#Retro #CLSBaseball Bogda Talks Baseball

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Crystal Lake, IL- bergsworld.live recently caught up with Crystal Lake South Gators head baseball coach Brian Bogda. Since our conversation, the Gators have started the season 4-0. They have outscored their opponents 35-10. They have quality W’s over IC Prep, Palatine and Barrington. Superb pitching and “lights-out” hitting from Ryan Parquette, Nick Wolski, Griffin Bright and Blake Kueffel have been key to the Gators fast start.

The Bogda-led Gators head to Marion, IL to battle multiple challengers over Spring Break. They include Wauconda, Carbondale, Harrisburg, Mt. Vernon and Frankfort. You can follow the Gators on Twitter @CLSBaseball or at GC.com

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Love Is Stronger Than Hate: Chris Singleton

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Chris Singleton is on a journey with more twists and turns than a roller coaster at Disney World. In three short years, Chris has gone from Goose Creek SC to the Chicago Cubs affiliate Eugene Emeralds. In between he lost his beloved mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, in a heinous church massacre and his dad, Chris Sr, to a broken heart and got engaged to his sweetheart Mariana who blessed Chris with a baby son, Chris Jr. Wow!

Chris, Mariana, his fiance, and young Chris Jr will all be in Chicago for the CSA 2017 Awards dinner. Chris will be honored with the Charlie Donovan Memorial “Passion for the Game” award. God bless them. Listen to our interview:

 

Learn more about Chris by checking out these links:  

https://www.thechrissingleton.com/about/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/columnist/bob-nightengale/2017/09/26/chris-singleton-cubs-charleston-church-massacre-love/701717001/

http://www.chicagoscoutsassociation.com/

Dedicated to John J. Martin, a great baseball man. RIP.

 

Alex , Amanda and The Grand Dame

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Lake in the Hills, IL- Life’s a funny thing. Whenever you think you may have just figured it out, whammy! As my mom, The Grand Dame, or Joan as she liked to be called, was fighting her terminal cancer two years ago, I met Sherry Williams. MCC Women’s Volleyball HC Kyle McCall had recently told me of the heart wrenching story of one of his players, Amanda Williams.

Sherry and Mark Williams beautiful daughter had died tragically while travelling to meet a recruit thinking about joining the Scots VB Family. I wanted to do something to help. Help, what a naive word when you are talking about a family in deep grief. What could I possibly do to help them, if I even could?

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As Amanda’s family and I planned a fundraiser for a VB scholarship at MCC, I also was dealing with my mom’s illness. I eventually told her about Amanda and the fundraiser and my mom’s face lit up with joy. The Grand Dame was so happy that I would do something so nice. It made me cry that she was so proud of me.

Amanda’s Celebration of Her Life Event was a spectacular success. The Grand Dame was very elated. I met Alex Kube as I worked on my crazy dream of a Sports Show. He was so kind and informative. Alex opened up to me in some great interviews (some that I accidentally deleted). Life was better.

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My mom, The Grand Dame, Joan Marie Gladstone Berg, joined all the other angels in heaven on Mother’s Day 2016. I cried again.

This is hard to write. Then Alex passed away. Wow!!! I have no words that could properly express my shock and sadness.  I cried once again.

Elizabeth Kube is a great lady that is so courageous and positive under these difficult circumstances. Now I am working on another fundraiser, my mom is smiling and I’m smiling too!

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Live @ BWW’s With PR’s Jeff Jenkins

Crystal Lake, IL- We met with Prairie Ridge HS junior Jeff Jenkins at Buffalo Wild Wings on Route 14 tonight. Jenkins, an integral part of the 2016 6A IHSA State Champions, was kind enough to join us for an interview. The future Iowa Hawkeye tells us about the Wolves fantastic season that took them all the way to Champaign.

This is part one of a two part podcast. Thanks Jeff!