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Hickory Hills, Palos Hills baseball programs merge

  After years of competing against each other as local rivals, Hickory Hills Youth Baseball and the Palos Hills Baseball Association have merged into one organization.
  The new entity will be known as “Hills Baseball Softball Association,” and provide baseball and softball at all levels for children aged 4-16. HBSA, which will conduct play on fields in both communities, will accept youngsters from throughout the southwest suburbs for recreational participation, as well as for its part-time and full-time travel teams.
  Registration dates are Jan. 11 and Feb. 8 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each day. Both Saturday sessions will be held at Conrady Junior High School, Roberts Road and 97th Street in Hickory Hills.
  George Czarnik, of Hickory Hills, and Peter Donahue, of Palos Hills, will serve as HBSA president and vice president, respectively. For more information about the new organization or how to become involved with it, contact Czarnik at 599-6983.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Just a few volleys short

  Getting there was all the fun for Trinity Christian College’s volleyball team as far as the NAIA Championship Tournament was concerned.
  The Trolls took their second and third foes to the limit, but dropped all three matches in Sioux City, Iowa. They opened with a three-set loss to Concordia (Calif.), the defending NAIA champion.
  The 25-11, 26-24, 25-21 margin was hopeful in one respect: Trinity played the champs evenly in the second set, leading 14-8 before the Eagles flew back and tied it at 19-all. It went to 24-all before Concordia could win two points in succession to take the set. The Eagles used the momentum to run off to a 15-6 lead in the third set and take the match.

SXU sports summary

Shares qualifies for NAIA track meet

  The NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships are still almost a half-year away, but Ashley Shares has already reserved her spot in them.
  The St. Xavier University senior will compete in the marathon at next May’s national meet after posting a time of 1 hour, 23 minutes, 32 seconds at the Schaumburg Half Marathon on Nov. 30. With a clocking that represented both personal and school records, Shares placed third among female runners and 28th overall. She eclipsed her previous-best time by 33 seconds.
  Shares, the first Cougar to qualify for the 2014 NAIA meet, will be making her second appearance at the national event.
  “Ashley is so focused right now, and it really showed in her performance at the Schaumburg Half Marathon,” SXU coach Lisa Ebel said. “I am so excited to see how she performs in the marathon next May after she finished 10th overall last season at the national meet.

‘We did put the school on the map’

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Despite state title loss, Richards looks ahead

  DE KALB — The expressions were grim.
  When a handful of Richards football players were awarded the second-place trophy on a portable stage after finishing as state runner-up in Class 6A football, disappointment was etched in some of their faces.
  The trophy was brought down off the stage to the rest of the team, but there was no hooting or hollering accompanying the act, nor was the trophy raised over players’ heads. It was merely a matter of quiet acceptance.

Hinsdale Central Tournament

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Bravura beginning

Eagles knock off De La Salle in opener

  A year ago, they simply hit the ground.
  This time, the Sandburg Eagles hit the ground running.
  The Eagles eventually recovered from a disastrous start to the 2012-13 basketball season, enough to where they played plus-.500 ball over the final 17 games and created a positive outlook for the current campaign. And coach Todd Allen hopes that last Monday’s unexpected conquest of De La Salle was the first indicator that those feelings of optimism weren’t misplaced.
  Sandburg didn’t make it through last week’s Hinsdale Central Tournament unscathed, but it did split four games. And, as Allen pointed out, the field was highly competitive.
  “On the last day of the Hinsdale tournament, any team could have finished either first or last,” he said. “It was definitely not a cupcake tournament. It was a good test for the start [of the season], and hopefully that prepares us for the rest of the year because we do not schedule lightly.