Evergreen Boys Club 10s win state title
Evergreen Park Boys Club’s 10-year-old all-star baseball team defeated host Galesburg twice to win the Northern Illinois Cal Ripken state title.
The victories placed Evergreen in the Ohio Valley Regional, where it triumphed once in pool play and again in the single-elimination playoff round before being knocked out of the tournament by 2013 champion SE Lexington (Ky.). Evergreen defeated Alpena (MI) 11-0 and Brownstown (IN) 5-0.
An earlier highlight for Evergreen was its title-winning effort at the Palos Tournament, where it captured come-from-behind, extra-inning victories in both the semifinal round and final contest. Evergreen also took third in its own event this summer.
Evergreen’s roster was comprised of Nolan Bruce, Quinn Clifford, Dan Durkin, Danny Farritor, Kevin Gilhooley, Liam Lyons, Will Moonan, Andrew Murphy, Matt Murphy, Sam Rogers and Gavin Ward. Pat Gilhooley was the team’s manager and Mark Bruce, Dan Durkin, Ken Moonan and Dan Ward were its coaches.
Palos Heights woman records hole-in-one
Lisa Sterba finally gave women some notoriety on the links.
While a number of male golfers had registered holes-in-one during rounds of play at Silver Lake Country Club this summer, no female-generated aces had been reported until the Palos Heights resident recently accomplished the feat. Sterba’s hole-in-one occurred on the 159-yard second hole of the Rolling Hills course and was witnessed by playing partner Kathy Healy, also of Palos Heights.
Sterba used a driver to sink her shot.
“I saw the ball hit the flag and thought it went past the green,” Sterba said. “So I started looking for my ball and couldn’t find it. Then my friend pulled the pin out and there was my ball.
“It was a total shock and totally awesome. I still can’t believe it.”
Oak Lawn Sharks defeat Mokena
Local products Kevin Biondic and Mitch Swatek played pivotal roles for the Oak Lawn Sharks, who rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning on Saturday to defeat Mokena 6-5 at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.
Biondic, a Brother Rice grad who was named MVP in Saturday’s contest, smacked a two-run double to erase the Sharks’ 5-3 deficit. Swatek, an Oak Lawn High School graduate, then followed with the game-winning RBI.
The Sharks are part of the Southwest Inter-League Association, a league open to high school and college players. Teams play nine home and nine away games during their season with little travel required.
Other members of the Sharks’ roster include Barry Biondic, Shawn Chiaramonte, Matt Dunne, Danny Estrella, Kyle Garrett, Joe Gray, Eric Mallo, Nate Natividad, Luke O’Sullivan, AJ Sanchez, Andrew Schramm, Brett Thomas, Ryan Thompson, Mike Trbovic and Charlie Zeschke. Paul Mallo is Oak Lawn’s manager.
For more information on SWILA baseball, visit www.swilabaseball.com.
SXU hoops teams honored for academics
Already part of a school-wide display of scholastic excellence that was recognized by the NAIA, St. Xavier University’s women’s and men’s basketball teams both received additional honors from their respective coaches associations.
The female Cougars’ cumulative 3.448 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale ranked 13th nationally on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Academic Top 25 team honor roll for the 2013-14 school year. The WBCA’s designation is available to collegiate programs at all levels (NCAA Division I, II and III and junior college in addition to the NAIA) that meet or exceed the 3.0 minimum requirement.
This was SXU’s seventh straight season among the top 25. Last year it was 18th in the country.
“Being a student-athlete is a challenging feat, but at the same time it is also very rewarding and to see the GPAs that these institutions have collected is impressive,” WBCA Chief Operating Officer Shannon Reynolds said. “The WBCA congratulates all of these student-athletes and their coaches for their hard work and dedication.”
Other member schools of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference to gain the honor were Cardinal Stritch University (No. 3 at 3.631), Indiana University-South Bend (fifth, 3.584), Roosevelt University (16th, 3.416) and the University of St. Francis (18th, 3.379).
SXU’s men’s squad posted a 3.013 GPA and was one of only 125 schools nationally to be feted. In addition, three Cougars — Brad Karp, Jack Krieger and Brandon Marren — were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Honors Court, which recognizes senior or junior players who carry a GPA of at least 3.2.
