Community sports news

Openings for Diamond in the Rough

  Diamond in the Rough fast-pitch softball has player openings in its girls’ windmill pitching, beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
  For more information, call Bill Lammel at 289-3438 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

Two more baseball camps announced
  Chicago Christian and Lewis University in Romeoville will both host six-week baseball camps during the winter.
  Lewis’ camp will begin Jan. 11 and be directed by Flyers coach Tim McDonough, while the one at Chicago Christian starts Feb. 1 under the guidance of Knights coach and school athletic director Eric Brauer. Both are being held in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy and are open to players in grades 1-12.
  Sessions will be offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning. Registration is now underway, and classes are limited to six players per coach. Previously, a similar camp was announced for Oak Lawn High School with a start date of Jan. 5.
  For more information on any of three camps, visit or call 1-866-622-4487.

Palos Park to host winter basketball league
  Palos Park, in conjunction with the Palos Heights Recreation Department and Worth Park District, will host a winter basketball league for youngsters in grades 1-8 that will play games each Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. beginning Jan. 18 and running through March 15.
  Each child will have one practice and one game per week, with an emphasis being placed on skills development. Separate leagues will be formed for boys and girls, and play will be conducted in a total of four different age groups.
  For more information, call 671-3760.



  • Written by Tim Cronin

Four-point loss to Benedictine keeps Trolls losing streak going

  Two losses. One that counts.
  Any way it’s calculated, it was not a great finish to 2013, nor a scintillating start to 2014 for Trinity Christian’s men’s basketball team.
  The loss that counts — Saturday’s 72-68 defeat at Benedictine in Springfield — could have been Trinity’s game to win. The 10 lead changes saw the Trolls ahead for most of the second half. Only with 5:14 to go, when Benedictine tied the game, did Trinity finally surrender control.
  It stayed that way, the Trolls chasing but not catching. As a result, the Trolls fell to 4-12, with a string of defeats going back to mid-December.
  The skein is three straight losses, four if the 89-71 defeat on New Year’s Eve at Lewis, an NCAA Division II squad, is factored in. The Trolls label the game as an exhibition, the Flyers as one that counted (and moved them to 8-0 this season). Even without that contest, Trinity stood 4-12 going into Wednesday’s CCAC showdown with neighborhood rival St. Xavier.

Girls roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Stagg passes its first 2014 test with big win over L-Way West

  Starting 2014 off with a win in the record book was a top priority to Stagg Coach Bill Turner, and Friday’s contest against Lincoln-Way West was the test.
  The Chargers started off strong and built an early lead; however their opponent battled back and cut the deficit to six and it would be from the free throw line where victory would be sealed.
  Stagg was a perfect 8 of 8 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter and 15 of 18 for the game, and it helped preserve a 48-35 victory.
  Hannah Henderson (11 points, four assists), Kate Adams (10 points), Casey McMahon (eight points, six rebounds, six assists, three steals) and Mia DiGiacomo (six points, 14 rebounds, four blocks) led Stagg (6-7).

Top 10 Stories Of 2013

  • Written by Jeff Vorva

Triumphs. Disappointments.

 The area had no shortage of drama and excitement in 2013 with teams and individuals going deep into state and national tournaments and making waves on the professional level.

  Here is a look at the top 10 sports stories from the Reporter and Regional area.

1. Macs Mighty again
  Mother McAuley’s girls volleyball team won its 14th Illinois High School Association state championship Nov. 16 but just its first since 2004. That’s the longest stretch the school has gone without a title.
  The Mighty Macs knocked off two-time defending Class 4A state champion Benet 25-22, 25-19 at Illinois State University in Normal. The team finished 40-2 with both losses coming to out-of-state teams.
  Coach Jen DeJarld called it “an amazing season.”
  “There is such an incredible satisfaction in what this team accomplished by keeping focused throughout the season from Aug. 14 through Nov. 16.”
  Kayla Caffey and Mallory Maxwell each led the Macs with eight kills while the coach’s daughter, Ryann DeJarld, added seven and Kelsey Clark six in the state championship match.


Nothing phone-y about this competition

(Reprinted from Sept. 13, 2012)

  Alexander Graham Bell is probably turning over in his grave right about now.
  Then again, maybe he’s known about this for a while and already completed his post-burial, human tilt-a-whirl reaction. After all, the activity that would cause such a dramatic response has been going on for over a decade.
  News of it has only recently come my way, which I’d normally be embarrassed to admit. However, there’ve been more important stories to pursue, and even the most intrepid news gatherer can’t be everywhere at once, can he?