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2 WSJ April 19, 2012 www.wsjnews.com SPORTS NEWS New coach, new attitude for Proviso West softball PROVISO | Proviso West’s first- year softball coach, Danielle Bertoletti, is setting a new tone for the program this season. Bertoletti’s assistant, Thaddeus Smith, explains: “We are trying to change the atmosphere, change the attitudes, change the environment,” said Smith, who coached the Panthers in their conference game against Lyons Township on Monday, a 15-0 loss (Bertoletti wasn’t able to attend Monday’s contest). “Basically a whole change of envi- ronment. We don’t want to deal with the attitudes; we don’t want to deal with the people that don’t want to be here.” The 2012 edition of the Panthers started with 13 players on the varsi- ty roster. Three players—including two starters with returning varsity experience—have left the club in recent weeks. The Panthers actually would have had an additional player on this year’s club, but pitcher Tamarra Stinson—an all-conference pick as a freshman last spring—moved to New Orleans with her mother prior to the start of the 2011-12 school year. But Smith noticed a change in the team’s psyche on Monday despite the reduced numbers and despite LT’s five-inning slaughter rule victo- ry. “These 10 girls that we have today, they had a smile on their face and we’re proud of each other,” he said. The Panthers were limited to one hit in the loss to LT—that coming off the bat of senior first baseman Amber Hudson, a four-year varsity player who laced a double down the left-field line to lead off the second inning. “She’s been injured a couple of years now,” Smith said. “She has a shoulder injury; she really hasn’t healed from it, but she’s cleared to play. She has a great bat and she’s a great leader.” Junior Nicole Miller, who opened the year starting at third baseman, moved over to play shortstop for the first time this season on Monday. She replaces one of the players who left the team. Miller made a handful of putouts vs. LT, including one dur- ing what turned out to be a three-up, three-down third inning. “I’m very impressed with Nicole,” Smith said. LaKesha Perry, a senior, starts at second base. Sophomore Elizabeth Grier moved over to Miller’s old position at third to start Monday’s game. Grier then came on in relief of starting pitcher Amber Smith in the fourth inning. Smith is the No. 2 starter, while Kim Salazar, a senior, is the Panthers’top pitcher. “This is her (Salazar’s) first year on varsity,” Coach Smith said. “She’s been in the program for four years. We kept her at JVto work on her pitching. She doesn’t have the speed as much as Amber or Liz does. She has more accuracy.” Senior Haidee Carrasco (right field), sophomore Nijima French (center field) and junior Kree Finner (left field) were Proviso West’s out- field starters on Monday. Elizabeth Cash, a junior, is the Panthers’catch- er. continuedpage16 CARRYANDCONCEAL > bled a taskforce to look into gun vio- lence in some places in the state, especially in Chicago and Cook County, he “feels bad” that some resi- dents can’t carry guns. “I do believe that individuals should have a right to carry if they qualify to carry and if they pass all of the requirements to carry, they should be able to do it,” he said. “I think that it’s unfair to the people of Illinois that we still impose this restriction.” He added that violence in the city and the diversity of his own district makes it a “balancing act” for sup- porting a concealed carry law. But organizations like the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence are emphatically opposed to citizens carrying guns and are pleased with the recent federal court decision. “The court’s ruling is a tremendous victory for Illinois families and communities that have been plagued by gun violence tragedies for far too long,” Ill Council Against Handgun Violence Executive Director Colleen Daley said in a written state- ment. “Allowing the carrying of loaded concealed guns…would only further undermine public safety, as we have seen time-and-time again in other states. It is time to finally shift the public debate toward more com- mon sense solutions that will save lives such as registering guns the same way we do cars and curtailing the flow of illegal guns into the hands of violent criminals and oth- ers who shouldn’t have them.” Special Chicago Citizen By SEAN JENKINS MAYWOOD | The West Suburban Chiefs of Police Association and the Cook County Board have reached an agreement that will allow local municipalities to transport their prisoners for weekend and holiday bond court to the Maybrook court- house or the Markham courthouse. The West Suburban Journal reported in January that originally, the chief judge and county board wanted to shut down all suburban courthouses, and on weekends and holidays, require all municipal police departments to take their prisoners to 26th Street and California Avenue in Chicago. The new agreement calls for Maybrook and Markham courthous- es to open just for transports. Additionally, Cook County Sheriff’s deputies will not charge municipalities per prisoner as origi- nally proposed. In the original proposal, commu- nities feeding into the Maybrook courthouse would charge as much as $52 per prisoner. The West Suburban Chiefs of Police Association was vehemently opposed to paying a fee associated with prisoner transport. Maybrook courthouse to remain open for weekend bond court For state Rep. LaShawn K. Ford it is "great" that a recent federal court ruling said it was not a violation of Second Amendment rights for Illinois not to allow peo- ple to carry concealed weapons outside their home.