Beaten at their own game

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Fast-strike JCA zooms past RedHawks

 Scoring points in bunches has been a key ingredient of Marist’s success during the Pat Dunne coaching era.

  Friday night in Joliet, however, the tables got turned. Instead of benefiting from that kind of offensive barrage, the RedHawks were beleaguered by it, courtesy of Joliet Catholic Academy.
  After spotting Marist leads of 14-0 and 21-7, the Hilltoppers scaled Comeback Mountain. They were tied with their guests at halftime, and three fast strikes in the third quarter then put the hosts firmly in command.
  The RedHawks managed to tally just once over the last 24 minutes and, as a result, got tagged with a 49-27 setback in the East Suburban Catholic Conference encounter at Memorial Stadium.
  “I’ve got to give Joliet Catholic credit — they did play well on both sides of the ball,” Dunne said. “Our guys’ effort was great, but we have faced some great teams and great players [this season], and we have to develop some [defensive] consistency. We’ve got to carry it to where we’re consistently putting [opponents] in [difficult] third-down and fourth-down situations.”
  Marist’s defense had its moments, particularly early on. And the RedHawks’ offense gave it a lead to protect right away, as Flynn Nagel (29-yard pass from Jack Donegan) and Peter Andreotti (6-yard run) scored on consecutive series.


Here’s to our health — and someone else’s wealth

  Seeing as how illness can no longer be inexpensively remedied — and the so-called “Affordable Health Care Act” won’t change that — I suppose all of us should be concentrating more on improved health.

  This would be simple if not for one thing: life. It’s certainly preferable to death, but life does throw us some curveballs, many of which induce stress. Too much stress is a whole lot worse on a person’s system than too much bacon.
  And speaking of food, eating nutritiously, though advisable, is not feasible for many folks unless Congress also decides to someday ram an “Affordable Food Cost Act” down our throats.
  Going green describes my facial color when I look at the price tags attached to some of these healthier-lifestyle food options. Personally, I don’t see the rationale in taking out a loan just to purchase an organically grown head of cauliflower.

Volleyball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Homecoming doesn’t hamper Lady Spartans

  Despite seeing his team win nine of its first 12 matches, Oak Lawn coach Dennis McNamara wasn’t quite sure what to expect from his athletes during homecoming week.
  Making it a particularly big concern was the fact the Lady Spartans would be pitted against neighborhood and South Suburban Conference Red rival Richards last Tuesday. But while Oak Lawn wasn’t at the top of its game, it still had enough firepower to ward off the Lady Bulldogs and stay firmly in the hunt for first place in the divisional standings.
  Sparking the Lady Spartans’ 25-23, 29-27 conquest were the trio of Becky Bradshaw, Simona Tomczak and Christina Egan. Bradshaw recorded 13 kills and five digs, Tomczak delivered nine kills and 10 digs, and Egan passed out 23 assists to help Oak Lawn make it through two tough sets with Richards.
  “Being homecoming week, I really didn’t know what mentality we would bring to the match,” McNamara said. “I was hoping that it being our crosstown rival that we would play up to the challenge — and they did.
  “Richards played a great match, too. Things went back and forth, but fortunately [for us], we came out at the end of the match on top. We were just hoping to survive the homecoming week and, hopefully, move on to bigger and better things.”

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

 Although boasting a roster of just a dozen swimmers, Stagg is making waves on both an individual and team level in the early weeks of the season while setting its sights on realizing postseason goals.

  For sure, the Lady Chargers are making a believer out of coach Frank Muchna, who watched his squad improve to 5-0 in dual meets this fall with a 105-80 SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue victory over Homewood-Flossmoor last Thursday. Sophomore Natalie Graves, who competed on Stagg’s varsity squad last season, won the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 2.65 seconds, and also helped the Lady Chargers prevail in the 200-free relay and 400-free relays in respective times of 1:47.57 and 3:55.52.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Cyclones golfers settle for second

 First place was within reach, but second place is what Moraine Valley College golfers had to settle for last Monday.

  By winding up sixth in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference meet on Elgin College’s home course, the Cyclones finished as conference runner-up for the season overall. While several near misses in earlier tournaments ultimately proved costly to Moraine’s quest for ISCC supremacy, coach Bob Freudenthal had no complaints.
  “Second place isn’t chopped liver — it was a respectable conference season for us,” he said. “We came in first a few times, played well and were good enough to win, but just didn’t get it done.
  “It’s been a crazy year, just topsy-turvy. We’d miss a placement by one shot, then come back the next week. Golf is a streaky game — you’re on top one day and at the bottom the next.”
  On a perfect day weather-wise, Sandburg grad Jeff Cizek’s season-low 78 led the Cyclones and put him two shots ahead of Jack Misheck. Joe Knight carded an 81 and Shepard alumnus Pat Neylon completed Moraine’s scoring with his round of 90.
  Knight, Misheck and Neylon all garnered all-conference recognition for their season-long work. Knight’s per-round average of 78 ranked fifth among ISCC golfers, while Misheck and Neylon were eighth and 10th with respective averages of 78.5 and 79.
  While the conference portion of their schedule has been completed, the Cyclones’ season continues with appearances in a few more invitationals and then the Region IV Tournament.