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  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Lady Spartans lock up SSC Red title

  In a showdown last Tuesday night between the two best teams in the South Suburban Conference Red, Oak Lawn and Shepard engaged in a back-and-fourth battle that could be described by many different adjectives.  

 In the end, the Lady Spartans emerged victorious by a 25-20, 14-25, 29-27 count over the Lady Astros, thereby separating themselves from Shepard atop the division. Oak Lawn officially sealed the conference title two nights later with a win over Evergreen Park.

  Becky Bradshaw (11 kills, nine digs), Simona Tomczak (eight kills, nine digs), Jamie Fionda (seven kills), Tara Hill (seven digs) and Bree Markusic (four kills) paced the Lady Spartans, who overcame four Lady Astros match points to prevail on Tuesday.
  “I think Shepard is a team that you always have to prepare for,” Oak Lawn coach Dennis McNamara said. “I really felt like the girls were ready to go and had some idea about what they wanted to do.”

SXU sports summary

Cougars runners poised for big finish

A return to Kansas wasn’t only part of Dorothy and Toto’s agenda.

Some St. Xavier University male athletes want to do the same. The only difference is that, in place of a yellow-brick road, they plan to follow a green-grass course.

  It was on that latter surface where the Cougars shone at the NAIA Pre-Nationals Invitational, which was held Oct. 12 in Lawrence, Kan. Pitted against 33 other top-tier NAIA cross country teams at Rim Rock Farm, SXU fashioned quite an impressive showing.
  Buoyed by senior Brian Corcoran’s 12th-place individual effort, the Cougars ran fifth overall. Corcoran, who was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week a couple days after the race, posted an 8K time of 25 minutes, 28 seconds, which was only eight seconds behind the No. 7 finisher in a 272-competitor event.
  Lawrence will also be the site of the NAIA National Cross Country Championships in November.

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Timmermans becomes career goals leader at Chicago Christian
  There’s nothing left for Getenet Timmermans to prove on the soccer field.
  The Chicago Christian senior became his school’s all-time leader in goals earlier this season, and with the Knights winning their own Class 1A regional last Saturday, Timmermans has a chance to add to his career total of 95.
  He’s already seven goals ahead of Christian’s previous standard, and his 37 markers during the 2013 campaign also represent the most for a Knights player in a single season. But Timmermans’ soccer excellence came about in a rather unorthodox manner.
  Orphaned at a young age in Ethiopia, Timmermans was excited about being adopted and becoming an American high school student. He knew this would be a place of great opportunity for himself and his younger brother, Fukado. Getenet didn’t speak English well, but he did play a great game of soccer.
  “When I got to the school, all I wanted to do was get on the soccer team,” Timmermans said. “I’d show up every day and ask the coach if I could play.”
  He wasn’t able to do so right away, as he had to wait weeks before he was cleared. But even with part of his freshman season lost, Timmermans scored goals at a rapid enough pace that he entered the current campaign with designs on breaking Christian’s scoring record.
  “I just kept working,” Timmermans said. “My team made it so easy for me. They are so good at getting me the ball so I can score.”
  And having his younger brother alongside him while it happened was icing on the cake.
  “Having Fukado on the field has made this the best season ever,” Getenet said. “He is the best freshman player CCHS has had.”

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Lady Eagles place 11th at state golf

  When Sandburg’s girls’ golf team qualified for the state tournament by capturing last Monday’s Class AA Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional championship, the Lady Eagles broke new ground.
  No other Sandburg golf squad had ever made the downstate trip as a team.
  And while the Lady Eagles didn’t fare as well they would have liked in last weekend’s finals at Hickory Point in Decatur, they still finished 11th overall. That was accomplished with a roster completely devoid of seniors, which means big hopes exist for a return appearance next October.
  As she has been all season, junior Frankie Saban — who shot a state-best 69 in the sectional round — was Sandburg’s big gun as she carded a two-day total of 166. Close behind her was sophomore Emily Cosler, whose 36-hole score was 170. Freshman Emilyee McGiles (186) and junior Patty Meza (199) were the Lady Eagles’ other scorers, while sophomore Erin Cronin gave them a 210.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Cyclones tennis team headed back to nationals

  Next May, Moraine Valley College tennis players will experience the joy of six.
  While Paris in the spring appeals to many, spending time in Tyler, Texas, instead will be just fine with the Cyclones. That’s the site of the 2014 National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament, and it’s where Moraine is headed for the sixth time in program history.
  The Cyclones punched their latest ticket to the NJCAA event by placing second in the Region IV Tournament on Oct. 12. Moraine hosted the two-day event, and eight of its nine entries won a first-round match.
  Leading the way were singles players Claudia Maka (No. 4) and Tricia Poremba (No. 6), each of whom emerged as a champion. Maka won her title match by coming from behind against an opponent who had defeated her during the regular season.
  Both Poremba, who was unbeaten this fall, and Maka earned all-region recognition.
  Finishing as runners-up were Alexa Armon (No. 3 singles) and Lindsey Walker (No. 5 singles), while the doubles tandems of Maka-Kelley Grzych (No. 2) and Walker-Poremba (No. 3) both took third. Walker pushed hard before suffering a 6-4, 6-4 loss in her singles encounter.