Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Cyclones volleyball players honored

  While Moraine Valley College volleyball players were preparing for a second straight appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II national tournament, a few of them got honored for accomplishments already banked.
  Sophomore Kara Kentner was tabbed as the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference’s Player of the Year for the second season in a row, and Cyclones mates Gina Ryan, Taylor Serrano and Joanna Curtis all joined her on the all-league first team. Second-team selections were awarded to Alex Bojan and Autumn Seiler.
  Also recognized was Gloria Coughlin, who was once again pegged as the ISCC Coach of the Year after guiding Moraine to its second consecutive unbeaten conference campaign. Coughlin is stepping down from her post at the conclusion of the national tourney, as is assistant coach Donna Zidek.
  The 15th-ranked Cyclones (33-8) begin their quest for the crown today at 11 a.m., when they square off with No. 2-ranked Parkland (Ill.) College (49-2) at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio.

Community sports news

Oak Lawn High School to host ‘Green & White Night’ Friday

  Oak Lawn High School will host its “Green & White Night” on Friday to celebrate the beginning of the 2013-14 winter sports season.
  The event starts at 5 p.m. with a Green versus White freshman basketball game, followed by sophomore and varsity contests at 6 and 7 p.m., respectively, and a staff versus student game at 8. Other entertainment will include performances by the school’s cheerleaders and dance team, as well as two student shooting contests.
  The auditorium gymnasium will host competitions for the Spartans varsity and JV wrestling teams starting at 6, with a jousting event to follow. The school’s pool will be the site of an open swim from 5:30-8.
  For more information, call 424-5200.

ST. Pat’s track team hosts ‘Monster Dash’
  St. Patricia’s track-and-field team hosted its annual Halloween ‘Monster Dash’ on Oct. 29, and nearly 100 runners and their families were involved with the event.
  In addition to St. Pat’s, attendees represented St. Gerald and St. Gabriel perishes. Several members of St. Pat’s track team were among the first-place-award recipients.

Early-bird registration for Oak Lawn Baseball
  Early-bird registration for Oak Lawn Baseball is continuing through Nov. 30.
  Signups can be made online at Fees will increase on Dec. 1.

Openings for Diamond in the Rough
  Diamond in the Rough fast-pitch softball has player openings in its girls’ windmill pitching, beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
  For more information, call Bill Lammel at 289-3438 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Palos Park to host winter basketball league
  Palos Park, in conjunction with the Palos Heights Recreation Department and Worth Park District, will host a winter basketball league for youngsters in grades 1-8 that will play games each Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. beginning Jan. 18 and running through March 15.
  Each child will have one practice and one game per week, with an emphasis being placed on skills development. Separate leagues will be formed for boys and girls, and play will be conducted in a total of four different age groups.
  Volunteer coaches are also needed and must be registered before Nov. 22. Player evaluations will be held Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
  For more information, call 671-3760.

Oak Lawn High School to host baseball camp in January
  Oak Lawn High School will host a six-week baseball camp, in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy, starting Jan. 5, 2014.
  Former Spartans varsity coach Brian Clifton will direct the program, which has classes available for players in grades 1-12. Sessions will be offered in advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning, but space is limited.
  Registration is currently underway. For more information, visit or call 1-866-622-4487.


SXU sports summary

Season over for men’s soccer, women’s volleyball teams

 The 2013 fall sports season is rapidly coming to a close at St. Xavier University.

  Only an appearance in Saturday’s NAIA Championship for the Cougars men’s cross country team and female runner Leslie Rosario remains. Everyone else closed up shop last week, including the men’s soccer team, which lost in the semifinal round of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.
  SXU fell behind Olivet Nazarene University 2-1 in the 19th minute of last Wednesday night’s match in Bourbonnais and was never able to recover, eventually suffering a season-ending 5-1 setback. Sophomore forward Roger Ciszewski notched the Cougars’ lone marker in the 11th minute of play, doing so after receiving a pass from sophomore forward Marco Gutierrez.
  Junior midfielder Brandon Simoes had two shots on goal for SXU (7-10-2, 6-4-1), but the locals took a total of just five shots. In his final outing, Cougars senior netminder Kyle Held was credited with five saves, but the Tigers also managed to register goals in the fifth, 30th, 71st and 89th minutes.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

 Over the past decade, Sandburg’s girls’ swim program has been blessed with talent and depth, which translated into a streak of 10 consecutive sectional championships and downstate appearances.

  This season, however, the Lady Eagles’ roster boasts just eight swimmers. That represents a significant drop-off, percentage-wise, from the 11 or 12 athletes that coach Jane Caliendo has typically had available to her.
  But despite the situation, Sandburg narrowly missed extending its string of sectional crowns. Only the host Lady Porters bettered the Lady Eagles at Saturday’s Lockport Sectional, and the winners’ margin of success was slim: just six points.
  Sandburg did well enough, though, to amass 280 points and, more importantly, qualify people in seven events for this weekend’s state meet. The Lady Eagles advanced six individual swimmers, a diver and two relay units.

Successful sequel

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Bulldogs handle Argo again, reach 6A quarters

  To movie viewers, a sequel often doesn’t measure up to the original film.
  For Richards football fans, however, there were no such complaints about Saturday night’s second-time-around performance.
  The gridiron show they watched at Korhonen Field was every bit as good as the one that had been on display in Summit a few weeks earlier. Then, the Bulldogs had held host Argo to negative rushing yardage while posting a 27-0 shutout.
  Richards coach Tony Sheehan repeatedly told his players prior to a Class 6A second-round rematch with the Argonauts not to expect things to be as easy for them as before. He was right — they were easier.