It’s a perfect 9 for EP

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Mustangs complete unbeaten season

  Call it a perfect nine.
  Despite some narrow escapes along the way, Evergreen Park completed its first unbeaten regular season in 19 years by downing Reavis 50-13 Friday night in Burbank. The outcome of the South Suburban Conference Red contest deprived the Rams of a postseason berth, while the Mustangs garnered the No. 1 seed in the upper bracket of the 32-school Class 4A tournament field.
  Evergreen, which reigned as the outright SSC Red champion, hosts Richmond-Burton Saturday night in a first-round playoff game. This will be the third consecutive year the two squads have squared off against each other in the tourney, with the upcoming tilt representing the rubber game between them.


Taking the bad with the worse

A reputation takes years to build up, but just minutes to tear down.
  I’m not sure who first said that, or even if my summation is word-for-word precise, but it definitely rings true. And once that reputation gets soiled, there may not be enough personal cleansing that can be done to completely remove all the grime.
  There are occasional exceptions — one business-world example involves the drug Tylenol. Tampered-with bottles of the product resulted in seven deaths in 1982, which prompted major changes in how Tylenol is packaged.
  In the incident’s aftermath, many people assumed the harm done to Tylenol’s name would be irreparable, but miraculously, it wasn’t. Not only that, but Tylenol gradually regained enough public trust to where it has again become one of the most popular choices to combat the pain caused by life’s miseries, such as the acquisition of a bad reputation.
  On an individual level, man typically possesses the need to feel loved and, by extension, thought of highly. This often results in him engaging in embarrassing sycophantic displays that never turn out well.

Volleyball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

 Lady RedHawks wrap up undefeated ESCC season

  From the moment she became Marist’s head volleyball coach, Julie Popp-Hopkins had specific goals in mind for her squad in 2013.
  The first of those was becoming the undefeated East Suburban Catholic Conference champion, and that goal was reached last Wednesday in Mount Greenwood. There, the Lady RedHawks downed Bishop McNamara 25-10, 25-6 to wrap up a perfect league season.
  Bridget Krasowski was a major contributor for Marist (25-9, 9-0) as she served nine aces and put down four kills. Also getting involved in a measurable way were Molly Mayo (11 assists, five digs), Carolyn Yerkes (five digs), Shannon McKevitt (five aces), and Ann Marie Stifter (nine kills).
  “It was a great night for the girls,” Popp-Hopkins said. “That was really a great experience for the girls. I’m super-happy for them.
  “And it was great that we clinched the conference championship in our last home [match], and on Senior Night. So that was a very special night for the team.”
  The previous evening, the Lady RedHawks outlasted host Carmel 25-20, 25-23 in another ESCC clash. Yerkes finished with 23 digs for Marist, Stifter added nine kills, and Cameron Enright totaled eight kills and 14 digs.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Season over for Cyclones men’s soccer team

 After regulation and two overtime periods, it came down to penalty kicks.

 And then Moraine Valley College got kicked out of the Region IV playoffs.

  The Cyclones men’s soccer team battled McHenry College on even terms for as long as it could, but the latter used an edge in penalty kicks to knock off Moraine last Wednesday. The Cyclones had defeated McHenry 2-1 during the regular season.
  While the 2013 campaign ended earlier than Moraine players and coaches had wished, it was a successful one for the most part. The Cyclones went 9-6-1 a year after posting a sub-.500 ledger, and their 4-3 mark within the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference gave them a second-place finish there.
  “Coming in second was good,” Moraine head coach Chuck Bales said. “This year, my main goal was to erase the trauma of last season, get back to winning in the correct way and play good soccer.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Stagg qualified the most athletes for last week’s state tennis tournament, but it was District 230 sister school Sandburg that claimed the only first-round success.

  The Lady Eagles’ doubles tandem of Priya Sharma-Allia Abunaim triumphed in their opening match last Friday, as they defeated Lincoln-Way East’s Stefanie Hunniford-Jacqui Michuda 6-4, 6-2. That was to be the extent of their success, though, as Lyons Township’s Jillian Kaehler-Maggie Schwartz (6-4, 6-2) and Deerfield’s Jessie Arenson-Ariel Lozovsky (6-0, 6-0) administered setbacks to Sharma-Abunaim in the second round of the championship and consolation brackets, respectively.
  Sandburg’s other state entry, singles player Molly Traverso, fell in succession to St. Ignatius’ Carla O’Bryne (6-3, 6-2) and Oak Park-River Forest’s Jasmine Owens (6-3, 6-2).
  Representing Stagg were singles players Nicole Pamphilis and Jillian Atkenson, and the doubles pair of Leeza Bodnar-Silvia Kulbokas.
  After suffering an opening 6-2, 6-2 loss to Carmel’s Christina Rao, Pamphilis roared back to claim a pair of consolation victories. She beat Triad’s Kylie McCarthy (6-3, 7-6 (2)) and Hersey’s Ana Karpetiani (5-7, 6-3, 6-3) before running afoul of Geneseo’s Michelle Legatzke (6-1, 6-3) in the third consolation round.
  Atkenson scored one consolation-bracket victory, 6-3, 6-2 over Immaculate Conception’s Kelley Hodyl, to salvage her appearance at state. Atkenson suffered defeats against Mount Carmel’s Tyra Buss (6-0, 6-0) and University High’s Dhanya Asokumar (6-1, 6-2) in her two other matches.
  Bodnar-Kulbokas matched Pamphilis by succeeding twice after falling to a first-round loss. Following a 6-2, 6-2 shortcoming versus Edwardsville’s Morgan Colbert-Maddie Lombardi, Bodnar-Kulbokas rallied to take down Elgin’s Kayla Schwan-Emma May (6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-2) and East Peoria’s Kylie Giebelhausen-Sarah Kurth (6-3, 6-3) in consecutive encounters.
  The Stagg duo’s stay at state ended in their fourth match, which went the way of Rockford Guilford’s Lilly Endsley-Linnea Endsley by a 6-0, 6-2 count.