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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: Tom Cappel out, then just as quickly might be back in, as boys hoops coach at Crete-Monee ... but will he return?

I’ve been made aware of some coaching firings and hirings through my career, but what happened at Crete-Monee the past three days is without equal. And in no way, shape or form should that be considered a compliment. On Monday, Crete-Monee boys basketball coach Tom …

Disabato: After losing his father to ALS, Illinois State’s Pat Meehan carries on as dad would want him

Though many of his teammates choose to gather together, Pat Meehan prefers to sit by himself inside the locker room for about 15 minutes before every Illinois State football game. A redshirt junior linebacker, Meehan sits alone, the sounds of Van Morrison soothing his ears; …

Disabato: Brother Rice football players certainly a class(room) act

They play different positions on the football field: offense, defense, special teams. They graduated from different elementary schools: St. Germaine, St. Gerald, Most Holy Redeemer, Annie Keller Regional Gifted Center and St. Michael’s. With one exception, they reside in different communities: Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park, …

Disabato: From week to tweak, football things change in Southland

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. …

Disabato: With an offense featuring the big three of Justin Hunniford, Miles Boykin and Nate Vejvoda, Providence playing to its strengths

What may seem obvious to the rest of us sometimes doesn’t resonate with high school coaches. Take, for instance, when Zak Kustok constantly was in scramble mode behind an inexperienced offensive line his senior season at Sandburg, yet the coaching staff refused to implement a …

Disabato: After claiming Burbank football bragging rights, Reavis aiming for bigger things

I’m pretty certain you, like I, heard the buzz this summer surrounding Reavis football — that after going 5-4 but failing to compile enough playoff points to qualify for the postseason a year ago, the Rams were a team to keep a close eye on …

Disabato: In just five years, Homewood-Flossmoor goes from 1-8 to the top of Southland football

If someone would have told me back in fall 2009 that Homewood-Flossmoor would be the SouthtownStar’s preseason No. 1 football team in 2014, I would have suggested that person adhere to a drug test. At that time, H-F was coming off a 1-8 season. If …

Disabato: A new coaching perspective for Steve Nye

For the first time in 15 years, Steve Nye isn’t a head coach. He’s OK with that. Better than OK. He’s good. Just months after losing his job at York, there’s no hint of bitterness in his voice, no overwhelming desire again to guide his …

Disabato: Lemont football finds itself in good hands with addition of All-Area wide receiver Flynn Nagel

Bret Kooi knows a special football player when he sees one. He coached Craig Duppong, Steve Walker, Jake Christensen, Nick Setta and Tony Pashos, among others, during a 17-year career at Lockport. As offensive coordinator last season at Lincoln-Way North, Kooi was afforded the opportunity …

Disabato: Time to start thinking ‘football’

In four days the high school football season officially begins. Can it be? Didn’t the high school baseball season just start? On Monday, football teams will take to the practice field, largely with the same goal: qualify for the playoffs. Without achieving that, there’s no …

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