Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Postseason awards handed out to athletes

  There was one piece of unfinished business after Andy Reidsma competed in the NAIA track meet.
  He needed to be officially recognized by his school for all his good work throughout the 2013-14 season.
  Reidsma, who placed a career-best third in the 10,000-meter run at the national meet and earned All-America honors in the process, completed his collegiate career by being named Trinity Christian College's Male Athlete of the Year for 2013-14. He leaves as the Trolls' record holder in the 3,000 and 5,000 runs, both marks set during the indoor season.
  In addition to his track exploits, Reidsma's senior campaign featured a fourth place in the NAIA cross country final and a National Christian College Athletic Association cross country championship last fall. He was a proven commodity in the classroom, too, as evidenced by his earning scholar-athlete status.
  Reidsma was also one of two Trinity athletes to receive the school's Athletic Leadership award.

Community sports news

Baseball skills evaluations to take place at Oak Lawn H.S.

Oak Lawn High School will host a baseball-skills evaluation on Wednesday, June 25, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will be presented by U.S. Baseball Academy and My Pro Day.
The session is open to players aged 6-18, regardless of ability level. For more information, visit

New man on the job

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Phillips coach McAllister named Evergreen football boss

  When Evergreen Park recently lost Dan Hartman as its head football coach, athletic director Jim Soldan knew where to look for a replacement: toward the one school that administered a loss to the Mustangs in 2013.
  Troy McAllister wasn’t the only man who applied for the vacant position at Evergreen; the contrary, in fact, was true. The former Phillips boss was one of 45 applicants, and Soldan stated that “a good third of those were all current head coaches.”
  That was quite a change from previous personnel searches Soldan conducted. When former coach Mike Barry was hired in 2008, for example, virtually no other active head coaches showed interest.
  Of course, Barry’s task was rather monumental: to lift the Mustangs out of the depths. He laid the foundation for Hartman, who guided Evergreen to three straight playoff berths during his brief tenure.
  “A lot of people say, ‘People use [our school] as a stepping-stone,’” Soldan said. “But if you had told me we’d have 27 wins in three years, six of them in the playoffs, I’d have hired Dan Hartman anyway. We do get a lot of coaches that don’t stay, but that’s the way it is [at many places] today.”
  McAllister could be different, however. Although a native of Canada, McAllister has sunk roots in Illinois, and he is the first Mustangs football coach since Dave LaBarbera in 2002 to be an in-state hire.

A busy week at Marist

  • Written by Frank Gogola

Three state tournaments all part of the sports schedule

  Separated by a few hundred yards and approximately 10 minutes, Marist’s baseball and softball teams were on opposite ends of two walk-offs Saturday as the latter hoisted a Class 4A regional trophy afterward.
  Athletic director Bob Lim offered Marist to the IHSA as a host for both baseball and softball regionals, and the RedHawks’ presence in each final simply added extra flavor to the events. And if that wasn’t enough, the school was also the site of a boys’ volleyball sectional last week.


Getting in the last word about words

  (Reprinted from Nov. 11, 2012)

  Where would we be without words?
  Some of us would be out of work, but all of us would be inconvenienced and negatively affected in some manner. Everything from term papers to grocery lists to ransom notes would be impossible to compile, and orators would be rendered silent.
  Imagine if, during this election season, we weren’t subjected to a single political ad. Yes, go ahead and take several moments to imagine …
  Sorry, that was a dream from which I was in no hurry to awaken. Words are the cornerstone of our existence, and there is no shortage of them — except inside the sports world.
  As any veteran reporter will tell you, trying to coax certain athletes or coaches into opening up and offering insightful comments can be a very frustrating experience. They’ll either supply one-word answers or quickly develop a crusty attitude and treat the questioner with the same disdain normally reserved for a freeloading relative.