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 Community-sports OakPhoto by Jeff Vorva: Alexis Fletcher

Another ace recorded by local golfer

  The recent spate of holes-in-one recorded at Silver Lake Country Club continued last Tuesday, when Orland Park resident Jonathan Twitty sank one while playing a round on the North course.
  Twitty used a 9-iron to hit his shot on the 148-yard 12th hole. His ace was witnessed by playing partners Steve Gorney and Rich Spatz, both of Park Ridge.
  “I couldn’t believe it,” Twitty said of his feat. “It was surreal.”

Shimko basketball to run tryouts
  The George Shimko Basketball School will conduct tryouts for players in grades 4-8 on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Oak Lawn Pavilion, 9401 S. Oak Park Ave.
  A boys’ session will run from 1-2:30 p.m., while two girls’ tryouts will be held. Female players in grades 4-5 will go from 2:30-4 p.m., with players in grades 6-8 to follow from 4-5:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend the tryouts, but parents must register players and sign a waiver form 20 minutes prior to an evaluation session.
  The GSBS winter season will run from November-February. For more information, contact GSBS at 802-GSBS or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Interested parties can also visit the website at

Spartans baseball team honored for academics
  Oak Lawn’s varsity baseball team, which won the South Suburban Conference Red title last spring, was recently recognized for its work off the field as well.
  The IHSA presented the Spartans with its Team Academic Award in honor of Oak Lawn athletes’ collective classroom achievements. To be eligible for the award, a squad must compile a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  Bob Kametas, Connor Niemiec and Mitch Swatek all sported perfect 4.0 GPAs for the Spartans, while Lorenzo Gudino, Marcin Krzysiak and Matt Dunne narrowly missed reaching that same standard.

Sophomore tennis player continues to excel
  Alexis Fletcher is quickly making a name for herself as an athlete at her new school.
  A sophomore at Oak Lawn, Fletcher, who transferred from Morgan Park Academy, has become a force to reckon with on the tennis courts. With one tournament title already to her credit, Fletcher collected another last Saturday by triumphing at the eight-team Lemont Invitational.
  Fletcher did not play high school tennis as a freshman, but played on the USTA circuit.

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 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 month of October.
  PeeWee Basketball mini-camps for youngsters in grades 1-3 will run two nights a week during the following periods: 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

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. .