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Pat Disabato, a lifelong resident of the (Blue) Island, has been a sports writer for more than 20 years, beginning his career in 1990 …

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Disabato: Former Southland standout Steve Sabatino finding groove with Peoria Chiefs

Steve Sabatino saw the writing on the wall. Extended spring training isn’t where a 24-year-old pitcher beginning his third year in professional baseball wants to be. That’s where recently drafted high school players are assigned before their short season Class A minor league season begins …

Disabato: Chicago Christian baseball proves it belongs with the big boys

In spite of winning at least 23 games the past six seasons and topping 30 wins twice, Chicago Christian isn’t considered by most an elite baseball program. Why? Because in many instances, our minds are programed to think bigger is always better. Chicago Christian has …

Disabato: It’s full-throttle Mustangs

St. Rita football coach Todd Kuska is extremely optimistic about the upcoming season. In fact, when asked for an honest assessment of his team, he didn’t mince words. “I’m really, really excited,” Kuska said. “I think we’re going to be pretty good.” “Pretty good” is …

Disabato: Important season ahead for St. Laurence football

St. Laurence came within one victory of qualifying for the playoffs in 2013. A win in Week 9 against Fenwick would have qualified the Vikings for their first postseason since 2009. It didn’t happen. The Vikings lost 28-14 to the Friars and finished with a …

Disabato: Ron Czarnecki grateful for second chance to run Oak Forest’s baseball program

When Oak Forest suspended varsity baseball coach Ron Czarnecki for one season in 2009, he saw the writing on the wall. He never reapplied for the position once he served his penance for violating a District 228 rule by allegedly using smokeless tobacco on school …

Disabato: John Ely finding that familiar pitching form in Boston Red Sox organization

In 2012, John Ely was coming off the best season of his professional baseball career. He was named the Los Angeles Dodgers Minor League Player of the Year and the Triple-A Pacific Coast League’s Pitcher of Year, going 14-7 with a 3.20 ERA and 165 …

  • Disabato: Homewood-Flossmoor unveils state-of-the-art multipurpose athletic facility

    There have been various high school expansion plans through the years that looked good, but failed to deliver on their promises, specifically to enhance the experience of student-athletes. Topping the list is when District 230, home to Stagg, Sandburg and Andrew high schools, embarked on …Read More

  • Disabato: Jevon Mamon prepared for task as Richards boys basketball coach

    Ken Styler watched Jevon Mamon coach Perspectives Calumet boys basketball team the past few years at the District 218 Tip-off Classic. Styler, the longtime Richards athletic director, came away impressed. His reverence, however, had little do with wins and losses. “It was his sideline demeanor …Read More

  • Disabato: Big finish completes memorable Southland 2014 baseball season

    With the 2014 All-Area Baseball Team, along with player and coach of the year, published in Wednesday’s SouthtownStar, it’s time to make a few observations and officially put a fork into one of the most exciting seasons in recent memory. I’ve witnessed some exceptional playoff …Read More

  • Disabato: Southland the capital of Illinois baseball

    Wow. There’s no better word to describe the Southland’s achievements during the high school baseball season. Three state champions in the state’s four classes: Illinois Lutheran in 1A, Lemont in 3A and Providence in 4A. A remarkable achievement for certain, one that further cements the …

  • Disabato: Everything comes up (Dylan) Rosa for Providence

    One ferocious swing of the bat by Rosa broke the 1-1 tie and brought the Providence faithful to its feet, causing the stands to shake with rock-concert excitement.

  • Disabato: Lemont accomplishes dream with never-say-die attitude

    Teams with title aspirations don’t own a white flag or surrender before the final out is recorded. That’s why Lemont is the Class 3A baseball state champions.

  • Disabato: Confident Providence having a ball in postseason

    When Providence was sitting 16-12 and languishing near the bottom of the rugged Catholic League Blue standings, a postseason run appeared about as likely as seeing St. Rita coach Mike Zunica guide his team most of the season without a front tooth. Guess what? The …Read More

  • Disabato: Memorable times for Illinois Lutheran baseball coach Mark Kjenstad

    It took Illinois Lutheran coach Mark Kjenstad a long time to recover from last season’s regional playoff loss. The 2013 Chargers set a school-record for wins in a season — 21 — which raised hopes of an extended playoff journey. However, they failed to advance …

    Disabato: Southland baseball teams have what it takes for title in Classes 4A and 3A

    With the high school baseball playoffs in full swing, the most common question I’m asked is, “Which team do you think will win a state championship?” In most years, I could produce a clear-cut favorite to advance to the state finals in Joliet. That’s not …

    Disabato: Lincoln-Way North baseball not derailed amid roster turnover, new coach

    When a star-studded team loses seven starters to graduation, including the ace of its pitching staff, one would expect some growing pains the following season. Maybe not a total collapse by the team, but a few bumps in the road on the way back to …

    Disabato: A successful spin at Evergreen Park

    What would the odds have been if someone had suggested three years ago that the last two football coaches at Evergreen Park would be hired at Hinsdale South and Hinsdale Central? Longer than a grasshopper making its way across the Dan Ryan during rush hour. …