After putting together a tremendous fall season, the Augustana women's tennis program picked up some regional rankings heading into the spring.
Third-year head coach Jon Miedema's team finished the fall with a perfect 11-0 overall record and a 6-0 mark in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.
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As a team Augustana is currently ranked 16th in the NCAA Division III's Central Region, one spot ahead of Wheaton, which defeated the Vikings by 2 points at the CCIW tournament this fall.
Helping the Vikings to their success has been sophomore Aileen McDonald.
The Mundelein High School graduate compiled a 12-2 record while playing with senior Kim Sawyer at No. 2 doubles. They also won the CCIW title.
The freshman doubles team of Lauren Goggin (Buffalo Grove) and Dana Goggin (Buffalo
Grove) also made its mark this fall. The Goggin twins are currently ranked 11th in the
Central Region after forging an 11-4 record while playing mostly at number one doubles this fall.
Lauren Goggin was a first team all-conference selection and finished with a 13-4 mark in singles. She was second in the CCIW at number two singles and was named the league's "Freshman of the Year." Dana Goggin was a second team all-conference pick after compiling a 9-4 record at No. 3 singles.
Erin Pekovitch (Stevenson) scored the only goal in DePaul University's 1-0 win over Xavier on Oct. 26. The goal was the second of the season for Pekovitch and the second of her career. She is a two-time Big East Conference all-academic team member.
• TCU sophomore Michelle Prokof of Gurnee was named to the All-Big 12 Conference Second Team on Monday, and she earned a spot on the Big 12 All-Newcomer Squad. Prokof leads the Horned Frogs with 8 goals this season in her first campaign with TCU. Prokof and TCU open play in the Big 12 Championships on Wednesday against Texas Tech.
• University of Pennsylvania junior defender Haley Cooper (Palatine) tallied her first collegiate goal as the Quakers blanked Brown, 1-0, last Saturday in Providence, R.I. Cooper's game-winning header off a Brianna Rano free kick came in just the second minute. Penn (4-1-1 Ivy League) closes out its regular season Friday against Princeton, and will be hoping for an NCAA Championship at-large bid as Harvard (6-0-0) will win the Ivy League crown.
MIT sophomore running sack Justin Wallace (Fremd) had 26 carries for 150 yards and 2 touchdown to help his team to a 56-36 win over Maine Maritime University.
It was Wallace's sixth game with 100 or more yards rushing this season. He is now second on the all-time list at MIT in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.
Wallace was also named to the Capital One Academic All District Team for the second year in a row and is on the final ballot for the Academic All-American team.
• Carthage College freshman quarterback Nicholas Anzelmo (Schaumburg) completed 10-14 passes for 103 yards and a touchdown in a 10-9 loss to Elmhurst College. Anzelmo has thrown touchdown passes in three consecutive College of Illinis & Wisconsin Conference games.
Anzelmo is expected to get his first start Saturday when the Redmen host Milikin.
Bryan Yelvington (Fremd), a 2009 graduate of Kenyon College, was one of eleven players who were selected to the North Coast Athletic Conference's 30th Anniversary Men's Basketball All-Decade Team.
Yelvington played four seasons with the Lords program and was a three-time All-NCAC pick, including first-team selections in 2008 and 2009.
His senior season of 2009 also ended with a CoSIDA Academic All-District award, a first-team All-Region award, an NABC All-America honor, and the title of 2013 NCAC Player of the Year.
Yelvington finished his collegiate career with 1,413 points, a total that still ranks 13th all-time in the 115-year history of the Kenyon basketball program. He also ranks fourth all-time in career field goal percentage (.503), tied for fourth in career free throw percentage (.812), and 11th in career rebounds (679).
Yelvington moved back to Chicago after graduation and works for Morningstar Inc. He is getting his MBA at Northwestern University.
Butler wins award
Palatine all-area middle hitter Kim Butler was one of ten winners for a $2,000 college scholarship from Positive Coaching Alliance.
She applied for their Triple Impact Competitor Scholarship in May.
Her counselor at Palatine notified her of the opportunity.
Butler needed to write three essays explaining how, as an athlete, she exemplifies the qualities of a triple impact competitor -- how an athlete honors the game, helps teammates and becomes better at her sports.
Butler also needed to submit a recommendation from a teacher, coach, and personal friends. In Chicago, PCA is currently partnered with over 65 schools and youth sports organizations in the area, providing workshops for coaches, parents, student-athletes and administrators.
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