High schools: Fontanetta saying farewell to D211, hello to New Trier
For the past eight years, Augie Fontanetta has worked in District 211.
He served for five years as the athletic director at Fremd High School before becoming the director of athletics and activities for the district.
Now he is returning to where his professional career began in 1994.
This past winter Fontanetta was hired as New Trier's athletic director, replacing Randy Oberembt, who is retiring. Fontanetta starts July 1.
"I will definitely miss working with the athletic directors in D-211," said Fontanetta, whose daughter Katie, a junior, is a three-year starter for the Buffalo Grove softball team. "They are a tremendous group of leaders who devote a lot of time and energy to making high school sports excellent.
"Additionally, I will miss the guidance and support I have received from our Superintendent Dr. Cates, and Associate Superintendent Dr. Lisa Small."
Fontanetta, who attended Notre Dame High School and Northern Illinois, is returning to the school where that gave him his first full-time teaching job. He was there for 14 years, working as a teacher, coach and adviser at the school from 1994-2008.
"Having spent the first 14 years of my career at New Trier as a teacher and coach, I am excited to return and work on a daily basis with the coaches and students." Fontanetta said. "I feel my combined experiences from D-211 and NT will continue to help improve an already excellent athletic program."
John Hamann outing
Prospect girls golf coach Jim Hamann and his family are hosting the John Hamann Golf Outing and Dinner on Thursday, June 9 at Maple Meadows Golf Club.
It is a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start and 6:30 p.m. dinner.
The outing helps fund the John Hamann Scholarship Fund that gives scholarships to Willowbrook High School Senior Athletes and seniors who are members of the Community Congregational Church of Villa Park.
John Hamann taught at Willowbrook High School and was boys basketball head coach for 14 years and head boys golf coach for 38 years.
There is limited space available. To sign up or to get more information please visit www.johnhamannscholarship.org.
Who knows, it may have been a first in the Mid-Suburban League sporting world.
Disguised as an umpire, Palatine assistant girls lacrosse and girls basketball coach Joe Capalbo was waiting at home plate when Pirates varsity softball coach Nicole Pauly walked out for the pregame meeting with the umps and opposing Resurrection coach.
Pauly's fiance removed his mask and got down on one knee to propose to Pauly, who accepted at home plate.
Now that's the way to hit a home run to start of your engagement.
For the record, Pauly's Pirates, celebrating senior day, won 5-2 over the Bandits.
Prospect senior Brianna Ergastolo has chosen to play for the North Central women's golf team. She was a four-year golfer at Prospect and played on coach Jim Hamann's varsity as a junior and senior.
Carthage freshman first baseman Hailey Rothstein (Conant) earned a spot on the 2016 National Fastpitch Coaches' Association All-Great Lakes Region first team.
The award came a week after Rothstein landed all-region honors and was named to the 2016 All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin first team.
In addition to landing 2016 All-CCIW first team honors, Rothstein was named newcomer of the year in the league.
She finished her freshman campaign with a .353 batting average. Her CCIW-leading 41 RBI tied for a Carthage single-season record with Alyssa Schrader, who accomplished the same feat in 2012.
Rothstein led the Lady Reds with a .603 slugging percentage. She had 8 doubles while starting 39 games at first base.
Rothstein and teammate Darian Pelsor are the first Lady Reds softball players to earn NFCA All-Great Lakes Region since 2014 when current graduate assistant coach Vicky Pyan was an at-large selection on the first team.
• Wisconsin-Oshkosh junior pitcher Sara Brunlieb was chosen to the 18-member second team of the NCAA Division III All-Great Lakes Region softball team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. She was on the third team a year ago.
Brunlieb, the 2015 WIAC Pitcher of the Year, paced the Titans in nearly every pitching category this season. She owned a 13-7 record with the first two saves of her career, a 1.61 earned run average and 78 strikeouts in 126 innings pitched across 26 appearances, including a league-best 20 as a starter. Brunlieb tossed four shutouts among her 12 complete games.
