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Sports Briefs: Geneva’s Pawlak commits to Nebraska-Omaha

Geneva’s Pawlak commits to Nebraska-Omaha

Geneva senior forward/center Sami Pawlak recently committed to play her college basketball at NCAA Divison I Nebraska-Omaha, she confirmed this week.

“Really everything about the school and the program excited me,” Pawlak said.

Pawlak, the reigning Kane County Chronicle Player of the Year for girls basketball, averaged 11.5 points and 9.6 rebounds a game for the Upstate Eight Conference River Division champion Vikings last season.

Nebraska-Omaha, nicknamed the Mavericks, is coached by Chance Lindley, the first male to lead the program in its four-decade history.

The Mavericks went 15-12 in Lindley’s debut season in 2011-12, which also marked its first season in Division I.

St. Charles East graduate earns conference honors

St. Charles East graduate Sam Szarmach, a Elmhurst sophomore outside hitter, was named to the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Second Team all conference volleyball team.

Szarmach earned the second consecutive second-team all-conference honor of her career. She totaled 291 kills (third highest on the squad) while averaging 2.27 kills a set (also third on the team). She ranked second on the squad in service aces (32) while also totaling 199 digs and 51 blocks.

The Bluejays (29-7) will open up the NCAA Tournament against Webster University (Mo.) at 8 p.m. Friday.

St. Charles North graduate earns conference honors

St. Charles North graduate Noah Anthony earned first team CCIW honors for the Wheaton College men’s soccer team.

Anthony was Wheaton’s leading assist man for the year with nine assists, including five in conference play.

All three of Anthony’s goals for the season came during CCIW competition, including two-game winners. Anthony was named CCIW Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 23.

Tri-Cities graduates earn conference honors

St. Charles North graduate and Wheaton College junior forward Leah DeMoss, a transfer from the University of Iowa, was named co-CCIW Newcomer of the Year. DeMoss also earned a First Team All-CCIW selection for the Thunder women’s soccer team. She has led the Thunder with 18 goals and nine assists this season to register a team-best 45 total points. DeMoss scored three goals, with three assists in CCIW matches, accumulating nine total points in league play.

Geneva graduate and Illinois Wesleyan senior Emily Hinchman was a first team all-CCIW selection for the fourth straight season. This fall she was sixth on the league with 11 points and tied for fourth in both goals (four) and assists (three). Her two game-winning goals tied for the league lead and Hinchman tied for 10th with 18 shots.

St. Charles East graduate and Illinois Wesleyan junior midfielder Hannah Ketterling was a First Team All-CCIW selection. She tied for ninth in the CCIW with seven points and tied for seventh with three goals.

St. Charles East graduate and Augustana junior Maggie Hoscheit was a First Team All-CCIW selection.

Aurora Christian graduate earns conference honors

Wheaton College’s Jordan Roberts was named a CCIW Football Player of the Week Monday.

Roberts, an Aurora Christian graduate, completed 32 of 46 passes for 380 yards and two touchdowns during the Thunder’s 35-21 win Saturday at North Central. He also rushed for 46 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns, both coming in the third quarter that extended the Thunder lead to 28-7.

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