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Sports briefs: JCA's Sharp selected to NHSACA Hall of Fame

Joliet Catholic athletic director Dan Sharp was recently inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Joliet Catholic athletic director Dan Sharp was recently inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Joliet Catholic athletic director Dan Sharp recently was selected to the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Sharp was inducted at the 2019 NHSACA National Convention on June 26 in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Sharp, who returned to Joliet Catholic Academy as the football coach in 1997 after a four-year run as head coach at Minooka Community High School, retired as head football coach in 2016 but remains the JCA athletic director. He capped off a 39-year coaching career (the final 20 as head football coach at JCA) with a 223-69 overall mark and six state championships at Joliet Catholic.

The Hilltoppers’ second all-time leader in victories, Sharp stepped aside with a 199-51 record during his 20-year tenure. He remains the school’s leader in state championships with six (’99, ’00, ’01, ’03, ’04, ’07). He sent 47 players on to the Division I level while averaging nearly 10 wins a season.

The NHSACA recognizes coaches not only for a season of coaching, but for their lifetime achievements. The NHSACA recognizes numerous coaches each year during the national convention through induction into the NHSACA National Hall of Fame. Sharp was joined in this year’s Hall of Fame class with longtime friend and adversary Ken Leonard of Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin. Illinois high school coaching legends Frank Lenti (Mount Carmel, Chicago) and the late Gene Pingatore (St. Joe’s Weschester) also are members of the NHSACA Hall of Fame.

“Dan Sharp is Joliet Catholic Academy. What he’s accomplished on the field, and more importantly off the field, with our student-athletes and the incredible young men he’s turned out has been outstanding,” Joliet Catholic principal/president Dr. Jeff Budz said. “He’s been a great ambassador for JCA and continues to be as our athletic director. We congratulate Dan on his newest Hall of Fame honor.”

Burndown at Sundown
coming soon

As the sun goes down on Route 66 Raceway on Saturday, July 13, the track heats up. The Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Burndown at Sundown will return for the most explosive night of drag racing at the World’s Premier Drag Racing Facility.

The night features a fire-festival theme that consisting of jet-propelled cars rocketing to speeds near 300 mph and much more. Burndown at Sundown coincides with the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series exhibition, where more than 500 cars will lay it on the line as they contend for their respective class championship during three days of racing July 12-14.

The spectacle of fire and explosion Saturday will begin at 5 p.m., although racing will take place throughout the entire day. Tickets for the Four Seasons Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing Burndown at Sundown are only $18 in advance and $22 at the gate. Children ages 12 and younger are admitted for $5.

Also returning this year is the United States Freestyle Motocross Team (USFMX). The high-energy aerial antics of Team USFMX will soar high above the race track as they perform heart-pounding, death-defying tricks such as the “Kiss of Death.” Their debut performance last year took the crowd by storm as they jumped 60 feet, ramp to ramp, while performing tricks in midair.

Slammers have duo
of Frontier League All-Stars

The Joliet Slammers had two players earn Frontier League All-Star Game status with the recent announcement of the rosters of teams.

Shortstop Chaz Meadows earned his second All-Star bid, while pitcher Daren Osby earned his first selection to the All-Star squad.

Meadows is batting .268 this season with 19 runs scored and 14 runs driven in.

Osby has posted a 2.67 ERA in seven starts this season with 40 strikeouts.

Those players will be part of the Frontier League All-Star squad that will lock horns with the All-Star squad from the Can-Am League.

The All-Star game will be held Wednesday at Pallisades Credit Union Park in Pomona, New York. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

6 Joliet Generals are MCL All-Stars

Six members of the Joliet Generals were named to the Midwest Collegiate League All-Star squad Friday.

Those players will represent the West Division at the All-Star Game on Saturday at Oil City Stadium in Whiting, Indiana.

Two pitchers, including Lockport High School and current Joliet Junior College player Jake Ostrowski, were selected. Ostrowski’s 3.75 earned-run average is the lowest among Joliet starters currently. Fellow hurler Jordan Baker was also selected.

Morris High School product Danny Borgstrom, now at the University of Evansville, was one of three General infielders taken for the squad. Borgstrom is currently hitting .386 on the season. Fellow General players Chris Broccolino and Connor Olson also were chosen to man infield positions.

Catcher Devin Buckner also received an All-Star nod.

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