Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Jared Jackson will play on both sides of the ball for the Mustang football team as coach Dan Hartman looks to make full use of every weapon in his arsenal.
Victor Baker may have rushed for more than 1,000 yards last year, but Evergreen Park coach Dan Hartman is excited to expand the offense out to his other playmakers. Jared Jackson is a big part of that plan. “We have speed at the skill positions that not everyone is blessed with,” Hartman said. “We have five or six guys that are game-breakers.” Jackson is coming into a much bigger role this year and will play on both sides of the ball. He returns as a defensive back in Evergreen Park's secondary. The goal for Evergreen Park has been set: get to the playoffs. "I think the guys have bought in to the goal of six wins and they are excited and hungry,” Hartman said. “This group of seniors has been really good in leading the younger kids along …
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Mustangs senior tailback Victor Baker does some shake-and-bake in a video Q&A.
From the moment he took the reins as head coach of Evergreen Park’s varsity football team, Dan Hartman knew he had some firepower at his disposal. Senior running back Victor Baker will be the Mustangs’ biggest weapon. “Victor Baker has the ability to take it to the house and score from anywhere on the field,” Hartman said. Baker racked up more than 1,000 yards rushing last season, helping Evergreen Park to a 5-4 record. With Evergreen's first three games of the year at home, fans can expect to see Baker showcase his moves from the get-go. “He’s a really special player that I think we really need to get going early this year,” Hartman said. Patch caught up with Baker for a Gimme 5 video Q&A.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Longtime assistant coach Patrick Flannigan talks about his plans to turn around the Mustangs' boys basketball program as he steps into the head coaching position.
New Evergreen Park boys basketball coach Patrick Flannigan has put in countless hours of coaching. He started as an assistant girls basketball coach at Reavis before moving on to Luther South, where he was also the head softball coach. He became an assistant boys basketball coach at St. Rita, before going to Leo and then finally coming to Evergreen Park, where he has been an assistant boys basketball coach for 11 years. Add his time coaching as an assistant for baseball and softball, and you have 20 years of coaching experience for Flannigan. “Just ask my wife,” Flannigan said. “She knows I’ve put a lot of time into coaching.” This upcoming season will be Flannigan’s first as a boys basketball head coach. He says the most rewarding aspect …
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Once, John O'Connor was a student in the halls of Evergreen Park High School. Now, he has just finished one of the most successful seasons in recent memory as coach of the Mustangs' softball team.
Evergreen Park softball coach John O’Connor knows a thing or two about Evergreen Park Community High School. O’Connor went to high school at Evergreen Park. Then, his daughter played softball at the school, and now he’s the head softball coach and freshman football coach, too. “Just the community, being around the people,” O’Connor said of what makes Evergreen Park High School special. “Everybody here is very friendly. The kids are great. You can’t beat it. They’re upbeat and a lot of fun.” O’Connor has taught special education and physical education, as well as coached the softball team, for two years now. He was a tradesman of sheet metal for 24 years before going to Evergreen Park. However, it the early 2000s, O’Connor had a travel …
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Softball standout Molly Cummings reflects on her athletic career at McAuley as she looks ahead to studying nursing at Bradley University.
The softball season had to end sometime, but Mother McAuley senior right fielder Molly Cummings wished it could have lasted a few more games. The Mighty Macs bowed out of the postseason Saturday, losing a 1-0 nail-biter to Richards in the Morton Sectional championship game. Now, Cummings is moving on to the next phase of her life: college. She will be going to Bradley University to study nursing. Sports were a big part of Cummings life in high school, as she played both basketball and softball. While she won’t be playing varsity softball at Bradley, she hopes she can stay involved in the sport in some capacity.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Mustang pitcher Michelle Putlak has racked up the wins with a power game, but shows her compassion when she steps away from the softball diamond.
Evergreen Park junior starting pitcher Michelle Putlak has a competitive spirit when she’s in the center circle. “I like pitching," Putlak said. "I like striking people out. It just makes me feel really good." But she also has a sympathetic side to her. “Sometimes I feel bad when I’m pitching against a bad team and I strike people out, but it still makes me feel good,” Putlak said. The Mustang ace will help lead her team through a playoff run that starts on Tuesday, May 24, in the Evergreen Park Regional. The Mustangs play the winner of a quarterfinal matchup between Rich Central and Rich East. Putlak hopes to continue her softball career in college. Ideally, she would play and go to school somewhere nearby, but not close enough to where …
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Senior shortstop Erin O'Donnell shares her love of softball and how she first was introduced to the sport.
Despite a recent setback at the hands of Oak Forest, the Mother McAuley softball team is well on its way to a deep run in the IHSA playoffs. Standing at 18-5, the Mighty Macs have a plethora of talent, including senior shortstop and three-year varsity regular Erin O’Donnell. O’Donnell started playing baseball when she was little, which transferred to softball when she was in sixth grade. The sport is in her blood with her dad being a former baseball player at Chicago State. She loves softball. “I like that it’s so intense and that you’re always moving, and that you can always come back from behind,” O’Donnell said. O’Donnell will continue her career next season at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. She was the first recruit of …
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Boys volleyball outside hitter Brian Pomorski reflects on his time as a Crusader, has high hopes for the end of the year and projects his future as a businessman.
Brother Rice senior outside hitter Brian Pomorski already has his life planned out. He’s going to Western Michigan next year with many of his friends from Brother Rice, Marist and St. Rita. He’s going to study business so he can work in downtown Chicago. All he has left to do is lead the Crusaders on a deep playoff run. First, Pomorski said he hopes to help Brother Rice win the Chicago Catholic League. Already, he has started to reflect on his time at Brother Rice and started to look toward the future.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Crusader senior Danny Goode crunching the numbers as he gears up to defend his conference title, looks ahead to field of study in college.
Brother Rice senior Danny Goode was pulled up to the varsity track team during his freshman year. Now, he hopes to run track at the University of Missouri. Goode is planning to enroll at Missouri next year, and he hopes to walk on to the team to run the 400. At Brother Rice, Goode runs the 200 and the 400. He won the 400 at the conference meet during his junior year. He was part of a 4x200 relay team that went to state in his sophomore year and was a part of the 4x400 relay team that went to state in his junior year. Goode also was a cornerback on the Brother Rice football team. He will study finance at Missouri.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
RedHawk senior boys volleyball setter will be playing at UC San Diego next year.
Marist senior setter Garrett Dempsey won’t have to deal with the cold any more. Dempsey is heading to UC San Diego in the fall to play as a setter for the Tritons. He might even pick up surfing. “I’ll have to learn, I guess,” Dempsey said of surfing. “But I might as well.” Dempsey chose San Diego over his two other suitors, Ball State and Long Beach State. He said UCSD is a better fit academically and that he has family in the San Diego area. Dempsey started playing club volleyball in seventh grade. Now, he plays a key role on a Marist team trying to repeat as state champions. “I think ultimately we want to go back downstate and repeat,” Dempsey said of the team’s goal for the season. “But we’ll take it step-by-step, and see how we do.” …