Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Cyclones men finally break through

A long drought is finally over.
A year ago, Moraine Valley College’s men and winning basketball were well acquainted with one another. The Cyclones, in fact, were successful often enough to reach the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II championship game for the first time in school history.
That was then. This is now — just one win over 12 contests heading into last week’s action, a stretch dating back to Dec. 19. Included in the skid were seven losses in a row.
But that downward trend got reversed last Tuesday, when Moraine pocketed a 78-72 Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference victory over McHenry College. The Scots had defeated the Cyclones in a Jan. 21 matchup.

Community sports news

Illinois Hoopla sets March tryout dates

Illinois Hoopla Basketball will conduct tryouts for youngsters in grades 3-12 on March 2 and 8.
For more details, visit or call Mike at (815) 212-3558.

Oak Lawn splits pair of games
Oak Lawn split a pair of boys’ basketball games last week, with the loss coming in South Suburban Conference Red play.
The Spartans (8-13, 3-8) opened with a 65-51 nonconference triumph over Fenton on Tuesday. Propelling Oak Lawn past the Bison were David Stacy and Leo Nelson, who tallied 23 and 17 points, respectively.
On Friday, the Spartans were victimized by Calviontae Washington’s record-setting performance on Eisenhower’s behalf. The Cardinals used Washington’s single-game program standard of 53 points as the springboard to a 118-80 win. Vinny Curta, the son of Eisenhower coach Mike Curta, added 20 points.
Leading Oak Lawn in a losing effort was Josh Prince, who finished with 21 points.

Department to offer sports classes

The Palos Park Recreation Department will be offering two sports-related programs in the weeks ahead.
Little Pint Hoopsters will introduce children to the game of basketball or help players get to the next skill level. Along with the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting and defense, the program will instruct participants in the importance of teamwork in game situations.
Also scheduled is Super Sports, which is designed to create interest in a variety of sports, including basketball, hockey, soccer, baseball and football, and develop the concepts of teamwork and sportsmanship. The program is open to youngsters aged 3-6.
The cost for each class is $50 for Palos Park residents, $61.25 for residents of unincorporated Palos Park and $70 for non-residents. For more information, call 671-3760.

South Side Shooters conducting tryouts
South Side Shooters Girls Basketball will hold tryouts for its spring season today, Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 27, from 6:30-8 p.m. each day at Stagg High School.
Sessions are open to girls in grades 3-11. Those trying out must bring a ball with them. The South Side Shooters’ season will run from March-May.

For more information, call Gary Ferguson at (630) 935-1150 or visit Park Recreation


SXU sports summary

Cougars women shift into high gear

St. Xavier University is saving its best for last.
At least that’s the way coach Bob Hallberg’s women made it look last week. As the regular season nears its end, the Cougars are beginning to assert themselves in impressive fashion.
A loss to Purdue University Calumet the week before that broke a 16-game unbeaten streak was long forgotten after SXU pummeled both Robert Morris and Trinity International universities in two more Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference encounters. First, the NAIA Division II No. 6-ranked Cougars blasted the Eagles 90-62 on Wednesday and then they ran roughshod over the Trojans, 94-50, in a Saturday tilt.

Closing in on the crown

  • Written by Ken Karson

Win over EP tightens Bulldogs’ first-place grip

  Eight was great, but nine will be even finer.
  To borrow from former NBA coach Dick Motta, the fat lady hasn’t yet begun singing, but she’s certainly in full voice warm-up mode. In real terms, that means Richards is on the verge of yet another South Suburban Conference Red championship.
  Nothing is yet official, but a victory over Shepard on Friday will guarantee the Bulldogs at least a share of their ninth consecutive league crown.
  “I don’t think they will stumble anymore,” Evergreen Park coach Pat Flannigan said of Richards. “They’ve got a real nice team and I think they’re going to start clicking.”
  Flannigan got a firsthand look at the Bulldogs in action last Friday, as they invaded Evergreen and made off with a 66-58 triumph. The visitors were actually ahead by as many as 18 points during the second half before the Mustangs made a late charge.

Doubling their pleasure

  • Written by Ken Karson

Eagles collect pair of SWSC Blue victories

  By double digits, Sandburg doubled its pleasure last week.
  Coming off a rugged stretch of schedule that pitted his team against five straight quality opponents, Eagles coach Todd Allen was simply hoping for a bit of an easier time. He wasn’t expecting Sandburg to breeze past either Lincoln-Way East or Joliet Central, but based on earlier returns, Allen felt the Eagles should very definitely be strong contenders in both SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue contests.
  They had, in fact, defeated the Griffins in a previous matchup. The outcome wasn’t as favorable versus the Steelmen, but that was mostly due to an inopportune scoring drought that plagued Sandburg and turned a five-point deficit into an eventual 17-point loss.