Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Fans can watch live streaming video of first-ever holiday tournament online.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
With lots of bells and whistles attached, including live Web stream coverage of every game, Romeoville High School will launch its first-ever boys basketball holiday tournament on Dec. 26. The Romeoville Christmas Classic 2011 will feature 16 teams playing 32 games in two divisions over a four-day period. “Our hope is this tournament will eventually become one of premier boys basketball holiday tournaments in the Chicago area,” said RHS Athletic Director Jim Boudouris. “We expect to be able to attract top teams from throughout the state once everyone hears what a great tournament this is.” One of the unique features of the Romeoville Christmas Classic will be live streaming video of all 32 games, with RHS students handling the camera work …
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Students honored for meeting Illinois High School Coaches' Association's academic standards.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Two Romeoville High School seniors have been named to the Class 5A Illinois High School Coaches Association All-State Academic team. Linebacker Nick Samuelson and offensive guard Josh Owens, both of whom maintain 3.5 GPAs, will be honored with certificates once the state championship games have been played. Samuelson, who earned All-Conference honors and was the Spartans’ team MVP, hopes to play football next year at either Drake University or Hillsdale College. He registered 57 tackles, 16 of them for a loss, and four sacks while intercepting two passes and scoring two defensive touchdowns. He also handled kicking duties for RHS. Owens, who also was All-Conference and was the RHS Offensive MVP, hopes to play football in the fall at the …
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Late rally leads the Spartans to wild 49-46 win over the Wildcats.
The pupil beat the teacher and, in the process, ruined the teacher’s dream of making the playoffs. Romeoville, coached by Jeff Kuna - a former assistant to Plainfield Central coach John Jackson - scored with 38.1 seconds left and beat Plainfield Central 49-46 Friday night. The loss drops Central to 5-4, making it unlikely the Wildcats will have enough playoff points to make the field. “Give credit to Jeff and his kids,” Jackson said. “They came to play. They weren’t playing to knock us out of the playoffs. They were playing for pride.” Quarterback Jake Bambule hit Duvaun Goodlow with a 14-yard touchdown pass with :38.1 left, answering a Plainfield Central touchdown by Tim Blake that came with 2:29 to go. Bambule was 23-of-37 for 288 yards …
Friday, October 14, 2011
Trailing 17-0 at halftime, Spartans pull to within 24-20 in third before falling to Indians 52-20
For three quarters Friday night, Romeoville’s football team gave Southwest Prairie Conference co-leader Minooka everything it wanted. Despite trailing 17-0 at halftime, the Spartans rallied to close to within 24-20 at the end of the third. Unfortunately for Romeoville, the fourth quarter belonged to Minooka, as the Indians reeled off 28 unanswered points in the final 12 minutes to come away with the 52-20 victory. “Our defense played very well for the first three quarters,” Romeoville coach Jeff Kuna said. “Offensively, we made some adjustments at halftime and executed better in the third quarter. We made some turnovers in the fourth quarter that gave Minooka a short field and they took advantage of those.” Minooka (6-2, 6-0) held …
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Four Spartans set to play college ball.
After a season of highs and lows, Romeoville baseball ends with a loss to Waubonsie Valley in the first round of regionals, 11-3. Next year head coach Tony Smith and company have the tedious job of rebuilding. On the Spartans' 15-man roster, they will lose 10 seniors. Although Romeoville fell victim to inconsistency, it held close duels with some of the top teams in the state. The Spartans defeated Top 20-ranked Sandburg by 10-run rout rule, and nearly won against No. 1 Providence Catholic. “They’re hardworking kids and they’re going to be successful at the next level,” Smith said Monday. “Is it really about wins and losses? It’s about taking what you get at this level in correlation of what you do in your next step in life.” Seniors Matt …
Spartans coach Christina Douglas optimistic about team's future.
Romeoville’s season came to a disappointing finish Monday as the Spartans struggled at the plate all day against West Aurora starter Franny Evischi. Evischi’s pitches weren’t overpowering, but she used varying speeds, decent movement and good location to keep the bats on ice for almost the entire game. “You can’t take anything away from her [Evischi],” Spartans coach Christina Douglas. “She had a great game today.” The Spartans’ bats, which were a strength going into the regular season, struggled down the stretch with consistency and stringing together hits. The Spartans only managed two hits — both in the fifth on infield hits — and had a total of six baserunners with two reaching on errors and two being hit. “We absolutely thought we …
Monday, May 23, 2011
Waubonsie Valley 11, Romeoville 3; Senior Kyle Limanowski drives in five runs.
Hot Read: Following an Upstate 8 Conference title, Waubonsie Valley went back to work Monday in the first round of regionals. After blanking Romeoville in the top half of the first, the Warriors wasted no time connecting on back-to-back doubles by seniors Eric Josupait and Mike Murphy. Josupait scored on a Romeoville error, and Murphy followed suit after Waubonsie Valley senior Brian Deal. In the same inning, Waubonsie Valley junior James Palasz singled and would later score after senior teammate Harry Vickers homered. The Warriors manufactured a comfortable lead, leading 4-0 in the first. In the second inning, Murphy and junior Tyler Josupait took consecutive walks. Senior Kyle Limanowski then homered over the left-field fence as they …
West Aurora 5, Romeoville 1: Strong pitching from starter Franny Evischi and a three-run fifth are the difference in windy regional opener.
Touching All the Bases: With the wind blowing in, defense and pitching became paramount. West Aurora delivered with both, led by starter Franny Evischi, who went the distance, striking out eight in a two-hit performance. The Blackhawks stuck to small ball, dropping three critical runs in the fifth to pull away from the Spartans. Patch’s MVP: Franny Evischi, West Aurora. She confounded and perplexed the Spartans for almost the entire game on the mound. She was perfect through three and had a no-hitter through four. Her only run allowed was unearned, and she was 1-for-4 with an RBI double in the three-run fifth. West Aurora’s Leaders: In addition to Evischi: Leadoff hitter LaRi Mitchell went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and a stolen base…
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Spartans' spirits are high, despite struggles.
Romeoville baseball has found difficulty in getting the offensive charge consistent. In the team's last two games, including the 12-1 loss to Plainfield North Wednesday, the Spartans have only posted one run as they stretch a four-game slide. With the season winding down, Romeoville (11-17, 8-12) looks to make a complete 360 in their offensive performance. “We need to find a way to score some runs,” Spartans coach Dennis House said after Wednesday's loss to Plainfield North. “We seem to play well against quality teams. We’ve just run into a lot of consistency problems. We need to put this one behind us and play better tomorrow.” Earlier this season, Romeoville defeated a stellar top-20 state ranked Sandburg team by 10-rout rule (10-0) and …
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Minooka southpaw Josh Jimenez had a two-year 18-game winning streak snapped by Romeoville on Tuesday.
Members of the Romeoville baseball team were under no illusions when facing Minooka southpaw Josh Jimenez. The artful ace for the Indians had not dropped a decision in over two years, and his twin breaking balls — a curve and slider —have bedeviled more than their fair share of batters. “He struck me out on a slider last year that hit me in the foot,” said Romeoville senior Jordan Pemble, who repaid Jimenez with a two-run double in the Spartans’ three-run first-inning on Tuesday. Minooka, though, would take a 5-3 lead in its second at-bat against the Spartans, and Jimenez would find his stride after a shaky start. Twelve Romeoville batters would return to their dugout after striking out against Jimenez. “His slider is probably the best …