Softball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Lady RedHawks stay busy on Florida trip

While softball fields around the area were unplayable last week due to the lingering effects of a brutal winter, Marist was unaffected.
That’s because the Lady RedHawks ventured to Orlando, Fla., during their school’s spring break. Marist players spent most of their days at the ballpark instead of the beach, but they still had some fun in the sun as they returned home with three wins in six tries.
The Lady RedHawks opened their 2014 campaign with a 2-1 victory over Miami Gulliver Prep on Monday and then defeated Penbrooke Pines Charter 3-1 the next day. After suffering a 4-1 loss to Westminster Christian in the first of two Wednesday contests, Marist bounced back to beat Osceola of Orlando 9-1.
The Lady RedHawks closed things out on Thursday with setbacks against Pines Harmony (2-1), which is ranked 15th nationally, and St. Cloud (8-4).
“I was pleased with the play of both our young girls and older girls,” said Marist coach Denise Fasano, who is in her final season in charge of the Lady RedHawks’ varsity program.
“It’s just a matter of the two groups communicating with one another, definitely cooperating with each other, and believing in each other. This is a group who I believe can perform [well] on game day together.”

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

The long, cold wait for spring

There is something numbing about the thump of a ball into a glove and the crack of a bat when heard in a gymnasium.
It sounds out of place and artificial.
That sound has been heard all too often in the area this year, and Trinity Christian College is no exception. Both the baseball and softball teams had a week’s worth of contests erased by the inclement weather that has wreaked havoc on schedules across the Midwest.
The Trolls baseball squad had all five games scheduled since its return from Florida wiped out. Trinity is slated to play Holy Cross College on Saturday at Notre Dame, if weather and field conditions permit, and then follow up with a doubleheader at home on Sunday.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Spring teams ready to get started

While every Moraine Valley College athlete anxiously awaits a shift away from cold weather, one Cyclones spring sports team must also deal with a change in leadership.
The men’s tennis squad, long the domain of school athletic director Bill Finn, is now guided by Ben Thompson. Thompson inherits a program that welcomes back four members of the crew that took third in regional play a year ago.
While certainly a credible showing, that finishing spot deprived Moraine of a team berth in the national tournament. The narrow miss is being used as motivation by returning all-region player Tim Stewart (Stagg), as well as fellow veterans Ryan Adamski, Christian Lagunas and Brad Smith (Sandburg). Expected to join them as steady contributors in 2014 are newcomers Kevin Karczynski, Mike Broderick, Bryan Jimenez (Shepard) and Alec Mikes.
“I’m very excited for the season and happy with everyone on the team,” Thompson said. “They put in more work than I asked and have gone above and beyond before the season even started.

SXU sports summary

Basketball players gain postseason honors

Some good deeds do get rewarded.
While the 2013-14 men’s and women’s basketball campaigns didn’t feature the kind of postseason success that was hoped for, some St. Xavier University student-athletes nevertheless received individual storybook endings. And in a few instances, those rewards recognized them as both athletes and students.
Five Cougars, in fact, were feted for academics by being named as Daktronics Scholar-Athletes. Tabbed for honors in the NAIA Division II men’s basketball category were senior Brad Karp and junior Brandon Marren, while the trio of juniors Suzie Broski, Maloree Johnson and Morgan Stuut were similarly cited in NAIA Division II women’s hoops.
A total of 134 men and 244 women nationwide were chosen as Daktronics Scholar-Athletes. In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, have achieved junior academic status and have completed at least one year at the nominating school.
Karp carries a 3.56 cumulative GPA while majoring in biology, Marren is at 3.65 while studying history with an emphasis on secondary education, Broski and Johnson both sport perfect 4.0 GPAs while pursuing their respective degrees in biology and management/accounting, and Stuut has a 3.87 GPA as a nursing major.

Community sports news

St. Laurence looking for new basketball coach

St. Laurence is seeking a new varsity basketball coach after previous coach Mark Sevedge was not retained.
Sevedge, who recently completed his fifth season in charge of the Vikings, posted a 31-106 record during his tenure. Prior to taking over for Tom Pallerdy, Sevedge spent six years in the program as an assistant. He also played for St. Laurence in the 1990s.
“We worked hard and I’m disappointed the kids weren’t able to enjoy more success,” Sevedge said.

“I want to thank Coach Sevedge for his 11 years of dedication to the St. Laurence basketball program,” school athletic director Tim Chandler said in a statement. “A decision like this is never easy, especially with a coach who is so passionate about the school. However, I felt that a change in leadership in the basketball program was necessary for the long-term success of the program.”