The Windmills 14U Blue girls fast pitch softball team went undefeated to win a qualification tournament last month, which earned the team an invitation to the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Hall Of Fame tournament in Oklahoma City this summer. This Windmills team is the first to ever qualify for the prestigious tournament, which features 24 top teams from around the country and takes place at the site of the Women’s College World Series and the World Cup of Softball. The team is based in Oak Park, and includes five members of the OPRF freshman softball team. The OPRF players are Marisa Belpedio, Leah Bry, Lauren Flannery, Hannah Press, and Nicole Turner.

Tennis and Fitness Centre group steps up to challenge

The Tennis and Fitness Centre of Oak Park and River Forest group that competed in the Hike the Hancock charity event a few weeks ago finished the 95 story climb under 25 minutes. The Tennis & Fitness Centre Hustlers, made up of local residents Laurie Berggen, Norma Rixter, Anthony Bersani, Helene Connolly, Mark Connolly, Mark Hanley, Janet Hanley, Krista Kaplan, Robyn Pearson, Karen Stoltz, and Stephanie Vacca raised over $3,000 for the Lung Association.

Rixter finished the 1,632-step climb in 11th place out of 77 participants in her age group of 50-59.

Soccer club has openings

The OPRF Strikers Soccer Club has a few team openings for the spring season in specific age ranges and will set up individual tryouts for interested players. Current openings: Girls U10 (4th grade), Boys U9 (3rd grade), Boys U13 (7th grade). For more information, contact the Striker’s office via email at: office

Registration has also begun for the Strikers’ ACORN Academy, an 8-week soccer training program. The program is open to players ages 7-12 at all ability levels.

Stars to play on semipro field

The Dominican University Department of Athletics and Recreation entered into an agreement with the Schaumburg Flyers, a minor league baseball team that plays in the Northern League, to use Alexian Field, home of the Flyers, for three dates and six home games during the 2007 season.

The Stars will play three Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) doubleheaders at the facility located in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The Stars will host Edgewood College on Saturday, March 31, for a Noon doubleheader. Dominican will then return to Alexian Field on Wednesday, April 4 for a 1 p.m. doubleheader with Benedictine University. The Stars will host Maranatha Baptist Bible College for a noon doubleheader on Saturday, April 14 for the final scheduled contests at Alexian Field.

The remainder of the Stars’ home contests will be played at Veterans Memorial Park, the team’s home facility located in nearby Maywood Park.

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