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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: 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. …

    Disabato: Dave Connell preparing to take Andrew football to new heights

    Bless you, Dave Connell. Andrew’s new football coach actually had the guts to utter the two dirty words that generally are forbidden whenever District 230 hires a new football coach: state championship. Instead of uttering the tired company line of “we hope to be competitive” …

    Disabato: At Andrew, it’s a life lesson via baseball

    Tom Bushnell couldn’t believe his eyes. A week ago, Lincoln-Way North was applying a whipping to Bushnell and his Andrew teammates that was so severe, one of the umpires suggested replacing the real score with a less-embarrassing margin when the scoreboard read 23-0 after four …

    Disabato: Jim Maley ready for challenge as St. Laurence basketball coach

    Back on March 19, I asked St. Laurence athletic director Tim Chandler what requirements he was looking for in his search to replace basketball coach Mark Sevedge, whom the school had let go. “We’re looking for someone who has knowledge of the Catholic League and …

    Disabato: St. Rita riding high at 17-0

    It’s difficult to determine what’s more impressive about St. Rita’s 17-0 baseball record: that the Mustangs have played 17 games during this hazardous spring or that they’ve won all 17 games. Knowing that Mustangs coach Mike Zunica would be willing to play in an oversized …