Left-hander Tony Cingrani pitched well in six starts with the Cincinnati Reds. However, with the return of staff ace Johnny Cueto from the disabled list, Cingrani has been returned to Triple-A Louisvlle.
An excellent pitching performance, some crazy, and good, defensive plays and a little bit of offense from the Joliet Slammers on opening night suggests we are in for an interesting summer.
Everything is new about the Joliet Slammers as they begin their third season at 7:05 p.m. Friday against the Traverse City Beach Bums at Silver Cross Field.
With the recent emphasis on heat complications and head injuries in football, the IHSA thought it has to act sooner than later. Its board of directors approved changes to Policy 13 that governs the regulations for safety and heat acclimatization for presesson practice. Local coaches said they generally are on board with the changes.
Jerry Cougill has 700 victories in 35 years as baseball coach at Reed-Custer. He has a state on his resume and coached former major leaguers Brian DuBois and Les Norman.
The Joliet Dirtbags summeer baseball team is entering the initial season as a full-fledged member of the Chicago Suburban Baseball League. They rely heavily on local talent to fill their roster.
Lewis baseball coach Tim McDonough has emphasized bringing in the right players for his program. Based on results the last few years, his approach is paying dividends. The Flyers enter the GLVC Tournament as the No. 2 seed and open against Quincy.
Lincoln-Way Central graduate Tony Cingrani worked past two Alfonso Sooriano home runs and the Cincinnati Reds rallied late to beat the Cub 6-4.
John Baines, who is leaving St. Francis after three seasons to become the men’s head basketball coach at Elmhurst College, said the decision to leave was difficult.
Tom Helwich, a Lincoln-Way Central graduate, decided after his freshhman season to give up hitting for Lewis and concentrate solely on pitching. The decision has worked out very well for the Flyers.
Minooka sophomore Tanner Laczynski was one of the top forwards on the Chicago Mission Tier 1 AAA Midget Minor 16U team that went 6-0 and won the national title at the recent tournament in Pittsburgh. Now he is on the verge of reaping other rewards thanks to his commitment to hockey.
Former Morris and Joliet Junior College right-hander Zach Petrick, who signed with the St. Louis Cardinals as un undrafted free agent last summer, is enjoying a strong beginning to his pro careeer. He is pitching is relief so far this season with the Peoria Chiefs, the Cardinals’ affiliate in the Class A Midwest League.
Chris Crowther, Andy Tomala, Eric Parker, the 1970 boys basketball team, Dr. Cheryl McCarthy and Ed Lewandowski all were honored at the ninth annual Joliet Township Athletic Booster Club’s ninth annual Night of Champions.
Kaite Condon, a Joliet Catholic graduate, went from doubting whether she was good enough to play any sport at a large college to playing women’s soccer for four years at Western Illinois and winning the prestigious WIU Fremale Scholar-Athlete of the Year award as a senior.
Ron Tirapelli, who has owned his local Ford dealership since 1984, and his daughter Natalie won the recent National Super Seniors Tennis Tournament in mid-March at South Barrington Club and are ranked No. 2 in the Super Senior Father/Daughter Division.
Kaetlyn Hernandez is a 16-year-old junior at Lockport. She is a reserve guard on the basketball team. But she already is an adult in ways that mater. She has begun a non-profit organization called ScholarHoops that will raise college scholarship money for area basketball players.