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MURPH’S ‘MOTE: Geneva grad Wicinski leads Michigan State volleyball

Published: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Shaw Media sports copy editor Kevin Murphy picks his top sporting events to watch on TV this weekend with a spotlight on local graduates:

LOCALLY SPEAKING

College football: Indiana at Michigan, 2:30 p.m. today, BTN

Marmion’s Ryan Glasgow, Graham Glasgow and St. Francis’ Kyle Bosch look to help the Wolverines bounce back from their first loss of the season. Bobby Hess, a Geneva graduate, is now a walk-on with the Hoosiers.

College football: Wisconsin at Illinois, 7 p.m. today, BTN

St. Charles East graduate Tim Russell is the placeholder for the Illini, who has thrown multiple touchdowns this season for the Illini on 2-point conversions.

According to the Champaign News-Gazette, St. Charles North junior linebacker Jordan Bergren is on a recruiting trip there this weekend.

Women’s college volleyball: Michigan State at Wisconsin, 1 p.m. Sunday, BTN

Geneva graduate and Michigan State senior outsider hitter Lauren Wicinski has been a force the Spartans. Wicinski, who spent her first two years at Northern Illinois, has helped the Spartans to a 17-1 start to the season. She recently surpassed the 2,000 career kills mark for the Spartans and is No. 2 all-time in kills for the program.

Wicinski is one of 30 candidates for volleyball’s Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The list will be trimmed to 10 finalists mid-season, and fans will be allowed to cast their votes online.

St. Francis graduate and senior setter Kristen Kelsay owns 2,636 career assists, good for sixth place at MSU all-time. 

MUST-SEE TV

NFL: Bears at Redskins, noon, Sunday, Fox

Hopefully, the rest did the Bears some good.

The Bears will have their hands full trying to contain Robert Griffin III.

RG3’s numbers are down from rookie numbers, but he’s also coming back from major knee surgery. Griffin has completed 59.8 percent of his throws, which is down from 65.6 last year, and he’s matched his 2012 total of five interceptions.

SET THE DVR

NHL, Toronto at Blackhawks, 6 p.m. today, WGN

Sharpie to the rescue. In the Hawks’ 3-2 shootout win over Carolina on Tuesday, Patrick Sharp answered the call with a goal in the game and the shootout winner.

CATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS LATER

College football: Florida State at Clemson, 7 p.m. today, ABC

The showdown marks the first matchup of teams ranked in the AP top five this season, and it’s just the fourth such matchup between ACC teams since FSU joined the league in 1992.

• Agree? Disagree? Is someone from the Kane County Chronicle coverage area going to be on TV? Let Kevin Murphy know at kmurphy@shawmedia.com.

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