Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

 Even though Stagg’s boys’ golf team finished at the bottom of last Tuesday’s six-school SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue meet at Coyote Run in Homewood, Chargers coach David Podkul is not the least bit discouraged as his team prepares for this weekend’s regional at Brother Rice.

  One big reason is the continuing emergence of senior Trace Moustakas as a viable candidate to qualify for the state meet, based on his average scores. At Coyote Run, Moustakas shot a season-best 18-hole score of 79 to finish in the top 10 individually.
  With Moustakas averaging between 37 and 39 in nine-hole matches, Podkul is excited about his prospects, as well as those of Brendan Kiblehan — who shot an 86 on Tuesday — Dean Abate and sophomore Robert Stark.
  “Our four best golfers have been steady for us all season,” Podkul said. “I’ve coached Trace since he was a freshman, and I really think he can be a state qualifier for us. He’s been our captain and anchor, and he also plays baseball. He’s a hybrid athlete.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Mixed bag for Cyclones runners at COD

  It was both a good and not-so-good day for Moraine Valley College cross country runners at the College of DuPage Invitational on Sept. 27.
  The Cyclones women, while finishing 12th among the 17 schools competing at St. James Farm in Warrenville, pleased coach Mark Horstmeyer with their level of improvement. A big reason for the satisfaction was the overall strength of the field — along with other National Junior College Athletic Association Region IV schools, the meet brought together programs representing the NAIA and all divisions of the NCAA.

SXU sports summary

Golfers continue strong play

  As the golf season wound down, St. Xavier University kept rising up to issue stern challenges.
  In a couple of recent outings, the Cougars captured one tournament championship and finished third another time. They matched that latter finish last Tuesday, as they were No. 3 in the team standings at the William Woods University Fall Invitational in Fulton, Mo.
  Spearheaded by senior James Kerr’s fifth-place individual effort, SXU shot a two-day total of 593 (301-292) at Tanglewood Golf Course. Kerr carded rounds of 71 and 74 for an overall 145 score, while senior Kirby Brown backed him with a 148, which was built off 18-hole totals of 79 and 69.

Community sports news

Mustangs still unbeaten on gridiron

  Another week, another nail-biter.
  And while a new hero stepped forward, it was the same old story for Evergreen Park Saturday afternoon, much to the Mustangs’ delight. A week after escaping Richards with a one-point win that kept it in first place within the South Suburban Conference Red, Evergreen followed the same format in Summit and gained sole possession of the penthouse.
  Don Oresky’s 30-yard runback after stripping the ball from Argo tailback D’Ken Jones with under nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter erased the Mustangs’ six-point deficit and helped them secure a 45-44 victory over the previously undefeated Argonauts. Evergreen’s defense, which intercepted four passes on the day, prevented Argo from making a fourth comeback.
  The hosts had spotted the Mustangs a pair of 13-point leads and one of 11 points before rallying in each instance. Jones’ 4-yard run late in the third period had established a 44-38 edge for the Argonauts.

Plenty in reserve

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Backup QB leads Mustangs past Bulldogs

  Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees had nothing on Evergreen Park.
  Just as two of cinema’s most infamous bad-guy characters of the past 35 years were impervious to every act designed to kill them, so, too, are the Mustangs seemingly able to ward off all attempts to defeat them. The latest group to try — and fail — was Richards Friday night.
  When Bulldogs quarterback Hasan Muhammad-Rogers threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Tears with less than five minutes remaining to give their team a six-point lead at Korhonen Field, Richards appeared to be standing on solid ground. While Evergreen has made a habit of staging late rallies during Dan Hartman’s three-year coaching tenure, rarely has it had to come back against a foe the caliber of this year’s Richards squad.