Girls’ basketball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Lady Spartans go down fighting

With a team full of talented and hungry players to start the season, Oak Lawn coach Janet Meyers said an early goal was for her Lady Spartans to advance deeper into the postseason.
After defeating Mother McAuley for the first time in school history the previous week to win a Class 4A regional championship, Oak Lawn kept its downstate hopes alive with a thrilling 61-56 victory over Marist -- another first for the program -- in last Tuesday night’s Bloom Township Sectional semifinal. And then the Lady Spartans went toe-to-toe with defending state champion Marian Catholic in Thursday’s championship contest.
Assuredly, Oak Lawn opened the eyes of the other group of Lady Spartans, who watched a seven-point lead disappear in the final 43 seconds of regulation. Marian got the last say, emerging triumphant by a 67-62 count in overtime, but not before discovering a 28-win Oak Lawn squad was the real deal.

SXU sports summary

Cougars win CCAC men’s hoops tournament

Not one, but two surprises awaited St. Xavier University basketball fans in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournaments.
Only one was welcomed, however.
That would have been the men’s team’s upset of NAIA Division II top-ranked Cardinal Stritch on the latter’s home court. By beating the Wolves 85-74 on Saturday in Milwaukee, the Cougars not only avenged two regular-season losses, but claimed the conference tourney title for themselves.
SXU’s women weren’t as fortunate. After winning the regular-season CCAC North Division championship, the Cougars were unable to play for the tournament crown. Olivet Nazarene threw up that roadblock in Friday’s semifinal matchup, which the Tigers captured by a 91-89 score when Miranda Geever hit a runner just before the final buzzer.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Marist takes second at state team wrestling

Marist narrowly missed making it a three-peat for local schools at state team wrestling.
While Sandburg didn’t get a chance to defend its back-to-back state championships Saturday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, the RedHawks were poised to pick up where the Eagles had left off. After collecting five wins during one six-match sequence, Marist not only fought back from a sizable deficit, but it created something similar for highly touted Oak Park-River Forest.
But the Huskies, who were without two wrestlers because of injuries and had a third dealing with the remnants of illness, climbed out of what eventually became a 15-point hole. Victories in the final two matches sealed the deal for Oak Park, which defeated Marist 31-22 for the team title.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

No repeat possible for Cyclones

Given its struggles during the regular season, Moraine Valley College had only one way in which it could return to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II men’s basketball tournament.
The Cyclones had to emerge as champion of the Region IV Tournament. But last Thursday, Kishwaukee College saw to it that Moraine’s postseason hopes got dashed immediately.
Already the owner of a 45-point victory over the Cyclones this year, Kishwaukee didn’t appear to have much to fear. Moraine, however, exhibited a great deal more fight in the rematch, just not enough to stay alive in the playoffs.

Community sports news

Bromberek to step down as Marist softball coach

Marist’s softball players will get one more opportunity to win some state hardware for Denise Bromberek.
Bromberek, who guided the Lady RedHawks to a Class 4A championship in 2012, has announced she will step down as head coach of the program at the end of the 2014 season. Bromberek, the only varsity coach Marist has had in softball, plans to move with her family to Utah.
Since the school went coed in the fall of 2002, Bromberek has posted a record of 307-107. She reached 300 wins faster than any other softball coach in state history, and her victory total ranks fifth all-time in Illinois high school annals. The 2012 title was the first captured by any girls’ team at Marist.