Mustangs upset No. 10 De La Salle


Mustangs upset No. 10 De La Salle

By Tim O'Brien

Visiting De La Salle in December, St. Ritas Tony Hicks 31 points helped the Mustangs pull out a double-overtime thriller.

In Fridays rematch, Hicks had some help in the backcourt as Cullen Foulks came through with a huge fourth quarter to help lift host St. Rita to a 60-46 win in the Catholic League North.

Foulks scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth.

The coaches always tell us to step up when we can, Foulks said. I had to step up because Tony cant do all the scoring.

Hicks led St. Rita (12-8, 8-1) with 17 points with Dominique Matthews scoring 12 points. With four conference games left, the win puts the Mustangs control their own destiny in search of the programs first Catholic League title since 2003.

Marcus White (18 points) and Gavin Schilling (12 points) paced De La Salle (14-4, 5-3).

Trailing 37-31 but charging fast, De La Salle looked poised to mount a comeback when Foulks came to life. Having scored just four points through three quarters, he drilled two free throws and added a three-point play on an acrobatic layup. Hicks added his own three-point play as part of St. Ritas 11-0 run that helped regain control.

We just wanted to put them away quick, and we were able to take control, Foulks said.

De La Salle never recovered, committing three key turnovers as part of the run.

Foulks finished 8 of 9 from the charity stripe and St. Rita shot 15-of-22 from the line overall in the fourth quarter.

De La Salle finished 8 of 20 from the free-throw line for the game.

Their senior guards (Foulks and Hicks) were pretty good tonight, De La Salle coach Tom White said. They made their free throws, and when we make eight, thats the difference.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 31st homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 31st homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa's 18th homer of June and 31st of the season came off the Tigers in the Cubs' brief 2-game Interleague series in Detroit. 

Sosa connected in the first inning off Tigers starter Seth Greisinger, going back-to-back with Mickey Morandini. 

The Cubs wound up getting out to a 5-0 start in the game but still lost 7-6 on a Gabe Alvarez single in the bottom of the 11th.

The aforementioned Morandini homer was only the 3rd of the season for the Cubs second baseman. He finished with 8 homers on the year and 224 total bases on 172 hits in what was a very good offensive season. Yet it paled in comparison to Sosa, who had nearly 200 more total bases (416) and a slugging percentage nearly 200 points above Morandini's (.647 to .471), a testament to how truly incredible Sosa's season was.

Fun fact: Tony Clark was the Tigers' cleanup hitter that day. Clark is now the head of the MLB Players Union.

Fun fact No. 2: Paul Bako was the Detroit catcher in the game. He later became the Cubs backup catcher in 2003 and 2004, when he posted a .611 OPS in 119 games over the two years.

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.

According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.

The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.

For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.

Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.