Community sports news

Orland residents among players on title-winning baseball team

  Players from Orland Park were among those individuals making up the roster of the Tinley Park Bobcats, an 18-and-Under travel baseball team that claimed the Southwest Inter-League Association Palomino Division title in late July by routing Homer Glen 11-1 at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.
  The Bobcats beat the Frankfort Square Hitmen 10-0 to earn their spot in the final. SWILA includes teams from throughout the south suburbs.
  Bobcats team members were Jerry Tauberschmidt, Colin Gallagher, Mo Farraj, Brad Jerantowski, RJ Corson, Ben Coverick, Malik Kurdi, Thomas McNeely, Christian Meeuwes, Nick Hnatusko, Andrew Arroyave, Cody Marciano and Kevin Casper. Dean Casper was the club’s manager, while Kevin Hnatusko and Keith Marciano served as coaches.

Shepard’s Hernandez among SXU’s new runners
  Shepard graduate Abel Hernandez is among three newcomers who’ll bolster St. Xavier University’s men’s cross country roster in 2013.
  Also joining the Cougars this fall are freshman Alex Ray and senior transfer Brian Meyer, who arrives from Ashford (Iowa) University. Meyer, who prepped at Bloomington High School, was a national finalist in this spring’s NAIA marathon.
  Hernandez was 61st in the IHSA Class 3A cross country meet last fall, while Ray was 72nd in Indiana’s state meet. The latter was making his third finals appearance.
  Hernandez plans to major in biology, while Ray will study nursing. Meyer will continue working toward a degree in biology.
  SXU coach Ed McAllister believes each runner will mesh well with his new teammates and be able to contribute to the program right away.
  “I am excited to have all of these three young men with us,” McAllister said. “Meyer has already proven himself at the collegiate level [by] having run some high-quality times in both cross country and in the marathon. He should be able to step right in with our squad and produce an immediate impact.
  “Both of our freshmen are extremely exciting young men. Hernandez is a real sleeper. He has improved substantially throughout his high school career, and I feel that he will improve considerably at the next level.
  “Ray has been a high-mileage runner throughout his high school career in an outstanding Crown Point program. I believe he will enjoy the college distance, and I can easily see Alex having an immediate impact on an already deep and talented pool of Cougar[s] harriers.”

Evergreen cheerleaders earn berth in national competition
  After putting on a strong performance at the National Cheerleaders Association Ultimate Speed camp in early July, Evergreen Park High School varsity cheerleaders earned a berth in the NCA national competition, which will take place in January of 2014.
  Leading the way for Evergreen were seniors Amanda Zimmerman and Jaymell Sheppard, both of whom were chosen for the NCA All-America squad. The two girls have been invited to represent the NCA at a New Year’s Day parade in London, England.
  Two other Evergreen students, Rachel Collins and Sara Torres, were hired as NCA staff members for the summer of 2014 following their respective exhibitions.

Orland man hits hole-in-one at Silver Lake
  Orland Park resident Brad Vetter sank a hole-in-one during a recent round of golf at Silver Lake Country Club.
  Vetter notched his ace on the 119-yard first hole of the Rolling Hills course by using a pitching wedge. Playing partner Zach Poe, also of Orland, witnessed Vetter’s shot, which caused the latter to start “screaming [and] running around in circles anywhere that I could.”

Southside Shooters to host tryouts on Sept. 6
  The Southside Shooters will conduct basketball tryouts for boys in grades 4-8 on Friday, Sept. 6, at Moraine Valley College.
  Players in grades 4 and 5 will try out from 5:15-6:15 p.m., with those in grade 6 going from 6:30-7:30. The session for players in grades 7 and 8 will run from 7:45-8:45. Two new teams are being formed for grades 4-5, five player spots are open for grade 6, 12 spots for grade 7 and one for grade 8.
  For more information, contact Bill Finn at 508-0170 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Charity golf event to be held Sept. 3
  The third annual “Birdies for Charity” event will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the River Forest Country Club in suburban Chicago.
  The event aims to raise a collective $100,000 for JDRF, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, through the Illinois PGA Foundation, which serves as the charitable arm of the Illinois Section PGA. For each birdie made by PGA professionals throughout the day, fans can make a monetary contribution.
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Evergreen Park 14 All-Stars place second in state
  The 14-year-old Little League All-Stars representing the Evergreen Park Athletic Association recently completed an outstanding summer baseball season by finishing second in the state in their age division. Previous to that, the 14s captured championships at the district and sectional levels.
  Comprising Evergreen’s roster were Danny Smith, Dan Kunes, Tanner Mlot, Jimmy Segura, Aidan Rhead, Matt Lyons, Ethan Harris, Joe Martin, Luke Goodman, Julian Rodriguez and Kajuanis Kirkendahl. Mike Nix was the Evergreen manager, and Bill Martin, Tom Goodman and Jim Segura were his coaches.


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--2013-bobcat-champs-2-704x299Submitted photo: The Tinley Park 18U Bobcats baseball team, which features some players from Orland Park, claimed the Southwest Inter-League Association Palomino Division championship in Joliet.



COLOR--epaastarsfinalSubmitted photo: Evergreen Park Athletic Association’s 14 All-Stars placed second in a state baseball tournament.