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Aurora's Koziol "Offensive Player of the Year' again

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  • Ben Berg is in as Carmel Catholic's girls basketball coach, following Kelly Perz.

    Ben Berg is in as Carmel Catholic's girls basketball coach, following Kelly Perz.
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Grayslake Central graduate Jason Koziol is going out his senior year at Aurora University in high style.

The Midwest Lacrosse Conference announced Koziol as its 'Offensive Player of the Year' for the second straight season.

He was joined by five teammates on the MLC all-conference first team, and the Spartans had three players on the second team with two more players named honorable mention.

Aurora won its fifth consecutive MLC tournament championship and is making its fifth straight NCAA Division III tournament appearance

Koziol leads the Spartan offensive attack with 80 points on 55 goals and 25 assists.

Women's lacrosse

Augustana senior attacker Olivia Mayer (Liberyville) was named to the NCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region team for the second consecutive season by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association. Mayer is a two-time CCIW Defensive Player of the Year who set school single-season records with 43 caused turnovers and 69 ground balls this year. She was second on the team with 53 goals, 30 assists, 83 points and 69 draw controls. Mayer is the program's career record holder in caused turnovers (119) and ground balls per game (2.33), ranks second in total ground balls (170) and draw controls (171), third in goals (157) fourth in points (234) and assists (77) and 10th in games played (73).

During her career, Mayer helped the Vikes to a 67-13 overall record, four conference championships, three conference tournament titles and three NCAA Division III tournament berths.

Adult Soccer

The Gurnee Park District will be offering 'small-sized' soccer games for adults. Teams will be made up each Sunday from those participants registered. Games are played on a smaller-size soccer field at Viking Park.

This program is for those soccer players who still enjoy playing but in a less non-competitive league atmosphere. For additional information contact Ron Dorsey at

Carmel Catholic coaching

Carmel Catholic High School has hired Carrie Garite-Jones as its varsity dance coach. Garite-Jones Carrie has served in numerous roles including dance coordinator and program manager for Ultimate Athletics.

• Kelly Perz, who has been the Carmel girls basketball coach for the past seven seasons, has stepped down to spend more time with her family. She won more than 100 games, three regional titles and one sectional title. Ben Berg, a longtime teacher and coach, has been named to take over the program. He is a former girls assistant coach and spent several seasons as the boys basketball head coach.

• Carmel cheerleading coach Nathan Palmer stepped down to take a position as the all-star director at Rockstar Cheer in Jacksonville, Fla. School officials are in the process of soliciting resumes and conducting interviews to announce a new head coach as soon as possible.

"We are very grateful to our coaches for their many years of service and for providing a wonderful experience for our student-athletes," said Carmel assistant athletic director Kevin Nylen. "We appreciate their hard work and dedication to their programs and wish them great things in their future endeavors."

Women's track and field

Barrington senior Giavanna Schwager has committed to Augustana after serving as a team captain for coach Jody Gitelis' Fillies this year.

Schwager, who competed in throws at Barrington, posted bests of 33-9½ in the shot put and 105-7 in the discus. She also won the program's 'Most Improved' award.

Schwager also participated in basketball at Barrington, winning 'Most Improved' honors as a freshman.

A member of the National Chinese Honor Society, she is planning on majors in biology and psychology at Augustana.


Augustana sophomore Carly Wilson (Johnsburg) earned first team honors on the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin all-conference team.

Wilson led the Vikings in hits (32), triples (4), and total bases (48). She ranked second on the team in runs (17) and doubles (5) as well as third on the team in batting average (.323).

In conference, she earned her second consecutive CCIW honor by hitting .354 with a team-leading 17 hits. She was named CCIW all-conference second team as a freshman.

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