Local sports fans will remember the stellar high school career of Jennifer Burris-Paramski at Warren High School.
From there, she went on to compete for Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., and her success hardly missed a beat from her prep days.
Burris-Paramski will be honored for her post high school days in three weeks when she is inducted into the Lawrence Hall of Fame as one of six new members.
The induction ceremony takes place on Oct. 10, and the inductees will be honored at the Fall Festival football game on Oct. 11.
The public is welcome to attend and may call (920) 832-7019 to make a reservation.
A 2000 graduate of Warren, Burris-Paramski graduated from Lawrence in 2004 as a two-sport star who rewrote the school's softball record book and collected a bevy of postseason awards.
A four-time All-Midwest Conference North Division selection and four-time All-Great Lakes Region pick, Burris played shortstop and was a career .436 hitter. She won North Division Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003, and earned first-team all-region honors in the final three years of her career.
Burris set Lawrence career records in hits (184), runs scored (123), doubles (38), triples (10), total bases (266) and stolen bases (103). She hit a career-best .494 in 2003 and drove in a career-high 27 runs in 2004.
Burris set Lawrence season records with 37 runs scored and 79 total bases in 2001 and 37 stolen bases in 2002. She also set a Lawrence game record with three doubles vs. Thomas College in 2003.
Led by Burris, the Vikings won North Division titles in 2002 and 2003 and earned a berth in the Midwest Conference Tournament for three consecutive years from 2002 through 2004. Lawrence compiled a record of 71-57-1 and had four consecutive winning seasons during Burris' time with the team.
Burris was also successful on the volleyball court.
A three-time All-Midwest Conference selection, Burris was a first-team selection in 2000 and 2003 and was a second-team pick in 2001. Burris finished her career as the Lawrence leader with 1,908 digs and was sixth with 652 kills.
An outside hitter, she played more of an offensive role as a freshman in 2000 and piled up a career-best 228 kills, an average of 2.48 per set, and 376 digs. Burris was a defensive specialist during her senior season and set both season and match records for digs in 2003. She piled up 39 digs to set the match record against Carroll University and finished the season with a record 769 digs.
Burris was a star on the 2001 team that set a school record with a 19-12 mark and posted the school's highest finish ever, third place, in the Midwest Conference.
Burris now works as an accounting officer.
Rhode Island sophomore Layne Self (Lake Zurich) was named Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week.
The honor is the third of her career as she also was a two-time Defensive Player of the Week as a freshman.
Self led undefeated Rhode Island (6-0) to a three-match sweep at the SHU Hampton Inn Shelton Invitational this past weekend as the Rams shut out Hartford, Sacred Heart and Iona to win their second consecutive in-season tournament.
The Rhode Island middle blocker totaled 16 blocks (1.78 per set) and posted a team-high .475 hitting percentage with 24 kills on 40 attacks. She also added 12 digs and four service aces.
A native of Hawthorn Woods, Self currently ranks second in the A-10 with 1.45 blocks per set and is tied for third overall with a .333 hitting percentage. After just 131 collegiate sets, she is 21st all-time at URI with 169 total blocks.
Illinois Wesleyan's Colin Rathe (Lake Zurich) was a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Men's Soccer Player of the Week.
Rathe, a senior midfielder from Deer Park, scored a pair of game-winning goals for the Titans.
He scored the game-winner just 1:26 into overtime during a 2-1 win against Wisconsin-Platteville on Sept. 6. He then scored his team's only goal with 7:31 left in the match during a 1-0 shutout of Alma.
Carthage College junior setter Karen Chin (Mundelein) was named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin a Volleyball Player of the Week.
Chin was named to the all-tournament team at the Loras Invitational as she averaged 11.60 assists and 4.12 digs in four matches over the weekend.
She set a Carthage match record with 61 assists in a four-set win over Loras on the final day. Chin had 43 assists and 22 digs against Cornell, 29 assists and four digs vs. Monmouth (Ill.), 53 assists and 10 digs against Wartburg and 30 digs, along with her 61 assists, vs. Loras.
Illinois sophomore Stephanie Miller (Stevenson) carded the second-highest finish for the Fighting Illini with a final score of 220 (+4), good for 16th individually at the Colonel Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Classic hosted by Colorado State University.
Miller was responsible for 11 of her team's birdies.
The Illini tied for third with a final score of 881 (+17) in the two-day tournament.
Augustana's Gabriel Brouillette (Carmel) parlayed an assist from Patrick Nelson into a go-ahead goal in the 76th minute and the Vikings made that lead hold up.
They went on to defeat Benedictine 2-1 at the University Sports Complex.
Playing their sixth consecutive road match, the Vikings improved to 4-2.
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