Timmermans becomes career goals leader at Chicago Christian
There’s nothing left for Getenet Timmermans to prove on the soccer field.
The Chicago Christian senior became his school’s all-time leader in goals earlier this season, and with the Knights winning their own Class 1A regional last Saturday, Timmermans has a chance to add to his career total of 95.
He’s already seven goals ahead of Christian’s previous standard, and his 37 markers during the 2013 campaign also represent the most for a Knights player in a single season. But Timmermans’ soccer excellence came about in a rather unorthodox manner.
Orphaned at a young age in Ethiopia, Timmermans was excited about being adopted and becoming an American high school student. He knew this would be a place of great opportunity for himself and his younger brother, Fukado. Getenet didn’t speak English well, but he did play a great game of soccer.
“When I got to the school, all I wanted to do was get on the soccer team,” Timmermans said. “I’d show up every day and ask the coach if I could play.”
He wasn’t able to do so right away, as he had to wait weeks before he was cleared. But even with part of his freshman season lost, Timmermans scored goals at a rapid enough pace that he entered the current campaign with designs on breaking Christian’s scoring record.
“I just kept working,” Timmermans said. “My team made it so easy for me. They are so good at getting me the ball so I can score.”
And having his younger brother alongside him while it happened was icing on the cake.
“Having Fukado on the field has made this the best season ever,” Getenet said. “He is the best freshman player CCHS has had.”
Oak Lawn golfers Cuculich, Murley claim regional honors
For the second year in a row, Oak Lawn High School golfers Joe Cuculich and Brandon Murley achieved all-regional status.
Cuculich, a four-year varsity player, was also an All-South Suburban Conference Red selection as both a junior and senior. Murley was a three-year performer for the Spartans.
“Joe, Brandon and another senior, Matt Dunne, have carried the team all year,” Oak Lawn coach Pat Mayer said. “The seniors were real leaders this year and we will miss them. They were like assistant coaches to the younger players.”
Mustangs wind up fifth in boys’ golf regional
Evergreen Park High School’s boys’ golf team completed its conference-winning season with a fifth-place regional finish at The Meadows Golf Club in Blue Island.
J.R. Wazio, who earned medalist honors in the Mustangs’ charge to the South Suburban Conference Red championship, shot an 83 to lead them at the regional. Brendan Walsh (84) and Mark Martin (85) were right behind Wazio, and all three golfers advanced to sectional play at Broken Arrow Golf Club last Monday as individuals.
The weather was somewhat uncooperative, but Wazio fought through the brisk and windy conditions to card a 91 that led the trio. He, Walsh, Martin and fellow junior Sean Miller will form the nucleus of Evergreen’s 2014 team, but sophomore Danny Smith could become a pivotal figure as well.
Graduating from the Mustangs’ 15-3 squad will be Aaron Green Van Zee, Joe Steen, Andrew Ottenfeld and Luke Sals.
Another young notable this fall was freshman Elizabeth Stalla, currently the lone female on any boys’ athletic team at Evergreen.
Stalla is only the second girl to ever play golf alongside Mustangs boys, but coach Scott Pasek said she has been the more productive of the two as she consistently beat most of Evergreen’s frosh-soph boys this season. She fired a 99 in regional play at Bensenville’s White Pines Golf Course, which ranked as the fifth-best score at that frosh-soph event and earned Stalla a sectional berth.
Oak Lawn High School to host baseball camp in January
Oak Lawn High School will host a six-week baseball camp, in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy, starting Jan. 5, 2014.
Former Spartans varsity coach Brian Clifton will direct the program, which has classes available for players in grades 1-12. Sessions will be offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning, but space is limited.
Registration is currently underway. For more information, visit www.USBaseballAcademy.com or call 1-866-622-4487.
Southside Shooters to hold tryouts
The Southside Shooters Girls’ Basketball Club will conduct tryouts on Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and Nov. 7 at Stagg High School.
Each session will run from 6:30-8 p.m. For more information, call Gary Ferguson at (630) 935-1150 or visit the website at www.shootersbball.com.
District 218 to host Bulls youth camps
District 218 will host Chicago Bulls FUNdamentals youth basketball camps for ages 5-14 on Saturday and Nov. 2, 9 and 16.
The camps will be held at the administrative center, 10701 S. Kilpatrick Ave., in Oak Lawn, and divided into two age groups. Ages 5-8 will meet from 9-10 a.m., while ages 9-14 will go from 10-11:30 a.m.
The cost is $60 for kids under age 8, $75 for older individuals, and includes a camp T-shirt and replica-autographed photo of Bulls star Derrick Rose. Registration is being accepted online at www.bullssoxacademy.com.
Additional details can also be found on that same website.
Winter-season tryouts for Illinois Hoopla
Illinois Hoopla is hosting basketball tryouts for its winter season during the month of October at Orland Junior High School.
Shimko basketball to run tryouts
The George Shimko Basketball School will conduct tryouts for players in grades 4-8 on Saturday, 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.