By Mike Clark

August 2011 Archives

Sad times at Thornwood

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There won't be quite as many smiles around Thornwood anymore.

That's because Dave Brown, a fixture on the T'birds' athletic scene for more than 30 years, died over the summer of a heart attack at 58.

Dave was a fan of all things Thornwood, but he was also more than that. He did odd jobs for Thornwood's athletic staff and served as the program's unofficial goodwill ambassador.

He had a smile and a handshake for everyone and if you came to a Thornwood basketball or football game in a bad mood, a greeting from Dave would usually be enough to chase the blues away.

He was a breath of fresh air and a living embodiment of what we sometimes forget, that sports are supposed to be fun for everyone involved.

I'm not sure Dave realized how many people's days he brightened just by being himself. But his was a life well-lived and those of us who crossed his path will definitely miss him.

Local triathletes sweep junior national titles

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Chicago-area athletes dominated the USA Triathlon Junior Youth Championship last weekend in Chula Vista, Calif.

Sandburg grad and Oregon track recruit Lukas Verzbicas won what will be his last triathlon on U.S. soil for the foreseeable future, winning the male title in 55 minutes, 4 seconds. Ben Kanute of Geneva was second in 56:19. After competing in the junior world championship next month in China, Verzbicas plans to focus on running.

Another Geneva athlete, Kelly Whitley, won the junior female triathlon title in 1:02:01.

Verzbicas also competed in the relay event and was involved in a bike collision that left him with an injury that required 13 stitches.

Are you ready for some Tuesday night football?

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The Public League football master schedule is out and one of the odder matchups comes early in the season.

That would be a nonconference matchup between Tilden and Western Big Six power Rock Island at Gately Stadium at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Yes, you read that right: the game is on a Tuesday. It'll be the season opener for Tilden, which has just eight games scheduled, but it'll be the second game for Rock Island. The Rocks open at Geneva on Friday, Aug. 26 and complete a whirlwind week by playing their third game of the season at Pekin on Friday, Sept. 2.

The other Western Big Six schools play nonconference games in Week 9, but apparently Rock Island couldn't find an opponent for that weekend and opted for an extra game in Week 2.

ESPN picks up west suburban showdown

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The highly-anticipated Week 1 showdown between neighborhood rivals Wheaton Warrenville South and Glenbard West will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

The game, which will be hosted by WW South, was originally scheduled for Friday night, Aug. 26. It's been moved to an 11 a.m. kickoff on Sunday, Aug. 28. It's the second straight year the Tigers will play on national TV, and they can only hope this time will be as successful as last year's 44-7 romp past Maine South in Week 2.

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