southtownstar.suntimes.com http://southtownstar.suntimes.com Latest news from The Southtown Star Online en-us Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:10:16 PDT webmaster@suntimes.com http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/southtownstar.gif Southtown Star logo http://southtownstar.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Girls Volleyball: Mother McAuley withstands Marist challenge ]]> Lead story image

They’ve heard it all before, and they heard plenty of it Thursday night in the self-named “Animal House” at Marist. Mother McAuley senior Ryann DeJarld even said the chants from the RedHawks student section got into the Mighty Macs’ heads a little bit. “We were a little mental the first game,” she said. “We got yelled at a lot and we knew we weren’t playing our best.” But ... “We persevered. In Game 2 we were really focused and we pulled through,” DeJarld said after a grind-it-out 25-23, 25-20 McAuley victory. Kelsey Clark had five kills and three blocks, Kayla … ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:14:52 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29968472-419/girls-volleyball-mother-mcauley-withstands-marist-challenge.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29968472-419/girls-volleyball-mother-mcauley-withstands-marist-challenge.html <![CDATA[ On Campus: Indiana State’s Mike Perish earns Missouri Valley Football Conference honor ]]> Lead story image

Indiana State quarterback Mike Perish still was four years away from arriving on Earth the previous time the Blue Key Victory Bell resided in Terre Haute, Indiana. That doesn’t mean the Frankfort resident isn’t aware of the importance of the trophy he and his Indiana State teammates earned with their 27-20 victory Sept. 13 over instate rival Ball State on the Cardinals’ home field. “This is the first time we’ve had (the Blue Key Victory Bell) since 1987,” Perish said. “In the 1980s, Indiana State was Division I, like Ball State. This is only the second time we’ve ever beaten … ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:28:00 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29973483-419/on-campus-indiana-states-mike-perish-earns-missouri-valley-football-conference-honor.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29973483-419/on-campus-indiana-states-mike-perish-earns-missouri-valley-football-conference-honor.html <![CDATA[ Week 4 High School Football Capsule Previews ]]> Lead story image

Mount Carmel (1-2, 0-1)  at St. Rita (3-0, 0-0) When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Outlook: It’s the 93rd meeting between the two Catholic Blue powers, with Mount Carmel owning a 60-32 advantage. The Caravan may not find itself in must-win territory, but with games vs. Loyola and Brother Rice still remaining, a loss here considerably cranks up the playoff pressure-cooker. The Mustangs are banged up, with RB Mateo Zunica the latest to suffer a season-ending injury. Zunica’s absence heaps more responsibility on RB Tyre Lee (56 carries, 464 yards), who has answered the call thus far. Mount Carmel will be motivated … ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:14:15 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29968344-419/week-4-high-school-football-capsule-previews.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29968344-419/week-4-high-school-football-capsule-previews.html <![CDATA[ College Football: St. Xavier at Robert Morris ]]> Lead story image

St. Xavier (2-0) at Robert Morris (2-0) When: 1 p.m. Saturday at Morris Field, Arlington Heights Coaches: Mike Feminis, St. Xavier;  Jared Williamson, Robert Morris. Previous meeting: Host St. Xavier won 41-10 on Sept. 21, 2013. St. Xavier preview: The Cougars are coming off a memorable victory Saturday, taking down Indianapolis — ranked 15th in NCAA Division II at the time — 19-14. ... The win helped St. Xavier climb the NAIA rankings to No. 10. ... St. Xavier ranks 13th in scoring in NAIA at 42 points per game, and faces the No. 12 defense in Robert Morris (17.5 … ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:13:50 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29968350-419/college-football-st-xavier-at-robert-morris.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29968350-419/college-football-st-xavier-at-robert-morris.html <![CDATA[ Collge Football: Trinity International at St. Francis ]]>

Trinity International (2-0)  at St. Francis (2-0) When: 4 p.m. Saturday at Joliet Memorial Stadium Coaches: Joe Curry, St. Francis; Kirk Wherritt, Trinity International. Previous meeting: Trinity defeated St. Francis 41-39 at home in 2013. St. Francis preview: The Saints are averaging 40.5 points per game, good for 15th in the country. ... QB Trace Wanless was named the Mid-States Football Association Mideast League Offensive Player of the Week, piling up three touchdowns in St. Francis’ 40-7 Week 2 win over Lindenwood-Belleville. ... Wanless leads the team in rushing with 155 yards (plus a TD) while also throwing for 302 … ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:13:40 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29968351-419/collge-football-trinity-international-at-st-francis.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29968351-419/collge-football-trinity-international-at-st-francis.html <![CDATA[ Boys Soccer: Lemont gets better of Bremen 2-0 ]]>

