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Girls’ basketball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Screeching Eagles want to soar higher

  When Mt. Assisi captured its first-ever regional title last season, it was accomplished primarily by a group of players who weren’t upperclassmen.
  Now, as a half-dozen seniors among a roster of 13 prepare to compete soon in the state tournament and take aim at a second regional crown, Screeching Eagles coach Kelsey James wonders what else her club might be able to achieve in the postseason.

Bartosh

Another bowl — isn’t that Super?

  And now, let us prepare once again for the biggest winter holiday of them all.
  Christmas and New Year’s get the lion’s share of publicity, of course, but maybe that’s because they had such a head start. While 1967 seems like a long journey into yesterday for some folks, it was still recent enough in history to where there isn’t a BC or AD attached to the date.
  At the time of its origination, the newcomer wasn’t considered that big a deal. In the 47 years since, however, it has gained worldwide renown. And unlike the other two seasonal holidays, it brings together people of very disparate backgrounds — Jews, Christians and atheists all partake of it with equal fervor, as do both consumers of alcohol and teetotalers.
  Yes, I think it’s safe to say that the Super Bowl is, at least in an unofficial sense, as celebrated a holiday as any other on the calendar.

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.