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[ Curtis Granderson Stadium dedicated at UIC ]]> Lead story image

Curtis Granderson is a three-time All-Star with nine-plus years of major league experience under his belt. He’s played in Detroit and New York City, and played on the biggest stages baseball has to offer in the postseason. But Thursday, even an accomplished star such as Granderson experienced something new. After donating $5 million to help build the stadium, Granderson was in attendance as Illinois-Chicago renamed its baseball facility Curtis Granderson Stadium. “It’s been very cool to have my name on jerseys and see little kids run around with my name on their back,” Granderson said. “It’s neat to have my … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:35:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ High School/Local College Sports Roundup for April 18, 2014 ]]>

Baseball Oak Lawn 7, Reavis 3: Justin Swatek and Ryne Melnik each had two RBI for visiting Oak Lawn (3-11, 2-3) in the South Suburban Red. Reavis dropped to 4-9, 2-3. Joliet West 3, Andrew 2: Austin Peterson and Stefan Urosevic scored runs for visiting Andrew (3-9) in the SouthWest Suburban crossover. Ryan Hartmann gave up one earned run on four hits in pitching a complete game for the Thunderbolts. T.F. South 10, T.F. North 0: Kyle Hallberg (4-1) spun a three-hitter to pace T.F. South (7-6, 3-3) in the South Suburban Blue. Louis Reynolds (2-for-2, double) had two runs … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:43:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Men’s College Volleyball: Lewis tops Grand Canyon in MIVA tourney opening round ]]> Lead story image

Playing any team three straight times is difficult for each squad. For the team that wins the first two, the mental strain is daunting. Lewis was faced with that task Friday in its third meeting in seven days against Grand Canyon, this time in the opening round of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association tournament at Neil Carey Arena. The No. 2 seed Flyers passed the mental challenge, capturing a 29-27, 25-18, 25-20 victory over the No. 7 Antelopes. Lewis (22-6) advances to the tournament semifinals and will host No. 3 Ball State (21-7) at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Romeoville. “They … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:38:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Lemont shades Sandburg 1-0 in pitchers’ duel ]]> Lead story image

Sandburg’s Matthias Dietz had one relatively bad inning Friday. Lemont’s Jake Latz did not. A battle between two of the premier starting pitchers in the state did not disappoint Friday, with Latz outdueling Dietz in Lemont’s 1-0 win in Orland Park. Latz, a 6-foot-2 senior left-hander, went the distance, scattering four hits (all singles) while walking one and striking out 14 as Lemont improved to 11-0. Dietz went the route as well, allowing just two hits and two walks with nine strikeouts as Sandburg fell to 9-4. “My adrenaline is always going the morning I have to pitch,” Latz said … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:42:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Softball: Lincoln-Way West blanks Peotone ]]>

All Lincoln-Way West pitcher Morghan Dieringer and Peotone ace Emily Carstens needed was a little offensive help Friday night in New Lenox. Through four innings, Dieringer and Carstens were putting on a pitching clinic in a scoreless game. In the fifth, Dieringer got the offensive help she needed and did the rest from the circle in leading her team to a 3-0 win. Dieringer (9-1) struck out 10, walked none and allowed just two hits, both of them coming in the first inning. “We know we had to come out here strong and we wanted to make a statement, which … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:39:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ SouthtownStar Athletes On Campus: Evan Nietfeldt reaps pitching reward at Grand Valley State ]]> Lead story image

Never let it be said that Grand Valley State’s Evan Nietfeldt can’t keep a promise. Pitching on April 5 — the same date Wisconsin’s basketball team was competing in the Final Four — Nietfeldt guaranteed teammate Kevin Hallberg the Lakers would be finished with their game in time to watch the Badgers play Kentucky in the second national semifinal. Not wanting to let his friend down, Nietfeldt tossed a gem in Grand Valley’s 10-0 victory over Ohio Dominican. In a game that took just over two hours to complete, the Homewood-Flossmoor graduate went the distance, allowing just four hits. As … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:30:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ IHSA chief Marty Hickman breaks down all the wild action ]]> Lead story image

It has been a rough winter in more ways than just the weather. The high school sports scene has seen more than its fair share of storms. ‘‘About six weeks ago we were sitting around here thinking, ‘Wow, things are calm,’ ” Illinois High School Association executive director Marty Hickman said. ‘‘Then, all of a sudden, it seemed as if it was one thing or another. Every day there was a new crisis.’’ Ineligible players. Violations with game schedules. Open-gym violations. The parent of a player suing her school. A coach accused of blatant illegal recruiting. An overturned ruling on Stevenson … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:36:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boys Track and Field: Lincoln-Way North’s Julian Hylton a double threat ]]> Lead story image

A state finalist in the 100-meter dash with a football scholarship to Illinois, Julian Hylton has been busy the past four years at Lincoln-Way North. Hylton also played basketball at North, but he raced to an elite level in football and track, including a runner-up finish in the 100 meters at the 2013 Class 3A state meet. “Track is the foundation for every other sport,’’ Hylton said. The 6-foot, 190-pound senior, recruited to be a defensive back at Illinois, rushed for 2,500 yards and 32 touchdowns in the fall in leading North to the Class 6A quarterfinals. In track, without … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:21:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Lemont tops Shepard in eight innings ]]> Lead story image

