34 | April 18, 2019 | the orland Park Prairie sports OPPrairie.com Athlete of the Week 10 Questions with Sarah Gonsch Sarah Gonsch is a junior softball player at Sandburg. How did you get involved in softball? When I was younger, I used to do gymnastics and my aunt [Florie] told me I should try to play softball. I didn’t want to. But I did it and I loved it. Why did she want you to play? Everybody knew that I wasn’t like a girly-girl so I wasn’t into gymnastics or dance. FREE FREE FREE CLASSIFIED MERCHANDISE ADS!!! In this tough economy, we'll give you a free merchandise ad totaling $100 or less. · Write your FREE ad in 30 words or less. · One free ad per week. · Same ad may not be submitted more than 3 times. · The total selling price of your ad must not exceed $100. · Ads will be published on a space available basis. · Free Ads are Not Guaranteed to Run! GUARANTEE Your Merchandise Ad To Run! Ad Copy Here (please print): $30 for 7 papers Free Merchandise Ad - All Seven Papers What is your proudest moment in softball? Beating Marist in the sectional last year. What is your college situation? I verbally committed to Ball State. I play [travel ball] with the Beverly Bandits and in eighth grade, I started going to college tournaments. I went to a camp, and they were actually interested in me. I was like ‘no way.’ I hope to major in athletic training. Do you have any heroes you look up to? My sister [Katie]. Do you have any pump-up music before games? My favorite artist is Post Malone and I listen to “92 Explorer.” Is there a movie you would watch over and over without getting tired of it? “High School Musical” because I like the songs. I’ve grown up watching that. It’s always been my favorite movie. Is there a TV show you could binge watch forever? “ S p o n g e b o b JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA Squarepants.” I grew up with that, too. If they made a movie about your life, who should play you? A comedian, because I think I’m pretty funny. What would the title of the movie be? “A Day in the Life of Sarah Gonsch.” Interview conducted by Sports Editor Jeff Vorva Merchandise Pre-Paid Ad $30! 4 lines! 7 papers! Choose Paper: Homer Horizon New Lenox Patriot Frankfort Station Orland Park Prairie Mokena Messenger Tinley Junction Name: Address City/State/Zip Phone Payment Method(paid ads only) Check enclosed Money Order Credit Card Credit Card Orders Only Credit Card # Signature ® Exp Date Please cut this form out and mail or fax it back to us at: 22nd Century Media 11516 W. 183rd St, Suite #3 Unit SW Orland Park, IL 60467 FAX: 708.326.9179 Circle One:
OPPrairie.com sports the orland park prairie | April 18, 2019 | 35 VOLLEYBALL Eagles retire number of late Downers Grove star JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor Sandburg’s girls volleyball team retired the number of a player who never had a serve, kill or block for the Eagles. She never wore an Eagles uniform. But the program retired No. 18 in honor of Downers Grove North’s Beth Dunlap, who died in February after being struck by a car. Her death caused shock waves among volleyball teams not only throughout the Chicago area but the state as well. Benefits have started in her name. Putnam County Junior High School players in central Illinois recently wore shirts in her honor. In March, a media group hosted an allstar girls basketball game in Joliet in which the game started with the score of 18-18, rather than 0-0, in her honor. Sandburg retired her number and members of the girls volleyball team gathered for a photo with the retired jersey before the boys team took on Downers Grove North on April 9. The Eagles presented the jersey to DGN coaches. Dave Vales, who coaches the Eagles boys and girls teams, said the volleyball teams raised more than $500 for the Beth Dunlap 18 Fund, which will benefit underprivileged volleyball players. Earlier in the season, Vales and the boys team raised money for RE;ACT, a group that helps first responders dealing with depression, and honored first responders from the area. Sandburg girls volleyball players gather around a framed jersey for Beth Dunlap, a Downers Grove North player who died in February. The Eagles retired the No. 18 in Dunlap’s honor. PHOTO SUBMITTED YOUTH SPORTS Lightning win OYA’s first state championship STAFF REPORT The Orland Youth Association decided to send a girls basketball team to state competition for the first time and the sixthgrade Orland Lightning team responded by bringing home the organization’s first basketball state title by winning the Illinois Middle School championship in Rockford in March. Players on the roster are Haley Tracy, Madison Vrdolyak, Katie Collopy, Abby Janociak, Evie Skog, Olivia Prodoehl, Lizzy Donlevy, Monajah Ewuosho, Sophia Pedergnana, Maeve Durkin and Grace Torgerson. Kristyn Prodoehl is the head coach and is assisted by Val Collopy and Peter Vrdolyak. YOUTH SPORTS Area players help fellow league after theft STEVE MILLAR Contributing Editor Mokena Baseball/Softball Association president Jason Zimmer said youth sports organizations share a bond over a common goal of enriching children’s life through sports. So, when Zimmer heard Belmont Little League in Joliet had thousands of dollars of equipment stolen from its storage shed with the new season right around the corner, he wanted to help. He also knew the families in his organization - which has players from Frankfort, New Lenox, Orland Park and Tinley Park, in addition to Mokena - would be eager to pitch in. “It’d be horrible it that happened to us,” Zimmer said. “One of our board members sent me a text message about what happened to Belmont Little League. I told them we’d have a lot of equipment for them to take.” Coincidentally, MBSA was holding an equipment Belmont Little League board members Carlos Carreno (left) and Dan Vestal filled a pickup truck with equipment donated by the Mokena Baseball/Softball Association. Photo submitted donation drive when the Belmont theft occurred. The league was collecting equipment with the intent of donating to Turn Two For Youth, a national charity that collects baseball and softball gear to distribute to underprivileged communities. The OYA sixth-grade Lightning team won the organization’s first basketball state title. PHOTO SUBMITTED this week in SANDBURG VARSITY HOME ATHLETICS BASEBALL ■ ■April 20 – hosts Lemont (DH), 10 a.m. ■ ■April 22 – hosts Bolingbrook, 4:30 p.m. BOYS TRACK AND FIELD ■ ■April 23 – hosting Thornton and Bradley, 4:30 p.m. BOYS VOLLEYBALL ■ ■April 23 – hosts Bolingbrook, 6 p.m. BOYS WATER POLO ■ ■April 18 – at Lockport, 5 p.m. ■ ■April 19 –hosts St. Ignatius-Tournament, TBA ■ ■April 23 – hosts Homewood-Flossmoor, 5 p.m. GIRLS BADMINTON ■ ■April 18 – hosts Homewood-Flossmoor, 4:30 p.m. SOFTBALL ■ ■April 18 –hosts Lincoln- Way East, 4:30 p.m. ■ ■April 22 – hosts Lockport, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD ■ ■April 18 – hosts Eagle Classic, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS WATER POLO ■ ■April 18 – hosts Lockport, 5 p.m. ■ ■April 22 – hosts Libertyville, 6:30 p.m. GIRLS LACROSSE ■ ■April 22 – hosts Downers Grove North, 7 p.m. ■ ■April 24 – hosts Wheaton North, 7 p.m.