Burlington Central football alum Tim Maroder is making the most of an opportunity.
Maroder, now playing at Augustana College in Rock Island, started 5 games at free safety during a 6-contest stretch recently.
In those 5 games, Maroder recorded 26 total tackles, which included 18 solos and 8 assisted tackles. He also had 2 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, 4 defended passes and 3 interceptions. He also had interceptions in the last 3 games of that span, helping the squad to a three straight wins over the likes of North Park, Millikin and Carthage.
Maroder, a sophomore, was tied with North Central's Shane Dierking with 3 interceptions in 4 conference starts.
Augustana recently recorded a 22-7 win over Illinois Wesleyan. In that game, Maroder had 6 tackles.
Cary-Grove alum Eric Chandler caught a 78-yard touchdown pass in the game. Chandler ran the ball 12 times for 45 yards as well.
Augustana is 6-3 overall currently and 3-3 in conference play heading into the regular-season finale this Saturday against North Central.
Ellett sisters at Northern Illinois: Hampshire girls golf products Connie and Taylor Ellett are now members of the Northern Illinois University women's golf team.
NIU closed out the fall portion of its scheduled at The 2012 Preview in Ohio in mid-October.
Connie Ellett, a freshman at NIU, finished 32nd with a 161. She shot 81 on the first day and 80 on the final 18 holes.
Taylor Ellett finished with a 167. She cut 5 strokes off her first-round score, finishing with an 81 on the final day.
In earlier action, the Huskies placed seventh at the Cardinal Classic in Indiana. There, Connie Ellett placed fifth overall with a 153. She had rounds of 76 and 77.
Taylor Ellett finished 42nd with a 166. She jumped 12 spots in the standings after shooting a final-round 79.
At the Cougar Classic in Chicago, Taylor Ellett shot 164 with rounds of 83 and 81. She shot up 14 spots on the leader board the final day to finish in 30th place. Connie Ellett was 65th with a 172. She cut 10 strokes from her first-round total and finished with an 81 on the final day.
Wronski at Illinois State: Former Huntley girls soccer star Aimee Wronski is now a sophomore on the Illinois State University women's soccer team.
Wronski is part of an ISU team that won the Missouri Valley Conference for the second year in a row and the third time in the last four years.
In ISU's 5-1 win over Evansville in the MVC title game, Wronski scored the team's fourth goal.
Wronski made headlines earlier this season when she scored the game-winning goal in a match against Loyola-Chicago.
Wronski headed home the game-winning goal in the final 5 minutes to give the team a hard-fought 1-0 victory.
Wronski received a header pass from teammate Rachel Tejada on the left post and sent her own header into the back of the net.
"I was making my far-post run like I'm supposed to and it hit Rachel's head," she told the ISU Redbirds website. "The ball could have been going in either way, but I got my head on it just to make sure it went in and didn't go wide."
Illinois State will face NCAA seed Marquette Friday in Milwaukee in NCAA tournament play.
Rosch at ISU: Cary-Grove graduate Ashley Rosch played a big role in the Illinois State University women's volleyball team's win over Wichita State recently.
Rosch, a freshman, led the Redbirds with 21 kills and 6 digs.
In an earlier victory against Indiana State, Rosch tied for the team lead in kills with nine.
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