Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Cyclones tennis team rolls again

  Early in the 2014 season, Moraine Valley College’s men’s tennis team appears to be in midseason form.
  Any adjustments the Cyclones had to make under new coach Ben Thompson have evidently been made, seeing as how they have now recorded two straight whitewashes. The latest overmatched Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference foe was Elgin College, which was on the business end of a 9-0 thrashing last Tuesday.
  Five of Moraine’s six singles winners were also part of a triumphant doubles team. The lone exception was Shepard grad Bryan Jimenez, who paired with Christian Lagunas to provide the Cyclones with one of their doubles victories.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

To hear Shepard girls’ track coach Verline Gaddis tell it, her athletes enjoy the feeling of success.

  To be sure, the Lady Astros experienced plenty of that at Saturday’s 15-team Stagg Invitational, where they took first place in their initial appearance in the Palos Heights meet.
  Behind senior captain Courtney Dalton, who won the 300-meter low hurdles race and anchored three first-place relay units, Shepard scored 109 points.
  That allowed the Lady Astros to easily outdistance runner-up Rockton Hononegah (88 points). Joliet West (66½), Romeoville (46) and Reavis (45) rounded out the top five.
  “I saw hard work from the girls at Stagg and they wanted it,” Gaddis said. “They like success. We have a good combination of seniors and underclassmen — 10 seniors and a lot of sophomores and juniors — and I was very proud of their performance Saturday.”

SXU sports summary

Nonnemachner named Athlete of the Month for March

  For Nicole Nonnemacher, March went out like a lion.
  St. Xavier University’s sophomore softball pitcher capped a memorable month of award receiving by being named as the school’s Athlete of the Month last week. Previously, Nonnemacher had been chosen as the NAIA National Pitcher of the Week and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, both honors coming right after she had dominated in the circle during her appearances on the Cougars’ season-opening Florida trip.
  Nonnemacher’s work down south included three no-hitters. For the month as a whole, she went 6-1 to spur a 14-2 start for SXU, one of its best in program history. Nonnemacher was also credited with a pair of saves.

Community sports news

Crusaders edge Eisenhower for tennis victory

  A sweep of the doubles matches propelled Brother Rice to a 3-2 tennis victory over Eisenhower.
  Triumphing in straight sets for the Crusaders were the teams of James Gallagher-Jack Gorma (6-0, 6-2 at No. 1), Liam Millerick-Dan Mahoney (6-3, 6-4 at No. 2) and John Brandt-Dan Rooney (6-3, 6-4 at No. 3). Both singles matches were also decided in just two sets, as the Cardinals’ John Balcon (6-1, 6-1 at No. 1) and Kevin Aguirre (6-4, 6-1 at No. 2) defeated Rice’s Jeremy Tryban and Mike Foreman, respectively.
  Eisenhower captured three of the four JV matches that were contested.

Getting hot in Arizona

  • Written by Ken Karson

Vikings open season with tournament title

Deserts are easily found in Arizona, but St. Laurence baseball players viewed that southwestern state as more of an oasis last week.
The reason why is easy to understand: Arizona presented the Vikings with a satisfying alternative to the below-normal temperatures and soggy diamonds that have plagued this area and gave them a chance to enjoy ideal baseball conditions. While spring-break getaways have been standard practice for St. Laurence in recent seasons, a journey in this particular direction was a first for it.
And, if coach Pete Lotus has anything to say about the situation, it won’t be the last trip to that destination for the Vikings. Not only did they get in every game — something that didn’t happen a year ago in Florida due to rain — but they also triumphed each time out.
St. Laurence beat five opponents in a span of four days, a string of conquests that culminated with a tournament championship-clinching 7-4 victory over Ralston Valley (Colo.) on Friday.
“I think it’s definitely big,” Lotus said of his club’s 5-0 start to the 2014 campaign. “To be able to have success against teams that are used to playing in good weather and had already played some games was huge. We knew these first two weeks [of the schedule] were going to be tough, but hopefully this was a great stepping-stone.”
Seeing as how the Vikings had no on-field practice time prior to departing for Arizona, Lotus’ main goal for his athletes was to simply have them stay competitive against foes he knew would be formidable. And he wasn’t only thinking about his projected regulars.