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.


Bartosh will return to Sports Southwest next week.


Community sports news

Openings for Diamond in the Rough

  Diamond in the Rough fast-pitch softball has player openings in its girls’ windmill pitching, beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
  For more information, call Bill Lammel at 289-3438 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Hickory Hills, Palos Hills baseball programs merge
  After years of competing against each other as local rivals, Hickory Hills Youth Baseball and the Palos Hills Baseball Association have merged into one organization.
  The new entity will be known as “Hills Baseball Softball Association,” and provide baseball and softball at all levels for children aged 4-16. HBSA, which will conduct play on fields in both communities, will accept youngsters from throughout the southwest suburbs for recreational participation, as well as for its part-time and full-time travel teams.
  Registration dates are Jan. 11 and Feb. 8 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each day. Both Saturday sessions will be held at Conrady Junior High School, Roberts Road and 97th Street in Hickory Hills.
  George Czarnik, of Hickory Hills, and Peter Donahue, of Palos Hills, will serve as HBSA president and vice president, respectively. For more information about the new organization or how to become involved with it, contact Czarnik at 599-6983.

Two more baseball camps announced
  Chicago Christian and Lewis University in Romeoville will both host six-week baseball camps during the winter.
  Lewis’ camp will begin Jan. 11 and be directed by Flyers coach Tim McDonough, while the one at Chicago Christian starts Feb. 1 under the guidance of Knights coach and school athletic director Eric Brauer. Both are being held in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy and are open to players in grades 1-12.
  Sessions will be offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning. Registration is now underway, and classes are limited to six players per coach. Previously, a similar camp was announced for Oak Lawn High School with a start date of Jan. 5.
  For more information on any of three camps, visit or call 1-866-622-4487.

Palos Park to host winter basketball league
  Palos Park, in conjunction with the Palos Heights Recreation Department and Worth Park District, will host a winter basketball league for youngsters in grades 1-8 that will play games each Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. beginning Jan. 18 and running through March 15.
  Each child will have one practice and one game per week, with an emphasis being placed on skills development. Separate leagues will be formed for boys and girls, and play will be conducted in a total of four different age groups.
  For more information, call 671-3760.