Here we go again with things to go away

By now, you’ve seen a sampling of one man’s opinion on what is wrong in the world of sports these days.
Last week in this space, I presented some of my personal peeves, using alphabetical order and listing one item per letter. Obviously, there are other examples I could have cited that would certainly be justified.
Instead of the letter “D” standing for “dunk,” for instance, it could have referred to “day-night doubleheaders,” the greed-driven abomination that many years ago replaced the two-games-for-one-price deal major-league baseball teams typically offered fans almost every summer Sunday. And in the “A” category, “agents” could have easily been substituted for “apology” with no difficulty at all.

Trinity Christian Roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Trolls not in partying mood after ringing up end-of-year setbacks

 Trinity Christian’s men’s basketball team picked up the pace in its last game before Christmas, but could not pick up a victory.

  The Trolls’ run-and-gun contest with Judson finished with the Eagles on the top side of a 98-89 outcome. That dropped Trinity to 4-11 for the season and 0-5 in CCAC competition.
  In some categories, Trinity did everything right. The Trolls held a 42-31 rebounding edge on Judson, and shot 50 percent from the floor, compared to Judson’s 46.7 percent. But Eagles went to the free throw line more often than partygoers return to the buffet, and took advantage, hitting 35 of 42 free-throw attempts, with Turner Schwarz hitting all 13 of his attempts en route to a 31-point game. In comparison, Trinity was only 17-of-26 from the line. Therein was the difference.

Girls’ basketball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Screeching Eagles capture regional championship

When Mt. Assisi coach Kelsey James walked onto the court prior to the start of last Thursday’s Class 2A Lisle Regional championship contest against the host school, she happily admitted that she had never seen Screeching Eagles players as focused on a game.
To be sure, there was some obvious motivation for that level of concentration. Last month came the announcement that Mt. Assisi would be closing at the end of the current school year.
James wasn’t sure if that reality would be enough to elevate her team to victory over the favored Lady Lions. But when the Eagles hoisted their second consecutive regional trophy after stunning the hosts 52-42, it was obvious this Mt. Assisi squad was playing with a confidence level that even has James doing some dreaming.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trolls on the verge of qualification

It comes down to this for Trinity Christian College’s men’s basketball team: Win the last two games and then hope to qualify for the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Trolls came into this past Wednesday’s game against Judson University with a 9-19 overall record and 5-12 league mark. The top 10 teams in the 14-school circuit earn entry into the postseason event. Heading into the current week, 10 programs had a better record than Trinity, including St. Xavier University, Saturday’s foe in the regular-season finale.
Judson entered Wednesday’s contest at 6-22 overall, 3-14 within the CCAC. Nevertheless, this must-win game wasn’t a lock for the Trolls.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trolls benefit from untangled Web

  Memo to the other women’s soccer teams in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference: Feel free to try to stop Trinity Christian College’s Rachael Webb one of these days. Your squad would be the first to shut her down.
  Webb, more and more, is the linchpin in the Trolls’ big season. Despite being closely marked — opponents are trying, after all — she scored twice last week and had three assists in Trinity’s victories over the University of St. Francis and St. Xavier University.
  Webb had a goal and two assists in a 5-2 victory at USF, then added one of each in Saturday’s 3-0 whitewash of the Cougars at Schaaf Field. Her gaudy totals through 14 matches are 12 goals and six assists for 30 points.
  Even better, Trinity’s glittery record was 10-2-2 entering this past Wednesday’s match at Cardinal Stritch, the first of four CCAC encounters that will conclude the regular-season schedule.
  With defenses collapsing on her, Webb is finding open teammates when she isn’t getting an open shot. That was the case in her feeding Abby McDonald for the Trolls’ second goal late in the first half against SXU.
  With four minutes left, Webb then took Kayla Diemer’s pass and scored the final marker, the capper to Senior Day festivities.
  The story was similar in the week’s first match, when Trinity overwhelmed USF. Webb gave the Trolls a 1-0 lead before four minutes had elapsed, fed Diemer for the second goal in the 16th minute and — after Diemer had poured in two more goals for a hat trick, the third one coming on a nifty rebound — set up Katie Linehan for the final score of the match.
  Keeper Becky Gold (8-2-2) picked up her fifth shutout of the season against the Fighting Saints, while netminder Liz Shutte scored her second victory in as many starts versus the Cougars.