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54 | February 16, 2017 | The tinley junction sports tinleyjunction.com Celtics shut out Mustangs in semi-finals Brittany Kapa, Assistant Editor St. Rita’s fan section came in strong, loud and like a scene from “Braveheart,” complete with blue face paint. The team’s fans would leave quieter and much more reserved than they entered. On Feb. 9, the No. 1 seed Providence took on the No. 4 seeded St. Rita in the semifinal round of the Kennedy Cup series. St. Rita hosted Providence at SouthWest Ice Arena in Crestwood for the second game of the series. Providence proved victorious by the end of the night with a 2-0 win, and swept the series with two back-toback shutouts. Tinley Park’s Ryan Iaciancio kept his undefeated streak alive in the Chicago Catholic Hockey League with a 25-save performance en route to the team’s Thursday night victory. “I knew it was an elimination game for them, so I knew that they were going to bring everything that they had,” Iaciancio said. “We prepared; we knew what they had coming in. Our defense played great and helped me get the shutout.” Iaciancio finished the game with a few memorable www.bjesLockport.com Ryan Iaciancio (middle), a Tinley Park resident, makes a kick save during the Feb. 9 game against St. Rita recording a shut out and series win. PHotos by Julie McMann/22nd Century Media • Mar 4 - Apr 15 • Saturdays, 9am - 11am • 7 Week Program • $250 Per Player • Ages 8 - 14 saves, one of which had him well out of the safety of the blue paint. Senior forward Josh Mooncotch scored the lone regular strength goal with 2 minutes 10 seconds left in the second period. Mooncotch was fed a pass from Jake Vennetti that got St. Rita’s goalie moving, and allowed enough space for Mooncotch to bury the puck in the net off of a quick wrist shot. Jake Rott picked up the secondary assist on that play. Mooncotch cited Iaciancio’s performance as one of the main reasons his team was so successful during the night. “He stood on his head,” Mooncotch said. “He’s been playing great the last two games, he kept us in and had two shutouts.” Providence’s second goal came at the very end of the third period after St. Rita had pulled goalie Mike Iwaniec in an attempt to even up the score. Kevin Horan made sure that did not happen with a buzzer beater goal into St. Rita’s empty net with less than a second to go. A common theme throughout the night for Providence was the team’s aggressiveness on the puck, and the team’s willingness to make good plays. Defensively, Frankfort’s Jake Lawler was able to keep Providence’s offensive zone time up with a series of good keeps at the blue line. “We try and be as aggressive as we can, and if you get beat we’re at least going to make you make a great play to beat us,” head coach Nick Iaciancio said. “Sometimes ,we have a tendency to go too hard, and lose our discipline in there.” The team’s aggressiveness did result in four penalties throughout the game. Despite being a man short the team was always able to have control of the game and the situation. Mooncotch was called on a crosscheck violation during the second period, and Providence was able to keep St. Rita from even getting a shot on net. “Our fourth line dominated play for a good portion of the time, which was a huge leg [up] for us to give everyone else a break, especially Josh Mooncotch (above), assisted by Jake Vennetti and Jake Rott, scores the lone even strength goal against St. Rita. Jake Rott (left) celebrates with his teammates after the team’s first goal in the second period. when you’re killing penalties,” Nick Iaciancio commented on the team’s multiple successful penalty kills. Iaciancio said he does not generally like to assign numbers to his lines, but cited that Mokena’s Cole Kaup, Shorewood’s Cam Cutler and Orland Park’s Shane Horan were all essential in the success of killing those penalties. The team celebrated their victory after the game, but knows that their next challenge looms ahead. Providence is preparing to take on Fenwick in the Kennedy Cup finals, and no one wants to lose focus before then. “We know we’re playing Fenwick in the finals, and we know they’re going to bring everything they have,” Ryan Iaciancio said. “They haven’t beaten us this year. Our last game was pretty close; we know that this final, anything can happen, so we have to bring our ‘A’ game.”

