Calling it one of the "most difficult decisions" he had to make, Jevon Mamon recently resigned as Richards' boys basketball coach to take over as the coach at Hyde Park.
Mamon's teams went 14-14 and 14-14 in the two years he was coach at the Oak Lawn school but this year could be a breakout year. Jaylan Catledge is a two-time Regional-Reporter Player of the Year and could be back and freshman Sean Willis made an impact after being brought in in the middle of the season.
"These kids at Richards were great and gave me everything that they had," Mamon said. "I appreciate that. The kids know if they ever need me, I'll be there for them. We're still a family.''
More information will be available in the Aug. 4 edition of the Regional and Reporter.
Reed ready to hit ground running at St. Laurence
St. Laurence officials replaced a retired 40-year cross country and track coach with a guy who has plenty of local and national ties to the running world.
Darrell Reed takes the helm of both sports for Terry Murphy, who retired in the spring. Reed spent the last four years as an assistant track coach at Lincoln-Way East and has coaching experience at De La Salle, Jones College Prep, the Merrillville Track Club in Indiana and is an official with the USA Track and Field organization.
“I’m extremely excited for the opportunity that our athletic director and the St. Laurence family have given me,” Reed said. “One of my goals as a head coach is to teach our young men the value of a four-part philosophy - God, coach, athlete and community. In addition, my staff and I would like to challenge our young athletes to not be afraid to win - in the classroom, on the track and in life.”
The Mokena resident and his wife, Carla, have two children (Christopher and Camille) who will be a part of the Lewis University track programs in the coming seasons.
“We are extremely excited to add a coach of Darrell’s character, energy and enthusiasm to lead our track and field and cross country programs,” said St. Laurence Athletic Director Tim Chandler. “His vision and goals for the programs are aligned with those of the athletic department, and I am confident that he will add to the impressive success that Viking athletics has achieved over the recent years.”
Prior to coaching, Reed was a two-sport athlete running track and playing baseball in high school. He received a scholarship to play both sports in college at Florida State University before an injury in summer ball ended his career.
Marist All-American wrestlers
Marist wrestlers Michael Laveille and Jacob Dado earned All-America status after competing in the Asics/Vaughan Cadet Junior National Championships last week in North Dakota.
Laveille took seventh place at 100 pounds in the Junior Greco division while Dado was eighth in the 132 division of the Cadet Freestyle division.
13 is a good number for Shepard runner
Paul Milkus of Shepard finished 13th out of 449 runners in the Detweiler at Dark high school boys race Friday at Detweiler Park in Peoria – the site of the Illinois High School Association state cross country meets.
Milkus ran 15 minutes, 45 seconds over the course. Also in the top 100, Palos Heights’ Joey Iaquinta was 88th.
On the girls side, Lyons Township’s Sarah Barcelona took 14th out of 314 runners with an 18:32 and teammate Cara Paliakas was 48th.
Orland Park’s Emily Schrader, a junior-to-be at Sandburg, finished in 148th place out of 792 bowlers in the United States Bowling Congress Junior Gold 20-under division in Indianapolis last week. She shot an average of 177.06 for 16 games.
Oak Lawn’s Alex Wozniak took 274th, Burbank’s Ashley Kuba was 289th and Oak Lawn’s Peyton Attig was 740th.
Smith puts up another zero
Richards graduate Angelo Smith threw a scoreless inning in the Double Duty Classic at U.S. Cellular Field on July 19.
It was the second time Smith was invited to the showcase. Last year, he threw two scoreless innings.