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Timmermans becomes career goals leader at Chicago Christian
  There’s nothing left for Getenet Timmermans to prove on the soccer field.
  The Chicago Christian senior became his school’s all-time leader in goals earlier this season, and with the Knights winning their own Class 1A regional last Saturday, Timmermans has a chance to add to his career total of 95.
  He’s already seven goals ahead of Christian’s previous standard, and his 37 markers during the 2013 campaign also represent the most for a Knights player in a single season. But Timmermans’ soccer excellence came about in a rather unorthodox manner.
  Orphaned at a young age in Ethiopia, Timmermans was excited about being adopted and becoming an American high school student. He knew this would be a place of great opportunity for himself and his younger brother, Fukado. Getenet didn’t speak English well, but he did play a great game of soccer.
  “When I got to the school, all I wanted to do was get on the soccer team,” Timmermans said. “I’d show up every day and ask the coach if I could play.”
  He wasn’t able to do so right away, as he had to wait weeks before he was cleared. But even with part of his freshman season lost, Timmermans scored goals at a rapid enough pace that he entered the current campaign with designs on breaking Christian’s scoring record.
  “I just kept working,” Timmermans said. “My team made it so easy for me. They are so good at getting me the ball so I can score.”
  And having his younger brother alongside him while it happened was icing on the cake.
  “Having Fukado on the field has made this the best season ever,” Getenet said. “He is the best freshman player CCHS has had.”

Sports wrap

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Lady Eagles place 11th at state golf

  When Sandburg’s girls’ golf team qualified for the state tournament by capturing last Monday’s Class AA Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional championship, the Lady Eagles broke new ground.
  No other Sandburg golf squad had ever made the downstate trip as a team.
  And while the Lady Eagles didn’t fare as well they would have liked in last weekend’s finals at Hickory Point in Decatur, they still finished 11th overall. That was accomplished with a roster completely devoid of seniors, which means big hopes exist for a return appearance next October.
  As she has been all season, junior Frankie Saban — who shot a state-best 69 in the sectional round — was Sandburg’s big gun as she carded a two-day total of 166. Close behind her was sophomore Emily Cosler, whose 36-hole score was 170. Freshman Emilyee McGiles (186) and junior Patty Meza (199) were the Lady Eagles’ other scorers, while sophomore Erin Cronin gave them a 210.

Moraine athletics wrap

  • Written by Maura Vizza

Cyclones tennis team headed back to nationals

  Next May, Moraine Valley College tennis players will experience the joy of six.
  While Paris in the spring appeals to many, spending time in Tyler, Texas, instead will be just fine with the Cyclones. That’s the site of the 2014 National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament, and it’s where Moraine is headed for the sixth time in program history.
  The Cyclones punched their latest ticket to the NJCAA event by placing second in the Region IV Tournament on Oct. 12. Moraine hosted the two-day event, and eight of its nine entries won a first-round match.
  Leading the way were singles players Claudia Maka (No. 4) and Tricia Poremba (No. 6), each of whom emerged as a champion. Maka won her title match by coming from behind against an opponent who had defeated her during the regular season.
  Both Poremba, who was unbeaten this fall, and Maka earned all-region recognition.
  Finishing as runners-up were Alexa Armon (No. 3 singles) and Lindsey Walker (No. 5 singles), while the doubles tandems of Maka-Kelley Grzych (No. 2) and Walker-Poremba (No. 3) both took third. Walker pushed hard before suffering a 6-4, 6-4 loss in her singles encounter.

Perfectly placed

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Mustangs stage another great escape

  Jacquet McClendon’s football future will probably be at wide receiver, but he’s presently making foes miserable as a defensive standout.
  The Evergreen Park senior is still doing much as a pass-catcher to warrant attention; his five receptions versus Eisenhower Friday night, for example, included two that went for touchdowns. McClendon also gained a total of 121 yards.
  However, when the Cardinals threatened to erase the last part of what had once been a 21-0 Mustangs lead, it was McClendon coming to Evergreen’s defensive rescue late in the fourth quarter. His interception thwarted Eisenhower’s final possession with under a minute to go and preserved the Mustangs’ 21-13 South Suburban Conference Red win that kept their ledger perfect.
  McClendon had performed a similar act of thievery near the end of a Week 5 clash with Richards, and that steal nailed down Evergreen’s 35-34 triumph back then. Amazingly, the Mustangs (7-0, 4-0) have collected five of their six on-field wins to date by single digits, four of them by no more than two points.
  And even in its biggest victory, 21-10 over Oak Lawn, Evergreen had to fight back from a 10-0 halftime deficit.

Southern comfort

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Crusaders keep momentum going vs. Irish

  As the southernmost school among Chicago Catholic League institutions, Bishop McNamara has frequently taken advantage of travel-weary opponents.
  A trip to Kankakee typically requires at least 90 minutes even for those schools closest to Bishop Mac geographically, which meant that Brother Rice had to avoid any bouts of fatigue if it wanted to have a realistic chance of subduing a decent Fightin’ Irish gridiron squad Friday night.
  Crusaders coach Brian Badke admitted that “Bishop Mac’s not an easy place to play,” but Rice had two big things going for it: momentum and something important for which to play. A record-setting victory over St. Joseph one week before had created the former, as it snapped a four-game Crusaders skid and kept them alive for a Class 8A playoff berth.