AYSO soccer season in full swing

The Palos AYSO soccer season is in full swing, and a number of matches were contested last week.

Following is a recap of those reported encounters


Team #2 4, Avalanche 4

  Seven different players found the back of the net as the Avalanche and Team # 2 battled to a draw.

Scoring for Team #1 were John Mattes (two goals), Michael Kaunas and Adam Alleruzzo. Martin Kizlaitis was Team # 2’s top performer with a goal and assist, but Wael Gad, Alejandro Hucker and Kyle Donnahue all tallied as well.

Lightning 3, Team #6 3

  Another tie was registered in the Under-14 Division, as Ramiz Fakhoury scored twice and Darek Michniak had one goal for the Lightning. Jake Yerkes assisted on one of the markers.


Silver Soldiers 4, Blue Smurfs 2

  Two goals from James Hunt, plus one apiece by Matt Bogner and John Kennedy were enough to lift the Soldiers past the Smurfs.

Omar Gad distributed an assist for the Soldiers and Griffen Sterling also played well in a winning cause. Smurfs standouts included Ethan Zickert (goal), Aidan O’Leary (goal), Eric Nunez (assist) and George Evangelopolous (assist).

Blazing Energy 4, Ghosts 1

  Andrew Hughes and Matthew Senanov both booted home a pair of goals, and the Energy used those as the springboard to a triumph over the Ghosts.

Brian Sweeny notched an assist, while Hughes, Kaleb Donnahue, James Murphy and Matthew Rivera shared the netminding duties and anchored a robust Energy defense. Also helping out in that area were Mia Pagnotta, Isabel Piper, Devin Thielmann, Alaina Wolan and Maya Doyle.

The Energy were losing 1-0 in the third period when an infraction by the Ghosts resulted in a penalty kick, which Senanov converted to get his team on the board.

Team #9 5, Green Monsters 3

  Two goals by Michael Georgiou and one from Jonathan Lezon couldn’t save the Monsters from a loss to Team #9. Kevin Brennan and Yosef Ismail also played well in defeat for the Monsters.


Team #13 1, Neon Lights 0

  The Lights were turned off by Team #13, which recorded a shutout. Daniel Sweeney, Dylan Gumtow, G.G. Navarrete, Maggie McHugh, Nate Tran and William Hardison were the Lights’ principal figures in the match.

White Fury 2, Red Bull 1

  Colin Budd had a goal, but Red Bull couldn’t do any additional offensive damage against White Fury, who made off with a low-scoring victory.

Ryan Farkas, Karim Mohamed and John Vasiliades were other contributors on offense for Red Bull, while Grace Compagner, Josh Miller and Kaidence Roque aided the defense.

Rubber Duckies 8, Piranhas 0

  A four-goal effort by Faith Duggins highlighted a potent Duckies attack and propelled the team to a lopsided win over the Piranhas.

Also scoring for the victors were Aiden O’Hara (two goals), Eamonn Boyle and Nathan Colton. Keepers Haley Tadevich and Anthony Galan shared in a shutout.

Stickouts for the Piranhas included Lily Ceretto, Matthew Gilhooly, Alvaro Hucker, Maddy Meehan, Greg Sawertailo and Cassie Thornburg.

Team #10 5, Killing Bees 1

  Aydan Wilson’s goal was all the offense the Bees could muster as they dropped a decision to Team #10. Michael Jeffers assisted on Wilson’s tally and played a good all-around game for the Bees.

Blue Hurricane 3, Red Demons 1

  Tim Clancy scored, and Alan Wrzesinski, Nick VanWitzenburg and Victoria Venclovas all turned in solid efforts, but the quarter couldn’t prevent the Demons from coming up short versus the Hurricane.


Team #6 7, Orange Knights 5

  Defense was a missing ingredient as Team #6 outgunned the Knights despite Jude Welsch’s hat trick and Tessa Welsch’s two-goal exhibition on the latter’s behalf.

Tessa Welsch also passed out an assist, as did Emily Purtill.Also contributing for the Knights were Donny Chapman and Tegan Bumsted.

Team #4 6, Team #13 1

  Two goals apiece from Gavin Triezenberg and Nolan Navarrete carried Team #6 to a convincing win over Team #13. Lucas Parr and Sean Richards each added one tally for the victors.

Starring on the defensive end were Gianna Bacerott, Harry Doyle, Claire Connors, Alexandra Jancekova and Rebecca Lacina.

Ninjas 1, Green Dragons 0

  Jack Tadevich supplied the match’s lone goal, which boosted the Ninjas past the Dragons. Defensive notables for the winners were Grace Gambotz, Faisal Kherwish and Charles Librizzi.

Sharks 3, Storm 1

  Solo markers by Mari Jarmoszka, Lana Kerley and Julian Ruiz enabled the Sharks to calm the Storm. Tyler Blocker and Jackson Natenek each distributed an assist, and the latter also anchored his team’s defense.

Midnite Thunder 9, Team # 11 0

  Dual hat tricks by T.S. Thornburg and Sebastian Magiera were at the heart of a dominant Thunder attack, and the team had no trouble vanquishing Team #11.

George Vandiver and Brendan Zielinski both punched in one goal, while Layon Abuhanow and Oliver Levy were defensive staples.

Forgettable Momence: Redskins too much for Knights to handle

  • Written by Ken Karrson

A sewage plant situated close to Momence High School unexpectedly provided the ideal backdrop for Friday night’s contest between the host Redskins and Chicago Christian.

“It stunk,” Knights coach Jim Bolhuis said, “and the teams stunk. [At] the beginning of the game, both teams were awful.

