From half-not to have

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Mustangs rebound after break to sting OL

  One half meant a whole lot to Evergreen Park Friday night.

  After doing little of note through the first two quarters and finding themselves behind visiting Oak Lawn 10-0, the Mustangs turned things around following intermission. Not right away, though.
  Evergreen did climb within 10-7 during the third period, but it didn’t complete its comeback until the final stanza had gotten underway. A 50-yard pass from Jonathan O’Brien to Jacquet McClendon finally gave the Mustangs a lead to protect, and that’s what they did for the remainder of the contest.
  For good measure, Eric Gurrister tacked on an insurance touchdown with his 20-yard reception — his lone catch of the evening — and Evergreen was able to beat back the Spartans’ challenge and earn a 21-10 triumph in both schools’ South Suburban Conference Red opener. The win kept the Mustangs’ ledger spotless in 2013.
  “It was still hit-and-miss [for part of the second half], but our defense really stepped up,” Evergreen coach Dan Hartman said. “I felt we kind of took a hold on the game after we got up 14-10.

Road warriors, part 2

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Bulldogs bag first win over Lemont in six years


  At this rate, Richards may never want to return to Korhonen Field.
  Certainly, road games haven’t been detrimental to the Bulldogs’ well-being thus far in 2013. In fact, if Richards goes on to do great things in the Class 6A playoffs during the month of November, players and coaches are likely to point to a couple September achievements as the foundation for that success.
  As if handing Batavia its first regular-season setback since 2010 in Week 2 didn’t give the Bulldogs enough of a confidence boost, the locals bookended that memorable triumph with an equally satisfying one Friday night in Lemont. There, Richards toppled the Indians for the first time since 2007 and, by virtue of that 28-14 win, also began a season with a 3-0 record for the first time since then.

Lockport locked out

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Eagles never lose lead while downing Porters


  Finally, no comeback was required.
  In each of its first two outings of 2013, Sandburg had been unable to hang on to a halftime edge. After seeing that failure ultimately doom them in Week 1, the Eagles fought back to overtake Andrew and score a SouthWest Suburban Conference crossover win the following week.
  Friday night at Lockport in its SWSC Blue opener, Sandburg once again staked itself to an advantage. And while play became a bit ragged during the third period and Eagles coach Dave Wierzal briefly grew uneasy, the visitors managed to keep the Porters locked out of the lead.
  One of Lockport’s most promising second-half journeys ended on downs at the Sandburg 39, then the Eagles’ offense embarked on a 61-yard drive that salted away a 28-14 win.
  “I’m very proud of how our kids responded,” Wierzal said. “Our defense came up in a big way this game.”

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

When Sandburg’s boys’ cross country team competed in last Saturday’s Reavis Invitational, it did so with an entirely different group than had run for the Eagles in the previous week’s meet.

  That suited head coach John O’Malley just fine because he was putting a coaching philosophy into practice. And the results turned out to be even better than O’Malley had anticipated.
  Even with starters Justin Adams, Henry Becker and Greg Burzinski resting, six Sandburg athletes finished among the top 20. That enabled the Eagles to easily win the 10-school meet, as they were 31 points better than second-place Marist.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

No denying Cyclones tennis team its success

  Neither Mother Nature nor Waubonsee College was any match for Moraine Valley College last Wednesday.
  The former threatened to wash out a scheduled Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference tennis encounter between the Cyclones and Chiefs by unleashing torrential rains and lightning upon the Sugar Grove area. The inclement conditions did cause a 30-minute delay, but Moraine weathered the interruption just fine.
  Much to Waubonsee players’ chagrin, their Cyclones counterparts quickly regained their groove and rolled to a 6-3 win. Half of the 18 sets Moraine captured were by 6-0 scores.
  Singles players Alexa Armon (No. 3), Claudia Maki (No. 4), Lindsey Walker (No. 5) and Tricia Poremba (No. 6) all posted at least one 6-0 triumph, and three of the four also excelled in doubles play. Walker and Poremba did so by partnering with one another at second-doubles, while Maka teamed with Kelley Grzych to form the No. 3 duo.