Community sports news

Marist chooses Bromberek's replacement

Colleen Biebel, a 2007 Marist graduate, will take over as the Lady RedHawks softball coach when Denise Bromberek steps down at the end of the current season.
Biebel pitched for Bromberek between 2004-07, winning two East Suburban Catholic Conference Player of the Year designations during that span and being named to the all-conference squad all four years. She also played softball at Western Illinois University, where she was a four-year starter in center field.
Biebel concluded her career with the Leathernecks as a four-time All-Summit League selection for both her sport and academically. She was also named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine All-District V team in 2010. Biebel finished among WIU's top 10 in career hits, stolen bases and runs scored.
Biebel, who'll become just the second head coach in Marist's 11-year softball history, is currently a coach for the Beverly Bandits in addition to assisting with the Lady RedHawks since 2012. She previously coached the Palos Rippit softball club.

Local golf instructor to conduct free clinic
Professional golf instructor Bob Gates, a former coach at Oak Lawn High School and longtime contributor of a golf advice column to this paper, will conduct a free one-hour clinic on Saturday, May 17, at Stony Creek Golf Course, 5850 W. 103rd St. in Oak Lawn.
The session, which will run from 11 a.m.-noon, will focus on two of the sport's most neglected fundamentals: proper set-up position and club takeaway. Both subjects will be discussed, demonstrated and have solutions suggested through hands-on instruction.
The clinic is open to all. For more information, call Stony Creek at 857-2433.

Oak Lawn athletes sign letters of intent
Eleven student-athletes at Oak Lawn High School recently made official decisions regarding their collegiate futures by signing national letters of intent.
The signees represented seven different sports. Included among them were track athletes Victoria Jones (Illinois State University) and Jasmin Pelaez (Robert Morris University), basketball players LaTondra Brooks (Western Michigan University) and Jannah Mahmoud (Robert Morris), baseball players Jake Slusinski (St. Xavier University) and Matt Dunne (Roosevelt University), football players Ed Trybula (Concordia University) and David Michaels (Elmhurst College), tennis player Paulina Kotwica (Roosevelt), volleyball player (Becky Bradshaw (University of Wisconsin-Stout) and softball player Elisabeth Childers (Trinity Christian College).

Rice blanks St. Laurence in Catholic League tennis
Five straight-set wins, all by wide margins, carried Brother Rice's tennis team to a 5-0 victory over St. Laurence in a recent Chicago Catholic League match.
Only the Vikings' No. 2 doubles tandem of Bob Dorenz-Manny Sanchez was able to win as many as two games. They wound up falling to a 6-2, 6-0 defeat against the Crusaders' duo of Dan Mahoney-Aruydas Jarulis. Also triumphing in doubles play was the team of Jack Gorman-Jeremy Tryban, which shut out St. Laurence's pairing of Andy Li-Jay Wu 6-0, 6-0.
Singles victories for Rice came from Liam Millerick (6-0, 6-1 over Chris Thomas at No. 1), Will Saas (6-1, 6-1 over Justin Dang at No. 2) and T.J. Saas (6-0, 6-1 over Frank Murray at No. 3).

Marist falls to JCA in volleyball
Despite Jake Moran's 12 kills, Marist didn't have enough firepower to take down Joliet Catholic Academy in a recent East Suburban Catholic Conference volleyball match. The Hilltoppers had the final say by a 25-18, 25-20 score.
"Unforced errors truly can take you out of a match," RedHawks coach Jodi Frigo said.
Marist had little else besides Moran working well for it along the net, as the next-best kills total was just two. Matt Munro did register a team-high five blocks, however. Other contributors for the RedHawks were Tim Hauser (11 assists), Luke Mayer (six digs) and Nick O'Gorman (six digs).
Offensively, Marist managed only two service aces.
Sandburg second, Rice fifth in water polo
One goal was the difference between first and second place for Sandburg at the two-day Brother Rice Tournament, and the host Crusaders secured the fifth spot over Curie by that same margin.
Rice edged the Condors 13-12 in the fifth-place match, while the Eagles lost 9-8 to fellow SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue member Lockport in the title encounter. Other tourney wins for the Crusaders were notched against Hinsdale Central (15-8) and De La Salle (12-10). They lost 10-5 to Sandburg early on Day 2.
Besides Rice, the Eagles also got the better of Hinsdale Central (17-2).