“First and foremost, the players I coach at St. Xavier University are here to get an education and earn a degree, not just play basketball,” Cougars coach Tom O’Malley said. “When your players commit to this philosophy as well, my job as a coach is much easier.
“I’m very proud of what these young men have accomplished in the classroom and looking forward to working with many of them again.”
Karp, who departed SXU in the spring as the men’s program’s career scoring leader, recently signed a professional contract with the Chesire Phoenix of the British Basketball League. He will see his first game action on Sept. 28.
“The Cheshire Phoenix have signed an exceptional player and person in Brad Karp,” O’Malley said. “I know that Brad has dreamed of playing professional basketball and worked very hard to help make that dream a reality.
“Becoming a professional athlete is extremely difficult, but I know that Brad has all the tools and drive to not only have a professional playing career but also a successful one. All of us at St. Xavier University are very proud of his accomplishments and look forward to following him.”
Phoenix coach John Coffino is excited to have Karp on his roster.
“Brad Karp is an athletic scoring wing who is tough as nails and a great competitor,” he said. “What Brad brings besides his All-American status are tangibles of hard work, toughness, hunger and basketball IQ. The versatility of playing either wing position helps us become more flexible with different matchups.
“His addition strengthens an already-strong roster that has tough, hard-nosed players and good chemistry. He will complement the others well.”
Karp, who was a four-time NAIA All-American and two-time NAIA Academic All-American, finished with 2,889 points to move past Mike Walaczak (Class of 1978) on SXU’s all-time scoring list. As a senior, Karp averaged 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game while shooting 60 percent from the floor.
Beverly Country Club hosting Western Amateur
The Beverly Country Club, 112th and Western Avenue, is hosting the 112th annual Western Amateur golf tournament through Saturday.
The event began with a 156-man field that included 21 of the world’s top 37 amateur golfers and 50 of the top 100, a number of whom hail from the Chicagoland area. Today’s play will feature the 16 lowest scorers through earlier rounds.
Admission to the tourney, which is being held at Beverly for the first time since 1930, is free.
St. Laurence seeking JV hockey coach
St. Laurence is seeking an individual to serve as its junior-varsity hockey coach.
Interested candidates must have previous high school coaching experience or an equivalent and must meet all AHAI and Archdiocesan requirements to be considered. St. Laurence does not presently have a varsity team, so the JV coach will head up the entire hockey program. The goal is to begin varsity play in a few years, with the JV coach being an integral part of the process.
Stampede to hold baseball tryout
The Stampede Baseball Organization will conduct tryouts for the 2015 season on Saturday at Stagg.
The session will run from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration will be taken at 9 a.m.. Individuals must have completed registration and medical release forms at the time of signups, both of which are available at www.palosstampede.com.
SBO fields teams in the U10 through U18 divisions. Coaches are also being sought for the U11 team.
For more information, call 369-2090.
Oak Lawn Baseball sponsoring fall league
Oak Lawn Baseball will sponsor a Fall Ball league, which will begin play after Labor Day. Practices start in late August.
The league will run for six weeks, with games being held on weeknights and late weekend afternoons. Teams are scheduled for 12 games, although weather-induced stoppages are generally not made up.
Teams will be formed in the following divisions: Pinto (ages 6-8), Pixie (first-year Pixie players and second-year T-ball players), Mustang (8-year-old Pinto and 9-Year-old Mustang players), Petite (first-year Petite and second-year Pixie players) and Bronco (10-year-old Mustang and 11-year-old Bronco players).
The cost is $60 for returning 2014 players, $85 for new players, and includes a team T-shirt. Returnees are expected to use the hat, pants and socks worn for their in-house teams.
Registration will be taken through today at www.oaklawnbaseball.com.
Tryouts at Bo Jackson’s Sports Dome
Tryouts for the U-Dawgs baseball and Taylor Made softball programs will be held at the Bo Jackson Elite Sports Dome in Lockport.
The U-Dawgs will conduct tryouts for their 16U and 17U teams today from 5:15-7:30 p.m. and 7:30-9:45 p.m., respectively.
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.
Palos Heights Recreation Dept. offering sports camp
The Palos Heights Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor a Chicago Bulls rookie and veteran camp for youngsters aged 6-12 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.
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.