“From our point, it was mostly missed blocks and missed assignments. We were making some [mental] mistakes, but they were fumbling snaps and dropping the ball. I think both teams were dealing with inexperience, but it was a very messy first half.”

Momence, though, cleaned up its act right before intermission, scoring twice within a short span to break a 7-all tie and establish a 21-7 lead for itself. Christian never recovered from that brief flurry and wound up getting tagged with a 41-7 setback.

The Redskins also beat the Knights soundly in a 2012 encounter in Palos Heights, but Bolhuis felt his squad exited this latest game in better shape than it did from the 56-12 affair of a year ago.

Community Sports News

Robertson, Hampton recognized as Sandburg’s top athletes 2013 graduates Ricky Robertson and Dakota Hampton were recently chosen as Sandburg’s Athletes of the Year for the 2012-13 school year.

Robertson, who now attends the University of Wisconsin, completed a two-year varsity wrestling career with the Eagles with a 99-1 record. He went 50-0 as a senior en route to capturing a state championship and was named the nation’s No. 1 wrestler at 195 pounds by Win magazine.

Sandburg also prospered on the whole during Robertson’s time there, as the Eagles landed back-to-back team state titles. In addition to his high school honors, Robertson won a Cadet national championship, got selected for the all-tournament squad at the pretigious Clash National Duals and was a member of Team Illinois.

Hampton, the daughter of former Chicago Bears great Dan Hampton, was a three-time varsity letter winner in volleyball and registered over 800 kills during her prep career. An all-stater as a senior, Hampton currently attends South Florida University.

South Side Shooters fall session for girls underway

The South Side Shooters Girls Basketball Club began its “Skills and Scrimmages” fall session this past Tuesday at Stagg.

Girls in grades 4-12 who are interested in attending future sessions should contact Gary Ferguson at (630) 935-1150 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit

OL High School to co-host bass-fishing tourney

Oak Lawn High School and Rayjus Outdoors will co-host a bass-fishing tournament on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Kankakee/Des Plaines River.

The event begins with a 6 a.m. check-in. Competition will start at 7:15 and run through 2 p.m. Schools may register an unlimited number of boats, but the overall field will not exceed 50. Each boat, which must be captained by an adult, can include up to four anglers.

The cost of entry is $40 per boat. For information, contact Chris Kuchyt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Back-to-School basketball camp underway

Illinois Hoopla is conducting a Back-to-School basketball camp for youngsters through Halloween.

In addition, tryouts will be held Sept. 19 for Hoopla’s winter travel season. For complete details, contact Rick Palmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 460-6513, or visit

Fisk to appear at CSC golf outing

Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk will be the special guest at the 22nd annual Cancer Support Center golf outing on Friday, at Flossmoor Country Club, 1441 Western Ave., in Flossmoor.

Fisk will compete against golfers on the club’s par-3 seventh hole. Registration for the event begins at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start to follow at noon. Lunch and dinner are included in the $325 cost.

The CSC provides programs at no charge for anyone affected by cancer in more than 70 Chicagoland south-side communities. For more information, call 798-9171 or visit

5K race to be held at Midway

Midway Airport will be the site of a 5K race on Sunday. The Midway Fly Away 5K, which gets underway at 8 a.m., will benefit Special Olympics Chicago.

Participants can either run or walk the course, which is located directly on the airfield. The race will begin and end at the Southwest Airlines Hangar.

Participants can also create a personal fundraising page on that same web site. Those individuals raising $250 or more will automatically be entered into a contest to win two round-trip airline tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S. with no restrictions or blackout dates.

On-site registration will be available on race day between 6 and 7:30 a.m. Participants should bring a photo ID and check in at the Southwest Hangar, 5035 W. 55th Street. Free parking will be available for all participants.


Growing pains: Youthful Astros absorb another hit

  • Written by Ken Karrson

Growing pains are called that for a reason.

Simply put, there’s nothing enjoyable about them, as Shepard players found out again Friday night. The Astros were hoping their season-opening trouncing at the hands of visiting Brother Rice had merely been an anomaly.

Instead, it was an indicator of things to come, at least for another week.

A trip to Chicago Heights for a confrontation with Marian Catholic did Shepard absolutely no good in the rebuilding-confidence department; in fact, it made things worse. The Astros did score their first points of 2013, and Edgar Madrigal’s 22-yard field goal actually staked them to a 3-0 lead.

However, it was all downhill from there. A special-teams mishap by Shepard laid the groundwork for the Spartans’ go-ahead score, and the tandem of Ki-Jana Carter and Emilio Garza proceeded to make life miserable for the Astros the rest of the night.

On target on the field: Mustangs sneak past Phillips in ‘opener’

  • Written by Ken Karrson

From the easy chair into the fire — that pretty much described Evergreen Park’s entrance into the 2013 football season.

The Mustangs didn’t just lounge around prior to Friday night’s meeting with Phillips, of course, but they also didn’t have any previous on-field experiences off which to build. Evergreen’s scheduled season-opener against Little Village the week before never got played, first because inclement weather forced a postponement, then because Phoenix coaches couldn’t agree on any suggested makeup time later in the weekend.

As a result, the Mustangs’ Week 1 win came via forfeit, which meant Phillips represented their first actual competition. And the Wildcats definitely offered a big-time challenge.

In fact, Phillips, which had pushed De La Salle to overtime one week earlier, very nearly left Evergreen with a victory in tow. Three things — or, rather, three people — kept the Wildcats from doing so.

When Mustangs quarterback Jonathan O’Brien hooked up with Jacquet McClendon on a 15-yard touchdown pass with 37.7 seconds remaining in regulation, Evergreen expunged a deficit and moved in front by three points. And then Tim Walsh came to the Mustangs’ defensive rescue.