SXU sports summary

Stritch still the (No.) 1

 According to the most recent NAIA Division II poll, only three men’s basketball teams in the nation are superior to St. Xavier University at the moment.
  Much to the Cougars’ chagrin, one of those programs visited the Shannon Center Saturday afternoon. Even worse, it lived up to its lofty billing.
  Defending national champion Cardinal Stritch owns the No. 1 ranking again this season, and it proved its worth against SXU. Having won an earlier Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash with the Cougars, the Wolves were unfazed by the hosts’ 14-point lead nine minutes into the first half.

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

SPORTS-WRAP -GIRLICHPhoto by Jeff Vorva: Junior Anna Girlich (middle, with crutches) was one of the favorites to capture the all-around title at last Wednesday’s SWSC gymnastics meet before being sidelined with a knee injury suffered five days earlier.


  All season long, Stagg’s boys’ swim team has been setting both small and big goals. Primary among them are titles in the SouthWest Suburban Conference and sectional meets, and strong representation and a good showing at the state meet.
  The goal-oriented Chargers have been seeing visible fruit. Highlighting their accomplishments to date are a 4-1 conference ledger and first —place finishes at the Downers Grove, Lincoln-Way North and Lockport invitationals.

Community sports news

COMM.-SPORTS 2014-OLOW-8th-Grade---St-MarysSubmitted photo: Our Lady of the Woods’ 8th-grade boys’ basketball team won a tournament title in Mokena.

OLOW boys win hoops tournament
  The Our Lady of the Woods 8th-grade boys’ basketball team captured the championship of the annual St. Mary’s of Mokena-Titan Tourney last weekend.
  OLOW’s roster consisted of Dan Schmidt, John Mahoney, Kyle Madura, Casey Campagna, Josiah Lopez, Joe Potempa, Billy Lovell, Ricky Rietjens, Derek Pietrowski, Pete Fitzpatrick, Drew Badon and Dante Corona. John Pietrowski and Dan Lovell coach the team.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Cyclones women net two more wins

  Two out of three ain’t bad.
  With apologies to former rock singer Meatloaf, that sentiment also applied to Moraine Valley College’s women’s basketball team in recent action. After suffering a lopsided road loss to Kankakee Community College on Jan. 25, the Cyclones returned to both Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference play and their winning ways.
  Moraine led almost wire-to-wire in downing Morton College 77-67 last Thursday and then picked up a 68-50 triumph over Oakton College on Saturday. Leading the way for the Cyclones were Jamilla Jones and Maggie Yandel.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trolls come up short

  If basketball were a 30-minute game, Trinity Christian College’s men would have been 2-0 last week. But both of those Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference contests were played to the regulation 40-minute length, and that made the Trolls 0-2.
  However, the losses to NAIA Division II 16th-ranked Robert Morris and Olivet Nazarene universities showed the continued improvement that was evidenced in Trinity’s recent wins over the University of St. Francis and Purdue University Calumet. That was especially true of the 51-48 loss to Robert Morris, where the Trolls led most of the way and were up by 11 points at intermission.
  Their defense led the way, as it held the Eagles to 19 first-half points and forced it to take poor shots throughout — Robert Morris hit just 26 percent of its attempts for the game. The difference occurred down the stretch, when Trinity endured a five-minute scoring drought while the Eagles continually found their way to the foul line, where they sank 14 free throws in the second half.
  The Trolls held a 40-34 lead with 10 minutes to play, but were outscored 17-8 from then on, with only Jared Jones’ game-tying 3-pointer providing a shining moment for them. Jones led Trinity (6-17, 2-10) with 13 points.