Marist athletes sign letters of intent
Six Marist student-athletes officially confirmed their college choices by signing National Letters of Intent during a ceremony on Nov. 15.
Wrestlers Peter Andreotti and Mario Leville will both enroll at Purdue University in the fall of 2014. Andreotti, a two-time all-area football player for this paper, finished fifth in the state at 160 pounds last winter after taking sixth at 152 as a sophomore. Leville is also a two-time state qualifier.
Softball players Brooke Wyderski and Julie Trellicoso signed with Loyola and St. Ambrose universities, respectively. Wyderski played shortstop and pitched for the Lady RedHawks squad that captured a Class 4A state championship in 2012. Trellicoso will be an outfielder for the Lady Bees.
Moving on to play collegiate volleyball are setter Molly Mayo and Bridget Krasowski, both of whom reside in Oak Lawn. Mayo will attend Wofford (SC) College, while Krasowski will enroll at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind.
Oak Lawn soldier competes in ‘Best Warrior’ competition
Oak Lawn resident Michael Sands, a member of the U.S. Army, was among the participants in that service branch’s recent “Best Warrior” competition, which was held in Fort Lee, Va.
The event tested 24 soldiers’ skills and knowledge against Army standards, and each other, in a grueling weeklong competition. The top performer among those individuals with a rank between private and specialist was named “Soldier of the Year,” while the “Noncommissioned Officer of the Year” designation went to the best individual with a rank between sergeant and sergeant first class.
Competitors were required to take the Army’s physical fitness test consisting of sit-ups, push-ups and a two-mile run; complete a written examination on general military topics and a graded essay on an assigned topic; fire M-4 rifles for qualification; negotiate a strenuous land navigation course; demonstrate a number of critical warrior tasks and battle drills; and react to a mystery event. In addition, selection boards comprised of six senior command sergeant majors from across the Army evaluated each competitor’s appearance, military bearing and knowledge in a number of key areas.
Winners received several prestigious honors and awards from organizations and businesses, and would represent the Army at special events through September 2014.
Marist’s Weishar officially chosen for Army All-American Bowl
Marist wide receiver Nic Weishar, who will attend Notre Dame next fall, was officially announced as one of the participants in the 2014 Army All-American Bowl football game, which will be held Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Weishar was visited by a five-member bowl selection tour team this past Monday at Marist. The tour team is traveling across the country to invite 90 prep players and 125 marching musicians to the annual contest that pits some of the nation’s finest college prospects against one another.
Weishar was this paper’s football Player of the Year for 2013 and was a three-time member of its all-area team.
Two more baseball camps announced
Chicago Christian and Lewis University in Romeoville will both host six-week baseball camps during the winter.
Lewis’ camp will begin Jan. 11 and be directed by Flyers coach Tim McDonough, while the one at Chicago Christian starts Feb. 1 under the guidance of Knights coach and school athletic director Eric Brauer. Both are being held in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy and are open to players in grades 1-12.
Sessions will be offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning. Registration is now underway, and classes are limited to six players per coach. Previously, a similar camp was announced for Oak Lawn High School with a start date of Jan. 5.
For more information on any of three camps, visit www.USBaseballAcademy.com or call 1-866-622-4487.
Midwest Elite looking for softball players
Midwest Elite Diamond 19-and-over women’s fast-pitch softball club is looking for college-rostered players to compete in the summer of 2014.
The team will play in four local tournaments — including nationals — and two round-robin events. All positions will be considered, but specific needs include pitcher, catcher and infield/slapper. No practices are required.
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 www.oaklawnbaseball.com. Fees will increase on Dec. 1.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Mt. Assisi athletes honored for play, academics
A number of Mt. Assisi student-athletes were feted by the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference for their achievements either in the classroom or on the field — or both — during the fall.
Pulling a double accomplishment-wise were golfer Jackie Honings, tennis players Maddie Johnson (Chicago Ridge) and Taylor Krueger, and volleyball players Anna Broadhurst and Mary Kate Wetzel (Palos Heights). The five girls were members of the All-GCAC squads in their respective sports, as well as the conference’s all-academic team.
Volleyball player Kelly Magliano was also an All-GCAC pick. Other academic honorees were Maddie Cahue, Anne Doyle, Megan Heurich, Jessica Jakubowski, Shyann Koenig, Alexa McGreal, Juliana Neiza, Lily Olguin (Palos Park), Madilyn Peters, Trisha Peters, Rachel Sepulveda, Colleen Sullivan, Jeslyn Vayalil (Orland Park), Clare Wasilewska and Molly Williams (Orland Park).
Also of note was softball player Sabrina Miller’s college signing. Miller received an athletic scholarship to attend Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville