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  • Written by Anthony Nasella

 Lady RedHawks wrap up undefeated ESCC season

  From the moment she became Marist’s head volleyball coach, Julie Popp-Hopkins had specific goals in mind for her squad in 2013.
  The first of those was becoming the undefeated East Suburban Catholic Conference champion, and that goal was reached last Wednesday in Mount Greenwood. There, the Lady RedHawks downed Bishop McNamara 25-10, 25-6 to wrap up a perfect league season.
  Bridget Krasowski was a major contributor for Marist (25-9, 9-0) as she served nine aces and put down four kills. Also getting involved in a measurable way were Molly Mayo (11 assists, five digs), Carolyn Yerkes (five digs), Shannon McKevitt (five aces), and Ann Marie Stifter (nine kills).
  “It was a great night for the girls,” Popp-Hopkins said. “That was really a great experience for the girls. I’m super-happy for them.
  “And it was great that we clinched the conference championship in our last home [match], and on Senior Night. So that was a very special night for the team.”
  The previous evening, the Lady RedHawks outlasted host Carmel 25-20, 25-23 in another ESCC clash. Yerkes finished with 23 digs for Marist, Stifter added nine kills, and Cameron Enright totaled eight kills and 14 digs.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Season over for Cyclones men’s soccer team

 After regulation and two overtime periods, it came down to penalty kicks.

 And then Moraine Valley College got kicked out of the Region IV playoffs.

  The Cyclones men’s soccer team battled McHenry College on even terms for as long as it could, but the latter used an edge in penalty kicks to knock off Moraine last Wednesday. The Cyclones had defeated McHenry 2-1 during the regular season.
  While the 2013 campaign ended earlier than Moraine players and coaches had wished, it was a successful one for the most part. The Cyclones went 9-6-1 a year after posting a sub-.500 ledger, and their 4-3 mark within the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference gave them a second-place finish there.
  “Coming in second was good,” Moraine head coach Chuck Bales said. “This year, my main goal was to erase the trauma of last season, get back to winning in the correct way and play good soccer.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Stagg qualified the most athletes for last week’s state tennis tournament, but it was District 230 sister school Sandburg that claimed the only first-round success.

  The Lady Eagles’ doubles tandem of Priya Sharma-Allia Abunaim triumphed in their opening match last Friday, as they defeated Lincoln-Way East’s Stefanie Hunniford-Jacqui Michuda 6-4, 6-2. That was to be the extent of their success, though, as Lyons Township’s Jillian Kaehler-Maggie Schwartz (6-4, 6-2) and Deerfield’s Jessie Arenson-Ariel Lozovsky (6-0, 6-0) administered setbacks to Sharma-Abunaim in the second round of the championship and consolation brackets, respectively.
  Sandburg’s other state entry, singles player Molly Traverso, fell in succession to St. Ignatius’ Carla O’Bryne (6-3, 6-2) and Oak Park-River Forest’s Jasmine Owens (6-3, 6-2).
  Representing Stagg were singles players Nicole Pamphilis and Jillian Atkenson, and the doubles pair of Leeza Bodnar-Silvia Kulbokas.
  After suffering an opening 6-2, 6-2 loss to Carmel’s Christina Rao, Pamphilis roared back to claim a pair of consolation victories. She beat Triad’s Kylie McCarthy (6-3, 7-6 (2)) and Hersey’s Ana Karpetiani (5-7, 6-3, 6-3) before running afoul of Geneseo’s Michelle Legatzke (6-1, 6-3) in the third consolation round.
  Atkenson scored one consolation-bracket victory, 6-3, 6-2 over Immaculate Conception’s Kelley Hodyl, to salvage her appearance at state. Atkenson suffered defeats against Mount Carmel’s Tyra Buss (6-0, 6-0) and University High’s Dhanya Asokumar (6-1, 6-2) in her two other matches.
  Bodnar-Kulbokas matched Pamphilis by succeeding twice after falling to a first-round loss. Following a 6-2, 6-2 shortcoming versus Edwardsville’s Morgan Colbert-Maddie Lombardi, Bodnar-Kulbokas rallied to take down Elgin’s Kayla Schwan-Emma May (6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-2) and East Peoria’s Kylie Giebelhausen-Sarah Kurth (6-3, 6-3) in consecutive encounters.
  The Stagg duo’s stay at state ended in their fourth match, which went the way of Rockford Guilford’s Lilly Endsley-Linnea Endsley by a 6-0, 6-2 count.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trolls no longer perfect in CCAC volleyball

  “You hate to give one away,” Trinity Christian College volleyball coach Bill Schepel said in the wake of the Trolls’ loss to Cardinal Stritch University.
  The defeat was Trinity’s first in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play. Coupled with victories over Judson University and Illinois Institute of Technology in last weekend’s CCAC Crossover Tournament at Purdue-North Central, the loss left the Trolls 14-1 in league play and 30-7 overall entering this past Tuesday’s match at league doormat Purdue University Calumet.
  The idea now is to rebuild momentum going into the playoffs, which are right around the corner. Trinity hosts Indiana University-South Bend (12-4) tonight and the University of St. Francis (13-2) next Thursday. The two South Division rivals are enjoying good seasons, and the Fighting Saints, in particular, are a threat to the Trolls’ quest to capture the South title outright, to say nothing of the overall league banner.

SXU sports summary

Cougars to honor Hallberg

    SXU Hallberg headshot

 The 2013-14 women’s basketball season hasn’t even begun, but already St. Xavier University is receiving an honor.
  Specifically, it’s longtime Cougars coach Bob Hallberg being feted. At a special dedication ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 13, Hallberg will be recognized for his full body of work at SXU when the school officially renames the Shannon Center’s basketball floor “Bob Hallberg Court.”
  The ceremony will precede that night’s 7 p.m. game between the Cougars and Trinity International University.
  Hallberg, who has also served as SXU’s athletics director since 2001, is best known for leading the school’s women’s basketball program since its inception in 1999. However, he was also at the university in the early 1970s, when he coached the men’s team and had an earlier six-year stint as AD.
  Hallberg’s men’s basketball squads won 127 games and captured two conference titles, but his women’s teams have eclipsed those numbers. The female Cougars reached 100 victories in just four years, have won at least 20 games in every year of the program’s existence and qualified for the NAIA national tournament in each of the past 11 seasons. SXU’s overall winning percentage under Hallberg is .764 (327-101).
  Prior to his return to SXU, Hallberg coached the men’s basketball teams at Chicago State University and the University of Illinois-Chicago to some of their greatest successes. He’ll enter 2013-14 with 905 career triumphs at all levels of competition, including high school.
  Hallberg, an Oak Lawn resident, was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in September 2012.