Girls’ basketball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Mighty Macs right on track

  In assessing her team’s performance after a pair of convincing wins last week, Mother McAuley coach Ashley Luke-Clanton is convinced that Mighty Macs players are starting to figure each other out and learning how to play together.
  That conviction could hardly be debated after McAuley cruised to a 62-43 victory over Providence Catholic on Tuesday and then defeated Stagg 56-39 on Thursday to improve to 6-2 on the young season.
  Elizabeth Nye finished with 13 points, seven assists and five rebounds to lead the Macs past the Lady Celtics, but McAuley also received double-doubles from Jasma Williams (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Erin Drynan (14 points, 14 rebounds). The outcome of the game was pretty much decided in the first six minutes.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

 Any quality bowling team boasts a lineup that generally receives significant contributions from all five of its members.

  For Shepard’s boys’ squad, three steady players — junior Brandon Deitz and sophomores Eric Walters and Matt Shaw — have helped the Astros to a 4-3 start and given them a fighting chance of ultimately winning the South Suburban Conference Red title.
  But Shepard coach Simeon Shama knows the Astros will need input from his fourth and fifth bowlers on a steady basis if they are to triumph in the Red. Shepard split a pair of conference matches last week.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Women’s win over Triton highlights hoops week

  The highs were few for Moraine Valley College basketball teams last week, but the Cyclones’ one success certainly was impressive.
  Moraine’s female hoopsters collected it, and they did it in devastating fashion as the Cyclones steamrolled Triton College 87-38 last Thursday in Palos Hills. Moraine held its guests to 14 first-half points, which allowed the home team to construct an insurmountable 31-point advantage after 20 minutes.
  Maggie Yandel was an all-around performer for the Cyclones as she totaled a team-best 27 points to go along with seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Jamilla Jones was an able accomplice for Yandel as she broke out of a recent slump by posting a double-double of 11 points and 17 rebounds.

Community sports news

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.