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  • Area quartet sparks Augustana women’s lacrosse Apr 7, 2014 5:51 PM
    Augustana’s women’s lacrosse has yet to face defeat this spring. And helping the Vikings to all nine of their wins this spring have been four familiar faces to area fans. In a 21-3 triumph over visiting Loras, the Vikings improved to 3-0 in Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference. Freshman Madi Stoneman (Libertyville) shared scoring honors with 3 goals. Emily Handrahan of Lake Zurich added 2 goals and 3 assists while Gina Filippo (Libertyville) added an assist and Maggie DelVecchio (Barrington) had a goal. The local girls will be in Dupage County today playing Benedictine (1-7, 0-2) in Lisle.

  • St. Viator’s Halpin earns ESCC Hall of Fame honors Apr 7, 2014 6:30 PM
    At the age of 70, Jack Halpin is still going strong. He can’t imagine leaving coaching.“High school golf coaches never retire,” he said. “It is the best job on earth and I forever thank St. Viator and their former president (Father Charles Bolser CSV) for asking me to be part of the Viatorian community.” Bolser sure knew what he was doing when he hired Halpin. On Thursday, Halpin will be part of the ninth class of inductees to the East Suburban Catholic League Hall of Fame.

  • Hersey’s Fendley nets IBCA recognition Mar 31, 2014 9:02 PM
    For the second time in four years, the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association has recognized Hersey’s Mary Fendley. The Huskies girls basketball coach has been voted an IBCA co-coach of the year. Her team enjoyed a 25-5 season with all its losses coming to two teams — Class AA state-runnerup Rolling Meadows and Mid-Suburban League runner-up Prospect.

  • Libertville’s Mack goes on the attack for Grinnell Mar 31, 2014 9:02 PM
    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. The sophomore shortstop from Libertyville turned in some impressive numbers during the Pioneers’ spring games in Florida.

  • All-star shootout set for April 4 at College of Lake County Mar 24, 2014 8:13 PM
    The fifth annual Lake County Senior Shootout All-Star basketball game is set to go on Friday, April 4. Featuring the top high school senior boys and girls basketball players in Lake County, the game will take place on the campus of the College of Lake County in Grayslake.

  • DiPrima, NU get it going at the Ballpark Mar 24, 2014 8:08 PM
    Because permafrost kept Northwestern’s softball team from playing on its own diamond in Evanston, the Wildcats were grateful to have the opportunity to open its Big Ten schedule with Wisconsin in The Ballpark at Rosemont last weekend. For former Buffalo Grove standout Andrea DiPrima, it was a homecoming of sorts. DiPrima’s final game at the high school level came in a senior all-star game at the Chicago Bandits stadium in June of 2011. DiPrima made the most of her second opportunity on the artificial carpet in Rosemont as she went 2-for-3 with 1 run in the Wildcats’ 4-2 win on Friday. It was the second game of a twin bill. The Wildcats won the opener 8-6 in 8 innings as DiPrima also had a hit.

  • Palatine grad Surprenant excelling at Illini West Mar 17, 2014 9:28 PM
    Grant Suprenant, a former all-conference basketball player at Palatine, is still enjoying success at the high school level - now as a coach. In only his second season as the Illini West High School girls basketball coach, Suprenant guided the Chargers to a 28-3 record and a Class 2A regional championship. For his efforts, Suprenant earned the 2013-2014 Illinois Basketball Coaches Association District 16 “Co-Coach of the Year.”

  • Wallace finishing standout college hockey career with flair Mar 17, 2014 12:13 PM
    Kelly Wallace, a forward for Northeastern’s women’s hockey team in Boston, is wrapping up her career in style. The native of Libertyville has been selected to the Hockey East second team of all stars. Wallace, the leading scorer for Northeastern with 31 points, has pieced together a career season in her final year on Huntington Ave.

  • Wheeling’s McClellan making it happen in PBL Mar 11, 2014 8:08 AM
    From preps, to college, to pros. Chris McClennan, the former Wheeling and Lewis University standout, has played at all three levels. And he is still succeeding. McClennan has had seven straight double-figures games for Bloomington in the Premier Basketball League.

