement in 2013 with teams and individuals going deep into state and national tournaments and making waves on the professional level.

  Here is a look at the top 10 sports stories from the Reporter and Regional area.

1. Macs Mighty again
  Mother McAuley’s girls volleyball team won its 14th Illinois High School Association state championship Nov. 16 but just its first since 2004. That’s the longest stretch the school has gone without a title.
  The Mighty Macs knocked off two-time defending Class 4A state champion Benet 25-22, 25-19 at Illinois State University in Normal. The team finished 40-2 with both losses coming to out-of-state teams.
  Coach Jen DeJarld called it “an amazing season.”
  “There is such an incredible satisfaction in what this team accomplished by keeping focused throughout the season from Aug. 14 through Nov. 16.”
  Kayla Caffey and Mallory Maxwell each led the Macs with eight kills while the coach’s daughter, Ryann DeJarld, added seven and Kelsey Clark six in the state championship match.


Nothing phone-y about this competition

(Reprinted from Sept. 13, 2012)

  Alexander Graham Bell is probably turning over in his grave right about now.
  Then again, maybe he’s known about this for a while and already completed his post-burial, human tilt-a-whirl reaction. After all, the activity that would cause such a dramatic response has been going on for over a decade.
  News of it has only recently come my way, which I’d normally be embarrassed to admit. However, there’ve been more important stories to pursue, and even the most intrepid news gatherer can’t be everywhere at once, can he?

SXU women

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Cougars women go 8-0 in December

  For the St. Xavier women’s basketball team, December has been an undefeated month — which was capped off this weekend with a pair of victories at the two-day SXU Holiday Classic at the Shannon Center in Chicago.
  The Cougars began the tournament with 76-66 victory over Ashford University on Saturday and followed that up with a 70-48 win over Lourdes University of Ohio on Sunday to extend their current winning streak to eight games and an 8-0 mark in December.
  In the win over Ashford, junior forward Morgan Stuut scored 32 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the No. 8-ranked SXU. Stuut posted team-bests of 16 points, 19 rebounds, four steals and two blocks in the victory over Lourdes University.
  But what has been a hallmark in the Cougars 13-3 season, as well as in the two weekend wins, is the continued contributions from multiple players. A total of 11 players scored against Lourdes, and nine players scored against Ashford.

SXU men

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

SXU men claim tourney title


  After posting two big-scoring efforts in the first two games of the SXU Midwest Tournament, the St. Xavier men’s basketball team kept its offensive groove on track, enroute to an 85-76 victory over Bellevue University on December 23 at the Shannon Center in Chicago.
  Capping the championship game of the tournament with 23 points and 10 rebounds, senior guard Brad Karp earned the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award in leading No. 10 ranked Cougars to the championship on Bob Hallberg Court.
  “Bellevue is a very good team,” St. Xavier Coach Tom O’Malley said. “They were a 10-2 team coming in that beat a 10-4 team and a 10-2 team. We played them well. We had multiple substitutes, and we played a very good second half. We we’re down by seven at halftime and had a nine-point advantage in the second half.
  “Brad Karp was instrumental again for us. He had a great game overall. He had 12 points at the half and 11 points and seven rebounds in the second half. We had a lot of contributions and five guys in double figures.”

EP girls

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Mustangs boosted by Ag School title, Larkin named tourney MVP

  Before Evergreen Park went 3-1 this past week on its way to capturing to the Agriculture Science School Tournament this past week, the team experienced a much-needed confidence boost Dec. 20 in a big win over Lemont.
  And to hear head Coach Bruce Scadutotell it, he said that win served as a catalyst for the Lady Mustangs success this past week.
  Evergreen Park began the tournament with a 55-29 victory over Bremen on Monday and followed it up with a 55-15 win over Perspectives Math and Science on Thursday. After a 39-36 setback against the hosts on Friday, the Mustangs prevailed over Longwood 67-34 in the championship on Saturday. Nicole Parker was named the tournament MVP.