An A-plus for the ‘D’

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Bulldogs stay perfect by shutting down Astros

  Score an A-plus for Richards’ “D” Friday night in Palos Heights.
  While the Bulldogs’ offense wasn’t bad, either, Richards coach Tony Sheehan saw enough flaws to resist giving it a similarly high grade. The same thing couldn’t be said of the visitors’ prevention corps, which completely hamstrung host Shepard.
  Already struggling to develop a consistent attack before meeting up with their District 218 and South Suburban Conference Red rival, the Astros found no answers opposite the Bulldogs, who not only pitched a shutout but also held Shepard to less than 70 total yards.
  “Offensively, it’s a tough deal,” said Astros coach Dominic Passolano, whose squad got tagged with a 29-0 setback. “We started to get some drives going, but their linebackers are fast. We’d get to the outside and they’d run us down.”

Taming of the Tigers

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Eagles manage to squeeze past high-powered Joliet Central

  Instead of the usual whip, chair and gun, Sandburg used a forced fumble, interception and unexpectedly robust offense to do some Tiger-taming Saturday afternoon.
  The big cats in question hailed from Joliet West, and the danger they presented to the Eagles was a ferocious passing attack. Tigers quarterback Anthony DiNardo completed 32 of his 55 throws for a whopping 452 yards, numbers that would normally spell disaster for defense-oriented Sandburg.
  “I’m an old-school guy who likes games [with] 14-10 or 17-14 [scores],” Eagles coach Dave Wierzal said. “When you’re doing that last guy-with-the-ball-wins [thing], that’s not what I want.
  “We knew we were facing a team that could generate a lot of offense. Our concern was that it would turn into a shootout and we’d have to outscore them.”
  That’s exactly how the SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue contest shook out, but much to Wierzal’s surprise, his guys were equal to the task. In fact, they were a little better than their high-powered hosts.


At least a few moments worth remembering

  Where were you when?
  That question gets raised every time the anniversary date of a significant world event comes back around. For Baby Boomers, nothing may be more frequently asked than their whereabouts on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
  The first moon landing in 1969 receives similar recall treatment, as does the Challenger explosion in 1986, the latter largely because so many people witnessed the craft’s takeoff on television and then, sadly, its fiery demise.
  Of course, a more recent example of a where-were-you-when moment was the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

At Saturday’s Shepard Doubles Quadrangular, Stagg’s girls played almost perfect tennis while facing off against Chicago Christian, Morton and the host Lady Astros.

  In 18 matches, which encompassed six doubles contests against each school, the Lady Chargers went 17-1 to come away with a dominating team victory. The Lady Knights were second with nine wins, Morton totaled eight and the Lady Astros logged two.
  Stagg’s winners versus Christian included the tandems of Nicole Pamphilis-Jillian Atkenson, who defeated Grace Furlong-Haley Reiher 6-1, 6-3; Leeza Bodnar-Silvia Kulbokas, who topped Rachel Hamstra-Jill Kuipers 7-5, 6-2; and Natalia Rodzyk-Serena George, who prevailed 6-2, 6-0. Also victorious were the teams of Jenny Stamos-Aneta Dziadowiec (7-6 (7-5), 6-3 over Bre Vollan-Kyla Mitchell), Jovia Manolis-Noor Elmosa (7-5, 6-3 over Jill Dowdy-Kayla Bulthuis) and Dovile Guzaskaite-Ashley Dettlaff (6-4, 6-3 over Cali Fiandaca-Ann Tang).

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Marist dodges bullet vs. St. Patrick

  Marist’s defense had no answer for Jeremy Molina Saturday afternoon.
  Luckily for the RedHawks, he also wasn’t the right answer for St. Patrick.
  Certainly, the tailback did more than his fair share on the Shamrocks’ behalf as he accumulated 266 rushing yards on 34 carries and scored twice. But even with key offensive contributions from a couple other sources to augment his efforts, Molina’s sterling exhibition couldn’t dislodge a win from the RedHawks’ grasp.
  Marist pocketed the East Suburban Catholic Conference victory at Hanson Stadium by unleashing a furious offense of its own. While RedHawks running back Peter Andreotti was unable to duplicate Molina’s ground-gaining feats, he did match the latter’s touchdown total by tallying on a 1-yard run and 28-yard reception.
  And with a greater array of weapons at its disposal, Marist managed to survive St. Pat’s massive 512-yard output and return home with a 42-34 triumph in hand. The RedHawks, who the week before had to ward off a serious challenge issued by Nazareth Academy to win another high-scoring matchup by eight points, improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in league encounters.
  Also finding the Shamrocks’ end zone was Jawill Aldridge, whose 87-yard kickoff return shoved the hosts into a hole that proved inescapable. Flynn Nagel caught a 16-yard pass from Jack Donegan for another Marist TD.
  The RedHawks are back on the road Friday, when they tangle with Joliet Catholic Academy at Memorial Stadium.