Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Diamond teams finished on promising note

  A longer-than-usual winter wreaked early havoc on softball and baseball schedules throughout the area, but it couldn’t completely ruin Moraine Valley College’s on-field exploits.
  Once play got underway in earnest, the Cyclones softball squad posted a 22-17 ledger and went 8-4 in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference, which was good for a runner-up finish in the league standings. Included among the season highlights was a nine-game win streak.
  Carly Trinley captured ISCC Player of the Year honors after batting .545 in conference action with an .841 slugging percentage. Other Moraine athletes chosen for the all-conference first team were Amie Raynor (.397 average; .450 in the ISCC) and Jenny Vanek (.295; .356 in conference). Second-team picks were Ari Bulthuis (.382; .357 in conference) and Dana Cummings.
  “This is one of the most fun teams I’ve had in my coaching career,” Cyclones boss Mike Veen said. “I wish this was a four-year institution [because] I didn’t want to see the season end.
  “We were lucky we got in the number of games we did. Not only that, but there is real talent on the team. It’s hard to see the sophomores go.”
  Vanek intends to continue playing softball at North Central College next season, while Raynor will head to Aurora University. Trinley is expected to return to Moraine for the 2015 campaign, and Veen has some recruits in mind to further develop his squad.

With the 95th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the denver broncos select:

  • Written by Jeff Vorva


It’s not often that someone gets a call from John Elway and a text from Peyton Manning.
When Michael Schofield heard from both of them on Friday night, it was a comedy of errors.
The Orland Park resident, who starred on the offensive line at Sandburg High School and the University of Michigan, was taken by the Denver Broncos in the third round – the 95th pick — of the NFL Draft Friday night. Elway, the legendary quarterback who is the team’s general manager and executive vice president of football operations, called Schofield to tell him the news before it hit ESPN.
When the phone rang, Schofield was in the middle of a party at his home and it was already a crazy scene. He didn’t know if he was talking to John Elway, John Cena, John Legend or Tommy John.
“I got the phone call and had about 30 or 40 people over and they were yelling so loud, I couldn’t even hear who was on the phone,” he said at a press conference in Denver Saturday afternoon. “It was a pretty fun time at my house.’’
John Elway had to become John Yellway in order to be heard.

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.