Oak Lawn Sharks seeking players
The Oak Lawn Sharks 14U baseball team is seeking one or two players to add to its roster.
The Sharks are part of Oak Lawn Baseball’s accelerated program and play a full-time schedule of spring and summer games following fall and winter workouts. They take part in tournaments that pit them against top-flight competition.
Oak Lawn baseball team feted for academics
Members of Oak Lawn High School’s 2014 baseball team were recently feted by the IHSA for their work away from the field.
The Spartans qualified for the organization’s Team Academic Achievement Award, thanks to a cumulative 3.1 grade-point average. Three of last spring’s seniors — Mitch Swatek (Southern Illinois University), Jake Slusinski (St. Xavier University) and Matt Dunne (Roosevelt University) — were among Oak Lawn’s top classroom performers, as were underclassmen Joe Dodaro and Alan Spies, both of whom carried GPAs of either 4.0 or above due to advanced placement classes.
In recognition of their scholastic accomplishments the Spartans will be featured on the IHSA website and included in the 2014-15 state finals baseball program.
“It’s satisfying that this achievement is becoming a trend,” Oak Lawn coach Bill Gerny said. “As a coaching staff we stress academic success. The players have risen to the challenge and made the classroom a priority.”