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Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

No repeat possible for Cyclones

Given its struggles during the regular season, Moraine Valley College had only one way in which it could return to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II men’s basketball tournament.
The Cyclones had to emerge as champion of the Region IV Tournament. But last Thursday, Kishwaukee College saw to it that Moraine’s postseason hopes got dashed immediately.
Already the owner of a 45-point victory over the Cyclones this year, Kishwaukee didn’t appear to have much to fear. Moraine, however, exhibited a great deal more fight in the rematch, just not enough to stay alive in the playoffs.

Community sports news

Bromberek to step down as Marist softball coach

Marist’s softball players will get one more opportunity to win some state hardware for Denise Bromberek.
Bromberek, who guided the Lady RedHawks to a Class 4A championship in 2012, has announced she will step down as head coach of the program at the end of the 2014 season. Bromberek, the only varsity coach Marist has had in softball, plans to move with her family to Utah.
Since the school went coed in the fall of 2002, Bromberek has posted a record of 307-107. She reached 300 wins faster than any other softball coach in state history, and her victory total ranks fifth all-time in Illinois high school annals. The 2012 title was the first captured by any girls’ team at Marist.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Spring has not sprung for Trolls

Once upon a time, there was a thing called spring.
It usually started even before the official solstice, and baseball teams could get in a game or two along the way without traveling a thousand miles to do so.
Not this year. Trinity Christian College is among those schools that have been frozen out so far this season. The Trolls are 0-4, and those games almost shouldn’t count on the record, for there will have been two weeks between pitches when they take the field again — weather permitting, of course.
They haven’t played since Feb. 24, when they dropped a twinbill to Brescia in Owensboro, Ky., by scores of 2-0 and 5-1. Since then, a doubleheader against Grace College and two slated with Harris Stowe State have been wiped off the calendar.

Piece of the action

  • Written by Ken Karson

Win over Rams nets Bulldogs SSC Red title share

Gaining a piece of the title pie didn’t give Richards coach John Chappetto peace of mind last week.
The veteran leader certainly wasn’t about to refuse the Bulldogs’ share of their latest South Suburban Conference Red crown, their ninth straight. It was guaranteed with a 63-54 win over Reavis on Tuesday.
And when Richards constructed a 34-16 advantage early in the second quarter on Friday against Oak Lawn, it appeared as if an outright conference championship was in the offing. The host Spartans, however, had other ideas.
Oak Lawn narrowed the deficit to five points by halftime, was tied with its guests after three periods and then scored 18 fourth-quarter points to claim a 67-63 victory.
“I was really happy with how we responded after a slow start,” Spartans coach Jason Rhodes said. “[Our] guys just kept playing and did good things.

White leaves them blue

  • Written by Ken Karson

Senior guard propels Stagg past Eagles, Spartans

The one-man gang has his partner back.
While Max Strus has been Stagg’s unquestioned on-court leader this winter, he was not expected to go it alone. And certainly on a number of occasions, the Chargers’ senior standout has been surrounded by productive teammates.
But Kevin White, a returning all-area player, has endured somewhat spotty performances in his final prep campaign and not consistently given Strus the kind of support necessary to keep opposing defenses honest. In truth, White has rarely operated at his physical peak, but Stagg coach John Daniels was keeping his fingers crossed that a breakthrough would occur.
And it finally did last week. White dropped in 37 points over two games and proved quite the able accomplice for Strus, who totaled 49. Their dual efforts weren’t wasted, either, as the Chargers routed Oak Lawn 64-36 in a Wednesday nonconference clash and then eased past Sandburg 66-60 in a SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue contest Friday night in Orland Park.
“I think this week’s headline is, ‘Kevin is back,’” Daniels said. “He played really well. Kevin had a lot of energy and looked real healthy this [past] week, and he played for us like he did last year. If he’s moving and attacking, that’s when he’s at his best.