Community sports news

Orland Warriors win Wisconsin tournament

  These 14s became No. 1.
  The Orland Park Warriors 14U travel baseball team made the most of its appearance in the Wisconsin Dells Summer Slugfest by capturing the championship in its age division on July 14. Fourteen squads representing either Illinois or Wisconsin competed for the title.
  The Warriors were seeded eighth heading into the final day of the three-day event, but took down opponents that were seeded first, second and fourth to claim the crown. Comprising the team’s roster were Orland residents David Drabeck, Tim Dobrik, Matt Finn, Jake Hutchinson, Camden Landers, Patrick Larkin, Zach Poe, Brad Vetter and Mark Weimar, Oak Lawn resident Jake Larson and Sullivan Stickann of Highland, Ind.

  The majority of Warriors players will continue their baseball careers at one of four south-side high schools: Sandburg, Marist, Brother Rice or St. Rita.
  “I told the guys that they had it in them to win this tournament, that they had the talent,” Warriors coach Tom Vetter said. “It was a fantastic way to end our season.”
  Joining Vetter on Orland’s coaching staff were Mike Poe, Jim Hutchinson and Ron Drabeck.

Hickory Hills man latest to notch ace
  Referring to himself as “very, very lucky,” Hickory Hills resident Dennis Farley became the latest area golfer to register a hole-in-one while playing a round at Silver Lake Country Club.
  Farley’s ace occurred on July 17, when he used a 3-wood to hit his shot on the 122-yard fourth hole of the North course. Witnessing the feat were playing partners Dan Pasqua of Orland Park and Kevin Farley of Chicago.

34th National Sports Collectors Convention slated to begin July 31
  The 34th annual National Sports Collectors Convention will be held July 31-Aug. 4 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.
  Approximately 600 dealers will be on hand and about 50 corporate booths set up. In addition, an array of autograph guests will conduct signings each day of the event.
  The show is scheduled to run from 4-8 p.m. on July 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 1-3, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Aug. 4. Single-day tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and both VIP and Super VIP packages are also available. Children under the age of 12 will be admitted free of charge.

Youth coaches, volunteers to be honored
  The first-ever Chicago Sports Legacy event, designed to honor youth sports coaches and volunteers, will be held Saturday, Aug. 3., at Soldier Field in conjunction with Comcast Bears Family Fest.
  NFL Hall of Famer Dick Butkus and other sports legends will take part in the event, which is also being supported by the Chicago Blackhawks and University of Illinois. Monetary proceeds will benefit the non-profit Butkus Foundation and, eventually, the youth charities supported by participating pro franchises.
  “We appreciate those who share our vision and can help us get this program off the ground,” Butkus said in a statement. “We hope it becomes a community celebration to honor youth sports leaders, [who are] the real heroes in organized sports.”
  Individual tickets are $151, and include seating in the Zurich Skyline Suite, where a Bears practice and fireworks show can be viewed. Partnership packages are also available.
  For more information, call (805) 870-4562 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Illinois Women’s Open coming to Romeoville
  The Phil Kosin Illinois Women’s Open, women’s golf’s premier state tournament, will be held July 31-Aug. 2 at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville. A Wednesday pro-am event will precede the three-day tourney.
  For more information about the Illinois Women’s Open, contact Mistwood at (815) 254-3333 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.

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.

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 .


COLOR--In-the-dugoutSubmitted photo: The Orland Warriors 14U travel baseball team emerged as a divisional champion at a recent tournament in Wisconsin Dells.