Community sports news

Marist names new hockey coach

Chuck Peters, a 1973 Marist graduate, has been named the school's new varsity hockey coach.
Peters, who retired last December from his deputy chief position after 36 years with the Chicago Fire Department, has been associated with RedHawks hockey since 2008. He previously held posts with Sandburg, Andrew and Mt. Carmel high schools, as well as the St. Jude Hockey Club.
His first season in charge will be the 40th year of Marist's hockey program, and Peters is eager to begin its latest chapter. In his initial meeting with team members, he spoke to RedHawks players about the importance of a strong commitment, both on and off the ice.
An event that will allow parents and players to learn more about what's in store from Peters and his still-to-be-chosen assistants is being planned.

Crusaders tennis team squeezes past Mt. Carmel
As has become customary, Brother Rice’s doubles teams did their part. This time, though, they received a little bit of help.
The Crusaders’ inability to capture any of their three singles matches recently denied them a tennis victory against De La Salle, but TJ Saas made sure that didn’t happen again. Saas defeated Derrick Knight 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3 singles to give Rice a 3-2 triumph over Chicago Catholic League rival Mt. Carmel.
The Caravan won the other two singles encounters in straight sets and with relative ease, but the tables were turned when doubles play got underway. There, the Crusaders’ duos of James Gallagher-Jack Gorman and Liam Millerick-Dan Mahoney prevailed.
Gallagher-Gorman beat the Caravan team of Alberto Couraharas-Mike Skip 6-4, 6-0 at first-doubles, and the Millerick-Mahoney tandem was even more dominant. The latter coasted past Mt. Carmel’s Alex Cebellos-Alonso Nuemdu 6-0, 6-1.

Hoopla basketball tryouts running through April
Tryouts for Illinois Hoopla basketball will be heldthrough the remainder of April for youngsters in grades 3-12.
For more information, visit, or call Rick at 460-6513 or Mike at (815) 212-3558.

Girls’ basketball camp to be offered at SXU
St. Xavier University women’s basketball coach Bob Hallberg will host his annual basketball camp for girls aged 7-15 the week of June 16-20 at the Shannon Center.
Sessions will run from 1:30-4 p.m. daily. Participants will be grouped according to age and ability, and Hallberg will actively teach each day. SXU assistant coaches and players will also be on hand to instruct campers.
The cost is $135 per individual, and includes a camp T-shirt. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are available through the SXU athletic department or online at under the “summer camps” link.
For more information, call Laura Kurzeja at (773) 298-3785.

Oak Lawn's Roberts chosen for as IHSA student advisor

COMMUNITYSPORTSPHOTO1Submitted photo: Oak Lawn High School baseball player John Roberts was recently chosen to become a member of the IHSA Student Advisory Committee.Oak Lawn High School baseball player John Roberts was selected from a large group of nominees to become a member of the IHSA's Student Advisory Committee.
In that capacity, Roberts will attend various meetings at the IHSA offices in Blomington, the first of which will be held on Sunday. He will participate in discussions and help to sculpt the future of prep athletics within Illinois.
"John has been really committed to classroom excellence and success in baseball," said Spartans coach Bill Gerny, who nominated Roberts for committee consideration. "He is a leader in the [Oak Lawn] program and sets the tone through example -- he's one of the hardest-working players in the program. I'm glad the IHSA recognized him by selecting him for this committee."




Rice to host all-star hoops game on Saturday

Brother Rice will host an all-star basketball game on Saturday pitting players from the Chicago Catholic League against ones representing the East Suburban Catholic Conference.
The contest is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. For more information, call Rick Harrigan at (773) 429-4300, ext. 132.

RedHawks outlast Wheaton-St. Francis in volleyball
Officially, the match only lasted two sets. Unofficially, it seemed like more.
That’s because when Marist and Wheaton-St. Francis recently met on the volleyball court, it took quite a while to decide a winner in Game 2. After dispatching the Spartans 25-15 in the opening encounter, the RedHawks got pushed well beyond the normal finishing spot in the second set.
Twenty-five points weren’t enough, nor were 30. Not until Marist notched its 33rd point was it able to claim a match victory over Wheaton-St. Francis.
“What an exciting game,” RedHawks coach Jodi Frigo said. “Our focus was to serve aggressive and put away their tips, and we did just that. Our ball control was on point and we fought hard to finish the [match] in two [sets].”
Matt Munro was a force for Marist (5-7) along the net as he registered team-high totals of nine kills and six blocks. Jake Moran was equally solid, as he backed Munro with eight kills and five blocks while also pacing the RedHawks with 10 digs and five service aces.
Other Marist notables included Nick O’Gorman (five kills, seven digs), Ivan DelBosque (five blocks), Luke Mayer (nine digs), Tim Hauser (21 assists) and Brian Barry (two aces).

Annual Shepard football camp set for May 18
The sixth annual Shepard Youth Football Camp will be held Sunday, May 18, from 2-4 p.m. at the school’s football field.
Registration for the camp, which is open to ages 6-14 (grades 1-8), will be taken at 1 p.m. that same day. The cost is $10, and includes a T-shirt and pizza. Players must supply their own cleats/gym shoes, shorts and practice T-shirt.
Astros varsity coach Dominic Passolano, who guided Shepard into the state playoffs in four of his first five seasons in charge of the program, will lead the non-padded camp, which seeks to develop the skills and teamwork necessary to participate in the sport. There is no weight limit or experience level necessary for individuals to take part.
For more information, contact Passolano at 371-1111, ext. 3362, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Moraine to conduct summer sports camps
Moraine Valley College will conduct three youth sports camps this summer.
Athletic director and former men's basketball coach Bill Finn will lead a hoops camp from July 14-17 for youngsters entering grades 3-8. Each session will run from 9-10:30 a.m. The camp is designed to develop and improve fundamental basketball skills through instruction, group and individual drills, and team play.
Former Cyclones volleyball coach Gloria Coughlin will host a camp in that sport July 14-17 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. daily. The program, which is open to players entering grades 5-9, will improve fundamental skills through individual attention and group work.
Moraine women's tennis coach Nicole Selvaggio will instruct youngsters entering grades 5-12 in the fundamentals of her sport July 7-10. Sessions for those in grades 5-8 will go from 9-10:30 a.m. each day, with ones for grades 9-12 to follow from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The cost of each camp is $70, and all three will be held in the school's new Health, Fitness & Recreation Center gymnasium. For more information, call 974-5727 or visit

NAYS tournament headed to south suburbs
Homewood will be the site of another National American Youth Sports basketball tournament this spring.
The event, which will feature competition for both boys and girls in six brackets apiece, will run May 23-25 at the Homewood Park District. The deadline for entry is May 2.
The cost is $160, and every team is guaranteed a minimum of three games. For more information, call 1-866-352-9215 or visit


COMMUNITYSPORTSPHOTO2Submitted photo: Chuck Peters has been named as Marist's new varsity hockey coach.