What’s not to like about sports? Try these

  Sports fans are a faithful — some might even say brainwashed — bunch.
  That shouldn’t be surprising, seeing as how “fan” is only a few letters removed from “fanatic,” which is another word for “extremist.” Where does the brainwashed part come in? Well, it simply means we’re gullible and likely to buy whatever bill of goods the athletic world is peddling with little or no resistance on our part.
  Sometimes that refers to exorbitant prices, like the $20 cup of hot chocolate in a commemorative cup that was available for purchase at MetLife Stadium during the Super Bowl. Other times, it means blindly accepting an inferior product — think 2013 Cubs and White Sox — without any thought of abandoning ship for a more worthwhile option, which in a baseball sense could be anything from the Windy City Thunderbolts to teams in the Palos Baseball Organization.

Girls’ basketball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Lady Mustangs climb over .500 mark

  As Evergreen Park prepares for the start of the state tournament in less than two weeks, coach Bruce Scaduto is hoping the Lady Mustangs can enter it with both a positive attitude and winning record.
  Evergreen has each trait going for it at the moment. Ledger-wise, the Lady Mustangs climbed over the .500 mark last Friday by edging Shepard 51-49 in a South Suburban Conference Red contest.
  Maddie Bojacek’s two free throws with 10 seconds remaining provided Evergreen’s margin of victory. Erica Carridine led a balanced Lady Mustangs attack with 13 points, while Nicole Larkin and Megan Pfister joined her in double figures by scoring 12 and 11 points, respectively.

SXU sports summary

PUC halts Cougars women’s win streak

  One week later, another string got snapped.
  St. Xavier University’s men’s basketball team saw a 17-game unbeaten streak come to an end on Feb. 1, when Cardinal Stritch scored its second victory of the year over the Cougars. SXU’s women, however, cleared the Stritch hurdle that same day and brought with them into last week a lengthy win skein of their own.
  Undefeated since the end of November, the female Cougars’ 16-game run of excellence might have been enough to psychologically overwhelm some foes. Purdue University Calumet players, however, were not fazed by NAIA Division II No. 6-ranked SXU.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Chief nemesis strikes Cyclones down again

  Once again, Moraine Valley College had to hail the Chiefs.
  The Cyclones women have only lost two Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference basketball games this winter, but both losses were doled out by Waubonsee College. And by virtue of their 68-59 victory last Thursday, the Chiefs avoided giving up a share of first place to Moraine in the league standings.
  This latest Waubonsee conquest had its roots in a 28-9 getaway for the Chiefs. An 11-4 run over the final five minutes of the first half brought the Cyclones within a dozen at the break, but Moraine never got closer than six after that. Waubonsee slammed the door on the Cyclones with some late free throws.
  Four Moraine players tallied in double figures, with Nariman Jaber, Jamilla Jones and Katie McGann all registering 11 points and Maggie Yandel tossing in 10. Jones also grabbed 13 rebounds, while Jaber contributed 11 boards and six blocks in addition to her scoring.

Community sports news

National Signing Day busy for local athletes

 With Marist’s Nic Weishar’s official commitment to Notre Dame highlighting the list of local decisions, a number of local high school athletes made National Signing Day a busy day.
  Weishar, a three-time all-area football selection of this paper, was a Parade magazine All-American as a senior and took part in last month’s Army All-American game in Texas. Other RedHawks gridders signing college letters of intent were defensive linemen Marcus Pitts (Robert Morris University), Isaiah Bickhem (Concordia University-St. Paul) and Adam Miller (Concordia-St. Paul), quarterback Jack Donegan (John Carroll University), linebacker David Nelson (St. Joseph’s College), offensive lineman Mitch Schleyer (University of Dayton) and punter Ryan Tucker (University of Illinois).