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: Mount Carmel almost knocks off national power Philadelphia St. Joseph ]]> Lead story image

Some losses hurt more than others, and Mount Carmel was not feeling an awful lot of pain after taking one Sunday afternoon at Toyota Park. The Caravan fell 28-27 to Philadelphia St. Joseph in the opener of the High School Football Classic tripleheader and came away with a glass half-full attitude. There were several reasons: St. Joe is ranked No. 8 nationally by MaxPreps, was less rusty after playing a pair of scrimmages and has three big-time recruits. Plus, the Caravan offense looked sharp despite having to replace 10 starters from last year’s Class 7A state champs. And Mount Carmel … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:12:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: St. Rita fends off Simeon surge ]]> Lead story image

A few times Sunday night, it looked like St. Rita had things under control against Simeon. But Mustangs senior Marty Bechina wasn’t taking anything for granted, which turned out to be a good idea. St. Rita couldn’t breathe easy until quarterback C.J. Weydeman took a knee as the final four seconds ticked off in a 28-20 win in the finale of the High School Football Classic at Toyota Park. “They fought. They really did,” Bechina said of the Wolverines. “We knew they weren’t done after we were only up eight (with 1:15 left). We knew they were going to come … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:11:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Victory Lane for Schuler in Schuler Memorial ]]> Lead story image

The season-ending Lee Schuler Memorial at Grundy County Speedway is a special race no matter what the year or who comes away with the trophy. But when a Schuler wins it … “Well, I’ve been doing this a long time and first is certainly better than second,” Larry Schuler said after capturing the 38th running on Sunday. “But for it to be this race to do it in means all the world to me. It really does.” The 61-lap event, held in honor of Larry Schuler’s legendary father, brought to a close a 2014 season that saw Ricky Baker emerge … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:10:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Slammers rally in ninth for victory ]]>

Seth Granger isn’t a home run hitter for the Joliet Slammers, but his blast tied the game in the ninth inning. Adam Giacalone has 10 home runs, but his base hit was the game-winner in the ninth inning Sunday in a 5-4 victory over the Frontier Greys at Silver Cross Field. It was the second night in a row the Slammers rallied from a ninth-inning deficit to pull out a win, their 38th victory equaling the number of games they won last season. “I was just looking to put something in play,’’ Giacalone said of the game-winning RBI. “Adrian (English) … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:11:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ White displays might in ThunderBolts’ win over Schaumburg Boomers ]]>

With one swing of the bat and one strong throw Sunday, Max White put a stop to one of the worst stretches in Windy City ThunderBolts history. White hit a three-run home run in the first inning and gunned a runner out at the plate in the fourth as the T-Bolts snapped an eight-game losing streak and salvaged the final contest of what had been an ugly series against the Schaumburg Boomers, winning 5-4 at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood. “A home run is always good motivation for the team, especially in the first inning,” White said. “I think it … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:11:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ ThunderBolts Insider: T-Bolts have something special in relief ]]> Lead story image

Throughout a miserable 2014 season, one thing that’s remained a constant positive for the Windy City ThunderBolts has been the back end of the bullpen. Danny Carela, Reese McGraw and Jessie Snodgrass have formed one of the best relief trios in the Frontier League, and they’ve formed quite a bond as well. “We definitely feed off each other,” Snodgrass said. “It’s not so much that we compete as much as we pull for each other. We all want to see the other guys go out there and succeed. When one of us struggles, with as close as we’ve become, it … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:10:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: Second-half surge lifts Crete-Monee over T.F. South ]]> Lead story image

After picking up just one first down in the first half Saturday night, Crete-Monee needed a spark. Elijah Douglas provided one in a hurry. Douglas returned the opening kickoff the second half 70 yards, setting up a 3-yard Xavier Ledet touchdown run and the Warriors went on to score 27 points after the break, earning a season-opening 27-6 win over T.F. South. The kickoff return got the Warriors going, but they still needed to make a number of key plays late to seal it. Down 13-6, T.F. South was driving for the potential tying score, but Dreshawn Hamler intercepted Cody … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:12:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: H-F leaves little doubt in blanking Harlan ]]>

Deante Harley-Hampton didn’t waste any time making sure Homewood-Flossmoor’s offense picked up where it left off last season. Harley-Hampton took the ball on the first play from scrimmage straight into the end zone, showing his burst on a 94-yard scamper up the gut. “That’s a play we wanted to run on (Harlan) since we really didn’t know much about their scheme,” Harley-Hampton said. “One cut and go.” H-F flashed its big-play ability all night Friday. The Vikings scored four touchdowns on their first six offensive snaps, shellacking visiting Harlan 48-0 to kick off a successful Week 1. The only thing … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:54:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: Lincoln-Way Central goes late to turn back Sandburg 14-7 ]]> Lead story image

