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.

Ram tough — again: Vikings’ strong second half does in Gordon Tech

  • Written by Ken Karrson

An American automaker describes one of its models as “Ram tough,” but it may want to reconsider that slogan.

Better yet, perhaps the company should think about introducing a Vikings brand. That’s because, for two weeks running, a group bearing that name has been tougher than sets of Rams.

One week after scoring an emotional victory over Burbank neighbor Reavis, St. Laurence drove past Gordon Tech. Like their namesakes before them, this latest collection of Rams was victimized by a third-quarter onslaught.

This time, the Vikings erupted for 23 points over that 12-minute stretch, an uprising that staked St. Laurence to an 18-point advantage at Kavanagh Field. That was enough to get the job done, as the Vikings posted a 36-12 triumph in their home opener Friday night.

While St. Laurence’s overall performance didn’t rate as high a grade as their display the week before, at least in head coach Harold Blackmon’s eyes, there was something to be said for the Vikings’ ability to win a game sandwiched between two higher-profile contests.

In addition to meeting Reavis for the first time ever on the football field, St. Laurence’s early schedule included an encounter with traditional Chicago Catholic League Blue power St. Rita. That game takes place Friday at Pat Cronin Field.

“We kind of warned them about the letdown game [in Week 2],” Blackmon said of his players. “You kind of tend to overlook Gordon Tech in that situation, but they’ve got some talented players over there and they’re a pretty tough team.

Volleyball roundup: Lady RedHawks earning new coach’s admiration

  • Written by Anthony Nasella

Even though Marist competed in just two varsity matches during the first two weeks of the 2013 season, Julie Popp-Hopkins hasn’t been idle.

  The Lady RedHawks’ first-year coach has been taking in the entire new experience and loves everything she is seeing within the program, especially from her own players.

And that love was particularly evident when she watched Marist play with resilience against defending Class 4A state champion Benet Academy. The Lady RedHawks (2-0) fought back from a first-game loss to defeat the Lady Redwings in three sets, 12-25, 25-19, 25-21, Friday night in Lisle.

Ann Marie Stifter put down 11 kills for Marist, while Colleen Riley and Lizzie Zaleski both delivered eight. Riley augmented her work with three blocks. Also lending a hand were Molly Mayo (31 assists, seven digs) and Carolyn Yerkes (11 digs).

“Playing on the road and defeating Benet was a great experience,” said Popp-Hopkins, a Queen of Peace graduate who also had a stellar collegiate volleyball career at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

“Benet is a great program. They’re in our [East Suburban Catholic] conference and they’re back-to-back state champions, so there was a lot preparation on our end to face them.