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Balogh leads rushing attack for Glenbard West

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Balogh leads rushing attack for Glenbard West

Friday, Sept. 9, 2011
Posted: 11:37 p.m.

By Mike Clark
YourSeason.com

You knew it was going to be a good night for Glenbard West when Avery Balogh kept ripping off long runs.And you knew it would be a great night for the Hilltoppers when Tommy Schutt came up with their third interception of the night.Big plays on both sides of the ball added up to a31-3 romp for Glenbard West over host Lyons Friday night in a WestSuburban Silver opener in Western Springs.Balogh ran 12 times for 191 yards and threetouchdowns for the No. 2 Hilltoppers. Glenbard West (3-0, 1-0) heldLyons without a first down till the final two minutes of the first halfand limited the Lions to 33 yards on 22 rushes.The win avenged a loss to Lyons in Week 9 of lastseason that cost Glenbard West sole possession of the West SuburbanSilver title.Weve been thinking about this game for a long time, Balogh said.Schutt, a big body on the defensive line for theHilltoppers, has been thinking for a long time about picking off apass. Early in the fourth quarter, his dream came true.We had a couple good screen reads today, saidSchutt, a Penn State recruit who is heading out to see the NittanyLions play Alabama Saturday. That was one I picked out and I read thequarterbacks eyes. ... A score would be nice, but Ill take aninterception for sure.Balogh got the scores as well as the yards.Our offensive line just played outstanding, hesaid. I cant thank them enough. We were trying to establish the pass,but we took what they offered us.Avery is playing unreal right now, Glenbard West coach Chad Hetlet said. Hes got good vision.Balogh gave the Hilltoppers a 14-0 first-quarterlead with a pair of scoring runs. He sprinted 41 yards down the rightsideline for the first touchdown with 5:26 left and then twisted andturned his way for a 39-yard scoring carry with 50.7 seconds left.Dan Cavazos pushed the Glenbard West lead to 17-0with his 38-yard field goal at 8:16 of the second quarter. Lyons got onthe board with 15.7 seconds left in the half when Luke Nelson kicked a22-yard field goal.Balogh gave the Hilltoppers a 24-3 lead with histhird touchdown run, a 50-yarder at 1:25 of the third quarter. JoeZitos 14-yard scoring run made it 31-3 with 8:07 to play.Mike Marston and Matt Marston also had interceptions for Glenbard West.For Lyons (1-2, 0-1), quarterback Connor Onion was 16-of-35 passing for 170 yards with three interceptions.

Potential first-ballot guy and Blackout Game hero Jim Thome headlines group of former White Sox on this year's Hall of Fame ballot

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Potential first-ballot guy and Blackout Game hero Jim Thome headlines group of former White Sox on this year's Hall of Fame ballot

White Sox fans have seen a couple of their team's all-time greats go into the Hall of Fame in recent years, with Frank Thomas inducted in 2014 and Tim Raines inducted earlier this year.

Seven former White Sox are on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, even if only a couple of them made a big impact on the South Side.

Jim Thome is on the ballot for the first time. While more famously a member of those great Cleveland Indians teams of the 1990s, Thome spent four seasons in a White Sox uniform, playing in 529 games and belting 134 of his 612 career home runs with the South Siders.

A Peoria native currently working as a member of the organization, Thome was a beloved part of four White Sox teams, including the last one to reach the postseason in 2008. He smacked a solo homer to drive in the lone run in the legendary Blackout Game, a 1-0 win over the Minnesota Twins that gave the White Sox the American League Central crown in the 163rd game of the 2008 regular season.

Thome ranks second in White Sox history in slugging percentage and OPS, trailing only Thomas in both categories. He's No. 7 on the franchise leaderboard in on-base percentage and No. 13 on the home run list.

Given that he ranks eighth on baseball's all-time home run list, Thome could very well be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Also on this year's ballot is Carlos Lee, a power-hitting outfielder who spent the first six seasons of his major league career with the White Sox. El Caballo hit 152 homers and drove in 552 runs in 880 games with the White Sox, finishing 18th in AL MVP voting in 2003 after he slashed .291/.331/.499 with 31 homers. His numbers were even better in 2004, his final season with the White Sox.

Lee ranks ninth on the team's all-time home run list and 11th on the franchise leaderboard in slugging percentage.

Lee did an awful lot of damage in six seasons with the Houston Astros, as well, and earned three All-Star nods in his post-Sox career.

Five others to play for the White Sox are on this year's ballot. Sammy Sosa, more noteworthy for what he did with the Cubs, spent parts of three seasons on the South Side. Omar Vizquel, another Indians great like Thome, played for the White Sox in 2010 and 2011. Andruw Jones, better known for his defensive highlights with the Atlanta Braves, played 107 games with the White Sox in 2010. Orlando Hudson played in 51 games for the White Sox in 2012. And Manny Ramirez, the legendary Indians and Red Sox slugger, played 24 games with the White Sox in 2010.

In order to qualify for election into the Hall of Fame, a player must appear on 75 of ballots submitted by voters.

After critical missed field goal, Bears waive Connor Barth and sign former Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos

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After critical missed field goal, Bears waive Connor Barth and sign former Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos

After Connor Barth's critical missed field-goal try in Sunday's loss to the Detroit Lions, the Bears moved on to a new option at kicker.

The team announced Monday afternoon that it waived Barth and signed former Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos.

Santos, a Tulane product who the Bears met with just last week, spent parts of the past four seasons with the Chiefs, including three games earlier this season. Santos has made 89 of his 105 field-goal attempts in his career and 125 of his 130 extra-point tries.

Santos was waived by the Chiefs earlier this season after being placed on injured reserve with a groin injury. He was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals and a perfect 6-for-6 on extra points in the three games he played with the Chiefs earlier this season.

Barth's accuracy was a problem throughout his season and a half with the Bears, but perhaps no miss was bigger than what happened Sunday. After Mitch Trubisky drove the Bears into position for a game-tying field goal, Barth's 46-yard attempt with eight seconds left was far right, and the Bears lost the game 27-24.

In two seasons with the Bears, Barth missed 10 field-goal tries in 26 games. He was 11-for-16 so far in 2017 after going 18-for-23 in 2016.