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Girls’ basketball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Screeching Eagles capture regional championship

When Mt. Assisi coach Kelsey James walked onto the court prior to the start of last Thursday’s Class 2A Lisle Regional championship contest against the host school, she happily admitted that she had never seen Screeching Eagles players as focused on a game.
To be sure, there was some obvious motivation for that level of concentration. Last month came the announcement that Mt. Assisi would be closing at the end of the current school year.
James wasn’t sure if that reality would be enough to elevate her team to victory over the favored Lady Lions. But when the Eagles hoisted their second consecutive regional trophy after stunning the hosts 52-42, it was obvious this Mt. Assisi squad was playing with a confidence level that even has James doing some dreaming.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trolls on the verge of qualification

It comes down to this for Trinity Christian College’s men’s basketball team: Win the last two games and then hope to qualify for the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Trolls came into this past Wednesday’s game against Judson University with a 9-19 overall record and 5-12 league mark. The top 10 teams in the 14-school circuit earn entry into the postseason event. Heading into the current week, 10 programs had a better record than Trinity, including St. Xavier University, Saturday’s foe in the regular-season finale.
Judson entered Wednesday’s contest at 6-22 overall, 3-14 within the CCAC. Nevertheless, this must-win game wasn’t a lock for the Trolls.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trolls benefit from untangled Web

  Memo to the other women’s soccer teams in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference: Feel free to try to stop Trinity Christian College’s Rachael Webb one of these days. Your squad would be the first to shut her down.
  Webb, more and more, is the linchpin in the Trolls’ big season. Despite being closely marked — opponents are trying, after all — she scored twice last week and had three assists in Trinity’s victories over the University of St. Francis and St. Xavier University.
  Webb had a goal and two assists in a 5-2 victory at USF, then added one of each in Saturday’s 3-0 whitewash of the Cougars at Schaaf Field. Her gaudy totals through 14 matches are 12 goals and six assists for 30 points.
  Even better, Trinity’s glittery record was 10-2-2 entering this past Wednesday’s match at Cardinal Stritch, the first of four CCAC encounters that will conclude the regular-season schedule.
  With defenses collapsing on her, Webb is finding open teammates when she isn’t getting an open shot. That was the case in her feeding Abby McDonald for the Trolls’ second goal late in the first half against SXU.
  With four minutes left, Webb then took Kayla Diemer’s pass and scored the final marker, the capper to Senior Day festivities.
  The story was similar in the week’s first match, when Trinity overwhelmed USF. Webb gave the Trolls a 1-0 lead before four minutes had elapsed, fed Diemer for the second goal in the 16th minute and — after Diemer had poured in two more goals for a hat trick, the third one coming on a nifty rebound — set up Katie Linehan for the final score of the match.
  Keeper Becky Gold (8-2-2) picked up her fifth shutout of the season against the Fighting Saints, while netminder Liz Shutte scored her second victory in as many starts versus the Cougars.
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Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

When Sandburg’s girls’ bowling squad found success last year, it was with Nicole Powell leading the way and a talented group of underclassmen behind her.

This season, the Lady Eagles weren’t able to advance to the state meet as a team, but senior Jessica Colson did so individually at Saturday’s Morgan Park Sectional. Colson rolled a 1,295 six-game series, which was good for second place and put her just 27 pins behind sectional champion Kyra Udziela of Lemont.
Colson’s score was higher than that of every bowler on the state-qualifying teams.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Cyclones men finally break through

A long drought is finally over.
A year ago, Moraine Valley College’s men and winning basketball were well acquainted with one another. The Cyclones, in fact, were successful often enough to reach the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II championship game for the first time in school history.
That was then. This is now — just one win over 12 contests heading into last week’s action, a stretch dating back to Dec. 19. Included in the skid were seven losses in a row.
But that downward trend got reversed last Tuesday, when Moraine pocketed a 78-72 Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference victory over McHenry College. The Scots had defeated the Cyclones in a Jan. 21 matchup.