Hartman steps down as EP football coach

  • Written by Jeff Vorva

Word leaked out that Evergreen Park High School was looking for a new football coach on Friday and by Monday Athletic Director Jim Soldan was flooded with 25 applicants and was anticipating many more.

After three successful season as the Mustangs’ football coach, Dan Hartman resigned and will take over as head coach at Hinsdale Central. He is the second football coach from EP in four years to bolt for a job in the Hinsdale school district. Hartman replaced Mike Barry, who left after three years to take the head job at Hinsdale South.

Trolls back in NCCAA national softball tourney

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trinity Christian’s softball success this season did not come out of nowhere. 

There was a plan to develop the Trolls into a success from the ashes of a 5-42 season five years ago.
It began when Missy Bolhuis was hired after that campaign. There was an immediate improvement – a 17-win season in 2010 – but the real groundwork took place in recruiting.
Now, after three more sub-.500 seasons, that work has paid off. For the first time since 1992, the Trolls (26-25) are in the championship tournament of the National Christian College Athletic Association. That year, the Trolls hosted the first national tournament in Oak Lawn,
This season, they are seeded fifth, their quest for a national championship begins today when they play fourth-seeded Grace College (27-28) at 1:30 p.m. CT.
By Saturday, when the 10-school double-elimination tournament concludes, the Trolls will, at the least, have gotten a taste of national competition, and perhaps more.
Their opening argument with the Lancers of Grace finds them facing the only team in the joust with a sub-.500 record, and Trinity is responsible for that, having beaten the Lancers 2-1 on March 8 in the second game of the season.


This one’s a real yabba-dabba doozy

Reprinted from
Jan. 31, 2013

At this time of year, most sports sections are rife with Super Bowl-related stories, but how many variations on the Harbaugh-versus-Harbaugh theme can we reasonably be expected to absorb prior to game day?
  Luckily for readers of this paper, I have absolutely no access to either coach, nor a paid-for plane ticket to New Orleans. Thus, what you read here will have no connection to the Super Bowl — well, most of it anyway.
  Before discussing any football, there are a couple of other items that need to be addressed.
  • Wrong said Fred: Featuring athletes on the front of cereal boxes is nothing new. General Mills’ Wheaties brand built its reputation on being the “breakfast of champions,” although some of today’s champions have chosen less-legal means by which to elevate their performances. Right, Lance?
  The list of athletes shown on Wheaties boxes through the years is lengthy, seeing as how they began appearing in 1934. But until recently, the cereal was something of a monopoly in that regard.
  Not anymore. Now, much to my surprise, Fruity Pebbles has joined its ranks.

Moraine Athletics Wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Worth the wait — Cyclones shine at nationals

   It was a long time since the Moraine Valley Community College’s women’s tennis team played an organized match, the last being their second place finish in the NJCAA Region IV Tournament on Oct. 12.  Since then, they’ve practiced hard for a challenging matchup at the NJCAA Tournament, last week in Tyler, Texas. In Moraine Valley’s sixth trip to the nationals, the players had enough grit to earn some big wins, a first for the college.

  Tricia Poremba at sixth singles provided the highlight. For the first time, Moraine Valley won a main draw match. The undefeated All-Conference and All-Region player took 3.5 hours in a three-set battle to knock out a player from Mississippi.
  This win earned the Cyclones their first points of the tournament. Poremba’s second match was against a consistent Pima (Arizona) player and was a near repeat of her first match. She lost the first set 4-6, and in the beginning of the second set called for a trainer due to a considerable shoulder injury. Despite the pain, she fought through it and came back to win the second set, 7-5, after being down 3-5. The third, deciding set went 4-6 in favor of Pima.
  “Never have I ever seen anybody fight as hard as Tricia did, especially with an injury, and even more so with that blazing Texas heat. To do this two days in a row, I’m just astounded,” said head coach Nicole Selvaggio. “Tricia epitomizes our heart, integrity and grace mantra. Everyone couldn’t stop talking about what a fighter she was.”
  Poremba set the tone for the Cyclones. Eisenhower grad Liz Dominguez (first singles), Oak Lawn product Claudia Maka (fourth singles), and Andrew alum Alexa Armon (third singles) all won consolation singles matches.

Softball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Astros continue to soar in softball

  Whether it was accomplished by seasoned seniors or newcomer underclassmen, the Shepard girls’ softball team continued its winning ways last week and improved its season record to 15-6.
  The Lady Astros went 4-1: defeating Argo on two separate days, Mt. Assisi and Oak Lawn — with their only setback coming against Andrew.
  “It was a nice week for us,” Shepard head coach Kelsey Clifford said. “We were able to get some more conference wins in there. Obviously, because of the weather, we’re still in conference play.”
  On May 5, Shepard started the week with a 9-6 victory over Argo, racking up 11 hits in the process and taking advantage of eight stranded Argo base runners. The Astros went up for good in the fifth, scoring five runs on three singles.
  Kaitlyn Blanton, a sophomore and recent addition to the varsity team, reached base three times in the game, driving in a run and scoring a run. She singled in the fourth and seventh innings.
  Stephanie Brand got the win, despite allowing six runs over seven innings. She struck out five, walked one, and surrendered 12 hits. She also went 2-for-4 with three RBI.
  On May 6, Shepard defeated Mt. Assisi 8-7, as Bryanna Cross’ three-run homer keyed the visitors. Jenna Huisenga and Alyssa DeChene tacked on solo shots for the Astros. Melissa Kelly (4-4) took the win on the mound.