Healthy Price helps set up success at Milwaukee
Milwaukee-Wisconsin's Kayla Price missed most of the 2012 womens' volleyball season with a thumb injury.
The NCAA granted Price a medical hardship to maintain her sophomore eligibility for this fall.
And the former Fremd standout has sure made up for lost time.
Price was recently named Horizon League offensive player of the week, averaging 12.5 assists per set for the Panthers as they recorded a pair of road sweeps.
UWM's offense hit .348 in the two matches and averaged nearly 16 kills per set. Price, the 2011 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year, had 39 assists in a 3-0 victory over Oakland.
The Panthers hit a season-best .409 in the match, their best percentage since 2009 against Alcorn State. In the match, Price helped senior Rachel Neuberger set a program record as Neuberger hit .846 (11-0-13).
Price's big weekend moved her past Emily Riese of Green Bay into first in the league for assists per set.
She now averages 10.68 assists per set on the season, while Riese is at 10.64. In nine Horizon League matches this season, Price is averaging 12.31 assists per set.
The Panthers are 27-0 with Price in the lineup against Horizon League foes.
• Austin Peay State University junior outside hitter Jada Stotts was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week by the Ohio Valley Conference following her performance at the USF Invitational.
Stotts recorded 71 kills while leading the Austin Peay offense in each match of the USF Invitational hosted by South Florida. She was named to the all-tournament team, averaging 5.07 kills per set while posting a .228 attack percentage.
Stotts, selected pre-season all-Ohio Valley Conference, leads her her team with 237 kills and 3.42 digs per set.
St. Cloud State University freshman forward Ryan Papa (Hersey) was named the National College Hockey Conference rookie of the week.
Papa graduated from Waterloo (Iowa) West High School while playing junior hockey with Waterloo of the USHL.
He had the best weekend of his young career, scoring his first 2 goals as a Husky while helping St. Cloud State (3-0-1) topple Colgate. On Friday, he scored his first collegiate goal early in the second period to help lift SCSU to a 4-2 victory.
The next day, he struck again midway through the first period to give his team 2-0 in the Huskies' 4-3 win.
Papa totaled four shots on goal, with two in each game, and posted a +2 rating, going +1 in each contest. He also blocked a shot.
Buffalo Grove senior Doug Ghim of Arlington Heights was named a second-team Rolex Junior all-American.
Ghim is a three-time honoree at No. 20 in the Polo Golf Rankings. His 2013 season highlights include six top-10 showings in national competition, with his best performance coming at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship where he advanced to the semifinals. The Texas verbal commit is a three-time AJGA Champion.
Wendy's Heisman Award
Schaumburg senior cross country runner Debra Sodimu is one of 20 Illinois' top scholar-athletes who are state finalists for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award.
The state finalists are now in the running to become state winners.
The next phase of the program is to becomed national winners.
Of the 48,000 seniors who applied nationwide, 1,071 applicants came from Illinois and were narrowed down to the state's 20 finalists. These finalists embody the Heisman spirit of hard work and dedication through their outstanding achievements in athletics, academics and community/school leadership.
Butler junior forward Elaine Kotsakis (Fremd) has four game-winning goals and 5 for the season along with 4 assists in 18 games for the Bulldogs (11-5-2).
• Butler junior defender Kelly Mahoney (Buffalo Grove) has scored a pair of goals this season.
• Northern Kentucky redshirt freshman goalie Brooke Schocker (Schaumburg) got her first start in the net and earned a 3-2 OT win over East Tennessee State in the final of the Atlantic Sun Conference season in Highland Heights, Ky.
She faced 13 shots and had to make only 2 saves over the entire 94-minute match.
Schocker held the opposition scoreless in the first half, as well as the overtime period in posting she first collegiate victory.
The Norse of Northern Kentucky finished the season on a two-game winning streak posting a 6-10-2 and 2-6-1 in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
• Illinois State clinched the outright regular-season title in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 3-0 win against Drake. Defender Gabbi McArtor of Palatine played the full 90 minutes during the shutout.
Augustana sophomore quarterback Sam Frasco (Prospect) ran for 99 yards on 18 carries and completed 17 of 28 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' 45-35 loss to North Park.
He rushed for 71 yards on 5 attempts and threw a pass for Augustana's first touchdown in a 28-0 win over Carthage last Saturday before leaving the contest with an injury.
Frasco is the Vikings' leading rusher with 740 yards and 5 touchdowns on 111 carries (6.7 per carry). He is 88 of 152 (57.9 percent) through the air with 7 touchdowns.
St. Hubert Coaches Clinic
Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame John Ulrich with 40 years of coaching and training experience, and his staff are presenting a free coaches clinic on Sunday, Nov. 10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Hubert School in Hoffman Estates.
St. Hubert is located at 729 Grand Canyon Street in Hoffman Estates. The gym entrance is door No. 34, which is around the corner from the church, facing the south parking lot. The gym sign is marked "MPR" (Multi-Purpose Room).
The Clinic is primarily for the St. Hubert Coaching Staff, but anyone from anywhere, at any level, grade school through college, is invited.
Everything from offensive philosophy, defensive philosophy, skills drills, team defensive development drills, team offensive development drills and offensive sets will be discussed as well any requests from the audience.
There will be a significant Q-AND-A session. A number of Ulrich's former and current players will be in attendance to run live demonstrations.
Women's cross country
Augustana junior Becca Sund (Palatine), who has been the team leader all season, was that once again as she was the Vikings' top finisher in College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin meet at St. James Farm in Warrenville.
She placed sixth with a time of 22:51. Emma Gilbertson of Wheaton won the race individually with a time of 22:00.
Augustana scored 60 points to edge North Central (61) for its first league title since 1998.
Men's cross country
Wisconsin-Platteville junior Matt Smaga (Fremd) earned honorable mention all-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic by finishing 20th with a time of 25:20
The Pioneers will join the other eight WIAC teams at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional on Nov. 16 at Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island, hosted by Augustana College.
Arlington Stallions Rugby
The Arlington Stallions Rugby Club will hold their annual Information/Recruiting Pizza Party on Saturday, Nov. 23rd from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Gatsby's Pizza (427 E. Rand Rd.) in Arlington Heights. All interested players and parents are invited.
The Stallions have boys teams for players in grades 5-to-12. Their primary competitive season is in the spring, with indoor training starting in January.
The Stallions experienced one of their most successful years in 2013. "Coming off a middle school state championship last spring and a 5-1 Fall Ball season from our high school side, we are looking forward to a very strong spring," said coach Paul Bergman. "With the kind of leadership that we'll get from our core of Zach Niro, Jack Tuttle, Cody Foss and Tony Lapiana, we think that we can compete better for a high school state championship in 2014 than ever before. And our middle school program just gets more skilled and exciting every year."
Attending the Nov. 23 event will be Stallions coaches, a few former players and current players and parents to answer anyone's questions about rugby and the Stallions.
For more information, call (847) 845-4982 or visit www.arlingtonstallionsrugby.com.
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