Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Mixed bag for Cyclones runners at COD

  It was both a good and not-so-good day for Moraine Valley College cross country runners at the College of DuPage Invitational on Sept. 27.
  The Cyclones women, while finishing 12th among the 17 schools competing at St. James Farm in Warrenville, pleased coach Mark Horstmeyer with their level of improvement. A big reason for the satisfaction was the overall strength of the field — along with other National Junior College Athletic Association Region IV schools, the meet brought together programs representing the NAIA and all divisions of the NCAA.

SXU sports summary

Golfers continue strong play

  As the golf season wound down, St. Xavier University kept rising up to issue stern challenges.
  In a couple of recent outings, the Cougars captured one tournament championship and finished third another time. They matched that latter finish last Tuesday, as they were No. 3 in the team standings at the William Woods University Fall Invitational in Fulton, Mo.
  Spearheaded by senior James Kerr’s fifth-place individual effort, SXU shot a two-day total of 593 (301-292) at Tanglewood Golf Course. Kerr carded rounds of 71 and 74 for an overall 145 score, while senior Kirby Brown backed him with a 148, which was built off 18-hole totals of 79 and 69.

Community sports news

Mustangs still unbeaten on gridiron

  Another week, another nail-biter.
  And while a new hero stepped forward, it was the same old story for Evergreen Park Saturday afternoon, much to the Mustangs’ delight. A week after escaping Richards with a one-point win that kept it in first place within the South Suburban Conference Red, Evergreen followed the same format in Summit and gained sole possession of the penthouse.
  Don Oresky’s 30-yard runback after stripping the ball from Argo tailback D’Ken Jones with under nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter erased the Mustangs’ six-point deficit and helped them secure a 45-44 victory over the previously undefeated Argonauts. Evergreen’s defense, which intercepted four passes on the day, prevented Argo from making a fourth comeback.
  The hosts had spotted the Mustangs a pair of 13-point leads and one of 11 points before rallying in each instance. Jones’ 4-yard run late in the third period had established a 44-38 edge for the Argonauts.

Plenty in reserve

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Backup QB leads Mustangs past Bulldogs

  Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees had nothing on Evergreen Park.
  Just as two of cinema’s most infamous bad-guy characters of the past 35 years were impervious to every act designed to kill them, so, too, are the Mustangs seemingly able to ward off all attempts to defeat them. The latest group to try — and fail — was Richards Friday night.
  When Bulldogs quarterback Hasan Muhammad-Rogers threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Tears with less than five minutes remaining to give their team a six-point lead at Korhonen Field, Richards appeared to be standing on solid ground. While Evergreen has made a habit of staging late rallies during Dan Hartman’s three-year coaching tenure, rarely has it had to come back against a foe the caliber of this year’s Richards squad.

Deuce is ace in the hole

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Marciano’s exploits help Cougars ward off Fighting Saints

  He wears No. 2, but Dave Marciano likely became Public Enemy No. 1 to the University of St. Francis following his exploits on St. Xavier University’s behalf Saturday night in Joliet.
  While Marciano is a starting linebacker for the Cougars, his defensive presence was only part of the reason the Fighting Saints failed to knock off their longtime Mid-States Football Association rival. Even more vital among the senior’s contributions were a school-record-setting 81-yard punt return and the runback of a blocked extra point in the fourth quarter.
  By returning the ball to the USF end zone in the latter instance, Marciano registered a safety for his team, which stretched SXU’s lead out to 24-19. The NAIA fifth-ranked Cougars added two touchdowns after that to exit Memorial Stadium in possession of a 37-25 victory over the No. 22 Saints.
  “He’s our outside linebacker, and he’s got three touchdowns and two points on a safety this season — that’s pretty good production,” SXU coach Mike Feminis said with a chuckle. “I was very happy to come out of there with a win, and those were some big plays.