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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.

Losing their bite

  • Written by Ken Karson

Bulldogs scrap their way to split

  Basketball’s dog days may have already arrived at Richards.

  That’s because these assuredly aren’t the ’Dogs’ days.
  At least that was true a couple times in a busy week. Two South Suburban Conference contests, followed by a pair of encounters in Rockford Jefferson’s Martin Luther King holiday tournament proved draining to Richards, an assessment validated by its mostly uninspired performance in the second of two Saturday games.
  But the resultant 54-46 loss to the tourney hosts wasn’t the Bulldogs’ only low point. Even more frustrating to coach John Chappetto was Richards’ Friday defeat against Oak Forest, which marred the former’s heretofore spotless league ledger.