Latest news from The Southtown Star Online en-us Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:10:16 PDT Southtown Star logo 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Preseason Football No. 1: All the pieces in place for Homewood-Flossmoor ]]> Lead story image

Throughout an 11-game season in 2013, Homewood-Flossmoor found itself behind on the scoreboard approximately five out of 528 minutes of game action. The Vikings hit opponents early and often, leading to large leads and lopsided results, as evidence by a 414-176 scoring differential. Coincidentally, those five minutes of playing from behind were late in games against Bolingbrook and Naperville Central. The Vikings failed to rally either time, suffering a 31-24 overtime loss to Bolingbrook in Week 7 and a 24-21 second-round playoff defeat to Naperville Central, which went on to win the Class 8A title. “We know we can’t let … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:17:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Week 1 High School Football Capsule Previews ]]> Lead story image

Providence vs. Joliet Catholic  at Memorial Stadium When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Outlook: The Celtics boast two of the area’s finest receivers in Miles Boykin and Nate Vejvoda, who combined for 75 catches and more than 1,300 yards last season. The fact that each stands 6-3 adds another element of difficulty for opposing defenses. QB Justin Hunniford returns for the Celtics after passing for 1,873 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2013. Providence boasts a pair of quality RBs in Sean Diehl and Richie Warfield. Joliet Catholic has an established back in Nick Borgra, who totaled 951 yards and 13 TDs last … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:17:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boys Soccer: Two goals by Ben Rohder lift Sandburg over Lemont 2-1 ]]> Lead story image

It’s safe to say Sandburg’s Ben Rohder is making the most of his limited playing time. Nursing his way back from an injury, Rohder sat on the bench for the first 25 minutes of action Thursday against Lemont and played for less than half the contest. But limited minutes don’t mean limited impact for the senior midfielder. Rohder scored both of Sandburg’s goals — including the game-winner with just under 12 minutes to play — as Sandburg downed Lemont 2-1. “We’re kind of easing me back into playing,” said Rohder, who joined the Eagles for his senior season after playing … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:17:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Volleyball: Marist rises for season-opening win over Hinsdale South ]]>

Marist’s Lizzie Zaleski thought for a second and gave an honest analysis of a two-set win. Mistakes were made. Things could be cleaned up. But for a first match? This was one solid all-around offensive performance. With contributions from all over the court, host Marist opened the season in style Thursday, rolling to a 25-20, 25-20 win over Hinsdale South. “We can be more efficient getting to 25, but we’re capable of dominating teams,” Zaleski said. “Our hitters were pretty big up there, so we’ve got a lot of potential on offense and our defense can be a top one, … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:40:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ High School/Local College Sports Roundup for Aug. 28, 2014 ]]>

Boys Soccer Stagg 1, Young 0: Tom Kulak’s goal with four minutes remaining lifted host Stagg (1-0-1). Daniel Ciezobka made six saves in recording the shutout. Oak Forest 3, Evergreen Park 0: Goals by Patrick Cooke and Pablo Flores were among the goal scorers for host Oak Forest (1-0, 1-0) in the South Suburban crossover. River Valley/Southland Challenge Illinois Lutheran 11, Rich East 0: Justin Schmidtke totaled five goals and an assist to steer host Illinois Lutheran (3-0). Beecher 11, Rich Central 0: Bailey Schultz scored three times to vault Beecher (3-0) in the second match at Illinois Lutheran. Jackson … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:10:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Rain helps Slammers reign over Florence Freedom ]]>

The 2013 Joliet Slammers finished 38-57, a one-game improvement over the 2012 team. This year’s club is running out of time to equal last season. The Florence Freedom rallied from a 4-0 deficit Thursday night to go ahead 6-4 in the top of the seventh, but the game was delayed because of rain with the Slammers batting in the bottom of the seventh. Because the game was called at 11:20 p.m. and the seventh inning wasn’t completed, the score reverts back to the sixth inning and gives the Slammers a 4-1 win at Silver Cross Field. Joliet (35-55) has six … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:40:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Auto Racing: Clubb brothers flush with success at Grundy County Speedway ]]> Lead story image

It won’t be decided until Sunday who the champions in each division for the season will be at Grundy County Speedway. It’s already etched in stone, though, which will be the top-ranking family. Three Clubbs is the winning hand. Brandon Clubb is having a solid season in the late-model class. The 30-year-old has three heat race victories and has run among the leaders in most of the feature events. He’s on track to finish fourth in points. Meanwhile Cody Clubb, 21, is battling with his 32-year-old brother Jeremy for a spot on the “Top 10” podium at the postseason banquet. … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:16:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Preseason Football No. 2: After back-to-back state titles, Mount Carmel brings different look to ’14 season ]]> Lead story image

Beyond its inner circle, little is known about Mount Carmel this season. Why? Much of the starting lineup largely is composed of players who are preparing for their first seasons as starters. However, a lack of familiarity should not be construed as weakness — not when it comes to the 11-time state champion Caravan. During Frank Lenti’s remarkable 30-year tenure, Mount Carmel never has finished below .500. It’s a program that doesn’t rebuild, it reloads. Despite the lack of star power, there’s no reason to believe the Caravan, ranked No. 2 in the SouthtownStar Preseason Top 10, won’t record its … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:22:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Volleyball: Mother McAuley opens season with two-set win over Joliet Catholic ]]> Lead story image

