Community sports news

Beverly Hills cycling race set for July 24

The historic Beverly neighborhood will be transformed into a high-speed race course when nearly 200 world-class cyclists compete in the 12th annual Beverly Hills Cycling Classic on Thursday, July 24.
Presented by the Beverly Area Planning Association, the event is part of the Prairie States Cycling Series. It will take place at 107th Street and Longwood Drive with start times of 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. In addition to the races, the event will feature live music, food and drink.
For more information, call (773) 233-3100 or visit

Tryouts at Bo Jackson's Sports Dome
Tryouts for the U-Dawgs, Taylor Made softball and Cangelosi Blacksox programs will be held in the weeks ahead at the Bo Jackson Elite Sports Dome in Lockport.
The Cangelosi Blacksox will run tryouts on the following days: July 14 (players 12-and-under from 5:15-7:30 p.m.), July 21 (9U from 5:15-7:30 p.m.; 10U from 7:30-9:45 p.m.) and July 22 (11U from 5:15-7:30 p.m.). A makeup date will be held July 29 (5:15-7:30 p.m. for 9U and 10U; 7:30-9:45 p.m. for 11U and 12U), but teams will begin being selected following the first round of tryouts.
The U-Dawgs will conduct their tryouts July 30 and 31. Fifteen-and-under and 18U players will have sessions on the earlier date from 5:15-7:30 p.m. and 7:30-9:45 p.m., respectively, while the 16U and 17U teams will hold their tryouts on July 31 at those same times.
Taylor Made softball tryouts will be held Aug.5-7. The opening session is for 10U players (5-7 p.m.) and 12U (7-10 p.m.). Aug. 6 is for 14U (4-7 p.m.) and 16U (7-10 p.m.) tryouts, while 18U players will try out from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Aug. 7.
Registration can be made online. The Bo Jackson Sports Dome is located at 17130 Prime Blvd.
For more information, email Tyler Thompson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about either the Cengelosi Blacksox or U-Dawgs, or Venus Taylor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about softball.

Palos Heights Recreation Dept. offering sports camps
The Palos Heights Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor various sports camps during the months of July and August.
Scheduled for July are the beginning golf camp and Mini-Hawk youth athletic camp.
The beginning golf camp, designed for ages 5-9, will run July 14-18 from 9 a.m.-noon daily. The cost is $119 for residents, $139 for nonresidents, and includes a T-shirt and merit award. Equipment will be provided.
The Mini-Hawk camp, which will teach the essentials of baseball, basketball and soccer, is open to youngsters aged 4-7 and will run July 21-25 from 9 a.m.-noon each day. The cost is $109 for residents, $129 for nonresidents, and includes a T-shirt, ball and merit award.
Rounding out the camps will be a Chicago Bulls rookie and veteran camp for ages 6-12 that runs Aug. 11-15 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. daily. The cost is $209 for residents, $219 for nonresidents, and includes a pass for two to go to the United Center for a Q&A session with a former or current Bulls player, Bulls duffle bag, Bulls basketball, T-shirt, evaluation report and graduation certificate.
Registration is being taken at the recreation department, 6601 W. 127th St.

Tatra Foundation sponsoring camps
The Tatra Foundation will sponsor a soccer camp for children aged 5-12 and ski-jumping school for ages 7-12 this summer.
Hickory Hills will be one of two sites for the soccer camp. Ski jumping will be held at a facility specializing in that. The cost of the latter is $275, which includes two bus trips.
For more information, call 728-0464 or visit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

White Sox, Bulls FUNdamental camps coming to Andrew
The White Sox FUNdamentals Baseball and Fastpitch clinics and Bulls FUNdamentals camp will take place at Andrew High School in Tinley Park during the month of July.
The softball and baseball events will be held July 14-15 and July 21-22, respectively. All sessions will run from 1-2:30 p.m. The cost for each is $60, and includes a camp T-shirt, replica autographed photo of a current White Sox player and one raffle ticket.
The basketball camp is scheduled for July 21-24 from 10:30 a.m.-noon each day. The cost is $95, and includes a camp T-shirt and replica autographed photo of Derrick Rose.
Registration forms are available at and can be accessed by using the following codes: fastpitch — 23700TAH1; baseball — 13700TAH1; softball —33220TAH1.

Palos Heights to sponsor flag football league
The Palos Heights Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registration for an NFL Flag Football League it will sponsor this fall.
Coed teams are being formed for youngsters entering grades 3-8. Games will be held on Sundays from Sept. 7-Nov. 2 at Shepard. Practices will be held one day a week.
The cost is $76 for residents, $96 for nonresidents, and the deadline to enter is Aug. 8 unless all spots are filled before that. All participants will receive a team jersey and participation award.
Individuals can sign up at the recreation department, 6601 W. 127th St.

