Former Fremd standout Basten moving up the ranks at Indiana

Updated 1/13/2020 6:36 PM

When she played soccer at Fremd High School for coach Steve Keller, Emily Basten was a 2012 IHSA Scholastic Achievement Award winner and all-academic Mid-Suburban League selection.

Now, she is using her knowledge of the soccer game to coach at the collegiate level.


Basten was recently named a full-time assistant coach for the Indiana women's soccer team.

"Emily is a tireless worker," said Hoosiers head coach Erwin van Bennekom. "She is extremely detailed in how she goes about her work and has already been invaluable in our recruiting efforts. She has a great connection with our student-athletes and her passion for our university is infectious. Our program just got better."

Hall of fame Fremd soccer coach Gerardo Pagnani, now assisting in the program, said there haven't been many better than Basten.

"She was one of the greatest players we've ever had at Fremd High School," Pagnani said. "I love having girls in our program like her."

Basten was assisting in the Indiana program while she was pursuing her master's degree from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

She is an alum of the program, transferring to Indiana from Central Michigan for her senior season in 2015.

Basten played in every game on the Hoosiers' back line and earned the team's Big Ten Sportsmanship award.

She earned her bachelor's degree from Indiana in Neuroscience and spent a year working for the IU Varsity Club as the Annual Giving and Stewardship Coordinator.

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"I am very excited to continue my coaching career with the Indiana women's soccer program and want to thank Erwin and Indiana University for opportunity to do so," Basten said. "It is rewarding to work for the program I am very fond of from my playing days, and I look forward to aiding our incredible staff and take it to new heights."

Basten served as the team's volunteer assistant coach in 2019, and as a graduate assistant for the 2018 and 2017 seasons.

Besides on-field training and coaching responsibilities, Basten will be responsible for the coordination of the strategic talent identification and recruiting efforts.

Basten also has extensive coaching experience on the club side for both Alliance FC and Cutters, working with high school age teams. She played for the Hoffman United Soccer Club from U8-U18 under coach Kim Crowe.

The versatile Basten also competed nationally and internationally in Tae Kwon Do. She is a second-degree black belt, seven-time Illinois state champion gold medalist and AAU national tournament gold medalist.


Women's basketball

Yale women's basketball coach Alison Guth (Buffalo Grove) directed the Bulldogs to a 9-3 record in the 2019 portion of their schedule.

Yale wrapped up the past year with an 87-68 win over visiting Wagner for its sixth win in seven games -- and fourth by double digits in that stretch.

Against Wagner, the Bulldogs had 17 assists, the third most they have had in a game this season.

"That has been a focal point for us since the start of the season," Guth said. "Last year we did not assist the way we could. We want to shift defenses and get the great shot instead of the good shot."

Guth started for Buffalo Grove's 2019-20 girls basketball team, the last Mid-Suburban League team to win a state title.

Men's volleyball

Lewis 6-foot-9 redshirt junior TJ Murray (Barrington) had 12 kills as the Flyers' sixth-ranked men's volleyball team defeated No. 8 UC Irvine 25-18, 21-25, 20-25, 25-20, 22-20 in Irvine, CA.

Murray had four of his kills in the first set when Lewis used a 7-1 run to break a 12-12 tie,

Murray helped Barrington to a 32-3 record and sectional championship his junior year in high school.

Men's track

Augustana sophomore Karsten Zielinski (Schaumburg) took fourth place (9:32.71) in the 3000-meter as the Vikings placed second in the Fighting Bee Opener at St. Ambrose University in Davenport IA.

Boys basketball

The tradition-rich Wheeling Hardwood Classic is adding Glenbrook North and Hampshire to its 2020 field.

Notre Dame won the 2019 title. The 2020 edition will be held Dec. 21, 22, 23 and 26.


The new chairman of the Western Golf Association is Kevin Buggy of Park Ridge. He will lead the WGA and Evans Scholars Foundation during a critical period of nationwide growth.

Buggy becomes the WGA's 68th chairman succeeds Frank Morley of Glenview.

"I'm honored by the opportunity to lead the WGA, an organization that has left an unmistakable mark on the game of golf and the lives of countless young men and women," Buggy said. "Our prestigious championships are second to none, and I've seen firsthand how the work of the Evans Scholars Foundation has made a life-changing difference for thousands of caddies and their families."

One of Buggy's top priorities will be to continue the coast-to-coast growth that has enabled the Evans Scholars Foundation to use caddying and the Evans Scholarship to reach more young people than ever before.

"The generosity shown by our alumni and supporters of the Evans Scholars Program has been overwhelming," he said. "With the cost of college tuition still rising, we have a responsibility to sustain the momentum of the last few years and continue to meet the need for the Evans Scholarship."

Buggy worked for more than 15 years as a trader at the Chicago Board of Trade. Buggy holds a B.A. in economics from Villanova University. He is a member of Park Ridge Country Club in Park Ridge, where he has won seven club championships.

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