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SSC All-Americans named in basketball, Marian Catholic successful in softball, volleyball – other scores

Scores from TFS, Marian Catholic, Illiana Christian

South Suburban CollegeLANSING, Ill. (April 12, 2023) – Two South Suburban men’s basketball players were named NJCAA Division II All-Americans last week. Nakyel Shelton was picked for the First Team after averaging 23.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 3.4 assists. Damontae Taylor, who earned a spot on the Third Team, averaged 17.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 3.3 steals.

SSC has had 14 first-team All-Americans and 18 total during coach John Pigatti’s 17 seasons.

“I am extremely happy for Nakyel and Damontae,” Pigatti said in a statement. “Being named to the All-American team is a big honor that both of them worked hard to accomplish. They both have a bright future and I am looking forward to seeing what is next for them.”

TF South

TF South

Boys Track

The Red Wolves just missed winning Saturday’s nine-team Stagg Invitational, getting edged out 114-111 by Oswego West.

South’s Karrel Harvest swept the shot put at 14.67 meters (48-1.5) and the discus at 40.29 meters (132-2.25).

The Red Wolves’ Jeremiah Jones, Jason Jones, Jaleel Lewis, and Nazheer Moore won the 800-meter relay by more than a second at 1:32.33.

Girls Track

The Red Wolves finished fourth among 12 teams in Saturday’s Andrew Invitational with 47.5 points, 68.5 behind champ Sandburg.

South’s varsity was led by runner-up finishes from Janiya Lucas (13.08 in the 100 and 26.42 in the 200), Rashiya Warfield (17.22 in 100 hurdles), the 400 relay team of Taylor Poole, Lucas, Nyrobi Mooe, and Laniya Porter (51.57), and the 800 relay team of Poole, Lucas, Moore and Porter (1:46.86).


The Red Wolves (4-3, 0-1) went 2-1 over spring break, sweeping Illinois Lutheran 8-6 and 10-5 on April 3 and falling 7-4 to South Suburban Blue rival Bremen on April 4.

Emily Dominiak went the distance in the opener against Illinois Lutheran with seven strikeouts and was 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs. Rebekah Whitfield went 2-for-4 with two runs.

Izzy Sprehe also pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts in the nightcap and was 2-for-3 with two runs. Yulissa Macudzinski went 3-for-4 with two doubles and Whitfield was 2-for-4 with three RBI.

Jaila Martinez went the distance against Bremen with three strikeouts. Whitfield was 3-for-4 with a double and Abby Kleidon went 2-for-2 with a double and two runs.


The Red Wolves fell 13-12 to North Oldham (Ky.) on April 2. Jack Starcevich was 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI, while Tyler Earmsmuth went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI.

TFS’ Tyler Earmsmuth pitches in a game against Reavis on March 29, 2023. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

TF United (TF South/TF North-co-op)

Girls Soccer

Alanis Gonzalez had a hat trick and an assist as United rolled by Oak Lawn 8-2 on Thursday.

Also contributing were Berenice Zepeda (goal, two assists), Zayda Gil (two goals), Katie Juarez (goal), and Teniola Odutusin (goal).

Boys Tennis

United fell 5-0 to Oak Lawn on Thursday and 5-0 to Reavis on April 4.

Marian Catholic

Marian Catholic


The Spartans improved to 11-0 by sweeping St. Viator 10-2 and 7-5 in the East Suburban Catholic Conference on Saturday.

Katie Pollock threw a five-hitter with 12 strikeouts in the opener and was 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Other top hitters were Kayden Porter (3-for-4, homer, three RBI), Gracie Jensen (4-for-4, double, RBI), and Sarah McManus (4-for-5, two doubles, RBI).

McManus was the winner in the nightcap and was 2-for-4 with a double, homer and two RBI. Izzy Alvarez went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI.

The Spartans wrapped up their South Carolina trip by beating Highlands (KY) 7-2 on April 5. Pollock pitched a six-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Jensen was 2-for-3 with a triple, RBI and run.

Marian beat Butler (Ohio) 9-0 and Lawrence (Ky.) 4-2 on April 3. Pollock pitched a six-hitter with nine strikeouts against Butler, Jensen was 3-for-4 with a run and Nicole Parisi finished 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.

McManus pitched a five-hitter with seven strikeouts against Lawrence and Zinnia Rosas was 3-for-3 with two RBI.

The Spartans swept East Carter (KY) 11-2 and beat Russell (KY) 14-0 behind McManus’ five-inning perfect game on April 2. She struck out eight. Pollock drove in three runs and Alvarez was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

Pollock threw an eight-hitter with seven strikeouts in the opener. Ella DeNormandie was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI, McManus went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs, and Alvarez drove in three runs.

Boys Volleyball

The Spartans (11-3) won their own tourney over the weekend, sweeping Bremen (25-17-25-16), Illiana 25-14, 25-17 and Montini 25-16, 25-15 in pool play.

Illiana also beat Montini 25-20, 25-14 and Bremen 25-17, 18-25, 15-10.

In Gold Division play on Saturday, Marian beat Homewood-Flossmoor 25-23, 25-14 in the semis, and Illiana 25-12, 25-19 in the final. The Vikings beat Berwyn-Cicero Morton 25-22, 20-25, 28-26 to advance.

Justin McGary had 19 assists for Marian against H-F. and 15 more vs. Illiana. Jacob Hansey contributed seven kills.

Marian beat St. Laurence 25-23, 25-18 on April 4 as Brandon Painter had 12 kills, McGary had 27 assists and three aces, and James Bullock Jr. contributed five blocks.

The Spartans downed Eisenhower 25-12, 25-16 on April 3 as McGary had 10 assists.

Girls Track

The Spartans took third among seven teams at Thursday’s Marist Invitational with 75 points, 73 back of champ Marist.

The Spartans’ Syvonna Perry, Brooklyn Holmes, Bethany Peoples, and Autumn Price won the 400 relay (52.20), London Denton took the discus (19.83 meters, 65-0.75), and Nyila Williams won the shot put (8.2 meters, 27-11.5).

Boys Tennis

The Spartans lost 3-2 to Joliet Catholic and 4-1 against Brother Rice.

Nick Kirsch (No. 1) and R.J. Macasaet (No. 2) won in singles vs. JCA. Matt Jenkins and Aaron Yock won a three-setter at No. 1 doubles vs. Rice.

Illiana Christian


Kevin Corcoran Jr. had two hits and two steals in an 11-0 win over Wheeler on Thursday.

Isaac VanderWoude had three hits — two of them homers — and five RBI in an 8-2 win over Hobart on Wednesday.

Gavin Meyer pitched six shutout innings for the win, striking out nine.

Corcoran pitched a five-inning two hitter with 12 strikeouts and no walks to earn the win as Illiana beat Whiting 26-0 on April 4. He also walked three times. He also had three hits.


The Vikings fell 1-0 to St. Laurence on Saturday. Losing pitcher Mikayla Derks struck out six, walked one and allowed one run.

Lydia VanderWoude had Illiana’s lone hit, finishing 1-for-3 with a steal.

Illiana beat Whiting 17-1 on April 4 as Mikayla Derks homered, Avery Martin was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI, Cheyenne DeJong finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and Lauren Sherwood was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI.

Girls Track

The Vikings scored 85 points to win a triangular with River Forest (44) and Washington Township (24) on April 4.

Boys Volleyball

The Vikings beat West Lafayette Harrison 25-18, 22-25, 25-23, 25-17 on April 4.


Mike Clark
Mike Clark
Mike Clark is a veteran journalist who has been covering sports in the Chicago area and beyond, from preps to pros, for more than four decades.