Community sports news

Oak Lawn’s Meyers recognized as top SSC hoops coach

  Oak Lawn High School girls’ basketball coach Janet Meyers was recently feted as the South Suburban Conference Coach of the Year in her sport at an awards dinner at Gaelic Park.
  The Lady Spartans reigned as SSC Red champs during the 2012-13 season.
  With the baseball team’s divisional crown and five second-place finishes also factored in, Oak Lawn athletics ranked fifth among 14 schools in the chase for the SSC President Cup’s Award, which goes to the school that has the highest cumulative placements in the league’s 22 sponsored sports. Gaining runner-up positions for the Spartans were the girls’ volleyball, boys’ volleyball, boys’ bowling, boys’ track and cheerleading squads.
  Oak Lawn did even better in the conduct category, where it wound up third for the SSC Sportsmanship Award. Oak Forest captured that honor, while Lemont claimed the President’s Cup.

Golf outing to benefit Richards athletics
  A golf outing to benefit the football and baseball teams at Richards High School will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Stony Creek Golf Course.
  Registration begins at 11 a.m. and plays gets underway with a shotgun start at noon. Cash prizes will be awarded for group scramble low score, closest to the pin on one par-3 hole and beating the coach on the other, and a longest-drive contest on one hole. The latter costs $10 per golfer, with the winner splitting the pot.
  The overall cost of the event is $100 for golf, registration gift, snack at the nine-hole turn and a dinner party. Dinner only is $25. Sponsorships are also available for $100 and $50.
  For more information, call Tony Sheehan at 499-2550, ext. 5353, or Brian Wujcik at 499-2550, ext. 5087.

Two athletics clinics to be offered at Peace
  Queen of Peace will include two athletics clinics among the five it will conduct the week of July 29-Aug. 4 for girls in grades 4-8.
  A sports camp will be held on Tuesday of that week, while one for volleyball will take place on Friday. Each clinic is free of charge and will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Attendees will receive lunch and a T-shirt, and limited transportation will be available.
  Registration forms can be found online at or received by contacting the school’s main office. For more information, call 458-7600.

SXU signs baseball player
  Jesse Lopez, a senior shortstop/pitcher at Washington High School in Chicago, has signed a letter of intent to continue his academic and baseball careers at St. Xavier University.
  Lopez, who recently got a chance to pitch at Yankee Stadium as a member of the 2013 Chicago Public League All-Star team, will compete for playing time with the Cougars at both positions in the 2014 campaign.
  “Jesse has a great future ahead at St. Xavier University,” Cougars coach Mike Dooley said. “He has a big-time arm and unlimited potential. I can’t wait to get him here and on the field because I strongly believe he will be an impact player for our program.”

Oak Lawn man latest to sink hole-in-one
  Oak Lawn resident Terry Shinnick became the latest area golfer to register an ace while playing a round at Silver Lakes Country Club.
  Shinnick sank his hole-in-one on the 185-yard ninth hole of the North course. He used a hybrid 4-iron to hit his shot, which was witnessed by playing partners Gary Dorencz (Orland Park), Todd Sparrey (Palos Heights) and Dale Lichtenstein.
  Shinnick said he made “solid contact,” but reacted “with surprise on reaching the green.”

Worth girl wins Home Run Derby
  Just call her “slugger.”
  Worth resident Kelly Walinski was the top long-ball hitter in her age group when she participated in a Home Run Derby event, which was held in conjunction with a softball all-star tournament in Orland Park. Walinski bettered the field in the 12U Division, which featured competitors from 12 teams.

Fisk to appear at CSC golf outing
  Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk will be the special guest at the 22nd annual Cancer Support Center golf outing on Friday, Sept. 13, at Flossmoor Country Club, 1441 Western Ave., in Flossmoor.
  Fisk will compete against golfers on the club’s par-3 seventh hole. Registration for the event begins at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start to follow at noon. Lunch and dinner are included in the $325 cost.
  The CSC provides programs at no charge for anyone affected by cancer in more than 70 Chicagoland south-side communities. For more information, call 798-9171 or visit .


Mt. Assisi announces dates for fall sports tryouts
  Mt. Assisi Academy will begin tryouts for its fall sports teams on Wednesday, Aug. 14.
  Cross country coach Bill Rolette will lead his tryout from noon-1:30 p.m. on that day, while golfers will meet with coach Ken Malnar from 12:30-2:30 p.m. The two men will be entering their 14th and 10th years at the school, respectively.
  Doug Stangeland, who coached the Screeching Eagles tennis team to a Girls Catholic Athletic Association divisional championship last season, will hold his tryout from noon-2 p.m., while volleyball coach Karen Van Assen will conduct two tryout sessions. The first, for freshman players, will go from noon-2:30 p.m., while the second one will run from 3-6 p.m. and be for JV and varsity athletes.


Meyers-Janet SSC-Basketball-Coach-of-YearSubmitted photo: Oak Lawn girls’ basketball coach Janet Meyers was recently honored by the South Suburban Conference as its Coach of the Year in that sport. Meyers’ husband, Brian (left) and Oak Lawn athletic director Kevin Walery are also pictured.


 COLOR--Sports-01Submitted photo: Worth’s Kelly Walinski won a Home Run Derby in Orland Park.