  • Lakes’ Androus nets all-league acclaim at Luther Mar 10, 2014 5:27 PM
    Lakes High School’s fans saw plenty of shots fall through the hoop by former standout John Androus, the school’s all-time scoring leader. Androus left Luther fans with those same memories. The 6-foot-5 senior led the team with 487 points this winter and was recently named a first team all-Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection. Androus finished the season ranked fifth in scoring (18.7), second in rebounding (8.6), second in field goal percentage (56.2 percent, 86 of 153) and fourth in assists (2.93). It’s the third time he has been recognized on the all-conference team. In 2011-12 he was a second team selection and in 2012-13 he was named the league’s defensive player of the year. He helped lead the Norse to the IIAC Tournament championship game as Luther completed the season with a 17-11 record. Women’s tennis Augustana sophomore Aileen MacDonald (Mundelein) has a 12-6 mark while seeing time most often at No. 4 singles. The Vikings, now 15-1 on the year, were second in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championships. They were a perfect 11-0 in dual meets in the fall, including a 6-3 win over eventual conference champion Wheaton. Lacrosse Through three games, junior Ty Benson (Libertyville) is tied for third at Augustana (1-2) with 5 ground balls. The Vikings are scheduled to play their home opener at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against Dubuque at Thorson-Lucken Field. On Saturday, they host Concordia (Wis.) at 1 p.m. in their Midwest Lacrosse Conference opener. Women’s track Illinois junior Britten Petrey (Schaumburg) finished 13th in the Big Ten Conference meet running a personal best of 4:55.39 in the mile at Geneva, Ohio on March 1. • Illinois State sophomore Haley Goers (Hoffman Estates) finished sixth in the mile at the Missouri Valley Conference meet and finished 11th in the 3,000 meters, running a personal best time of 9:54.36 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. • North Central senior Nora Ferguson (Schaumburg) finished second in the 800 meters, third in the mile and seventh in the 5,000-meter at the CCIW Conference meet in Bloomington, Ill. Men’s track Eastern Illinois senior Pablo Ramirez (Conant) finished first in the 5,000-meter and fourth in the 3,000-meter at the Ohio Valley Conference meet in Nashville, Tenn. • Missouri sophomore Tyler Schneider (Conant) finished tenth in the 3,000-meter in 8:15.59 and 13th in the 5,000-meter at the SEC Conference meet held at Texas A&M University. • Missouri sophomore Dan Roe (Buffalo Grove) finished 12th in the 5,000-meter with a personal best of 14:32.37. • North Central junior Travis Morrison (Schaumburg) finished 2nd in the 3,000-meter with a personal best time of 8:21.89 at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Conference meet in Bloomington, Ill. • Augustana sophomore Ethan Koch (Prospect) took fourth place in the 3000-meter (8:49.23) at the Stevens Point Open in Wisconsin. Men’s swimming Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Matt Schulstad (Buffalo Grove High) received all conference honors at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championships by winning the 200 butterfly (1:51:48) and placing third in the 100 butterfly (50:49). Schulstad broke the school’s record in the 200 fly with his preliminary swim time of 1:51.37. His 800 freestyle relay team came in second and set a school record with a time of 6:54:94. His 400 freestyle relay team placed second with a time of 3:06:61. Schulstad also placed fourth in the 200-individual medley (1:55:35). The Rose-Hulman Men’s team placed second overall in the championship, which is the best the team has finished at the CCIW. Women’s tennis Augustana freshman Lauren Goggin (Buffalo Grove) is 14-5 at No. 2 singles and her twin sister Dana Goggin (Buffalo Grove) is 12-6 at No. 3. The Goggin twins are 14-5 at No. 1 doubles. Women’s golf Bradley sophomore Allison Walsh (Prospect) finished out play with a 79 at the 12th annual Rio Verde Invitational to tie for 54th with a 239. The Braves shot a 315 for the third straight round to finish 13th on the field par-71 Quail Run Golf Course. • Please email Sports Notes items to

  • VH’s Rowland leads Towson to league title Mar 4, 2014 7:55 PM
    Former Vernon Hills standout swimmer Melanie Rowland was the Colonial Athletic Association swimming scholar-athlete of the year in 2013. Now, as senior for Towson University, she is still making big waves. In the 2014 CAA swimming championships at the University of Maryland swimming complex, Rowland and her teammates won the team title over James Madison University. Rowland won the 200 butterfly in 1:56.36, setting a CAA record in the event and putting her in position to receive an NCAA championship invitation. She also was part of the winning and conference record-setting 800 freestyle relay which was clocked in an NCAA consideration time of 7:11.56.

