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Girls’ basketball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Lady Spartans perfect through five

  Oak Lawn coach Janet Meyers can confidently say that the members of her Lady Spartans team truly enjoying playing basketball with one another.
  And through the first five games of the 2013-14 season, her athletes are also winning.
  That certainly was true at last week’s Glenbard East Tournament, where Oak Lawn captured a championship by triumphing four times in a row. The Lady Spartans edged Downers Grove North 60-58 in the title contest last Wednesday, one day after they slipped past Glenbard South 55-52 in the semifinal round.
  Oak Lawn’s Brianna Markusic was named the tournament MVP, while LaTondra Brooks and Jannah Mahmoud joined her on the all-tourney team. By sweeping their tournament contests, the Lady Spartans are off to their best start to a season under Meyers.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

With 11 of 14 starters from last season’s state championship team having graduated in the spring, this year’s Sandburg wrestling squad is definitely younger.

 The Eagles still have talent, however, most noticeably with defending state champ Johnny Pellegrino. But he’s not going it alone.

 It’s already evident that Sandburg’s youthful makeup isn’t hindering its performances. The Eagles opened their 2013-14 season last Wednesday with a dual-meet win over Homewood-Flossmoor, then went 3-0 at their own quadrangular on Saturday.

SXU sports summary

Football players receive postseason honors

  The 2013 football season didn’t produce the kind of team accomplishments St. Xavier University has grown used to in recent years, but individual accolades were still plentiful in the postseason.
  A total of 12 Cougars were recognized by the Mid-States Football Association as members of its All-Midwest League squad. Nine of those players were named to the first team, and two of them — junior Nick DeBenedetti and senior Spencer Nolan — were chosen in a couple of categories.
  DeBenedetti copped first-team honors as both a receiver and return specialist, while Nolan was tabbed as the first-team punter and second-team place-kicker. Other first-team selections from SXU were senior running back Nick Pesek (Oak Lawn), senior offensive lineman Tim Ladd, senior linebackers Zach Dolph and Dave Marciano, junior defensive lineman Greg Hayward (Oak Lawn) and junior defensive back Jacob Ghinazzi.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trolls men drop three more

  The road to success is sometimes filled with potholes.
  Trinity Christian College’s men’s basketball team has to hope they don’t get too deep, lest the wheels come off.
  The Trolls dropped three straight games last week, losing a conference matchup with Roosevelt University before suffering back-to-back defeats against Indiana-East and Madonna University in the St. Xavier Thanksgiving Classic. The setbacks left Trinity with a five-game losing streak and eight losses in its last nine games entering this past Wednesday’s game at Viterbo.
  The 78-65 loss to Roosevelt was the Trolls’ second in as many Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference outings this season, and was due to slow starts in each half. It took Trinity almost three minutes to score a field goal, and it was down by nine points quickly, en route to trailing by 13 at the break.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Come-from-behind win highlights Cyclones' week

  Moraine Valley College’s men have a fondness for coming from behind on the basketball court, and that strategy worked out well for the Cyclones last Tuesday.
  A slow start and flat performance put Moraine in arrears of the College of DuPage at halftime, but the Cyclones rallied behind Kyle Ward and Johnte Shannon in the second half to bag a 78-66 win over the Chaparrals. Ward and Shannon combined for 26 points and were included among five double-digit scorers.
  Also providing solid performances on Moraine’s behalf were Paulius Ostruskevicius (15 points, five rebounds), Cameron Juillerat (15 points, three assists), Stagg alumnus Brett Kaiser (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Des’nique Harris (eight points, nine rebounds), In addition to his team-high 16 points, Ward had five rebounds and three assists, while Shannon complemented his 10 markers with six steals, five rebounds and four assists.