Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Cyclones denied spot on national stage

Sweet redemption — that’s what Moraine Valley College’s women enjoyed on March 2.
That day, the Cyclones turned the tables on rival South Suburban College, which had administered a one-point setback to Moraine earlier this season. What made the Cyclones’ payback special is that this win brought SSC’s 2013-14 basketball campaign screeching to a halt while extending their own.
By virtue of its 71-70 overtime victory, Moraine advanced to the Region IV championship contest opposite No. 1-ranked Kankakee Community College. However, that’s where the fun ended.
Plagued by a bout of cold shooting, as well as the numerous trips to the free-throw line granted the Cavaliers, the Cyclones fell short of their quest to reach the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II national tournament. Instead, Moraine brought the curtain down on a fine 22-11 season by absorbing a 79-56 defeat on Saturday in Elgin.
The Cyclones, who lost for only the second time in their last 12 contests, were rarely in the hunt. They trailed by only six at 24-18 in the first half, but then got buried beneath a 23-6 blitz that put the No. 10-ranked Cavaliers firmly in control.

Class 4A Whitney Young Regional

  • Written by Ken Karson

Cut by close shave

Rice narrowly misses out on beating Meteors

The champs nearly became chumps.
After winning the inaugural Chicago Catholic League Tournament by scoring wins over such heavy hitters as Mt. Carmel and Loyola Academy, De La Salle understandably housed big aspirations heading into last week’s Class 4A Whitney Young Regional. But the path to Friday’s title contest proved treacherous.
That probably should have been expected, seeing as how the Meteors’ semifinal foe, Brother Rice, had already given them a battle during the regular season. De La Salle prevailed then by just three points, and last Tuesday’s rematch was every bit as competitive.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Reidsma, Bos score top-eight finishes at NAIA meet

Put Anna Bos and Andy Reidsma on a track, and they deliver for Trinity Christian College.
That was the case again at last weekend’s NAIA Indoor Championship in Geneva, Ohio. Bos placed eighth in Saturday’s 5,000-meter final by completing the race in 17 minutes, 36.70 seconds and collecting NAIA All-America honors in the process. She had run a school- and personal-record 17:28 in Thursday’s qualifying round and was seeded third entering the final.
Reidsma twice set school and personal records in his 5,000-run, first with a 14:53.23 clocking in the qualifying race and then by covering the distance in 14:43.35 in Saturday’s final. That brought him a seventh-place finish and All-America recognition.

Community sports news

Marist volleyball coach receives honor

Marist volleyball coach Julie Popp Hopkins was recently named as a recipient of the Thirty Under 30 award given by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
This award was created to honor 30 of the up-and-coming volleyball coaches under 30 years of age at all levels of the sport. Popp Hopkins was one of only two high school coaches to receive the distinction; the rest were college-level coaches.

SXU sports summary

Opponents set for men’s, women’s basketball teams

St. Xavier University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams last Wednesday learned the identities of their first-round opponents in their respective NAIA Division II national tournaments.

The men were to meet Cincinnati Christian University this past Wednesday at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. The Golden Eagles, who qualified for the 32-school national event for the first time, were unranked in the final national poll, while the Cougars occupied the No. 7 position.
Each club captured the championship of its conference tournament, SXU (29-4) doing so with an 85-74 upset of top-ranked Cardinal Stritch in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference final. Cincinnati Christian scored an equally impressive title-game win by beating No. 2-ranked Indiana University-Southeast for the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference crown.
IU-Southeast knocked the Cougars out of the 2013 NAIA National Championship in the second round.