  • Leonard loves opportunity to join Butler soccer program Mar 4, 2014 7:51 PM
    Palatine resident Eric Leonard will be studying in a new state this fall. It has put him in a very satisfying state of mind. The Fremd soccer standout has signed a letter to play for Butler University in Indianapolis. “Attending Butler is a dream come true,” said Leonard, a two-time all-conference selection. “I can not wait to be a part of an academic institution with a great coaching staff, a team of skilled and hardworking players and a top engineering program.” Leonard is one off five freshmen recruits along with one transfer who will join the roster of Bulldogs coach Paul Snape next fall. The six newcomers represent four different states and the Republic of Cyprus. Leonard plans on majoring at Biomedical Engineering at Butler.

  • Wood’s work impressive in and out of the classroom Feb 24, 2014 4:47 PM
    Local cross country fans know of the running ability of former Class 3A Lake Forest regional champion Kevin Wood. But the former Stevenson star is also talented in the classroom. Now a junior at Middlebury College (Vermont), Wood was one of 228 men to earn a 2013 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Award.

  • Kuzmanic connects with national honor at Carthage Feb 24, 2014 4:48 PM
    When she was at Wheeling, Stephanie Kuzmanic used to participate in the high school’s ‘boxing night’ in the spring. This season at Carthage College — her final one — Kuzmanic was a real knockout in her true sport. She has been named the Capital One Academic all-American “Player of the Year” for NCAA Division III women’s basketball.

  • Mundelein’s Brust approaching milestone with Badgers Feb 17, 2014 7:59 PM
    Wisconsin senior guard Ben Brust will be looking to reach a milestone on Saturday when the Badgers travel to Iowa City to meet the Iowa Hawkeyes. The former Mundelein star needs 2 points to become the 38th member of Wisconsin’s 1,000-point club.

  • Elk Grove sets aside a day for Scholten Feb 17, 2014 7:56 PM
    Last October, toward the end of the girls volleyball season, Conant High school paid tribute to Peggy Scholten, who is retiring after 37 seasons as Cougars girls volleyball coach. One of the ways she was honored was by the re-naming of the long-running Early Bird Classic to the “Peggy Scholten Invite.” Two months later, Scholten had something else named for her — a day. Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson and the village trustees issued a proclamation at the December Elk Grove Village Board meeting honoring Scholten by proclaiming Tuesday, Dec. 17 “Peggy Scholten Day” in Elk Grove Village.

  • Coby joins Saint Xavier’s Hall of Fame Feb 10, 2014 8:28 PM
    Lissa Coby’s fondest memory as a Saint Xavier University soccer player was making it to the national tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla. “Not only being a part of that team, but achieving the highest ranking SXU ever achieved for women’s soccer,” she said. “No. 8 in the country was amazing then and it still feels amazing knowing that I am forever a part of that legacy.” And on Feb. 1, Coby became a part of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

  • Gavin’s winning story a study in perseverance Feb 10, 2014 8:25 PM
    Jimmy Gavin graduated from Prospect High School in June of 2010. His name never appeared on the high school sports pages because he never played varsity basketball for the Knights. But through perseverance and some personal guidance, Gavin is making a name for himself in Division II basketball. Coming off the bench as the sixth man, Gavin is the second-leading scorer (15.7 ppg, less than one of the team leader) for the Wisconsin-Parkside Rangers, who are currently ranked No. 20 in the country. Just this past Saturday, Gavin scored 15 of his game-high 23 points in the second half to help lead the Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division-leaders (19-3, 12-1) past Rockhurst University 76-63 before 1,767 fans in the DeSimone Gymnasium.

  • Wallace makes waves with selfless play Feb 3, 2014 9:07 PM
    Redshirt senior Kelly Wallace of the Northeastern women’s hockey team has been nominated for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award. Since 1996, the prestigious award has been given annually to college hockey’s finest citizen, defined as someone who gives back to his or her community in the true humanitarian spirit. Wallace, of Libertyville, is one of 18 student-athletes (male and female) on the list. She is actively involved in community service initiatives at Northeastern and in the Greater Boston area.

  • Hillner hauls in another soccer honor Feb 3, 2014 7:41 PM
    Arlington Heights resident Norm Hillner, already an Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Famer, is still racking up honors for his long career as the Lake Park boys soccer coach. Hillner recently received a Letter of Commendation from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America at their 67th Annual Awards Banquet in Philadelphia.

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