Grayslake Central's Cramer commits to Old Dominion

Updated 4/9/2018 4:03 PM
  • Stevenson grad Joshua Cheng is excelling in the men's tennis program at Wheaton College.

    Stevenson grad Joshua Cheng is excelling in the men's tennis program at Wheaton College. Submitted photo

The defending Class 2A 160-pound state wrestling champion still has a year to compete at Grayslake Central High School.

But Alex Cramer has already made his decision as to where he will compete on the collegiate level.

Cramer has announced he has committed to Old Dominion.

Less than two months ago, Cramer recorded his IHSA victory after three straight majors and an impressive 14-8 decision over Jared Head of state power Washington in the title match.

"This means a lot to my men, my coaches, our program and the school," Cramer told the Daily Herald after his victory. "The best part is I'll be back again next year to try to win another."

He will be back after winning 46 of his 47 bouts as a junior.

"Alex is so cool, calm and composed," Grayslake Central coach Matt Joseph said after the win over Head. "He just never really shows any emotion or nervousness, except maybe tonight for a moment or two when he let Head get a little closer toward the end of his final."

It was also the first state title for Grayslake Central, which got runner-up efforts in 2012 from Dylan Hay and Joey Valdivia.

The third time was the charm for Cramer, who also qualified as a freshman and sophomore.

Men's tennis

Wheaton College junior Joshua Cheng (Stevenson) went 4-0 this past weekend.

On Friday, he teamed up with Andrew Bristol to defeat Illinois Wesleyan's University, Jimmy Kase and Dylan Mikali 8-1 at No 3 doubles. In No. 4 singles, Cheng topped Tim Hughes, 6-0, 6-3.

On Saturday, Cheng and Bristrol defeated Millikin's Thomas Emola and Logan Bennett at No. 3 doubles. He then was a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Logan Bennett at No. 4 singles.


Wisconsin-Oshkosh sophomore Claire Petrus (Carmel Catholic), who has started in the pitcher's circle in 11 of the Titans' 19 games, secured a 10-2 victory over Illinois-Chicago. Petrus (8-3) threw 2 scoreless innings during her third relief appearance of the season.

Men's track

Augustana senior Kevin Barbian (Libertyville) won the discus with a toss of 141-2 and was second in the hammer throw at 168' 6" as the Vikings defeated host Wisconsin-Platville 207-166. Barbian also took second in the toss (50-2½).

A week earlier, Barbian was second in the shot put with a mark of 48-10¾ at the 11-team Viking Olympics. Augustana won the meet with 262 points.

Classmate Kyle Hucker (Wauconda) was part of the winning 4x400 relay team (3:18.21) and he was the winner of the 400-meter in: 49.18.

Vikings junior Rob Williams (Vernon Hills) took fifth in the 5,000 in 15:34.27.


Mundelein graduate Mitch Schulewitz has been signed by the Schaumburg Boomers for the 2018 season.

The 23-year-old will be debuting for the Boomers on the mound this year. He last played with the Arizona League Royals, a rookie-level affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, in 2017.

The sidearm right-handed pitcher signed with Kansas City after going undrafted following his graduation from Illinois- Chicago.

In his senior year at UIC, Schulewitz appeared in 20 games as a reliever and posted a 3-1 record with two saves and a 2.58 ERA in 22⅔ innings pitched. He held opponents to .200 batting average his senior year and averaged 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings.

While at UIC, Schulewitz appeared in 83 games (tied for third in program history) going 10-15 with a 4.13 ERA in 152.2 IP while striking out 136 batters and walking 55. When finally signing with the Royals, the Mundelein native appeared in 11 games and finished 7 of them, with 1 save. In 15 innings pitch, Schulewitz posted a 2.40 ERA and 1.000 WHIP with 15 strikeouts while allowing only 2 walks and 4 earned runs.

The Boomers begin May 11 with their home opener slated for Tuesday, May 15 vs. Southern Illinois.


Stevenson grad Jalen Brunson became one of the few players from Illinois who won IHSA and NCAA championships.

He joins Jahlil Okafor of Whitney Young, Jon Scheyer of Glenbrook North, Brian Sloan of McLeansboro, Jay Shidler of Lawrenceville, Quinn Buckner of Thornridge, George Wilson of Marshall and Robert Byrd of Phillips on that exclusive list.

Like Brunson, who won has two NCAA titles at Villanova, Wilson also played in two NCAA championship games for Cincinnati, winning one of them.

Brunson was named the NABC Player of the Year. The consensus first team All-America led the Wildcats in scoring (19.2 ppg) and assists (176) while shooting 53 percent from the floor, 81 percent from the free throw line and 41 percent of his 3-point attempts. He had a season-high 31 points four times this season including road games at Temple, Butler, Marquette and against Providence in the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden.


Augustana senior center fielder Matt Loeffl (Grayslake Central), who is batting .268, has 1 triple to share the

team lead for the Vikings who are 13-5 on the year.

• Lakes senior Matthew Grubb announced his commitment to play at Division II Benedictine College in Lisle.

Men's tennis

Augustana sophomore Scott Daluga (Libertyville) and junior Alex Riddle (York) defeated Auston Sack and Connor Schanen 8-2 at No. 3 singles to help the Vikings to a 9-0 win over visiting Cornell 9-0. The Vikings improved their dual meet record to 9-7.

Women's track

Augustana senior Emily Webster (Lakes) was fifth in the shot put (36-11¾) and hammer (131-10) at the Viking Olympics where the host school took second behind Wheaton College.

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