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: Round 1 Playoff Capsule Previews ]]> Lead story image

CLASS 6A Oak Forest (6-3) at Richards (8-1) When: 6 p.m. Saturday Outlook: The teams’ Week 6 meeting resulted in a 39-14 win by Richards. For Oak Forest to turn the tables, its defense must pressure Richards QB Hasan Muhammad-Rogers (99-of-174, 1,685 yards) and the Bengals offense must find more balance. If Rogers is allowed to sit back and target Spencer Tears and Ryan Willet (30 catches, 605 yards), the result likely will be another lopsided decision. Getting RB/WR Connor Rago involved, be it on the ground or through the air, would improve the Bengals’ chances. Another factor for the … ]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:16:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Volleyball: Joliet Catholic outlasts Providence for regional crown ]]> Lead story image

Perfect timing and devastating execution. It was a 1-2 punch that lifted Joliet Catholic past Providence 25-23, 27-25 in Thursday night’s Class 3A Providence Regional title match. The puncher? An Angel named Mary. “I just really wanted to do it for my team,” Joliet Catholic senior Mary Murphy said. “It’s the seniors’ last year, it’s my last year. “I’ve been waiting for this ever since I was 4 years old. I’d do anything for this team. I think everybody feels that way.” Murphy not only led the Angels with 11 kills, she produced the final two points in each game, … ]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:16:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Volleyball: T.F. South tops Plainfield South for regional title ]]> Lead story image

T.F. South was so close a year ago. The regional title was right there for the taking, but the Rebels came up a few points short in the final, falling in three nail-biting games to Sandburg. Crystal Lee and the Rebels weren’t going to let that chance slip away again. With hitting contributions from all over the court Thursday, T.F. South rolled to a 25-18, 25-21 win over Plainfield South to claim the Class 4A Crete-Monee Regional. It’s T.F. South’s first volleyball regional title since 2004. “This game means a lot to us,” Lee said. “You think, ‘Ten years? Big … ]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:15:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ High School/Local College Sports Roundup for Oct. 30, 2014 ]]>

Girls Volleyball Class 4A Argo Regional Sandburg 25-25, Downers Grove North 20-20: Sami Knight posted 14 assists and 12 digs to vault Sandburg (32-5) in the championship. Julia Borschel tacked on eight kills for the Eagles. Class 4A Eisenhower Regional Marist 25-25, Hinsdale Central 20-19: Cameron Enright (7 digs) notched eight kills and Lizzie Zaleski registered 25 assists to elevate Marist (29-8). Anne Marie Stifter added seven kills and five blocks for the RedHawks. Class 4A Joliet Central Regional Plainfield Central 25-25, Marian Catholic 14-23: Maddie Huekels finished with 13 assists, five kills and five digs to lead Marian Catholic … ]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:15:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Disabato: While some may have counted Mount Carmel out, Frank Lenti and Co. rise to occasion ]]> Lead story image

During most every season in the past 29, Frank Lenti could begin looking ahead toward the playoffs around Week 6 or 7 of the regular season. By that time, the Caravan already had locked up a playoff spot. That wasn’t the case this season. Mount Carmel was 2-4 after Week 6, hanging from the edge of the proverbial playoff cliff. “We told the guys after we lost to Brother Rice (26-17 in Week 6) that the playoffs don’t start in three weeks, they start right now,” Lenti said. “It’s time to be good or be gone.” Of course, the Caravan … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:17:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football; St. Rita’s Brandon Gaston moves from follower to leader ]]> Lead story image

Brandon Gaston didn’t begin playing organized football until he was in the eighth grade, as a lineman for the Calumet City Chargers. Gaston preferred catching a baseball, not a football, while growing up in Glenwood. “I would play baseball every day,” Gaston said. “I loved baseball.” Once Gaston, now a senior at St. Rita, was introduced to football, he hung up his baseball spikes for good. It probably was a wise decision, with all due respect to his baseball skills. The 6-2, 185-pound receiver is one of the Southland’s top pass-catchers, compiling 701 yards and seven touchdowns on 33 receptions. … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:14:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ SouthtownStar Football Top 10 ]]>

