Growth spurt

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Knights rally vs. Mustangs

  The pains associated with growth made themselves crystal clear to Chicago Christian last Tuesday.
  Specifically, it was during the third quarter of the Knights’ clash with Evergreen Park in Palos Heights that Christian’s youth wasn’t served well. An unsightly 10 turnovers, several of which led to Mustangs baskets, hampered the Knights in that period and turned a once-comfortable double-digit lead into a slight deficit.
  “We just took the proverbial shot to the gut,” Christian coach Kevin Pittman said. “Athlete-to-athlete, we don’t stack up to Evergreen, but a lot of the wounds we suffered were self-inflicted through [things like] poor decisions and poor closeouts. In our estimation, we were in control of the game before that.”


Come on now, who is he Kidd-ing?

 Desperate moments drive men into committing desperate acts.
  Certainly, this does not rank as a revelatory statement, but it’s still one that bears repeating from time to time simply because there is no foreseeable end to man’s — and occasionally woman’s — strange behavior.
  In Washington D.C., that’s referred to as everyday business as usual, but the rest of the country generally adheres to a slightly higher code of ethical conduct. Thus, the majority of us tend to be taken aback whenever somebody veers off-course.
  Purposefully doing something wrong while in full view of witnesses is really pretty dumb, but again we must consider the desperation angle. And few people are motivated by that trait more than those individuals in the sports world.

Girls’ basketball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Mighty Macs right on track

  In assessing her team’s performance after a pair of convincing wins last week, Mother McAuley coach Ashley Luke-Clanton is convinced that Mighty Macs players are starting to figure each other out and learning how to play together.
  That conviction could hardly be debated after McAuley cruised to a 62-43 victory over Providence Catholic on Tuesday and then defeated Stagg 56-39 on Thursday to improve to 6-2 on the young season.
  Elizabeth Nye finished with 13 points, seven assists and five rebounds to lead the Macs past the Lady Celtics, but McAuley also received double-doubles from Jasma Williams (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Erin Drynan (14 points, 14 rebounds). The outcome of the game was pretty much decided in the first six minutes.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

 Any quality bowling team boasts a lineup that generally receives significant contributions from all five of its members.

  For Shepard’s boys’ squad, three steady players — junior Brandon Deitz and sophomores Eric Walters and Matt Shaw — have helped the Astros to a 4-3 start and given them a fighting chance of ultimately winning the South Suburban Conference Red title.
  But Shepard coach Simeon Shama knows the Astros will need input from his fourth and fifth bowlers on a steady basis if they are to triumph in the Red. Shepard split a pair of conference matches last week.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Women’s win over Triton highlights hoops week

  The highs were few for Moraine Valley College basketball teams last week, but the Cyclones’ one success certainly was impressive.
  Moraine’s female hoopsters collected it, and they did it in devastating fashion as the Cyclones steamrolled Triton College 87-38 last Thursday in Palos Hills. Moraine held its guests to 14 first-half points, which allowed the home team to construct an insurmountable 31-point advantage after 20 minutes.
  Maggie Yandel was an all-around performer for the Cyclones as she totaled a team-best 27 points to go along with seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Jamilla Jones was an able accomplice for Yandel as she broke out of a recent slump by posting a double-double of 11 points and 17 rebounds.