Sports Wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

 After losing a total of 10 seniors to graduation, it would have been easy for Shepard girls’ swim coach Barb Larson to accept the fact that the 2013 season would be strictly a rebuilding one.
  However, a 7-2 dual-meet record from a Lady Astros squad with just two seniors is giving Larson hope for more than just the future. Shepard won both of its encounters last week, defeating Thornton Fractional co-op (67-27) and Oak Forest (103-82) in a pair of South Suburban Conference crossovers on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.
  “We have some pretty solid young girls,” Larson said. “We have a good bunch this year. We lost many seniors from last year’s team, but this young group is very talented and hard working. We have very versatile swimmers [and] I’m happy with them.

Community sports news

Southside Shooters to hold tryouts
  The Southside Shooters Girls’ Basketball Club will conduct tryouts on Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and Nov. 7 at Stagg High School.
  Each session will run from 6:30-8 p.m. For more information, call Gary Ferguson at (630) 935-1150 or visit the website at

District 218 to host Bulls youth camps
  District 218 will host Chicago Bulls FUNdamentals youth basketball camps for ages 5-14 on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, 9 and 16.
  The camps will be held at the administrative center, 10701 S. Kilpatrick Ave., in Oak Lawn, and divided into two age groups. Ages 5-8 will meet from 9-10 a.m., while ages 9-14 will go from 10-11:30 a.m.
  The cost is $60 for kids under age 8, $75 for older individuals, and includes a camp T-shirt and replica-autographed photo of Bulls star Derrick Rose. Registration is being accepted online at
  Additional details can also be found on that same website.

Shimko basketball to run tryouts
  The George Shimko Basketball School will conduct tryouts for players in grades 4-8 on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Oak Lawn Pavilion, 9401 S. Oak Park Ave.
  A boys’ session will run from 1-2:30 p.m., while two girls’ tryouts will be held. Female players in grades 4-5 will go from 2:30-4 p.m., with players in grades 6-8 to follow from 4-5:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend the tryouts, but parents must register players and sign a waiver form 20 minutes prior to an evaluation session.
  The GSBS winter season will run from November-February. For more information, contact GSBS at 802-GSBS or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Interested parties can also visit the website at

Winter-season tryouts for Illinois Hoopla
  Illinois Hoopla is hosting basketball tryouts for its winter season during the month of October at Orland Junior High School.
  Tryouts are held from 7-9 p.m. and are open to players in grades 3-8. For complete details, contact Rick Palmer at 460-6513 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit the website at

SXU sports summary

Cougars men pick up another soccer win

  Suddenly, that slow start seems as if it never occurred.
  St. Xavier University’s men soccer team continued its recovery from some early season woes by powering its way past Trinity International University last Tuesday. Hours after being named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, sophomore forward Marco Gutierrez notched a hat trick and dished out an assist to help the Cougars defeat the Trojans 5-0 at Bruce R. Deaton Field.
  The win was SXU’s fourth in its last five matches, all of which have been conference affairs. As a result, the Cougars are vying for first place within the CCAC.

Agents of fortune

  • Written by Ken Karrson

This time, Spartans get breaks, beat Astros

  The agents of misfortune suddenly got a few breaks to go their way.
  And those circumstances were enough for Oak Lawn to overcome its sometimes-erratic performance Friday night and bag its first victory since opening week. By no means was it easy — host Shepard, in fact, held a 20-7 halftime lead — but the Spartans were glad to accept a 21-20 South Suburban Conference Red win under any conditions.
  “Would you rather be lucky or good,” Oak Lawn coach Sean Lucas said with a chuckle. “We’ll take lucky this week.”
  For sure, the Spartans had been anything but that in recent weeks. Most frustrating to them were losses to Argo and Eisenhower in Weeks 4 and 5, both of which were administered by just two points.
  “We’ve been telling our players all year we’re a good team,” Lucas said. “We just had to prove it.”
  Ironically, from a pure execution standpoint, Oak Lawn’s third-year leader thought his athletes had actually performed at a higher level versus the Argonauts and Cardinals than they did against the Astros. In Lucas’ opinion, the Spartans “didn’t play well at all [here].”

H-F equals hurt, frustration

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Eagles’ QB injured in lopsided loss to Vikings

  The letters “H” and “F” in local high school circles are an abbreviation for Homewood-Flossmoor.
  Friday night, they also stood for something else: hurt and frustrated.
  Those words didn’t describe the Vikings, but their SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue foe from Orland Park. Sandburg entered the divisional contest with four victories in five tries, but still in search of one that might rightfully be thought of as a signature win.
  The Eagles must keep looking. H-F saw to that by seizing command of the game at Seliga Field in less than six minutes.
  The Vikings erupted for three touchdowns over that span, one of them coming on a 50-yard gallop by sophomore Deante Harley-Hampton. His twin brother, Devonte, accounted for the other two scores, which were bridged by a Sandburg fumble.