Includes records; last week’s rankings in parentheses: 1. Providence 8-1 (1) 2. Richards 8-1 (2) 3. L-W East 8-1 (3) 4. H-F 7-2 (4) 5. Joliet Catholic 7-2 (5) 6. Lemont 9-0 (7) 7. Brother Rice 6-3 (8) 8. St. Rita 6-3 (6) 9. L-W West 8-1 (9) 10. L-W North 8-1 (10) … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:02:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ SouthtownStar Football Stats ]]> Lead story image

Through Week 8. Stats provided by schools. Rushing Player, school Att. Yds. Avg. TD Studer, LW Central 243 1,408 5.8 16 Lee, St. Rita 156 1,182 7.6 12 Morrissey, LW East 220 1,118 5.1 20 Roundtree, Chi. Christian 142 938 6.6 13 Branch, LW North 137 883 6.4 21 Cusimano, Andrew 209 881 4.2 9 Montalvo, LW West 133 833 6.3 10 Benavides, Bloom 174 831 4.8 11 Smart, St. Laurence 185 819 4.4 7 Emmanuel, Bloom 113 795 7.0 11 McDonald, Tinley Park 137 758 5.5 9 Jones, Br. Rice 142 752 5.3 13 Moore, Evergreen 87 725 8.3 9 Ries, Mount Carmel 75 672 8.9 7 Lewis, Mount Carmel 104 666 6.4 9 Ratkovich, Crete-Monee 91 644 7.1 9 Norvell, Reavis 99 641 6.5 5 McCullough, Marist 107 587 5.5 6 Smith, T.F. South 104 567 5.5 13 Knerr , LW West 113 553 4.9 8 Kelly, Tinley Park 114 547 4.8 4 Johnson, Richards 49 543 11.1 11 Alarcon, Br. Rice 137 529 3.9 7 Robinson, Oak Lawn 114 512 4.5 9 Buntyn, Mount Carmel 66 501 7.6 9 Martin, Lemont 81 497 6.1 3 Quade, Lockport 96 497 5.2 4 Muhammad-Rogers, Richards 109 492 4.5 7 Credit, Lockport 101 483 4.8 4 Lewis, T.F. South 62 480 7.7 5 Ryan, Evergreen 52 476 9.2 5 Campbell, LW Central 105 474 4.5 3 Doyle, Richards 77 474 6.2 4 Ledet, Crete-Monee 70 468 6.7 6 Warfield, … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:15:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football: It’s Round 2 for T.F. South, Reavis ]]>

Two weeks ago, Reavis played arguably its worst game of the season, absorbing a 34-14 shellacking from T.F. South. Offense, defense, special teams, the Rams were outplayed in every facet by the Rebels. “One team showed up, and we didn’t,” Reavis coach Tim Zasada said. The first round of the Class 7A playoffs provides the Rams (7-2) with a chance at redemption. T.F. South (6-3) returns Friday to Burbank for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Zasada is confident his team will deliver a much better performance than it did in Week 8 vs. the Rebels. “We felt sick at how we … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:15:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: St. Ambrose at St. Xavier ]]> Lead story image

St. Ambrose (Iowa) (3-4, 2-2)  at St. Xavier (5-2, 1-1) When: 1 p.m. Saturday at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field, Chicago. Coaches: Mike Feminis, St. Xavier; Mike Magistrelli, St. Ambrose. Previous meeting: St. Ambrose won 65-30 on Nov. 2, 2013, in Davenport, Iowa. St. Xavier preview: The Cougars held steady at No. 9 in the NAIA rankings after a thrilling 48-46 win Saturday at William Penn (Iowa), surviving when the Statesmen missed a potential game-winning field goal in the final seconds. … In this Mid-States Football Association Midwest League game, St. Xavier will look to avenge the loss to St. … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:18:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Football: Siena Heights at St. Francis ]]>