Lemont’s Mike Papierski was expecting an off-speed pitch from Shepard pitcher Adam Gregory. He guessed right. Papierski sent a 2-and-0 changeup over the left-field fence, breaking a 1-all tie and helping Lemont to a 4-1 win Thursday over the host Astros in a South Suburban Blue tilt that required eight innings. “I saw him (Gregory) digging into his glove,” said Papierski, an LSU recruit. “I was thinking something off-speed. I sat back and saw changeup.” Eric Tucker added a two-run single later in the eighth to provide some insurance as the Indians (10-0, 3-0) avoided the Astros’ upset bid. “We’ve … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:24:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Softball: Lemont edges Tinley Park ]]>

Lemont’s Emily Durham was an MVP foul ball shagger for the first five innings of Thursday’s 5-4 South Suburban Blue victory over visiting Tinley Park. She was an even better fireman during the final two. The Indians pitcher was lights-out after Tinley Park dramatically rallied from a 5-0 deficit, retiring all five batters she faced. Truthfully, though, she could have shared the save with shortstop Rylie Jay. Tinley Park (6-2, 4-1), which struggled mightily against Lemont starting pitcher Lauren Young, came to life in the top of the sixth with consecutive singles by Megan Laib, Sam Alberto, Annalise Scott and … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:23:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Track and Field: Shepard wins title at Hillcrest Lady Hawk Classic ]]> Lead story image

It took a little while for the final team points to be tabulated at the Hillcrest Lady Hawk Classic, but it was worth waiting for to Shepard. Although it’s early in the outdoor season, Shepard claimed its third invitational title Thursday night by scoring 90 points to 82 for runner-up Mother McAuley at the 16-team competition. When the final results were announced, no one celebrated louder than the Astros’ Courtney Dalton. “We try to earn points in every event,’’ Dalton said. “Everyone goes hard because we know what we need to come to these invites and do. We pretend that … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:20:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Track and Field: Impressive showings have Brother Rice ahead of schedule ]]>

Proving it will be a team to watch this year and next, Brother Rice outdid two 2013 conference champions last week at the Hillcrest Invitational with a mix of seniors and underclassmen. Brother Rice finished ahead of Bloom and Shepard and just four points out of second place in the 14-team meet, won by Sandburg. “We’re very talented,’’ Rice coach Tom Wazio said. “We’re very 200-heavy, a lot of sophomores and juniors.’’ Rice was fourth in the 2012 Catholic League meet and third last year behind St. Ignatius and Providence. This season could be even better. “If we’re at our … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:20:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boys Volleyball: Lincoln-Way North withstands Sandburg ]]>

The previous time Sandburg and Lincoln-Way North met in the regular season, North outside hitters Jake Walenga and Brad McFarland teamed up for 32 kills in leading the Phoenix to a thrilling three-set victory. When the elite programs met Thursday night, the do-everything pair fell short of that kill count, but the two were just as lethal. Walenga notched 19 kills, McFarland had 10 and North seized another wild SouthWest Suburban showdown with a 22-25, 25-19, 25-23 victory. “They came out fired up and we came out a little too loose from our warmup CD,” Walenga joked about a mix … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:19:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Soccer: Andrew tops Lincoln-Way West 2-0 ]]> Lead story image

Andrew senior Kelly Blyth has quickly developed chemistry with sophomore Nicole Novak. “My little girl Nicki, she’s always there when we need goals,” Blyth said. “We just play off each other really well.” The pair hooked up for both of the Thunderbolts’ goals Thursday night, each providing a goal and an assist as Andrew earned a key 2-0 win over Lincoln-Way West in a SouthWest Suburban Red opener in New Lenox. “This was definitely a huge win,” Novak said. “We know all the teams coming up in conference are tough. It’s big to get a win to start.” Andrew (6-2-1 … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:20:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ High School/Local College Sports Roundup for April 17, 2014 ]]>

Baseball Marist 10, Oak Lawn 0: Robert Hovey tossed a five-hitter to pace host Marist (7-7) in the five-inning game. Pat Meehan (1-for-3) and Eric Hansen (2-for-4) each had two runs and two RBI for the RedHawks. Mount Carmel 5, Gordon Tech 1: Greg Ploszaj went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI to vault host Mount Carmel (10-2, 2-0) in the Catholic League crossover. Mike Lorenzi (6 innings) and Jordan Mikolajewski combined to allow three hits and strike out 10 for the Caravan. Joliet Catholic 2, Peoria Notre Dame 0: Drake Fellows gave up five hits and fanned six … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:51:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Maciulis: Take care of fish now, and there will be fishing later ]]> Lead story image

Today’s anglers are more sophisticated, better educated and more well-equipped than our parents ever could imagine. All of that helps us catch more and bigger fish. At the same time, we put more pressure on our natural resources. Some years ago, the Minnesota DNR suggested that practicing catch-and-release is among the many ways we can minimize that impact while still enjoying our time on the water. With a new generation of anglers out there, I thought we should review how we can minimize the effect on the resources that their newfound passion can inflict. It’s important to teach these young … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:39:29 -0500