Former Mundelein soccer standout Stephanie Emery, now a senior at Dayton, recently scored 2 big goals to help lift the Flyers to a pair of wins.
Her footwork hardly went unnoticed as she earned the Atlantic 10 Conference Women's Soccer Co-Player of the Week, sharing the award with VCU's Maren Johansen.
Emery was a part of the Flyer offense that put up 5 goals in one weekend.
In a 1-0 win against Central Michigan, Emery scored the goal in the 14th minute.
The next day against Toledo, the senior forward gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead just 11 minutes into the game before Dayton exploded for 3 more goals in the last eight minutes of a 4-0 win.
They were the second and third goals of the season for Emery, who equaled her career-high that she scored last year.
• Concordia senior forward Alyssa Soulis (Grayslake North) scored her 49th career goal to become the school's all-time leading scorer in a 7-0 win over host Mount Mary College.
Soulis' record-setting goal for the 13-year-old program came early in the second half with the Cougars already leading 3-0.
Like many of the other goals in her career, she used her speed to accelerate past a defender and beat the goalkeeper one-on-one.
• Texas Christian University freshman standout Michelle Prokof of Gurnee scored all 4 team goals during a two-game stretch and was named the Big 12 Conference Offensive and Newcomer Player of the Week. They marked the first weekly honors of her young career, and she is the sixth player in Big 12 history to earn both accolades for the same week.
Prokof scored TCU's lone goal in a 1-1 draw against Denver followed by a hat trick during a 3-0 win against Central Arkansas. The hat trick was the program's first since 2009 and Prokof leads TCU with 6 goals this season.
• University of Chicago senior Natalia Jovanovic of Gurnee scored her second goal of the season during the Maroons' 6-1 victory against Millikin.
Women's cross country
Southern Illinois' Kelley Gallagher (Vernon Hills) earned her first career victory and personal record at the Saluki Invitational, covering the hilly 5K course in 17.46.
Her time destroyed the course record by more than 30 seconds and was her first sub 18 time.
As a result, Gallagher was selected as one of the Missouri Valley Conference's weekly top cross country performers. The Saluki women's team posted a perfect score by taking the top five places in the race.
In previous action, Kelley placed sixth at the Walt Crawford Open at Eastern Illinois finishing the race in 18.10.
Tryouts for the Lakes Jr. Eagles Girls Feeder Basketball program will be held at Lakes Community High School. Players are encouraged to attend both tryout dates: Saturday, Oct. 12: 5th to 8th grades 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 13th: 5th to 8th grades 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Players must live in Lakes Community High School District.
Registration fee is $450 per player and includes uniform, league, tournament, gym and referee fees.
Practices begin in November and games start in December.
The season will go through March. Follow the feeder program on the website for updates.
Illinois Blue Devils
The Illinois Blue Devils are a local Amatuer Athletic Union youth basketball program based out of the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.
The Blue Devils offer travel teams, camps and clinics for boys and girls, grades three through eight, who are interested in continuing to play basketball after the winter season.
Buffalo Grove graduates Paul Timko and Justin Boumstein started the program three years ago.
Timko, a former all-area captain at Buffalo Grove High School, is the director of the program. Boumstein handles the business aspects of the program.
"It has been a lifelong dream of mine to start a program in the community," Timko said. "I played AAU basketball from fifth grade all the way through high school against some of the best competition Illinois has to offer."
Timko also volunteers as a coach for multiple organizations.
"I want to help the local community's basketball players achieve their dreams of playing at whatever level of competition they are striving for," he said.
The program's staff is made up of former players and current coaches at the high school, college or professional level. Combined the coaching staff has over 50 years of experience working with players in the local community.
"We develop our player's skills through advanced training methods and positive coaching," Timko said. "What differentiates the program from other programs is the amount of effort and attention the coaches' place in helping the players grow as people. Blue devil players are taught how to be leaders on and off the court. It is one of our goals for all of our athletes to leave a Blue Devils' program with more confidence, higher self-esteem and an increased love of the game."
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