Girls Volleyball: Minooka will give back — with help from HUGS
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media October 7, 2013 9:34PM
Updated: November 9, 2013 6:18AM
For her team’s annual match fundraiser, Minooka coach Chris Hoelscher wanted to try something different. Courtesy of the Shorewood HUGS program, she found it.
Thursday, when Minooka hosts Oswego, the Indians will be raising money with funds going to Shorewood HUGS and its upcoming ‘HITS for HUGS’ fundraiser.
“ ‘HUGS’ gives back to our community and helps grant people wishes, so we thought ‘Let’s do this for the community,’ ” Hoelscher said. “I think the community will come out and support it more when it’s going to an organization like this.”
Players across all levels of the Minooka program have been asking for donations, with 50 cents being donated for every point Minooka scores. If the Indians win in two sets, scoring 50 combined points, the donation would be $25.
T-shirts also will be sold for $10 in advance of the match. Contact Hoelscher at email@example.com for more information.
The Shorewood HUGS program previously has worked with Minooka faculty members diagnosed with cancer, and this year will be granting a wish for Shawn Capodice, a mathematics instructional leader at Minooka.
“The girls are going out there to teachers and faculty members, and the big thing is to support our community,” Hoelscher said. “We can have a nice little partnership when the community comes out to help and watch some volleyball.”
Lemont eyes conference title
Four-time defending South Suburban Blue champion Lemont recently has seen the conference landscape change. More balance, better teams — and the Indians are ready for it.
“We’ve been winning consistently (in conference), and the other teams are gunning for us,” Lemont coach Chris Zogata said. “They have been getting better and better. That’s a good thing, and it will strengthen our conference.”
Lemont closes its South Suburban slate with matches against Bremen, Richards and Tinley Park. The Indians also will compete at Glenbard East’s Autumnfest on Oct. 18 and 19.
Player of the Week
Jessica Lindsey, of Lincoln-Way East, is the Herald-News Volleyball Player of the Week.
Lindsey, a 6-foot senior right-side hitter and team captain, finished with 73 kills, 46 digs and 26 service points in helping the Griffins finish eighth in the Gold Division of the Asics Challenge. Lindsey also helped East to SouthWest Suburban Blue wins over Bradley and Joliet West.