Rice wins own track relays
Victories in five events propelled host Brother Rice to the championship of its own track relays last week.
The Crusaders amassed 97 points, which put them comfortably in front of runner-up Providence Catholic (71 points). Marist (70), Evergreen Park (53) and Marmion Academy (51) rounded out the top five in the 12-school meet.
Other local teams taking part were Stagg (ninth with 16 points) and St. Laurence (10th, nine points).
Rice's triumphs were earned in the following relays: 800 meters (1 minute, 30 seconds), 1,600 (3:28.8), shot put (124 feet, 11 inches), discus (349-1/2) and pole vault (33 feet). The Crusaders were second in the high jump (17-8), 400 (43.6) and the unscored Big Man 400 (53.5).
Other local winners included Marist in the long jump (53-7), 3,200 (8:31.5), mile medley (3:48.1) and distance medley (11:04.8), and Evergreen in the triple jump (109-2). The Mustangs ran second in the 3-by-110 high hurdles (53.2) and 800 (1:33.4), and St. Laurence did likewise in the mile medley (3:48.4).
The lone individual event was the unscored elite mile, where area runners occupied the 3-6 positions. In descending order, the finishers were Marist's Luke Haberkorn (4:37.2) and Luke McGovern (4:37.6), Evergreen's Matt Przeslicke (4:40.8) and Rice's James Durkin (4:41.0).

Annual Shepard football camp set for May 18
The sixth annual Shepard Youth Football Camp will be held Sunday, May 18, from 2-4 p.m. at the school's football field.
Registration for the camp, which is open to ages 6-14 (grades 1-8), will be taken at 1 p.m. that same day. The cost is $10, and includes a T-shirt and pizza. Players must supply their own cleats/gym shoes, shorts and practice T-shirt.
Astros varsity coach Dominic Passolano, who guided Shepard into the state playoffs in four of his first five seasons in charge of the program, will lead the non-padded camp, which seeks to develop the skills and teamwork necessary to participate in the sport. There is no weight limit or experience level necessary for individuals to take part.
For more information, contact Passolano at 371-1111, ext. 3362, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Golf outing at Cog Hill
Mt. Assisi Academy will sponsor a golf outing on Monday, May 19, at Cog Hill in Lemont.
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. that day, with lunch to follow at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The event will also feature auctions, raffles and various contests.
The cost is $150 per person, and includes a round of golf with cart, lunch, dinner and refreshments. Visit for more details.

Moraine to conduct summer sports camps
Moraine Valley College will conduct three youth sports camps this summer.
Athletic director and former men's basketball coach Bill Finn will lead a hoops camp from July 14-17 for youngsters entering grades 3-8. Each session will run from 9-10:30 a.m. The camp is designed to develop and improve fundamental basketball skills through instruction, group and individual drills, and team play.
Former Cyclones volleyball coach Gloria Coughlin will host a camp in that sport July 14-17 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. daily. The program, which is open to players entering grades 5-9, will improve fundamental skills through individual attention and group work.
Moraine women's tennis coach Nicole Selvaggio will instruct youngsters entering grades 5-12 in the fundamentals of her sport July 7-10. Sessions for those in grades 5-8 will go from 9-10:30 a.m. each day, with ones for grades 9-12 to follow from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The cost of each camp is $70, and all three will be held in the school's new Health, Fitness & Recreation Center gymnasium. For more information, call 974-5727 or visit

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.


COMMUNITYSPORTSPHOTO2Submitted photo: A number of Oak Lawn High School student-athletes officially declared their college intentions by signing letters of intent.

COMMUNITYSPORTSPHOTO3Submitted photo: Signing on the dotted line - Palos Heights resident Rachel Janke (seated, with pen) signs a letter of intent last week with Trinity Christian College, where she will continue to compete in track and field. Surrounding her are her Chicago Christian teammates and Lady Knights coach Jim Kwasteniet.

COMMUNITYSPORTSPHOTO1Submitted photo: Marist grad Colleen Biebel will become the Lady RedHawks softball coach in 2015.