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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.

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