Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

One trend Sandburg girls’ bowling coach Joe Geiger has noticed with his Lady Eagles is consistency, whether they’re competing in dual matches or invitationals.

  That steadiness continued last week, when Sandburg racked up a pair of victories at Orland Bowl. The Lady Eagles defeated Chicago Christian (1,553-1,323) on Wednesday and Lincoln-Way East (1,692-1,629) in a SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue encounter on Thursday.
  “We continue to bowl at, or above, our average every time we compete,” Geiger said. “With last year’s team, we never knew, apart from Nicole Powell, who we would receive consistent contributions from. This year’s team is very consistent.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Men stop skid, women’s win streak snapped

  Both of Moraine Valley College’s basketball teams saw streaks halted last week.
  For the men, that was definitely good news, as they were in the throes of a skid. That slide had reached four games after the Cyclones dropped a 78-62 decision to the College of Lake County in an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference matchup last Tuesday.
  However, Moraine finally reversed course on Thursday, as it slipped past Waubonsee College, 64-58, in overtime. Kyle Ward led the way for the Cyclones with a triple-double of 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, plus four steals.
  Denton Wallace tossed in 15 points, and together he and Ward enabled Moraine to set the OT pace and snatch away the momentum Waubonsee carried with it into the extra session after forging a 55-all tie with less than a full second remaining in regulation.
  Also lending a hand for the Cyclones were Johnte Shannon (11 points, five rebounds), Brett Kaiser (eight points, six rebounds) and Des’nique Harris (seven points, 10 rebounds). The win was Moraine’s first in conference play this season.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trolls rally, beat USF in OT

  There is light at the end of the tunnel for Trinity Christian College, and it isn’t an oncoming power forward.
  The Trolls scored their most significant victory of the season on Saturday, an 85-83 overtime road triumph over fellow Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference member University of St. Francis. To do so, they had to overcome a 16-point deficit, and by doing that Trinity (5-15) gained its first conference triumph after suffering eight straight losses.
  Such a record is hardly earthshaking, but it does provide something of a foundation for a team that had been getting beaten all around the league. And the way it was accomplished — with a 46-30 halftime margin gradually erased — made at least a small statement: Trinity Christian is not a doormat for the rest of the CCAC.
  Jake Van Den Berg and Jared Jones provided the Trolls’ heroics. Van Den Berg’s rebound of Joe Hehir’s miss supplied the winning points with a second left in the extra session.
  But before that could happen, Trinity — which never led until Ezekiel Odonkor’s jumper at the start of overtime — had to force the additional period.
  Van Den Berg’s driving layup with 40 seconds left in regulation cut the gap to three points. Forced to foul to stop the clock, the Trolls were fortunate the Fighting Saints missed their free throws. Then Jones, fouled at the buzzer on a missed 3-point attempt, made all three charity tosses to knot the score.
  Jones’ 23 points led Trinity, with Hehir’s 21 — which included an 8-of-8 free-throw effort — offering the Trolls a second viable weapon. Odonkor was a force inside with 12 points and nine rebounds, and Van Den Berg’s eight points and eight rebounds were also critical.
  Trinity’s 21-of-28 performance at the line far exceeded USF’s 10-of-24 effort.

SXU sports summary

  • Written by Tim Cronin

  The 2013 football season has been over for a couple of months, but recognition for St. Xavier University players continues.

  This time, seven Cougars were feted for their academic exploits by getting named as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. To be eligible for consideration, student-athletes must be nominated by their head coach or school’s sports information director, have achieved junior academic standing and maintain a grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  Representing SXU were junior defensive lineman JD Barchard, senior linebacker Zach Dolph, junior defensive lineman Greg Hayward (Oak Lawn), senior kicker Spencer Nolen, senior offensive lineman Brian Studnicka (Stagg), and junior linebackers Alex Walters and Jacek Wesolowski.

Community sports news

Matt-Prunkle              Matt PrunkleOrland’s Prunkle named St. Laurence soccer coach 
Matt Prunkle, who played soccer at Brother Rice and currently resides in Orland Park, will coach that same sport at St. Laurence beginning next fall.

  Prunkle has spent the past six years as an assistant coach at the collegiate level, with stops at Moraine Valley College, Olivet Nazarene University and St. Xavier University, his alma mater. He has also worked as a coach with Inter FC for a decade, during which time the team has won one state cup and been runner-up another time.
  As a player, Prunkle won the Chicago Catholic League’s Tony Lawless Award as a senior, was named to the all-state soccer team and earned All-Midwest honors. The Crusaders placed fourth at the state tournament that year. At SXU, Prunkle was a two-year captain and all-conference performer in his senior season.