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Friends of Oak Park's O'Malley join fight against cancer

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jendryk sisters 2.jpgThe Jendryk sisters - Jenna (left) and Jessica (right) - who both starred at Benet before moving on to the college ranks, met on the volleyball court on September 29 as Jessica's St. Louis University Billikens prevailed over Jenna's Dayton Flyers 15-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-21, 15-12. Jessica hit .545 for the match.

Friends of Ryan O'Malley, who starred at Oak Park before graduating in 2007 and later played at Quincy University, are organizing a volleyball tournament to help O'Malley in his fight against cancer.

O'Malley, 24, has been beset by major medical bills in his fight against cancer and his friends have organized a tournament on Saturday, October 19 at Top Flight Volleyball Club to help raise money to offset his expenses.

Top Flight Volleyball Club is located at 1360 Madeline Lane, Suite 400, in Elgin.

The tournament is co-ed with two divisions - competitive and recreational. Each team must have three guys and three girls. The fee is $150 per team. The proceeds from the tournament will go directly to O'Malley's medical bills.

"We are trying to get as many universities, colleges, high schools, volleyball clubs, friends and family members to spread the word to get more participants for the tournament," said family friend Kate Nelson.

For more information, you can visit "Co-ed 6's Go Ball Out Bash!" on Facebook at

To make a donation, please visit Go Ball Out for Ryan O'Malley! at

You can also contact Nelson directly at


There will be more at stake than bragging rights on Wednesday, October 23 when Hinsdale Central hosts Hinsdale South at 6:00 p.m.

The two teams' annual "Volley for the Cure" match will benefit Hinsdale Hospital Foundation-Open Arms Breast Cancer Outreach Fund. The fund was established in 2011 to support breast cancer patients and their families by funding programs that bring hope and healing as families navigate the difficult journey through cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

Among the events will be a raffle, silent auction, bake sale and concessions. The teams will also be selling T-shirts. If anyone would like to donate items for the silent auction or raffle or would like to purchase T-shirts, please contact Kelly Moran at


If you're going to go all out to honor your coach as her 37th and final season of coaching comes to an end - decorating the gymnasium, inviting a number of school and district dignitaries and holding a special ceremony prior to the match - you best not mess it up by losing.

Conant didn't.

The Cougars honored Peggy Scholten by defeating Schaumburg 25-18, 26-24 Tuesday night, avenging a loss to the Saxons earlier this season. Scholten is retiring from teaching and coaching at the end of the school year.


Former Geneva standout and Michigan State outside hitter Lauren Wicinksi was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week last week after leading then-No. 15 Michigan State to road victories over No. 1 Penn State and No. 13 Ohio State.

The senior transfer from Northern Illinois averaged 4.1 kills and 1.4 digs per set. Wicinski is the third Big Ten student-athlete to be named National Player of the Week this season and second in a row. Northwestern's Stephanie Holthus earned the honor September 24.


Latin placed two players - sophomore outside hitter Catie Cronister and junior middle hitter Alexa Markman - on the all-tournament team at the eight team tournament it hosted last weekend won by Champaign Centennial.

Also named to the all-tournament team were Lexi Hall and Miaya Peacock of Centennial, Lauren Kent of Galena, Rory Manion of Immaculate Conception, Credence Stouffer of Lena-Winslow and Mariana Edmond of Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School of St. Louis, Missouri.


Here is a complete list of the pools at this weekend's St. Charles East Mizuno Scholastic Cup tournament at the Great Lakes Volleyball Center in Aurora:

Pool play Friday, October 11

Pool A: Benet vs. Barrington, 5:00 p.m., Naperville Central vs. Barrington, 6:15 p.m.; Benet vs. Naperville Central, 7:30 p.m.

Pool B: Plainfield North vs. Hinsdale South, 5:00 p.m., Neuqua Valley vs. Hinsdale South, 6:15 p.m.; Plainfield North vs. Neuqua Valley, 7:30 p.m.

Pool C: Joliet Catholic vs. Wheaton North, 5:00 p.m., Lockport vs. Wheaton North, 6:15 p.m.; Joliet Catholic vs. Lockport, 7:30 p.m.

Pool D: Lincoln-Way Central vs. Wheaton Warrenville South, 5:00 p.m., Muskego vs. Wheaton Warrenville South, 6:15 p.m.; Lincoln-Way Central vs. Muskego, 7:30 p.m.

Pool E: Naperville North vs. Rosary, 5:00 p.m., Hinsdale Central vs. Rosary, 6:15 p.m.; NMpaerville North vs. Hinsdale Central, 7:30 p.m.

Pool F: St. Charles East vs. Oak Forest, 5:00 p.m., Prairie Ridge vs. Oak Forest, 6:15 p.m.; St. Charles East vs. Prairie Ridge, 7:30 p.m.

Pool G: Lincoln-Way East vs. Rockford Guilford, 5:00 p.m., Edwardsville vs. Rockford Guilford, 6:15 p.m.; Lincoln-Way East vs. Edwardsville, 7:30 p.m.

Pool H: Bloomington vs. St. Charles East JV, 5:00 p.m., Geneva vs. St. Charles East JV, 6:15 p.m.; Bloomington vs. Geneva, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday's Gold, Silver and Bronze division quarterfinals begin at 8:00 a.m. with Pool A vs. Pool H and Pool B vs. Pool G. Pool C vs. Pool F and Pool D vs. Pool E play at 9:10 a.m.

The semifinals in all three divisions begin at 11:30 a.m. with the finals at 1:50 p.m.


Brooks (15-11) and Kennedy (16-7) are among the eight teams advancing to the quarterfinals of the Chicago Public High School Athletic Association girls volleyball playoffs. The quarterfinals will be played at 6:00 p.m. on Monday at the UIC practice gymnasium on 901 W. Roosevelt Road.

The quarterfinals feature top-seeded Payton (22-9) vs. Jones, Lane vs. Young, Kennedy vs. Taft and Brooks vs. No. 2 Northside College Prep.

The semifinals are Wednesday, October 16 at Attack Athletics at 2641 W. Harrison at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., and the finals are Friday at Attack Athletics at 6:00 p.m.


Prairie Ridge is looking for a junior varsity team -- comprised of mostly juniors with some freshman, sophomores and seniors - for a round-robin tournament on October 4, 2014. The tournament will start at 8:00 a.m. with three matches before lunch and two afterward.

If you are interested, contact Stefanie Otto, Prairie Ridge varsity volleyball coach, at


The Minooka volleyball team is hoping to score a lot of points on October 10 to benefit Shorewood HUGS as the Indians host their "Hits for HUGS" fundraiser.

Members of the volleyball program are soliciting donations for every point the varsity team scores during its contest against Oswego at the Central Campus. For example, if the team scores 50 points, a donation of 50 cents per point will generate a donation of $25.

Also, T-shirts may be purchased in advance of the game for $10 by contacting coach Chris Hoelscher at All proceeds from the event will benefit Shorewood HUGS.

Shorewood HUGS is a local organization that supports those in need in the community. Their mission is to touch the hearts of people by giving them hope of a brighter tomorrow.

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