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Mathe making waves at Carthage

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Steven Mathe made a big splash last week for Carthage College.

The native of Wauconda and former Carmel Corsairs was named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin men's swimmer of the week for his effort against Illinois Wesleyan.

He helped the Red Men to a 109-97 win while notching a pair of victories in the process. Mathe first won the 200-yard freestyle with an un-rested best time of 1:50.85.

He then edged Illinois Wesleyan's Victor Lugg by 0.04 seconds to win the 100 freestyle (51.75).

Mathe nearly captured a third win in the 50-yard freestyle (23.37) but was edged by teammate Eric Primdahl (St. Viator) by 0.02 seconds.

Women's volleyball

Lewis junior libero Amy Choi (Vernon Hills) earned a spot on the All-Great Lakes Valley East Division Team.Choi is first in the GLVC with 193 digs in 31 sets to average 6.23 digs per set.

She has posted 439 digs this season for the Flyers in 23 matches.

• Wisconsin-Stevens Point sophomore setter Alexis Hartman (Lake Zurich) named to the All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team for the second consecutive season.

Hartman placed third in the WIAC in assists with 1,184. She also ranked seventh in blocks per set with 0.85.

She helped lead her team to its second consecutive WIAC title and NCAA tournament appearance. It is the first time in school history to have back-to-back titles and first tournament bids since 1981.

This season, Hartman was twice named to all-tournament teams, was a first-team all-WIAC pick, first team for the American Volleyball Coaches Association, first team for the All-Midwest region and AVCA Division III All-American honorable mention selection.

For the season, she had 1,230 assists, 163 kills, 115 blocks and 270 digs.

Hartman is an elementary education major and is carrying a 3.81 GPA.

Men's cross country

Hope junior Sam Pederson (Prospect) helped the Flying Dutchmen to second place in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association by placing seventh with a time of 25:17.

The former Prospect standout earned a spot on the all-MIAA first team.

Mid-Suburban League champion Quentin Shaffer, a senior at Prospect, placed fourth (15:34.7, pace of 5:01) in the Nike Midwest Regional on the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, In. Runners in the regional were from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri and Michigan.

Alex Riba of the O'Fallon Running Club won the event (15:30.1) with a pace of 4:59.

Men's golf

Barrington senior Greg Conrad has signed a letter of intent to play for Miami University men's golf coach Zac Zedrick in Ohio.

Conrad was a four-year letter winner at Barrington. He had a career scoring average of 75.6 strokes per round and qualified for the IHSA state finals in 2011 and 2012.

This summer he tied for third in a U.S. Open local qualifier, which allowed him to participate in a U.S. Open sectional qualifier against several PGA Tour pros. He also qualified for the 2012 US Junior Amateur.

"Greg has gained a ton of experience at the national level in the past twelve months," Zedrick said. "To make it through local qualifying for the U.S. Open and qualify for the U.S. Junior in the same year is something that very few high school level players can say they accomplished. He's incredibly organized, was a great mentor to his teammates at Barrington and has the combination of physical skill sets and mental strength to compete at a high level."

• St. Viator alum Kenny Wiecnckowski (2011) continues to play well at Illinois Wesleyan University. He competed in all of the tournaments this fall for the perennial D-III power Trojans and averaged 75. His best tournament was the Springfield Invitational with a 71-78 (149 (5-over par) for a fifth-place finish.

Despite not competing as a freshman year at St. Viator, Wiecnckowski came back as a sophomore and started on the Lions' 2008 and 2009 Class 3A state championship teams.


Wyoming senior center Nick Carlson (Prospect) has been named one of 10 national finalists for this year's Awards and Recognition Association Sportsmanship Award.

The award is presented annually to an outstanding NCAA Division I football player who best personifies the spirit of sportsmanship.

Carlson earned second team All-Mountain West honors as a junior in 2011. He was also selected by conference media as a Preseason First Team All-Mountain West selection entering 2012. He has started 41 of 42 career games, including the last 33 consecutive. This past spring, he was named one of four team captains for the 2012 Wyoming Cowboys. An outstanding student, he has earned Academic All-Conference honors twice during his career. Carlson was also named to the 2011 and 2012 Rimington Trophy Watch Lists, honoring the nation's top center, and the 2012 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, honoring the nation's top lineman.

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