Day of (Hoops) reckoning

  • Written by Ken Karson

Eagles overcome Crete-Monee in 2 OT 

  A day of hoops ultimately became a day of reckoning for Crete-Monee.
  Actually, Sandburg made sure the Warriors’ entire experience at Joliet Central’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Hoops event last Monday was more nightmarish than anything else. The Eagles did that by expunging Crete’s seven-point advantage in the fourth quarter and eventually getting the last say in a 75-65 double-overtime final.
  The victory was Sandburg’s second in three days, coming on the heels of a defeat of SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue rival Stagg the Saturday before at the United Center.
  “It was a tough game to get up for,” Eagles coach Todd Allen said of the matchup with the Warriors. “We were pretty pleased to come away with the win there.”
  That success became possible after Alec Martinez’s 3-point basket put Sandburg ahead to stay less than a half-minute into the second extra session. Following that field goal, the Eagles did much of their handiwork from the foul line — they went 16-of-18 at the stripe in the two overtime periods — and managed to keep Crete at arm’s length.

Girls’ basketball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Screeching Eagles want to soar higher

  When Mt. Assisi captured its first-ever regional title last season, it was accomplished primarily by a group of players who weren’t upperclassmen.
  Now, as a half-dozen seniors among a roster of 13 prepare to compete soon in the state tournament and take aim at a second regional crown, Screeching Eagles coach Kelsey James wonders what else her club might be able to achieve in the postseason.


Another bowl — isn’t that Super?

  And now, let us prepare once again for the biggest winter holiday of them all.
  Christmas and New Year’s get the lion’s share of publicity, of course, but maybe that’s because they had such a head start. While 1967 seems like a long journey into yesterday for some folks, it was still recent enough in history to where there isn’t a BC or AD attached to the date.
  At the time of its origination, the newcomer wasn’t considered that big a deal. In the 47 years since, however, it has gained worldwide renown. And unlike the other two seasonal holidays, it brings together people of very disparate backgrounds — Jews, Christians and atheists all partake of it with equal fervor, as do both consumers of alcohol and teetotalers.
  Yes, I think it’s safe to say that the Super Bowl is, at least in an unofficial sense, as celebrated a holiday as any other on the calendar.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

On the winning track

  Two in a row.
  That’s routine to some teams, but for Trinity Christian College’s men’s basketball squad, it represented a breakthrough. The Trolls picked up their second straight victory in an 84-70 trouncing of Purdue University Calumet last Wednesday, the first time this season they’ve scored back-to-back wins.
  A 50-33 margin in the second half made the difference. Trinity ignored the Peregrines’ 15-4 ledger, and senior Jake Van Den Berg’s 27-point half — he totaled 31 points for the game on 9-of-12 shooting, which included a 5-of-6 performance from 3-point range — carried the Trolls to their biggest triumph of the year.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Shepard’s boys’ swim team dropped a 117-69 South Suburban Conference dual meet to Tinley Park last week before grabbing second place at its own 10-team invitational on Friday.

  The Astros’ Sanders Yu was a two-time winner versus the Titans as he touched out first in both the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 7.09 seconds) and 200-individual medley (2:13.01). Single-event victors were diver Tyler Timmer (195.80 points) and Hayden Wiest in the 100-backstroke (1:00.54).
  Wiest’s triumph in the 100-butterfly (59.26) and his runner-up finish in the 100-backstroke (59.09) were key elements in Shepard’s performance at its invitational. Also contributing to the Astros’ 269-point total were Yu and Zach Sierzega.