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Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

When Sandburg’s boys’ cross country team competed in last Saturday’s Reavis Invitational, it did so with an entirely different group than had run for the Eagles in the previous week’s meet.

  That suited head coach John O’Malley just fine because he was putting a coaching philosophy into practice. And the results turned out to be even better than O’Malley had anticipated.
  Even with starters Justin Adams, Henry Becker and Greg Burzinski resting, six Sandburg athletes finished among the top 20. That enabled the Eagles to easily win the 10-school meet, as they were 31 points better than second-place Marist.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

No denying Cyclones tennis team its success

  Neither Mother Nature nor Waubonsee College was any match for Moraine Valley College last Wednesday.
  The former threatened to wash out a scheduled Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference tennis encounter between the Cyclones and Chiefs by unleashing torrential rains and lightning upon the Sugar Grove area. The inclement conditions did cause a 30-minute delay, but Moraine weathered the interruption just fine.
  Much to Waubonsee players’ chagrin, their Cyclones counterparts quickly regained their groove and rolled to a 6-3 win. Half of the 18 sets Moraine captured were by 6-0 scores.
  Singles players Alexa Armon (No. 3), Claudia Maki (No. 4), Lindsey Walker (No. 5) and Tricia Poremba (No. 6) all posted at least one 6-0 triumph, and three of the four also excelled in doubles play. Walker and Poremba did so by partnering with one another at second-doubles, while Maka teamed with Kelley Grzych to form the No. 3 duo.

Community sports news

Oak Lawn’s Baxa to play for Moraine Valley

  Former Oak Lawn High School baseball player Lee Baxa, a 6-foot-5 pitcher, will continue his athletic career at Moraine Valley College in the spring as a member of the Cyclones’ diamond squad.
  Baxa received a scholarship from Moraine after helping the Spartans win the South Suburban Conference Red title in their first season under Bill Gerny. Used primarily as a reliever, Baxa earned a starting assignment in Oak Lawn’s last regular-season game and threw a four-hitter over 3 2/3 innings.

SXU sports summary

Women golfers’ debut shortened by rain

  From start to premature finish.
  That described St. Xavier University’s ushering in of its inaugural women’s golf season. After taking the course for the first time ever on Saturday at the Benedictine University Invitational, the Cougars saw their scheduled two-day stint at St. Andrew’s Golf Course and Country Club cut in half when bad weather visited West Chicago on Sunday.
  That meant Saturday’s scores were the deciding ones, and the circumstances prevented freshman Katie Reno from perhaps making a charge at the top spot. As it was, she took third in a 66-person field with a round of 79. Backing her was freshman teammate Taylor Thompson, who carded an 83 that was good for a sixth-place tie.

RedHawks trap Roadrunners

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Marist outlasts Nazareth in offensive showdown

  Like that famous Warner Brothers cartoon character, Marist’s prey Friday night was a roadrunner.
  Actually, it was a whole lot of them, representing Nazareth Academy, and for a while they proved every bit as elusive as the single one that continually made life miserable for Wile E. Coyote. Case in point: The capital “R” Roadrunners, seemingly ready to be caged for good after falling behind 28-9 in the second period, suddenly slipped away.
  A touchdown shortly before halftime gave Nazareth a boost, and then two series into the third quarter the Roadrunners zoomed in front. Two scores, bridge by a recovered onsides kick, gave Nazareth a 30-28 advantage.