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COLOR--CoachCaliendo-Sports-3-colSubmitted photo: Longtime Sandburg coach Jim Caliendo has been named the national coach of the year in prep water polo.

Sandburg’s Caliendo feted as national coach of the year

 The National High School Coaches Association has chosen Jim Caliendo, a longtime instructor at Sandburg, as its national Water Polo Coach of the Year.

  Caliendo, who also coaches swimming at the school, has been guiding Eagles programs for the past 20 years. The Illinois Hall of Famer has coached for a total of 34 years.
  Five of his teams have captured state championships and Caliendo boasts a career ledger of 658-232 in water polo, which includes a 426-155 mark while at Sandburg. More than 70 of Caliendo’s athletes through the years have been recognized as either all-America or all-state performers.

Evergreen holds first ‘Mustang Aquathlon’
  Evergreen Park High School’s swim programs conducted the first “Mustang Aquathlon” last weekend, a running and swimming event that was open to the community.
  There were 30 participants who competed in one of the three events offered. The “Mustang” consisted of a one-mile swim and three-mile run; the “Colt” featured a half-mile swim and two-mile run; and the “Pony” was a quarter-mile swim and one-mile run.
  All proceeds benefited the Evergreen swim teams.

Tough start for SXU teams
  The 2013 season began in a rough manner for St. Xavier University’s men’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams, as both suffered losses in their first two outings.
  The soccer squad kicked off its schedule on Aug. 24 in Rio Grande, Ohio, where the NAIA No. 9-ranked host school pinned a 7-1 defeat on the Cougars at Evan E. Davis Field. Two goals by Rio Grande senior midfielder Maxi Viera in the first 18 minutes thrust SXU into a hole from which it could not escape.
  Junior midfielder Brandon Simoes notched the Cougars’ lone marker five minutes into the second half, off an assist from freshman midfielder Kamil Szczesniak.
  Shawnee State (Ohio) University blanked SXU 2-0 on Aug. 25. Junior midfielder Tanner Hopwood delivered both of the winners’ tallies.
  Cougars netminder AJ Pfatschbacher registered a total of 16 saves in the two matches, including 11 on Sunday. SXU junior forward Lorenzo Savino put three of his four shots on goal versus Shawnee State.
  The Cougars return to action Saturday at 2 p.m., when they host the University of Northwestern Ohio at Bruce R. Deaton Field.
  SXU’s 2013 volleyball debut was also unrewarding as the Cougars fell twice in the University of Michigan-Dearborn Tournament on Aug. 25.
  No. 11 Madonna (Mich.) University scored a 25-18, 25-12, 25-12 victory over SXU in the season-opener, then No. 22 Point Park (Pa.) University downed the Cougars 25-15, 23-25, 25-20, 25-19 in the second encounter. Junior middle hitter Marie Hackert (13 kills, eight total blocks) and sophomore right-side hitter Meghan Falsey (16 kills, four total blocks) were SXU’s standouts in the two matches.
  Nineteen attack errors undermined the Cougars versus Madonna. Sophomore libero Lauren Young (match-best 13 digs) and junior setter Kelli Shaffer (14 assists, four kills) were SXU’s notables in addition to Falsey (eight kills, one solo block).
  Hackert (nine kills, four assisted blocks), Falsey (eight kills, two solo blocks), junior Dominique Aramburu (team-high 10 kills, 14 digs) and Young (team-best 19 digs) led the way for the Cougars against Point Park.
  SXU visited Clinton, Iowa, this past Tuesday to square off against Ashford University.

OL High School to co-host bass-fishing tourney
  Oak Lawn High School and Rayjus Outdoors will co-host a bass-fishing tournament on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Kankakee/Des Plaines River.
  The event begins with a 6 a.m. check-in. Competition will start at 7:15 and run through 2 p.m. Schools may register an unlimited number of boats, but the overall field will not exceed 50. Each boat, which must be captained by an adult, can include up to four anglers.
  The cost of entry is $40 per boat. For information, contact Chris Kuchyt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Back-to-School basketball camp begins Monday
  Illinois Hoopla will conduct a Back-to-School basketball camp for youngsters beginning Monday 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

Southside Shooters to host tryouts on Friday
  The Southside Shooters will conduct basketball tryouts for boys in grades 4-8 on Friday, 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. .

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

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.