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Size advantage helps Trinity girls top Loyola

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Size advantage helps Trinity girls top Loyola

By George M. Wilcox
Yourseason.com

It was the kind of game where everyone seemed to contribute for No. 4 Trinity.

The Blazers owned the height advantage over No. 19 Loyola and led pretty much everywhere else on the court in a 51-29 rout Friday in the Suburban Holiday Showcase at Trinity, with the game never being close.

Trinity did not score in the final quarter while missing all six of its shots.

Loyola scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, but the Ramblers (11-3, 3-1) had 17 points through three quarters. Trinity (11-1, 4-0) limited Loyola to one basket during an 11 12-minute span in the game which lasted the entire second quarter and portions of the first and third quarters. The teams played their third tournament game, but Fridays matchup counted as a GCAC Red contest.

DePaul-bound Megan Podkowa, a 6-foot-1 senior, led Trinity with 17 points and nine rebounds. But the eight points each from 6-0 starter Alyssa Dengler and 6-1 reserve Victoria Harris (seven rebounds) made a big difference.

All of Trinitys first eight players to enter the game scored.

It felt really good, Harris said. I was able to help coming off the bench. I knew it would be a tough game either way. We were ready to get in there.

Loyolas tallest player, 6-0 freshman Sarah Elston, took two shots and didnt score.

The Ramblers had no other players to combat Trinity inside and had one of their worst shooting performances of the season from the outside. Loyola shot 5-of-37 through the first three quarters.

Trinitys quick at all positions, Loyola coach Jeremy Schoenecker said. Obviously, with Megan inside, she gets other players on the team open shots. You have to collapse on her. Give Trinity credit, they got open shots.

Trinity outrebounded the Ramblers 22-12 in the first half. Reserve Mary Katherine OMalley led Loyola with eight points, all in the second half. Anna Scheuler had all five of her points in the first half.

The Blazers led 17-11 early in the second quarter and then scored 12 consecutive points. Trinity ended the quarter with a 16-1 run to lead 33-12 at the half.

Loyola will play No. 18 Proviso East (12-2) at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Stevenson, followed by Trinity against No. 13 Niles West at 7:30 p.m.

On Dec. 28 at Loyola, Niles West plays the host Ramblers at 6 p.m. and the final game of the tournament features Trinity vs. Proviso East at 7:30 p.m.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Interview with Hall of Famer Harold Baines

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Interview with Hall of Famer Harold Baines

Chuck Garfien sits down with new Hall of Famer Harold Baines.

First, Chuck, Ryan McGuffey and Chris Kamka share their memories of watching Baines play with the White Sox (1:40). Then, Baines explains why he's always been so soft-spoken (8:45), how he was able to play 22 seasons in the majors (13:00), why he's never spoken to GM Larry Himes for trading him to Texas (15:30), the apology he received from President George W. Bush (16:30), what he thinks about the critics who don't think he should be in the Hall of Fame (18:25), a replay of Baines emotional interview with Chuck about his dad (20:50) and more.

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson discusses inspiring a younger generation of black baseball players, bat flipping and much more on Pull Up Podcast with CJ McCollum

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White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson discusses inspiring a younger generation of black baseball players, bat flipping and much more on Pull Up Podcast with CJ McCollum

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson appeared on Thursday's episode of the Pull Up Podcast hosted by Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum and ESPN's Jordan Schultz to discuss many things including his MLB career, the charity work he does in the Chicago community and the need more expression and entertainment (overall) in baseball.

McCollum asked Anderson if the sport of baseball has evolved and what he would do to further these developments, based on the idea that the sport has a stigma of being boring, particularly within inner-city and/or largely black communities. Anderson stated, "They should allow players to have more fun.....just allow players to be themselves." 

Anderson discussed how being the only black player on the White Sox—the team that represents the South Side of Chicago—is extremely important to him and how great the White Sox organization has been at giving him every opportunity to be himself and "be comfortable". He expanded on how much he loves MLB life and how he wants to be able to pass on that love for the game to younger generations, especially the youth of the South Side of Chicago.

"I enjoy it [the responsibility of being the lone black player on the White Sox].....a lot of those kids in they area [the South Side], they kinda remind me of myself."

Schultz brought up the criticism of Anderson's bat flipping, asking him why it was so important for him to show that he was enjoying himself, at the expense of breaking one of baseball's "unwritten rules".

Being of a younger generation, Anderson lamented that it was indeed a new day in baseball and doubled down in saying that the simple aspect of having fun needs to be encouraged even more in the sport. 

"You're playing a game that you're failing most of the time and the times that you do succeed they don't want you to enjoy those moments. For me man, y'know, I think that's just a lot of pain showing.....from struggling, that's just that emotion that's coming out man. You know when you finally get to a point where you feel like you breaking through.....those moments that I want to remember and I want people around me to remember. That’s why I play the way that I do.”

Anderson is indeed having the best season of his career so far, with a slash line of .317/.342/.491 entering Friday morning. He is also nine home runs away from matching his season-high of 20 with over the half the season left to go.

With even more of a platform amid his career-year, Anderson has continued his crusade to make baseball fun again and doesn’t plan on changing up the way he plays the game anytime soon.


 

As touched on earlier in this post, Anderson wants to serve as a role model while also showing the youth that it is OK to be yourself as a Major League Baseball player.

In all the camps and baseball clinics that Anderon hosts, he always makes sure to answer every question about his unique experience in the MLB because he understands the value of kids getting to see someone who looks like them succeeding, even more so in a sport where the number black players sits at a mere 7.7% of the entire league

“Everything [is] not always good [for kids in inner-city communities], so I think that understanding that and kinda being a role model and motivating and inspiring those kids that look like me and I look like them, I think it's easier for those kids to look up to me. So that's why I go out and play hard and....enjoy the moment and do those crazy things on the field.....because that's what those kids like."

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