Community Sports News

 Early-bird registration for Oak Lawn Baseball

  Early-bird registration for Oak Lawn Baseball is continuing through Nov. 30.
  Signups can be made online at or in person on the following days at Kolb Field: Today from 7-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon-2 p.m. each day, and Tuesday from 7-9 p.m.
  Fees will increase on Dec. 1.

Oak Lawn girls win conference swim meet
  Oak Lawn did much better than expected at the South Suburban Conference Red swim meet.
  Given a lower seed, the Lady Spartans surprised their league mates by taking first in the team standings. There were no individual event winners for Oak Lawn, but its cause was aided by victories in two of the three relay races.
  “We went into the meet seeded fifth and we ended up winning the meet by 20 points,” Lady Spartans coach TJ Zuzga said. “These girls swam out of their minds.
  “The 200-free relay [unit] composed of Yara Ismail, Hannah Featherstone, Mary Kate Brennan and Samantha Lopez broke the school record. This is a testament to the depth our team had and the competitive nature of these girls.
  “This is a very special group. These seniors are my first class I had all four years, and for them to accomplish this was awesome. It has been a very memorable season.”
  In addition to the four members of the 200-relay team, Oak Lawn’s contributors include seniors Andrea Zavala, Kelsey Townsend and Abbey Rzechula, junior Caryn Brzozowski, sophomores Shannon Mottl and Brianna Castrogiovanni and freshman Annabelle Fritz.
  The Lady Spartans will compete in Saturday’s Lyons Township Sectional.

Openings for Diamond in the Rough
  Diamond in the Rough fast-pitch softball has player openings in its girls’ windmill pitching, beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
  For more information, call Bill Lammel at 289-3438 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

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.
  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.

District 218 to host Bulls youth camps
  District 218 will host a Chicago Bulls FUNdamentals youth basketball camp for ages 5-14 on Nov. 16.
  The camp 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.