Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Sandburg senior Dan Feeney is off to Indiana University next year, but first he plans to guide the Eagles through another big football season.
Sandburg football standout Dan Feeney sets the pace in the Eagles' camp. "He's a great leader," coach Dave Wierzal said. "He knows how to lead by example, and the team recognizes that." Feeney, who will attend Indiana University next year on a football scholarship, is pegged to start on both offense and defense for the Eagles. While he has more experience playing on the offensive side of the ball, he did start a few games on defense last season. Feeney's rise to Big Ten recruit status has been a meteoric one. He did not play with the Orland Wolves or Orland Pioneers as a youngster. Rather, he started playing football as a freshman at Sandburg. Wierzal expects him to fit in on the offensive line at Indiana. First, there is the business of …
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Sandburg's prolific junior outside hitter Dakota Hampton looks to lead the Eagles the top of the heap this fall.
Dakota Hampton just celebrated her 16th birthday. She already has played four years of club volleyball. Her Aurora-based Sports Performance volleyball club finished third in the nation. And her high school team, Sandburg, is coming off a first-place finish in the Summer League at Palos Courts. Hampton, a junior hitter, played a key role on the outside for the Eagles. "We expect a lot out of Dakota this year," Sandburg coach David Vales said. "She worked hard all summer, and this should be a good year for her." Hampton hasn't decided where she will go to college, but she plans to study business and one-day own her own company.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Chuck McGlothlin is a truck company owner by day and softball coach by night.
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Chuck McGlothlin has coached on every level in the Orland Youth Association softball program and has watched his four daughters grow through recreational and travel league play. He has enjoyed watching the girls develop a passion for the game. At the OYA's tournament last weekend, the best-of-the best were out to play in an all-star extravaganza. And Chuck was out to watch each group gel as a team, taking a bit of personal pride that comes from the knowledge the he has worked with many of the players through the years. And he's not one to shy away from work. McGlothlin owns a trucking company in Alsip.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Jill Czarnik has become an accomplished distance runner since her days with the Eagles. She recently won the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge. Her goal is to complete a marathon in under 3 hours.
Jill Czarnik's cross country adventures at Sandburg High School piqued her interest in running and helped prepare her for a future of entering in competitive long distance events. Last weekend, Czarnik won the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge. The event covered five kilometers or about three miles. For her, that's a warm-up. Her mantra is the longer, the better. And she has paid her dues to climb near the top of her distance class. Five years ago, she was an alternate runner for Sandburg and only competed in a couple of varsity races. Now, she's lapping the field. But, like in the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge, she tends to bid her time. She's not a sprinter. Her magic number is 26.2 miles, the distance of a marathon. At 18, she …
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Sophomore outfielder Austin Cangelosi is the young gun on the Eagles squad, but that doesn't mean he's not experienced.
Following Sandburg’s 6-0 regional championship baseball victory over T.F. South, sophomore outfielder Austin Cangelosi enjoyed a moment in the spotlight. Cangelosi, who recently was moved up the varsity squad, went 2-for-2 with two singles and a walk. He also hit two RBIs and scored a run, showing veteran instincts on the basepaths. Sandburg coach Doug Sutor has been pleased with Cangelosi's play on the varsity level. Already, he has shown baseball is in his genes. His dad, John, spent part of his 13-year major league career with the White Sox. “Austin (Cangelosi) has really shored up some of our defensive deficiencies in the outfield," Sutor said. "Offensively, he has quick hands. He is going to be a good one." When he's not playing …
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Eagle outfielder brings bubbly personality, blazing speed to the field and helps generate a positive vibe.
Sandburg coach Jim Fabianski said Karissa Kouchis is "a character" and her bubbly personality is certainly contagious. She patrols the outfield for the Eagles and is finishing up her junior year. Even though she is the shortest member of the team, she stands tall on the basepaths. Her speed makes her a vital asset. She beat out a close play at first in a game against Lincoln-Way East. Her hustled enabled the Eagles to avoid an inning-ending double play. Kouchis is undecided about a college, but is considering several Division I schools. She aspires to be a sports reporter for ESPN. Already, she has a great presence in front of the camera.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Eagles' dynamic goalie shares the reasons for her love of soccer.
Sandburg's Victoria Kappel has been playing soccer for the better part of the last 13 years and has been in the net for the Eagles at the varsity level for the last three seasons. She is the team captain and has led Sandburg to an undefeated season so far. Last year, she was involved in a serious car accident, but still was able to play that day and help the Eagles win a state semifinal match. She is nothing, if not determined. The Eagles are sitting at 7-0-1 heading in to competition this week, and so far Kappel is on track of reaching her goal of winning every home match. She notched six shutouts in the Eagles' first seven matches. And she recently was recognized for her work in goal as the Patch Athlete of the Week.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Eagles' senior pitching ace Lora Olson still remembers the feeling of winning the state title last year. And she said wants nothing more than to do it again.
For Sandburg's Lora Olson, the feeling of winning just can't be matched. That's why she has her sights set on repeating her team's state title win last season. "We all have that feeling still of how successful we were last year and how great it feels," she said. "We're striving to be the best we can be and to be No. 1." Olson started playing softball with her sisters when she was little, which led to her staying involved in the sport. She used to play volleyball and basketball. And she was even into figure skating for a brief time period, but she gave all of those sports up for softball. "It (softball) was just more important than anything else," she said. "I always found myself practicing softball more than any other sport. That's how I …
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
When it comes to boys water polo, Cody Corridino and Matt Veldman are out to prove Eagles are the team to beat.
Win or go home. That's the way Sandburg senior wing Cody Corridino and junior hole Matt Veldman are looking at their season with the Eagles boys water polo team. "I want us to play hard every game," Corridino said. "I want us to prove that we can beat anybody." Veldman's goals include a long postseason run for the Eagles. "I want to win as many games as possible," he said. "I want to get as far as possible in the state series." Veldman started playing water polo in freshmen year at Sandburg. As a member of the Eagles' swim team, he said it was the "natural progression" to get involved in water polo, too. And although he enjoys both sports, if he had to chose, he said he would pick water polo over swimming. "They (swimming and water polo) …
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Senior center fielder knows Eagles will need to work on building a new team chemistry as they look to repeat as state softball champions.
Sandburg senior center fielder Kelly Sherridan is asking just one thing of her senior teammates--step up your game. "As a team, I want to see all the seniors step up," Sheridan said. "Last year, we had really awesome seniors and the juniors were able to step back for them. Now, we just have to learn how to step up." Sherridan is hoping to bring home another state championship this season. But, in order to do that, she said the Eagles need to adjust to their new teammates. "We have a lot of new seniors and juniors this year," she said. "It's fun to get to meet new people. But, with all the new people on the team, we have to keep our team chemistry going." Sherridan started playing softball when she was 5 years old. She also played …