Don’t look for the union label here

Want to start a disagreement fast? Broach the subject of labor unions with someone.
Only the most naive individual would suggest that unions weren’t a much-needed entity once upon a time. Their formation allowed American workers to rise above the sweat-shop conditions favored by most employers more than a century ago and begin enjoying workplace rights most of us now take for granted.
It’s pretty safe to say we’ve all benefited from that early unionization movement, whether we’ve ever actually joined a particular local or not. That said, however, opposition to unions has grown strong in large segments of the private sector over the years, the main complaint being the organizations’ typical reluctance to practice the dual arts of negotiation and compromise when attempting to forge labor agreements on their members’ behalf.

Girls’ basketball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Mighty Macs not to be ‘de-Nye-d’

  When Mother McAuley’s Elizabeth Nye suffered a concussion in the Mighty Macs’ recent setback against neighborhood rival Marist and was out of action for a week, it had an adverse effect on McAuley in losses to Regina, Trinity and Loyola Academy.
  But Nye was back in the lineup last Wednesday night against Hillcrest, and although it took a half for her to regain her groove as a difference-maker, the Macs were back in form themselves from the get-go as they posted a 61-54 victory over the Lady Hawks in Mount Greenwood.
  Nye, who had been limited to five first-half points, finished with 22 and seven rebounds. Molly O’Malley added 15 points, Raven Willis totaled 14 points and eight rebounds, and Erin Drynan grabbed 10 rebounds for McAuley (15-8), which had lost four of its last five games.

SXU sports summary

Stritch still the (No.) 1

 According to the most recent NAIA Division II poll, only three men’s basketball teams in the nation are superior to St. Xavier University at the moment.
  Much to the Cougars’ chagrin, one of those programs visited the Shannon Center Saturday afternoon. Even worse, it lived up to its lofty billing.
  Defending national champion Cardinal Stritch owns the No. 1 ranking again this season, and it proved its worth against SXU. Having won an earlier Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash with the Cougars, the Wolves were unfazed by the hosts’ 14-point lead nine minutes into the first half.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

SPORTS-WRAP -GIRLICHPhoto by Jeff Vorva: Junior Anna Girlich (middle, with crutches) was one of the favorites to capture the all-around title at last Wednesday’s SWSC gymnastics meet before being sidelined with a knee injury suffered five days earlier.


  All season long, Stagg’s boys’ swim team has been setting both small and big goals. Primary among them are titles in the SouthWest Suburban Conference and sectional meets, and strong representation and a good showing at the state meet.
  The goal-oriented Chargers have been seeing visible fruit. Highlighting their accomplishments to date are a 4-1 conference ledger and first —place finishes at the Downers Grove, Lincoln-Way North and Lockport invitationals.

Community sports news

COMM.-SPORTS 2014-OLOW-8th-Grade---St-MarysSubmitted photo: Our Lady of the Woods’ 8th-grade boys’ basketball team won a tournament title in Mokena.

OLOW boys win hoops tournament
  The Our Lady of the Woods 8th-grade boys’ basketball team captured the championship of the annual St. Mary’s of Mokena-Titan Tourney last weekend.
  OLOW’s roster consisted of Dan Schmidt, John Mahoney, Kyle Madura, Casey Campagna, Josiah Lopez, Joe Potempa, Billy Lovell, Ricky Rietjens, Derek Pietrowski, Pete Fitzpatrick, Drew Badon and Dante Corona. John Pietrowski and Dan Lovell coach the team.