Community sports news

Oak Lawn Sharks seeking players

The Oak Lawn Sharks 14U baseball team is seeking one or two players to add to its roster.
The Sharks are part of Oak Lawn Baseball’s accelerated program and play a full-time schedule of spring and summer games following fall and winter workouts. They take part in tournaments that pit them against top-flight competition.
For more information, contact Gary Renken at 903-1472 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Oak Lawn baseball team feted for academics
Members of Oak Lawn High School’s 2014 baseball team were recently feted by the IHSA for their work away from the field.
The Spartans qualified for the organization’s Team Academic Achievement Award, thanks to a cumulative 3.1 grade-point average. Three of last spring’s seniors — Mitch Swatek (Southern Illinois University), Jake Slusinski (St. Xavier University) and Matt Dunne (Roosevelt University) — were among Oak Lawn’s top classroom performers, as were underclassmen Joe Dodaro and Alan Spies, both of whom carried GPAs of either 4.0 or above due to advanced placement classes.
In recognition of their scholastic accomplishments the Spartans will be featured on the IHSA website and included in the 2014-15 state finals baseball program.
“It’s satisfying that this achievement is becoming a trend,” Oak Lawn coach Bill Gerny said. “As a coaching staff we stress academic success. The players have risen to the challenge and made the classroom a priority.”

Southside Shooters holding tryouts
The Southside Shooters Boys Basketball Club will hold tryouts for 4th- and 5th-graders on Monday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Moraine Valley College’s Building “G” Gymnasium.
For more information, contact Bill Finn at 508-0170 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Oak Lawn bass tournament coming Oct. 4
The Oak Lawn High School bass tournament will be held Oct. 4 at the Des Plaines Conservation area.
In conjunction with Rayjus Outdoors, the tourney has been designated as an Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation high school championship qualifying event. Teams registered to compete in the Oak Lawn tournament can also fill out registration making them eligible to take part in the IBN tourney. The top five finishers registered with IBN on the morning of the Oak Lawn event will be qualified to fish the state championship on Lake Springfield in June 2015.
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Mt. Carmel Foundation to honor alumni in ‘Salute to the Champions’
The M.C. Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to serving the financial needs of students at Mt. Carmel High School, will host a “Salute to the Champions” event on Saturday, Oct. 25, from noon-3 p.m. at Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero.
The event honors coaches, players, captains, faculty and select individuals who have made valuable contributions to Mt. Carmel. Honorees will include Man of the Year Jordan Lynch (Class of 2009); Man in the Arena award winners Tom Barry (2007), Carmen Bucci (1991), Peter Doyle (1967), B.J. Futrell (2008), Robert Gordon (1958), Jerry McPartlin (1968), John Papas (1981), Michael Power (1981), John Walsh (1967), Bob Lucid (1962), Coach John Kading and Dr. Michael Liston; and members of the 1965 city-championship team.
The latter group includes Tom Kilmartin, Greg Carney, Ken Wallace, Richard Kolovitz, David Lewis, Larry Moore, John Walsh, Emmet Lewis, Charles Plonczynski, Pete Doyle, John Noonan, Tim O’Sullivan, Ben Slowinski, Mike Atkins, Pat Ryan, Victor Morris, Fr. Michael O’Keefe, Fr. Dan Carroll, Norm Kaye, Wayne Durham and head coach Howie Fagan.
The cost is $60 per person or $600 for a table of 10, and includes clubhouse admission, buffet, racing program and door prizes. Checks should be made payable to the M.C. Foundation.
For more information, call Howie Fagan at 780-3679 or 426-5212, or Craig Ferguson at (773) 359-0490.

Marist hosting free baseball clinics
Marist baseball coach Kevin Sefcik is hosting a final free baseball clinic for 8th-grade pitchers on Tuesday.
Players must bring gloves, cleats and water bottles, but no bats or helmets are needed. No preregistration is required.   For more information on the clinic, email Sefcik at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (773) 881-5300.

South Side Shooters conducting hoops sessions
The South Side Shooters Girls Basketball Club is conducting its “Skills, Drills and Scrimmages” sessions for players in grades 4-12 Tuesdays at Stagg.
Sessions run 6:30-9:30 p.m. For more information, contact Gary Ferguson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (630) 935-1150, or visit