Moraine to conduct summer sports camps
Moraine Valley College will conduct two 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.
The cost of each camp is $70, and both will be held in the school's new Health, Fitness & Recreation Center gymnasium. For more information, call 974-5727 or visit

Champions crowned in PBO leagues
Champions were crowned in all four divisions of Palos Baseball Organization, and for the first time two wins were needed to claim a title.
Only in the Bronco Division, however, did a best-of-three series go the limit. The Dodgers staged a seventh-inning comeback in Game 3 to beat the Pirates and capture the championship. Needing only two games to seal their deals were the Pinto Marlins, Mustang Rockies and Pony Orioles, who defeated the Red Sox, Cubs and Red Sox, respectively.
Both the Pinto and Pony finals brought together the top two regular-season clubs, and the Orioles’ title gave coach Rick Mundo his third. Mundo-led teams have also ruled over the Mustang and Bronco divisions in the past.
All PBO participants and coaches expressed their gratitude to league trustees, a group spearheaded by John Potocsnak, for overseeing ballpark improvements that were in place for the 2014 season.

Palos Thunder win holiday tournament
The Palos Thunder 12U-Elmosa baseball team began July by earning a championship at the Hickory Hills Fourth of July Tournament.
The Thunder went unbeaten in the event, which was capped by an 11-1 triumph in the title contest. Team members include Danny Bulthuis, Patrick Coogan, Billy Djikas, Christian Elabaza, Naseem Elmosa, Dean Elmosa, Owen Erickson, Yousef Hamoud, Anthony Lenard, Eddie Lovell, Dante Pieri, Matthew Steinke and Dane Thomas.
Sam Elmosa, Dan Bulthuis, Mark Thomas, Sam Elabaza and Dave Lenard are the Thunder coaches.

Five soccer championships for St. Michael
What the U.S. was unable to do in the World Cup, St. Michael soccer teams accomplished at their level — five times, in fact.
The Orland Park school boasted five champions within the Southwest Catholic Soccer Association. Garnering titles were the 8th-grade boys, varsity girls, junior varsity boys, 4th-grade boys and 4th-grade girls.
The 8th-graders were part of an all-St. Michael final as they played the school’s 7th-graders for the crown at St. Laurence last month. Two overtimes were required before the older group emerged with a 3-2 triumph. Bill McElligott and Sean Lawlor coached the 8th-graders, while Donn Domico and Mike Ryan were in charge of the 7th-grade squad.
The varsity girls’ team of 7th-graders earned their championship by shutting out Our Lady of the Woods 4-0. James Staunton, John Graham and Dave Davidson guided St. Michael.
The JV boys’ team, comprised of 5th- and 6th-grade players, defeated St. Patricia 4-1 in a title match. Kevin O’Connor, John Graham and Dennis Casey served as coaches.
Both 4th-grade clubs beat St. Alexander in the championship round, the boys doing so by a 2-0 count. The girls won 4-1. St. Michael coaches included Kevin Donegan, Marc Detampel, Brendan Cooke (boys), Pete Vrdolyak, Shawn McGinty, John Lawler and Kevin O’Connor (girls).
The SWCSA includes more than 160 teams from 30 Roman Catholic parishes on the south and southwest sides.

2014-PALOS-THUNDER-12U-baseall-teamSubmitted photo: 2014 Palos Thunder 12U baseball team.

2014-PBO-Bronco-DodgersSubmitted photo: 2014 PBO Bronco Dodgers.

2014-PBO-Mustang-RockiesSubmitted photo: 2014 PBO Mustang Rockies.

2014-PBO-Pinto-MarlinsSubmitted photo: 2014 PBO Pinto Marlins.

2014-PBO-Pony-OriolesSubmitted photo: 2014 PBO Pony Orioles.

St.-Michael-4th-grade-boys-teamSubmitted photo: St. Michael’s 4th-grade boys’ soccer team.

St.-Michael-4th-grade-girls-teamSubmitted photo: St. Michael’s 4th-grade girls’ soccer team.

St. Michael 7th-grade boys teamSubmitted photo: St. Michael’s 7th-grade boys’ soccer team.

St.-Michael-7th-grade-girls-teamSubmitted photo: St. Michael’s 7th-grade girls’ soccer team.

St. Michael 8th-grade boys teamSubmitted photo: St. Michael’s 8th-grade boys’ soccer team