Community sports news

SXU’s Ladd chosen as CFA Preseason All-American

  St. Xavier University senior offensive lineman Tim Ladd was chosen last week as an NAIA Preseason All-American for 2013 by the national publication, College Football America.
  Ladd, who’ll be starting for the fourth consecutive season, was named to the Mid-States Football Association All-Mideast second team as a junior.
  “Tim has been a rock for our program on the offensive line the past three years, and it’s hard to believe that he will be a senior this fall,” Cougars coach Mike Feminis said. “He’s not only a great football player, but a great person as well and definitely deserving of whatever accolades he receives. I know he is very excited about his senior season and will do whatever it takes to help get this team ready to compete for a national championship.”

  SXU, which is ranked fourth nationally in the NAIA heading into the 2013 campaign, is projected to rule over the MSFA Midwest League this fall. The Cougars are returning to the Midwest after spending the past six seasons as a member of the Mideast League.
  SXU received first-place votes from coaches of the seven other Midwest League squads.
  “It is great to have the respect of the other coaches in the MSFA and see our team atop the rankings in the preseason poll, but those are just projections and we will definitely have our work cut out for us this season,” Feminis said. “This is, without a doubt, one of the toughest regular-season slates our program has ever had. We open up at home against the NAIA defending champs in Marian and then follow that game with a huge road matchup against University of Indianapolis, who advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs last year.
  “Being ranked among the top five teams in the nation at our level is a great honor, but also a huge challenge. We have to be ready to play every single week because we will always have a huge target on us. However, the veterans are motivated big time to get back to Rome [Ga.] after falling short last year, and we’ll definitely need some freshmen to contribute right away if we’re going to get there.”

Back-to-School basketball camp begins Sept. 9
  Illinois Hoopla will conduct a Back-to-School basketball camp for youngsters beginning Sept. 9 and running through Halloween.
  In addition, tryouts will be held Sept. 19 for Hoopla’s winter travel season. For complete details, contact Rick Palmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 460-6513, or visit

Orland men sink holes-in-one
  Orland Park residents Chuck Van Hessen and Steve Goodnight both registered holes-in-one during recent rounds of golf at Silver Lake Country Club.
  Van Hessen used a 7-iron to sink his ace on the 143-yard third hole of the South course on Aug. 11. Playing partners Larry Lehman, also of Orland, and Roy Abner witnessed Van Hessen’s feat.
  “I watched the straightest shot I ever hit,” Van Hessen said. “[It was] a 7-iron into the wind. [The ball] landed just short, took two hops and rolled up against the flagstick for a few seconds, then fell in.”
  Goodnight recorded his hole-in-one on the 130-yard 12th hole of the North course by employing a 9-iron. His two playing partners witnessed the shot, which occurred two days before Van Hessen’s ace.


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.
  For more information, visit

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

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, 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.

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.sochica, 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.