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[ Football Recruiting: Louisville among suitors for Richards’ Spencer Tears ]]> Lead story image

After a lull in his recruitment, Richards rising senior wide receiver Spencer Tears is back in the recruiting game in a big way. He took a spring visit to Nebraska after receiving an offer from the Huskers and committed just a few days after. A short while later, Tears decided to take a step back to reopen his recruiting process. Since then he has added an offer from Louisville, and the three-star is getting steady interest from Kansas, Connecticut, Purdue and Bowling Green. “Well, they are in the ACC that’s one thing I like about Louisville,” Tears said. “I … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:14:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Slammers at Traverse City, ppd. ]]>

* Rain and thunderstorms forced the postponement of Joliet’s game at Traverse City, Michigan, against the host Beach Bums. The game will be made up as part of a Monday doubleheader. * Slammers record: 23-37. * Up next: Slammers at Traverse City (2), 5 p.m. Monday, WJOL-AM (1340), … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:16:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ ThunderBolts 5, Rockford 3 ]]>

* Recap: Ryan McIntyre hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give Windy City a quick lead, and the ThunderBolts went on to beat the Rockford Aviators on the road Sunday. Eli Anderson (1-5) earned his first win as a pro, allowing two runs on six hits over six innings. * ThunderBolts record: 23-37. * Up next: ThunderBolts (Daniel Cropper 4-6) at Rockford (Josh Slaats 3-3), 7:05 p.m. Monday, … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:14:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ ]]>

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Evan Button walked off the Standard Bank Stadium field for the last time in the eighth inning of Saturday’s Windy City ThunderBolts game. T-Bolts manager Ron Biga made sure Button would get a special sendoff, sending him out to center field at the beginning of the inning before Andrew Brauer came out to replace him. An announcement was made over the PA and Button got a nice ovation and some hugs from teammates on his way to the dugout. “It was very emotional,” Button said. “It made me well up for a second out there. Mikey (Torres) came up and … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:04:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Thunderbolts Insider: McGuckin quit job to pursue baseball dream ]]> Lead story image

After finishing his career at Ramapo College in New Jersey in 2010 and playing a season in the Arizona Winter League in 2011, Mike McGuckin was done with baseball. “I didn’t pick up a bat or ball for 2½ years after that,” said McGuckin, a catcher for the Windy City ThunderBolts. The New Jersey native settled down in his home state and began a normal life. Until he began to feel the pull of baseball once again. “I’ve been a union carpenter for the past couple years,” he said. “One day I was just sitting there building a whole room … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:04:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boxing: Martin goes distance, remains undefeated ]]> Lead story image

Alex Martin was getting wrapped up for his welterweight clash with Alfred Hall backstage at the UIC Pavilion when he heard the news. “Rest in peace to my oldest cousin,” Martin said. “He passed away right before I fought — Terry Martin. He was 61 years old and battled stage four cancer. We knew it was a matter of time. He was on his final straw. “He’s not suffering anymore. I just wanted to dedicate this fight to him.” Martin, 24, showed no signs of mental fatigue after receiving word of his cousin’s passing. Martin (6-0, 5 KO) battered Hall … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:14:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Basetball: 13-run surge sends Vikings past Zephyrs ]]> Lead story image

Jeff Boehm can’t remember for sure if he’s ever hit two home runs in an inning before. Maybe Little League. Definitely not during his time at Mount Carmel or UIC. But on a weird day of baseball in general, Boehm did just that, drilling two home runs in the fifth inning Sunday for the Southland Vikings. Oh, and that power outburst was part of a 13-run surge that saw the Vikings mount a furious comeback on the way to a 17-15 slugfest victory over the Chicago Zephyrs at Homewood-Flossmoor High School. The win, coupled with a Zephyrs forfeit in the … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:14:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Slammers salvage series finale vs. T-Bolts ]]> Lead story image

In Friday’s loss to the Windy City ThunderBolts, the Joliet Slammers went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position. The Slammers started slow again Saturday, but once they got one clutch hit, they were unstoppable. The first of three two-run doubles from Grant DeBruin started a streak of 12 unanswered runs from the fifth to seventh innings for Joliet, which salvaged one win in the three-game series by rolling to a 16-5 win in front of 2,248 fans at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood. Joliet (23-37) set a franchise record with 21 hits. Windy City fell to 22-37. “It was definitely … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:15:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Auto Racing: Cannon dominates in late-model battle ]]> Lead story image

