Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Golfers show improvement in second match

One really was the loneliest number for Moraine Valley College golfers last Monday.

A single shot was all that separated the Cyclones from first place in their second outing of the year. Nevertheless, that showing marked a measurable improvement for Moraine, which was again paced by Jack Misheck, who fired an 18-hole score of 82.

  He shared top team honors with Shepard alumnus Pat Neylon, while Sandburg grad Joe Knight was right behind the duo with a round of 83. Jeff Cizek (85) and John Randolph (88) were the Cyclones’ other competitors.

Community sports news

COLOR--CoachCaliendo-Sports-3-colSubmitted photo: Longtime Sandburg coach Jim Caliendo has been named the national coach of the year in prep water polo.

Sandburg’s Caliendo feted as national coach of the year

 The National High School Coaches Association has chosen Jim Caliendo, a longtime instructor at Sandburg, as its national Water Polo Coach of the Year.

  Caliendo, who also coaches swimming at the school, has been guiding Eagles programs for the past 20 years. The Illinois Hall of Famer has coached for a total of 34 years.
  Five of his teams have captured state championships and Caliendo boasts a career ledger of 658-232 in water polo, which includes a 426-155 mark while at Sandburg. More than 70 of Caliendo’s athletes through the years have been recognized as either all-America or all-state performers.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trolls volleyball back on track

Trinity Christian College volleyball coach Bill Schepel had a worry on the eve of the season.

 “The biggest change this season will be adjusting to a new setter, which may give us a completely different look,” Schepel said.

  The record indicates the Trolls look as good as ever. Trinity started out 6-1, which included a 4-0 ledger in the crossover tournament it hosted in conjunction with St. Xavier University. The Trolls captured each of those tourney victories in four sets.
  The team that rolled to a runner-up finish in the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association’s championship tournament last year and made the Final Four the season before that may be ready for a third straight trip to the big show.


  • Written by Ken Karrson

Crusaders run roughshod over host Astros

The game was played one day later than scheduled.


Shepard coach Dominic Passolano might have wished it hadn’t gotten played at all.

When stormy weather on Friday night washed out football contests across the area and moved them into Saturday, coaches everywhere were left to deal with player disappointment at seeing the start of the 2013 season delayed. Brother Rice boss Brian Badke was no different, but he tried putting a positive spin on the situation.

Life in the fast Lane

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Knights rally to top North Lawndale


  At historic Lane Stadium, Chicago Christian painted an encouraging picture of its immediate future Saturday afternoon.
  On the surface, the Knights’ 20-18 vanquishing of host North Lawndale appeared less inspiring than their 2012 season-opening drubbing of the Phoenix. But that previous win was garnered while Christian enjoyed the comforts of home and, in coach Jim Bolhuis’ opinion, it really didn’t prove a heck of a lot.
  “Last year, it was a blitzkrieg in the first half and then we just finished the game out,” the third-year leader said. “This year, we had to withstand the onslaught. It was a war and our kids were just hanging on the rest of the game.”