Softball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Lady Astros coming of age

  Whether Shepard is sporting a roster full of seasoned veterans or growing underclassmen, coach Kelsey Clifford prefers to have her team stay active.
  The Lady Astros had plenty of opportunities to play during a week marked by relatively pleasant weather and came away with a 4-2 record. The losses came by just one and three runs.
  Shepard started the week by coming up just short of Lemont, 6-5, in a South Suburban Conference crossover game. However, the Lady Astros bounced back with a 5-2 SSC Red win over Oak Lawn on Tuesday and a conference crossover victory over Bremen on Thursday.
  After battling Oak Forest hard in a 10-7 crossover loss on Friday, Shepard (5-3) swept a doubleheader from Wheaton Academy, 10-2 and 19-7, one day later.
  “Our schedule has been so flipped around, trying to get games in,” Clifford said. “Saturday’s contests were games that we picked up because [other] games were bumped. We asked our athletic director to try to get us some games.
  “My coaching philosophy is I’d rather we play games to see our flexibility early on in the season and to see what we can do. We’ve only played eight games so far, so this is still a young season.”
  And not only is it a young season, but Clifford also said the Lady Astros are a young team after six seniors from 2013 graduated. Five of those departed athletes are playing college softball this season.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Bos, Reidsma continue to excel on the track

  It’s becoming a broken record, the way Anna Bos breaks school records.
  The fleet junior from Rockford, Mich., won the 10,000-meter run for Trinity Christian College at Lewis University’s Chicagoland Championships on Friday, doing so in 36 minutes, 8.50 seconds, which placed Bos more than 30 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. That also qualified her for the NAIA Championship and makes her the prohibitive favorite at whatever distance she’ll run in today’s Concordia University Invitational in River Grove.
  Likewise, senior Andy Reidsma is a threat whenever he toes the line. The senior breezed to victory at 5,000 meters at Lewis in 14:51.20, hitting the NAIA’s “B” standard for qualifying. And the women’s 3,200-meter relay quartet of Ashley Jourdan, Hannah Schwab, Justine Van Dyk and Courtney Kalous also tripped the NAIA qualifying meter by finishing second in their event in a school-record time of 9:25.71.
  The rest of the Trinity crew ran Saturday at Benedictine University, where the women took fifth and the men wound up 10th. Jessica Disselkoen won the 3,000-steeplechase in a Trolls-record 11:31.71, while Kalous’ 2:18.36 clocking in the 800 also represented a school standard and was good for second place overall.
  On the men’s side, Cody Velthuizen’s victory in the 3,000-steeplechase came in 10:14.47.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Tennis team doubles its pleasure

  Moraine Valley College’s tennis team keeps on streaking.
  The Cyclones chalked up three more Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference wins last week, which gave them a five-match unbeaten streak. And in none of the most recent matches was Moraine seriously threatened.
  The College of Lake County suffered an 8-1 defeat last Tuesday, McHenry College tumbled by that same margin two days later, and the College of DuPage was a 7-2 loser on Friday.
  Among the victors against CLC were singles players Kevin Karczynski, Mike Broderick, Tim Stewart, Ryan Adamski and Christian Lagunas. Adamski triumphed after rallying from an opening-set loss. The doubles pair of Brad Smith-Stewart were also pushed to three sets before logging their win.

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Crusaders lose Catholic League tennis match

A pair of doubles victories weren't enough to prevent Brother Rice from absorbing a Chicago Catholic League tennis defeat.
By sweeping the singles matches, De La Salle registered a 3-2 team win over the Crusaders. Rice's No. 1 singles player, Jeremy Tryban, did extend the Meteors' Dexter Jackson to three sets, but the latter triumphed 6-3 in the final one. Tryban's set victory came in a tie-breaker.
Prevailing for the Crusaders in doubles play were the teams of James Gallagher-Jack Gorman and Liam Millerick-Dan Mahoney. Gallagher-Gorman had little difficulty dispatching De La Salle's duo of Srefin Fernandez-Chris Galka, doing so by a 6-1, 6-0 score at No. 1 doubles.
Millerick-Mahoney got pushed much harder at No. 2, but they rebounded from a 6-2 opening-set loss to defeat the Meteors' Thompson Craigwell-Tyler Brogman 7-6 (7-5) and 6-4 in the next two sets.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

  Sandburg, like every boys’ track program in the state, was pumped and primed to move from the indoor season to the outdoor one. And the Eagles made their first outside appearance at the Hillcrest Hawk Invitational a memorable one.

  Last year’s SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue champion finished first in a 14-school field that included fellow 2013 league kingpins Bloom Township (Southland Athletic Conference) and Shepard (South Suburban Conference Red). Sandburg racked up 129 points to finish 30 ahead of runner-up Crete Monee.
  Brother Rice (95), Bloom (87) and Shepard (63½) rounded out the top five.
  “We were pretty tired of those indoor meets,” Eagles coach Joe Nemeth said. “It was a really nice night for our first meet. This was the best weather we’ve had at Hillcrest in the decade we’ve competed at that invite.
  “In the first week, we just kind of see how things go, and I thought we did pretty well. I think we’re fine as a team.
  “It was a pretty tough winter for everybody, [but] all of our guys persevered through some of those cold months. We started practices in January, [so] we were more than ready to get outdoors.”