Four Palos baseball teams win championships
Four travel baseball teams from Palos Heights were recent tournament winners.
Two of those contingents, the 12U Karas squad and the 14U Ladewig club, gained their titles at the Palos Rumble. Karas took down a team from Oak Lawn, while Ladewig collected its second tourney crown during the month of July by defeating Oak Park-River Forest.
Also claiming championships were the Palos Thunder 11U-Elmosa team, which beat Oak Lawn in the Frankfort Summer Sizzle finale, and the 13U-Mundo squad, which also topped an Oak Lawn-based opponent at the CAN Memorial in New Lenox.
Stampede Baseball holding tryouts
The Stampede Baseball Organization will hold tryouts for the 2014 season on Saturday at Stagg High School.
Registration will be conducted at 9:30 a.m., with tryouts to follow from 10 a.m.-noon. The session is open to players in the 10U-15U age groups, and team managers are also being sought for the 10U and 11U programs.
Visit www.palosstampede.com to complete the registration and medical-release forms. Anyone unable to make Saturday’s tryout and those seeking additional information should contact Zaremba.
SXU women’s hoops team honored for academics
The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association recently recognized St. Xavier University’s women’s hoops team as one of the top 25 academic groups among NAIA institutions for the 2012-13 school year.
Top-25 teams were also chosen in NCAA Divisions I, II and III and at the junior-college level.
The Cougars were 18th overall in their category after posting a cumulative grade-point average of 3.379. One year earlier, SXU ranked eighth in the nation after compiling a 3.489 GPA. Teams must have a collective GPA of at least 3.0 to be nominated.
“The GPAs produced this year by each of the top-25 teams are quite remarkable,” WBCA CEO Beth Bass said. “The coaches of these teams have done a terrific job encouraging their student-athletes to perform at their best both on the court and in the classroom.
“Congratulations to these 114 programs. I wish them each continued success.”
Roosevelt University was the only other Illinois NAIA program that placed among the top 25. The Lakers wound up 22nd. Fellow Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference member Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) University was No. 2 behind Vanguard (Calif.) University after producing a 3.595 GPA.
5K race to be held at Midway
Midway Airport will be the site of a 5K race on Sunday, Sept. 15. The Midway Fly Away 5K, which gets underway at 8 a.m., will benefit Special Olympics Chicago.
Participants can either run or walk the course, which is located directly on the airfield. The race will begin and end at the Southwest Airlines Hangar.
Registration is being accepted through Sept. 10 at www.sochicago.org, and the first 1,000 entries will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female competitors.
Participants can also create a personal fundraising page on that same web site. Those individuals raising $250 or more will automatically be entered into a contest to win two round-trip airline tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S. with no restrictions or blackout dates.
On-site registration will be available on race day between 6 and 7:30 a.m. Participants should bring a photo ID and check in at the Southwest Hangar, 5035 W. 55th Street. Free parking will be available for all participants.
Worth girls place third
A 12-and-Under softball team from Worth finished third at a recent all-star tournament held in Orland Park.
Worth was one of 12 area squads that competed in the event.
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 play 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.