Revenge is sweet

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Astros pay back Rams for 2013 disappointment

What a difference a year makes.
When Shepard last visited Burbank for a baseball game against Reavis, it left with tail tucked firmly between legs. That’s what happens when a huge lead is squandered and, instead of a victory, the would-be winner gets tagged with a gut-wrenching defeat.
While forgetting that recent bit of the past would probably be in the Astros’ best interests, current players made no attempt to run from it while making a return trip to 77th and Austin.
“They all knew about it,” Shepard coach Frank DiFoggio said of last season’s 15-14 setback. “They talked about it on the bus, but they were more joking about it than anything else.”
In some ways, DiFoggio wasn’t shocked at the Astros’ collapse in their 2013 road encounter with the Rams.
“It’s the little shop of horrors over there,” he said with a chuckle. “It’s always tough for us to play there. It always seems like it’s cold, it’s damp and it’s dark there when we play.
“But when we got there on Tuesday, the sun was shining. It was the total opposite of what it usually is, and so was the game.”

Looking ‘Dog(s)gone good

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Richards tops Spartans twice in spotless week

Everyone connected with Richards baseball would love it if the South Suburban Conference Red championship remains in Oak Lawn this spring.
They’d like to see only one change: have ownership of it move a few miles to the south.
Oak Lawn High School is the defending SSC Red kingpin, a point Bulldogs coach Brian Wujcik made sure to emphasize to his athletes prior to last Monday’s confrontation with the Spartans. Part of what pushed Oak Lawn to the top of the divisional standings a year ago was its ability to register a sweep of its two-game neighborhood series.
“All week, we told [our guys], ‘If we want to win, we’ve got to go through them,’” Wujcik said.
So that’s what Richards proceeded to do, albeit in nail-biting fashion. The Bulldogs defeated the Spartans on both Monday and Tuesday, but the latter did not go down easily.
Eight innings, in fact, were needed to settle the issue on Monday. Richards squeezed out a 2-1 victory and then blanked Oak Lawn 5-0 in Tuesday’s rematch. Two days after that, another win was pocketed, as the Bulldogs downed Oak Forest 12-5 in an SSC crossover contest.

Christian crushers

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Knights’ bats lead to three-win week

There was nothing passive about this Christian group.
On the baseball diamond, Chicago Christian baseball players were very much the aggressors last week, at least in three of the team’s four outings. All three of those contests featured the Knights amassing a double-digit number of runs and securing easy victories, starting with a Monday demolition of Walther Christian Academy.
That 10-0 triumph over the Broncos in five innings enabled Chicago Christian to begin its Suburban Christian Conference schedule on a definite high note. And things only got worse for Walther the next day, as it was on the receiving end of a 15-0 beating on its home field in another matchup that ended after just five frames.
“We’ve played 11 games against them in our six years here, and this was the first time we ever 10-runned them,” Knights coach Eric Brauer said. “Three times [previously] we went into extra innings with them. Last year, we were lucky to beat them at their place.
“Walther’s usually really, really competitive. They just don’t have real strong pitching, like they’ve had in the past, and we took advantage. We scored a bunch of runs, which makes winning ballgames a lot easier.”


Shirtless is, then brainless does


Reprinted from
May 19, 2011


Remember Jethro Bodine’s idea for a topless restaurant?
When Bodine, the hulking, dimwitted nephew of millionaire Jed Clampett on the 1960s sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies,” failed in his attempts to become a credible “double-naught spy,” he sought out another career avenue. Born was Bodine the restaurateur, who thought he’d discovered the perfect marketing gimmick for his venture.
Using his uncle’s dough to finance the deal, Jethro decided to open a topless diner. This being the swinging ’60s, the plan made perfect sense except for two things: One of his waitresses was 70-something Granny Moses, and the missing item from each female employee’s ensemble was to be a hat, not a shirt.
That was Jethro’s idea of topless. It was funny then, but when more Bodines are lurking out there and making silly decisions that actually affect people’s lives, the humor content gets drastically reduced.
And it sure sounds as if at least a few Jethros are involved in running the show at Westwood (Mass.) High School. A story that recently appeared in the Westwood Press reported that high school track coach Tom Davis was fired for not making his runners follow a you-must-always-wear-a-shirt edict.
Just to note, Davis is in charge of a boys’ team, not a girls’ one. So why was this even an issue?
Does a double standard exist when it comes to how much clothing a male can remove in public, compared to a female, without spilling over into the lewd category? Of course, but it’s certainly understandable.

SXU sports summary

Kerr earns 12th-place finish for Cougars golfers

There was nothing dirty about this dozen.
Coming in 12th among a group of 81 golfers was an impressive showing for St. Xavier University's James Kerr, particularly when the field featured a number of top NAIA competitors. That's where the senior wound up in at the Midwest Classic, hosted by Indiana Wesleyan University at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis.
Kerr posted a two-day score of 151 at the event, which broke down into individual rounds of a one-over-par 73 on Day 1 and 78 on the second day. That placed him nine shots and 32 places ahead of senior teammate Brendan Ryan, who fired rounds of 78 and 82. Rounding out the Cougars' scoring were freshman Kyle Yaeger (163, 51st place) and freshman Robert Lively (171, 78th).
SXU (643) was 13th in the 16-school tournament. Half of the teams were ranked or had received votes in the most recent NAIA Men's Golf Coaches Top 25 poll.
"With two of our top three golfers out with injuries, we plugged in two of our freshmen, who played well in their first big competition," Cougars coach Mike Mandakas said. "We look to get healthy for our tournament and start preparing for our conference tournament."