Softball Season Preview 2014

  • Written by Ken Karson


2013 Record: 16-15.
Head coach: John O’Connor.
• Who’s gone: Sophia Lamb, Megan Beckow, Abby Urchell, Chelsea Christopher, Maggie O’Toole, Michelle Estand, Colleen Burns.
• Who’s back: Carolyn Roberts, OF, Sr.; Jenna Haase, C, Jr.; Bethany Salazar, OF/P, So.; Maddie Vojacek, INF/P, So. Carly Rickert, INF, Jr.; Abby Langevin, INF/C, Jr.; Nicole Larkin, INF, Jr.
• Who’s new: Caroline Andrade, INF, Jr.; Kayla Izzo, OF, Jr.; Maddie Meisl, INF/OF So.
• Outlook: A solid core graduated from last season’s regional-championship squad, but Lady Mustangs coach John O’Connor is confident that enough talent remains on hand to set Evergreen Park up for another charge toward postseason glory. One more regional crown would make it three in the past five years for the Lady Mustangs. Headlining in 2014 will be the quartet of all-area selections Bethany Salazar (.575) and Maddie Vojacek (5-1, 1.80 earned-run average), plus Jenna Haase (.465) and Carolyn Roberts (.415). Of that group, only Roberts will graduate in May.
• Coach’s comments: “We need all of our returning starters to play up to their potential and hope a couple of our new players can fill the holes left by last year’s seniors. We must also stay healthy and get continued improvement from our younger players.
“Our strength should be hitting again and we should be solid with our pitchers. Elevating our defensive play and depth will be a concern.” — O’Connor.


You be the judge

of this court news

(Reprinted from
March 19, 2009)

  TV court shows have become quite the viewing staple over the past several years.
  Night-shift workers, college students, retirees and people who suspect they’ll see some family member achieve 15 minutes of infamy are the individuals most likely to sit down for a daily video visit with Judge Mathis, Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown, Judge Reinhold or whichever legal mediator happens to occupy that particular half-hour.
  These shows are popular because the folks who watch them learn a little bit about the law and also develop a fresh perspective on how good their own lives really are in comparison to the parade of human flotsam that continually bobs in front of the camera lens.
  Later this month, though, interest in the courtroom antics will probably wane a bit and be replaced by a different sort of court entertainment. When March Madness gets underway, everyone suddenly becomes a basketball junkie for a couple of weeks.

Baseball roundup

  • Written by Ken Karson

Local teams hit the road

Knights, Crusaders, RedHawks able to open 2014 season

Spring trips to Florida are commonplace for many high school- and college-aged students.

Baseball players at Marist, however, opted to travel in the other direction. They went to Arizona, where cold temperatures were nowhere to be found and they were able to begin their 2014 season on schedule.
Athletes at Chicago Christian and Brother Rice, meanwhile, chose Jacksonville as their destination last weekend — Jacksonville, Ill., that is. While winter hadn’t yet loosened its grip on the downstate locale, either, that town’s Lenz Field is covered with artificial turf, meaning baseball games were able to get played.
Both the Knights and Crusaders saw action twice on Saturday, and the former triumphed in each instance. Wins over Midwest Central (6-2) and Valmeyer (13-11) gave Christian a 6-0 mark in three journeys to Jacksonville over the past two years.

Softball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Lady RedHawks stay busy on Florida trip

While softball fields around the area were unplayable last week due to the lingering effects of a brutal winter, Marist was unaffected.
That’s because the Lady RedHawks ventured to Orlando, Fla., during their school’s spring break. Marist players spent most of their days at the ballpark instead of the beach, but they still had some fun in the sun as they returned home with three wins in six tries.
The Lady RedHawks opened their 2014 campaign with a 2-1 victory over Miami Gulliver Prep on Monday and then defeated Penbrooke Pines Charter 3-1 the next day. After suffering a 4-1 loss to Westminster Christian in the first of two Wednesday contests, Marist bounced back to beat Osceola of Orlando 9-1.
The Lady RedHawks closed things out on Thursday with setbacks against Pines Harmony (2-1), which is ranked 15th nationally, and St. Cloud (8-4).
“I was pleased with the play of both our young girls and older girls,” said Marist coach Denise Fasano, who is in her final season in charge of the Lady RedHawks’ varsity program.
“It’s just a matter of the two groups communicating with one another, definitely cooperating with each other, and believing in each other. This is a group who I believe can perform [well] on game day together.”

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

The long, cold wait for spring

There is something numbing about the thump of a ball into a glove and the crack of a bat when heard in a gymnasium.
It sounds out of place and artificial.
That sound has been heard all too often in the area this year, and Trinity Christian College is no exception. Both the baseball and softball teams had a week’s worth of contests erased by the inclement weather that has wreaked havoc on schedules across the Midwest.
The Trolls baseball squad had all five games scheduled since its return from Florida wiped out. Trinity is slated to play Holy Cross College on Saturday at Notre Dame, if weather and field conditions permit, and then follow up with a doubleheader at home on Sunday.