Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Cyclones golfers settle for second

 First place was within reach, but second place is what Moraine Valley College golfers had to settle for last Monday.

  By winding up sixth in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference meet on Elgin College’s home course, the Cyclones finished as conference runner-up for the season overall. While several near misses in earlier tournaments ultimately proved costly to Moraine’s quest for ISCC supremacy, coach Bob Freudenthal had no complaints.
  “Second place isn’t chopped liver — it was a respectable conference season for us,” he said. “We came in first a few times, played well and were good enough to win, but just didn’t get it done.
  “It’s been a crazy year, just topsy-turvy. We’d miss a placement by one shot, then come back the next week. Golf is a streaky game — you’re on top one day and at the bottom the next.”
  On a perfect day weather-wise, Sandburg grad Jeff Cizek’s season-low 78 led the Cyclones and put him two shots ahead of Jack Misheck. Joe Knight carded an 81 and Shepard alumnus Pat Neylon completed Moraine’s scoring with his round of 90.
  Knight, Misheck and Neylon all garnered all-conference recognition for their season-long work. Knight’s per-round average of 78 ranked fifth among ISCC golfers, while Misheck and Neylon were eighth and 10th with respective averages of 78.5 and 79.
  While the conference portion of their schedule has been completed, the Cyclones’ season continues with appearances in a few more invitationals and then the Region IV Tournament.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Diemer’s goals lift Trolls

  Trinity Christian College’s women’s soccer team couldn’t be rolling into the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference season any better, based on Saturday’s rout of Illinois Institute of Technology.

  After all, 7-0 soccer scores don’t come about by accident. They are created when a team is running at peak efficiency, and the Trolls are doing just that. Their pair of wins last week advanced their season record to 6-1-1.
  In some ways, last Wednesday’s 7-3 victory over Purdue University Calumet might have been more indicative of Trinity’s pluck. The winless Peregrines, on a goal by Maxzine Rossler 18 seconds into the second half, held a 3-2 lead for the next 20 minutes of the CCAC opener.

SXU sports summary

Men’s soccer team nets first win

 Six matches into the 2013 soccer season, St. Xavier University’s men finally got to experience the thrill of victory.
  And the Cougars did so because of something different: the scoring of multiple goals.
  SXU had managed to tally just twice prior to last Tuesday night’s Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference encounter with the University of St. Francis and was shut out three times during that five-match span. Magnifying the paucity of potency was foes’ piling up of 19 goals.
  But the roles got reversed this time, with the Cougars doing all the offensive damage in a 3-0 outcome at Bruce R. Deaton Field. Freshman defender Erik Diaz booted in two of SXU’s three markers, while sophomore forward Marco Gutierrez accounted for the other.

Community sports news

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Another ace recorded by local golfer

  The recent spate of holes-in-one recorded at Silver Lake Country Club continued last Tuesday, when Orland Park resident Jonathan Twitty sank one while playing a round on the North course.
  Twitty used a 9-iron to hit his shot on the 148-yard 12th hole. His ace was witnessed by playing partners Steve Gorney and Rich Spatz, both of Park Ridge.
  “I couldn’t believe it,” Twitty said of his feat. “It was surreal.”

Lost, but then found

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Last-second score lifts Mustangs over Titans 

 File this one in the lost-and-found category.

  What was nearly lost Friday night in Tinley Park was a game visiting Evergreen Park appeared to have firmly in hand midway through the fourth quarter. But a 21-7 lead disappeared in the span of five minutes, courtesy of two Titans touchdowns and a safety.
  Found by the Mustangs in the final 1:08, however, was their footing. With their perfect record on the verge of being sullied, Evergreen athletes dug deep one last time and made another march downfield that took them all the way to Tinley’s 5-yard line.
  Just enough seconds remained for Mustangs kicker Matt Schulte to then boot a 22-yard field goal and lift his team to an unexpectedly stressful 24-22 triumph in a South Suburban Conference crossover game.