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Powerful offense expected from Red Wolves’ Christian Streeter this football season – other local scores

TF SouthLANSING, Ill. (August 18, 2023) – Was Christian Streeter’s first touch of 2023 a sign of what’s to come for TF South football?

The Red Wolves sure hope so.

Streeter, a speedy junior, sped 50 yards for a touchdown on the first play of South’s controlled scrimmage on Wednesday evening.

Nick Ford, a junior quarterback moving up from the JV to the varsity this season, provided another highlight with a 33-yard TD run of his own.

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Christian Streeter ran 50 yards for a touchdown on the first play of TF Souths controlled scrimmage on Wednesday. (Photo: Mike Clark)

But there’s no doubt that Streeter is the motor that drives the Red Wolves offense as they try to bounce back from an uncharacteristic losing year. They open the regular season on Thursday, August 24 when they play at Hammond Central. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

“It felt good,” Streeter said of his touchdown on Wednesday. “Teammates were blocking, it felt good to score on the first play.”

Even as South struggled during a 3-6 season in 2022, Streeter showed his potential in his varsity debut. He aims to take a step forward this fall as the Red Wolves seek to return to the IHSA playoffs.

“I feel more comfortable,” Streeter said. “I feel like this year should be my breakout year. … I worked on my running, my cuts, finding the holes.”

South coach Bob Padjen can see that effort paying off.

“(He’s) a little bit faster, a little bit upper tempo,” Padjen said. “He reads the hole pretty well and is able to slice and cut and he can go inside, outside.”

Watching Streeter now, it’s hard to believe he was originally a guard when he started playing football with the Chicago Blitz youth program as a 7-year-old.

“I was chubby,” he said with a laugh. “When I moved out here (from Chicago in fourth grade) I started playing running back.”

The other thing he did after coming to the suburbs was run on a hill near his house.

“On my breaks when I don’t have practice I just go to the hill when I’m bored instead of sitting down and eating,” Streeter said.

He and the Red Wolves hope that work pays off this season.

Marian CatholicMarian Catholic

Boys golf

The Spartans opened their dual-meet schedule with a 152-168 loss to East Suburban Catholic Conference rival Marist on Tuesday. Jack Markos shot a 39 and Jorden Connor added a 41 for Marian at The Meadows.

The Spartans opened their season by finishing 11th with a 383 at the St. Laurence Invitational at Lincoln Oaks on August 8. Markos led Marian with an 87.

Marian took sixth in the Nazareth Invitational with a 375 on August 11. Markos shot a team-best 87 and Alex Kvasnicka added an 88.

Baseball

The Spartans are seeking a head baseball coach.

Candidates should have multiple years of successful coaching at the high school or higher level, preferably on the varsity; familiarity with and a championing of the values of a Catholic school; a record of collegiality and professionalism; and the organizational ability to lead and grow an elite baseball program, including management of all levels.

A full-time teaching or staff position could be available, depending on the successful candidate’s qualifications.

Candidates should email a resume and cover letter to athletic director Kevin Kelly at [email protected] by Friday, September 1 at 5 p.m.

Summer baseball

NWI Oilmen

Marian Catholic graduate Kevin Denty played a key role as the Oilmen rallied to beat the Lake County Corn Dogs 10-9 in 11 innings on August 11 at Oil City Stadium in Whiting to win the Northern League championship.

Denty finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored, three RBI and two walks for the Oilmen. He also was named to the All-Northern League team by league broadcasters.

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Mike Clark
Mike Clarkhttps://muckrack.com/mike-clark
Mike Clark is a veteran journalist who has been covering sports in the Chicago area and beyond, from preps to pros, for more than four decades.