Lemont fell short in its bid for the 2013 South Suburban Blue title, mainly thanks to a 1-0 loss to champion Bremen. This year, the Indians already had a league loss in a crossover against Eisenhower, and came into Thursday’s rematch with Bremen needing a victory. “They beat us last year and they’re our biggest rival,” Lemont’s Eric Whatley said. “We wanted to make sure we stay in the conference race and we couldn’t lose this one. We accomplished our goal.” The host Indians scored twice in the first 24 minutes and held on the rest of the way for … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:27:18 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29968352-419/boys-soccer-lemont-gets-better-of-bremen-2-0.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29968352-419/boys-soccer-lemont-gets-better-of-bremen-2-0.html <![CDATA[ High School/Local College Sports Roundup for Sept. 18, 2014 ]]>

Boys Soccer Eisenhower 4, Oak Forest 2: Omar Hernandez had two goals for host Eisenhower (7-3, 3-1) in the South Suburban crossover. St. Laurence 2, Marmion 1: Michael McLaughlin scored twice to elevate host St. Laurence (4-2-2, 3-0) in the Catholic League South. Shepard 8, Oak Lawn 0: Logan Dolehide netted a hat trick to lead host Shepard (7-4, 3-2) in the South Suburban Red. Corry Williams and Mike Kaczmarczyk added two goals apiece for the Astros. Argo 8, Evergreen Park 0: Paul Bryja and Adrian Czaja had goals for host Argo (7-3, 3-1) in the South Suburban Red. Illinois … ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:13:30 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29954397-419/high-schoollocal-college-sports-roundup-for-sept-18-2014.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29954397-419/high-schoollocal-college-sports-roundup-for-sept-18-2014.html <![CDATA[ Football: Connor Rago looks to take Oak Forest to next level ]]> Lead story image

Connor Rago won’t be content with Oak Forest simply extending its playoff appearances to 15 straight this season. No, sir. Rago sees the potential the Bengals have and realizes it’s much greater than a one- or two-game postseason appearance. “I don’t feel, personally, that getting to the playoffs is enough,” Rago said. “We have the talent this year to accomplish so much more. But we have to stay focused and not get flustered. I believe we’re capable of achieving whatever we want.” With Rago leading the way, the Bengals and their loyal fans are positioned to realize their lofty ambitions. … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:18:01 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29931948-419/football-connor-rago-looks-to-take-oak-forest-to-next-level.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29931948-419/football-connor-rago-looks-to-take-oak-forest-to-next-level.html <![CDATA[ Auto Racing: Illiana Speedway 2014 finale a doozy ]]> Lead story image

The local asphalt short-track season came to an end with a bang Saturday night at Illiana Speedway. Or maybe it was a very rude bump. OK, whether it was rude or not is a matter of opinion. The two men involved, Anthony Danta and Brian Campbell, most certainly differed in theirs. It already had been one of the better Bettenhausen Classics of recent vintage, with Brett Sontag and last year’s winner, Brian Campbell battling up front, and a tenacious tussle between Jeff Cannon and Anthony Danta behind them. Things really got interesting around the three-quarter mark of the 100-lap event, … ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:12:55 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29966985-452/auto-racing-illiana-speedway-2014-finale-a-doozy.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29966985-452/auto-racing-illiana-speedway-2014-finale-a-doozy.html <![CDATA[ Girls Volleyball: Marist wins twice at Wheaton Classic ]]>

Things are going to get hot in the Marist gymnasium Thursday when Southwest Side rival Mother McAuley pays a visit, so the RedHawks warmed up for the occasion by smoking a couple of opponents Wednesday at the Wheaton Classic hosted by Wheaton Warrenville South. Marist defeated Plainfield Central 25-20, 25-22 and Lemont 25-20, 25-15 to win its pool and advance to Saturday’s Gold Division quarterfinals. After taking care of business Wednesday, the RedHawks can look forward to Thursday’s visit by the Mighty Macs. “I’m so excited,” Marist middle hitter Colleen Reilly said. “It’s going to be so fun. Good competition. … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:36:01 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29954197-419/girls-volleyball-marist-wins-twice-at-wheaton-classic.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29954197-419/girls-volleyball-marist-wins-twice-at-wheaton-classic.html <![CDATA[ Disabato: From week to tweak, football things change in Southland ]]> Lead story image

Some observations with one-third of the 2014 high school football season in the books: Oak Forest and Lemont are 3-0 and undoubtedly will qualify for the postseason. However, it’s difficult to gauge their validity, considering the combined record of their first three opponents is 1-8. With the success each program has attained the past 10 or so seasons, it’s beyond time the Bengals and Indians search out better competition to fill their two nonconference games. With that said, kudos to Tinley Park coach Nick Johnston for agreeing to play Joliet West in the Titans’ season opener. Joliet West might not … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:21:14 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29931928-452/disabato-from-week-to-tweak-football-things-change-in-southland.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29931928-452/disabato-from-week-to-tweak-football-things-change-in-southland.html <![CDATA[ SouthtownStar Football Top 10 ]]>

