Class 4A Reavis Sectional

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Third time no charm

Vikings upended by revenge-minded Caravan

  Third time a charm? Not for St. Laurence.
  With two victories already collected against Mt. Carmel this spring, the Vikings appeared to have a psychological edge over the Caravan when the two Chicago Catholic League rivals renewed acquaintances in last Thursday’s Class 4A Reavis Sectional semifinal. But coach Pete Lotus suspected the 16-5 and 7-3 conquests his squad recorded earlier would mean little.
  “It’s tough to beat anybody three times, especially a good team like that,” he said.
  Lotus’ words proved prophetic. Behind pitcher Nelson Munoz, Mt. Carmel squeezed out a 3-2 win that kept its hopes for a state-championship repeat intact for a couple more days and halted St. Laurence’s best campaign ever under Lotus.
  “It’s hard to think like that right now,” Lotus said, when complimented for the Vikings’ 2014 season as a whole.
  After a few moments of consideration, though, he felt differently.
  “It’s easy to sit there and look at the last game and be disappointed, but I’m very proud [of our guys],” Lotus said. “They won a lot of games and accomplished a lot. It’s tough to see those guys go.”

Softball roundup

  • Written by Frank Gogola

 Lady Eagles feeling super after winning sectional over Marist

  Against a high-powered offense like Marist’s, Sandburg knew it needed a combination of strong pitching, stout defense and just enough hitting to slow the Lady RedHawks in the Class 4A Reavis Sectional final.
  The Lady Eagles hit the trifecta on Saturday in Burbank. Sarah Herold tossed a five-hitter over five-plus innings, she was backed by solid glove work, and Karli McLaughlin’s one-out single provided the deciding margin in a 2-1 outcome.
  Sandburg’s triumph placed it in this past Monday’s North Central College Supersectional versus Naperville Central.
  The result also concluded the coaching career of Denise Bromberek at Marist. She is relocating out of state with her family after spending 12 years in charge of the Lady RedHawks’ varsity program.
  Emily Griskell had the Lady Eagles’ other RBI and also relieved Herold, who struck out five, in the sixth to earn a save. Griskell allowed just one baserunner while registering the game’s final four outs.
  “They did awesome in the circle,” McLaughlin said of her two teammates. “Both of them hit their spots very well. Emily did a great job [after] coming in and Sarah did a great job holding them throughout.”
  Marist (29-9-1) came into the contest averaging eight runs per game in three postseason outings, but it didn’t tally here until the sixth. The Lady RedHawks managed more than one hit in only one stanza.

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.