Community sports news

Oak Lawn’s Baxa to play for Moraine Valley

  Former Oak Lawn High School baseball player Lee Baxa, a 6-foot-5 pitcher, will continue his athletic career at Moraine Valley College in the spring as a member of the Cyclones’ diamond squad.
  Baxa received a scholarship from Moraine after helping the Spartans win the South Suburban Conference Red title in their first season under Bill Gerny. Used primarily as a reliever, Baxa earned a starting assignment in Oak Lawn’s last regular-season game and threw a four-hitter over 3 2/3 innings.

SXU sports summary

Women golfers’ debut shortened by rain

  From start to premature finish.
  That described St. Xavier University’s ushering in of its inaugural women’s golf season. After taking the course for the first time ever on Saturday at the Benedictine University Invitational, the Cougars saw their scheduled two-day stint at St. Andrew’s Golf Course and Country Club cut in half when bad weather visited West Chicago on Sunday.
  That meant Saturday’s scores were the deciding ones, and the circumstances prevented freshman Katie Reno from perhaps making a charge at the top spot. As it was, she took third in a 66-person field with a round of 79. Backing her was freshman teammate Taylor Thompson, who carded an 83 that was good for a sixth-place tie.

RedHawks trap Roadrunners

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Marist outlasts Nazareth in offensive showdown

  Like that famous Warner Brothers cartoon character, Marist’s prey Friday night was a roadrunner.
  Actually, it was a whole lot of them, representing Nazareth Academy, and for a while they proved every bit as elusive as the single one that continually made life miserable for Wile E. Coyote. Case in point: The capital “R” Roadrunners, seemingly ready to be caged for good after falling behind 28-9 in the second period, suddenly slipped away.
  A touchdown shortly before halftime gave Nazareth a boost, and then two series into the third quarter the Roadrunners zoomed in front. Two scores, bridge by a recovered onsides kick, gave Nazareth a 30-28 advantage.


Fostering the right ideas

  Looking to athletes for parenting advice is akin to asking Bernie Madoff to become your financial advisor.
  Jocks tend to have little trouble making babies; many are so good at it, in fact, that they ask several different women to join in on the fun along the way. But after they sire, they often retire.
  There’s been no shortage of stories over the years detailing the efforts of deserted females to locate runaway athletic daddies and obtain financial assistance from them to raise the children they fathered. No one sport has a monopoly on producing those hit-and-run types, but the NFL can certainly claim its fair share of serial sperm donors.

SXU sports summary: Cougars volleyball team earns academic honor

While the new school year is now in full swing, St. Xavier University’s volleyball team recently earned one last honor associated with the year that ended in May.

And this one didn’t have anything to do with on-court exploits. Rather, the 2012-13 Cougars were feted for their classroom work by being chosen as a recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award.

To be eligible for the honor, a program had to carry a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. For the previous school year, SXU volleyball players compiled a 3.511 GPA.

“We had a very hard-working group of young ladies last year, and they were focused just as hard on their studies as they were on success on the court,” Cougars coach Bob Heersema said. “This is a special type of award because it showcases the tremendous balance that our team had in order to excel in both areas. We also had great senior leadership last year, and many of those seniors have already translated their academic successes into promising careers.”

Founded in 1981, the AVCA seeks to advance the sport of volleyball and its coaches. Based out of Lexington, Ky., the organization has over 6,200 members and works to serve volleyball coaches in both high schools and colleges across the nation.