Loving a Valentine’s victory

  • Written by Ken Karson

Coach happy as Astros upend SSC Red-leading Bulldogs

Tony Chiuccariello gave thanks on a different holiday than everyone else.
While Shepard’s veteran coach probably expressed gratitude for several things in his life at Thanksgiving, basketball -- and specifically the Astros’ game against rival Richards in the season-opening District 218 Tournament -- likely wasn’t among those items. When the sister schools met the first time, it was all Bulldogs, as the Oak Lawn crew made off with a 28-point triumph.
Since then, Richards has lived a bit of an up-and-down existence on the court, although it has still played well enough to sit atop the South Suburban Conference Red standings. And when they visited Palos Heights Friday night, the Bulldogs had a chance to lock up at least a share of their ninth straight league championship.


Here we go again with things to go away

By now, you’ve seen a sampling of one man’s opinion on what is wrong in the world of sports these days.
Last week in this space, I presented some of my personal peeves, using alphabetical order and listing one item per letter. Obviously, there are other examples I could have cited that would certainly be justified.
Instead of the letter “D” standing for “dunk,” for instance, it could have referred to “day-night doubleheaders,” the greed-driven abomination that many years ago replaced the two-games-for-one-price deal major-league baseball teams typically offered fans almost every summer Sunday. And in the “A” category, “agents” could have easily been substituted for “apology” with no difficulty at all.

Trinity Christian Roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Trolls not in partying mood after ringing up end-of-year setbacks

 Trinity Christian’s men’s basketball team picked up the pace in its last game before Christmas, but could not pick up a victory.

  The Trolls’ run-and-gun contest with Judson finished with the Eagles on the top side of a 98-89 outcome. That dropped Trinity to 4-11 for the season and 0-5 in CCAC competition.
  In some categories, Trinity did everything right. The Trolls held a 42-31 rebounding edge on Judson, and shot 50 percent from the floor, compared to Judson’s 46.7 percent. But Eagles went to the free throw line more often than partygoers return to the buffet, and took advantage, hitting 35 of 42 free-throw attempts, with Turner Schwarz hitting all 13 of his attempts en route to a 31-point game. In comparison, Trinity was only 17-of-26 from the line. Therein was the difference.

Girls’ basketball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Screeching Eagles capture regional championship

When Mt. Assisi coach Kelsey James walked onto the court prior to the start of last Thursday’s Class 2A Lisle Regional championship contest against the host school, she happily admitted that she had never seen Screeching Eagles players as focused on a game.
To be sure, there was some obvious motivation for that level of concentration. Last month came the announcement that Mt. Assisi would be closing at the end of the current school year.
James wasn’t sure if that reality would be enough to elevate her team to victory over the favored Lady Lions. But when the Eagles hoisted their second consecutive regional trophy after stunning the hosts 52-42, it was obvious this Mt. Assisi squad was playing with a confidence level that even has James doing some dreaming.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trolls on the verge of qualification

It comes down to this for Trinity Christian College’s men’s basketball team: Win the last two games and then hope to qualify for the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Trolls came into this past Wednesday’s game against Judson University with a 9-19 overall record and 5-12 league mark. The top 10 teams in the 14-school circuit earn entry into the postseason event. Heading into the current week, 10 programs had a better record than Trinity, including St. Xavier University, Saturday’s foe in the regular-season finale.
Judson entered Wednesday’s contest at 6-22 overall, 3-14 within the CCAC. Nevertheless, this must-win game wasn’t a lock for the Trolls.