She also had a string of 31.1 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run this season.
Brunlieb shared the league lead in shutouts and ranked second in earned run average and saves.
• Wisconsin-Whitewater freshman pitcher Julia Camardo (Buffalo Grove) and freshman outfielder Caitlin Catino (Buffalo Grove) were named to the first team of All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Whitewater freshman catcher Nikki Mikosz (Wheeling) earned honorable mention accolades.
They helped the Warhawks (29-14) win their fourth straight Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship title and reach the NCAA Division III Tournament for the fourth consecutive year.
Camardo was been UW-Whitewater's ace during the 2016 campaign. She entered the NCAA Tournament with a 17-4 record and a 1.97 ERA in 27 appearances, including 18 starts, 16 complete games, 4 shutouts and 2 saves. She led the league in wins, shutouts, innings pitched (149⅓), strikeouts (160) and opponents batting average (.205).
Catino ranks among the WIAC's top 10 in batting average (.362, 10th), runs scored (40, tied-1st), RBI (31, 5th), total bases (70, 3rd), hits (47, T-5th), home runs (4, T-4th), triples (3, T-3rd), stolen bases (10, T-7th), on-base percentage (.424, 9th) and slugging percentage (. 538, 7th).
Mikosz was batting .327 heading into the NCAA regional, ranking among league leaders in doubles (12, 3rd), RBI (25, 9th), total bases (60, 10th), walks (14, T-5th) and slugging percentage (.531, 8th). She was the team's top hitter in WIAC games with a .444 batting average and 15 RBI.
Fontbonne University (St. Louis) sophomore first baseman Ryan Schocker (Schaumburg) completed his second season for the Griffins by earning a third team all-conference selection in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Starting primarily at first base, but also spending some time as DH, Schocker completed the year with a .322 batting average and .380 in the SLIAC, which ranked seventh in the conference.
Gathering 28 hits and driving in 16 runs, Schocker paced the Griffins with the fifth-best stats, batting in the cleanup spot.
He only struck out six times in 87 at-bats while posting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage for the second year in a row.
Ending the year on a 10-game hitting streak, Schocker put together a 4-hit game in a 5-2 win over Iowa Wesleyan and drove in 3 runs with 3 hits in a 13-1 rout of Eureka College.
His .460 slugging percentage was second best on the team in conference play.
Schaumburg junior midfielder Michael Anzelmo scored 3 goals to set the single-season school record formerly held by 2013 graduate Tony DePinto. Anzelmo now has 74 goals.
• The Mid-Suburban League all-conference team first team: senior Tyler Klima (Schaumburg), senior Peter Fritz (Hoffman Estates), senior Mitchell Stathakis (Barrington), junior Michael Anzelmo (Schaumburg), freshman Riley Mahon (Fremd), sophomore Kristopher Casey (Barrington), senior Tim Saubert (Hoffman Estates), junior Matthew Eaker (Schaumburg), senior William Pankratz (Fremd) and senior William Murphy (Schaumburg).
The second team features senior Mark Daneiz (Barrington), senior Michael Regan (Barrington), senior Keegan Pierce (Hoffman Estates), senior Nick Divizio (Fremd) and junior Austin Anzelmo (Schaumburg), junior Nick French (Barrington), junior Kevin Kubinski (Schaumburg), senior Sean Yakes (Schaumburg), senior Trevir Razo (Fremd) and senior Garrison Rose (Conant).
Earning honorable mention were senior Anthony Haaland (Schaumburg), junior Jacob Chang (Conant), senior Cole Nielsen (Fremd), senior Ethan Small (Barrington) and senior Ryan Howson (Hoffman Estates).
• Fremd coach Nicholas Mamula said Mahon is committed to Baldwin Wallace University, Pankratz to Michigan State University (Club Division 1) and Razo to Illinois Wesleyan University.
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