Deuce is ace in the hole

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Marciano’s exploits help Cougars ward off Fighting Saints

  He wears No. 2, but Dave Marciano likely became Public Enemy No. 1 to the University of St. Francis following his exploits on St. Xavier University’s behalf Saturday night in Joliet.
  While Marciano is a starting linebacker for the Cougars, his defensive presence was only part of the reason the Fighting Saints failed to knock off their longtime Mid-States Football Association rival. Even more vital among the senior’s contributions were a school-record-setting 81-yard punt return and the runback of a blocked extra point in the fourth quarter.
  By returning the ball to the USF end zone in the latter instance, Marciano registered a safety for his team, which stretched SXU’s lead out to 24-19. The NAIA fifth-ranked Cougars added two touchdowns after that to exit Memorial Stadium in possession of a 37-25 victory over the No. 22 Saints.
  “He’s our outside linebacker, and he’s got three touchdowns and two points on a safety this season — that’s pretty good production,” SXU coach Mike Feminis said with a chuckle. “I was very happy to come out of there with a win, and those were some big plays.

Knights have their number

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Christian knocks off Guerin in homecoming game

 Chicago Christian had Guerin Prep’s number in more ways than one Friday night.

  The Knights had it in the typical sense, as they were able to best the Gators in Palos Heights. But a likely reason for Christian’s success was that Guerin didn’t have bigger numbers personnel-wise.
  The Knights weren’t superior in that category, either, but the simple fact they were dealing with someone their own size for a change made a difference. Christian only held a slight edge in total yardage, but its defense forced two turnovers while its offense wasn’t guilty of any.
  And for one of the few times this season, the Knights enjoyed playing with a lead. Christian held Guerin scoreless through the first three quarters, and the 13-0 advantage the hosts constructed over that span pretty much held up as the Knights pocketed a 28-14 Suburban Christian Conference Gold win in their homecoming contest.

Beaten at their own game

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Fast-strike JCA zooms past RedHawks

 Scoring points in bunches has been a key ingredient of Marist’s success during the Pat Dunne coaching era.

  Friday night in Joliet, however, the tables got turned. Instead of benefiting from that kind of offensive barrage, the RedHawks were beleaguered by it, courtesy of Joliet Catholic Academy.
  After spotting Marist leads of 14-0 and 21-7, the Hilltoppers scaled Comeback Mountain. They were tied with their guests at halftime, and three fast strikes in the third quarter then put the hosts firmly in command.
  The RedHawks managed to tally just once over the last 24 minutes and, as a result, got tagged with a 49-27 setback in the East Suburban Catholic Conference encounter at Memorial Stadium.
  “I’ve got to give Joliet Catholic credit — they did play well on both sides of the ball,” Dunne said. “Our guys’ effort was great, but we have faced some great teams and great players [this season], and we have to develop some [defensive] consistency. We’ve got to carry it to where we’re consistently putting [opponents] in [difficult] third-down and fourth-down situations.”
  Marist’s defense had its moments, particularly early on. And the RedHawks’ offense gave it a lead to protect right away, as Flynn Nagel (29-yard pass from Jack Donegan) and Peter Andreotti (6-yard run) scored on consecutive series.


Here’s to our health — and someone else’s wealth

  Seeing as how illness can no longer be inexpensively remedied — and the so-called “Affordable Health Care Act” won’t change that — I suppose all of us should be concentrating more on improved health.

  This would be simple if not for one thing: life. It’s certainly preferable to death, but life does throw us some curveballs, many of which induce stress. Too much stress is a whole lot worse on a person’s system than too much bacon.
  And speaking of food, eating nutritiously, though advisable, is not feasible for many folks unless Congress also decides to someday ram an “Affordable Food Cost Act” down our throats.
  Going green describes my facial color when I look at the price tags attached to some of these healthier-lifestyle food options. Personally, I don’t see the rationale in taking out a loan just to purchase an organically grown head of cauliflower.

Volleyball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Homecoming doesn’t hamper Lady Spartans

  Despite seeing his team win nine of its first 12 matches, Oak Lawn coach Dennis McNamara wasn’t quite sure what to expect from his athletes during homecoming week.
  Making it a particularly big concern was the fact the Lady Spartans would be pitted against neighborhood and South Suburban Conference Red rival Richards last Tuesday. But while Oak Lawn wasn’t at the top of its game, it still had enough firepower to ward off the Lady Bulldogs and stay firmly in the hunt for first place in the divisional standings.
  Sparking the Lady Spartans’ 25-23, 29-27 conquest were the trio of Becky Bradshaw, Simona Tomczak and Christina Egan. Bradshaw recorded 13 kills and five digs, Tomczak delivered nine kills and 10 digs, and Egan passed out 23 assists to help Oak Lawn make it through two tough sets with Richards.
  “Being homecoming week, I really didn’t know what mentality we would bring to the match,” McNamara said. “I was hoping that it being our crosstown rival that we would play up to the challenge — and they did.
  “Richards played a great match, too. Things went back and forth, but fortunately [for us], we came out at the end of the match on top. We were just hoping to survive the homecoming week and, hopefully, move on to bigger and better things.”