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Evergreen sprinters shine at CC track meet

With its 800-meter relay overcoming two dropped batons to provide it with one of three event wins, Evergreen Park's boys' track team piled up 80 points to finish third in the 13-school Chicago Christian Invitational.
Illiana Christian (143 points) was the meet champion, while Leo (87) nosed out the Mustangs for the runner-up spot.
Evergreen's 800-relay unit comprised of Sean Ryan, Don Lewis, Charles Taylor and Josh Carter mishandled the baton at both the second and third exchange points, but Carter's anchor leg of 22.9 seconds over the final 200 meters allowed the Mustangs to cross the finish line ahead of the field. Evergreen's foursome clocked a 1:36.95.
Carter was a standout at other times, too. He captured the long jump title with a leap of 19 feet, 1 3/4 inches and also ran the final leg for the triumphant 400-relay team. Joining him in posting an overall time of 45.36 in that race were Ryan, Taylor and William Reeves.

The Mustangs also registered two second places and a pair of thirds. Kameron Brown was runner-up in the triple jump (40-1 1/2) and Sam Senerchia (139-4) occupied that same position in the discus, while Matt Przeslicke (4:46.19) and Taylor (11.40) wound up third in the 1,600 and 100, respectively.

Marist records pair of ESCC volleyball victories
Behind two strong performances from Tom Inzinga along the net, Marist bagged a pair of East Suburban Catholic Conference volleyball victories.
Inzinga paced the RedHawks with 10 kills and four blocks in a 25-17, 25-16 win over Nazareth Academy, which followed his seven-kill effort versus Marian Catholic. Marist also captured that match in two sets, 26-24, 25-15.
Jake Moran backed Inzinga with nine kills and two service aces against the Roadrunners, while Tim Hauser distributed a team-best 25 assists. Other RedHawks contributors included Luke Mayer (eight digs, one ace), Brian Barry (six digs), Matt Munro (two blocks) and Dan Anzelmo (ace).
Also chipping in opposite the Spartans were Munro (five kills), Nick O'Gorman (five kills, six digs, one ace), Barry (six digs, two aces) and Hauser (17 assists, one ace).

Rice doubles team takes fourth
Brother Rice's double duo of Jack Gorman and Liam Millerick wound up fourth overall at the Crusader Classic, which enabled the host school to place seventh. Rice totaled 15 points.
Marist (27 point) and Shepard (25) were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the team standings.

Summer softball camp at Richards
Richards coach Julie Folliard will host her annual softball camp for girls in grades 3-12 June 16-19 at the high school.
Separate sessions will be conducted for those entering grades 8-12 and individuals who will be in grades 3-7 in the fall. The younger participants will be broken up into two groups (grades 3-5 and 6-7) as well. Hitting, bunting, baserunning, catching, throwing, strategies and mental approach to the game will be taught Folliard, her staff and alumni.
The cost is $40 and registration is currently being taken. Forms are available in Richards' athletic office and online at www.CHSD281.org. Go to the "Richards softball" link.

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. .

Local golf instructor to conduct free clinic
Professional golf instructor Bob Gates, a former coach at Oak Lawn High School and longtime contributor of a golf advice column to this paper, will conduct a free one-hour clinic on Saturday, May 17, at Stony Creek Golf Course, 5850 W. 103rd St. in Oak Lawn.
The session, which will run from 11 a.m.-noon, will focus on two of the sport’s most neglected fundamentals: proper set-up position and club takeaway. Both subjects will be discussed, demonstrated and have solutions suggested through hands-on instruction.
The clinic is open to all. For more information, call Stony Creek at 857-2433.

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 www.morainevalley.edu/Athletics.

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 www.sxucougars.com under the “summer camps” link.
For more information, call Laura Kurzeja at (773) 298-3785.