Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Chief nemesis strikes Cyclones down again

  Once again, Moraine Valley College had to hail the Chiefs.
  The Cyclones women have only lost two Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference basketball games this winter, but both losses were doled out by Waubonsee College. And by virtue of their 68-59 victory last Thursday, the Chiefs avoided giving up a share of first place to Moraine in the league standings.
  This latest Waubonsee conquest had its roots in a 28-9 getaway for the Chiefs. An 11-4 run over the final five minutes of the first half brought the Cyclones within a dozen at the break, but Moraine never got closer than six after that. Waubonsee slammed the door on the Cyclones with some late free throws.
  Four Moraine players tallied in double figures, with Nariman Jaber, Jamilla Jones and Katie McGann all registering 11 points and Maggie Yandel tossing in 10. Jones also grabbed 13 rebounds, while Jaber contributed 11 boards and six blocks in addition to her scoring.

Community sports news

National Signing Day busy for local athletes

 With Marist’s Nic Weishar’s official commitment to Notre Dame highlighting the list of local decisions, a number of local high school athletes made National Signing Day a busy day.
  Weishar, a three-time all-area football selection of this paper, was a Parade magazine All-American as a senior and took part in last month’s Army All-American game in Texas. Other RedHawks gridders signing college letters of intent were defensive linemen Marcus Pitts (Robert Morris University), Isaiah Bickhem (Concordia University-St. Paul) and Adam Miller (Concordia-St. Paul), quarterback Jack Donegan (John Carroll University), linebacker David Nelson (St. Joseph’s College), offensive lineman Mitch Schleyer (University of Dayton) and punter Ryan Tucker (University of Illinois).

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trolls on a roll

  Two in a row. Four out of six.
  The potential of making the playoffs.
  Trinity Christian College’s men’s basketball team entered the current week with optimism. Most squads with an 8-17 record neither have, nor deserve, it, but the Trolls aren’t most squads. With more cohesive play and a late rally to get past Roosevelt University in last week’s opener, the possibility still exists that Trinity can squeeze into the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.
  There were five games remaining following Saturday’s 96-81 victory over Trinity International University, the Trolls’ second win of the week. A scrap with Indiana University-South Bend this past Monday and a Wednesday encounter with Purdue-North Central preceded this Saturday’s game with powerhouse Cardinal Stritch, and were key to the postseason opportunity.

Silent treatment

  • Written by Ken Karson

Quiet second half costly to Rice

  Silence may be golden to a librarian, but a basketball coach wants to hear a little noisemaking every so often.
  Brother Rice boss Rick Harrigan certainly got that from the home crowd, which was larger than anticipated on a snowy Saturday afternoon. And through the first half of the Crusaders’ Chicago Catholic League contest against rival St. Rita, his players — particularly Quinn Niego — were equally loud.

Learning experience

  • Written by Ken Karson

Youthful RedHawks swept away by Marian

  Young teams understandably go through extended learning curves, and Marist’s 2013-14 basketball squad is no different in that regard.
  In some ways, the RedHawks seem to be on the fast track, an assertion that has legs based on their gaudy record through the schedule’s first 19 games. Even with senior Nic Weishar — unquestionably its most tested varsity performer — in and out of the lineup due to a nagging ankle injury, Marist had piled up 15 wins prior to squaring off with Marian Catholic Friday night in Chicago Heights.
  The state-ranked Spartans, however, gave the RedHawks a hard lesson at Casey Court. What Marian taught its East Suburban Catholic Conference rival was that Marist still has plenty of room to grow.
  Of course, having Tyler Ulis in their lineup made it easy for the Spartans to offer instruction. The Kentucky-bound point guard wasn’t alone, either, as Marian came at the Weishar-less RedHawks in waves.
  Down 34-21 at halftime, Marist saw any hopes for a comeback dashed in the opening minutes of the third quarter, when the Spartans went on an 11-0 tear. Josh Cohn hit two baskets, including a 3-pointer, for Marian during the run, and the hosts also pulled down five offensive rebounds in the period’s first four minutes.
  The RedHawks eventually fell behind by as many as 29 points before outscoring the Spartans 17-6 in the last frame. Still, all that did was make the final score — 57-44, in favor of Marian — more respectable.