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Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Young Shepard swimmers succeeding

 Last year’s Shepard boys swimming team was blessed with a large volume of senior swimmers that made for a fun and competitive season for the Astros and head coach Tricia Biedron.

And while this year’s squad is significantly younger, Shepard is still blessed with some talented swimmers who are finishing first in events and improving on their times in each meet.

  During last Thursday’s meet against Reavis, the Astros received first place finishes from junior Sanders Yu (200 IM-2:12.94, 100 breast-1:07.50), sophomore Zach Sierzega (50 free-23.40, 100 free-53.02), sophomore Jeremy Schultz (500 free-5:43.23), sophomore Hayden Wiest (100 backstroke-59.57); and the 400 Free relay team of Schultz, Wiest, Yu, Sierzega (3:36.22).
  In addition, Yu won the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke at Friday’s meet against Tinley Park, while Sierzega won the 100 free and Wiest captured the 100 back.
  “Sanders is the older swimmer of the group because the team is made up of mostly sophomores,” Biedron said. “We’re definitely on the young side, and Sanders is one of our leaders that is stepping up. He specialized in 200 IM and can swim the strokes quite well.

Moraine athletics wrap

MVCC men make things right vs. Wright

  Moraine Valley’s men’s basketball team played better basketball on Dec. 17, which showed in their 63-57 victory over Wilbur Wright College.

  Although Moraine Valley had some dominating moments, they did let the Rams back into the game for a close finish. Denton Wallace led the way with 16 points and six rebounds followed by Johnte Shannon (15 points, five rebounds, three assists), Cameron Juillerat (11 points, three rebounds), Des’nique Harris (eight points, seven rebounds), and Kyle Ward (six points, 12 rebounds, three assists).

Community sports news

Rice to hold volleyball reunion matches

  Brother Rice will hold its annual reunion for former Crusaders volleyball players, as well as alumni matches on Friday, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m. in the school’s South Gym.
  All Rice volleyball alumni are invited to play in the matches and attend a post-event reception. There is no need to RSVP.
  “This event has been an annual tradition in our program for many years,” Crusaders coach Br. Paul Ickes said. “I always enjoy welcoming our alumni players back to campus, and I am really looking forward to showing them our new trophy cases.”
  For more information on the reunion, contact Br. Ickes at (773) 428-1957 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Not at a loss

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Coach unfazed by Spartans’ slow start

  Winning isn’t the only thing for Jason Rhodes.
  Sure, the Oak Lawn coach prefers it to losing, but at least in the early portion of the Spartans’ 2013-14 schedule, Rhodes isn’t using it as his sole measuring stick. With an inexperienced roster at his disposal, Rhodes knows that practicing patience is vital.
  “The reality is, we’ve got four seniors, but only one played much [last year], so there’s a learning curve,” he said. “They just have to get used to playing at this level. They’re going to get there, but it’s nothing like they’ve seen before.
  “I’m less concerned about the outcome right now than the [developmental] process. We’re getting better every time out.”
  Evidence of that was presented on Friday, when Oak Lawn hosted Lemont in a South Suburban Conference crossover game. The Indians’ lineup included 3-point specialist Mike Wisz, who drilled 10 long balls in one outing last season.

Staying on course

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Bulldogs keep rolling forward, still unbeaten

  The post-Hillcrest letdown that John Chappetto feared never materialized.
  Oh, there were moments during last week’s practice sessions where Richards players seemed to lack an emotional edge, but it was nothing that game-night competition couldn’t remedy.
  While neither Bremen nor TF South represented the same kind of imposing obstacle for the Bulldogs to clear as the Hawks had the week before, Richards didn’t let its guard down and managed to take care of business smartly. Against the Braves last Tuesday, for example, the Bulldogs used a 22-11 scoring advantage in the opening quarter to gain the upper hand, which eventually translated into a resounding 64-36 South Suburban Conference crossover victory.