SXU sports summary

Golfer Thompson does it again

SXUSPORTSLOGOFOR-ROUNDUPWere Taylor Thompson a softball player, she’d bring a smile to the faces of hitting coaches everywhere.
After all it’s impossible to bat over 1.000.
Thompson’s sport is golf, but St. Xavier University coach Mike Mandakas is equally enamored of the sophomore athlete’s exploits. And why wouldn’t he be, seeing as how Thompson is a perfect 2-for-2 in tournament victories so far.
Thompson was four strokes behind the leader after Day 1 of last weekend’s Battle of Blackthorn Tournament before rallying to force a sudden-death playoff on Saturday. A par on the first playoff hole allowed Thompson to finish first once more.
“Taylor played another great tournament from start to finish,” Mandakas said. “To open up the season with two individual tournament wins is quite an accomplishment.”
Thompson shot a cumulative 149 through 36 holes, bettering her Friday score by one after firing a second-round 74 on Saturday. Behind Thompson SXU claimed fifth in the team standings at Blackthorn Golf Club in South Bend, Ind.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Amy Strong

Disselkoen latest Runner of the Week

TRINITYLOGO-FOR-8-28Anybody thinking Trinity Christian College’s women’s cross country team doesn’t extend beyond Anna Bos is in for a surprise.

  While Bos is undeniably the Trolls’ ringleader, she isn’t always their race leader.
  Jessica Disselkoen is carving out her own running niche and matching her heralded teammate feat for feat. Each woman won once in Trinity’s first two weeks of competition, and last week Disselkoen duplicated Bos’ recent award-winning double by getting named as Runner of the Week by both the National Christian College Athletic Association and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
  Disselkoen’s honor followed her victory in the Midwest Classic Sept. 5 at Aspen Ridge Golf Course in Bourbonnais. Her 5K time of 18 minutes, 45.19 seconds was seven seconds faster than her closest pursuer and just two seconds shy of her personal best. Disselkoen beat 77 other runners to the chute.
  Having conquered the Aspen Ridge course once Disselkoen decided to do it again at last Friday’s Illinois Intercollegiate Championships. This time she shattered her personal standard by clocking an 18:11.7, which was 32 seconds better than she’s ever handled 5K and only two seconds off Bos’ school-record effort at that distance.
  Disselkoen was one of three Trolls in the top 10 as Ashley Jourdan (ninth in a personal-best 18:59.9) and Bos (10th, 19:02.2) also did their parts to lift Trinity into a fourth-place team finish among 14 schools. A total of 139 women participated in the race.
  Kasey Zaremba was 37th for the Trolls in a personal-best 20:21.2.

Moraine athletics wrap

Cyclones golfers coping with challenging slate

MORAINE-LOGO  When it comes to challenging his golfers, Moraine Valley College coach Bob Freudenthal spares no obstacle.
  At the University of St. Francis Tournament, for example, the Cyclones annually square off against some of their toughest competition, most of it supplied by four-year schools. The situation was no different on Friday at Wedgewood Golf Course, but Moraine managed to beat out a few other teams and wind up 14th in a field of 18.
  John Nagle (season-low 77) paced the Cyclones, while Matt Contey (80), Jeff Cizek (83) and Scott Borden (83) also contributed to the 323 team total.
  “I’m happy with the way the season is progressing,” Freudenthal said. “When all the guys hit their best game, we could put up some really low scores. We’ll see if they save the best for last.”
  Moraine tapped into some of that “best” last Thursday when it held off Waubonsee College by four strokes in an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference event at Glenwoodie Golf Course.
  Three Cyclones broke 80, with David Karwoski’s round of 75 leading the way. Contey and Joe Knight both fired 79s and John Orowick posted an 81 for 18 holes.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

 After losing some talented golfers to graduation, Chicago Christian boys’ coach Chip Dykema wasn’t sure how this year’s squad — featuring several younger players — would adjust.

  But after winning four straight matches last week and improving to 8-1, the Knights have quickly allayed all of Dykema’s concerns.
  Christian began the week with a 153-193 win over Tinley Park on Monday and followed that with a 159-176 victory over Timothy Christian one day later. The Knights also edged Andrew 159-165 and concluded the successful week with a 167-182 triumph over neighboring Shepard.

Community sports news

Marist falls short of St. Viator in ESCC football

  Overcoming a sizable deficit proved to be mission impossible for Marist Friday night as it dropped a 35-28 decision to St. Viator in an East Suburban Catholic Conference football game at Morris Field in Arlington Heights.
  The Lions jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first period as Tyler Johnston fired touchdown passes of 39 and 27 yards to Ben Dickey. Dickey later tallied on a 19-yard run as St. Viator racked up 475 total yards for the evening, including 275 on the ground.
  The RedHawks (1-2, 0-1) had a chance to climb within 20-14 before halftime, but a late drive was halted at the Lions’ 5-yard line by an interception. Marist did notch a pair of TDs through the air as Liam Keffer accounted for both.
  Sophomore running back Micah Awodiran, subbing for the injured Jawill Aldridge, scored the RedHawks’ other two touchdowns on runs. Marist will attempt to break a two-game losing streak when it hosts Notre Dame in another ESCC contest on Friday.