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Volleyball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Mighty Macs back to Normal

  Things are back to normal in the world of Mother McAuley volleyball.
  That’s because the Mighty Macs are headed back to Normal this weekend.
  McAuley will take aim at the Class 4A championship it missed out on a year ago. The Macs reached the Final Four once again after downing Oak Park-River Forest 25-12, 25-14 last Saturday at the Lyons Township Supersectional.
  That victory, which followed sectional conquests of Lincoln-Way North and Sandburg earlier in the week, set McAuley up for a semifinal clash with New Trier Friday at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena.
  Macs coach Jen DeJarld said her squad is seeking to take care of some “unfinished business.” The Macs wound up third in the state in 2012.
  “The girls played some great volleyball to get to this point,” said DeJarald, whose team has won 38 of 40 matches to date. “A lot of preparation and practice still needs to happen, yet we have to keep the girls healthy for Friday.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Eagles take seventh in boys’ cross country

  In spite of 25-mile-per-hour winds that complicated Saturday’s state cross country meet, Sandburg boys’ coach John O’Malley was very pleased with his team’s seventh-place finish in Class 3A.

  The Eagles scored 225 points and posted a cumulative team time of 1 hour, 16 minutes, 46 seconds at Peoria’s Detweiller Park. State champion Hinsdale Central ran a 1:15.01. Occupying the 2-through-6 positions in the team standings were Downers Grove North, O’Fallon, Lyons Township, York and New Trier.
  Tom Brennan’s 15:13 clocking topped Sandburg’s individual performances and earned him the 31st spot overall. Will Becker (38th in 15:17) was next down the chute for the Eagles, followed by Greg Burzinski (48th, 15:24), Sean Torpy (53rd, 15:25), Chris Torpy (55th, 15:27), Harry Becker (80th, 15:36) and Dan Laskero (124th, 15:56).
  “It was a great effort by the kids,” O’Malley said. “They ran really tough and really together the whole race. That was our key [because] we really didn’t have a guy way up front ahead of the pack, but we had a pack that was tight. I think they all got the most out of the meet.

Community Sports News

 Early-bird registration for Oak Lawn Baseball

  Early-bird registration for Oak Lawn Baseball is continuing through Nov. 30.
  Signups can be made online at www.oaklawnbaseball.com or in person on the following days at Kolb Field: Today from 7-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon-2 p.m. each day, and Tuesday from 7-9 p.m.
  Fees will increase on Dec. 1.

Oak Lawn girls win conference swim meet
  Oak Lawn did much better than expected at the South Suburban Conference Red swim meet.
  Given a lower seed, the Lady Spartans surprised their league mates by taking first in the team standings. There were no individual event winners for Oak Lawn, but its cause was aided by victories in two of the three relay races.
  “We went into the meet seeded fifth and we ended up winning the meet by 20 points,” Lady Spartans coach TJ Zuzga said. “These girls swam out of their minds.
  “The 200-free relay [unit] composed of Yara Ismail, Hannah Featherstone, Mary Kate Brennan and Samantha Lopez broke the school record. This is a testament to the depth our team had and the competitive nature of these girls.
  “This is a very special group. These seniors are my first class I had all four years, and for them to accomplish this was awesome. It has been a very memorable season.”
  In addition to the four members of the 200-relay team, Oak Lawn’s contributors include seniors Andrea Zavala, Kelsey Townsend and Abbey Rzechula, junior Caryn Brzozowski, sophomores Shannon Mottl and Brianna Castrogiovanni and freshman Annabelle Fritz.
  The Lady Spartans will compete in Saturday’s Lyons Township Sectional.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trolls runners qualify for NAIA meet

  Two are in, and one more may join them.
  All season long, Anna Bos and Andy Reidsma have been the respective ringleaders of Trinity Christian College’s cross country teams, and their pace-setting ways continued last Saturday at Sunset Hills Farm in Valparaiso, Ind.
  Not only did Bos and Reidsma both log top-10 finishes at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference meet, but their efforts qualified them for the NAIA Championship, which will be held Nov. 23 in Lawrence, Kan. Bos covered a 5K distance in 18 minutes, 16.1 seconds, which earned her the No. 7 position among 107 female finishers. She wound up five spots in front of Trolls teammate Jessica Disselkoen, who clocked a season-best 18:43.7 and put herself on the NAIA-qualifying bubble.
  Disselkoen was to learn later this week if she had gained entry into the national meet. If not, she still had a shot at being invited to the National Christian College Athletic Association meet, which will take place on Saturday in Cedarville, Ohio.
  As for Reidsma, his 8K time of 25:59.8 was good for eighth place overall in the men’s race. Next across the line for Trinity was Cody Velthuizen, who finished 19th after completing his run in 26:50.9.
  Although there were a dearth of personal or season bests among the men, the Trolls still took fourth in the team standings. That matched the women’s performance. Five of Trinity’s females, however, recorded their lowest times of the year while helping the Trolls amass 97 total points, which were only five more than third-place Judson University.
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Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Volleyball team notches 30th victory

 Thirty is a nice, round figure.

  And that’s the win total of Moraine Valley College’s volleyball team reached for the second straight season. The Cyclones hit that plateau again last Monday after defeating McHenry College 25-9, 25-19, 25-20 in a National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Region IV playoff match.
  Kara Kentner paced Moraine with a double-double of 11 kills and 14 assists while also contributing seven digs, two blocks and an ace. Also chipping in solid efforts were Gina Ryan (seven kills, 14 digs), Taylor Serrano (seven kills, three blocks, one ace), Joanna Curtis (21 assists) and Kayla Manthei (13 digs).
  Carl Sandburg College couldn’t derail the Cyclones last Wednesday, either, as Moraine took another step forward in the postseason with a 25-21, 25-12, 19-25, 25-12 triumph over the Chargers.