Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Cyclones tennis team keeps on rolling

  As the 2014 tennis season nears its end, Moraine Valley College’s fun may only be starting.
  For sure, there’s been plenty of enjoyment already realized, thanks to a win streak that the Cyclones extended to seven straight matches by defeating Oakton College 7-2 and Waubonsee College 8-1 in a pair of Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference encounters last week. The second of those wins guaranteed Moraine a runner-up conference finish.
  An 8-1 nonconference triumph over Illinois Valley College on Friday then gave the Cyclones a final push toward the Region IV Tournament, which was slated to get underway this week. A high finish there would put Moraine back into the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament after a one-year hiatus.
  The national event will be held next month in Texas, and it’s something the Cyclones’ veteran players definitely have on their radar.

Community sports news

Marist names new hockey coach

Chuck Peters, a 1973 Marist graduate, has been named the school's new varsity hockey coach.
Peters, who retired last December from his deputy chief position after 36 years with the Chicago Fire Department, has been associated with RedHawks hockey since 2008. He previously held posts with Sandburg, Andrew and Mt. Carmel high schools, as well as the St. Jude Hockey Club.
His first season in charge will be the 40th year of Marist's hockey program, and Peters is eager to begin its latest chapter. In his initial meeting with team members, he spoke to RedHawks players about the importance of a strong commitment, both on and off the ice.
An event that will allow parents and players to learn more about what's in store from Peters and his still-to-be-chosen assistants is being planned.

SXU sports summary

Cougars 16th in spring football poll

The 2014 football season is still 4 1/2 months away, but it's not too soon to begin prognosticating.
And in the opinion of NAIA football coaches, St. Xavier University is deserving of the No. 16 position in their spring top-25 poll. The Cougars finished 2013 at No. 18 despite missing out on the national tournament for the first time since 2008.
SXU, which was the NAIA national champion in 2011 and reached the semifinal round every year between 2009-2012, has been ranked in 76 consecutive polls. That's the fifth-longest streak among current NAIA institutions.
Grand View University, the 2013 national champ and a member of the Mid-States Football Association along with the Cougars, grabbed the top spot in the spring poll.
"I think this is the lowest we have been rated in a spring poll in about five years, so we will use this as a motivating factor," SXU coach Mike Feminis said. "The reality of it is that spring polls are usually just an extension of how you did last season, and for us 7-4 is unacceptable.
"I fully expect us to be right back where we belong as one of the top NAIA teams in the country this fall."
The Cougars, who are in the midst of conducting spring practices, kick off their 2014 campaign Sept. 6 against Marian University.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

 With three wins last week, Stagg’s boys’ water polo team moved back above the .500 mark as it finishes the regular season against challenging teams in preparation for the state tournament.

  The Chargers (12-10) defeated Lincoln-Way North 8-3 on Monday, Lincoln-Way West 12-5 on Tuesday and Brother Rice 17-12 on Wednesday. The victories, according to Stagg coach Wes Gonzalez, are an indication that his club is becoming more cohesive.
  “We’re hoping to keep getting better as we get closer to the playoffs,” Gonzalez said. “The kids are starting to come together and play better. There’s not really a weak spot on the team.”
  Zack Amendola had three goals and four steals to lead the host Chargers past Lincoln-Way North in a SouthWest Suburban Conference crossover match. Sophomore netminder Lane Holin made 10 saves for Stagg.
  That same duo continued to perform at a high level after Monday. Amendola tallied five times versus Lincoln-Way West and six opposite Rice, while Holin was credited with 15 more saves against the Warriors.
  While Amendola has obviously been a scoring force for the Chargers, Gonzalez said the emergence of other players has also made an impact on the team’s success.
  “The nice thing is that everyone has improved a lot, so we’re not trying to rely on just one person,” Gonzalez said. “Peter Krivanec has taken a big step for us.
  “He was our all-conference [and] all-sectional goalie last year, and we took him out of the goal and put a sophomore in there. And now Peter has done a really good job in the field for us. That has really helped to strengthen our lineup quite a bit.”

Brother Rice baseball is at a full boil

  • Written by Ken Karrson

All systems go for streaking Crusaders

  Many chefs willingly cook with rice, but most area baseball chiefs are probably steamed at the reality of Rice cooking.
  Brother Rice was at full boil last week as, at various times, its defense, pitching and offense all shone. Crusaders coach John McCarthy is most pleased about his team’s ongoing success in the first two areas, but he certainly wasn’t about to complain when Rice’s bats put Andrew in plenty of hot water on Saturday.
  Seven players produced multiple-hit games, the Crusaders knocked out 20 hits in all, and that relentless barrage forced the Thunderbolts to absorb a 23-10 beating. The lopsided victory completed a spotless week for Rice, which also got the better of neighborhood rival Marist (3-1) and Hinsdale Central (8-3) in earlier encounters.
  The Crusaders entered the current week with four consecutive triumphs and an 11-3 ledger. They were due to face Chicago Catholic League foes in their next four contests.
  Ironically, it’s one of the setbacks that McCarthy credits for putting his guys on the fast track.