Hawks use big second half to stay unbeaten

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Hawks use big second half to stay unbeaten

Friday, Sept. 23, 2011
Posted: 11:48 p.m.

By Matt Harness
YourSeason.com

Dave Inserra entered Fridays game 50-0 in the CSL South. The Maine South coach went into halftime down 10 points to New Trier, and his Hawks looked listless. Whatever Inserra and his coaching staff said at the break should be sold as an inspirational video. No. 1 Maine South scored 26 unanswered points in the second half to earn a 40-24 victory over the Trevians in Northfield.They told us to pick our heads up, senior linebacker Luke Lenti said of the halftime talk. We werent playing Maine South football.The Hawks (5-0 overall, 1-0 CSL South) stopped the Trevians (3-2, 0-1) on three downs to start the second half and followed with a score on Matt Alvitis six-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Frankos. Maine Souths defense forced two more three-and-outs in a row, the second highlighted by a blocked punt, and recovered a fumble on another possession. Alviti responded by throwing three more touchdown passes all to different receivers to put the game out of reach.This was not expected, Lenti said of having to come from behind to beat the Trevians.New Trier was the last team to beat Maine South in conference play with its win in 2000, the final season for coach Phil Hopkins, who won the programs first two state championships.The Trevians appeared poised for the upset Friday, scoring on their first possession and leading by 10 twice in the first half. Daniel Olaniyan ran for 143 yards, which included a 73-yard touchdown run, in the first half. The junior was limited to 22 yards in the final two quarters.Quarterback Jack Nykaza scored two of the team touchdown in the first half, while Grant Amick kicked a 27-yard field goal. We werent ready to play at the start, Lenti said. We definitely had to change our attitude.

Cubs, Tom Ricketts and Bulls all score wins at Sports Business Journal Awards

Cubs, Tom Ricketts and Bulls all score wins at Sports Business Journal Awards

The hardware keeps pouring in for the Cubs.

After snapping their 108-year championship drought with a World Series win last fall, the Cubs earned another title Wednesday, honored with the Best Team Award at the Sports Business Journal Awards.

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Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts also got to celebrate an individual win Wednesday, named the Sports Executive of the Year.

The Cubs weren't the only Chicago team to go home with some hardware, though. The Bulls were honored as the Best in Social Media.

A cool night for two of Chicago's pro teams.

Kyle Hendricks shines, Cubs bats stay hot in win over Giants

Kyle Hendricks shines, Cubs bats stay hot in win over Giants

The San Francisco Giants again seem to be bringing out the best in the Cubs, or least maybe sharpening their game and shaking off the World Series hangover. 

This isn’t as urgent as last year’s playoff series. It’s too early to tell if it will have the same impact as that four-game sweep in August 2015. And more than 25 percent into the season, the 2017 team has already gone through several stops and starts.

But the Cubs looked a little more like themselves on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field, hanging on for a 5-4 win in front of 35,617 and validating the internal belief that this would only be a matter of time.

Kyle Hendricks again looked like a No. 2 starter in a playoff rotation, following up Jon Lester’s complete game with seven strong innings, limiting the Giants to two runs and giving him a 1.96 ERA in his last six outings.

Anthony Rizzo launched two home runs off Giant lefty Matt Moore, slamming balls off the video ribbon in right field and into the center-field bleachers. When Rizzo gets hot – that’s four homers in his last four games – the entire lineup can feel different.

Wade Davis showed he’s not a ninth-inning cyborg when Mac Williamson won a 12-pitch at-bat and lifted a two-run homer into the right-field basket. Until that ball flew over Jason Heyward’s head, Davis hadn’t allowed an earned run through 18 appearances in a Cubs uniform or a homer since September 2015. Davis (10-for-10 in save chances) is still the kind of dominant closer the Giants needed last October. 

The Cubs are now 24-21 and a half-game behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. Eddie Butler will try to win the series on Thursday afternoon and prove he belongs in the rotation long term, going up against ex-Cub Jeff Samardzija (1-5, 4.57 ERA) and a Giant team (20-28) that’s gaining no traction in the National League West.