Community sports news

OLOW wins consolation championship

  The Our Lady of the Woods 5th-grade Blue basketball squad captured the consolation championship of Most Holy Redeemer’s Tim Linnane Classic.
  Members of the OLOW roster include Ryan Thomason, Nick Coccaro, Michael Tylka, Connor Hall, Aidan Roach, Joe Zaccone, TJ Mohan, Finn McCarthy and Ian Kloehn. Ted Hall and Mike Roach are the team’s coaches.

Orland’s Prunkle named St. Laurence soccer coach
  Matt Prunkle, who played soccer at Brother Rice and currently resides in Orland Park, will coach that same sport at St. Laurence beginning next fall.
  Prunkle has spent the past six years as an assistant coach at the collegiate level, with stops at Moraine Valley College, Olivet Nazarene University and St. Xavier University, his alma mater. He has also worked as a coach with Inter FC for a decade, during which time the team has won one state cup and been runner-up another time.
  As a player, Prunkle won the Chicago Catholic League’s Tony Lawless Award as a senior, was named to the all-state soccer team and earned All-Midwest honors. The Crusaders placed fourth at the state tournament that year. At SXU, Prunkle was a two-year captain and all-conference performer in his senior season.
  “I am honored to be joining the St. Laurence family,” said Prunkle, who is teaching history at the school. “The school and athletic department have gone through some major changes in the past few years, and I believe both are set for big things in the near future.
  “I am excited to be part of the changes at St. Laurence and I look forward to the challenge of making the program a consistent contender in the Catholic League and in the state playoffs.”

Stagg’s Kelly named to all-state academic team
  Stagg senior Austin Kelly, a two-time member of this paper’s all-area football team, recently added a scholastic honor to his list of accomplishments.
  Kelly, whose career total of 1,389 rushing yards made him the Chargers’ No. 2 ground gainer in the new millennium, earned a spot on the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association All-State Academic team. Stagg’s former captain sports a 3.8 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

St. Al’s volleyball team takes second
  St. Alexander’s 7th-grade girls’ volleyball team finished second at St. George School, the site of a Martin Luther King Tournament. A number of Catholic schools took part in the annual three-day event.
  St. Al’s team members included Elizabeth Sodetz, Julia Crowley, Alyssa Lange, Jill Borza, Alyssa Hoban, Aine MacNamara, Theresa Baudo, Emma Pierson and Abby Ready.

Oak Lawn second at Rice bowling tourney
  With a pinfall total of 5,905, Oak Lawn trailed only Freeport and captured second place at Brother Rice’s Winter Finale bowling event. Ryan Kirby was the Spartans’ top individual with a 1,354 series, which was good for third place overall.
  The host Crusaders, who were fifth as a team with 5,728 pins, boasted the best single-game bowler in Anthony Butler, whose top effort left him just 11 pins shy of a perfect game. St. Laurence’s Manny Sanlhez took fifth with a high game of 267.

Hickory Hills, Palos Hills baseball programs merge
  After years of competing against each other as local rivals, Hickory Hills Youth Baseball and the Palos Hills Baseball Association have merged into one organization.
  The new entity will be known as “Hills Baseball Softball Association,” and provide baseball and softball at all levels for children aged 4-16. HBSA, which will conduct play on fields in both communities, will accept youngsters from throughout the southwest suburbs for recreational participation, as well as for its part-time and full-time travel teams.
  Registration date Feb. 8 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday session will be held at Conrady Junior High School, Roberts Road and 97th Street in Hickory Hills.
  George Czarnik, of Hickory Hills, and Peter Donahue, of Palos Hills, will serve as HBSA president and vice president, respectively. For more information about the new organization or how to become involved with it, contact Czarnik at 599-6983.

Baseball camps announced
  Chicago Christian will host six-week baseball camps during the winter.
  Chicago Christian camp starts Feb. 1 under the guidance of Knights coach and school athletic director Eric Brauer. The camp will be held in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy and are open to players in grades 1-12.
  Session will be offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning. Registration is now underway, and classes are limited to six players per coach.
  For more information on any of three camps, visit 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.
  For more information, contact Bill Lammel at 289-3438 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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. 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.
  For more information, call 671-3760.