Moraine athletics wrap

Cyclones golfers coping with challenging slate

MORAINE-LOGO  When it comes to challenging his golfers, Moraine Valley College coach Bob Freudenthal spares no obstacle.
  At the University of St. Francis Tournament, for example, the Cyclones annually square off against some of their toughest competition, most of it supplied by four-year schools. The situation was no different on Friday at Wedgewood Golf Course, but Moraine managed to beat out a few other teams and wind up 14th in a field of 18.
  John Nagle (season-low 77) paced the Cyclones, while Matt Contey (80), Jeff Cizek (83) and Scott Borden (83) also contributed to the 323 team total.
  “I’m happy with the way the season is progressing,” Freudenthal said. “When all the guys hit their best game, we could put up some really low scores. We’ll see if they save the best for last.”
  Moraine tapped into some of that “best” last Thursday when it held off Waubonsee College by four strokes in an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference event at Glenwoodie Golf Course.
  Three Cyclones broke 80, with David Karwoski’s round of 75 leading the way. Contey and Joe Knight both fired 79s and John Orowick posted an 81 for 18 holes.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

 After losing some talented golfers to graduation, Chicago Christian boys’ coach Chip Dykema wasn’t sure how this year’s squad — featuring several younger players — would adjust.

  But after winning four straight matches last week and improving to 8-1, the Knights have quickly allayed all of Dykema’s concerns.
  Christian began the week with a 153-193 win over Tinley Park on Monday and followed that with a 159-176 victory over Timothy Christian one day later. The Knights also edged Andrew 159-165 and concluded the successful week with a 167-182 triumph over neighboring Shepard.

Community sports news

Marist falls short of St. Viator in ESCC football

  Overcoming a sizable deficit proved to be mission impossible for Marist Friday night as it dropped a 35-28 decision to St. Viator in an East Suburban Catholic Conference football game at Morris Field in Arlington Heights.
  The Lions jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first period as Tyler Johnston fired touchdown passes of 39 and 27 yards to Ben Dickey. Dickey later tallied on a 19-yard run as St. Viator racked up 475 total yards for the evening, including 275 on the ground.
  The RedHawks (1-2, 0-1) had a chance to climb within 20-14 before halftime, but a late drive was halted at the Lions’ 5-yard line by an interception. Marist did notch a pair of TDs through the air as Liam Keffer accounted for both.
  Sophomore running back Micah Awodiran, subbing for the injured Jawill Aldridge, scored the RedHawks’ other two touchdowns on runs. Marist will attempt to break a two-game losing streak when it hosts Notre Dame in another ESCC contest on Friday.

Scoring up in AYSO matches

Offensive play took center stage in a number of recent Palos AYSO soccer matches.

Following is a recap of reported contests.
Team ## 5, Team #1 1
Four different players scored in Team #3’s win. Included in the group were Martin Kizlaitis, Danny Russo, Dylan Peddemors and Chris Casey.
Russo, Marla Hennessy and Adam Dajani split the netminding chores. Playing good defense in front of them were Hailey Wreza, Dylan Wolf, Nick Kopanis and Izzy Martinez.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

A combination of experience and youth has proved a winning mix for Shepard’s girls’ tennis team thus far.

  Behind the veteran 1-2 punch of former South Suburban Conference champion Rhonda Habbal and Martha Turown, plus a set of junior twins and pair of freshmen who are fortifying the doubles ranks, the Astros captured their first four meets of the season. After defeating Bremen and Hillcrest in the opening week, Shepard continued its mastery over SSC Blue foes by knocking off Lemont (3-2) and Oak Forest (4-1) last Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.