Girls Roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

A shot away from perfection

Eagles win two but suffer heartbreaking loss at Hillcrest

  Sandburg’s girls basketball team went 2-1 at this past weekend’s Hillcrest Holiday Classic, falling just a basket short of going undefeated.
  Sandburg opened the tournament with a 47-46 victory over T.F North last Thursday, as Kate Ruzevich’s free throw with no time remaining lifted Sandburg in the first-round victory. The Eagles were led in scoring by Sam Youngwirth (15 points) and Julia Ruzevich (10).
  Later that day, Sandburg played the host Hawks down to wire before being defeated 66-65 by a layup with two seconds left by Shayla Joyner in the second-round contest.
  The Eagles were led by Youngwirth (20 points), Jessica Merino (14 points) and Victoria Stavropoulos (10 points, 10 rebounds).
  Sandburg trailed 64-57 with 1:10 remaining when Merino turned a rebound into two fouls shots that began a seven-point game-tying burst.
  With 11.1 seconds left, Stavropoulos canned two free throws for Sandburg, which rallied from as much as a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to take the lead before Hillcrest’s last second heroics.

It’s one last ride for Dooley

  • Written by Jeff Vorva

St. Xavier baseball coach will hang it up after 22 years and assistant will take over

  He has been a head coach for more than 20 seasons.
  He has racked up more than 700 victories.
  He helped send 20 players to the professional ranks and 17 were named national scholar-athletes.
  Now Palos Heights resident and head St. Xavier baseball coach Mike Dooley will have one more ride before calling it a career. Dooley announced he will retire after the 2014 campaign — his 22nd year at the helm.

R and R against Richards

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Rice and Rubio knock off area’s last unbeaten team

  Sitting on a 3-4 record coming into a Dec. 17 showdown with Richards, Brother Rice was looking for an opportunity to bounce back from a tough loss in the previous week at the expense of an undefeated team.

  Against the 7-0 Bulldogs, it didn’t take the Crusaders a lot of time to establish themselves offensively.
  Brother Rice used a strong second quarter to establish a 12-point halftime lead and extended that lead to 23 points with 4 minutes, 15 left seconds in the third before eventually prevailing 78-67 in a nonconference game in Chicago.

In the Nick of time

  • Written by Jeff Vorva

Former Sandburg star returns to basketball with stint at SCC

 Sandburg graduate Nick Lehnerer doesn’t play much basketball for South Suburban College.

  But the fact he’s on a team at all is a step in the right direction.
  He’s back, one might say, in the Nick of time.
  Close to two years ago, the Eagles senior popped in a career-high 27 points in a 68-57 win over Lincoln-Way East in a Southwest Suburban Conference battle. He had high hopes of finishing the season on a high note and pick up some college notice.
  It didn’t work out that way.
  Colleges weren’t knocking on his door.


Follow the bouncing bikini — er, ball


(Reprinted from Oct. 11 2012)

  Once and for all, we’ll learn the definitive answer to a long-burning question:
  Do those men claiming to like women’s sports truly admire female athletes or only the ones whose most notable statistics have no connection whatsoever with the games they play?
  Guys preferring to share meals and other married activities with wives on a regular basis will, of course, tell their spouses exactly what the ladies want to hear. Those males will insist that watching Maria Sharapova in action is no different than following the exploits of Tom Brady or Alex Rodriguez, and that they’re attracted only to the beauty of tennis, not of the tennis player.