Friday, September 7, 2012
The SouthWest Suburban Red Conference got off to a good start with a tight game. Check out our photo gallery.
The Stagg Chargers hosted the conference match against district rival, Andrew Thunderbolts. Although Stagg played well, it was not enough to bring down Andrew. Andrew improved to 2-1 (1-0 in the SouthWest Suburban Red Conference) while Stagg dropped to 1-2 and 0-1 in conference. Next week, Andrew has a home game against Lincoln-Way West at 7 p.m. Sept. 14. Stagg travels to Thornwood for a Saturday game at 1 p.m. Check out our photo gallery to catch some of the action, as well as half-time performances and fans! Make sure to share your photos from the game.
Friday, April 15, 2011
T-Bolts commit three errors in the sixth inning as Marian Catholic rallies for four runs and a 6-3 victory in a recent softball matchup.
Andrew's start against Marian Catholic was perfect. Their finish, however, left something to be desired. After jumping out to a 3-0 lead, Andrew allowed four sixth-inning runs and Marian Catholic rallied for a 6-3 softball victory in a recent matchup between the two in Chicago Heights. The T-Bolts' defense didn't help out pitcher Brooke Hofer, committing three errors in the inning. Marian Catholic pitcher Amy Ziems held Andrew hitless after the T-Bolts managed three hits in the first inning. Katie Christner, Shannon Rust and Jessie Tucker all had first-inning hits for Andrew. Christner led off the game with a double in the left-field gap, while Tucker had a two-run single. Check out the action.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Kelly and Katie Christner helped spark a two-out rally Thursday as the Thunderbolts' softball team earned its third win.
Sophomore Kelly Christner is in her second season patrolling center field for Jim Holba's Andrew Thunderbolts. Her older sister, Katie, is a junior who usually plays shortstop, but on Thursday she filled in on the mound. In the sixth inning of Andrew’s 7-3 win over Joliet Central, the sisters got their act together. Katie Christner reached base on a fielder's choice. Then, Kelly Christner stepped into the box and roped a double to center to score Katie from first. Kelly shows uncommon maturity in the batter’s box. "(Joliet Central’s) pitching was a little slower than what we normally see,” Kelly Christner explained. “I just worked on my timing, and in my last at-bat I got that double. After the first at-bat, I figured it out." Andrew …
Monday, April 4, 2011
Senior Dan Truesdale turned in a solid performance on the mound as the Thunderbolts topped Hinsdale Central.
Even though it was cold outside, Andrew senior pitcher Dan Truesdale was hot on the mound. His performance during Monday's matchup against Hinsdale Central helped power the T-Bolts to a 6-4 victory. For his effort, Truesdale is honored today as the Patch Athlete of the Week. Truesdale pitched five innings in the T-Bolts' win over Hinsdale Centrdal. He allowed one run and struck out four. Although he wasn't credited officially with the win, his work put Andrew in position to top the Red Devils. And reliever Matt Biernat finished up with two scoreless innings in relief of Truesdale. His effort was one of the highlights in the Thunderbolts' recent three-game winning streak. Want to know more about Dan Truesdale? Check out his Gimme 5 video.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
T-Bolts pitcher gives up cross country in order to devote his time and energy to baseball, a game that he first picked up at the age of 4.
For Andrew senior pitcher Daniel Truesdale, baseball isn't just a hobby--it's a family business. Truesdale started his baseball career at the age of 4. That's when he played in his first T-ball game. He said his father inspired him to get into the sport. "My dad played baseball," Truesdale said. "I watched him play, and it made me want to play, too." But Daniel's athletic career didn't always revolve solely around baseball. For three years, he also was a member of the Thunderbolts' cross country team. Then, he decided baseball was his true passion. "I feel like it's more of a mental game," he said. "It's fun to be on the mound and just get after the hitters." When Truesdale isn't on the baseball diamond, he said he enjoys running, reading …
Monday, March 28, 2011
Leah McCarthy led the Thunderbolts' girls water polo team with four goals on Tuesday night.
Leah McCarthy attacked the goal as she helped Andrew hang tough against the Bremen/Oak Forest/ Tinley Park co-op water polo team last Tuesday night. She knocked in four goals but the T-Bolts fell just short in a 9-7 setback. McCarthy’s performance earned her Patch Athlete of the Week honors as well. McCarthy is off to a red-hot start to the season. During the St. Charles North Invite, she led the Thunderbolts with nine goals and four assists to help Andrew sweep the invite and claim the tournament championship.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Bulldogs won't let softball loss to Stagg get them down; Sebastian, Gooden experience thrill of IHSA's 3-Point Showdown.
The softball season kicked off this week when Tinley Park took on Stagg in a non-conference matchup. The Titans fell 9-1 to Stagg on Wednesday, but the loss didn't get Tinley Park down. Coach Wendy Podbielniak said the game won't define what the Titans can do this season. "We've got a great group of kids, they are great athletes and great students," she said. "We're going to do some things this year." * Tinley Park's Andrew Sebastian and Vince Gooden competed in the IHSA's 3-Point Showdown. Read the full story here. * In boys gymnastics, Andrew fell to Lyons Township in a close decision. See pictures from the matchup here. * Former Titan Roosevelt Green recently wrapped his sophomore basketball season with St. Xavier.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Thunderbolts senior credits his parents with helping nurture his love for the game.
Baseball isn't just a game to Andrew senior Phil Bria. It’s a passion, and it's in his blood. Bria first picked up a baseball bat at the age of 4, when he joined the T-ball team that his dad coached. Ever since then, the sport has been an important part of his life. "I've played it all my life," he said. "I just love the sport, so I stuck with it." Bria, who plays shortstop and second base for Andrew, said he couldn't have made it to this level in his baseball career without the support of his parents. "My mom has pushed me to do well in school and sports," he said. "She's always been there for me whenever I needed to talk to someone. My dad started me in baseball and has been a role model for me as a coach. He's always given me …
Monday, March 14, 2011
Freshman center/forward lived in the present, but showed that the future is bright for the Thunderbolts.
Molly Franson, Andrew, freshman, girls basketball * Franson, a 6-1 center/forward, was an all-tournament selection at the Oswego East Holiday Classic. * She earned all-conference honors in the Southwest Suburban Red. * She led the Thunderbolts in points (296/12.3 average0, rebounds (171/7.1 average) and blocked shots. "When I look back at the 2010-11 season, I'll always remember the great team that we had. Our season was cut short, but we had the best of every opportunity." "Molly (Franson) had a tremendous first year with our program. I felt that she took the guidance of her upperclass teammates and grew into one of the better players in the area. She brings to our team someone who can score and help us get second shots on offense. She …
Friday, February 11, 2011
Andrew 55, Bradley-Bourbonnais 45. Thunderbolts ride a hot start to victory in Southwest Suburban Red.
The Hot Read: Bradley tried to use a trapping, pressure defense to rattle Andrew in the T-Bolts' 55-45 boys basketball victory on Friday night. Andrew trailed 12-11 at the end of the first quarter, but the T-Bolts held Bradley to four points in the second quarter. Andrew took a 22-15 lead at halftime and carried that momentum over into the second half. Patch's MVP: Glorind Lisha (17 points). Lisha hit a three-point shot early in the first quarter to give the T-Bolts a 7-0 lead. He drained another 3 near the end of the half as Andrew stretched its lead to 22-15 at the break. Key Stats: Andrew outrebounded Bradley 26-14. But the T-Bolts were whistled for 15 fouls, which gave Bradley a chance to stay in the game. The Boilermakers, however, …