MHR top story in youth sports 2021 | Sports
More than any other sporting level, youth sports were torn apart in 2020 as the world faced the worst of the pandemic.
Professional and college sports took place, albeit in unusual formats. The same goes for the Illinois high school athletic scene, where schedules and seasons have been adjusted and changed.
However, at the youth level, almost all sports have been closed in the last 9 months of 2020.
When 2021 arrived it looked pretty much the same for the first half of the year, but youth sports returned during the summer and came back with authority during a busy fall season.
The Beverly Review Youth Sports Story of the Year is the fall season’s dominance of the Most Holy Redeemer (MHR) football program. The Raiders varsity team defeated St. Catherine of Alexandria 44-18 on Nov. 7 at Br. Rice to win the SCC Championship game, ending the season 9-0.
The MHR junior-varsity team beat St. Christina 30-7 earlier in the day to win the championship. The JV Raiders also finished 9-0.
Here is a look back at a special year of sport for young people that has seen countless student-athletes, coaches, parents and families take on the countless challenges that were thrown at them in 2021.
–Jordan Hamb, a 12-year-old seventh grade student from Sutherland Elementary School, won US honors in the 60-meter hurdles and long jump at the 14U North American Amateur Athletic Union Championships who took place March 5-7 at Eastern Michigan University. . Hamb was fifth in the long jump and eighth in the 60-meter hurdles.
– Playing for the Major Division Championship at Evergreen Park Baseball Club, the Rays defeated the Giants 10-2 on June 22 to claim the title.
– Kennedy Park (KP) 11U baseball team beat host East Side in a blowout on July 8 to sweep the series best-of-3. In Game 1, KP earned a 10-0 victory with three pitchers, Ray Boyd, Matthew Winkler and Colin Moss, combining to throw a hit. The two wins were wins in three sets.
District and state tournaments did not take place in 2020
– The Windy City Brewers, a baseball team made up of players from the KP Little League and the Ridge Beverly Little League, defeated Warrenville 7-6 in 12 innings on July 13 to win the AA Championship of the West Suburban Baseball League ( WSBL).
It was the first time a Chicago team had won the league since its inception in 2015.
The Brewers were a freshman who finished 37-12. The team played a fall schedule in fall 2020, but jumped into a busy and normal schedule this spring and summer.
Playing July 7 at Kennedy Park in the WSBL semifinals, the Brewers beat the Kaneland Knights 8-4.
– In a matchup between two area softball teams, Team KP 10U clinched a big win over Ridge Beverly on July 19 at East Side Little League Fields to win the District 7 8-9-10 Division Championship in Illinois.
The KP Kaos team qualified for the 12-team state tournament in Beardstown, where the season ended in pools.
Finishing as a district runner-up, Ridge Beverly has featured many young athletes as the league seeks to increase its membership in softball and baseball.
– The Upper Deck Cougars, a multi-player Illinois travel baseball team from Mt. Greenwood and Oak Lawn, played July 10-16 in Cooperstown, NY, winning the Cooperstown All Star Village Week showcase.
– With the pandemic ending almost all youth sports in the 2020-21 academic and athletic year, including the entire Southside Catholic Conference (SCC) program during the fall seasons, d he winter and spring sports for young people returned to elementary schools in the region at the beginning of September.
In games played Sept. 2 at Br. Rice High School to open the season, MHR defeated St. John Fisher (SJF) in varsity and junior games.
–One of the highlights of the fall girls’ basketball season, the Great Mother McAuley Shootout returned this fall for its 35th annual tournament. The winners were St. Alexander (8th grade championship), Gary Comer (8th grade consolation), Sainte-Christine (7th grade championship), Sainte-Christine “B” (7th grade consolation), Sainte-Catherine d ‘ Alexandria (6th year championship), Incarnation (6th year championship), Sainte-Christine (5th year championship) and Saint-Michel (5th year championship).
–Two Morgan Park Academy (MPA) football teams, seventh / eighth and third / fourth, won their respective league crowns. Winning their second league championship, the MPA seventh / eighth-year team finished 10-1-1 overall. The third / fourth year team had a perfect 9-0 to win the championship. The regional league includes local elementary schools including Keller, Cassell, Clissold, Sutherland and Mt. Greenwood.
-CSC named two Conner T. Lowry Award winners, in honor of Tim Harkins of MHR and Anthony Durava of St. Gabriel, in a ceremony Nov. 7 at Br. Rice. The award is given to student-athletes who embody Lowry’s character, including a passion and commitment to the game. Lowry was a 2002 SJF graduate and the Br. Rice grad. He was killed during combat operations in Afghanistan in 2012.
–SCC also honored its All-Star football team on November 7 with players from Saint-Barnabé, Saint-Cajetan, Saint-Catherine of Alexandria, Saint-Christine, Saint-Daniel le prophète, Saint-Gabriel, MHR , Saint Kitts. Michael and SJF being chosen for the honor.
– The South Suburban Basketball League (SSBL) women’s basketball finals were held on November 7 at Marist High School with many teams from the area winning trophies. In the “A” leagues, St. Alexander won the eighth and sixth year titles, and St. Christine won the seventh year championship.
In the “A-” leagues, Mt. Greenwood-Blue won the eighth and seventh year championships. Sainte-Christine won the sixth year title.
In the “B” leagues, Saint Catherine of Alexandria won the eighth year championship, Saint Christine the seventh year and Saint Michael the sixth.
St. Christina went undefeated to win the fifth year championship, and St. Alexander also went undefeated to win the fourth year championship.
– The Christ the King (CK) eighth-grade women’s basketball team finished second in the CSC league, losing to St. Alexander on Nov. 14 at Mother McAuley. The Screaming Eagles had an impressive fall season with a 26-4 record and all four losses to St. Alexander.
– The St. Christina seventh year women’s basketball team had a dominant fall season, winning both the SSBL and SCC Championships. The Cardinals defeated St. Michael in both championship games, the SSBL on Nov. 7 at Marist and the SCC on Nov. 14 at Mother McAuley. Sainte-Christine was 39-1.
– The St. Cajetan eighth-grade women’s basketball team defeated Queen of Martyrs 28-21 on November 14 to win the SCC-White Division Championship.
– The Mt. Greenwood eighth-year women’s volleyball team started the season with a big tournament win on November 28, beating St. Daniel the Prophet in straight sets to win the St. Laurence tournament. The sixth-year team from St. Catherine of Alexandria defeated Incarnation for the championship.
– Playing for the championship of the 21st edition of Turkey’s fourth year Tom Hopkins Memorial Shootout on November 28 in St. Cajetan, St. Catherine of Alexandria defeated CK to claim the title.
–In the match for third place, Saint Christine defeated the Queen of Martyrs. In the consolation championship, MHR won against Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.
– CK’s eighth-grade women’s volleyball team defeated MHR on December 18 to win the Mother McAuley Grammar School Challenge.