Community sports news

Marist breezes to pair of basketball victories 

Boy, that was easy.
Marist basketball coach Gene Nolan probably wouldn’t utter such a statement, but there was no denying the RedHawks’ dominance in a pair of games last week, one of which was an East Suburban Catholic Conference contest.
First up for Marist was Hubbard, which went down hard on Tuesday. Spurring the RedHawks’ resounding 76-30 triumph were Jeremiah Ferguson and Nic Weishar, who tallied 14 and 13 points, respectively. Ferguson struck again on Friday, as his 18 points represented Marist’s top individual scoring effort in a 47-28 romp past Notre Dame.
Kevin Lerma added 12 points in the latter game for the RedHawks (18-8, 4-3), who played St. Viator this past Wednesday and complete their regular-season schedule tonight versus Chicago Agricultural Science.

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.

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. .

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. .

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

Illinois Hoopla sets March tryout dates
Illinois Hoopla Basketball will conduct tryouts for youngsters in grades 3-12 on March 2 and 8.
For more details, visit or call Mike at (815) 212-3558.

Department to offer sports classes

The Palos Park Recreation Department will be offering two sports-related programs in the weeks ahead.
Little Pint Hoopsters will introduce children to the game of basketball or help players get to the next skill level. Along with the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting and defense, the program will instruct participants in the importance of teamwork in game situations.
Also scheduled is Super Sports, which is designed to create interest in a variety of sports, including basketball, hockey, soccer, baseball and football, and develop the concepts of teamwork and sportsmanship. The program is open to youngsters aged 3-6.
The cost for each class is $50 for Palos Park residents, $61.25 for residents of unincorporated Palos Park and $70 for non-residents. For more information, call 671-3760.

South Side Shooters conducting tryouts
South Side Shooters Girls Basketball will hold tryouts for its spring season today, from 6:30-8 p.m. each day at Stagg High School.
The session is open to girls in grades 3-11. Those trying out must bring a ball with them. The South Side Shooters’ season will run from March-May.
For more information, call Gary Ferguson at (630) 935-1150 or visit Park Recreation


StSubmitted photo: St. Pat’s wins another tourney title - St. Patricia’s 6th-grade girls’ volleyball team won its third tournament title in recent weeks when it finished first at Marist’s Valentine event. The championship followed ones St. Pat’s earned at Mt. Assisi and St. George’s MLK Day tourney.