It was a banner season for onetime Carmel standout Tim Hendricks.
The Benedictine University baseball player has been rewarded by being chosen a D3baseball.com 2013 second-team all-American from a list that included more than 800 nominations.
Hendricks, who was named the Northern Athletics Conference Player of the Year, finished the season with a team-high .422 batting average, ranking among the national leaders most of the season.
He also tallied 78 hits, 19 doubles, 3 triples, 4 home runs, 30 RBI and 18 steals. The 78 hits are second most in a single season in school history.
Hendricks is the first Eagle to receive all-American honors since Aaron Giza in 2004, and was among three choses from his team this season. The sophomore outfielder also earned NAC first team honors and was named first team All-Region.
He helped the Eagles match a school record for wins this season, finishing 32-12. The Eagles faced the top two seeds in the Wisconsin-Whitewater Midwest regional, falling in extra innings to eventual champion Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The regional appearance was the first since 2003 for Benedictine.
He was also named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division III Baseball Second Team.
• Junior Jeff Johnson (Warren) was a co-winner of the "Most Valuable Pitcher" award for the 2013 Illinois Wesleyan.
He was named to the third team of the 2013 D3baseball.com NCAA Division III All-American team.
He was the D3baseball.com all-Central Region "Pitcher of the Year" and a first-team all-College Conference of Illinois-Wisconsin. He was 7-1 with a 1.71 ERA and struck out a team-high 73 batters in 841⁄3 innings. He had 4 complete games with 1 shutout.
• Illinois Weselyan senior catcher Chris Brown (Grayslake Central) and junior catcher Harrison Freeland (Champaign Central) shared the "Titan Award," which is given for spirit, dedication and competitive attitude. Brown also won the award in 2012 and 2011.
Harrington in Hall
Longtime football coach Jamie Harrington, whose career spanned 36 years, featuring head coaching stints at three high schools, was inducted into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in April.
Harrington's sons JC (1999), Dan (2001) and Joe (2004) are graduates of Libertyville High School.
Harrington's first head coaching job at Loyola Academy was highlighted by a Chicago Catholic League conference championship in 1981 and ended with a Chicago City Prep Bowl Championship in 1986.
Harrington's next stop was Stagg High School, where he took over a program which hadn't had a winning record in the previous five years. In his first year, Harrington led the team to an 8-3 record and he was named 'Coach of the Year' by a local newspaper. Stagg played in the playoffs three times in five years under Harrington.
Finally, Harrington returned to Deerfield High School where he began his career as an assistant to legendary coach Paul Adams.
Harrington was the defensive coordinator when Deerfield won the state championship in 1975 and took second in 1977.
Taking over the program in 1993, he founded the Young Warriors feeder program and completed his career as a head coach with a successful record at Deerfield.
He served as a freshman football coach until his retirement in 2008. In 2012, Harrington was elected into the Deerfield High School Hall of Fame, joining his mentor Adams.
Cochrane to NIU
Carmel senior Jacob Cochrane of Island Lake, a 285-pounder, has signed a letter of intent with Northern Illinois. He is a three-time all-conference and two-time state placer who compiled a 139-22 record and 61 pins in four season. Cochrane compiled a 43-2 record with 22 pins while placing third at the state this season.
Women's track and field
Augustana senior distance runner Sarahbeth Jones (Warren) was named to the Capital One Academic All-District team. She is on the first team in District Seven (Illinois, Indiana and Ohio) and will now advance to the national ballot for Academic all-American consideration by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Jones put the finishing touches on a tremendous career at Augustana by placing ninth in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 1,500. She ran 4:29.29 in the finals to break her own school record by exactly two seconds.
Jones was named the "Track Athlete of the Meet" in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championships on May 4, when she won both the 10,000 (37:22.36) and the 5,000 in a meet record 17:28.01.
During her career, Jones won five CCIW titles -- twice in the indoor 3,000, twice in the outdoor 5,000 and once in the outdoor 10,000. She holds six Augustana school records and had the best time on the team in five events during the recently concluded outdoor season.
See you in the fall
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