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Barrington's Peterson punches early ticket to coaching Hall of Fame

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  • Barrington softball coach Perry Peterson, here directing the action in a state quarterfinal game in 2007, has become the youngest member to gain inclusion in the Illinois Coaches Assocation Hall of Fame.

      Barrington softball coach Perry Peterson, here directing the action in a state quarterfinal game in 2007, has become the youngest member to gain inclusion in the Illinois Coaches Assocation Hall of Fame.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer


Perry Peterson calls coaching softball at Barrington High School an amazing opportunity.

He sure has had an amazing run.

Only 43 years old, Peterson will be inducted into the Illinois Coaches Association Hall of Fame in February of 2013.

Peterson, whose 619-150 record in 21 years ranks him eighth on the all-time Illinois list for most wins, is the youngest coach to reach the hall.

The only other Mid-Suburban League coaches to reach the hall are Barrington's Pam Devins (1969 to 1992) and current Elk Grove coach Ken Grams, who started in 1980.

"Pam initiated a wonderful program," said Peterson who has been an IHSA sectional coach of the year in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2010. "And we have tried our best to create an unparalleled experience moving forward with the girls and their families."

Peterson has won an unprecedented 9 MSL titles, 11 division crowns, 13 regionals, 6 sectionals and 5 supersectionals.

He has guided the Fillies to six appearances in the state finals, bringing back five trophies to Barrington High School.

Two were runner-up hardware in 2007 and 2008, two were third place (2004 and 20O5) and one fourth (1993) in Peterson's first year at Barrington. In 1992, he won 16 games at St. Viator.

"The single most contributing factor to our long-standing success are the players themselves," said Peterson, who has steered 20 girls off to Division I athletics. "They put forth the effort and dedication to keep the Fillies at a championship level. We are blessed to have a committed coaching staff that has mentored our teams for many years and that continuity really makes a difference."

The Indiana University and Prospect High School graduate also credits his athletic administration at Barrington.

"The administration offers a first-class experience for our softball players," Peterson said. "Both athletic directors that I have worked for (Mike Obsuszt and Bob Carpenter) have always made sure all Bronco and Filly athletes were presented with some of the finest opportunities in the state of Illinois."

Peterson's passion for the game has never wavered.

"Softball continues to remain fun for me," he said. "I look forward to the 2013 spring season (five starters return from a 30-8 team) and helping all the future Fillies in the years to come.

"I would like to thank my wife, Jennifer, and 11-year-old daughter Kendall, for their never-ending support. I appreciate their patience when this consumes so much of my time during the spring and summer months."


Former Wheeling state champion and three-time medalist Max Nowry captured a gold medal at the University World Championships in Greco-Roman wrestling earlier this month.

Nowry downed Dzmitry Brychak of Belarus 6-0, 1-0 in the gold-medal match at 55 kg/121 pounds.

Nowry opened with a 1-0, 2-0 win over Poland's Marcin Kunysz before pinning Turkey's Seref Kilic in the semifinals.

"I had been close to winning a medal in the past at the Junior World Championships and I just really had the drive to get something here," Nowry said. "I wanted to score on my feet and push the pace. I felt really good in the finals and wore the guy down. "It was a real good day for our team. This was big for the Greco program."

The United States has now won three World University titles at 55 kilos since 2006.

Men's soccer

Former Fremd all-state goalkeeper and Liberty sophomore Scott Sutarik registered two 1-0 shutouts for Liberty University against Big South Conference rival Campbell and American University.

Sutarik registered a collegiate career-high eight saves against Campbell.

Sutarik ended his freshman season last year at Liberty ranked No. 7 for all Division I goalies.

Women's soccer

After netting a pair of overtime wins over Dayton and Xavier, Butler sophomore defender Kelly Mahoney (Buffalo Grove) was honored as the Women's Soccer Atlantic 10 player of the week.

"Not only did Kelly help anchor a defense that earned its 6th shutout of the year, but she also came up with two timely goals on the weekend," said Butler coach Tari St. John on the Butler athletics website.

With Butler down 1-0, Mahoney scored at the 12:02 against Dayton on Friday night. The goal was her second of the season and helped BU to a 3-2 overtime win over the Flyers. Mahoney then found the net in the 98th minute to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 overtime win over Xavier. Mahoney was also honored as player of the week by College Sports Madness.

Coaching clinic

The Rolling Meadows girls basketball staff will host a coaching clinic for all youth coaches in the Rolling Meadows attendance area on Sunday. The clinic will take place from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Rolling Meadows High School main gym. If interested, contact varsity girls basketball coach Ryan Kirkorsky at

Women's volleyball

Augustana sophomore Emily Leazer (St. Viator) has moved into the Vikings' top 10 list for career service aces with 119. She moved past Tammy Pitzer (118 from 1992-95) last weekend at Dubuque.

Leazer has 83 service aces this year and is averaging 1.04 per game. The current single season record in that category is 0.63 set by Mandy Murray in 2001.

Leazer has been the top offensive weapon for Augustana this season. She has 260 kills in 80 games for and average of 3.25 per set. She is also hitting at a .223 clip with 101 errors in 714 total attempts. Besides her 260 kills, she also has 218 digs, 29 total blocks (12 solo, 17 assists) and 6 setting assists.

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