Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trolls runners qualify for NAIA meet

  Two are in, and one more may join them.
  All season long, Anna Bos and Andy Reidsma have been the respective ringleaders of Trinity Christian College’s cross country teams, and their pace-setting ways continued last Saturday at Sunset Hills Farm in Valparaiso, Ind.
  Not only did Bos and Reidsma both log top-10 finishes at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference meet, but their efforts qualified them for the NAIA Championship, which will be held Nov. 23 in Lawrence, Kan. Bos covered a 5K distance in 18 minutes, 16.1 seconds, which earned her the No. 7 position among 107 female finishers. She wound up five spots in front of Trolls teammate Jessica Disselkoen, who clocked a season-best 18:43.7 and put herself on the NAIA-qualifying bubble.
  Disselkoen was to learn later this week if she had gained entry into the national meet. If not, she still had a shot at being invited to the National Christian College Athletic Association meet, which will take place on Saturday in Cedarville, Ohio.
  As for Reidsma, his 8K time of 25:59.8 was good for eighth place overall in the men’s race. Next across the line for Trinity was Cody Velthuizen, who finished 19th after completing his run in 26:50.9.
  Although there were a dearth of personal or season bests among the men, the Trolls still took fourth in the team standings. That matched the women’s performance. Five of Trinity’s females, however, recorded their lowest times of the year while helping the Trolls amass 97 total points, which were only five more than third-place Judson University.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Volleyball team notches 30th victory

 Thirty is a nice, round figure.

  And that’s the win total of Moraine Valley College’s volleyball team reached for the second straight season. The Cyclones hit that plateau again last Monday after defeating McHenry College 25-9, 25-19, 25-20 in a National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Region IV playoff match.
  Kara Kentner paced Moraine with a double-double of 11 kills and 14 assists while also contributing seven digs, two blocks and an ace. Also chipping in solid efforts were Gina Ryan (seven kills, 14 digs), Taylor Serrano (seven kills, three blocks, one ace), Joanna Curtis (21 assists) and Kayla Manthei (13 digs).
  Carl Sandburg College couldn’t derail the Cyclones last Wednesday, either, as Moraine took another step forward in the postseason with a 25-21, 25-12, 19-25, 25-12 triumph over the Chargers.

SXU sports summary

Cougars men win soccer playoff opener

  The Cougars live to fight another day.
  St. Xavier University’s men’s soccer team entered the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference playoffs on something of a low ebb after losing its regular-season finale to Robert Morris University, but there was no evidence of a letdown on Saturday. That’s when the Cougars used a 4-2 advantage during the penalty-kick shootout phase to advance past Judson University and into the semifinal round of the CCAC Tournament.
  SXU (7-9-2, 6-4-1) traveled to Bourbonnais this past Wednesday to face No. 2-seeded Olivet Nazarene University.
  Officially, the Cougars’ match with Judson was recorded as a 2-2 tie after two overtime periods failed to produce a winner. Junior Brandon Simoes, sophomore Marco Gutierrez, junior Rene Leon and junior Tom Lojek all converted penalty kicks for SXU.
  Leon’s unassisted tally with under two minutes remaining in regulation created the need for extra sessions. Lojek’s free kick in the 64th minute accounted for the Cougars’ other early marker.
  Juniors Bruno Oliveira and Michael Berrequin scored for the Tigers during regulation. Olivet was ahead 2-0 after less than 50 minutes had expired, but could do no further damage against SXU senior netminder Kyle Held (seven saves) until tallying a couple times on penalty kicks.

First not the last

  • Written by Ken Karrson

RedHawks declaw Cougars to begin playoffs

  For once, Marist’s first playoff game wasn’t also its last.
  Ever since the RedHawks advanced all the way to the Class 8A title contest in 2009, the postseason has not been good to them. Three straight opening-round losses sent Marist away unfulfilled each time, and before Friday night’s matchup with Plainfield South had gone very far, a similar fate looked to be a distinct possibility.
  The RedHawks committed turnovers on their first two offensive possessions, and one of them laid the groundwork for a Cougars touchdown. Josh Harris scored it on a 40-yard run.
  “That was not the start that we wanted,” Marist coach Pat Dunne said. “But we’re zeroed in on this year’s team, not what happened before. We’ve been in a lot of different situations this year, so [our players] didn’t hang their heads.”

Double trouble

  • Written by Ken Karrson

H-F ends Eagles’ season in playoff opener

  The third time may be the charm, but the second time just meant more harm done to Sandburg.
  Twice wasn’t any nicer for the Eagles, who had already dropped one game to Homewood-Flossmoor during the 2013 season. While Sandburg was able to recover from that Oct. 4 setback and soldier on, the Eagles’ latest defeat must be taken into the offseason.
  That’s where the Vikings made sure Sandburg was headed after doling out a 49-14 loss Friday night in Flossmoor in a Class 8A playoff opener. Although the final score bore an eerie resemblance to H-F’s earlier 48-10 triumph, Eagles coach Dave Wierzal insisted things weren’t quite so bad for his squad the second time around.
  And based on the first half of the rematch, that certainly seemed true. In fact, after Jim Robley raced 11 yards for a second-quarter touchdown, Sandburg found itself in arrears by just seven points.