Heliotis named Conference Athlete of Year

Stacy Heliotis, a senior at Gordon Tech, has been named Athlete of the Year for the GCAC White Division.

The vote by coaches of the conference was eight of ten. It is the second consecutive year and the third time overall that a Gordon Tech player has won the award.

Heliotis was a key member of the softball team, starting in every game during the three years she played varsity. The team posted a 43-16 record and back to back championships during her time on the team.

Natalie Martinez, a 2010 GT grad, won the award last year.

Melanie Claudio, a sophomore and Mika Morgan, a junior at Gordon, were also selected to the all-conference team.

Stacey Heliotis, a senior at Gordon Tech, was selected as Conference Athlete of the Year. Credit: Gordon Tech

Gordon Ladies defeat Maria Mystics 51-34

Gordon Tech Rams (6-11) bounced back with authority after Monday night’s loss to Mt. Assisi by playing stellar defense and draining three point field goals to put away the Maria Mystics Wednesday night.

Junior guard for the Rams, Jenny Carroll poured in 15 points. Senior forward Katelynn Reed added eight points of her own, giving the Mystics all they could handle. Gordon Tech cruised to a 51-34 victory.

Gordon Tech forced the Mystics into many turnovers and capitalized with great shooting as they jumped out early with a 13-5 first quarter lead.

Sophomore center, Melanie Claudio for the Rams caused some trouble in the paint while Maria’s quick guards tried racing to the basket. LaNaisa Lee (13 points) got things going for the Mystics.

Maria teammate Tyna Bowens (10 points) did all she could in the paint to try and slow the game down. But by the end of the third frame Gordon had jumped out to a 39-21 lead.

They didn’t look back.

Game notes: Gordon Tech starter Samantha Martinez sat out the game with a bruised hip. When asked about her injury, Coach Tom Kane said, “she has had some tough falls lately and I wanted to rest her up. She could have played if we really would have needed her.”

St. Bens Lady Bengals knock off Seton Academy

Senior guard, Heather Obmann got to the free throw line early and often as the St. Benedict’s Bengals knocked off Seton Academy 47-34, Friday night.

Sophomore Alexis Genge helped break through the second half full-court press by Seton, to help seal the deal. Victoria Orlowski had some key buckets down the stretch to keep Seton Academy at bay, just when it looked like they would pull within striking distance late in the third quarter.

Ybarra for Seton Academy had big shots in the post, pulling Seton Academy to a 34-28 deficit with a little under 2 minutes left to play in the third. The full court press seemed to stifle St. Ben’s as they looked to regain their composure.

A couple big stops late in the game and big baskets by Orlowski helped the Bengals in the fourth quarter and pull away with a 47-34 victory in front of their home crowd.

Bens women beat larger Lane

For the second time this season, the St Ben’s women hoops team has taken down a larger neighborhood rival, this time downsizing Lane Tech in a 61-46 game Monday.

St. Bens women, who had made it to the IHSA Class 2A first round sectionals in 2010, looked poised to repeat the performance in 2011. The team has lost senior Amanda Genge to an ACL injury for the season. However, it is getting behind her sophomore sister, Alexis “Lexi.”

Adding to the hopes is a move from Class 2A to 1A this season.

The defeat of larger Lane and neighborhood rival Gordon is giving the women more confidence.

In Monday’s game, the Bengals moved the ball around the court well. The larger Lane team attempted to compensate, moving from a zone 2-1-2 defense to a man-to-man defense, then back to a zone. “The turnovers killed us,” Lane coach Norman Milsap said.

“We couldn’t overcome the turnovers.” Milsap said the Lane team was a bit slower but credited his women with working hard. “We couldn’t react with the zone. It’s a speed thing for us right now,” he said.

Bens coach Chris Ford said the team adopted to an early lead by the Indians. “We became focussed. We came out ready to play.”

“We’re adopting to playing without Amanda. We’re relaxed. We’re playing our game.

“Lexi did a good job of running the game,” Ford said. “I was a little worried in the fourth quarter. But they steadied themselves and held on to win.”