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[ Disabato: Lemont football finds itself in good hands with addition of All-Area wide receiver Flynn Nagel ]]> Lead story image

Bret Kooi knows a special football player when he sees one. He coached Craig Duppong, Steve Walker, Jake Christensen, Nick Setta and Tony Pashos, among others, during a 17-year career at Lockport. As offensive coordinator last season at Lincoln-Way North, Kooi was afforded the opportunity to see Julian Hylton, now at Illinois, up close and personal. Running backs, quarterbacks, linemen, kickers, Kooi has coached some of the Southland’s most decorated talents. You can add Flynn Nagel to the mix. “Flynn’s the real deal,” said Kooi, beginning his first year as Lemont coach. “He’s special.” Like $100 bills falling from the … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:16:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Basketball: Rex Martin picked for coaching post at Hillcrest ]]> Lead story image

During his job interview for the girls basketball coaching position at Hillcrest, former Richards boys assistant Rex Martin struck a positive — and humorous — chord with Hillcrest athletic director Lisa Wunar. “When we asked him what his responsibilities were at Richards, he said he was in charge of scouting and game preparation,” Wunar said. “He said he created the scouting report for the Hillcrest boys game (last season). “I started laughing and said, ‘Well, that was a pretty darned good scouting report. You hooked us by 20.’” Martin, whose resume also includes a stint as the freshman basketball coach … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:15:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Washington Wild Things steamroll ThunderBolts 10-2 ]]> Lead story image

For the first time since 2006, the Windy City ThunderBolts will finish with a losing record. The Washington Wild Things defeated the T-Bolts for the second straight night Wednesday, rolling to a 10-2 victory at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood. The loss dropped Windy City to 27-49 with 20 games to go. Since finishing 41-54 in 2006, the T-Bolts had finished over .500 every season except 2011, when they went 48-48. Wednesday night’s pitching matchup was a premier one with 2013 Frontier League Pitcher of the Year Scott Dunn going for Washington (48-29) against Windy City’s Daniel Cropper, who has … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:15:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Slammers can’t solve Lake Erie Crushers, fall 9-3 ]]>

From this point last season to the end, the Joliet Slammers managed just six wins and finished 38-57. If the 2014 Slammers expect to improve on that record, it’ll take better starting pitching down the stretch in the final 19 games. A portion of that challenge falls to left-hander Matt Crim, who was part of last month’s trade that sent .300 hitter Marquis Riley to the Southern Illinois Miners. Unlike his previous start, a road win Aug. 7 against Evansville, Crim was in trouble from the start Wednesday night against Lake Erie. The 27-year-old South Carolina native allowed seven runs … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:15:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ Golf: Outing to benefit Lemont High School baseball program ]]> Lead story image

Brian Storako is pretty honest when it comes to analyzing his golf game. The Lemont baseball coach won’t be making the PGA Tour any time soon, but he is far from a duffer out on the links. On Saturday, Storako will get a chance to show off his golf game. The Lemont baseball program will host a golf outing and accompanying dinner with silent auction and raffles at Gleneagles Country Club in Lemont. “I’m OK, but I have my moments,” Storako said with a laugh. “I’m not good, and I’m not bad, necessarily, either.” This will be the second annual … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:14:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Golf: Hole of the Week: Woodbine No. 4 ]]> Lead story image

14240 W. 151st St.,  Homer Glen, IL 60491 (708) 301-1252 Par 5 White Tees: 512 yards Red Tees: 440 Handicap: 2 No. 4’s Layout: It’s a seemingly straightforward, lengthy par-5. The straight fairway rolls slightly up and is lined on each side with trees. Halfway up the fairway is the slope, the fairway gently going downhill toward the green. A small green has water protecting its front right side, with a deep bunker awaiting on the left. Two trees stand beyond the green, with 151st Street directly behind the trees. How about some strategy? Gregg Mallo, Woodbine Pro Shop Clerk: … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:14:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: De La Salle banking on younger players to stand and deliver ]]> Lead story image

A football team relying on a dozen or so juniors in its starting lineup generally is in for some growing pains. That’s likely not going to be the case at De La Salle. “I’m not worried about our youth,” Meteors coach Mike Boehm said. “These juniors are talented. They’re competitors.” They’re also winners, having claimed the Catholic League White championship as freshmen and sophomores. With the Catholic League forced to realign divisions after adding teams, the Meteors find themselves in the Green Division, along with Fenwick, Marmion, Wheaton St. Francis and Montini. Yes, the same Montini which, after winning four … ]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:13:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Men’s Cross Country/Track and Field: St. Xavier coach Kyle Rago looking to tap Southland talent ]]> Lead story image

Kyle Rago has had to make some tough decisions in his time. This one wasn’t one of them. Rago, a Lockport High School product, has been named head coach of St. Xavier’s men’s cross country and track and field programs. “The program is in the heart of Chicago in a great recruiting area,” Rago said. “There’s a lot of potential and growth to be had. Just so much potential at St. Xavier and in that athletic department, it was almost a no-brainer to be ‘the guy’ in those programs.” Rago comes to St. Xavier from Olivet Nazarene, a Chicagoland Collegiate … ]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:12:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Washington Wild Things outlast ThunderBolts 7-4 ]]> Lead story image