A well-oiled machine it wasn’t. Defending Class 4A champion Mother McAuley had to dig deep — or at least block and serve well — when it counted to prevail 25-23, 25-18 Wednesday over host Joliet Catholic in its season opener. “We’re not satisfied,” Kennedy Arundel said. “We have a lot of things we need to work on. Passing, and just — you can always get better.” Ryann DeJarld (7 kills, 8 digs, 2 aces), Kelsey Clark (7 kills, 6 blocks), Arundel (4 kills, 3 aces, 7 digs), Jane DeJarld (18 assists) and Carla Cahill (4 digs) led the Mighty Macs. … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:33:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Disabato: In just five years, Homewood-Flossmoor goes from 1-8 to the top of Southland football ]]> Lead story image

If someone would have told me back in fall 2009 that Homewood-Flossmoor would be the SouthtownStar’s preseason No. 1 football team in 2014, I would have suggested that person adhere to a drug test. At that time, H-F was coming off a 1-8 season. If not for a victory in Week 9, the Vikings would have been winless. The fact the victory was over Joliet Township, itself winless, tells you everything you need to know about the then-state of the Vikings. A program that once had been the envy of many was on the verge of irrelevancy. At a crossroads, … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:22:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boys Cross Country: Bolstered by returning standouts, Sandburg aims for top-three finish at state ]]> Lead story image

Even for Sandburg, the expectations are higher than usual this year — and the Eagles want it that way. “One of the feelings last year at state, seventh was a good finish, but we’re not satisfied,’’ Sandburg coach John O’Malley said. “We’ve got a core coming back. Let’s take it to the next level.’’ With four runners back from Sandburg’s top five finishers at the 2013 Class 3A state meet, plus several promising individuals waiting to get their chance, the Eagles have their sights set on a top-three finish and a trophy in Peoria. “As a coach, you like to … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:20:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boys Soccer: Dan Petrou’s hat trick helps Lincoln-Way West past Illiana Christian 4-2 ]]> Lead story image

Moving from the midfield to forward this season, Lincoln-Way West’s Dan Petrou knows he’ll be one of the go-to offensive weapons for the Warriors. If Wednesday’s season opener was any indication, he’s ready. Petrou, who scored three goals all last season, matched that in one game, recording a hat trick as the Warriors defeated Illiana Christian 4-2 in Lansing. “It was definitely more than I could have expected,” Petrou said. “It was a great start for us as a whole team.” Chandler Kimmel scored twice for Illiana (0-1). Petrou scored on a terrific individual play in the 14th minute, weaving … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:34:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ High School/Local College Sports Roundup for Aug. 27, 2014 ]]>

Boys Soccer Lockport 1, Minooka 1: Jack Dilger had the goal for visiting Lockport in its season debut. Sandburg 1, Maine South 0: Ryan Kozlowski scored on an assist from Kevin Mahoney to power visiting Sandburg (1-0). Jim Amedeo garnered the shutout. River Valley/Southland Challenge Beecher 3, Crete-Monee 2: Bailey Schultz posted one goal and one assist to guide visiting Beecher (2-0). Garrett Short and Tanner Amsden also scored for the Bobcats. Fernando Aguirre had both goals for Crete-Monee (1-1). Illinois Lutheran 7, Rich South 0: Justin Schmidtke’s four goals sparked host Illinois Lutheran (2-0). War on 34 Tournament Joliet … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:15:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Florence Freedom holds off Slammers 9-7 ]]>

Kody McFarland, Joliet’s 6-foot-7 rookie right-hander, put together his best outing of the season Friday against Windy City. His six hitless innings oin a 7-1 road win earned praise from Slammers manager Jeff Isom for the progress McFarland made. “His previous starts, he only threw three or four off-speed pitches for strikes,’’ Isom said. “We kept pushing him, making him understand that even though your fastball is in the low 90s (mph), it’s hittable if they’re sitting on the one pitch only. “He bought into that and he worked on off-speed pitches.’’ McFarland was back on the mound Wednesday night, … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Evansville Otters sweep doubleheader from ThunderBolts ]]>

Evansville 9-2, ThunderBolts 2-0 Recap: The ThunderBolts had not been swept in a doubleheader for seven years before Sunday, but now it’s happened twice on consecutive game days. Jose Velez tied a franchise record for Evansville with 16 strikeouts in Wednesday’s opener. Josh Spence (1-10) and Travis Tingle (8-6) took the losses for Windy City. ThunderBolts record: 31-58 Up next: ThunderBolts (Pete Whitingslow 0-0) at Evansville (Trevor Walch 5-3), 5:30 p.m. Central time, … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:02:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Preseason Football No. 3: After being 6A runner-up in 2013, Richards aiming higher ]]> Lead story image

Coming of a Class 6A state runner-up finish, many programs figure to suffer a drop in talent, reducing expectations the following season. That’s not the case at perennial power Richards, which returns a slew of playmakers on both sides of the ball and claims the No. 3 spot in the SouthtownStar Preseason Top 10. “We’ll be all right,” Bulldogs coach Tony Sheehan said. “This is the best offseason we’ve had. The kids busted their butts. We’re a little more experienced at the skill positions, and defensively we’re a little inexperienced. But we like what we see.” What fans can expect … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:15:24 -0500