SXU sports summary

Football players receive postseason honors

  The 2013 football season didn’t produce the kind of team accomplishments St. Xavier University has grown used to in recent years, but individual accolades were still plentiful in the postseason.
  A total of 12 Cougars were recognized by the Mid-States Football Association as members of its All-Midwest League squad. Nine of those players were named to the first team, and two of them — junior Nick DeBenedetti and senior Spencer Nolan — were chosen in a couple of categories.
  DeBenedetti copped first-team honors as both a receiver and return specialist, while Nolan was tabbed as the first-team punter and second-team place-kicker. Other first-team selections from SXU were senior running back Nick Pesek (Oak Lawn), senior offensive lineman Tim Ladd, senior linebackers Zach Dolph and Dave Marciano, junior defensive lineman Greg Hayward (Oak Lawn) and junior defensive back Jacob Ghinazzi.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trolls men drop three more

  The road to success is sometimes filled with potholes.
  Trinity Christian College’s men’s basketball team has to hope they don’t get too deep, lest the wheels come off.
  The Trolls dropped three straight games last week, losing a conference matchup with Roosevelt University before suffering back-to-back defeats against Indiana-East and Madonna University in the St. Xavier Thanksgiving Classic. The setbacks left Trinity with a five-game losing streak and eight losses in its last nine games entering this past Wednesday’s game at Viterbo.
  The 78-65 loss to Roosevelt was the Trolls’ second in as many Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference outings this season, and was due to slow starts in each half. It took Trinity almost three minutes to score a field goal, and it was down by nine points quickly, en route to trailing by 13 at the break.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Come-from-behind win highlights Cyclones' week

  Moraine Valley College’s men have a fondness for coming from behind on the basketball court, and that strategy worked out well for the Cyclones last Tuesday.
  A slow start and flat performance put Moraine in arrears of the College of DuPage at halftime, but the Cyclones rallied behind Kyle Ward and Johnte Shannon in the second half to bag a 78-66 win over the Chaparrals. Ward and Shannon combined for 26 points and were included among five double-digit scorers.
  Also providing solid performances on Moraine’s behalf were Paulius Ostruskevicius (15 points, five rebounds), Cameron Juillerat (15 points, three assists), Stagg alumnus Brett Kaiser (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Des’nique Harris (eight points, nine rebounds), In addition to his team-high 16 points, Ward had five rebounds and three assists, while Shannon complemented his 10 markers with six steals, five rebounds and four assists.

Community sports news

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 Sinclair honored as ‘Man of the Year’

The Catholic Grade School Football Conference posthumously selected Dave Sinclair as its “Man of the Year” for 2013. The announcement was made at a grade-school all-star football game played at St. Rita on Nov. 23.

  Sinclair, who succumbed to ALS in September, spent many years as a football coach at St. Patricia.

Mt. Assisi student-athletes named state scholars
  Six student-athletes from Mt. Assisi were recently feted for their academic accomplishments by getting named as Illinois State Scholars.
  Included among the Screeching Eagles chosen for the honor were two local residents: Mary Kate Wetzel, of Palos Heights, and Jeslyn Vayalil, of Orland Park. Also recognized were Jacqueline Freeman, Patricia Peters, Rachel Sepulveda and Lauryn White.

RedHawks down

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Marist’s bid for state berth denied

  Naperville became land of the loss for Marist Saturday night.
  Such a result didn’t appear likely in the early stages of the RedHawks’ Class 8A semifinal matchup with their namesakes from Naperville Central. But after establishing a 21-7 lead — the same score by which it had beaten both Bolingbrook and Oswego the previous two weeks — Marist’s semi experience wasn’t so sweet.
  The RedHawks stayed in front almost until the end, but an 18-play, 80-yard trek by Naperville that was capped by a 1-yard touchdown run with less than a minute-and-a-half to go finally ripped the lead from Marist’s grasp. So instead of planning for a Thanksgiving weekend journey to DeKalb, the RedHawks must wait till next year to try again.