Silliness in the heat of the moment

 Hot weather occasionally makes people do crazy things.

  In the summer of 1974, for example, it caused some people to become public exhibitionists. Strangely, their sanity wasn’t really questioned at the time, only their choice of outfits, especially when those choosing to run naked through crowds were hairy, out-of-shape men.
  Streaking wasn’t done to cool off, only to look cool — or so the nudists thought. In retrospect, those appearances were definitely deceiving and the participants daffy.

Community sports news

Orland Warriors win Wisconsin tournament

  These 14s became No. 1.
  The Orland Park Warriors 14U travel baseball team made the most of its appearance in the Wisconsin Dells Summer Slugfest by capturing the championship in its age division on July 14. Fourteen squads representing either Illinois or Wisconsin competed for the title.
  The Warriors were seeded eighth heading into the final day of the three-day event, but took down opponents that were seeded first, second and fourth to claim the crown. Comprising the team’s roster were Orland residents David Drabeck, Tim Dobrik, Matt Finn, Jake Hutchinson, Camden Landers, Patrick Larkin, Zach Poe, Brad Vetter and Mark Weimar, Oak Lawn resident Jake Larson and Sullivan Stickann of Highland, Ind.

Summer baseball roundup

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Locals left out of Lawler Classic

Once again, a baseball state tournament lacked local flavor. No area team was able to advance as far as the supersectional round during the IHSA spring playoffs, and the Phil Lawler Summer Classic that got underway this past Monday at North Central College and Benedictine University was also devoid of neighborhood schools. 

Six area entries, in fact, were one-and-done in regional play, while another was two-and-through. Just Sandburg and St. Laurence — the only local clubs to ever win summer championships — made it as far as a regional finale, and both fell short in their quest for an Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Elite Eight berth. 


Mounting a counter to NFL’s Rushmore

 As human beings, we tend to stand in awe of those things whose very existence defies easy explanation.

There’s the incredible (the Great Pyramid of Giza, built nearly 4,000 years ago), the indescribable (the Northern Lights) and the incomprehensible (the Kardashian clan’s continued celebrity-list status). In America, there are plenty of must-see places for visitors and, surprising though it may seem, several of them don’t feature any batted or thrown balls, rolling credits or roller coasters

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Oak Lawn’s Meyers recognized as top SSC hoops coach

  Oak Lawn High School girls’ basketball coach Janet Meyers was recently feted as the South Suburban Conference Coach of the Year in her sport at an awards dinner at Gaelic Park.
  The Lady Spartans reigned as SSC Red champs during the 2012-13 season.
  With the baseball team’s divisional crown and five second-place finishes also factored in, Oak Lawn athletics ranked fifth among 14 schools in the chase for the SSC President Cup’s Award, which goes to the school that has the highest cumulative placements in the league’s 22 sponsored sports. Gaining runner-up positions for the Spartans were the girls’ volleyball, boys’ volleyball, boys’ bowling, boys’ track and cheerleading squads.
  Oak Lawn did even better in the conduct category, where it wound up third for the SSC Sportsmanship Award. Oak Forest captured that honor, while Lemont claimed the President’s Cup.