Community sports news

Marist athletes chosen for All-ESCC teams

  Several Marist student-athletes were among the individuals chosen for All-East Suburban Catholic Conference recognition in their respective fall sports.
  Foremost among the group was volleyball player Carolyn Yerkes, who was named the conference’s Player of the Year. Joining the senior libero on the All-ESCC squad were senior setter Molly Mayo, senior outside hitter Meg Ryan and junior right-side hitter Lizzie Zaleski. Honored as ESCC Coach of the Year was first-year Lady RedHawls leader Julie Popp-Hopkins, who guided her team to an unbeaten conference record.
  Also grabbing Coach of the Year honors was Marist soccer boss Sean Maxwell. RedHawks players tabbed for the All-ESCC soccer team were senior midfielders Eddie Cunningham and Brendan McHugh, senior forward Brian Greenfield and senior defender Joe Panella.
  Among the eight Marist football players picked as all-conference performers was senior receiver Nic Weishar, who garnered the Most Valuable Offensive Player designation. Junior wide receiver Flynn Nagel also made the All-ESCC team, as did senior running back Peter Andreotti, senior quarterback Jack Donegan, senior defensive back Ryan Mishka, senior linemen Marcus Pitts and Mitch Schleyer, and senior punter Ryan Tucker.

Palos ‘Super Seniors’ fare well in tennis event
  Six area women represented Illinois at the United States Tennis Association’s “Super Senior” playoffs earlier this month in Indianapolis.
  Orland Park resident Diana Tarandy, Peggy Barber, Diane Peterson, Yori Vojta, Zagorka James and Darlene Kres comprised the Illinois team, which competed against eight other qualifying teams hailing from Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. Competition was held in first-, second- and third-doubles.
  The Illinois women placed fourth overall, but missed out on playing for the top spot by just one set. They dropped a tiebreaker in the third-place match.

Palos Heights man sinks hole-in-one
  The golf season is winding down, but Palos Heights resident Michael Monahan managed to get in a recent round that resulted in him notching a hole-in-one.
  Monahan recorded his ace on the 130-yard seventh hole of Silver Lake’s South course. The ball landed about 1 foot shy of the hole and rolled into the cup, as Monahan’s playing partners, Dan Rueckhen of Orland Park and Jake Mitchell of Joliet, witnessed the feat.

Palos father-son team catches biggest musky
  The Palos Heights father-son team of Mark and Adam Follenweider emerged as the overall winner of the Ranger Boats PMTT World Championship Musky Tournament, which was held on Lake St. Claire in Michigan.
  The event brought together 35 teams and featured the Follenweiders catching three fish over two days, the biggest of which measured out at 43.50 inches. They also caught a 39-inch fish on the first day, then reeled in a 37-incher on Day 2. The Follenweiders’ point total of 189 put them 16 ahead of their nearest competitors.
  The two concrete contractors used Shadzilla soft-bodied baits in long weed beds that were in 6-to-10 inches of water and close to marinas to entice the fish. The Follenweiders pre-fished for two days before the tournament and connected on a musky, which prompted them to continue working that same area.
  For winning the championship, the Follenweiders received prizes valued at more than $40,000.

Champions crowned
in Palos AYSO Soccer
  Four champions were crowned as Palos AYSO Soccer completed its 2013 season last weekend.
  Earning titles were Midnight Thunder in the Under-8 division, White Fury in U-10, Frostbite in U-12 and Icy Hot in U-14.

Palos Park to host winter basketball league
  Palos Park, in conjunction with the Palos Heights Recreation Department and Worth Park District, will host a winter basketball league for youngsters in grades 1-8 that will play games each Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. beginning Jan. 18 and running through March 15.
  Each child will have one practice and one game per week, with an emphasis being placed on skills development. Separate leagues will be formed for boys and girls, and play will be conducted in a total of four different age groups.
  Volunteer coaches are also needed and must be registered before Nov. 22. Player evaluations will be held Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
  For more information, call 671-3760.

Illinois Hoopla to hold winter-season tryouts
  Illinois Hoopla will hold tryouts Nov. 4 and 6 at Orland Junior High School for its 2013-14 winter season.
  Each session will run from 7-9 p.m. The tryouts are open to youngsters in grades 3-8.
  For more information, contact Rick Palmer at 460-6513 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit

Locals help Lightning win fall softball tournament
  With contributions from a few local players, the New Lenox Lightning 16U softball team won the Orland Autumn Blast Tournament and, with it, a bid to the American Softball Association nationals.
  Evergreen Park’s Kayla Izzo and Alison Alberts, Oak Lawn’s Lizzie Annerino and Orland Park’s Mikaela Arredondo were among the members of the 13-player Lightning roster.

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 or call 1-866-622-4487.

Southside Shooters to hold tryouts
  The Southside Shooters Girls’ Basketball Club will conduct tryouts on 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
District 218 to host
Bulls youth camps
  District 218 will host Chicago Bulls FUNdamentals youth basketball camps for ages 5-14 on 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

  Additional details can also be found on that same website.


USTA-leagueSubmitted photo: The “Super Seniors” took fourth in an eight-team tennis event in Indianapolis.


Comm-Sports softballSubmitted photo: The New Lenox Lightning 16U softball team, which features a few area players on its roster, won a recent fall tournament in Orland Park.


Soccer U8-T8---Midnight-ThunderSubmitted photo: U8 T8 - Midnight Thunder



Soccer U12-T2---FrostbiteSubmitted photo: U12 T2 - Frostbite


Soccer U10-T6-White-FurySubmitted photo: U10 T6 - White Fury


Soccer U14-T6---Icy-HotSubmitted Photo: U14 T6 - Icy Hot