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Benedictine's Reyes wins award

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By Kyle Thele
kthele@dailyherald.com

For the second consecutive week a member of the Benedictine men's soccer team has been recognized as the Northern Athletic Collegiate Conference Student-Athlete of the Week.

Midfielder Edgar Reyes won the award this week after helping the Eagles to a pair of wins while scoring 3 goals and adding 2 more assists. The junior scored both the tying and game-winning goal on Saturday against Concordia.

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The announcement came on the heels of Ante Markotic gaining the same accomplishment the week before. Markotic and Reyes have been key figures in Benedictine's four-game win streak and five-game unbeaten streak. With Saturday's win the Eagles moved over the .500 mark on the season at 5-4-1 and remained undefeated in conference.

The two juniors will need to stay on top of their game if they wish to continue the streak. Wednesday the Eagles welcome North Park University, ranked No. 19 in the country.

North Central:

Coming off its winningest season in program history and a trip to the NCAA Division III semifinals the North Central men's basketball team has been ranked No. 13 in the country by D-III News in their preseason rankings.

The Cardinals are returning their leading scorer from the last three seasons in senior Landon Gamble. The forward was an All-America in his junior year and has been listed as one of the top 24 players in the country by the D-III News monthly newsletter.

In addition to their deep NCAA Tournament run, the Cardinals also won their second consecutive CCIW Tournament in 2012. The only CCIW team ranked higher than North Central is the same Illinois Wesleyan team that finished ahead of them in the regular-season standings and played for the tournament title. North Central will kick off their season in a little over a month when they host the Chicago Marriott Naperville Tip-Off Tournament.

Wheaton College:

The Wheaton women's tennis team continued its dominance of the CCIW, but came with a struggle this year. The Thunder won its ninth straight conference title but won by the slimmest margin in conference history, beating Augustana by only 2 points.

Wheaton captured its 19th championship in program history with 59 points, just in front of Augustana's 57. On top of helping their team win a title, three Wheaton players won individual titles. Sophomores Julie Buursma and Erika Nelson won titles at the No. 2 and No. 4 spot, respectively. Emily Jones, a freshman, won the No. 3 title. The Thunder also went home with a doubles championship, juniors Taylor Parrish and Katherine Kaiser teamed up for a No. 3 doubles championship.

Elmhurst:

After losing its 13-match winning streak on Saturday, the Elmhurst women's volleyball team bounced back with a conference win over Augustana on Tuesday. The Bluejays went on the road, beating Augustana 3-0 and improving to 21-2 on the season.

Saturday the team split its weekend matches at the Wartburg Tournament. After beating Wartburg, the Eagles fell to defending national champion St. Thomas. Wednesday, Elmhurst was able to get back on the positive end in dominating fashion. Now ranked No. 6 in the country, Elmhurst has win streaks of 7 and 13 on the season.

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