By jiminy, let there be cricket

 (Reprinted from July 21, 2011)

  Why can’t we be left alone?
  By “we,” I mean fans of major sports. Just as society is determined to get every man, woman and child aboard the PC bandwagon, so, too, do enthusiasts of certain athletic activities seek to draw us over to their side.
  And, truth be told, there are a few out-of-the-ordinary endeavors that I’ve found intriguing enough to view for short stretches.
  The NBC Universal channel airs a variety of sports, none of which falls into the category of football, basketball or baseball. Broadcast instead are things like track and field, beach volleyball, rowing, rugby, skiing and bobsleigh.

Girls’ basketball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Lady Mustangs rounding into shape behind Pfister

  Evergreen Park’s success on the basketball court last week, perhaps not surprisingly, coincided with junior guard Megan Pfister becoming healthy enough to be a steady contributor on offense for the Lady Mustangs.
  Pfister averaged 15.3 points a game in Evergreen’s three games: a 57-35 win over Queen of Peace on Monday, a 45-44 setback against TF North on Tuesday and a thrilling 54-52 overtime victory over Tinley Park on Thursday.
  Pfister scored 15 points versus both the Pride and Lady Meteors, then dropped in 16 against the Lady Titans. That latter total included the game-winning bucket with 20 seconds remaining.

Community sports news

Community-sports Fall-Sports-Awards BradshawSubmitted photo: Oak Lawn High School’s Becky Bradshaw was named as the top volleyball player in the South Suburban Conference Red this fall. Oak Lawn honors fall athletes

Oak Lawn High School recently honored a number of student-athletes for their accomplishments during the 2013 fall season.

  The list of feted individuals included volleyball player Becky Bradshaw, who was earlier named the South Suburban Conference Red Player of the Year, and state-qualifying tennis player Alexis Fletcher. Fletcher shared the team MVP award with Paulina Kotwica in that sport, and both girls were all-conference selections.
  Other tennis players recognized were Emily Salomone and Azizza Hasan, who were both chosen for the Sportsmanship Award.
  Joining team MVP Bradshaw on the All-SSC Red volleyball squad were Christina Egan, Simona Tomczak, Brianna Markusic and Tracy Peck (honorable mention). All of them played key roles in the Lady Spartans’ capturing of an SSC Red title. Named as Oak Lawn’s Sportsmanship Award winner was Tara Hill.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Women’s hoops team looks four-ward

  This is already a better basketball season for Trinity Christian College’s women’s team than the previous one.
  Victory No. 4, scored on Saturday with a 77-74 triumph over Goshen (Ind.) on the Maple Leafs’ court, vaulted the Trolls above their win total of a year ago. The 2012-13 campaign included 22 losses. It was also Trinity’s second victory in a row, the first multiple-game win streak in two seasons.
  The Trolls (4-8) were chasing three in a row — a feat unachieved in the last five years — this past Tuesday in Milwaukee versus Cardinal Stritch University. They host Judson University today at 1 p.m. in their pre-Christmas finale.

SXU sports summary

More academic honors for fall-season athletes

  The on-field success of many St. Xavier University teams wasn’t all that was notable about the fall sports season.
  Mixed in with the athletic feats were some notable ones in the classroom, as a half-dozen Cougars recently got named as 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. To be eligible for the honor, student-athletes must be nominated by their coaches or the sports information director at their school, have reached junior academic status and maintained a minimum cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.