Homecoming helplessness

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Mistake-prone, injury-plagued Cougars lose league opener

  Saturday’s homecoming football game at St. Xavier University started four hours earlier than scheduled because of a threat of bad weather.

 Nature’s worst was avoided, but what the host Cougars couldn’t dodge was a hefty share of bad luck.

  Already down a couple men on the defensive side, SXU’s ranks got thinned further when Jacob Ghinazzi was ejected from the Cougars’ Mid-States Football Association Midwest League opener because of helmet-to-helmet contact with a Grand View University player. And the Cougars weren’t spared grief on the offensive side, either, as both quarterback John Rhode (separated shoulder) and tailback Nick Pesek (severe ankle sprain) exited the game prematurely with injuries.
  To make matters even worse, SXU was also mistake-prone. Six turnovers plagued the home team, and those miscues couldn’t be played through. Instead, the NAIA No. 4-ranked visitors toppled the No. 3 Cougars 48-21 at Bruce R. Deaton Field.


Give me a reason not to detest you

An open letter to an unknown woman in Texas:

  Hey lady!
  You get the Jerry Lewis-style opening here because I don’t know your name. Most people across the land probably don’t either, but you’ve nevertheless managed to attract a great amount of both attention and enmity for a recent act you performed that found its way onto the Internet.
  Let’s call it your 15 minutes of fame — or, more accurately, your 22 seconds of infamy. The video clip in question was shot at Minute Maid Park in Houston and involved your retrieval of a baseball that bounced on top of one of the dugouts during a game.
  As most fans would attest, all’s fair in the pursuit of a foul. That means normally frowned-upon behavior, such as jostling others to purposely knock them off-balance and better position yourself for a payoff, is considered acceptable. And that’s certainly understandable — after all, such a souvenir is rare enough that only a few million others have one to call their own.

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.