Community sports news

National Signing Day busy for local athletes

 With Marist’s Nic Weishar’s official commitment to Notre Dame highlighting the list of local decisions, a number of local high school athletes made National Signing Day a busy day.
  Weishar, a three-time all-area football selection of this paper, was a Parade magazine All-American as a senior and took part in last month’s Army All-American game in Texas. Other RedHawks gridders signing college letters of intent were defensive linemen Marcus Pitts (Robert Morris University), Isaiah Bickhem (Concordia University-St. Paul) and Adam Miller (Concordia-St. Paul), quarterback Jack Donegan (John Carroll University), linebacker David Nelson (St. Joseph’s College), offensive lineman Mitch Schleyer (University of Dayton) and punter Ryan Tucker (University of Illinois).

  Six football players from Sandburg also made their college choices last Wednesday. Among them was offensive lineman Yanni Demogerontas, who will attend Oregon State University despite playing just 1 1/2 games during his senior prep season because of injury.
  Robert Morris University will welcome the trio of Brian Langowski, Marty Micek and Dennis Bresingham, while both Nick Budick and Tony Lauciello signed with Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Also committing to schools were cross country runners Will Becker (Xavier University), Dennis O’Callaghan (Southern Illinois) and Justin Adams (Loras College).
  Evergreen Park receiver Jacquet McClendon was one of four Mustangs to sign letters of intent. He’ll enroll at Indiana State in the fall, while running back KeyShawn Carpenter cast his lot with Wisconsin-Stout. Also deciding on their future destinations were defensive lineman James Jackson (Robert Morris) and defensive back Tim Walsh (St. Ambrose University).
  Richards players officially moving on to the next level of competition included offensive lineman Santiago Calderon (Robert Morris), receiver Tacari Carpenter (South Dakota), linebacker Romel Hill (Illinois State) and defensive back Dylan Jiles (South Dakota).
  Thirteen of the above-mentioned football players were all-area selections in 2013.
  Mother McAuley had six athletes signing letters of intent. Included in the group were golfer Makalia Brown (University of Illinois-Chicago), soccer player Kela Gray (TCU), and volleyball players Gabby Ennis (Cornell University), Courtney Joyce (Western Illinois), Mallory Maxwell (Eastern Kentucky) and Jenny Phelan (Lipscomb University).

Cardinal Bernardin takes first at volleyball tourney
  Cardinal Bernardin’s 6th-grade girls’ volleyball team took first place at a tournament hosted by Mother McAuley last weekend.
  The Lady Cardinals defeated St. Germaine, Mount Greenwood and St. Alexander to reach the championship match, then edged St. Catherine in a three-set encounter. Cardinal Bernadin captured the deciding game by a 19-17 score.
  Several Orland Park residents were part of the Lady Cardinals’ roster, including Angelina Marino, Katie Rost, Kelsey Morrey, Alena Pedroza and Katy Juds. Other members of the team were Grace Alles, Teagan Sopczak and Macy Sherwood.

Trinity Christian to conduct youth soccer league
  Trinity Christian College will once again conduct a soccer league for youngsters in grades K-5 on Saturday mornings, beginning March 8 and running through May 10.
  The program, which will be directed by Trolls soccer coaches Jose Dominguez and Josh Lenarz, costs $85 per player. The price includes a T-shirt, socks and shorts.
  For more information, contact Emily Bosscher at 239-4779 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Peace to hold two events
  Queen of Peace will host a candlelight bowl on Friday, Feb. 28, at Arena Lanes Bowling Center in Oak Lawn and conduct a softball clinic on Saturday, March 1, at the school.
  The bowling event, which will run from 10 p.m.-midnight, is open to individuals aged 21 and over. The cost is $25 per person, and includes unlimited bowling during the two-hour span, shoe rental, pizza and pop. Proceeds will benefit the Peace athletic department and help offset equipment and travel costs, officials fees and other sports-related expenses.
  The softball clinic, which is open to girls in grades 4-7 and 8th-graders who have already taken the Queen of Peace entrance exam, will be led by incoming Pride coach Erin Sullivan and focus on the fundamentals of pitching, hitting, fielding and baserunning. The cost to register is $10, and includes a T-shirt.
  To register online for either activity, visit http://queenofpeacehs,org/events.

