• Written by Tim Cronin

Four-point loss to Benedictine keeps Trolls losing streak going

  Two losses. One that counts.
  Any way it’s calculated, it was not a great finish to 2013, nor a scintillating start to 2014 for Trinity Christian’s men’s basketball team.
  The loss that counts — Saturday’s 72-68 defeat at Benedictine in Springfield — could have been Trinity’s game to win. The 10 lead changes saw the Trolls ahead for most of the second half. Only with 5:14 to go, when Benedictine tied the game, did Trinity finally surrender control.
  It stayed that way, the Trolls chasing but not catching. As a result, the Trolls fell to 4-12, with a string of defeats going back to mid-December.
  The skein is three straight losses, four if the 89-71 defeat on New Year’s Eve at Lewis, an NCAA Division II squad, is factored in. The Trolls label the game as an exhibition, the Flyers as one that counted (and moved them to 8-0 this season). Even without that contest, Trinity stood 4-12 going into Wednesday’s CCAC showdown with neighborhood rival St. Xavier.

Girls roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Stagg passes its first 2014 test with big win over L-Way West

  Starting 2014 off with a win in the record book was a top priority to Stagg Coach Bill Turner, and Friday’s contest against Lincoln-Way West was the test.
  The Chargers started off strong and built an early lead; however their opponent battled back and cut the deficit to six and it would be from the free throw line where victory would be sealed.
  Stagg was a perfect 8 of 8 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter and 15 of 18 for the game, and it helped preserve a 48-35 victory.
  Hannah Henderson (11 points, four assists), Kate Adams (10 points), Casey McMahon (eight points, six rebounds, six assists, three steals) and Mia DiGiacomo (six points, 14 rebounds, four blocks) led Stagg (6-7).

Top 10 Stories Of 2013

  • Written by Jeff Vorva

Triumphs. Disappointments.

 The area had no shortage of drama and excitement in 2013 with teams and individuals going deep into state and national tournaments and making waves on the professional level.

  Here is a look at the top 10 sports stories from the Reporter and Regional area.

1. Macs Mighty again
  Mother McAuley’s girls volleyball team won its 14th Illinois High School Association state championship Nov. 16 but just its first since 2004. That’s the longest stretch the school has gone without a title.
  The Mighty Macs knocked off two-time defending Class 4A state champion Benet 25-22, 25-19 at Illinois State University in Normal. The team finished 40-2 with both losses coming to out-of-state teams.
  Coach Jen DeJarld called it “an amazing season.”
  “There is such an incredible satisfaction in what this team accomplished by keeping focused throughout the season from Aug. 14 through Nov. 16.”
  Kayla Caffey and Mallory Maxwell each led the Macs with eight kills while the coach’s daughter, Ryann DeJarld, added seven and Kelsey Clark six in the state championship match.


Nothing phone-y about this competition

(Reprinted from Sept. 13, 2012)

  Alexander Graham Bell is probably turning over in his grave right about now.
  Then again, maybe he’s known about this for a while and already completed his post-burial, human tilt-a-whirl reaction. After all, the activity that would cause such a dramatic response has been going on for over a decade.
  News of it has only recently come my way, which I’d normally be embarrassed to admit. However, there’ve been more important stories to pursue, and even the most intrepid news gatherer can’t be everywhere at once, can he?

SXU women

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Cougars women go 8-0 in December

  For the St. Xavier women’s basketball team, December has been an undefeated month — which was capped off this weekend with a pair of victories at the two-day SXU Holiday Classic at the Shannon Center in Chicago.
  The Cougars began the tournament with 76-66 victory over Ashford University on Saturday and followed that up with a 70-48 win over Lourdes University of Ohio on Sunday to extend their current winning streak to eight games and an 8-0 mark in December.
  In the win over Ashford, junior forward Morgan Stuut scored 32 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the No. 8-ranked SXU. Stuut posted team-bests of 16 points, 19 rebounds, four steals and two blocks in the victory over Lourdes University.
  But what has been a hallmark in the Cougars 13-3 season, as well as in the two weekend wins, is the continued contributions from multiple players. A total of 11 players scored against Lourdes, and nine players scored against Ashford.