Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Sandburg junior wrestling standpout Mitch Cook gained the most support in "Roar of the Crowd" polling. He is now eligible for February Patch Athlete of the Month Recognition.
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Saturday, February 25, 2012
Senior boys swimming standout Matt Veldman placed second in the 100-yard butterfly and worked his teammates on three state-medal winning relay teams as Sandburg splashed to a tie for fourth place in the IHSA state meet.
They’ll be rolling out the welcome “Matt” at Sandburg High School on Monday. Welcome home, Matt Veldman. Welcome home, Eagles. Veldman, a senior standout following in the footsteps of his older brother Mike, led Sandburg’s boys swimming team on a historic journey that ended with the Eagles tying for fourth place in the IHSA state meet Saturday in Evanston. He was clocked in 49.50 seconds and placed second in the 100-yard butterfly. And he worked with his teammates on three state-medal winning relay teams as Sandburg scored 73 points and became the first south-suburban boys swimming team ever to notch three straight top-10 finishes at the IHSA state meet. The Eagles tied Hinsdale Central for fourth place. New Trier won the team title with …
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Matt Veldman and Trevor Winans each won two individual events as Sandburg won the Southwest Suburban Conference boys swimming championship on Saturday at Lockport.
Matt Veldman and Trevor Winans each won two individual events and led Sandburg to the Southwest Suburban Conference boys swimming championship on Saturday at Lockport. Veldman won the 50 free (21.81) and the 100 butterfly (51.23). Winans swept to victories in the 200 free (1:46.31) and the 500 free (4:47.78). The two helped Sandburg won the conference team title with 331 points. Lincoln-Way East finished second with 232, followed by Lockport 204, Homewood-Flossmoor 196, Lincoln-Way Central 188 and Joliet Township 105. Sandburg's Stephen Zieler won the 100 back (53.83). He also was a part of three winning relay teams for the the Eagles. Zieler teammed with Veldman, Michael O'Malley and David Apps for a winning time of 1:38.74 in the 200 …
Friday, January 20, 2012
Sandburg senior Anthony Bonnar accepted a challenge to try out for swimming as a freshman—even though he didn't know how to swim. Today, he is one of the Eagles' top sprinters and a prominent part of a state-ranked relay team.
Anthony Bonnar didn’t know how to swim. Jim Caliendo didn’t care. Caliendo, the Carl Sandburg High School boys swimming coach, recruited Bonnar out of his freshman gym class four years ago. He saw the potential in Bonnar, thinking the family atmosphere in Sandburg swimming would work for the young man. But Caliendo had no idea Bonnar would make such a meteoric rise through the ranks, or that he would overcome so many obstacles. Bonnar is one of Sandburg’s top sprinters and one of the senior leaders on the Eagles’ 200-yard freestyle relay team that continues to sit at or near the top of the state rankings as the IHSA postseason series approaches. The path wasn't easy. He once was disqualified from a race because he saw the flash of a …
Friday, January 6, 2012
Senior standout Matt Veldman helped the Sandburg boys swim team set five pool records at the Lincoln-Way North Invitational. He ranks in the top five in the state in three individual events as the Eagles point toward a big February finish.
Sandburg senior boys swimming standout Matt Veldman is fast in the water, slow and methodical in some of his ways on land. “He is very even-tempered,” Sandburg coach Jim Caliendo said. “He never gets too high or too low. His temperament allows him to train at a steady level. He’s a very focused individual. “With most high school boys, if things aren’t going well, they start to question why. Or, if things are going good, they start to relax and think everything is great. Matt, with his success, just gets motivated to work harder. “He wants to continue to do well. Every step forward he takes becomes motivation to work harder and take another step. He inspires the rest of the team to work harder, too.” A case in point: The Eagles’ performance…
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Eagles use dramatic double-overtime victory over Naperville Central as springboard to fourth-place finish in IHSA state tourney.
Balys Gintautas bailed out the Sandburg boys water polo team. He scored with less than one second left in the second overtime of the Eagles’ 15-14 victory over Naperville Central in the IHSA state quarterfinals on Friday night. Then on Saturday, he scored three more goals as Sandburg (29-7) went on to finish fourth in the state tourney at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. The Eagles’ bid to splash their way to the state title was derailed in a 14-2 semifinal loss to Fenwick. Later, Loyola topped Sandburg 9-5 in the third-place game. Gintautas scored one goal against Fenwick and two more against Loyola. He finished with a team-high eight goals in three games for the Eagles. But he wasn't the only one of Sandburg’s heroes during an …