Softball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Lady Bulldogs draw closer to another title

  Richards is seeing red again — a Red Division title, that is.
  Nothing is yet official, but the Lady Bulldogs improved their odds of grabbing a fourth consecutive South Suburban Conference Red championship by notching three more victories last week. The trio of wins elevated Richards’ overall record to 14-4 and its league mark to 12-2.
  The last of those triumphs, 11-3 over Reavis, gave Lady Bulldogs coach Julie Folliard her 600th career win. She has guided Richards to plus-.500 ledgers in all but two of her 26 seasons at the Oak Lawn school.
  Also conquered by the Lady Bulldogs last week were Hillcrest (13-0) and neighborhood rival Oak Lawn (4-3 in eight innings).
  “We’re really focused on our conference right now,” Folliard said. “In terms of the 600th win coming in a conference game, that was terrific for the girls because they’ll always remember it. It was a good game.
  “We were able to jump ahead [of Reavis] early. The kids have been focused and they’re getting better every game. They’re feeding off the continued progress, which is fun to see as a coach.”

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Cyclones headed back to tennis nationals

  One missed opportunity was enough.
  After a third-place finish in last year’s National Junior College Athletic Association Region IV tennis tournament deprived it of a berth in the national event, Moraine Valley College made sure it could plan a return trip to Texas in 2014. It did so by being the runner-up at this spring’s Region IV tourney in late April.
  Although Prairie State edged the Cyclones for the top spot, the latter had several match highlights. Included among them was the first-doubles championship garnered by Kevin Karczynski and Mike Broderick, each of whom augmented that achievement with second places in singles play. Karczynski competed at No. 1 singles, Broderick at No. 3.
  Christian Lagunas was a runner-up at No. 6 singles, and every other Moraine entrant at least reached the semifinal round. The group included Brad Smith (No. 2), Tim Stewart (No. 4) and Bryan Jimenez (No. 5) in singles matches, and the doubles tandems of Smith-Stewart (No. 2) and Lagunas-Jimenez (No. 3).

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

 It’s crunch time, and Trinity Christian College’s baseball team tried to avoid being crunched.

  The Trolls dropped a 6-5 decision in 13 innings to St. Xavier University in the opening game of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament in Elgin on Saturday. That sent them into the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination carnival and a date with top-seeded University of St. Francis this past Monday.
  The loss to the Cougars left Trinity 25-19 for the season — the victory total is a school record — and with something of a bitter taste.
  The Trolls had a 1-0 lead in the early going against SXU, fell back 3-1, then tied it with two outs in the eighth inning on Steve Brewer’s two-RBI single. Victory could have been Trinity’s in the ninth, but it stranded a runner on third and regulation ended in a 3-3 deadlock.
  Both the Cougars and Trolls scored once in the 10th, and SXU took a 6-4 lead on a pair of RBI singles in the top of the 13th after threatening in the previous inning. Trinity answered with a run in the bottom of the frame when Joe McCaw scored on a wild throw on Brewer’s one-out steal of second, but Brewer was stuck there as the next two batters were retired.
  The Trolls finished third in the CCAC regular-season standings, thanks to 5-1 and 10-3 victories over Trinity International University. Trinity Christian piled up 19 hits in the twinbill, including McCaw’s fifth homer of the year. The nightcap was 9-0 after four innings and ended after seven.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

With just five matches remaining in the regular season for Chicago Christian’s girls’ soccer team, coach Tim Dustin knows the Lady Knights need to play with consistency.

  During last Tuesday’s Suburban Christian Conference encounter with Guerin Prep, Christian was able to perform at that level most of the way, including in overtime. That allowed the Lady Knights to pull out a thrilling 3-2 victory.
  Even with the score knotted 1-1 at intermission, Dustin commended his athletes.
  “The first half was among the best soccer the girls have played thus far this spring,” he said. “The ball movement was outstanding, as many passes were one touch and the opponents were caught chasing the ball.
  “With the ball movement, the girls played their positions outstandingly and had multiple chances to score. But they were just off the mark and had to settle for a tie at halftime.”
  In the second half, Christian struggled to get footing and Guerin was able to apply some extra pressure. Still, the match extended beyond regulation as the teams were locked in a 2-all standoff.
  In the overtime period, the Lady Knights grew aggressive and took the attack to the Lady Gators. Consequently, they secured numerous scoring opportunities and finally cashed in on a goal with just 30 seconds remaining to notch the win.
  “We played a good game,” Dustin said. “The season is rapidly wrapping up and we will need to continue to improve and stay consistent with the work effort to gain momentum for the second season that follows.”
  Christian has thus far received contributions offensively from Carolyn Richards, Anica Pausma, Kalyli Deckinga, Katie Voss, Megan Wise, Amber Voss, Lauren Kuipers, Therese Walsh and Julie Michaelis.

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Marist chooses Bromberek's replacement

Colleen Biebel, a 2007 Marist graduate, will take over as the Lady RedHawks softball coach when Denise Bromberek steps down at the end of the current season.
Biebel pitched for Bromberek between 2004-07, winning two East Suburban Catholic Conference Player of the Year designations during that span and being named to the all-conference squad all four years. She also played softball at Western Illinois University, where she was a four-year starter in center field.
Biebel concluded her career with the Leathernecks as a four-time All-Summit League selection for both her sport and academically. She was also named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine All-District V team in 2010. Biebel finished among WIU's top 10 in career hits, stolen bases and runs scored.
Biebel, who'll become just the second head coach in Marist's 11-year softball history, is currently a coach for the Beverly Bandits in addition to assisting with the Lady RedHawks since 2012. She previously coached the Palos Rippit softball club.