Marist alums in latest ESCC Hall of Fame class

Submitted photo. The Worth Warriors recently completed an unbeaten basketball season.Submitted photo. The Worth Warriors recently completed an unbeaten basketball seasoMarist alumni Gary Kostrubala and Tony Evensen will be among the 12 newest inductees into the East Suburban Catholic Conference Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 10, at Crystal Sky Banquet Hall in McCook. Nine individuals will enter the Hall, along with Joliet Catholic Academy’s 1994 baseball and 2004 football state championship squads and Notre Dame’s 2004 baseball titlist team.

Kostrubala brought a pair of gold medals back to Mount Greenwood in the spring of 1982, when he returned from the state track meet as a champion in both the shot put and discus events. Less than a full year later, it was Evensen’s turn, as he became Illinois’ best wrestler at 138 pounds in February of 1983.

Former Carmel football players Jack Simmons and Mark Venegoni, former Marian Catholic basketball player Adam Savick, Benet Academy boys’ golf coach Dan Nagis, Benet girls’ basketball coach Peter Paul, St. Viator boys’ golf coach Jack Halpin and ESCC girls’ basketball officials assignor John Dacey round out the list of Hall of Fame newcomers.

Tickets to the event are $50 and may be purchased through any ESCC member school’s athletic department. For more information, visit or contact Mike Hennessey at (847) 779-8652.

Worth Warriors complete undefeated hoops season

The Worth Warriors, whose roster was made up of players from both Worth and Chicago Ridge, completed a 9-0 basketball season last Saturday at the Palos Park Recreation Center. The Warriors were members of the Palos Heights-Palos Park-Worth Basketball League.

Comprising Worth’s roster were Carlos Zavala, Vincent Rizzo, Alex Gamboa, Will Lammel, Alex Cabrera, Jordan Inquez and Muhened Ali. Bill Lammel was the team’s head coach and Mike Rizzo was his assistant.

Brother Rice wins water polo opener

Brother Rice began its 2014 water polo season in mighty impressive fashion.

The Crusaders debuted against MCAC rival Mt. Carmel and asserted their superiority, as they pocketed a 15-3 victory. Leading the charge for Rice was the tandem of Dan Birmingham and Luke Healy, who accounted for nearly half of its goals. Birmingham tallied four times, while Healy notched three scores.

Illinois Hoopla tryouts run through March

Illinois Hoopla will conduct spring basketball tryouts for players in grades 3-12 through the month of March.

For complete details, visit, or contact Coach Rick at 460-6513 or Coach Mike at (815) 212-3558.

OLHMS places first in volleyball

Submitted photo. Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School’s 8th-grade girls’ volleyball team went 18-1 this past season. 	Submitted photo. Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School’s 8th-grade girls’ volleyball team went 18-1 this past season. Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School wasn’t perfect on the volleyball court this past season, but it came pretty darned close.

OLHMS’s 8th-grade girls’ team finished with a sparkling 18-1 regular-season record. Palos South threatened to ruin OLHMS’s

campaign when it captured the opening set of the championship match on March 8 at Orland Junior High, but the latter rallied to win each of the next two sets and grab the title.

“The girls did a great job of encouraging one another and communicating with one another during the games,” OLHMS principal Nicole Leggett said.

Champions crowned in Chicago Ridge basketball

Champions in four grade divisions were recently crowned as the Chicago Ridge Park District boys’ basketball season reached its conclusion.

The 7th-grade Lemont Coyotes were the only undefeated titlist as they completed a 12-0 campaign by defeating the Oak Lawn Deer 44-39 behind 12 points apiece from Gerard Quimque and Nate Ferguson. Demarcus Williams and Jalin Richardson both scored 10 points for the Deer.

The LAC Indians and Jr. T-Bolts were third and fourth, respectively, in that same division. The Indians routed Sutherland 61-29 as Michael Yario tallied a team-high 14 points for the winners. Dazari Duhart tossed in nine points to pace Sutherland.

The Jr. T-Bolts were fourth despite dropping a 47-43 verdict to the Southside Shooters in their final outing. Joe O’Gorman had 16 points for the Shooters, a total that was equaled by the T-Bolts’ Johnny Dieck.

Other divisional champions were the Jr. Phoenix (8th grade), Jr. Knights (5th grade) and Riverside-Brookfield Bulldogs Blue squad (4th grade).

Brendan Gallagher tallied 12 points to lead the Jr. Phoenix to a 40-29 victory over the Jr. T-Bolts. Troy Murphy supplied the losing club with a game-high 15 markers. The LAC Indians, meanwhile, were runners-up to the Jr. Phoenix after riding Jordan Devitt’s 16-point effort to a 46-44 triumph over the Burbank Fusion, who were paced by Nic Bowe’s 18 points.

In the 5th-grade division, Nick Tingley’s 14 points propelled the Jr. Knights to a 36-23 win over the Orland Magic. Justin Egan topped the Magic with eight points. The other playoff encounter featured Johnny Dieck’s 13 points leading the Jr. T-Bolts past the Jaguars 25-16. Matthew Somerville finished with a team-best eight points for the Jags.

Riverside-Brookfield was the 4th-grade champion after blowing past the R-B Bulldogs White squad 31-19. Miles Casey had 10 points for the winning team, while Jack Cronin scored eight in a losing cause. In the other playoff meeting, the Lemont Coyotes slipped past the Orland Magic 14-12.

Ethan Gallagher and Owen Moran both notched four points to lead the Coyotes, while Trevor Jennings contributed five for the Magic.

St. Al’s boys win basketball tournament

Submitted photo. St. Alexander’s 8th-grade boys’ basketball team won the inaugural Incarnation Tournament.Submitted photo. St. Alexander’s 8th-grade boys’ basketball team won the inaugural Incarnation Tournament.St. Alexander’s 8th-grade boys’ basketball team emerged as champion of the inaugural Incarnation Tournament, which was held recently.

St. Al’s team members included Justin Hobart, Cade O’Neill, Colin Dwyer, Jack Bibbiano, Danny Zeiler, Paul Streipling, Mitchell Sachs and Michael Walsh. Charles Hobart and Pat Bibbiano coached the squad.

More NAYS tournaments headed to south suburbs

Joliet, Romeoville and Homewood will be the sites of three more National American Youth Sports basketball tournaments this spring.

The events, which will feature competition for both boys and girls in six brackets apiece, will run as follows: April 25-27 at the Joliet Park District Multipurpose Center; May 2-4 at Romeoville High School; and May 23-25 at the Homewood Park District. The respective deadlines for entry are April 4, April 11 and May 2.

The cost for each tourney is $160, and every team is guaranteed a minimum of three games. For more information, call 1-866-352-9215 or visit