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Disabato: Mount Carmel baseball starts 2014 where it finished 2013: No. 1

For the first time in his career at Mount Carmel, Brian Hurry is presiding over a preseason No. 1 baseball team. “In my 15 years at Mount Carmel, being preseason No. 1 is a first on my watch,” Hurry said. “We’ll take it, but we’re …

Disabato: Lewis to retire the number of legendary baseball coach ‘Irish’ O’Reilly

If Irish O’Reilly had his way, he’d allow other baseball players and coaches at Lewis the opportunity to wear the No. 14 he proudly donned for 29 years as the university’s baseball coach. It’s a number that is near and dear to O’Reilly’s heart. He …

Disabato: One minute is all Whatley needs to be Morgan Park’s difference-maker

PEORIA — It’s been a rough few days for Morgan Park senior Dellan Whatley. His grandmother, Shirley Conner, suffered a stroke on Wednesday and died. She lived right across the street from Whatley. Each Sunday before church, she would supply Whatley, an usher, with peppermints. …

Disabato: Morgan Park’s Charlie Moore comes through in a big way

PEORIA — It’s fair to refer to Charlie Moore as the scapegoat — though it wouldn’t be entirely accurate. Whenever Morgan Park would struggle this season, most of the blame would be directed at Moore, a sophomore point guard. “I totally agree. He’s been made …

Disabato: A.J. Avery getting firsthand NCAA tourney experience with Western Michigan

Like most basketball players, A.J. Avery grew up dreaming of hitting the game-winning shot that led his team to the NCAA national championship. “Oh, yeah, of course I would,” said Avery, who grew up on Chicago’s South Side. “I’d be in the back yard and …

Disabato: For Marian Catholic, the clock strikes hero hour

It was apparent from the start of Friday night’s sectional final that Tyler Ulis wasn’t himself. He lacked his usual explosiveness, his lateral movement was impaired and his hang time, which allows him to improvise in midair, was severely reduced. It was like watching a …

Disabato: Every game, Marian Catholic’s Tyler Ulis is a must-see performer

I’ve covered Marian Catholic do-it-all Tyler Ulis at least a dozen times throughout his soon-to-be-completed four-year varsity career. I’ve run out of adjectives to adequately describe his skill set. Marvelous? Amazing? Ridiculous? All of the above? The answer, of course, is “D.” There was something …

Disabato: Providence vs. Benet should be a monster Kennedy Cup final

The team has won a Thanksgiving tournament, a heralded Christmas tournament, even a Martin Luther King tournament. Grand accomplishments, all. However, they pale in comparison to the holy grail of hockey championships, the Kennedy Cup. For Providence, all that’s mattered this season is winning the …

Disabato: It’s time to bring out the crystal basketball

March Madness. Also known in these parts as win or go home, do or die and put up or shut up. The boys basketball playoffs tip off Monday and culminate with the Class 3A and 4A state finals March 21 and 22 in Peoria. It …

Disabato: Calviontae Washington sets Eisenhower hoops standard with 53 points

Calviontae Washington remembers when Tyrone Terrell, at the time a senior at Eisenhower, scored 50 points in a game, setting a school record. Washington was a sophomore then. “I remember people telling me that Tyrone had scored 50,” Washington said. “It crossed my mind a …

Disabato: Lemont scores a TD with Kooi hire

Bret Kooi couldn’t hide his excitement about becoming Lemont’s new football coach. The exuberance rolled off his tongue similar to a child providing Santa Claus with a Christmas wish list. Kooi, 50, should be excited. Lemont is a prime-time position. Tradition, success, superb facilities, outstanding …

Disabato: Providence hockey team ready to make its run for Kennedy Cup

One for the record book. That’s the most accurate way to describe Providence’s amazing hockey season to this point. A 49-4-4 record, including a 21-0-1 mark in the Catholic League, is unprecedented at the New Lenox school. “It’s been a good season,” coach Nick Iaciancio …

Disabato: Talkin’ baseball ... and making the cases for the Southland’s best for 2014

For the next few minutes — or as long as it takes to read this column — let’s think happy thoughts. Warm thoughts. Erase memories of “ChiBeria” and the polar vortex from your mind. Think sunshine, sunscreen and sunburn. Think peanuts in the shell, green …

Disabato: Oak Forest steps up into Top 10 in boys basketball

For those perusing the weekly SouthtownStar boys basketball Top 10, I want to assure you that your eyes are not deceiving you. Hang up the phone. There’s no need to dial the optometrist. That’s Oak Forest, a program that has as many winning seasons (3) …

Disabato: After tweaking delivery, Mark Mulder attempting major league comeback

Mark Mulder hasn’t pitched in a Major League Baseball game since the 2008 season. He hasn’t won a game since 2006. But if the Thornwood graduate’s against-all-odds comeback continues to progress as it has, that’s all going to change in 2014. “Everything is right where …

Disabato: At Lockport and Lemont, process ongoing for next football coach

Here it is, the middle of January, the heart of high school’s winter season, and what’s the common question most fans have been asking me? “Who is going to be the new football coach at Lockport and Lemont?” Football season ended six weeks ago, and …

Disabato: Rocco Mossuto readying to take reins of St. Xavier baseball in 2015

In recent years, when the topic would arise of who’d succeed Mike Dooley as baseball coach at St. Xavier, I would kid people that if Rocco Mossuto didn’t get the gig, local bridges would have to be blocked in order to keep him from jumping …