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Oak Lawn’s Baxa to play for Moraine Valley

  Former Oak Lawn High School baseball player Lee Baxa, a 6-foot-5 pitcher, will continue his athletic career at Moraine Valley College in the spring as a member of the Cyclones’ diamond squad.
  Baxa received a scholarship from Moraine after helping the Spartans win the South Suburban Conference Red title in their first season under Bill Gerny. Used primarily as a reliever, Baxa earned a starting assignment in Oak Lawn’s last regular-season game and threw a four-hitter over 3 2/3 innings.

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. .

Evergreen football gets corporate support
  At every Evergreen Park High School home football game this fall, Mustangs fans will have an opportunity to cheer the team on from the end zone as “couch potatoes.”
  The promotion is being corporately sponsored by Famous Dave’s restaurant, which will have its mascot, Wilbur, supply dinner to each of the designated couch potatoes and give one of them a chance to win a $150 catering package. Individuals competing for the package will throw four footballs and try to get three of them into each section of a net set up at the 50-yard line.
  For more information, visit www.evergreenpark.org. Famous Dave’s is located at 2855 W. 95th St., in Evergreen Park.
Illinois Hoopla to conduct basketball events
  Illinois Hoopla will conduct two basketball programs during the months of September and October.
  PeeWee Basketball mini-camps for youngsters in grades 1-3 will run two nights a week during the following periods: Sept. 23-Oct. 4, Oct. 7-18, and Oct. 21-30. In addition, a 3-on-3 tournament for players in grades 3-8 will be held Oct. 7-16.
  For more information on either activity, contact Rick Palmer at 460.6513 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit www.illinoishoopla.com

South Side Shooters fall session for girls underway
  The South Side Shooters Girls Basketball Club began its “Skills and Scrimmages” fall session this past Tuesday at Stagg.

  Girls in grades 4-12 who are interested in attending future sessions should contact Gary Ferguson at (630) 935-1150 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit www.shootersbball.com.