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Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

On the winning track

  Two in a row.
  That’s routine to some teams, but for Trinity Christian College’s men’s basketball squad, it represented a breakthrough. The Trolls picked up their second straight victory in an 84-70 trouncing of Purdue University Calumet last Wednesday, the first time this season they’ve scored back-to-back wins.
  A 50-33 margin in the second half made the difference. Trinity ignored the Peregrines’ 15-4 ledger, and senior Jake Van Den Berg’s 27-point half — he totaled 31 points for the game on 9-of-12 shooting, which included a 5-of-6 performance from 3-point range — carried the Trolls to their biggest triumph of the year.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Shepard’s boys’ swim team dropped a 117-69 South Suburban Conference dual meet to Tinley Park last week before grabbing second place at its own 10-team invitational on Friday.

  The Astros’ Sanders Yu was a two-time winner versus the Titans as he touched out first in both the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 7.09 seconds) and 200-individual medley (2:13.01). Single-event victors were diver Tyler Timmer (195.80 points) and Hayden Wiest in the 100-backstroke (1:00.54).
  Wiest’s triumph in the 100-butterfly (59.26) and his runner-up finish in the 100-backstroke (59.09) were key elements in Shepard’s performance at its invitational. Also contributing to the Astros’ 269-point total were Yu and Zach Sierzega.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

South Suburban sweeps past Cyclones

  This round goes to South Suburban College.

  Although they don’t share a conference home with Moraine Valley College, the Bulldogs have long been a main rival for the Cyclones. Geography has certainly played a role in creating that situation, as SSC sits closer to Moraine than any of the latter’s fellow members of the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference.
  Adding more heat to the matchups, at least in recent seasons, has been the national rankings achieved by the men’s and women’s basketball programs at both schools. The Bulldogs men, in fact, spent a brief time atop the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II poll this season.

Community sports news

OLOW wins consolation championship

  The Our Lady of the Woods 5th-grade Blue basketball squad captured the consolation championship of Most Holy Redeemer’s Tim Linnane Classic.
  Members of the OLOW roster include Ryan Thomason, Nick Coccaro, Michael Tylka, Connor Hall, Aidan Roach, Joe Zaccone, TJ Mohan, Finn McCarthy and Ian Kloehn. Ted Hall and Mike Roach are the team’s coaches.

SXU sports summary

Cougars women qualify for national track meet

  With Ashley Shares already set to represent St. Xavier University in the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships, the Cougars qualified four more athletes for the March meet out of last weekend’s NCAA vs. NAIA Challenge.
  The 3,200-meter relay quartet of Leslie Rosario, Dana Martin, Jordan Wallace and Nicole Watkins gave SXU a third-place finish at Olivet Nazarene University, doing so in a “B”-standard qualifying time of 9 minutes, 51.41 seconds. The four Cougars missed reaching the “A” standard by just over 4½ seconds.
  “I’m very excited to see how the 4-by-800 team progresses through the season,” SXU coach Lisa Ebel said. “The way this team has worked together in practice has laid the groundwork for great improvement throughout the season.