SXU men

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

SXU men claim tourney title


  After posting two big-scoring efforts in the first two games of the SXU Midwest Tournament, the St. Xavier men’s basketball team kept its offensive groove on track, enroute to an 85-76 victory over Bellevue University on December 23 at the Shannon Center in Chicago.
  Capping the championship game of the tournament with 23 points and 10 rebounds, senior guard Brad Karp earned the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award in leading No. 10 ranked Cougars to the championship on Bob Hallberg Court.
  “Bellevue is a very good team,” St. Xavier Coach Tom O’Malley said. “They were a 10-2 team coming in that beat a 10-4 team and a 10-2 team. We played them well. We had multiple substitutes, and we played a very good second half. We we’re down by seven at halftime and had a nine-point advantage in the second half.
  “Brad Karp was instrumental again for us. He had a great game overall. He had 12 points at the half and 11 points and seven rebounds in the second half. We had a lot of contributions and five guys in double figures.”

EP girls

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Mustangs boosted by Ag School title, Larkin named tourney MVP

  Before Evergreen Park went 3-1 this past week on its way to capturing to the Agriculture Science School Tournament this past week, the team experienced a much-needed confidence boost Dec. 20 in a big win over Lemont.
  And to hear head Coach Bruce Scadutotell it, he said that win served as a catalyst for the Lady Mustangs success this past week.
  Evergreen Park began the tournament with a 55-29 victory over Bremen on Monday and followed it up with a 55-15 win over Perspectives Math and Science on Thursday. After a 39-36 setback against the hosts on Friday, the Mustangs prevailed over Longwood 67-34 in the championship on Saturday. Nicole Parker was named the tournament MVP.

Girls Roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

A shot away from perfection

Eagles win two but suffer heartbreaking loss at Hillcrest

  Sandburg’s girls basketball team went 2-1 at this past weekend’s Hillcrest Holiday Classic, falling just a basket short of going undefeated.
  Sandburg opened the tournament with a 47-46 victory over T.F North last Thursday, as Kate Ruzevich’s free throw with no time remaining lifted Sandburg in the first-round victory. The Eagles were led in scoring by Sam Youngwirth (15 points) and Julia Ruzevich (10).
  Later that day, Sandburg played the host Hawks down to wire before being defeated 66-65 by a layup with two seconds left by Shayla Joyner in the second-round contest.
  The Eagles were led by Youngwirth (20 points), Jessica Merino (14 points) and Victoria Stavropoulos (10 points, 10 rebounds).
  Sandburg trailed 64-57 with 1:10 remaining when Merino turned a rebound into two fouls shots that began a seven-point game-tying burst.
  With 11.1 seconds left, Stavropoulos canned two free throws for Sandburg, which rallied from as much as a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to take the lead before Hillcrest’s last second heroics.

It’s one last ride for Dooley

  • Written by Jeff Vorva

St. Xavier baseball coach will hang it up after 22 years and assistant will take over

  He has been a head coach for more than 20 seasons.
  He has racked up more than 700 victories.
  He helped send 20 players to the professional ranks and 17 were named national scholar-athletes.
  Now Palos Heights resident and head St. Xavier baseball coach Mike Dooley will have one more ride before calling it a career. Dooley announced he will retire after the 2014 campaign — his 22nd year at the helm.

R and R against Richards

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Rice and Rubio knock off area’s last unbeaten team

  Sitting on a 3-4 record coming into a Dec. 17 showdown with Richards, Brother Rice was looking for an opportunity to bounce back from a tough loss in the previous week at the expense of an undefeated team.

  Against the 7-0 Bulldogs, it didn’t take the Crusaders a lot of time to establish themselves offensively.
  Brother Rice used a strong second quarter to establish a 12-point halftime lead and extended that lead to 23 points with 4 minutes, 15 left seconds in the third before eventually prevailing 78-67 in a nonconference game in Chicago.