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  • 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.

  • These Barrington programs are driven to succeed Jan 27, 2014 11:15 PM
    Fans of Barrington High School’s girls basketball and softball teams know their teams have been driven to win over the years. Now the Fillies are hoping to see that drive from their fans. The girls basketball and softball programs would like the help of the community. For the whole month of February, Marquardt of Barrington Buick-GMC (1421 S. Barrington Road in Barrington) will donate $50 to these programs for test driving any new Buick or GMC.

  • Futsal making an impact on Main Street Jan 27, 2014 3:22 PM
    If you enjoy indoor sports, Main Street Sports Center certainly has a lot to offer. The indoor sports venue recently opened in Lake Zurich at the corner of Route 22 and Main Street. The facility has been completely outfitted with new accessories, new fields and courts throughout. It features four large fields with state-of-the-art rubber infill turf and a large hard-surface court. The indoor turf fields are great for almost any sport, especially soccer and lacrosse. But they’re also available for flag football, cross-training and baseball. The hard-surface court is specially finished for Futsal, an increasingly popular sport. But it can also be used for basketball or other training purposes.

  • Lakes’ Baker makes her mark at Illinois Wesleyan Jan 20, 2014 5:12 PM
    The key for any athlete is making strides in his or her sport. So for Lakes High school graduate Jenna Baker, she seems right on course in her collegiate soccer career. The sophomore midfielder was named the “Most Improved Player” for Illinois Wesleyan’s women’s soccer team.

  • Wheeling preps for Hall of Fame foursome Jan 13, 2014 11:07 PM
    If you want to see the latest inductees for the Wheeling Sports Hall of Fame, the school’s gymnasium on Saturday night is the place to be. At halftime of the Wildcats’ boys basketball game with visiting Prospect, the four latest selections will be introduced to the crowd. The game begins at 6 p.m. and a reception will follow.

  • Brust a big part of Badgers’ success Jan 13, 2014 6:17 PM
    Ben Brust has helped the country’s No. 4 ranked Division I basketball team make school history. The Wisconsin guard, a former standout for Mundelein, scored a team-high 18 points when the Badgers defeated No. 23 Illinois 95-70 last Wednesday. That win gave Wisconsin a 16-0 record, its best start in school history. Brust is easily the Badgers’ leaders in 3-point baskets. He has 46 (next closest on the team is 21) heading into Tuesday’s game at Indiana.

  • Deanna Kuzmanic connects with coach Norton, Birmingham Jan 20, 2014 4:20 PM
    Deanna Kuzmanic always dreamed of playing basketball at the Division I level. But she never dreamed she’d do it in Alabama. At the University of Birmingham at Alabama to be exact. That’s the school which received a verbal commitment last month from the Wheeling junior standout guard. “When I was looking at colleges that interested me, no schools near Alabama even came across my mind,” said Kuzmanic, who scored the 1,000 points of her high school career ten days ago. “Honestly, I knew almost nothing about the University of Alabama at Birmingham before my recruiting process began.”

  • Androus wrapping up fine career at Luther Jan 7, 2014 4:02 PM
    Former Lakes three-sport standout John Androus, who chose to play basketball in college, is playing his final season as Luther. Last month, the 6-foot-5 forward was named the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's Athlete of the Week. During that week, he averaged 21.5 points and 11.0 rebounds as Luther posted wins over Martin Luther (83-69) and Northwestern-St. Paul (78-63).

  • Hersey’s Fuerst has a thirst for achievement Jan 7, 2014 3:41 PM
    Toward the end of his junior boys volleyball season at Hersey, Mike Fuerst’s teammate mentioned there was an opening on his club team. Fuerst, whose interest in the sport began peaking at an early age when he was having fun learning the game, decided to join that club team. It turns out he was part of a team that made it to the nationals in Reno, Nevada. At those championships, college coaches noticed the skills of the middle blocker. Many liked what they saw and Fuerst liked what he saw in a school out east. The Hersey senior recently made a verbal commitment to play at the Division I level for Princeton University.

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