Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Tom Gregory has devoted 11 years working as a volunteer in the Palos Baseball Organization.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Tom Gregory doesn't just talk about making a difference. He gets out there and makes things happen. Gregory has dedicated much of his time over the last 11 years to the Palos Baseball Organziation. He has served on the PBO board as a trustee and has served as the league president. He has enjoyed instilling a passion for baseball in the kids involved in the PBO, from the Pinto level, where players are just beginning to learn the fundamentals, on up through the Pony level, for the more advanced group, some who will go on to play in the high school ranks. Gregory has seen Brad Clark, Dan Ahern, and Scott and Sean Fewkes come through PBO and go on to play baseball at Stagg. Now, he's preparing to move on, too.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Chargers strand 10 runners in 4-4 10-inning baseball deadlock with Bradley-Bourbonnais on Tuesday.
Stagg coach Matt O'Neill summed it up rather bluntly. "I just thought our hitters had chances where their guy was wild, and at the same time we had hitters' counts," O'Neill said following the Chargers' 4-4 10-inning tie with Bradley-Bourbonnais on Tuesday. "We were taking fastballs with guys in scoring position. We failed to get two sacrifice bunts down. It was a terrible day for us at the plate." Two different Bradley pitchers racked up 12 strikeouts. The Chargers were able to rally from being down 4-1 to tie the game, but had the winning run just 90 feet away twice and were unable to bring that run home. Stagg had two golden opportunities in the early going. The first came Kyle Belluomini led off the second inning with a sure single and…
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Stagg 8, Shepard 2. Clark's five-inning, 10-strikeout performance powers Chargers in rivalry game.
Touching All the Bases: Stagg started early with two quick runs in the first inning of an 8-2 victory over rival Shepard on Tuesday. Dan Ahern took advantage of a wild pitch and then Ahern was driven in on a Max Orant double. The Chargers added two more in the third and opened up the game with a four-run fourth. The Astros scored two runs in the sixth on a single by Justin Madrigal. Patch's MVP: Stagg's Brad Clark pitched five innings, struck out 10 and gave up two hits in his winning effort. Clark went 1-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored. He singled, walked, reached on a fielder's choice and flew out to right. Stagg Leaders: Besides Clark, Ahern was 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Orant was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Shepard Leaders: …
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
With the addition of a handful of new players to the varsity roster, Chargers coach Matt O'Neill will look toward his seniors to provide guidance and leadership.
Coach: Matt O’Neill. Last year’s record: 22-13, 11-3 in the Southwest Suburban Red (conference champions). Opener: March 22 at Reavis. Quick hit: “Our season will be a successful one if we are able to execute and make plays defensively,” Stagg coach Matt O’Neill said. “We will have many newcomers in the field and on the mound, and their ability to adjust to varsity baseball is critical for our team’s success. We have a good nucleus of returning players who will provide our team with solid leadership.” Infield: First base–Kyle Belluomini, junior. Second base– Sean Fewkes, senior; Will Maske, junior; Mike Rankin, sophomore. Shortstop–Brian Valcarcel, junior, .300, 10 doubles, returns for second season as starter. Third base–Dan Ahern, …
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Andrew 48, Stagg 39. Thunderbolts go 8-of-8 from the free-throw line down the stretch to advance to the Stagg Regional title game.
The Hot Read: In front of a packed crowd with strong representation from both sides, Andrew and Stagg met for a third time this season—and for the second time on Stagg's home court. This time, it was for a berth in the Stagg Regional championship game against Lockport. Both teams kept pace with each other for most of the game, with neither leading by more than five points before the final two minutes. Free throws made the difference down the stretch, as Stagg sent Andrew to the line repeatedly in the closing minutes and the T-Bolts went 8-for-8 from the charity stripe in that stretch to seal the victory, 48-39. Key Stats: Andrew used its height advantage to outrebound the Chargers 26-20. Andrew was 13-of-16 from the free-throw line on the …
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Chargers get into the groove after halftime to defeat Thornwood on Senior Night in Palos Heights.
