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Mack on the attack with Grinnell

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  • Libertyville's Chris McDermand has committed to wrestle at American University.

    Libertyville's Chris McDermand has committed to wrestle at American University.
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  • Bobby Snader, front, has committed to swim at Xavier University.

    Bobby Snader, front, has committed to swim at Xavier University.
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Sophomore Anthony Mack is having quite a year for the Grinnell College baseball team.

The former Libertyville standout is leading the team in many offensive categories and is also among the leaders in the nation with his .448 batting average.

Mack's average leads the Midwest Conference and the Pioneer shortstop also leads his team or is tied with a .648 slugging percentage, .520 on base percentage, 56 hits, 34 runs, 27 RBI, 9 doubles, 2 triples 81 total bases, 14 stolen bases and 4 home runs,

The Pioneers (19-15, 12-4) begin play in the Midwest Conference tournament this week.

Men's basketball

Luther College 6-foot-5 senior forward John Androus (Lakes) is on the roster of the USA D-3 Men's Basketball Team for the Brazil Tour 2014.

"The team is made up of invited NCAA Division III basketball players from throughout the United States," said Ron Smith, Director of USA Sports Tours & Events. "Team members have been recognized as All American, All Region and All Conference. This is an outstanding group of basketball players that come from 13 different states and 14 different colleges and universities from across the United States.

"We feel that we have some of the best of the best representing almost every region in the country. This group of players has been high achievers both on the court and in the classroom. They represent everything good that the NCAA Division III institutions have to offer. "

The USA D-3 Men's & Women's Basketball Teams will begin their Brazil Tour 2014 in Orlando, Fla. on July 21. The tour runs from July 21-30.

After team orientation and practice in Orlando the team departs for Sao Paulo, Brazil on Tuesday, July 22.

The USA D-3 basketball teams will play doubleheader matches (men and women) on July 23, 24 and 25 in the state of Sao Paulo vs. selected teams from the region. On July 26, the team travels to Rio de Janeiro for a gams on July 28. The team will depart Brazil on the evening of July 29 and return to Orlando on July 30.

While in Brazil, the teams will experience educational, cultural and social aspects of Brazilian life through city, school and sports club visits.

The team will be staying on the famous Copacabana Beach in Rio and touring the Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf, two of the most recognizable landmarks in the world.

Club baseball

Illinois State senior Anthony Orlando (Lake Zurich) has played on the Redbirds club baseball team the past four years.

ISU is one of 126 Division I colleges that participate in the National Club Baseball Association.

ISU won the Great Lakes South Conference championship for the first time since 2006.

Orlando finished the season with a .577 batting average which is presently the highest average in the NCBA.

ISU's last series of the season were against Illinois and Ball State.

Orlando was 10-for-14 with a home run, 5 doubles, 8 RBI and 3 runs as ISU won two of three games from the Illini.

He was selected as both the Conference Player of the Week and the National Player of the Week for those games.

ISU the swept Ball State as Orlando went 9-for-11 with a home run, double, 2 walks, 11 RBI and 4 runs for a perfect OBP of 1.000. He was again selected as Conference Player of the Week.

Men's tennis

Carthage sophomore Ryan Jump (Mundelein) was named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin men's tennis player of the week.

Jump went 4-0 for the Red Men at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles. He beat North Central's Josh Rodig (6-3, 6-1) at No. 2 singles and teamed with Alex Boomgarden at No. 2 doubles to defeat Mason and Connor Sass (8-1).

Jump also defeated Wheaton's Justin Ancona (3-6, 6-3, 6-4) at No. 2 singles, while he teamed with Boomgarden for an 8-6 win over Ancona and Matt Steiner. Against Wheaton, Jump fought back from a 4-1 deficit in the third set to win his singles match and secure a 5-4 win for the Red Men.

Women's volleyball

Lewis senior Amy Choi (Vernon Hills) took home the Senior Student-Athlete Award for the school's female senior student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA.

Choi, a member of the women's volleyball team, owns a 3.89 cumulative GPA in mathematics.

The Delahanty Award recognizes student-athletes who maintained a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.25 or higher as of Dec. 31, 2013.

Libertyville commitments

Libertyville High School's Chris McDermand has committed to wrestle at American University. The 285-pounder is a two-time IHSA Class 3A state qualifier.

Liberytville's Bobby Snader made his commitment to swim at Xavier University.

Men's golf

Carthage sophomore Ryan McGuire (Libertyville) was named the College Conference of Illinois an Wisconsin 'Men's Golfer of the Week'.

McGuire finished tied for first at the St. Norbert Invitational at Royal St. Patrick's Golf Links in Wrightstown, Wis.

He took home medalist honors with a six-over-par 148 (68-80). His 68 was the lowest single-day score by 5 strokes. The Red Men won the 12-team event with a score of 617 (303-314).

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