College of DuPage moving on in numbers
The NCAA begins its football signing period Wednesday, and more than two dozen College of DuPage players will be signing.
After finishing the season ranked No. 8 nationally, 25 players from the College of DuPage football team will play football for a new school, including three players who will join Division I teams. The three players -- offensive lineman Matt Finnin, wide receiver Johnny Holton and defensive back Marquette Privott -- will make the announcement official Wednesday during a signing day ceremony held at COD.
Finnin will leave for Big Ten country to play for Nebraska. The 6-foot-6, 290-pound lineman spent only one year with the Chaparrals. Both Holton and Privott played for COD for two years before signing with Cincinnati and Western Illinois, respectively. The remaining 22 players will play for either Division II or Division III schools next year.
The Wheaton College women's basketball team will head into Wednesday night's game against North Park with the last two CCIW player of the week winners on its roster. This week's honors went to senior guard Breanna Bohlen, following Brooke Olson (Wheaton North).
The two teammates share more than just a backcourt together. Both have been very accurate from beyond the arc; with 44 3-point field goals on the season Bohlen and Olson are tied for the team lead. The sharp-shooting is nothing unexpected. Olson is sixth on the all-time Thunder 3-pointer list with 135, with Bohlen right behind her in seventh at 121.
Although Olson leads the CCIW in average points a game, Bohlen has been on a tear over the last two games. After scoring 15 points in a brief 21 minutes of a blowout victory against Augustana, she had a personal high against Illinois Wesleyan with 27 points, 18 of which came from distance. The two guards will lead the Thunder on the road for the next three games before returning home for a two-game set to round out the season.
This Saturday Benedictine will induct four new members into its athletic hall of fame, all a part of its Hall of Fame Weekend celebration. The 2013 class includes two former athletes, one team and a lifelong Eagles supporter.
A three-sport athlete, James Tracy (Class of 1977) will be joined by football star Mark Walsh (1977), the 1993 softball team and Dr. James Meehan (1966). In addition to graduating from Benedictine, Meehan served as the official scorer for the men's basketball team and donated money in 2011 to help renovations of the Dan and Ada Rice Center. The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the Rice Center followed by both the men's and women's basketball games.
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