The Windy City ThunderBolts came home fresh off a series win over the Gateway Grizzlies, their second series win of the season against the powerful Grizzlies. Taking on another of the Frontier League’s top contenders Tuesday, though, the T-Bolts could not keep the streak going, falling 7-5 to the Washington Wild Things at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood. Windy City (27-48) lost despite outhitting Washington (46-29) — which came into the series in a three-way tie for first in the East Division — 12-10. “We battled and we were definitely competitive in this game, it just wasn’t enough” Windy City’s … ]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:13:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Slammers stumble 7-4 vs. Lake Erie Crushers ]]> Lead story image

To Joliet manager Jeff Isom, the Lake Erie Crushers are more than just the latest team on the Slammers’ schedule. Isom guided Lake Erie to the 2013 Frontier League championship series with a 19-2 stretch in the second half of the season. Fourteen players remain from the squad Isom managed. “I saw them in the cage when they were hitting,’’ Isom said before Tuesday night’s game. “I was out on the field and the majority of the guys came by and said hello. “We forged some pretty good relationships. But once the game gets going, you put those relationships aside … ]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:14:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Volleyball: Providence tired, but lands reward ]]> Lead story image

If Providence coach Rachel Ellingson was disappointed in her team’s effort against Lincoln-Way North in the Palos Courts Tuesday-Thursday Summer League final, she didn’t show it. Maybe, like her players, she was just too darn tired. “I can’t complain,” Ellingson said of a 25-14, 25-20 loss to the Phoenix. “The girls worked hard. They did three hours of camp (earlier that day). That’s not an excuse. But four games in a row is really hard on them physically.” Providence, which reached the final by ousting T.F. South 19-25, 25-17, 15-11; Lemont 25-21, 25-14; and De La Salle Gold 18-25, 26-24, … ]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:13:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: What’s new at Lemont? Everything, from outlook to coach (Bret Kooi) to standout receiver (Flynn Nagel) ]]> Lead story image

Bret Kooi couldn’t hide his excitement Monday just moments before the first official day of football practice. “I’m beaming,” said Kooi, who takes over at Lemont for Eric Michaelson. “I feel like a freshman kid on his first day of football practice. I’m very excited to get going.” Excited is a good way to describe the atmosphere at Lemont. Coming off an uncharacteristic 3-6 season, one which snapped a playoff streak of nine consecutive seasons, the return of 15 starters has provided reason for optimism. However, the hiring of Kooi, who guided Lockport to consecutive Class 8A state championships in … ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 02:13:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: The view from inside Slammers dugout offers a glimpse into the game ]]> Lead story image

Lineup in hand and confidence in his stride, Joliet manager Jeff Isom walked to the end of the Slammers’ dugout to tape the day’s batting order to the wall. The view from the dugout at Silver Cross Field less than 30 minutes before the game included the usual posting of names to face the opponent, players coming into the dugout from the clubhouse, gear in hand, and some chatter for teammates and bat boys. A little while later, after Joliet players and coaches lined up in front of the dugout for the national anthem, it was game time. Shortstop Max … ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 02:12:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Volleyball: Summer bummer? Not for Palos Courts League champ Lincoln-Way North ]]> Lead story image

The Palos Courts Tuesday-Thursday Summer League provided more than a few surprises. None was greater than in the season-ending tournament, which saw Pool A top seed Lincoln-Way East and Pool B No. 1 Sandburg make early exits. The 22 teams participating in the summer league met for the final time July 31 in Palos Heights, with the top 16 teams participating in the Gold playoffs and the remaining six in the Silver playoffs. Five hours after the tournament started, Lincoln-Way North was the last team standing. The Phoenix, led by three-sport star Valen Manns, outside hitters Rachel Burkman and Allyson … ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 02:13:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Slammers blank Gateway Grizzlies 3-0 ]]>

ThunderBolts 3, Gateway 0 Recap: Josh Spence (1-7) pitched four-hit ball over six innings Monday night as Windy City wrapped up a series win against the Gateway Grizzlies in downstate Sauget. Kyle Robinson homered for the ThunderBolts. ThunderBolts record: 27-47 Up next: Washington (Zac Fuesser 7-1) at ThunderBolts (Hein Robb 0-1), 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, … ]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:22:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Former Slammer Marquis Riley enjoys being in playoff chase with Southern Illinois Miners ]]>

Getting traded this season for the first time in his pro career didn’t get to Marquis Riley, a Frontier League All-Star in 2013 with the Joliet Slammers. “I wasn’t really upset about it, especially when I found out I was coming here,’’ he said. Riley, a .300 hitter whom the Slammers traded last month to the Southern Illinois Miners, was back at Silver Cross Field over the weekend for the first time since he changed teams. “I enjoyed my time here,’’ Riley said of his 11/2 years with the Slammers. “I had a great time and loved playing here. A … ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 02:13:16 -0500