Community sports news

COMM.-SPORTS 2014-OLOW-8th-Grade---St-MarysSubmitted photo: Our Lady of the Woods’ 8th-grade boys’ basketball team won a tournament title in Mokena.

OLOW boys win hoops tournament
  The Our Lady of the Woods 8th-grade boys’ basketball team captured the championship of the annual St. Mary’s of Mokena-Titan Tourney last weekend.
  OLOW’s roster consisted of Dan Schmidt, John Mahoney, Kyle Madura, Casey Campagna, Josiah Lopez, Joe Potempa, Billy Lovell, Ricky Rietjens, Derek Pietrowski, Pete Fitzpatrick, Drew Badon and Dante Corona. John Pietrowski and Dan Lovell coach the team.

Ribbens to be honored by Chicago Christian
  Chicago Christian will be welcoming a new member to its Athletics Wall of Honor.
  Set to be recognized in an induction ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 15, is Deb Ribbens, who guided the Lady Knights to their only state basketball title in 1981. Ribbens is the wife of former Trinity Christian College athletic director Dave Ribbens.
  For more information, call 388-7650.

Moraine to host program on sports-related concussions
  Moraine Valley College will host a program titled “Sports-Related Concussions: Strategies for Diagnosis and Treatment” on Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. at the Dorothy Menker Theater in the school’s Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Pkwy. in Palos Hills.
  The event, which is co-sponsored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, is free of charge and open to the public. Dr. Emily Martin, who studied at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, will be the guest speaker.
  For more information, call Mari Smith at 608-4039 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Golf expo coming to Tinley this weekend
  The third annual Tinley Park Golf Expo will be held Friday-Sunday at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Dr.
  Show hours are noon-7 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Attendees will be able test many new products, find golf-course bargains and receive free instruction from local PGA professionals. Children can test out their skills in the Junior Learning Center.
  In addition, Heartland Blood Centers will host a blood drive from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday. Individual who donate will receive discounted admission into the Expo. A portion of the weekend’s proceeds will be donated to the First Tee of Greater Chicago, a charity that teaches children life skills through the game of golf.
  For more information, call 342-5485.

Hickory Hills, Palos Hills baseball programs merge
  After years of competing against each other as local rivals, Hickory Hills Youth Baseball and the Palos Hills Baseball Association have merged into one organization.
  The new entity will be known as “Hills Baseball Softball Association,” and provide baseball and softball at all levels for children aged 4-16. HBSA, which will conduct play on fields in both communities, will accept youngsters from throughout the southwest suburbs for recreational participation, as well as for its part-time and full-time travel teams.

  Registration date Feb. 8 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday session will be held at Conrady Junior High School, Roberts Road and 97th Street in Hickory Hills.
  George Czarnik, of Hickory Hills, and Peter Donahue, of Palos Hills, will serve as HBSA president and vice president, respectively. For more information about the new organization or how to become involved with it, contact Czarnik at 599-6983.

Midwest Elite looking for softball players
  Midwest Elite Diamond 19-and-over women’s fast-pitch softball club is looking for college-rostered players to compete in the summer of 2014.
  The team will play in four local tournaments — including nationals — and two round-robin events. All positions will be considered, but specific needs include pitcher, catcher and infield/slapper. No practices are required.
  For more information, contact Bill Lammel at 289-3438 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Openings for Diamond in the Rough
  Diamond in the Rough fast-pitch softball has player openings in its girls’ windmill pitching, beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
  For more information, call Bill Lammel at 289-3438 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Palos Park to host winter basketball league
  Palos Park, in conjunction with the Palos Heights Recreation Department and Worth Park District, will host a winter basketball league for youngsters in grades 1-8 that will play games each Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through March 15.
  Each child will have one practice and one game per week, with an emphasis being placed on skills development. Separate leagues will be formed for boys and girls, and play will be conducted in a total of four different age groups.
  For more information, call 671-3760.