Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

While neither Sandburg’s nor Stagg’s girls’ swim teams produced any event champions at last weekend’s state meet, that doesn’t mean the two squads didn’t have positive experiences or that their athletes didn’t have strong showings.   The most notable performance came from Lady Eagles sophomore Claire Lawlor, who qualified for Saturday’s finals in the both the 50- and 100-yard freestyles based on solid efforts during Friday’s prelims. She eventually placed seventh in the 50 and ninth in the 100 with respective times of 23.71 seconds and 52.18.   The Lady Chargers’ strongest exhibitions were delivered by seniors Sophia Shalabi and Adrienne DiFoggio. Shalabi finished 15th in the 100-breaststroke (1:05.71), while DiFoggio wound up 21st in the 500-free (5:08.83).  

Girls’ basketball roundup

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Screeching Eagles off and winning

  In the opening game of its 2012-13 season, Mt. Assisi faced Evergreen Park and found itself on the wrong side of an eight-point decision.
  The Screeching Eagles ushered in their 2013-14 campaign last Monday against the same foe and found themselves involved in another close contest. There was one difference: This time, a combination of experienced talent and grace under pressure was on display for Mt. Assisi, which resulted in a 52-42 victory over the Lady Mustangs.
  One night later, the Eagles triumphed again, this time by a decisive margin over Josephinum, which was subdued 54-24.
  It’s a noticeable difference for a Mt. Assisi team that won just three regular-season games a year ago before coming alive in the postseason and capturing the school’s first regional championship in basketball.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Reidsma fourth in cross country finals;

volleyball team going national

  Now, that’s the way to finish off a season — and a career.
  In his final cross country race as a collegian, Trinity Christian College senior Andy Reidsma literally saved his best for last. One week after reigning as champion at the National Christian College Athletic Association meet in Cedarville, Ohio, the Wyoming, Mich., native made another impressive showing at last Saturday’s NAIA meet.
  Not only did Reidsma earn All-America honors for the second straight year, he did so this time by improving his finishing position by 24 spots. Clocking a school-record time of 24 minutes, 35.69 seconds over the 8K course at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan., Reidsma was the first Illinois runner down the chute and the fourth individual overall.
  Reidsma’s placing was the highest ever for a Trolls runner at the NAIA meet. The week before, he was feted for his leadership by the NCCAA, which gave Reidsma its coveted Wheeler Award. Trinity’s Hannah Schwab was the recipient of the NCCAA’s Ray Bullock Award that same day.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Volleyball team wins twice at national tourney

  For the second straight year, there was no national championship awaiting Moraine Valley College’s volleyball team.
  But the Cyclones’ return appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Tournament didn’t end uneventfully. Unlike in 2012, when a perfect season was marred by back-to-back defeats and a quick exit from the national stage, Moraine hung around long enough to take part in four matches.
  A first-round loss to No. 2-ranked and eventual runner-up Parkland (Ill.) College relegated the Cyclones to the consolation bracket right away, but once there they triumphed twice and made a strong run at a third success before settling for a top10-finish. The wins were the first national ones registered by Moraine during outgoing coach Gloria Coughlin’s 21-year tenure with the volleyball program.

Community sports news

Marist athletes sign letters of intent

  Six Marist student-athletes officially confirmed their college choices by signing National Letters of Intent during a ceremony on Nov. 15.
  Wrestlers Peter Andreotti and Mario Leville will both enroll at Purdue University in the fall of 2014. Andreotti, a two-time all-area football player for this paper, finished fifth in the state at 160 pounds last winter after taking sixth at 152 as a sophomore. Leville is also a two-time state qualifier.
  Softball players Brooke Wyderski and Julie Trellicoso signed with Loyola and St. Ambrose universities, respectively. Wyderski played shortstop and pitched for the Lady RedHawks squad that captured a Class 4A state championship in 2012. Trellicoso will be an outfielder for the Lady Bees.
  Moving on to play collegiate volleyball are setter Molly Mayo and Bridget Krasowski, both of whom reside in Oak Lawn. Mayo will attend Wofford (SC) College, while Krasowski will enroll at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind.