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 …
Friday, April 8, 2011
Eagles fly in recent 14-4 boys water polo victory over Bradley-Bourbonnais.
Senior Erik Neimeier's quick strikes powered Sandburg to a 14-4 victory over Bradley-Bourbonnais in a recent boys water polo match. But Neimeier wasn't the only offensive weapon for the Eagles. Nearly everyone got in on the act as Sandburg took care of business but not always in the way coach Jim Caliendo prefers, not with the Eagles' focus waning at times. "There was no flow to today's game, not like in past games," Caliendo said. "We struggled with passes, offense and defense. We need to challenge oursleves and play as a team, but we learned from today." Check out the action.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Seniors Erik Niemeier and Tony Rogina value the lessons they learned from their families.
Sandburg's Erik Niemeier and Tony Rogina have just begun their senior water polo season--and they are giving credit to those who helped them climb to the top of the heap. Rogina began playing water polo in gym class last year. He said his PE teacher told him that he should join the Eagles' team. And he has been in love with the sport since that first day. He is also a swimmer, but he said he prefers playing water polo. "I like the game aspect of it better," he said. "Swimming is a lot more tiring." Niemeier, like Rogina, is also a member of the Eagles' swim team and he said Sandburg's coaches encourage their swimmers to try water polo. Even though he loves swimming, he said water polo beats it hands down. "It's just the team atmosphere," …
Monday, March 21, 2011
Senior captain Erik Niemeier erupted for eight goals as the Eagles opened their boys water polo season with a 19-1 victory over the District 228 co-op team.
Sandburg's Erik Niemeier made a splash in the boys water polo season opener as he helped the Eagles dominate the District 228 co-op team 19-1. Now, he is being recognized as the Patch Athlete of the Week, too. Niemeier scored eight goals in Tuesday night's victory to help the Eagles start their season off on the right foot. "We got off to a slow start last season," he said. "This year, we just wanted to come out and show what we're here to do." Sandburg coach James Caliendo said Niemeier's electric game did more than just rack up points for the Eagles. Caliendo said Niemeier's play helped the rest of his team gain confidence, too. "In our first game, I think a lot of our younger players were a little bit confused," Caliendo said. "Erik …
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Sandburg boys ring up 19 goals in boys water polo win over District 228 co-op team; Lukas Verzbicas breaks his own record.
Sandburg spring sports are in full swing, and three of the Eagles' teams are looking dominate their sports just as they did a year ago. The Sandburg girls soccer, badminton and softball teams all had great seasons last year and want to build on that momentum. * The Eagles took home the SWSC title at the conference girls' indoor track meet at Joliet Central. * The Orland Park Prairie previewed the Eagles badminton season after their sixth-place finish at state in 2010. They also have looked at the boys' volleyball team. * Erik Niemeier led the Eagles to a 19-1 victory over the Dist. 228 co-op in boys water polo. * The Sandburg baseball team is deep; the softball team hopes to defend its 2010 state title. * YourSeason.com reports Lukas …
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The Eagles used their athleticism to score early and often in a 19-1 victory over a co-op team featuring 10 players from Oak Forest High School.
Sandburg flexed its muscle–literally–in a runaway boys water polo victory over the Bremen/Oak Forest/Tinley Park co-op team Tuesday night in Orland Park. The Eagles won 19-1 behind eight goals from senior Erik Niemeier to open their season on a high note. “Our athleticism, I think, was the key to the game,” Sandburg coach Jim Caliendo said. “We’ve got athletes. If we can make them into water polo players, I think we can be pretty good.” Sandburg was able to use its strength to cause turnovers and retain possession most of the contest. Bremen/Oak Forest/Tinley Park co-op had 17 turnovers. The Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 3:30 of the first quarter behind three goals from Niemeier. Senior Cody Corradino scored two more goals …
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Sandburg, Stagg relish successful performances at the state meet in Winnetka.
- Ken Ryan
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Sandburg junior Matt Veldman didn’t begin swimming until his freshman year in high school. His brother Mike was a sophomore on the team at the time, so Matt decided to give the sport a chance. “He kind of got me into swimming in the first place,” Matt Veldman said. “I looked up to my brother a lot and started swimming because he was on the team.” Veldman made his older brother proud Saturday at the state meet at New Trier High School in Winnetka. He placed fifth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 50.36 seconds. “It’s pretty special,” Veldman said. “One of my goals early on this season was to get a medal in the fly because my brother did the same thing in the breaststroke his junior year. I wanted to live up to what he did.” Matt …