SXU sports summary

Huizenga honored for work as SID

SXUSPORTSLOGOFOR-ROUNDUPHe isn’t an athlete himself, but he has written extensively about those who compete for St. Xavier University.
And like a great many of those individuals Rob Huizenga’s efforts have paid off in a big way.
Huizenga, SXU’s sports information director since 2003, was recently named the top person in his field during the 2013-14 academic year by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The inaugural NAIA Sports Information Director of the Year award was given out as part of the organization’s first-ever National Awards Day.
The award acknowledged Huizenga’s work in raising the visibility of Cougars athletics with both regional and national media and his contributions to the NAIA and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Association. In addition to his SID duties, Huizenga serves as SXU’s assistant director of athletics.
"I have been very fortunate over my 11-year career at St. Xavier University to work with some amazing and talented student-athletes and coaches and [have] witnessed a number of them earn some pretty impressive national awards,” Huizenga said. “I never imagined that one day I would have my own chance to bring a national award to this university just for doing the job that I love.
“There are so many people who deserve my thanks for helping me earn this prestigious honor, but first and foremost I have to thank my family (wife Jade and daughters Ashlyn, Ivy and Lily) for supporting and standing by me when things get busy and I spend long days, nights and weekends away from home.
“I also want to thank my assistant Chris Gbur for his constant efforts in helping SXU sports information continue to grow and develop.”
Huizenga, a Henderson, Ill., native and 2001 graduate of Knox College, was instrumental in helping three athletes — basketball player Brad Karp and softball players Megan and Nicole Nonnemacher — earn prestigious honors last school year. Karp and Megan Nonnemacher were both chosen as members of the Capital One Academic All-America team in their respective sports, while Nicole Nonnemacher was tabbed as the NAIA National Softball Player of the Year.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Amy Strong

Volleyball team stretches win streak to 11

TRINITYLOGO-FOR-8-28Nobody’s perfect, but Trinity Christian College’s volleyball players did their best to refute that theory in a series of matches last week.
Not only did the Trolls take down five straight opponents, but they did so without losing a single game. Included among the wins was their third straight in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play.
That 25-15, 25-6, 25-10 victory over Purdue University Calumet last Tuesday swept Trinity into Olivet Nazarene University’s Holiday Inn Express Invitational over the weekend. There, the Trolls defeated Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) University (25-21, 25-12, 25-14), Ohio Valley (WV) University (25-23, 25-17, 25-18), Campbellsville (Ky.) University (25-21, 25-21, 25-14) and Cornerstone (Mich.) University (25-22, 25-17, 25-22).
Trinity (12-5, 3-0) entered the current week with an 11-match unbeaten streak. The Trolls hosted Indiana University-South Bend in a CCAC match this past Tuesday.
PUC only challenged Trinity in the opening set on Tuesday as it was tied at 8 and trailed just 16-13. However, the Trolls seized control after that by running off eight consecutive points, half of which came on kills. Danielle Oeverman put down three of those and Karleigh Krchmery contributed a service ace to the game-changing rally.
A .706 hitting percentage boosted Trinity in Game 2 as it recorded 12 kills on 17 attempts. The Trolls used a nine-point run to construct an insurmountable 15-3 lead as Tori Mantel led the way at the service line. Game 3 was more of the same as Trinity jumped out to leads of 17-6 and 21-10.
Behind Oeverman (13 kills, four blocks, no hitting errors) the Trolls posted a .435 attack percentage and totaled 36 kills for the match. Other notable team stats were a .973 percent success rate at the service line, six aces, 36 digs and seven blocks.
Krchmery (three aces) and Michelle Busscher (11 digs) were Trinity’s other key performers.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

In preparation for his senior golf season at Shepard Shane Wright participated in junior tournaments at Cog Hill this summer and came away with an improved game.

Those strides have been paying big dividends for the Astros so far.
Wright shot 37 twice last week. The first score came in Shepard's four-stroke dual victory over Stagg on Monday at Palos Municipal while the second helped the Astros capture their own triangular at Water's Edge the next day.
“Shane is definitely the team leader for us,” Shepard coach Mike Oziemkowski said. “He’s definitely improved his short game and putting game since last year, and that’s how he’s lowered his scores this year. He really improved his short game at the junior tournament at Cog Hill.

Community sports news

Oak Lawn Sharks seeking players

The Oak Lawn Sharks 14U baseball team is seeking one or two players to add to its roster.
The Sharks are part of Oak Lawn Baseball’s accelerated program and play a full-time schedule of spring and summer games following fall and winter workouts. They take part in tournaments that pit them against top-flight competition.
For more information, contact Gary Renken at 903-1472 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Oak Lawn baseball team feted for academics
Members of Oak Lawn High School’s 2014 baseball team were recently feted by the IHSA for their work away from the field.
The Spartans qualified for the organization’s Team Academic Achievement Award, thanks to a cumulative 3.1 grade-point average. Three of last spring’s seniors — Mitch Swatek (Southern Illinois University), Jake Slusinski (St. Xavier University) and Matt Dunne (Roosevelt University) — were among Oak Lawn’s top classroom performers, as were underclassmen Joe Dodaro and Alan Spies, both of whom carried GPAs of either 4.0 or above due to advanced placement classes.
In recognition of their scholastic accomplishments the Spartans will be featured on the IHSA website and included in the 2014-15 state finals baseball program.
“It’s satisfying that this achievement is becoming a trend,” Oak Lawn coach Bill Gerny said. “As a coaching staff we stress academic success. The players have risen to the challenge and made the classroom a priority.”

AYSO Roundup

Strong production continues in Palos AYSO

While a few teams flashed rugged defense, offense remained a key component for several Palos AYSO soccer squads in recent contests.
Following is a recap of reported matches.
Blues Clues 2, Team #2 1
Two goals from Connor Casey, plus sharp netminding by Casey, Maria Hennessy and Danny Russo lifted Blues Clues to a win over Team #2.
Martin Kizaitis assisted on one of Casey’s markers. Providing good defense in front of the keepers were Dylan Paddemors, Adam Dajani, Kelsey Kelley, Brandon Atkinson, Izzy Martinez, Hailey Wreza and Nick Kopanis.
Food 2, HMG 1
Koralia Juruklis and Mia Pagnotta both scored as Food edged HMG. Scott Kodelski (two), Griffin Sterlinga and Patrick Clancy were all credited with assists.
Also aiding the winning cause were Stefanos Aidons, Alyssa Barraco, Abigail Compagner, Kaleb Donahue, Kyle Donague, Jeff Korbitz, Donna Mulchrone, Elizabeth Sodetz, Ryan Soohoo, Cailin Stevens and Omar Taha. Compagner, who shared goalkeeping duties with Kaleb Donahue, continued playing after being hit in the face with the ball.
Derek Michnaik accounted for HMG’s lone goal. Netminder Sam Schilling also performed well in a losing effort.