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  • Written by Ken Karrson

Crusaders wait before piling up more wins

  Forget all you’ve ever heard about the early bird.
  Brother Rice has grown to love being fashionably late when it comes to scoring its most important runs. And the waiting has proved worth it.
  In all four of their outings last week, the Crusaders collected markers during their final at-bat. On two of those occasions, the runs provided the margin of victory.
  With four more wins to its credit, Rice stretched its unbeaten streak to eight games. This latest quartet of successes came at the expense of fellow Chicago Catholic League members, including De La Salle, which dropped a 4-0 decision on Saturday.
  Making the conquest of the Meteors significant was that De La Salle was only two days removed from its own 4-0 win over defending Catholic League Blue champ St. Laurence.
  Pitcher Brian Musielak kept the Meteors off the scoreboard despite getting nicked for nine hits. De La Salle actually outhit the Crusaders (15-3, 4-0) by one, but the latter registered half of their eight safeties in the bottom of the sixth to give themselves some breathing room.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trolls women win Concordia Invitational

  For most of the last two years, Anna Bos has been leading the way for Trinity Christian College’s women’s track team.
  Last weekend, she and her fellow Trolls had the ultimate payoff, winning the Cougar Invitational at Concordia University in River Forest. Five event victories keyed Trinity’s rise to the top and its total of 170 1/2 points, with Bos’ remarkable time of 10 minutes, 20.07 seconds in the 3,000-meter run representing the day’s highlight.
  That not only eclipsed by 50 seconds her personal-best effort and school-record clocking, but Bos’ performance also inspired Hannah Schwab. Schwab surpassed Bos’ previous standard as well by completing the race in 11:10.55.
  Bos’ influence has been infectious, and it really showed at Concordia. Jessica Disselkoen led a 1-2-4 finish in the 1,000, winning in 3:08.65. Schwab hit the finish line in 3:11.55 and Leah Van Tol stopped the timer in 3:28.93.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Cyclones tennis team keeps on rolling

  As the 2014 tennis season nears its end, Moraine Valley College’s fun may only be starting.
  For sure, there’s been plenty of enjoyment already realized, thanks to a win streak that the Cyclones extended to seven straight matches by defeating Oakton College 7-2 and Waubonsee College 8-1 in a pair of Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference encounters last week. The second of those wins guaranteed Moraine a runner-up conference finish.
  An 8-1 nonconference triumph over Illinois Valley College on Friday then gave the Cyclones a final push toward the Region IV Tournament, which was slated to get underway this week. A high finish there would put Moraine back into the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament after a one-year hiatus.
  The national event will be held next month in Texas, and it’s something the Cyclones’ veteran players definitely have on their radar.

Community sports news

Marist names new hockey coach

Chuck Peters, a 1973 Marist graduate, has been named the school's new varsity hockey coach.
Peters, who retired last December from his deputy chief position after 36 years with the Chicago Fire Department, has been associated with RedHawks hockey since 2008. He previously held posts with Sandburg, Andrew and Mt. Carmel high schools, as well as the St. Jude Hockey Club.
His first season in charge will be the 40th year of Marist's hockey program, and Peters is eager to begin its latest chapter. In his initial meeting with team members, he spoke to RedHawks players about the importance of a strong commitment, both on and off the ice.
An event that will allow parents and players to learn more about what's in store from Peters and his still-to-be-chosen assistants is being planned.

SXU sports summary

Cougars 16th in spring football poll

The 2014 football season is still 4 1/2 months away, but it's not too soon to begin prognosticating.
And in the opinion of NAIA football coaches, St. Xavier University is deserving of the No. 16 position in their spring top-25 poll. The Cougars finished 2013 at No. 18 despite missing out on the national tournament for the first time since 2008.
SXU, which was the NAIA national champion in 2011 and reached the semifinal round every year between 2009-2012, has been ranked in 76 consecutive polls. That's the fifth-longest streak among current NAIA institutions.
Grand View University, the 2013 national champ and a member of the Mid-States Football Association along with the Cougars, grabbed the top spot in the spring poll.
"I think this is the lowest we have been rated in a spring poll in about five years, so we will use this as a motivating factor," SXU coach Mike Feminis said. "The reality of it is that spring polls are usually just an extension of how you did last season, and for us 7-4 is unacceptable.
"I fully expect us to be right back where we belong as one of the top NAIA teams in the country this fall."
The Cougars, who are in the midst of conducting spring practices, kick off their 2014 campaign Sept. 6 against Marian University.