Siena Heights (4-3, 3-1)  at St. Francis (4-4, 1-3) When: 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium, Joliet. Coaches: Joe Curry, St. Francis; Jim Lyall, Siena Heights. Previous meeting: St. Francis won 17-13 on Nov. 2, 2013, in Adrian, Michigan. St. Francis preview: The Saints lost to 22-19 to visiting Marian (Indiana) at Memorial Stadium, their third straight loss, all but eliminating St. Francis from NAIA playoff competition. … It’s the program’s first three-game losing streak since 2009. … The Saints rank 10th in the nation in total defense, allowing 299 yards per game. … Brett Ditchman (Lincoln-Way Central) leads the … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:17:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ High School/Local College Sports Roundup for Oct. 29, 2014 ]]>

Girls Swimming & Diving South Suburban Blue Meet: Melissa Joyce won the 200-yard individual medley (2:24.51) as Tinley Park (239 points) edged Oak Forest (236) and Lemont (229) for first place in the five-team meet. Oak Forest was led by Gretchen Behrens, who prevailed in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.96) and 500 freestyle (5:37.78). Lemont’s Alex Knutte was tops in the 100 free (55.26 seconds) and 200 free (1:58.80). Annette Lesnicki added victories in the 100 butterfly (1:00.45) and 100 backstroke (1:02.32) for the Indians. Men’s Soccer Lewis 1, Wisconsin-Parkside 1 (2 OTs): Lenin Roa-Tapia assisted on Ivan Surlina’s goal for … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:17:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boys Soccer: Blake Van Bruggen and Andrew proving to be great late ]]> Lead story image

Blake Van Bruggen’s senior year at Andrew is turning out to be more memorable than he possibly could have imagined a few weeks ago. On Oct. 3, after a loss to Lincoln-Way West, the Thunderbolts were 4-7-2 overall and 0-2 in the SouthWest Suburban Red, seemingly a major long shot to go anywhere in the postseason. Yet Saturday, Van Bruggen and his teammates were on the field at Eisenhower celebrating the program’s first regional title since 2008 after a 4-1 win over Lincoln-Way East — Andrew’s sixth victory in seven games since that loss to West. “Come late in the … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:15:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boys Soccer: Lockport, Thornton co-op reach sectional final ]]> Lead story image

The fact Lockport was the No. 1 seed and Stagg the No. 12 mattered very little Tuesday night as the teams battled all night in an evenly played game. Vinny Smithwick knew the game likely was going to come down to one big moment and the Lockport senior created it. Smithwick collected the ball on the left side of the box, cut toward the middle and fired a laser back to his left and into the net for the game’s only goal as the Porters survived 1-0 in a Class 3A Sandburg Sectional semifinal. “I got a ball that was … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:15:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boys Soccer: Marian Catholic clips Crete-Monee in sectional semifinal ]]>

With the end of regulation in sight, Marian Catholic’s Carlo Falcioni was looking to “pick up scraps” near the goal. He ended up with much more than that. Falcioni scored the game-winning goal Tuesday with two minutes remaining as Marian defeated Crete-Monee 1-0 in a Class 2A Lincoln-Way West Sectional semifinal. The score came immediately after dynamic forward Alec Guarino fired a shot off the crossbar. Falcioni, running full speed to pick up the rebound, buried his strike into the net. “Our coach (Nasser Shahtaji) always preaches three bodies at the back of the net every time we shoot,” Falcioni … ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:22:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girls Volleyball: Shepard outlasts Stagg in regional semifinal ]]> Lead story image

It could have been exhaustion. It was more excitement, though, that had Shepard’s Nikki Alex searching not for words, but air after the host Astros beat Stagg 22-25, 25-20, 25-21 in a pulse-pounding Class 4A regional semifinal Tuesday. “All the adrenaline and the excitement of playoffs, it was so exciting,” she said. “The playoffs are about ... ohhh. Sorry, out of breath. “Playoffs are about upsets, and we just wanted to shut them down and show them we could do it.” For Alex, it was all about digging. The senior libero had 15, many of them on monster hits by … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:14:40 -0500