Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

South Suburban sweeps past Cyclones

  This round goes to South Suburban College.

  Although they don’t share a conference home with Moraine Valley College, the Bulldogs have long been a main rival for the Cyclones. Geography has certainly played a role in creating that situation, as SSC sits closer to Moraine than any of the latter’s fellow members of the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference.
  Adding more heat to the matchups, at least in recent seasons, has been the national rankings achieved by the men’s and women’s basketball programs at both schools. The Bulldogs men, in fact, spent a brief time atop the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II poll this season.

Community sports news

OLOW wins consolation championship

  The Our Lady of the Woods 5th-grade Blue basketball squad captured the consolation championship of Most Holy Redeemer’s Tim Linnane Classic.
  Members of the OLOW roster include Ryan Thomason, Nick Coccaro, Michael Tylka, Connor Hall, Aidan Roach, Joe Zaccone, TJ Mohan, Finn McCarthy and Ian Kloehn. Ted Hall and Mike Roach are the team’s coaches.

SXU sports summary

Cougars women qualify for national track meet

  With Ashley Shares already set to represent St. Xavier University in the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships, the Cougars qualified four more athletes for the March meet out of last weekend’s NCAA vs. NAIA Challenge.
  The 3,200-meter relay quartet of Leslie Rosario, Dana Martin, Jordan Wallace and Nicole Watkins gave SXU a third-place finish at Olivet Nazarene University, doing so in a “B”-standard qualifying time of 9 minutes, 51.41 seconds. The four Cougars missed reaching the “A” standard by just over 4½ seconds.
  “I’m very excited to see how the 4-by-800 team progresses through the season,” SXU coach Lisa Ebel said. “The way this team has worked together in practice has laid the groundwork for great improvement throughout the season.

Losing their bite

  • Written by Ken Karson

Bulldogs scrap their way to split

  Basketball’s dog days may have already arrived at Richards.

  That’s because these assuredly aren’t the ’Dogs’ days.
  At least that was true a couple times in a busy week. Two South Suburban Conference contests, followed by a pair of encounters in Rockford Jefferson’s Martin Luther King holiday tournament proved draining to Richards, an assessment validated by its mostly uninspired performance in the second of two Saturday games.
  But the resultant 54-46 loss to the tourney hosts wasn’t the Bulldogs’ only low point. Even more frustrating to coach John Chappetto was Richards’ Friday defeat against Oak Forest, which marred the former’s heretofore spotless league ledger.

Meteor slighting

  • Written by Ken Karson

‘Resilient’ Astros knock off TF North

  Few would argue that TF North has been a South Suburban Conference stalwart in basketball ever since the league was initially formed.

  Thus, any win over the Meteors is considered a satisfying accomplishment. And, in Shepard’s case, it has also been a somewhat rare one.
  “We beat TF North two years ago at the buzzer,” Astros coach Tony Chiuccariello said, “but we don’t beat them very often.”
  The odds of Shepard reversing its fortunes Friday night in Palos Heights appeared rather long, especially since the Astros were coming off an emotionally taxing setback against TF South. What made Tuesday’s outcome difficult for Chiuccariello and his players to swallow was that, until a disastrous fourth quarter unfolded, Shepard had been in a reasonably good position to succeed.
  However, the Astros surprised Chiuccariello with a spirited practice session on Wednesday, and that energy carried over into Friday. Despite dealing with a distinct height differential that favored TF North, Shepard did enough things right to make off with a 51-42 triumph.