Woods leaves ’em lost

  • Written by Ken Karrson

QB’s exploits carry Raiders over Eagles

  Getting lost in the woods is a somewhat common occurrence for characters in fables and fairy tales.
  The scene shifted to a football field Friday night, but the storyline remained the same: Woods caused Sandburg to lose its way, too.
  Quincy Woods wasn’t the only one responsible for sending the Eagles in a wayward direction, but the Bolingbrook quarterback certainly played a starring role in Sandburg’s eventual misfortune. By rushing for 177 yards on 20 carries and tallying three touchdowns, Woods inflicted the most pain on the Eagles at Seliga Field.
  Sandburg’s defense did a credible job of preventing the Raiders from running the score up much higher, but its offense was unable to follow suit with an equally productive performance. Already without starting quarterback Sean Leland, the Eagles lost backup signal-caller Julian Gutierrez (shoulder) and first-string tailback Brian Langowski (possible concussion) during their encounter with SouthWest Suburban Conference-Blue leading Bolingbrook and simply didn’t have enough firepower to seriously challenge the Raiders.
  Instead, Sandburg got tagged with a 35-6 loss. While the setback didn’t shut them out of the Class 8A tournament, it did relegate the Eagles (5-4, 4-3) to a first-round date at Homewood-Flossmoor this Friday.

Finished, but just getting started

  • Written by Ken Karrson

After loss to H-F, Chargers looking forward to 2014

 The end is just the beginning for Stagg.

  Thanks to a 42-14 loss to Homewood-Flossmoor Friday night in Palos Hills, the Chargers couldn’t advance into the state playoffs for the first time in eight years. However, Stagg came much closer to doing so than almost anybody could have imagined back in August.
  “We played meaningful games in October,” first-year coach Mike Fahey said. “It was a positive year [because of that].”
  In fact, had a controversial finish at Lockport not gone against Stagg on the last Friday in September, the Chargers would have had the requisite five victories to become eligible for the postseason. And with 37 playoff points in hand at the end of Week 9, Stagg likely would have garnered an invitation.

It’s a perfect 9 for EP

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Mustangs complete unbeaten season

  Call it a perfect nine.
  Despite some narrow escapes along the way, Evergreen Park completed its first unbeaten regular season in 19 years by downing Reavis 50-13 Friday night in Burbank. The outcome of the South Suburban Conference Red contest deprived the Rams of a postseason berth, while the Mustangs garnered the No. 1 seed in the upper bracket of the 32-school Class 4A tournament field.
  Evergreen, which reigned as the outright SSC Red champion, hosts Richmond-Burton Saturday night in a first-round playoff game. This will be the third consecutive year the two squads have squared off against each other in the tourney, with the upcoming tilt representing the rubber game between them.


Taking the bad with the worse

A reputation takes years to build up, but just minutes to tear down.
  I’m not sure who first said that, or even if my summation is word-for-word precise, but it definitely rings true. And once that reputation gets soiled, there may not be enough personal cleansing that can be done to completely remove all the grime.
  There are occasional exceptions — one business-world example involves the drug Tylenol. Tampered-with bottles of the product resulted in seven deaths in 1982, which prompted major changes in how Tylenol is packaged.
  In the incident’s aftermath, many people assumed the harm done to Tylenol’s name would be irreparable, but miraculously, it wasn’t. Not only that, but Tylenol gradually regained enough public trust to where it has again become one of the most popular choices to combat the pain caused by life’s miseries, such as the acquisition of a bad reputation.
  On an individual level, man typically possesses the need to feel loved and, by extension, thought of highly. This often results in him engaging in embarrassing sycophantic displays that never turn out well.

Volleyball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

 Lady RedHawks wrap up undefeated ESCC season

  From the moment she became Marist’s head volleyball coach, Julie Popp-Hopkins had specific goals in mind for her squad in 2013.
  The first of those was becoming the undefeated East Suburban Catholic Conference champion, and that goal was reached last Wednesday in Mount Greenwood. There, the Lady RedHawks downed Bishop McNamara 25-10, 25-6 to wrap up a perfect league season.
  Bridget Krasowski was a major contributor for Marist (25-9, 9-0) as she served nine aces and put down four kills. Also getting involved in a measurable way were Molly Mayo (11 assists, five digs), Carolyn Yerkes (five digs), Shannon McKevitt (five aces), and Ann Marie Stifter (nine kills).
  “It was a great night for the girls,” Popp-Hopkins said. “That was really a great experience for the girls. I’m super-happy for them.
  “And it was great that we clinched the conference championship in our last home [match], and on Senior Night. So that was a very special night for the team.”
  The previous evening, the Lady RedHawks outlasted host Carmel 25-20, 25-23 in another ESCC clash. Yerkes finished with 23 digs for Marist, Stifter added nine kills, and Cameron Enright totaled eight kills and 14 digs.