Hickory Hills cheer and dance teams win national titles
  Two teams representing Cheer & Dance Galaxy in Hickory Hills were among the groups capturing national titles at JamFest Cheer Super Nationals, held Jan. 17-19 in Indianapolis.
  The Mini Martians won the championship at Mini Level 1, while the Rockets did likewise at Youth Level 2. Two other Cheer & Dance Galaxy entries placed second and fourth in their respective competition categories.
  Comprising the Mini Martians’ roster were Paige Michael, Janie Spiller, Emily Lopez, Gianna Pigatto, Sara Vladisavlievich, Isabella Fus, Lauren Weyer, Lauren Mariduena, Graciella Medina, Natalie Duszynski, Antonia Palenik and Taylor Branch. Rockets members included Angela Mitevska, Izzy Nunez, Claire Bradley, Ellie Grimm, Georgia Wells, Bella Villasenor, Janiece Centeno, Jordan Wendt, Ava McGuire, Taylor Kemmer, Sophia Sikorski, Maeghan McDevitt, Scarlett Goodluck, Olivia Spriggs, Danielle Scumaci, Dana Tully, Emma Allen, Melanie Szymczak, Kaliyah House and Molly Melland.
  Individuals interested in joining Cheer & Dance Galaxy for its new season should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

NAYS hoops tourneys coming to south suburbs
  North American Youth Sports will conduct basketball tournaments in South Holland and Joliet during the month of March.
  The South Holland event will be held March 14-16 at South Suburban College. The cost is $160 per team with a three-game minimum and the deadline to register is Feb. 21.
  The Joliet tourney will run March 28-30 at the University of St. Francis’ Pat Sullivan Center and the entry deadline is March 7. For further information on any NAYS program, call 1-866-352-5915 or visit the website at

Ribbens to be honored by Chicago Christian
  Chicago Christian will be welcoming a new member to its Athletics Wall of Honor.
  Set to be recognized in an induction ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 15, is Deb Ribbens, who guided the Lady Knights to their only state basketball title in 1981. Ribbens is the wife of former Trinity Christian College athletic director Dave Ribbens.
  For more information, call 388-7650.

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.

GSBS tryouts to be held Feb. 23
  The George Shimko Basketball School will run tryouts on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Oak Lawn Pavilion for youngsters in grades 4-12.
  Four sessions will be conducted: Boys in grades 4-7 will go from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; girls in those same grades will try out from 1:30-3 p.m.; girls in grades 8-12 will go from 3-4:30; and boys in those grades will try out from 4:30-6. The GSBS season will run April 1-June 22.
  Parents must register players and sign a waiver form 20 minutes prior to the evaluation session. For more information, contact GSBS at 802-GSBS or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit


Mustangs DSC 0936 BSubmitted photo: Evergreen Park football players KeyShawn Carpenter (front, left) and Jacquet McClendon sign letters of intent last Wednesday as Mustangs coach Dan Hartman (back, left) and Evergreen athletic director Jim Soldan observe.


Marist-2014-Football-Signing BSubmitted photo: Marist football coach Pat Dunne (back, center) had eight of his players sign letters of intent last Wednesday.


Cheer--Dance-Galaxy Mini-Martians

Cheer--Dance-Galaxy RocketsSubmitted photo: Cheer & Dance Galaxy, based in Hickory Hills, had two of its teams win national titles at a competition in Indianapolis.

 vball comm-sportsSubmitted photo: The Cardinal Bernardin 6th-grade volleyball team took first at a Mother McAuley-hosted tournament.