Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Breakthrough soccer moment for Cyclones women


  Suddenly, things are looking a whole lot better for Moraine Valley College’s women’s soccer team.
  Defensive lapses and an ongoing lack of offensive pop had combined to sabotage the Cyclones several times thus far in the 2013 season. And while Moraine’s attack still didn’t generate big numbers last Tuesday, the locals were able to prevent Morton College from doing the same.
  What made the Cyclones’ performance all the more eye opening was that their opponent entered the match as the No. 1 team in Region IV of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Despite their elite status, the Panthers managed to punch just one shot past Moraine netminder Diana Lozano.
  The Richards alumnus didn’t lack for tests — she was called on to make a total of 19 saves. This time, though, the yeoman work got at least partially rewarded as a Cyclones goal in the latter portion of regulation forged a 1-1 tie.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trolls take a step up

 Here’s a sign of a solid team: When Trinity Christian College’s women’s volleyball competition stepped up in class last weekend, so did the Trolls.

  A couple of losses were needed to jump-start it, but Trinity bounced back with two victories on Saturday to leave the Olivet Nazarene campus in Bourbonnais with a 2-2 mark in the Tigers’ invitational.
  That gave the Trolls a 3-2 record for the week and a 14-4 reading for the season, which now gets heavily into Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference action.
  Friday night’s grind began with a five-set loss to Campbellsville. The Kentucky school scored a 13-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-10 victory, with Trinity having numerous chances to swing the momentum in the critical third set — and beyond — but being unable to do so.
  And there was no rest for the weary as Grand View, from Iowa, was waiting in the wings. The Trolls won the first set, but Grand View stormed back to take the next three, winning 24-26, 25-19, 25-21, 25-18.

SXU sports summary

Golfers wind up first at Lalaeff Invitational

  A sub-300 team score on the second day of competition propelled St. Xavier University’s men’s golf squad to a first-place finish at the Mike Lalaeff Memorial Invitational in Hammond, Ind.
  The Cougars, whose most recent event victory came on Sept. 25, 2012, shot a cumulative 297 last Tuesday at Lost Marsh Golf Course, giving them a tournament total of 601 and putting them ahead of 15 other schools. Second-place Carthage College carded a 621.
  Seniors Kirby Brown and James Kerr supplied SXU with an individual championship and runner-up showing, respectively, after being separated by just one stroke. Brown fired a second-round 71 to finish at 147 overall, while Kerr’s 148 was built on 18-hole scores of 75 and 73.

From half-not to have

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Mustangs rebound after break to sting OL

  One half meant a whole lot to Evergreen Park Friday night.

  After doing little of note through the first two quarters and finding themselves behind visiting Oak Lawn 10-0, the Mustangs turned things around following intermission. Not right away, though.
  Evergreen did climb within 10-7 during the third period, but it didn’t complete its comeback until the final stanza had gotten underway. A 50-yard pass from Jonathan O’Brien to Jacquet McClendon finally gave the Mustangs a lead to protect, and that’s what they did for the remainder of the contest.
  For good measure, Eric Gurrister tacked on an insurance touchdown with his 20-yard reception — his lone catch of the evening — and Evergreen was able to beat back the Spartans’ challenge and earn a 21-10 triumph in both schools’ South Suburban Conference Red opener. The win kept the Mustangs’ ledger spotless in 2013.
  “It was still hit-and-miss [for part of the second half], but our defense really stepped up,” Evergreen coach Dan Hartman said. “I felt we kind of took a hold on the game after we got up 14-10.

Road warriors, part 2

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Bulldogs bag first win over Lemont in six years


  At this rate, Richards may never want to return to Korhonen Field.
  Certainly, road games haven’t been detrimental to the Bulldogs’ well-being thus far in 2013. In fact, if Richards goes on to do great things in the Class 6A playoffs during the month of November, players and coaches are likely to point to a couple September achievements as the foundation for that success.
  As if handing Batavia its first regular-season setback since 2010 in Week 2 didn’t give the Bulldogs enough of a confidence boost, the locals bookended that memorable triumph with an equally satisfying one Friday night in Lemont. There, Richards toppled the Indians for the first time since 2007 and, by virtue of that 28-14 win, also began a season with a 3-0 record for the first time since then.