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  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Lady RedHawks enjoy four-win week

  Marist was nearly perfect last week.
  Only a loss to Bishop McNamara spoiled an otherwise successful week for the Lady RedHawks, who also defeated the Lady Fightin’ Irish while recording wins over Lockport and New Trier as well. The latter was swept in a Saturday doubleheader.
  The week opened with a wild 15-12 victory over Bishop Mac. Spearheading Marist’s potent offense were Madison Naujokas and Brooke Wyderski, who combined to go 7-for-8 with seven RBI and six runs scored. Naujokas included a pair of homers among her five hits, while Wyderski went deep once.
  Wyderski slammed her 10th homer of the year on Thursday and also belted a pair of doubles, which lifted the Lady RedHawks to a 5-1 triumph over the Lady Porters. Also aiding Marist’s cause were Vanessa Villasenor (two hits), Brooke Wilson (RBI triple, one run) and pitcher Zariya Gonzalez, who fired a four-hitter to enable Marist bounce back from Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to Bishop Mac.
  Wyderski was an unstoppable force versus New Trier as she was retired just once in seven at-bats. Four of her six hits went for extra bases — two homers and two doubles — and she ended the day with eight RBI and five runs.
  With Wyderski leading the way, the Lady RedHawks (20-7-1) beat the Lady Trevians 4-2 and 10-7. Villasenor knocked in the tiebreaking run in Game 1 with her eighth-inning single.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

  Despite guiding Sandburg to the state’s Elite Eight on four previous occasions during the 12 years that boys’ water polo has been an IHSA-sanctioned sport, Eagles coach Jim Caliendo was not convinced his 2014 squad was of that same caliber.

  But that’s exactly what Sandburg became on Saturday when it defeated Andrew 12-10 in the Lincoln-Way Central Sectional championship match. The victory was realized when Zach Roper scored two goals, both on lob shots, in the final 93 seconds.
  The Eagles (25-8), who will be making their third trip to state in four years, meet Naperville North in one of today’s quarterfinals at Stevenson High School.
  “I didn’t know if this team had the potential to go downstate, but they put it all together and proved themselves,” Caliendo said. “It was a very exciting match. Andrew is very well coached and they were very senior-based. They had good, tall athletes with long arms [and] very athletic bodies.
  “Andrew was impressive, so we were very happy to get by them. It took about everything we had and every play we had in our playbook. Zach Roper has averaged six goals a game for us — it’s amazing what he’s done this season.”

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.