tinleyjunction.com sports the tinley junction | February 16, 2017 | 55 fastbreak TP native plays in Super Bowl LI James sanchez/22nd century media 1st and 3 A Team Effort 1. Helping Out Carson Meter (above) added 10 points to the score sheet and to the overall team effort. Mike DeHaan netted six points and added nine rebounds against Central. 2. Double Digit Points Joey Krutilla add 24 points to the T-Bolts total score against Lincoln-Way Central. Krutilla added nine of the team’s 12 points in the team’s first quarter lead against Central. 3. Staying Perfect Ryan Iaciancio, a Tinley Park resident and goalie for Providence Catholic High School’s hockey team, remains undefeated in the Chicago Catholic Hockey League with a 25-save game during the team’s semi-final win. Frank Gogola Freelance Reporter Few players have impressed Oak Forest football coach Brian McDonough as an athlete and a person as much as Tevin Coleman. The Tinley Park native who played in Sunday’s Super Bowl starred on offense, defense and special teams, and was routinely a track and field state finalist at Oak Forest. Remembered for his raw talent and soft-spoken nature, the boy who came to football by chance went on to excel at Indiana University and currently plays for the Atlanta Falcons. “He’d definitely be in the top three [players I’ve coached], if not the top one,” said McDonough, who’s in his 32nd year coaching at Oak Forest. “It’s hard to rate different positions, but as far as our wingbacks and our defensive backs, he’d be the one – without a doubt. He’s a kid you get once in a lifetime.” In one of the best individual efforts McDonough said he’s seen in high school, Coleman took a pitch around the edge and was spun halfway around by a defender near the sideline at the 10-yard line. He hopped to the 5-yard line, where he recovered and beat a diving defender into the end zone. In the second game of his senior year, Coleman put together a highlight tape that might take most players an entire season to do. He ran for two touchdowns, returned a kickoff for a score and had an 80-yard pick-6 against Rich Central. A cornerback, he looked like a blur when he ran from one side of the field to the other and tackled an opposing receiver at the 1-yard line. “He was our game breaker,” McDonough said. “I was always worried if he got hurt we’d be in trouble.” The play that told Mc- Donough the most about Coleman, a 2012 Oak Forest grad, was one in which Coleman wasn’t even involved. “Against Lemont, a kid got beat and knocked down on a play that probably cost us the game,” McDonough recalled. “Tevin was on the other side of the field, ran over, picked him up, helped him off the field and patted him on the back. He was a star player, the best player on the field every game. He didn’t have to do anything like that.” College offers started to pour in after the Rich Central game. They came from powerhouses like Michigan State, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Wisconsin. However, colleges mainly wanted Coleman as a defensive back, which McDonough thought was his best position. Coleman, though, wanted to play running back. It was a position he came to love after beginning to play football at 7 years old when his family couldn’t find a nearby Little League baseball team. He chose Indiana because of the chance to play as a freshman, and he became a Heisman Trophy finalist there. Before he was drafted in the third round by the Atlanta Falcons in 2015 to serve as the backup running back, McDonough reassured NFL teams of Coleman’s high character. “I never heard the kid swear,” he said. “He was so respected by the teachers. Every teacher that had him told me how hard he worked. He’d come in for extra work when he needed to. To me, that was the most impressive thing I saw with Tevin was how hard he worked in the classroom.” In the Super Bowl, Coleman scored a 6-yard touchdown on a pass out of the backfield to put Atlanta up 28-3 in the third quarter. He injured his left ankle in the fourth quarter and finished the game on the bench as New England scored the final 31 points to win in overtime. The innate speed and explosiveness that has served him well on the football field also helped him excel in track and field at Oak Forest. He took fifth in long jump at the Class 2A state meet as a freshman, and he finished second his sophomore and junior years. He finished fourth in the 100-meter dash as a junior. As a sophomore, he helped lead Oak Forest to fourth place at state, the school’s highest finish. “As a track athlete and as a football player, I don’t know if he had the best work ethic because in high school he didn’t have that tier that was just as equal in talent to push him,” said Oak Forest track coach Tom Monahan. “To see what he looked like physically, his attitude about getting better and wanting to be the best, I thought that really triggered more at college. I think competition breeds that for him.” Finishing the season strong Summit Hill cheer team place second in IESA state competition Summit Hill Junior High School cheer team recently competed in the Illinois Elementary School Association competition, which was held in Peoria. The team finished in second place. Photo Submitted Listen Up tuning in Index “Injuries are not an excuse because everybody deals with them, but he’s a tough one to play without.” David Wilson — Andrew coach, commenting on Evan Yerkes absence due to injury WHAT 2 WATCH Titans Boys Basketball - 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 • Tinley Park will travel to Bremen for a Friday night showdown against the conference opponent. 49 – Athlete of the Week 49 – This Week In FASTBREAK is compiled by Assistant Editor Brittany Kapa. Send any questions or comments to b.kapa@22ndcenturymedia.com or call (708) 326-9170 ext. 11.