Sorry to be curt, but no pity for Schilling

 Those of us with a conscience try very hard not to revel in someone else’s misfortune.
 That’s easily done when the person in question is an average Joe or Josephine. In those cases, most of us can sincerely sympathize with the affected person because we envision his or her plight as something that could conceivably happen to us as well.
  But even in other, difficult-to-fathom instances we still attempt to play the role of concerned fellow citizen and at least voice public regret over unfavorable circumstances. And so I did with Curt Schilling — for a brief moment anyway.
  Then I came to my senses. Mind you, while I’m not gleeful about the former major-league pitcher’s state of financial affairs, my crying towels are staying packed away in the linen closet.
  You likely heard about Schilling’s latest undertaking — perhaps you even got in on his estate sale, which was held in Medford, Mass., this past Saturday as a means by which to clean up some clutter. The clutter in Schilling’s world is monetary.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Cyclones stay hot on soccer field

 A first-place finish in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference is a statistical impossibility, but that’s about all Moraine Valley College’s soccer-playing women have been denied in recent weeks.
  A late-season surge continued last Monday, as the Cyclones blanked Prairie State College 4-0. The win squared Moraine’s season ledger and improved its record to 5-1-1 over the last seven matches, a stretch during which it has outscored its foes 22-5.
  Aiding netminder Diana Lozano in her quest for this latest shutout were defensive players Patricia Tuxford, Jill Kossifos, Samantha Reyes and Kathleeen Gribbon. Starring on offense for the Cyclones were Yesenia Galvan (two goals), Leticia Diaz (one) and Antonia Zaper (one).
  Earning assists were Reyes and Stephanie Aimone.

Trinity sports report

  • Written by Tim Cronin

Trolls volleyball team splits against big guns

 The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Unless they beat you.
  Trinity Christian College’s volleyball team was part of both the axiom and its mirror image over the weekend. The Trolls won matches against Carroll and Viterbo, but then dropped decisions to fourth-ranked Madonna and Doane in the Big Guns Classic at the University of St. Francis in Joliet.
  Saturday’s losses meant Trinity carried a 26-6 overall mark into this past Tuesday’s resumption of Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play against Olivet Nazarene University. The Trolls are 11-0 in the league.
  Playing Madonna for the very first time cost Trinity its 14-match winning streak, as the Crusaders prevailed 25-21, 16-25, 25-22, 25-18. The Trolls’ victory in the second set was almost duplicated in the third, but a block and service ace put Madonna up 2-1 in games, and the school from Livonia, Mich., ran away with the fourth set.

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