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[ Baseball: Joliet Catholic blanks Crystal Lake South 9-0 in Phil Lawler Summer Classic ]]> Lead story image

Mitch Boe knows baserunning. The Joliet Catholic shortstop had a career day on the basepaths Tuesday, stealing five bases and scoring three runs to lead the Hilltoppers to a 9-0 victory over Crystal Lake South at the Phil Lawler Summer Classic at North Central College in Naperville. The victory advances Joliet Catholic (17-0) to Wednesday’s semifinals at Benedictine. The Hilltoppers will play Prospect. “That’s by far the most (steals) I’ve ever had,” Boe said. “We always try to put pressure on the defense, so I do my best.” Boe, an Iowa commit, wasted no time in applying the pressure. He … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:14:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Golf: Frankfort’s Brian Bullington leads after two rounds of Illinois Open ]]> Lead story image

GLENVIEW — Never count out the cagey veterans, at least not after just one round of the Illinois Open. Medinah Country Club pro Travis Johns and University of Illinois golf coach Mike Small got back into the hunt Tuesday by shooting the best rounds of the day at The Glen Club. Each shot 6-under-par 66. Johns, the 36-year-old Australian native who lives in Oswego, opened with even par 72 on Monday. His total of 6-under 138 leaves the long-hitting left-hander a stroke behind leader Brian Bullington heading into Wednesday’s final 18 holes. An amateur from Frankfort, Bullington followed his opening … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:22:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Southland Vikings’ Brandon White a quick study on the mound ]]> Lead story image

Brandon White had to sit back and take a good look at his baseball future. Would he have more success as a slick-fielding shortstop who struggled at the plate? Or was it time to make a switch? “I was always pretty good defensively, but I wasn’t great at hitting,” White said. “I was talking to coaches, and they said it might be best for me to be a pitcher.” So faced with a difficult decision, White made the jump, moving from the middle infield to the mound. The transition is an ongoing development, but it definitely is one with potential … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:13:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Prospect KOs St. Laurence in Phil Lawler Summer Classic ]]>

Propect left-hander Pasquelli Atteo found himself pitching from the stretch for most of Tuesday’s pool-play game against St. Laurence in the Phil Lawler Summer Classic. It apparently didn’t bother Atteo, who tossed a complete game to lead Prospect to a 4-2 victory. It sends Prospect (26-6-1) into Wednesday’s 7:30 p.m. semifinal against undefeated Joliet Catholic. St. Laurence closes at 15-4. “In the stretch, I kind of feel better,” Atteo said. “Early in games I like the windup, but later I like to go to the stretch. I feel more comfortable and I have a good move over to first so … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:14:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: St. Laurence falls 4-2 to Nazareth in Phil Lawler Summer Classic ]]> Lead story image

Michael Kogut wasn’t supposed to get the start Tuesday morning for Nazareth, and St. Laurence probably wished he didn’t. The senior did wind up throwing, though, and kept the Vikings in check to the tune of a 4-2 victory in pool play of the Phil Lawler Summer Classic at Benedictine in Lisle. Nazareth (23-11) advances to a 5 p.m. Wednesday semifinal at Benedictine against Prairie Ridge. Roadrunners coach Lee Milano called Kogut on Monday night and told the 6-foot-5 righty he’d be pitching the second game Tuesday if Nazareth lost to St. Laurence. “I could sense disappointment in his voice,” … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:14:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Evansville Otters pound ThunderBolts 15-5 ]]>

With the wind blowing out on a scorching morning, Tuesday was a rare hitter’s day at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood. The Evansville Otters sure take advantage. The Otters pounded out 25 hits, three which left the yard, and rolled to a 15-5 win over the Windy City ThunderBolts in front of a mostly young crowd of 2,656 on Big Splash Day. “We knew it was going to be an offensive-type day and we just couldn’t get anyone out,” T-Bolts manager Ron Biga said. “It was rough.” It was another frustrating day for the T-Bolts (19-36) who won two straight … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:13:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Slammers fall 7-5 in 12 innings vs. Traverse City ]]> Lead story image

Brett Zawacki thrived in the bullpen last year for the Joliet Slammers after a stint in the rotation didn’t pan out. The Peru, Illinois, native has been a productive reliever again this season, but the Slammers needed him on the mound from the beginning of the game Tuesday night against Traverse City. Making his first start of the season, Zawacki allowed two solo homers through five innings and was lifted after six with the Slammers behind 4-1. Joliet rallied with three runs in the seventh for a 4-all tie, keyed by a two-run double by Grant DeBruin. Traverse City, however, … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:13:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ College Baseball: Mark Hernandez named coach at Prairie State ]]>

Mark Hernandez has filled out the lineup cards. He has stood in the third-base coaching box. He even has some head coaching experience under his belt. Now, however, Hernandez believes he has found the right place to leave his mark long term as a head coach. Hernandez was named Prairie State’s baseball coach Monday. “With the overall pool of talent in district for Prairie State, this is a great career fit,” Hernandez said. “I hope to provide an ideal student-athlete experience for the team.” Hernandez was a longtime assistant at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove. He also was head … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:13:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: St. Laurence tops Prospect 12-4 in Phil Lawler Summer Classic opener ]]> Lead story image

