The T.F. South varsity baseball and softball teams will honor the military and 2000 T.F. South graduate Lance Cpl. Philip J. Martini, who was killed in 2006 while serving in Iraq, on Monday.
The players on both teams will be wearing camouflage jerseys to honor the military and Martini.
The softball team hosts Crete-Monee at 4:30 p.m. and the baseball team hosts Bremen at the same time. Both programs elected to collect donations and play a game in memory of Martini. Three years after his graduation, he and two friends, John Aylmer and Ryan Hemsley, decided to join the U.S. Marine Corps. Martini was killed in action by a sniper while on patrol in Al-Anbar Province, Iraq on April 8, 2006. That tour was the 25-year-old's second deployment during the Iraq War.
Alymer will throw out the first pitch at the baseball game, and Hensleyat the softball game.
The Lance Corporal Philip J. Martini Foundation has been created to benefit various marine-related charities. The Foundation has planted in Winterhoff Park with a plaque in his memory.
In a friendly competition to raise funds to donate to this cause, the softball and baseball teams will battle it out to see who can raise the most money.
To honor our military and Philip Martini, the boys will wear a camouflage jersey for this afternoon’s game.
The players are also selling non-camo T-Shirts honoring the Philip J. Martini Foundation. The T-shirts are $5 and all proceeds will be given to the Philip J. Martini Foundation.
Class 1A Seneca Sectional: Seton Academy's Mykel Adams qualified for the state meet in three individual events as she was second in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes.
Adams ran 13.148 in the 100, 27.11 in the 200 and 1:02.285 in the 400.
Seton also qualified in the 400 (50.942) and 800 (1:51.2720 relays.
Beecher's Joanna Banasiak was second in the discus (105 feet, 8 inches) and also qualified.
Boys Water Polo
Homewood-Flossmoor 16, Bradley-Bourbonnais 9: Kevin Kuchta's seven goals led the Vikings to the semifinal win at the Lincoln-Way North Sectional.
Mike Mitchell and Broc Thompson each had a hat trick. Jakobi McClellan had 16 saves. H-F (19-12) will play Lockport today for the championship.
Beecher 15, Grace Baptist 0 (5 inn.): Nick Hermanson had his best stuff on the mound, pitching a complete game one-hitter with 12 strikeouts to lead the Bobcats (11-13, 7-3 RVC) to the rout.
Kyle Wirkus drove in three runs, while Marshall Landis and Mike Takacs drove in two runs apiece.
Crete-Monee 9, Bloom Township 5: The Warriors scored six runs in the third inning and two in the fourth inning to take a 9-0 lead midway through the game, leaving a deep hole for the Blazing Trojans to dig out of in the Southland Athletic Conference win.
Brandon Hickey got the win, pitching five innings with seven strikeouts for Crete-Monee.
Donte Richie drove in three runs and Josh Walters knocked in two runs for the Warriors (19-4, 12-1), who drew 10 walks in the game.
Josh Hojnicki knocked in two runs for the Blazing Trojans.
Bolingbrook 2, Homewood-Flossmoor 1: Jacob Klemp and Isaac Cutrara each doubled for the Vikings (12-12, 6-6) in the SouthWest Suburban Blue loss.
Homewood-Flossmoor 2, Lincoln-Way East 1: Quadrea Allen hit a home run and Angela Roberts went 2-for-3 with one RBI to help lead the Vikings (5-16, 4-8 SWSC Red) to the narrow win.
Meagan Donermeyer struck out six and scattered just five hits for H-F.
T.F. South 5, Eisenhower 1: Devin Pieper gave up three hits and struck out 10 batters to earn the win for the Rebels (12-11, 9-9 SSC Blue).
Illiana Christian 12, Rich East 2 (5 inn.): Alexa VanBeek struck out seven and had a triple, homer and two RBIs to lead the Vikings (9-9) past the Rockets.
Tatum Oppenhuis was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Lemont 3, Beecher 2: Savannah Soppet struck out six, but the Bobcats (24-6) fell to the Indians.
Katie Howard and Savannah Lowe had Beecher's hits.
Manteno 6, Beecher 1: The Bobcats fell in the Class 1A Manteno Regional title game.
Brooks 7, St. Francis de Sales 1: The Pioneers couldn't get their offense going in the Class 1A Brook Regional final loss.