Jenna Radtke finished her high school career with Daily Herald all-area recognition, putting down 319 kills and 114 solo blocks as a senior for Stevenson girls volleyball coach Tim Crow.
She has started her college career earning more recognition.
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The native of Buffalo Grove, who did not begin playing volleyball until her sophomore year of high school, has been selected to the Mid-American Conference All-Freshman team along with teammate Mary Grace Kelly.
It is the second straight year that NIU has had someone earn All-Freshman team recognition.
The 6-foot-2 middle blocker finished seventh in the MAC and led NIU with 0.95 blocks per set, recording seven matches with 1.0 blocks per set or more.
She was second on the team with a .277 attack percentage and tallied seven matches with a .300 or greater attack percentage, including three of .400 or more.
Radtke averaged 2.31 skills per set and a .305 attack percentage since Oct. 19.
Augustana freshman point guard Olivia Mayer (Libertyville), who also has yet to start a contest, is averaging 10.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
She is shooting .583 from the field and leads the Vikings (0-2) with 7 assists. She is also tied for the team lead with a pair of steals.
Colorado senior defenders Katie Uyenishi of Hawthorn Woods and Kecia Morway of Lake Villa played the full 110 minutes of regulation in a loss to Duke which ended on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie in Colorado Springs, Colo.
• DePaul senior Erin Pekovitch of Lake Zurich had one of the Blue Demons' two shots on goal in a 1-0 loss to Indiana in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in Bloomington, In.
For the season, Pekovitch tied for the team lead by playing in all 21 games, was third with 3 goals and tied for second with two game-winning goals, including the winner against Georgetown in the Big East Conference Tournament semifinals.
• University of Chicago senior forward Natalia Jovanovic of Gurnee tied for the team lead with 4 shots in a 1-0 OT loss to Capital in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament in Whitewater, Wi.
However, Chicago was only able to put seven shots on goal and ended the season with an 11-5-3 record.
Men's cross country
Middlebury Vermont junior Kevin Wood (Stevenson) finished tenth with a time of 24:56.9 in the New England D-III regionals in Gorham Maine.
Wood was the second runner for the Panthers who finished in second place to perennial powerhouse Williams College 77-78. Wood received all-region honors.
• Butler sophomore Eric Peterson (Barrington) finished seventh in the 8,000 meters in a time of 24:21 at the Big East Conference Championships in Kenosha, Wis.
Peterson also finished 18th (all-regional medalist) in the 10,000 meters in a time of 30:48 at the Great Lakes Regionals in Madison, Wis.
Whitewater senior linebacker Ryan Cortez (Fremd) was named to the Wisconsin and Illinois Athletic Conference second team. He is the fourth on the defense with 47 tackles.
Illinois State junior Gabbi McArtor of Palatine has created a fundraiser for those who are trying to recover from a typhoon. McArtor's parents John and Rosario grew up in the Philippines.
She and Illinois State graduate assistant coach Katie Baumgardner have organized a T-shirt drive, hoping to collect 1,000 shirts by Dec. 12.
You can read more about McArtor's heartfelt efforts on GoRedbirds.com.
Chance to see Bears-Packers
The Illinois High School Association's eight state championship football teams will get the opportunity to experience football's greatest rivalry.
The Chicago Bears have invited the head coach and player representatives from each state championship team to Soldier Field to see the Bears take on the Green Bay Packers on Dec. 29.
During halftime, all eight state title teams will be honored during a moment of on-field recognition. The ceremony will include state championship game highlights on the video boards, courtesy of Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
"The Chicago Bears are dedicated to supporting high school football throughout the state of Illinois, and we will be proud to recognize our 2013 football state champion teams during halftime of our game on Dec. 29," said Bears Chairman George H. McCaskey. "Winning a state title is a monumental accomplishment, and we look forward to congratulating each championship team."
The IHSA football state title games will be played at Huskie Stadium on the campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb on Friday and Saturday.
The Class 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A games will be contested on Friday with the Class 5A, 6A, 7A and 8A games on Saturday.
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