After Stagg endured an uneven first half on offense Tuesday night, the Chargers regrouped and found their shooting stroke in the third quarter against Thornwood on Tuesday night, en route to a 49-39 victory. The Chargers outscored the T-Birds 20-7 in the third quarter behind 8-of-14 shooting from the field. The Chargers seemed more comfortable on offense after halftime. Their motion offense, led by guard Dan Ahern and forward Darius Draper, broke down Thornwood’s defensive reserves early on, leading to the shooting onslaught. “I think our screens wore ’em down,” Draper said. “Seemed like we were able to get the ball to our guys better.” After a three-pointer by Thornwood guard Darell Combs that put the T-Birds up 25-20, the Chargers …
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Stagg 49, Thornwood 39. A 20-point third quarter guarantees the Chargers a second-place finish in conference.
The Hot Read: Stagg erupted for a 20-point third quarter after being held to five in the second by Thornwood on Tuesday. The Chargers’ motion offense finally wore down the visiting T-Birds en route to a 49-39 win on Senior Night. Patch’s MVP: Chargers forward Darius Draper did a little of everything. He led all scorers with 12 points. He also picked up eight rebounds, five steals and three blocks. Four of his five steals came in the fourth quarter, helping seal the win for the Chargers against a surging Thornwood team. Key Stats: The Chargers outscored the T-Birds 31-17 in the second half, shooting 11-of-23 from the field and 6-of-8 from the charity stripe. The T-Birds shot 7-of-28 from the field and did not attempt a single free throw …
Friday, February 18, 2011
Stagg 55, Thornridge 46. Darius Draper scores 23 points as Chargers survive on road in overtime.
The Hot Read: Sean Dwyer scored his only basket with less than 10 seconds left in regulation to force a 44-44 tie, and Stagg went out to defeat Thornridge 55-46 in a boys basketball overtime thriller on Friday night. Dwyer's basket gave the Chargers the momentum they needed to mount an 11-2 finishing kick. And Darius Draper's efforts on both sides of the ball certainly didn't hurt. Patch’s MVP: Stagg's Darius Draper scored 23 points, including nine in overtime, to lead all scores. He also pulled down 10 rebounds. He added two steals and blocked one shot. Key Stats: Stagg's defensive discipline kept the Thornridge shooters off the free throw line most of the night. The Falcons were 2-for-4 from line. By contrast, the Chargers hit 15-of-24…
Sports Editor Ron Kremer ranks the region's top boys basketball teams from 1-5, plus the five knocking on the door.
1. Homewood-Flossmoor (17-5): Vikings make a three-of-a-kind play in 59-49 victory over Lincoln-Way East. Julian Lewis, Tyrone Sherman and Delvon Rencher each scored 12 points. Next: Tonight vs. Bolingbrook. 2. Stagg (18-5): Big Two: Dan Ahern and Darius Draper. Two on the rise: Sean Dwyer and Brett Kaiser. No wonder Chargers are charging. Next: Tonight at Thornridge. 3. Bloom (14-7): LeJavious Johnson scored 21 points, but the Blazing Trojans dropped a 52-51 decision to Rich East and fell from the unbeaten ranks in the Southland Athletic Conference. Next: Tonight vs. Rich South. 4. Brother Rice (15-7): Garrett O’Neill scored 17 points in a 36-32 victory over Marian Catholic. Alex Majewski added 13. Next: Tonight at Kankakee Bishop …
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Stagg 62, Lemont 50. Indians can't stop the Chargers ability to drive to the basket and also hit the three-pointer.
The Hot Read: Lemont led 23-20 midway through the second quarter, but Stagg outscored the Indians 16-4 over the final 4:21 of the first half to take a 36-27 lead at halftime. The Chargers wouldn't allow the Indians to get any closer than 50-45 with 7:07 left and they went on to notch a 62-50 boys basketball victory on Tuesday night. Stagg had a balanced scoring attack with three players in double figures. Sophomore Sean Dwyer added nine points off the bench. Patch's MVP: The Chargers rely on Darius Draper and Dan Ahern for so much, so receiving 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds from junior Brett Kaiser provided Stagg with a huge boost. Key Stats: Stagg committed only five turnovers in comparison to Lemont's 10. Both teams finished …