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St. Charles North

Local roundup: North water polo rolls; Williams no longer with NIU football

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles North senior goalkeeper Collin Bawolek earned his first career shutout Tuesday, meeting every challenge from the Hinsdale South boys water polo team in a 15-0 win.

Bawolek made 13 saves and made one steal to help North improve to 6-3-1.

“He played very well, like he has all season,” North Stars coach Chris Cloy said. “Today, I think the defense around him helped even more. They limited the shots that were put on him to more manageable shots and Collin did his job and had a nice night.”

North’s full-time goalie since the beginning of last season, Bawolek saw slight varsity time as a freshman and sophomore. His teammates, recalling a few close calls with clean sheets during Bawolek’s career, sprawled to do everything possible to help him preserve the feat.

John Pretet and Nick Traxler scored four goals apiece, while Tim Steele contributed three assists. The North Stars responded to a recent challenge to attack efficiently without forcing shots and raced to a 9-0 lead at halftime.

“When we had them early in the game, we just took quality shots and they found the back of the net,” Cloy said.

Not so much for the Hornets. Not with Bawolek on the case.


Neuqua Valley 15, St. Charles East 0: At St. Charles, Neuqua Valley swept past host East. Cate Strahl lost, 21-18, in the opening game of her match at No. 3 singles.


Williams focuses on NIU baseball: Geneva product Matt Williams is no longer with the Northern Illinois football program, choosing to join the baseball team as a right-hander this spring.

Williams was recruited to NIU as a quarterback before switching to wide receiver as a redshirt freshman last football season.

Williams enters this weekend’s Mid-American Conference series at Bowling Green with a 3.38 ERA in 101/3 innings over six appearances.

He has struck out four and walked 11.

He had six receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown in 11 games in the 2013 football season, also seeing time as a punt returner.

• Shaw Media’s Steve Nitz contributed to this report.

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