What is it that has the president so pessimistic as spring unfolds? Oh ... that.
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This week on Patch Talk we're discussing the brutal murder of a Chicago Heights man, Homewood being recognized as a centennial municipality and more on festivals.
*Please note. In this edition of Patch Talk, H-F Editor Ryan Fitzpatrick makes mention of the former Washington Park Racetrack receiving National Landmark recognition. This is not true. The award will be coming from the Illinois State Historical Society. Apologies for the inconvenience.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Scoring an impressive ten runs, it's Marian's first men's baseball state title ever.
The Spartans proved over the weekend the number of wins and losses during a season of baseball mean nothing once you get to the playoffs. With 17 losses behind them, Marian Catholic High School beat the 34-7 LaSalle-Peru Cavaliers for the Class 3A baseball state championship at Silver Cross Field in Joliet. Scoring eight runs in the third inning was instrumental to Marian's victory, but it was the efforts of pitchers Brett Lilek and Ben Santori that kept LaSalle-Peru at bay. Santori forced ground balls, and Lilek finished 4-for-5 with a double, according to the Chicago Tribune. "I was just all pumped up with adrenaline flowing," Lilek said to Tribune reporters. Despite a home run from LaSalle-Peru's Casey Heubbe, the Spartans came out on …
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Marian Catholic senior left-hander Brett Lilek stands 6-4 and throws 90 mph. He has been ahead of the game since he started playing baseball in the yard with his father and three older brothers.
Many boys are introduced to baseball via a game of catch with dad in the yard. Few are so skilled at a young age to bypass T-ball and take their first swings in a competitive atmosphere off a pitching machine. And fewer still grow to 6-4 and throw a 90-mph fastball. Meet Brett Lilek. He is the leader of the Marian Catholic baseball team that will take on East Suburban Catholic Conference rival Nazareth Academy at noon Friday in the Class 3A semifinals at Silver Cross Field in Joliet. He is the exception to almost every rule. “God gives certain things to certain people,” Marian Catholic coach Phil Wail said. “God gave him a 6-4 frame and the ability to throw a ball 90 miles an hour. Now, it’s up to him to listen to all of his coaches—not …
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Marian Catholic's Brett Lilek was on fire in the Class 3A sectional championship with an 11-2 win over Lincoln-Way West.
Marian Catholic pitcher Brett Lilek struck out the side in the first inning and never looked back, racking up 15 Ks in a complete game victory, 11-2 over Lincoln-Way West in the sectional championship. According to IHSA.org, Lilek tied the Illinois high school record for most strikeouts in a state tournament game that didn't go to extra innings. (Two pitchers recorded 20+ strikeouts in extra-inning games.) The Arizona State recruit was near-flawless, except for a two-run fourth inning where the Warriors fought back to tie the game 2-2. With two outs and the bases loaded, No. 9 hitter Nick Andrade pulled a single to drive in West's only two runs. After that, Marian's offense went off for nine more runs, keyed by Devin Pickett's two-run …
Monday, April 16, 2012
Vote in our poll for the best place to boil up the crosstown rivalry during baseball season.
Arguably the best part of spring is now under way. Through April 15, the Sox are 5-3, and the Cubs have already found their way to the basement at 3-7 (spare me the “I told ya so”). Fortunately, this is only the beginning. With a long season ahead of us, we’d like to know where you go to tie one on during the baseball games. Vote in our poll for your favorite bar in the Chicago Heights area to watch a game. Our lineup was set by recommendations from our Facebook fans and from our trusty listing directory. Vote in the poll and click through the name of your place and leave a quick review. Our victor will be based on a combo of positive reviews and poll votes. Plus, one Patch user who leaves a review will be randomly chosen to win a Patch T-…
Friday, June 24, 2011
The Chicago Heights Park District provides boys and girls an opportunity to jump-start their baseball careers through a T-ball league that is sure to put a smile on your face.
It was North Side against South Side on a smaller scale. Bats were swinging hard during two recent T-ball games at Bob Lueder Field in Chicago Heights. There was a friendly rivalry between the Chicago Heights Cubs & the Chicago Heights White Sox. Cubs and Sox? Friendly? On another field, the Red Sox played against the Blue Rays as action heated up in the third inning. The teams play only three innings or for an hour, whichever comes first. Parents gather on the sidelines to cheer on their young sluggers. Smiles and hugs along with comments like "good game" rule the day. The T-ball league is for 4-6 year-olds. They are learning the fundamentals of baseball while having a good time. And they'll learn quickly the Cubs and Sox rivalry is not …
Author/tourist Todd Franiuk heads to the Evergreen Park Library to a provide a taste of travels he, Matthew Hart and Sfoklis Nikiforos chronicled in 'A bLISTful Five Years: The Baseball Stadium Tour.'
Five years. Todd Franiuk and friends took their time and covered 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, each team's hometown, foods along the way, baseball stats and lists of every sort, including unusual city names along the way, like Climax, Mich. And he's coming to the Southland to talk about it. To read more about Franiuk's book, A bLISTful Five Years: The Baseball Stadium Tour, check out this week's SouthScene arts and entertainment column. You'll also find an interview with an original member of the Buckinghams, a Polish festival on the hill, free concerts of all genres across the Southland, an intimate chance for dinner and chamber music, plus some murder and mayhem with mystery writer Helen Osterman.
Monday, June 20, 2011
The Vikings are one of four teams participating in the new Midwest Collegiate wood bat league. They play their home games at Homewood-Flossmoor High School.
There is a new baseball team in town. The Southland Vikings. And they are looking to make some noise. The Vikings launched their inaugural season in the Midwest Collegiate League earlier this month. They play their home games at Homewood-Flossmoor High School. The Vikings are part of a summer wood bat league. And they compete with three other teams–Chicago Zephyrs, Rockford Foresters and the Will County CrakerJacks. The league hopes to attract some of the top collegiate players in the country where scouts and college coaches can come and look at prospects. The Vikings’ general manager is Flossmoor resident Don Popravak. Popravak created the league earlier this year and serves as the commissioner. “As the commissioner, I hope to grow the …
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
A weekly video recap of the Southland's top sports coverage.
After compiling fantastic seasons, two Southland baseball teams fell just short of the ultimate goal this weekend. Oak Forest lost in the Class 3A state championship against Kaneland, and Providence Catholic dropped just its fourth game of the season, this time to Lyons Township in the Class 4A title game. To read more about the games and athletes featured in this week's Sportscast, check out the links below: Lyons Ends Providence's Title Hopes Oak Forest Falls Short in Class 3A State Title Game Verzbicas Runs Mile in Under 4 Minutes to Win NYC Race Longtime Andrew Coach Fondly Recalls 1992 State Championship Team