SCHERERVILLE, Ind. — In their last two meetings, it was close but no cigar for Jeff Cannon in side-by-side late-model feature battles with Anthony Danta at Illiana Speedway. On Saturday, he smoked him. The dynamic duo were 1-2 for the third week running, but this time it was Cannon who prevailed by a dominant 2.514 seconds. The win was the third of the season for Cannon, who went into the night with a slim points lead over Eddie Hoffman. “Oh, man, for once,” Cannon said with a smile. “This thing’s awesome on the outside, huh. Maybe it was my turn.” … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:03:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: It’s Iowa for Providence’s Vejvoda ]]> Lead story image

A month ago, Providence tight end Nate Vejvoda committed to Miami Ohio over offers from Ball State, Buffalo, Toledo, Central Michigan and Western Michigan. Then, the 6-foot-5, 210-pound prospect got a game-changing offer, from Iowa. After mulling over what the Hawkeyes had to offer — and taking a visit Saturday to campus — he knew that Iowa was the place for him. “I committed while I was on campus,” Vejvoda said. “It felt more personal going there with an offer. I knew I was going to commit when I went to visit, so I just got to feel the atmosphere … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:45:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Golf: Frankfort’s Przybylski in position to defend Naperville title ]]>

Glenn Przybylski looked to be in championship form Saturday, shooting the best round of the day as he opened defense of his title at the Naperville Men’s City Golf Championship. Przybylski, of Frankfort, fired a 3-under-par 69 at Naperbrook Golf Course and holds a one-stroke lead over three players as the 133-man field moves to Springbrook Golf Course for Sunday’s final round in the 36-hole event. “I like these golf courses, especially Springbrook,” the 47-year-old Przybylski said. “It’s a really good test.” Nick Corban, Jack Hawes and Craig Martin are tied for second at 2-under par 70. Matt Shipley holds … ]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:24:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ SouthtownStar Athletes on Campus: Air Force Academy’s Mike Husar a 2014 Rimington Award nominee ]]> Lead story image

By the nature of the position, being the center on a football team doesn’t bring a lot of glamour or attention. After all, the man who snaps the football and anchors the offensive line usually doesn’t see his name in the box score or find himself in the end zone after scoring a touchdown. Therefore, it seems fitting that when Air Force center Mike Husar learned he was one of 66 players at his position from across the country nominated for the 2014 Rimington Award, there was a minimal amount of fanfare involved. The Mount Carmel graduate was informed of … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:14:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: ThunderBolts put down Slammers 8-2 ]]> Lead story image

The margin is slim but, at least for a day, the Windy City ThunderBolts are out of the cellar in the Frontier League’s West Division. The T-Bolts topped the Joliet Slammers for the fourth time in five meetings over the past eight days, moving ahead of Joliet in the standings with an 8-2 win in front of a crowd of 2,005 at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood. “We have confidence as a team,” Windy City’s Ryan Soares said. “We’re just out here battling from the first pitch to the last out. Our goal for the second half was to string … ]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:16:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Summer title in tow, Joliet Catholic looks to spring 2015 ]]> Lead story image

Joliet Catholic will celebrate for a little while, but then it’ll be back to work. The Hilltoppers made a little history Thursday night at Benedictine in Lisle when they capped a perfect summer with a 3-1 win over Nazareth in the Phil Lawler Summer Classic final. It’s the first time an undefeated team had won the unofficial summer state title since the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association launched the event in 1976. But Hilltoppers coach Jared Voss couldn’t help looking ahead just moments after his players accepted their trophy. “Taking nothing away from this game (Thursday), but our ultimate … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:14:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Joliet Catholic defeats Nazareth for Phil Lawler Summer Classic championship ]]> Lead story image

When Drake Fellows asks Nick Dalesandro for something, he usually gets it. “I’ve been best friends with Drake since I was 5 years old,” Dalesandro said. “He’s like a little brother to me.” But one thing Dalesandro wasn’t going to give away was the chance to be on the mound when Joliet Catholic won a state title — even a summer one. So when Fellows told Dalesandro in the dugout at Benedictine on Thursday night, “Come on, let me finish it,” his buddy’s answer was, “I can’t do it.” And Dalesandro didn’t waver, even when Nazareth rallied in the bottom … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:15:32 -0500