Includes records; last week’s rankings in parentheses 1. H-F 2-1 (1) 2. St. Rita 3-0 (3) 3. Providence 3-0 (4) 4. Richards 2-1 (5) 5. L-W North 3-0 (6) 6. Mount Carmel 1-2 (2) 7. Joliet Catholic 2-1 (7) 8. L-W East 2-1 (8) 9. Brother Rice 2-1 (9) 10. L-W West 3-0 (NR) … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:08:46 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29931944-419/story.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29931944-419/story.html <![CDATA[ Football: Sandburg opening lots of eyes ]]> Lead story image

Sandburg has gone about its business rather quietly, compiling a 2-1 record. Considering the Eagles returned just four players with experience from last season, coach Dave Wierzal is pleased with his team’s standing. “This is the youngest team I’ve ever put out on the field,” Wierzal said. “You’re wondering how are they going to handle a situation when their composure is tested. On Friday, they did a phenomenal job.” The Eagles rallied from deficits of 7-0 in the first half and 10-7 in the fourth quarter to pull out a 21-10 win over Lockport. In Week 2, Sandburg defeated archrival … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:18:49 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29931949-419/football-sandburg-opening-lots-of-eyes.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29931949-419/football-sandburg-opening-lots-of-eyes.html <![CDATA[ SouthtownStar Football Stats ]]> Lead story image

Through Week 3. Stats provided by schools. Rushing Player, school Att. Yds. Avg. TD Lee, St. Rita 56 464 8.3 5 Smart, St. Laurence 79 332 4.2 2 Morrissey, LW East 69 330 4.8 6 Buntyn, Mount Carmel 48 314 6.5 5 Rago, Oak Forest 15 308 20.5 6 Lewis, Mount Carmel 49 293 5.9 3 Moore, Evergreen 20 278 13.9 7 Norvell, Reavis 30 267 8.4 2 Quade, Lockport 47 253 5.4 2 Roundtree, Chi. Christian 42 251 6.0 3 Harrison, Shepard 54 246 4.6 3 Dea. Harley-Hampton, H-F 28 225 8.0 2 Alpuche, Reavis 34 221 8.5 7 Martin, Lemont 35 221 6.3 1 Jones, Br. Rice 50 220 4.4 6 Bolhuis, Chi. Christian 38 215 5.7 2 McDonald, Tinley Park 41 215 5.2 3 VanNieuwenhuyse, Stagg 36 213 5.9 1 Mueller, Oak Forest 22 211 9.6 3 Knerr, LW West 55 209 3.8 4 Aldridge, Marist 15 202 13.5 5 Awodiran, Marist 36 201 5.6 2 Pearson, Oak Forest 11 198 18.0 0 Perez, Oak Forest 35 189 5.4 2 Egan, Stagg 22 180 8.2 3 Rich, Argo 50 172 3.4 1 Robley, Sandburg 30 171 5.7 1 Kelly, Tinley Park 28 171 6.1 1 Martinez, St. Laurence 45 157 3.5 3 Alarcon, Br. Rice 48 152 3.2 2 Dev. Harley-Hampton, H-F 26 143 5.5 3 Rattler, Chi. Christian 19 141 7.4 1 Credit, Lockport 24 141 5.9 0 Knerr, LW West 44 140 3.2 1 … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:18:16 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29945367-419/southtownstar-football-stats.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29945367-419/southtownstar-football-stats.html <![CDATA[ Boys Soccer: Bloom, Thornton co-op play to scoreless tie ]]> Lead story image

Thornton co-op was kicking itself over missed early chances. Bloom? The Blazing Trojans were upset, too, after coming up empty on some golden opportunities late. Both teams left Wednesday’s contest in Harvey frustrated, though both took solace in turning in a solid effort in a 0-0 tie. “We knew coming in it’d be a tough game,” Bloom coach Kelly Gutierrez said. “A lot of our kids play against their kids or with their kids in club. A lot of them know each other. We played a good game, and we know we can play against good teams like this. We … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:19:18 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29948171-419/boys-soccer-bloom-thornton-co-op-play-to-scoreless-tie.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29948171-419/boys-soccer-bloom-thornton-co-op-play-to-scoreless-tie.html <![CDATA[ High School/Local College Sports Roundup for Sept. 17, 2014 ]]>

Boys Soccer Illinois Lutheran 4, Manteno 3: Nate Yazdani scored twice to lift host Illinois Lutheran (11-1). Cameron Borns (assist) and Justin Schmidtke also netted goals for the Chargers. Marist 2, Marian Catholic 1: Goals by Carter Olson and Brice Wyderski spurred host Marist (2-5-1) in its East Suburban Catholic opener. Marian Catholic slipped to 8-4-1, 0-2. Lincoln-Way North 1, Herscher 0: David Leyden assisted on the goal by Ruben Sanchez that propelled host Lincoln-Way North (6-2-2). Niko Mavrogiannis recorded the shutout. Beecher 0, Oak Forest 0: Tyler Bireline made three saves to lead visiting Beecher (11-1-1). Nicholas Dalberti stopped … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:17:48 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29934573-419/high-schoollocal-college-sports-roundup-for-sept-17-2014.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/sports/29934573-419/high-schoollocal-college-sports-roundup-for-sept-17-2014.html