Downright unneighborly

  • Written by Ken Karson

RedHawks rough up local rival St. Laurence

  Gene Nolan can empathize with what Mark Sevedge is going through during the 2013-14 basketball season.
  When he took over as head coach at Marist, Nolan’s first two clubs struggled to find success. At one juncture, the young leader joked that his career record was the worst in Illinois.
  Much has changed since then, and Nolan believes his counterpart at St. Laurence will eventually enjoy a greater number of bright moments as well. Sevedge is no hoops novice, but some of his current players are, at least from a varsity-experience standpoint, which has undoubtedly contributed to the Vikings’ difficulties.
  “They lost a lot to graduation and they’re going through that [rough] stage,” Nolan said. “It’s a testament to their kids on how hard they play. You can tell Mark and his staff are doing a great job.


Hey, what’s up with this doc?

  Maybe this is why Little Leaguers should be paid.

  If you recall, an online sportswriter suggested several months ago that those youngsters responsible for taking their baseball teams deep into the Little League World Series tournament should be compensated with more than just slaps on the backside and congratulatory shouts of “Great job!” And he wasn’t simply referring to them being eligible for triple treats at the postgame concession stand.
  No, this particular writer’s contention was that, seeing as how Little League International earns gobs of money through its World Series and the national televising of it on ESPN, the kids deserve a share of the cash. He wasn’t advocating a big payday, only a stipend, but it nevertheless seemed a bit ridiculous.
  Revisiting the idea during basketball season, I still think it’s goofy. After hearing about Alan Beck, though, my opinion now is held for a different reason.
  Suddenly, I don’t think a stipend is anywhere near adequate enough. The players should receive a much bigger slice of the TV-generated pie — say, five or six figures’ worth.
  And I’m willing to bet Joe Paris agrees with me.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

One trend Sandburg girls’ bowling coach Joe Geiger has noticed with his Lady Eagles is consistency, whether they’re competing in dual matches or invitationals.

  That steadiness continued last week, when Sandburg racked up a pair of victories at Orland Bowl. The Lady Eagles defeated Chicago Christian (1,553-1,323) on Wednesday and Lincoln-Way East (1,692-1,629) in a SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue encounter on Thursday.
  “We continue to bowl at, or above, our average every time we compete,” Geiger said. “With last year’s team, we never knew, apart from Nicole Powell, who we would receive consistent contributions from. This year’s team is very consistent.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Men stop skid, women’s win streak snapped

  Both of Moraine Valley College’s basketball teams saw streaks halted last week.
  For the men, that was definitely good news, as they were in the throes of a skid. That slide had reached four games after the Cyclones dropped a 78-62 decision to the College of Lake County in an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference matchup last Tuesday.
  However, Moraine finally reversed course on Thursday, as it slipped past Waubonsee College, 64-58, in overtime. Kyle Ward led the way for the Cyclones with a triple-double of 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, plus four steals.
  Denton Wallace tossed in 15 points, and together he and Ward enabled Moraine to set the OT pace and snatch away the momentum Waubonsee carried with it into the extra session after forging a 55-all tie with less than a full second remaining in regulation.
  Also lending a hand for the Cyclones were Johnte Shannon (11 points, five rebounds), Brett Kaiser (eight points, six rebounds) and Des’nique Harris (seven points, 10 rebounds). The win was Moraine’s first in conference play this season.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trolls rally, beat USF in OT

  There is light at the end of the tunnel for Trinity Christian College, and it isn’t an oncoming power forward.
  The Trolls scored their most significant victory of the season on Saturday, an 85-83 overtime road triumph over fellow Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference member University of St. Francis. To do so, they had to overcome a 16-point deficit, and by doing that Trinity (5-15) gained its first conference triumph after suffering eight straight losses.
  Such a record is hardly earthshaking, but it does provide something of a foundation for a team that had been getting beaten all around the league. And the way it was accomplished — with a 46-30 halftime margin gradually erased — made at least a small statement: Trinity Christian is not a doormat for the rest of the CCAC.
  Jake Van Den Berg and Jared Jones provided the Trolls’ heroics. Van Den Berg’s rebound of Joe Hehir’s miss supplied the winning points with a second left in the extra session.
  But before that could happen, Trinity — which never led until Ezekiel Odonkor’s jumper at the start of overtime — had to force the additional period.
  Van Den Berg’s driving layup with 40 seconds left in regulation cut the gap to three points. Forced to foul to stop the clock, the Trolls were fortunate the Fighting Saints missed their free throws. Then Jones, fouled at the buzzer on a missed 3-point attempt, made all three charity tosses to knot the score.
  Jones’ 23 points led Trinity, with Hehir’s 21 — which included an 8-of-8 free-throw effort — offering the Trolls a second viable weapon. Odonkor was a force inside with 12 points and nine rebounds, and Van Den Berg’s eight points and eight rebounds were also critical.
  Trinity’s 21-of-28 performance at the line far exceeded USF’s 10-of-24 effort.