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Schwab: Conference futures sorting out for local private schools

Published: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 10:32 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 10:46 p.m. CDT

Marmion and St. Francis are already headed to the Chicago Catholic League for football and soccer in the fall, and it appears to be a matter of time before the CCL becomes their home for all sports.

Marmion athletic director Joe Chivari is optimistic that will be the case, though Marmion, St. Francis and Montini are still awaiting official acceptance as full members for 2015-16.

“Everything is fine,” Chivari said. “I don’t worry about our acceptance in it. It’s moving at a pace I’m comfortable with. As long as I can get into their postseason tournaments [for next year], I’m good with what’s going on.”

Aurora Christian is expected to also play football in the CCL but take its other sports to the Northeastern Athletic Conference once the SCC disbands in the aftermath of a big chunk of the conference leaving for the Metro Suburban Conference and Marian Central heading for the East Suburban Catholic Conference.

The CCL is only for boys sports so Rosary and St. Francis are among the schools that will play girls sports in the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference in 2015-16.

Chivari said the CCL will have more competitive depth than the SCC, in which there was a major drop-off between the top schools and the lower-echelon schools in most sports.

“We’re going to a stronger conference across the board,” Chivari said. “We’re hoping that student-athletes that are serious about academics as well as sports will see they can get a good education as well as great competition athletically at Marmion.”

Stanko heading north of border: St. Charles North graduate Justin Stanko is switching schools and picking up another college sport.

Stanko is leaving Loyola, where he played soccer as a freshman, and will transfer to Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he will play both soccer and basketball.

“At Whitewater winning a national title is always the goal and with Justin we just got a step closer,” Whitewater men’s soccer coach Tony Guinn said in a news release.

Whitewater’s men’s basketball program, meanwhile, is coming off a Division-III men’s basketball national championship season after the Warhawks beat Williams College on a last-second basket to win the title.

A 6-foot-6 forward in basketball and defender in soccer, Stanko excelled in both sports during his high school career with the North Stars.

More from the transfer front: St. Francis girls soccer products Taylor Bucaro and Jenna DiTusa are both transferring from Bowling Green, according to Spartans coach Jim Winslow.

Winslow said Bucaro will continue her college career at Purdue while DiTusa, a goalkeeper, will remain in the state of Ohio and play at Dayton.

Faulhaber honored: Recent Batavia girls volleyball graduate Audrey Faulhaber was chosen among thousands of applicants as a winner of the Amateur Athletic Union Sullivan Award, which comes with a $10,000 scholarship and a free trip to Disney World.

“Audrey has been an outstanding volleyball player in our program as well as an excellent student,” Batavia coach Lori Trippi-Payne wrote in an email. “She is also extremely active in community service, not only with involving and organizing our volleyball program members, but also on her own. One of the projects she did start by involving the volleyball program is an event called Athletes Against Hunger. She created the event last summer. As a program and with our younger summer campers, we collected over 1,200 items for the Batavia Food Pantry from the community. She is expanding it this year to involve tennis and soccer as well.”

Faulhaber will be a freshman volleyball player next year at St. Olaf (Minn.). 

• Jay Schwab is sports editor of the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5382 or jschwab@shawmedia.com

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