Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Reidsma, Bos score top-eight finishes at NAIA meet

Put Anna Bos and Andy Reidsma on a track, and they deliver for Trinity Christian College.
That was the case again at last weekend’s NAIA Indoor Championship in Geneva, Ohio. Bos placed eighth in Saturday’s 5,000-meter final by completing the race in 17 minutes, 36.70 seconds and collecting NAIA All-America honors in the process. She had run a school- and personal-record 17:28 in Thursday’s qualifying round and was seeded third entering the final.
Reidsma twice set school and personal records in his 5,000-run, first with a 14:53.23 clocking in the qualifying race and then by covering the distance in 14:43.35 in Saturday’s final. That brought him a seventh-place finish and All-America recognition.

Community sports news

Marist volleyball coach receives honor

Marist volleyball coach Julie Popp Hopkins was recently named as a recipient of the Thirty Under 30 award given by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
This award was created to honor 30 of the up-and-coming volleyball coaches under 30 years of age at all levels of the sport. Popp Hopkins was one of only two high school coaches to receive the distinction; the rest were college-level coaches.

SXU sports summary

Opponents set for men’s, women’s basketball teams

St. Xavier University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams last Wednesday learned the identities of their first-round opponents in their respective NAIA Division II national tournaments.

The men were to meet Cincinnati Christian University this past Wednesday at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. The Golden Eagles, who qualified for the 32-school national event for the first time, were unranked in the final national poll, while the Cougars occupied the No. 7 position.
Each club captured the championship of its conference tournament, SXU (29-4) doing so with an 85-74 upset of top-ranked Cardinal Stritch in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference final. Cincinnati Christian scored an equally impressive title-game win by beating No. 2-ranked Indiana University-Southeast for the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference crown.
IU-Southeast knocked the Cougars out of the 2013 NAIA National Championship in the second round.

An outbreak of heartache

  • Written by Ken Karson

Eagles come up short in two more contests

Thirty-five years ago, the Eagles rock group hit the top musically with “Heartache Tonight.”
Last week, another group of Eagles reached bottom in a psychological sense, and the heartache was spread over two nights.
Sandburg’s sad songs on the basketball court actually extended beyond its two most recent contests, which ended in gut-wrenching SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue setbacks against Homewood-Flossmoor (56-53) and Bolingbrook (54-51) on Tuesday and Friday, respectively. Those dual defeats were preceded by several other frustrating finishes.

Watching their guarding grow

  • Written by Ken Karson

RedHawks’ defense continues to excel on eve of playoff

Marist’s “D” has rated an “A-plus” of late.
Actually, RedHawks coach Gene Nolan has long considered defense one of his basketball team’s strong suits this season, but even he was impressed with what Marist did over the last five games of its regular schedule.
During that span, every one of its foes shot less than 40 percent from the field and four of them were unable to crack the 40-point barrier. The team that did, St. Viator, managed to defeat the RedHawks, but its output in a 49-40 East Suburban Catholic Conference victory last Wednesday in Arlington Heights represented a season low for a single contest.
And the Lions were no slouch - while topping the 70-point mark in over a dozen outings this winter, they lost only once in league play and finished second to state-ranked Marian Catholic in the ESCC standings.