Yes, St. Laurence was nervous out of the gate Monday morning in the Phil Lawler Summer Classic. No, it didn’t last long. The Vikings spotted Prospect a four-run lead in the top of the first inning at North Central College in Naperville, then roared back with a dozen unanswered runs for a 12-4 win in a pool-play opener. St. Laurence (15-2) plays Nazareth (22-11) — a 4-3 eight-inning winner over Glenbrook North — at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Benedictine in Lisle. A win sends the Vikings on to the semifinals of the unofficial summer state tourney, while a loss would … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:13:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Joliet Catholic edges Prairie Ridge 1-0 in nine innings in Phil Lawler Classic ]]> Lead story image

Prairie Ridge’s Benjamin Cilano and Joliet Catholic Academy’s Drake Fellows locked up in an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel Monday. The setting was Benedictine in Lisle for the Phil Lawler Classic, which seemed perfectly fitting since the late Phil Lawler was a longtime pitching coach in Naperville. Cilano and Fellows each tossed seven shutout innings before giving way to the bullpens in extra innings. The Hilltoppers finally broke through in the ninth inning, getting a two-out RBI single from Connor Brandon to earn a 1-0 victory. Joliet Catholic (16-0) meets Crystal Lake South at 10 a.m. Tuesday at North Central College. “For … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:13:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Basketball: St. Xavier’s Brad Karp signs with Cheshire Phoenix of British Basketball League ]]> Lead story image

Brad Karp’s college basketball career is over, but St. Xavier’s all-time leading scorer isn’t calling it quits. Karp signed a professional contract Monday with the Cheshire Phoenix of the British Basketball League. “The decision was a lot of different things,” Karp said. “The league has a good style of play with lots of scoring that felt like a good fit for me. It felt like the recruiting process again with college, looking for the right city, coach and team.” Karp, who was named to NAIA All-American teams all four years at St. Xavier, led the Cougars to a 30-5 record … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:14:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baranek: Bowlers use summer leagues to hone skills, stay sharp ]]> Lead story image

One way to stay cool during the summer is to toss some games at the local air-conditioned bowling center. Kevin Kullman, of Lockport, does that twice a week for a minimum of two to three hours, and bowls in a league on another night at Strike ’N Spare II in Lockport. He isn’t necessarily trying to beat the heat. “I treat my game like racers do with their cars in the winter,” the top-average bowler in the Southland said. “I break every little piece down and go through it, get the kinks out. “My grandfather (area short-track stock car legend … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:13:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Slammers defeat Traverse City Beach Bums 6-1 ]]>

With identical records going into their Frontier League series opener Monday night, Traverse City and Joliet likely see each other as an opportunity to make up ground in the standings. “We’ve been losing a lot of close games,’’ Adam Giacalone said after the Slammers dropped two of three over the weekend to Windy City. “We’re right there, just a lot of one-run, two-run games that we could be pulling out.’’ “We’re a better club than what we’re playing, there’s no question’’ Joliet manager Jeff Isom said. The Slammers showed that Monday with four runs in the second inning, two more … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:12:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: The game’s in the bloodlines for Slammers pitcher Sam Moore ]]> Lead story image

Growing up the son of All-Star pitcher Mike Moore, who played for Seattle, Oakland and Detroit, young Sam Moore lived what many youngsters can only dream about. “I was a little kid and hanging out with Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco and Rickey Henderson,’’ Sam Moore said. “That was just dad’s friends. Looking back on it it’s pretty cool, but at the time you don’t realize it.’’ Now, amid less glamorous surroundings in the Frontier League, 24-year-old Sam Moore is pursuing affiliated baseball as a reliever with the Joliet Slammers. “I know people who have regrets looking back on their … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:12:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: Slammers’ starting rotation goes through quite a spin ]]> Lead story image

The Joliet Slammers have had to start over this year with their starting rotation. Danny Hernandez retired early in the season, Michael Johnson and Matt Dillon were released, and Blair Walters was signed last week by the Atlanta Braves to pitch in their minor league system. “Blair Walters being gone obviously shuffled things up,’’ Joliet manager Jeff Isom said. Before the All-Star break, the Slammers played two doubleheaders in five days, against Normal and Schaumburg. “We were scrambling for pitching,’’ Isom said. “The pitching got all out of whack. It’s nice we had the All-Star break, gave our guys some … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:13:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baseball: ThunderBolts fall 2-0 to Evansville Otters ]]>

In topping the Joliet Slammers on Saturday and Sunday, the Windy City ThunderBolts won consecutive games for the first time since May 25 and 27. Monday, Trevor Walch and the Evansville Otters made sure the T-Bolts wouldn’t make it three in a row. Playing at home for the first time in 18 days, Windy City managed just two hits against Walch and a trio of relievers, wasting a strong start from Josh Spence and falling 2-0 at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood. “(Walch) mixed up his pitches and kind of pitched backward,” T-Bolts manager Ron Biga said. “He was able … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:12:15 -0500