The bat of Grinnell College's Anthony Mack sure warmed up in sunny Florida.
So much so that Mack was named NCAA Division III National Hitter of the Week by a panel of D-III members of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
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The sophomore shortstop from Libertyville turned in some impressive numbers during the Pioneers' spring games in Florida.
He lit up opposing pitchers with a .552 average in eight games, going 16-of-29 at the plate with 2 homers, 2 doubles and a triple.
Mack collected 14 RBI and scored 6 runs while compiling a slugging percentage of .897.
He was also named Midwest Conference Baseball's Performer of the Week.
Men's track and field
North Park junior Dave Anderson (Grayslake North) was named a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Men's Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week.
Anderson won the discus with a throw of 44.38 meters (145-7) at the St. Joseph's College's Edmonds Invitational. He also placed third in the hammer (first among Division III competitors) with a throw of 45.20 meters (149-3). Both marks currently lead the CCIW.
Augustana sophomore Aileen MacDonald (Mundelein) and partner Kim Sawyer claimed an 8-2 victory over Lake Forest's Sarah Paulson and Lucy-George Cooper at No. 2 doubles.
Augustana (17-4) won the nonconference meet over Lake Forest 6-3 at the Racquet Club of Lake Bluff.
• Augustana freshman Dana Goggin (Buffalo Grove) was named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin women's tennis "Player of the Week", becoming the first Viking to earn the honor this spring.
She went 2-2 with her two loses against nationally-ranked Washington University (Mo.).
Goggin topped Principia's Kelly Adams 6-3; 6-3 at No. 3 singles.
The combination of Dana and her sister Lauren Goggin (Buffalo Grove) was victorious at No. 1 doubles over Carlie Sanderude and Hanne Anderson of Principia (9-8, 7-2).
Dana Goggin currently is 12-8 with a 10-5 dual meet record after playing singles matches at No. 1, 2 and 3.
She also sports a 14-8 doubles record with all but one loss coming in tandem with her twin.
Goggin was selected to the 2013 CCIW all-conference second team following her fall accomplishments on the court.
She was the runner-up at No. 3 singles at the conference tournament and took second in No. 1 doubles with her sister.
Augustana freshman Eric Swanson (Vernon Hills) tied for fifth place in the individual standings of the Prairie Fire Classic at Gibson Woods Golf Course in Monmouth.
The Vikings placed second in the 10-team invite as Swanson shot 152 for the two-day event. His two rounds were 77 and 75.
Augustana's Emily Handrahan (Lake Zurich) had 2 scores and an assist in the Vikings 17-6 win over Concorida (Wis.) in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference match.
Olivia Mayer (Libertyville) also had a goal and assists for the Vikings while teammate Madi Stoneman (Libertyville) added a goal.
Adult softball leagues
The Gurnee Park District is currently accepting registrations for its adult softball leagues. The park district offers men's leagues on Monday and Tuesday nights, and a co-ed league on Wednesday. For additional information contact Ron Dorsey at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Illinois High School Association announced its 2013-14 Officials of the Year in 20 IHSA sports. To be considered for this honor, an official must first be nominated by an Officials Association recognized by the IHSA. IHSA staff members then vote on the winners based on factors such as character, skill as an official and levels worked in the IHSA State Series. This year's winners will be recognized at a banquet during the 2014 IHSA Officials Conference on Saturday, July 19 at the Civic Center in Peoria.
"We are privileged to honor these individuals, along with all officials, for their dedication and commitment to young people," said IHSA Assistant Executive Director Craig Anderson. "Officiating is often underappreciated, but it is an incredibly important part of the educational experiences that high school athletics provide. It is important to continue to recognize those who go above and beyond to promote fair play."
Here is the list: Baseball: Bob Copas (Elmhurst); Boys basketball: Samuel K. Moran (Lewistown); Girls basketball: Thomas E. Daugherty (Bloomington); Cheerleading: Becky L. Weslow, (Orland Park); Cross country: David A. Mitchell, (Peoria); Dance: Candace M. Gadomski (Decatur); Football: Octavio Herrera, Jr. (Melrose Park); Boys gymnastics: Gregg B. Didech (Barrington); Girls gymnastics: Barbara Oczkowicz (Carol Stream); Boys soccer: Randy S. Brickman (Deerfield); Girls soccer: Gregory R. Shierling (Quincy); Softball: Christopher J. Schaefer (Chicago); Boys swimming & diving: Louis Estes Gantz (Northbrook); Girls swimming & diving Janice L. Plack, Des Plaines; Boys track & field: Jamero J. Rainey, (Edwards); Girls track & field: Robert A. Rice (Danville); Boys volleyball: Mark D. Trapp (Villa Park); Girls volleyball: David A. Sands (Salem); Water Polo (Michael A. Mitchell (Palatine); Wrestling: Jeff A. Sorensen (Bloomington)
Mini Soccer Academy
The Chicago Fire Juniors Mini Soccer Academy is for 4- to 9-year-old boys and girls and starts on Tuesday, April 15 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mini Soccer is a professional program overseen by professional trainers.
Participants train twice a week for one hour and play small-sided soccer games on Saturdays.
Training and games will be held at 1101 Linneman Road in Mt. Prospect.
Player fees are $65 for training and games, which is less than $3 per hour of training.
Registration is easy and simple, visit www.allplayers.com/g/cfjng/ and click on the Mini Soccer Registration Link.
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