Writing is on the wall for Palatine's Holz at New York U.

  • Haley Holz

    Haley Holz


From volleyball teammates in Illinois to opponents on the east coast.

Haley Holz got to play with her sister Heather for one year when they were a freshman and senior at Palatine High School.

Next year, they will be on the opposite side of the court.

Haley, currently one of the top attackers in the Mid-Suburban League, has committed to New York University.

Heather, a junior middle hitter for Tufts University in Medford, MA, has 67 kills and 23 blocks for the Jumbos who are 9-6 and 4-1 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

"Both coaches said they would play each other next year," Haley said. "So my sister and I will definitely play against each other my freshman year."

The all-area outside hitter is looking forward to playing at New York University, which currently does not have a girl from Illinois on its roster.

"We looked up the major I wanted to go into (business and film) and NYU was one of the top ones for both," Haley said. "And I like the east coast. I thought it would be a good fit."

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She made two visits to the campus.

"It was super cool," she said. "The first time it was pouring rain and I still loved it. The second time it was super hot but I loved it."

Holz first found her love for film when she was much younger.

"I used to make a lot of videos with my sister," she said. "She would star in them. We would do musical videos and just really had fun with it. It kind of went from there. I started taking some classes in high school and just loved it. I'd probably like being a director but I'm going to take business classes first."

Holz is all business on the volleyball court and in the classroom.

One of the most explosive players in the state, the 6-foot-2 senior put down 346 kills while also collecting 84 aces, 35 blocks and 189 digs last year and has been a part of more than 90 wins during her career. Pirates coach Dan Gavin called her one of the most 'dynamic offensive players around'.

Outside of volleyball, the National Honor Society member owns a 3.8 GPA and 4.7 on a weighted scale. Holz is a member of the Spanish Honor Society, Service Club and the school's newspaper, where she has written on sports and entertainment.


"I want to write a book someday but I don't know if I want to be a journalist," she said. "I just like to write."

The writing is on the wall -- Holz appears to have a bright future.

Women's golf

Loyola freshman Jenny Myslinski (Palatine) used her second straight round of 79 to solidify her spot in the top 10 at the Golden Grizzlies Invitational in Rochester.

Myslinski finished tied for seventh with a 158 (79-79) to help the Ramblers to a share of the team title as they posted a final-round 323 at the Katke-Cousins Golf Course (par 72, 6,056 yards) to finish tied with Oakland (318-320-638) with a 36-hole team score of 638 (315-323).

Myslinski was a three-time All-Mid Suburban League selection for Pirates coach Bill LePage. She placed eighth at the IHSA sectionals last season and holds the Palatine record for lowest nine-hole score (35) in a match.


Women's swimming

Sophomore Sarah Miles helped the University of Findlay win the 400-yard freestyle relay during the Viking Relay Challenge at Cleveland State University.

Miles, who attended Hoffman Estates High School and swam for the Palatine Park District Tiger Sharks, anchored the free relay which won with a time of 3:42.28.

In the 3x500-yard relay, Miles helped the Oilers finish second in the event with a time of 16:39.59.

She was also part of a third-place finish in the 400 medley relay, swimming the backstroke leg.

Women's soccer

Augustana senior Abby Wendell (Hersey) has a team-best 4 assists for the Vikings who are 7-1-1.

In a 5-0 win over Buena Vista, Wendell's corner kick was the assist Jordyn Sundberg's header. Wendell also had an assist in the Vikings' 1-1 tie with North Park.

Women's cross country

North Central junior Dianne Barajas (Schaumburg) won her second straight College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Women's Cross Country 'Athlete of the Week' honor on Tuesday.

Barajas, a graphic design major, won the Brismann-Lundeen Invitational, hosted by Augustana. North Central won the title in a field of 27 teams.

She finished with a season-best time of 22:02.0 in the 6K, winning by 11 seconds in a field of 324 athletes. It was Barajas' second-straight individual title following a first place finish at the Gil Dodds Invitational.

Men's cross country

Augustana freshman Karsten Zielinski (Schaumburg) was 62nd in 27:22.72 at the Midwest Intercollegiate Championships at Aspen Ridge Golf Course in Bourbonnais. North Central won the meet while the Vikings were fifth with 127 points.

Conant Softball

The Conant softball program is running two clinics this fall/winter for any athletes between second and fifth grade. The athlete does not have to be a future Cougar or have any softball experience. The dates are Oct. 20 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon in the main gym at Conant High School. Cost is $30 per clinic (includes a T-shirt) and you can sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/LxnelVNtoi2fOwYo2

For questions or more information, email Conant head softball coach Allie Bauch at abauch@d211.org.

Wheeling feeder

The Junior Wildcats boys' feeder basketball program will have open gym Thursday, Oct. 18 and Tuesday Oct 23 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Wheeling High School

The feeder team tryouts are Sunday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Nov. 4 for fifth to sixth graders from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and for seventh through eighth grade from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Wheeling High School. Attending both tryouts is required.

The Wheeling feeder program provides opportunity for boys to participate in an organized, competitive basketball program. Players living in the Wheeling High School attendance area are able to improve their basketball skills and fundamentals, receive quality coaching, play with future high school teammates, and most importantly, have fun. Players will participate in two practices per week and play 20-25 games from November to early March.

The feeder website is https://www.eteamz.com/whsfeederbball/

Contact coach Kelly O'Keeffe at juniorcats5678@gmail.com with questions.

Let us know

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