Community sports news

Water polo athletes honor Caliendo

Members of the boys’ water polo teams at Sandburg and Andrew honored Jane Caliendo by wearing Warrior T-shirts created to support her battle with cancer during a match last week.
Caliendo is the wife of Eagles coach Jim Caliendo and has been involved herself with Sandburg’s swimming and water polo programs in the past. Eagles athletes have sold T-shirts and wristbands to raise money, and also performed charitable acts on the Caliendos’ behalf.

Palos Hills to host Pitch, Hit & Run competition
The Palos Hills Community Resource and Recreation Department will host a Pitch, Hit & Run competition for youngsters aged 7-14 on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. at Glacier Park, 101st Street and 78th Avenue.
Participation is free. Registration is being accepted at the Palos Hills Community Center, 8455 W. 103rd St.
For more information, call 430-4500.

Marist volleyball team drops three-set heartbreaker
After winning the first set against Maine South, Marist came up just short in the next two games and suffered a tough volleyball loss last week. The Hawks prevailed by scores of 22-25, 25-23, 28-26.
Jake Moran starred for the RedHawks (5-8) in a losing cause as he registered team-best totals of 10 kills, six service aces and six blocks. Tom Inzinga tied Moran for team leadership in the latter category.
Also lending a hand were Brian Barry (eight kills), Luke Mayer (12 digs), Dan Anzelino (nine digs), Tim Hauser (18 assists) and Aaron Kummer (six assists).

Six Vikings sign letters of intent
Six St. Laurence student-athletes made their college plans known last week by signing national letters of intent. The group included four baseball players and two lacrosse players.
Baseball signees were Mike Miller (University of Hawaii), Orland Park's Roger Wilson (University of St. Francis), Alex Hitney (Heartland Community College) and Nate Tholl (John A. Logan College). Also signing letters were lacrosse athletes Bryce Foulk (Lourdes College) and Oak Lawn's Jeff Sadecki (Robert Morris University).

St. Laurence names basketball coach
Jim Maley, who helped Kenwood Academy basketball players make improvements both on and off the court, has been named St. Laurence’s varsity hoops boss.
Maley replaces St. Laurence alumnus Mark Sevedge, who was not retained after five seasons as head coach.
In three years at Kenwood, Maley guided the Broncos to 46 wins in 80 games. More importantly, athletes’ grade-point averages escalated during that same period while their absence rates fell.
“As a result of what our coaching staff built, Kenwood Academy will be a serious contender for a [Chicago] Public League championship next year and will have at least three players in line to earn [NCAA] Division I scholarships,” Maley said in a statement. “I’m committed to creating those same results for the Vikings.
“During the interview process, I was overwhelmed with confidence in the direction, vision and leadership of [St. Laurence] president Joe Martinez, principal James Muting and athletic director Tim Chandler. We seem to share the same set of values and beliefs, which was the deciding factor for me in taking the job.”
Prior to arriving at Kenwood, Maley was the head JV coach and a volunteer varsity assistant at Glenbard West. His JV squad captured a conference title. Maley, a two-time Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-State selection and West Suburban Conference Player of the Year while a student at Lyons Township, played a year of college ball at Northwestern University before finishing his career at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts.
“We are thrilled to add a coach of Jim Maley’s caliber to our athletic department,” Chandler said. “First and foremost, his commitment to academics and developing the whole person really stood out in the interview process. Add in his impressive basketball credentials, including his experience in turning around a program, and it was a no-brainer for the committee.
“It was very apparent that Coach Maley is a basketball junkie and he is going to work tirelessly to restore the proud tradition of St. Laurence basketball.”

Golf outing at Cog Hill
Mt. Assisi Academy will sponsor a golf outing on Monday, May 19, at Cog Hill in Lemont.
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. that day, with lunch to follow at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The event will also feature auctions, raffles and various contests.
The cost is $150 per person, and includes a round of golf with cart, lunch, dinner and refreshments. Visit for more details.

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

Oak Lawn takes second in fishing event
Oak Lawn High School placed second among 31 teams in the District 230 fishing tournament, which recently was held on the Des Plaines River.
Highlighting the Spartans’ performance was junior Andy Jensen’s catch of a 4.65-pound bass, the largest ever snagged in the event’s seven-year history. Thanks largely to Jensen, who also caught a second fish, Oak Lawn claimed big bass honors at the tourney.

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

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.


COMMUNITY SPORTS PHOTO3.5-1-14 B Submitted photo: Sandburg water polo players have been strongly supporting Jane Caliendo, the wife of Eagles coach Jim Caliendo, during her battle with cancer.


COMMUNITYSPORTSPHOTO4.5-1-14 BSubmitted photo: Six St. Laurence athletes signed letters of intent last week. Pictured are (back, from left) Jeff Sadecki and Bryce Foulk; (front, from left) Alex Hitney, Roger Wilson, Nate Tholl and Mike Miller.


COMMUNITYSPORTSPHOTO2.5-1-14Submitted photo: Junior Andy Jensen caught two fish, including the largest bass, to help Oak Lawn High School place second at the 31-team District 230 fishing tournament.


COMMUNITYSPORTSPHOT01.5-1-14Submitted photo: Jim Maley is the new varsity basketball coach at St. Laurence.