Doubling their pleasure

  • Written by Ken Karson

Eagles collect pair of SWSC Blue victories

  By double digits, Sandburg doubled its pleasure last week.
  Coming off a rugged stretch of schedule that pitted his team against five straight quality opponents, Eagles coach Todd Allen was simply hoping for a bit of an easier time. He wasn’t expecting Sandburg to breeze past either Lincoln-Way East or Joliet Central, but based on earlier returns, Allen felt the Eagles should very definitely be strong contenders in both SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue contests.
  They had, in fact, defeated the Griffins in a previous matchup. The outcome wasn’t as favorable versus the Steelmen, but that was mostly due to an inopportune scoring drought that plagued Sandburg and turned a five-point deficit into an eventual 17-point loss.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

For the first time in a decade, Sandburg’s boys’ swim program failed to capture a conference championship as it finished second to Stagg at Saturday’s SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue meet at Lockport.

  But despite the broken streak, Eagles coach Jim Caliendo did not express any disappointment in his youthful team’s exhibition. Instead, he is looking forward to the forthcoming sectional and the future beyond that.
  Senior Dean Boures captured the diving competition for Sandburg with a score of 392.25 points. Also in the victory mix were upperclassmen David Apps (200-yard individual medley and 100-butterfly) and Zach Roper (500 IM).
  Equally noteworthy were the efforts of underclassmen who have been solid for Sandburg all season long: freshman Dylan Comiskey (100-breakstroke), sophomore Joshua Lang (100-breaststroke and 100-butterfly), and sophomore Kevin Stratton, who finished second in the 100-backstroke at conference.
  “We were pleased with our performance on Saturday,” Caliendo said. “We have a young squad, [but] I felt throughout the whole season, and especially at the conference meet, that the kids competed hard. I’m proud of our young guys for dropping time.”

Staging a three-for-all

  • Written by Ken Karson

Long-range shooting carries Vikes past Astros

  St. Laurence went the distance last Tuesday night by moving farther away from the basket.
  The Vikings attempted plenty of shots inside the 3-point arc against visiting Shepard, of course, but they fired off just as many from beyond it and attained an equal amount of success. Four 3s, deposited by a quartet of players, got St. Laurence off and running in the first period, and the 16-8 lead it held put the Astros in chase mode almost from the get-go.
  Shepard narrowed a double-digit gap to six points late in the third stanza, but two Vikings buckets — one of them a 3-ball — sandwiched an Astros turnover and created an 11-point cushion for the hosts by the break. From there, St. Laurence completed its run to a 62-56 win.

Painting a winning picture

  • Written by Ken Karson

Spartans sneak past Reavis in ‘Relay for Life’ game

  In recognition of its annual “Relay For Life” fund-raising event, Oak Lawn made purple the dominant color in its gymnasium Friday night.
  Then the basketball-playing Spartans proceeded to leave visiting Reavis in a blue funk.
  With an enthusiastic home crowd urging it on, Oak Lawn went toe-to-toe with the Rams from beginning to end before finally giving its guests the boot. Joe Cosenza, recently inserted into the Spartans’ starting lineup, stepped forward with a huge defensive play at the 15-second mark to tilt momentum his team’s way.


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.