Lincoln-Way Central running back Sean Studer, by his own estimation, is not a night owl. “Not much. This is pretty late,” he said after the Knights beat Sandburg 14-7 Friday night in the season opener for both. “This is past my bedtime. Usually I get to bed (earlier) after a good game and get to practice.” Yet there he was, the clock very near midnight, plowing forward for an 8-yard gain that gained the Knights a first down and locked up the win. Tired? “It was a pretty rough day,” Studer said with a weary smile. He earned a good … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:14:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: Providence wears out Joliet Catholic 21-10 ]]> Lead story image

Providence receivers Miles Boykin and Nate Vejvoda have garnered much of the preseason attention — and deservedly so. Boykin will attend Notre Dame and Vejvoda will head to Iowa to play college ball. On Friday night, however, the Celtics showed they’re far from a two-man show. Joliet Catholic found that out the hard way. Providence quarterback Justin Hunniford completed 24-of-31 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Celtics to a dominating 21-10 win over the host Hilltoppers. “We have a lot of depth,” said Hunniford, a senior. “We’re five or six deep at receiver and we have … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:14:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: Encouraging signs in Richards’ win over Indianapolis Tech ]]> Lead story image

Richards wasn’t at full strength and did not play its best during its season opener Friday night in Oak Lawn. Despite the shortcomings, the 2013 Class 6A finalist was good enough to post a 28-9 nonconference victory over Indianapolis Tech. Richards (1-0) won its home opener for the fourth year in a row. Indianapolis Tech fell to 1-1. “We started out slow and we were missing a lot of starters,” Richards senior quarterback Hasan Muhammad-Rogers said. “When you are missing people, you can expect mistakes.” Three senior receivers were among 12 players in street clothes Friday. “We had three of … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:14:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: Lockport falls 31-20 to Downers Grove North ]]>

David Edwards can do it all. The Downers Grove North quarterback scored three touchdowns Saturday night as the host Trojans rallied from an early deficit en route to a 31-20 victory over Lockport. For good measure, Edwards — who will play tight end at Wisconsin next season, also played defensive end and blocked an extra point on special teams. “It’s just the love of the game,” Edwards said. “That was my first blocked kick.” That block came after Lockport quarterback Jeremy Quade had given his team an early 6-0 lead on a 1-yard run midway through the first quarter. Quade … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:05:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: Oak Park-River Forest outlasts Lincoln-Way East 49-34 ]]> Lead story image

After waiting nine months for the return of football, all Oak Park-River Forest and Lincoln-Way East got was more waiting. Barely four minutes into Friday night’s game at Lincoln-Way East, the teams walked off the field when play was suspended because of threatening weather. But the delay was short-lived, and turned out to be a boon for Oak Park, which roared back after play resumed to earn a 49-34 win. Mike Weller had a huge night for East, completing 32-of-47 passes for 333 yards with two interceptions. He threw three touchdown passes to Paul Gossage and ran for two more … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:15:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: Reavis has upper hand in late show with St. Laurence ]]>

Reavis quarterback Isiah Alpuche had a big case of déjà vu Friday night. When the season-opening game was delayed almost 90 minutes because of weather, the junior couldn’t help but think of last year’s Week 1 experience. Severe weather pushed that game back a day and Reavis fell to neighborhood rival St. Laurence 44-16. Friday’s delay was the only thing in common for Reavis this time around, the visiting Rams putting together a dominant second half on the way to a convincing 36-18 win over St. Laurence in the Battle of Burbank. “It was bad. It was embarrassing (last year),” … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:13:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: Lemont finds route to victory over Plainfield South ]]>

Amid a flurry of penalties on both sides and lightning that caused an hour delay during the first half, Lemont made enough plays to start its season with a 17-7 win over Plainfield South. Jimmy Kepouros caught a 28-yard scoring pass from Ryan Dawson with 11 minutes to play in the fourth quarter to give visiting Lemont a 14-7 lead. Lemont stopped Plainfield South on its next possession and the Indians were able to move the ball on the ground approaching the midway point of the fourth quarter. Marcin Orszulak kicked a 23-yard field goal with 3:53 to play to … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:14:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: Wilson connection lifts Thornton over Morgan Park ]]> Lead story image

After a 1-hour, 15-minute lightning delay with 6:10 left in the first quarter and no score, Morgan Park and Thornton resumed play at Gately Stadium. “Our field isn’t even lined yet so we would not have been able to move it to our place on Saturday,” Thornton coach Bill Mosel said. “I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t have given up their home-field advantage anyway.” A 36-yard pass from reserve quarterback Leslie Wilson to Brian Wilson was the difference in a 26-13 Thornton win. Wilson had just entered for starter Michael Fuller (11 carries, 57 yards, 2 touchdowns; 5-for-10 passing, 44 yards), … ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:10:35 -0500