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Druley: Batavia girls basketball's Bayram Boston-bound

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 5:33 a.m. CDT
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Batavia's Erin Bayram looks for her shot during their IHSA St. Charles East Girls Basketball Regional game against St. Charles East last season. Bayram, who committed to Boston University on Saturday afternoon, says she's in fantastic shape nearly two years after tearing her left ACL.

Batavia senior Erin Bayram verbally committed to play her college basketball at Boston University late Saturday afternoon, maintaining her membership in the canine nickname family.

The Bulldogs’ 6-foot-2 center chose to become a Terrier after being thrilled by everything about the program and campus. So much for BU coach Kelly Greenberg’s advice to take some time with the decision.

“She wanted me to go home and talk it over with my parents,” Bayram said, “but I knew by the second day of the visit that I was going to commit.”

Bayram already had visited Saint Louis and Tennessee-Martin, and was planning to check out Cleveland State next week. That itinerary changed when Bayram found she “just couldn’t compare any of the other schools to BU,” which she visited Thursday through Saturday.

The second Bulldog to make an NCAA Division I commitment in two weeks – guard Liza Fruendt verbaled to Missouri State late last month – Bayram showed improved durability and versatility as a junior. Sidelined with a torn left ACL early in her sophomore season, Bayram worked to return to form with a diligent 2012 offseason and has looked sharp in Batavia’s recent open gym workouts.

“She’s right now probably in the best shape she’s been in in the last three years,” Bulldogs coach Kevin Jensen said. “She had a real good summer, so it’s a nice ending to her kind of getting back on top of things.”

Now that she’s home from Boston, Bayram has once again channeled her focus and enthusiasm toward helping the Bulldogs continue their upward trend. Batavia won 18 games last season while dressing just eight players, and Bayram has kept her fitness level high through a busy summer that included playing AAU ball with the Illinois United.

“I think this summer I definitely was able to show that I was not just a post-up player but a player that can hit an outside shot or face up to the basket,” Bayram said. “I think that portion of my game really stood out because people don’t expect someone my size to do that.”

A-C-E, ace: Batavia product Megan Ramp, now a junior women’s golfer at NCAA Division III Wisconsin-Stout, recorded a hole-in-one Saturday during play at the D3 Midwest Classic at The Jewel Golf Club in Lake City, Minn.

Blue Devils coach Howie Samb witnessed Ramp’s ace on the par-3, 170-yard 15th hole, in which Ramp used a 4-hybrid.

A transfer from Wisconsin-Whitewater, Ramp is majoring in golf enterprise management at Stout, which is the defending Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s golf champion.

She finished with a two-day 164 at the tournament, placing 13th.

Bandits win MWL title: Quad Cities completed a three-game sweep of South Bend on Saturday to capture its second Midwest League title in three seasons and sixth title overall.

The River Bandits, a Houston Astros affiliate, went 81-57 during the regular season, including a 13-4 mark against the Kane County Cougars.

South Bend swept the visiting Cougars during a three-game series in July.

The Silver Hawks were without Geneva alumnus Brad Allen, a right-hander who was promoted to Advanced-A Visalia (Calif.) last month after going 7-6 with a 4.37 ERA in 20 apperances and 18 starts, including a no-hitter.

Heckert of a run: Kaneland graduate Kristen Heckert was the women’s runner-up at the Sept. 8 Chicago Half-marathon, finishing in a personal-record time of 1:19:18.

Heckert, of Lisle, competed collegiately at Murray State and Illinois-Chicago. She was the top female finisher at the DeKalb Corn Classic 10K last month, completing the course in 36:11.

• Kevin Druley is a sportswriter for the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5347 or kdruley@shawmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @kevindruley.

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