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Schroeder caps prep softball career with multiple honors

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    Mick Viken


Maria Schroeder capped her high school softball career the same way she did following her junior season.

The Lake Zurich senior was named to the first team all-stater by the Illinois Coaches Softball Association for the second straight year and was also named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region North second team.

Schroeder finished this spring with a .593 batting average and hit .481 for her career.

She finished her career with 200 hits and is tied for tenth in Illinois high school history for career triples with 28.

During the IHSA state tournament, she was 16-for-19 and reached base in 18 of 21 plate appearances.

Schroeder was selected to play in the Illinois Super 60 and Chicago Sun-Times/Bandits All-Star Games.

She plays club ball with the nationally-ranked Illinois Chill Gold and will continue to play softball at Bradley University.

Men's track: Eastern Illinois senior pole vaulter Mick Viken (Rolling Meadows) has been named a Capital One Second Team Academic all-American as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Viken earned second-team honors after being named a third team Academic all-American last season.

Viken recently earned second team USTFCCCA all-American honors in the pole vault placing ninth at the NCAA national championships.

Viken cleared 18 feet, one-half inch at the national championship meet. The Arlington Heights native holds a 3.39 GPA majoring in kinesiology and sports studies.

EIU has had 35 Academic All-Americans at the NCAA Division I level.

Viken is the second all-American from EIU men's track, joining Daniel Strackeljahn.

Women's track: Augustana junior Becca Sund (Palatine) was named to the Capital One Academic All-America team in women's track and field.

She was a third-team selection on the elite squad

which combines academic excellence with athletic success.

The selection of Sund makes her the seventh Viking this year to be honored.

Sund was the co-MVP of the Augustana cross country team in 2014 when she led the Vikings to the CCIW title for the first time since 1998 with a sixth-place finish in the conference meet. She was named CCIW "Athlete of the Week" during the 2013 season.

This past spring she was fourth in both the 1500 and 5000 at the CCIW outdoor track and field championships. She has a piece of the Augustana school record in the 4 x one-mile relay and she ranks seventh on the school's all-time list for 6,000 meters in cross country.

She served as classroom helper at Glenview Middle School in East Moline throughout the 2013-14 school year and has been a math tutor on the Augustana campus each of the last two years.

She also serves as an admissions ambassador. She is involved in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program at Longfellow Elementary School.

A math major with a Spanish minor, Sund carries a 3.97 grade-point average.

Golf outing: The Wheeling High School 14th Annual Spur Club Golf Outing Dinner/ Dance will be held Friday, July 18 at Chevy Chase Golf Club.

Check-in opens at 11 a.m. Shot-gun start begins at 1 p.m.

Cost is $125 for golf and dinner/dance, $50 for dinner/dance (6 p.m.).

You can register on line at wheeling.8 or for more information contact the golf chair Lori Loquercio at

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