Antioch grad DeJong enjoys big rookie season

  • Shortstop Paul DeJong, here making a play against Vernon Hills during his high school days at Antioch, recently finished a standout big-league rookie season with the St. Louis Cardinals.

      Shortstop Paul DeJong, here making a play against Vernon Hills during his high school days at Antioch, recently finished a standout big-league rookie season with the St. Louis Cardinals. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Updated 10/30/2017 4:56 PM

Antioch graduate Paul DeJong wrapped up his rookie season in the major leagues with some impressive statistics.

Despite playing in just 108 games, the St. Louis shortstop led the Cardinals in homers with 25, the sixth most by any Cardinal rookie.


His .285 batting average was the second-highest of any St. Louis player who had more than 275 at-bats this season.

DeJong finished the season with 65 RBI, 55 runs scored and 1 stolen base.

Women's soccer

Marquette redshirt junior forward Carrie Madden (Barrington) scored the first 2 goals in the Golden Eagles' 3-0 win over Creighton. The goals gave her a team-high 6.

Men's cross country

North Central College freshman Stuart Todd-Middleditch's (Barrington) put in a season-best 19th-place finish in the Elmhurst College Earlybird Invitational (6k) with a time of 21:18.0 and helped the Cardinals place second at the meet.

• Augustana junior Rob Williams (Vernon Hills) finished 16th (26:04.1) at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin men's cross country championships at St. James Farm in Wheaton.

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Augustana took second place in the nine-team meet with 74 points while North Central won the team title with 15 points.

Women's cross country

Augustana was led by junior Mackenzie Renihan (Vernon Hills) College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin women's cross country championships at St. James Farm in Wheaton.

Renihan took 20th place (23:34) over the 6,000 meter course and the Vikings placed fifth in the nine-team event with a point total of 144 points. Wheaton won the meet with just 17 points.

Augustana junior Laura McNair (Lake Zurich) finished 36th in 24:12.

Mundelein Boys Feeder

Feeder basketball tryouts/evaluations for all boys from fifth through eighth grade living in the Mundelein High School District 120 boundaries will take place on Friday, Nov. 3 at Mundelein High School.

Grades fifth and sixth will be 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. an seventh and eighth will be from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fourth grade boys may attend try outs and will be placed on a team if space is available.


Please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out additional paperwork.

There will be a parent meeting for all age levels at 8 p.m. Register for the tryouts (free) so may plans can be made accordingly, Go to (click on the Mundelein feeder tab). For any questions email

Hapanionek to Hall

Joseph Hapanionek, who resides in Hoffman Estates, was honored as a former University of Dubuque student-athlete enshrined in the school's Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 7. in Heritage Center.

He was recognized with four other hall of famers and one team during halftime of the football game against Buena Vista University.

Hapanionek studied sociology and criminal justice at Dubuque and played baseball during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. He was the 2005 NCAA Division III National Champion in home runs (43) and slugging percentage (.888).

Hapanionek earned third team ABCA and NCBWA all-American honors in 2005.

He was twice named an Honorable Mention National Player of the Week during the 2005 season. Hapanionek is the school record holder in career home runs (23), career slugging percentage (.771), career saves (8), single-season home runs (16, 2005), single season runs batted in (53; 2005), single season total bases (111; 2005), single season slugging percentage (.888; 2005), and single season saves (5; 2005).

Hapanionek went on to sign a professional contract to play baseball with the Sioux Falls Canaries.

He was the only Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference student-athlete to sign a contract in 2005. Hapanionek married his wife Rosella, in 2009, and the they have four sons, Joey, Jacob, Jayce, and Jonathan.

When he isn't playing baseball, Hapanionek works as director of health care for multiple hospitals and coaches baseball.


The Arlington Stallions high school varsity side ended a successful fall season with a 45-7 win over the Chicago-based Wapiti Rugby Club.

Multiple tries were scored by Prospect seniors Ryan Vedner and Brandon Onori.

The Stallions finished their season with a 5-1 record which included an impressive 40-15 win over 2017 Illinois Tier One Championship Runner-Up Notre Dame DeLasallette.

"This was a great lead-in to the competitive season this spring," said coach Paul Bergman. "Our plan for the fall is always to focus on establishing a strong fitness and fundamental skills platform on which to build into the spring. Our boys certainly have seen the fruits of that labor the last few weeks."

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