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Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trolls blanked in NCCAA tourneys

  In the 1960s, when the game show “Let’s Make A Deal” was in its heyday, this would have been called “getting zonked.”
  Trinity Christian College’s softball and baseball teams both advanced to the National Christian College Athletic Association Championships this year, the softball team for the first time in 22 springs.
  Neither club won a game.
  What was behind door No. 3 wasn’t pretty. The Trolls softball squad went 0-2 in Troutville, Va., while the baseball team suffered four straight losses in Mason, Ohio, two of them in extra innings.
  There was great anticipation in Mason last Wednesday when Trinity took the field against top-seeded Oklahoma Christian (38-15) in the first game in its bracket, and that anticipation was rewarded — for a short time anyway.
  The Trolls opened the scoring on J.T. Yokum’s RBI double in the second stanza and doubled their advantage on Peter Kyrgsheld’s fifth-inning single. But the Eagles rebounded to take a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning.
  It was then that All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference performer Joe McCaw, Trinity’s slugger all season, came through once more. McCaw belted an RBI single off Dillon Endicott in the top of the inning to tie the game at 3-all and force extra frames.
  The score remained knotted until the bottom of the 11th, when Brad Kopale’s two-out wild pitch with the bases loaded allowed Oklahoma Christian’s Zac Cobble to score the deciding run in the 4-3 final.

Community sports news

Evergreen places 18 on Athletic Wall

  Eighteen student-athletes became the latest individuals chosen for inclusion on Evergreen Park High School’s Varsity Athletics Leaders Wall.
  The designation is given to athletes who have earned a minimum of five varsity letters during their prep careers. An induction ceremony was held in the school cafeteria.
  Leeza Campbell, Dorothy Kalafut and Zoe Monks headed up the latest group of honorees. Each girl was awarded eight letters. Sarah Klawitter, Jacquet McClendon and Corey Miller were right behind them with seven apiece, while Will Jones, Colleen Elzinga, Jaymell Sheppard and Kelly Shine all collected six letters.
  Rounding out the list of inductees were Tre’Shawn Burks, Alex Cheatham, Kevin Farmer, Nick Knieps, Justin Houle, Meghan Kress, Tobi Oladejo and Juwan Smith.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Diamond teams finished on promising note

  A longer-than-usual winter wreaked early havoc on softball and baseball schedules throughout the area, but it couldn’t completely ruin Moraine Valley College’s on-field exploits.
  Once play got underway in earnest, the Cyclones softball squad posted a 22-17 ledger and went 8-4 in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference, which was good for a runner-up finish in the league standings. Included among the season highlights was a nine-game win streak.
  Carly Trinley captured ISCC Player of the Year honors after batting .545 in conference action with an .841 slugging percentage. Other Moraine athletes chosen for the all-conference first team were Amie Raynor (.397 average; .450 in the ISCC) and Jenny Vanek (.295; .356 in conference). Second-team picks were Ari Bulthuis (.382; .357 in conference) and Dana Cummings.
  “This is one of the most fun teams I’ve had in my coaching career,” Cyclones boss Mike Veen said. “I wish this was a four-year institution [because] I didn’t want to see the season end.
  “We were lucky we got in the number of games we did. Not only that, but there is real talent on the team. It’s hard to see the sophomores go.”
  Vanek intends to continue playing softball at North Central College next season, while Raynor will head to Aurora University. Trinley is expected to return to Moraine for the 2015 campaign, and Veen has some recruits in mind to further develop his squad.

With the 95th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the denver broncos select:

  • Written by Jeff Vorva

MICHAEL SCHOFIELD

It’s not often that someone gets a call from John Elway and a text from Peyton Manning.
When Michael Schofield heard from both of them on Friday night, it was a comedy of errors.
The Orland Park resident, who starred on the offensive line at Sandburg High School and the University of Michigan, was taken by the Denver Broncos in the third round – the 95th pick — of the NFL Draft Friday night. Elway, the legendary quarterback who is the team’s general manager and executive vice president of football operations, called Schofield to tell him the news before it hit ESPN.
When the phone rang, Schofield was in the middle of a party at his home and it was already a crazy scene. He didn’t know if he was talking to John Elway, John Cena, John Legend or Tommy John.
“I got the phone call and had about 30 or 40 people over and they were yelling so loud, I couldn’t even hear who was on the phone,” he said at a press conference in Denver Saturday afternoon. “It was a pretty fun time at my house.’’
John Elway had to become John Yellway in order to be heard.

Hartman steps down as EP football coach

  • Written by Jeff Vorva

Word leaked out that Evergreen Park High School was looking for a new football coach on Friday and by Monday Athletic Director Jim Soldan was flooded with 25 applicants and was anticipating many more.

After three successful season as the Mustangs’ football coach, Dan Hartman resigned and will take over as head coach at Hinsdale Central. He is the second football coach from EP in four years to bolt for a job in the Hinsdale school district. Hartman replaced Mike Barry, who left after three years to take the head job at Hinsdale South.