Community sports news

Crusaders edge Eisenhower for tennis victory

  A sweep of the doubles matches propelled Brother Rice to a 3-2 tennis victory over Eisenhower.
  Triumphing in straight sets for the Crusaders were the teams of James Gallagher-Jack Gorma (6-0, 6-2 at No. 1), Liam Millerick-Dan Mahoney (6-3, 6-4 at No. 2) and John Brandt-Dan Rooney (6-3, 6-4 at No. 3). Both singles matches were also decided in just two sets, as the Cardinals’ John Balcon (6-1, 6-1 at No. 1) and Kevin Aguirre (6-4, 6-1 at No. 2) defeated Rice’s Jeremy Tryban and Mike Foreman, respectively.
  Eisenhower captured three of the four JV matches that were contested.

Girls’ basketball camp to be offered at SXU
  St. Xavier University women’s basketball coach Bob Hallberg will host his annual basketball camp for girls aged 7-15 the week of June 16-20 at the Shannon Center.
  Sessions will run from 1:30-4 p.m. daily. Participants will be grouped according to age and ability, and Hallberg will actively teach each day. SXU assistant coaches and players will also be on hand to instruct campers.
  The cost is $135 per individual, and includes a camp T-shirt. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are available through the SXU athletic department or online at under the “summer camps” link.
  For more information, call Laura Kurzeja at (773) 298-3785.

RedHawks defeat Providence in boys’ volleyball
  A big day from Jake Moran helped Marist defeat Providence Catholic in a boys’ volleyball match.
  Moran paced the RedHawks with six kills and four service aces, and equaled Tom Inzinga’s total of four blocks. For good measure, Moran also registered eight digs, one fewer than team leader Dan Anzelmo. Anzelmo contributed an ace of his own to Marist’s offense, as did Luke Mayer.
  Mayer had five digs as well. Other players who chipped in to the RedHawks’ victory were Tim Hauser (13 assists), Matt Munro (three blocks, two kills) and Ivan Del Bosque (three kills).
  Prior to its conquest of Providence, Marist took eighth in the Gold Flight of its own invitational. Richards was fifth in that bracket.
  Among other area participants, Oak Lawn edged Shepard (25-22, 25-23) to take seventh in the Silver Flight, Stagg was the runner-up in the Bronze Flight after dropping a three-set verdict to Mt. Carmel in the championship match and St. Laurence wound up seventh in the Bronze.

Palos Park to offer sports programs
  The Palos Park Recreation Department will offer tennis lessons for youngsters and begin a T-ball league during the month of April.
  The tennis program, for ages 5-10, begins April 18. Participants will be taught the sport’s basics, trained in proper technique, basic scoring and rules of tennis, and undertake drills designed to improve hand-eye coordination. All players must supply their own rackets.
  The T-ball league, which is open to children aged 4-8, will run April 19-May 24. Games will be played on Saturday afternoons, and volunteer coaches are needed to run once-a-week practices. Each team will play six games and all youngsters will get an opportunity to compete.
  Registration for both programs is being taken at the recreation department offices, 8901 W. 123rd St. For more information on any sports activity conducted by the recreation department, call 671-3760.

Marist alums joining ESCC Hall of Fame tonight
  Marist alumni Gary Kostrubala and Tony Evensen will be among the 12 newest inductees into the East Suburban Catholic Conference Hall of Fame.
  The induction ceremony will take place tonight at Crystal Sky Banquet Hall in McCook. Nine individuals will enter the Hall, along with Joliet Catholic Academy’s 1994 baseball and 2004 football state championship squads and Notre Dame’s 2004 baseball titlist team.
  Kostrubala brought a pair of gold medals back to Mount Greenwood in the spring of 1982, when he returned from the state track meet as a champion in both the shot put and discus events. Less than a full year later, it was Evensen’s turn, as he became Illinois’ best wrestler at 138 pounds in February of 1983.
  Former Carmel football players Jack Simmons and Mark Venegoni, former Marian Catholic basketball player Adam Savick, Benet Academy boys’ golf coach Dan Nagis, Benet girls’ basketball coach Peter Paul, St. Viator boys’ golf coach Jack Halpin and ESCC girls’ basketball officials assignor John Dacey round out the list of Hall of Fame newcomers.
  Tickets to the event are $50 and may be purchased through any ESCC member school’s athletic department. For more information, visit or contact Mike Hennessey at (847) 779-8652.

More NAYS tournaments headed to south suburbs
  Romeoville and Homewood will be the sites of two more National American Youth Sports basketball tournaments this spring.
  The events, which will feature competition for both boys and girls in six brackets apiece, will run as follows: May 2-4 at Romeoville High School and May 23-25 at the Homewood Park District. The respective deadlines for entry are Friday and May 2.
  The cost for each tourney is $160, and every team is guaranteed a minimum of three games. For more information, call 1-866-352-9215 or visit