Community sports news

St. Patricia wins soccer championship

  St. Patricia’s junior-varsity soccer team won its fourth straight Southwest Catholic Soccer Association championship by defeating St. Alexander 1-0 in a match held June 1 at St. Laurence.
  Comprising the St. Patricia roster were Mark Culkin, Adam Delp, Cristina Garza, Sebastian Gajewski, Brandon Hands, Eilis Hannon, Nick Harper, Kamil Jamrozik, Matt Lazaric, Sarah Mueller, Bartek Mrowca, Emma Muhr, Jared Muhr, Anthony Mullan, Bailey Murphy, Nathan Schultz, Tom Seravo, Eddie Slack, Lauren Smith, Nathaniel Truesdale and Zack Vrbancic. Dan Hands and Brian Murphy were the coaches.
Sandburg grad Prajka to compete in New Balance track meet
  Nicholas Prajka, a 2013 graduate of Sandburg High School, will compete at the New Balance Track and Field National Championships this weekend in Greensboro, N.C.
  Prajka qualified for the meet in the 800-meter run. He participated at the Illinois state meet in that event and two others, including the 3,200-relay, where Prajka and three teammates took third in Class 3A.
  Prajka, who will attend Loyola University in the fall and run middle-distance races for the Ramblers track squad, was a member of the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta while at Sandburg, a SouthWest Suburban Conference Academic Award recipient and two-time winner of the Cook County Sheriff’s Award for volunteerism.
Palos Heights resident registers ace at Silver Lake
  Edward McGovern, a Palos Heights resident, registered a hole-in-one during a round of golf at Silver Lake Country Club on June 4.
  McGovern aced the 129-yard third hole of the South course, doing so by using a 7-iron. His feat was witnessed by playing partners Mark Koziak and Mike Dowd.
SXU softball signs former McAuley standout
  Katie Sears, a former softball standout at Mother McAuley and later a student-athlete at Evansville University, recently signed a letter of intent to continue her academic and sports careers at St. Xavier University.
  Sears will have two years of collegiate eligibility remaining when she suits up for the Cougars in 2014. As a Purple Aces sophomore in 2012, Sears was chosen for the All-Missouri Valley Conference second team after leading Evansville in runs scored (25), stolen bases (16), hit-by-pitches (six) and triple (four).
  Sears, who was coached at McAuley by former SXU great Colleen Kilduff, will pursue a degree in business.
  “Katie is a proven player at the [NCAA] Division I level, and we are so fortunate that she has chosen to transfer to St. Xavier University,” Cougars coach Myra Minuskin said. “She will make an already-strong program even better with her bat and speed on the basepaths, and I can’t wait to get this team back out on the field in preparation for the 2014 season.”
Advantage Basketball Camp coming to Chicago Ridge
  An Advantage Basketball Camp will be held in Chicago Ridge at the Frontier Park Fieldhouse July 8-12 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
  The camp, one of several being conducted in the Chicagoland area during the month of July, will focus on the teaching of ball-handling and shooting skills. For more information, call (425) 670-8877, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit
Bears youth camp slated for south suburbs
  Frankfort will be one of 18 sites for a Chicago Bears Youth Football Camp this summer.
  The weeklong session will run July 8-12 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily at the Hallmark Sports Club. Among the former Bears scheduled to offer instruction are Desmond Clark, Allan Ellis, Kris Haines, Al Harris, Jim Morrissey and Mickey Pruitt.
  The camp will provide non-contact instruction to youngsters aged 6-14. Awards and prizes will be given out during the week and a replica Chicago Bears helmet will be handed to one individual.
  The cost is $399. For more information, call (312) 226-7776 or visit
Palos Stampede place second in tourney
  The Palos Stampede 11U travel baseball team placed second at the Best of the Midwest Challenge V Tournament, held June 2 at Benedictine University in Lisle.
  The Stampede went 1-1 in pool play, but because inclement weather prevented some clubs from getting in both of their games, only the first result figured into Palos’ seeding. Since that outcome was a loss, the Stampede received a lower seeding, but they defeated their first two foes in bracket play to reach the final.
  Palos team members included Palos Heights residents Hunter Sperling, Ty Sperling, Nick Reidy, Justin Ingelse, Connor Glennon, Max Szykowny and James Hunt, Palos Park’s Nick Kniebusch, Hickory Hills’ Donny Hansen, Oak Lawn’s Brandon Sewers and Brendan Chausse.
PG4 stpatssoccer 4colSubmitted photo: St. Patricia’s JV soccer team recently won its fourth straight SWCSA soccer championship.
Stampede-IB-2nd-PlaceSubmitted photo: The Palos Stampede 11U travel baseball team placed second in a tournament at Benedictine University.