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CCIW honors area talent with 10 all-conference berths
By Bob Frisk | Daily Herald Columnist
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Published: 11/25/2008 12:02 AM

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You have to know where to look.

The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin looks hard at the Daily Herald area when it recruits high school football talent.

Local products from Cook and Lake Counties landed 10 positions on the CCIW all-conference team.

The two players earning first-team berths were wide receiver Jeff Koeneman (Fremd) of Carthage and offensive lineman Jim Tongue (Conant) of Augustana.

Second-team positions went to defensive backs Danny O'Donnell (Elk Grove) of Carthage and Jon Janus (Lake Zurich) of Elmhurst; linebackers Nate Hughes (Antioch) of Carthage, Nick Nikolich (Libertyville) of Illinois Wesleyan, and Dan Souder (Elk Grove) of Illinois Wesleyan; defensive lineman Joe Stumpfoll (Wheeling) of Elmhurst; quarterback Tim Podulka (Elk Grove) of Augustana; and wide receiver Jason Kwasigroch (Carmel) of Augustana.

• Sophomore Tony Baratti (Prospect) of Beloit College was named as a first-team linebacker in the Midwest Conference.

• Linebacker Steve Malok (Buffalo Grove) of Concordia University Chicago recorded 10 solo tackles and 4 assists against Benedictine in his final college game. Malok and teammate and receiver Mike Egebrecht (Buffalo Grove) were both named honorable mention all-Northern Athletics Conference.

• Junior offensive lineman Adrian Kibiersza (Maine West) of Aurora University was named first-team Northern Athletics Conference.

Soccer

Chicago Fire Soccer in conjunction with the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association honored seven student-athletes from Cook and Lake counties on its Boys High School Soccer All-State All-Academic Team.

First-team selections from the area are Josh Harmon (Grayslake North), John Horstman (Prospect), Mark Gryka (Leyden), Tim Crowl (Fremd), James Peter Kelly (Maine East), Jordan Foster (Warren) and Sanjit Shah (Wheeling).

• Forward Scott Lorenz (Barrington) of the University of Wisconsin earned second-team All-Big Ten honors.

• Jon Szafranski (Fremd) of Saint Mary's University (Winona, Minn.) was named to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first team after becoming the school's first goalkeeper since 1994 to stop more than 150 shots in a season. He also is the first SMU goalkeeper to stop more than 260 shots in a career, setting the all-time career saves record with 305.

Volleyball

Western New England College (Springfield, Mass.) sophomore setter Katharina Boes (Stevenson) was named to the The Commonwealth Coast Conference second team. During the season, the co-captain earned conference female athlete of the week and made four invitational all-tournament teams.

• Sophomore Annie Fesl (Hersey) of the University of Cincinnati's Big East co-champions ranks second in the conference in assists per game and is 24th in the NCAA rankings. Cincinnati was undefeated at home this season and took a 15-match winning streak into the weekend's Big East tournament before losing to Pittsburgh.

Sophomore Annie Fesl (Hersey) of the University of Cincinnati's Big East co-champions ranked second in the conference in assists per game and 24th in the NCAA rankings. Cincinnati was undefeated at home this season and took a 15-match winning streak into the weekend's Big East tournament before losing to Pittsburgh.

Sister Megan Fesl (Hersey) plays for Notre Dame, and the two sisters had faced each other earlier this year in conference play at Cincinnati that was televised on ESPNU.

Louisville (No. 3 seed) beat No. 5 Notre Dame 3-1 Sunday for the Big East title.

• Junior Sarah Cooper (Rolling Meadows) of the University of Illinois at Springfield was named to the American Midwest Conference first team.

Also for Illinois Springfield, senior Ali Janezic (Barrington) was named honorable mention.

Cooper and Janezic were also on the academic all-conference team.

• Jenny Peterson (Hersey) of Taylor (Ind.) University (32-8) was recognized as a first-team all-conference selection following Taylor's Mid-Central College Conference regular-season championship.

• Ingrid Hanson-Tuntland (Wheeling) of first-place University of North Carolina (20-10, 14-5 in ACC) imposed herself on the match right away with 7 first-set kills in leading Carolina to a 25-23, 23-25, 25-21, 25-16 win over second-place Miami. She had 15 kills in the match.

Basketball

Junior Kristin Paczosa (Buffalo Grove) of Cornell College (Mount Vernon, Iowa) hit 2 free throws with 11 seconds remaining to give the Rams a 56-54 win over Bethany Lutheran. She had just joined the team for practices earlier in the week following the volleyball season and had 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks in 24 minutes.

Paczosa then hit the go-ahead layup with 10 seconds left against Northland.

Also for Cornell, Charlotte Milas (Rolling Meadows) had 16 points against Lakeland and 10 against Northland.

TK LaFleur (Warren) of Texas Christian University was named player of the week in the Mountain West Conference. She averaged 22 points and 3.5 rebounds in helping TCU get off to a 2-0 start.

LaFleur, who sat out a season as a redshirt after transferring from Nebraska, scored a career-high 28 points on 10-of-17 shooting (4 of 6 from 3-point range) during TCU's season-opening upset of No. 3 Maryland.

She then scored 16 points and pulled down 6 rebounds during TCU's victory over UT San Antonio.

• Tryouts for the Wheeling Boys Junior Wildcat Basketball Feeder Program will be held on Sunday, Dec. 7 in the Wheeling High School gym for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade teams. Fifth-grade boys are welcome to try out for the sixth-grade team.

Tryout times: eighth grade: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; seventh grade: 12:15-2:30 p.m.; sixth grade: 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Arrive 15 minutes early to register. One parent/guardian must attend the tryouts for each player.

For questions, contact BJ Jordan at (847) 222-8061 or Rick Schwind at (847) 459-3838 or e-mail BJKIDSPORTS@yahoo.com.

Cross country

Michael Spain (Schaumburg) was the leader for team runner-up North Central College with a 12th-place finish in the NCAA Division III National Championships in Hanover, Ind. He earned All-America honors for his effort.

• Rachel Riske (Hersey) was named athlete of the week at Concordia University Chicago. She led the Cougars women in the Midwest regional at Augustana with a 6K time of 26:21.9, 23 seconds better than her previous best.

Swimming

Jeff Davis (Schaumburg) of Western Illinois University was named Summit League Swimmer of the Week for the second time. Against Eastern Illinois, he had first places in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:59.66) and 500 free (4:53.69), took second in the 200 breaststroke (2:13.74) and also swam the anchor leg on the winning (3:16.52) 400 free relay.

Baseball

Mount Prospect American Legion Post 525 is looking for a new baseball coach/manager. Dan Aliosio, who is stepping out, was praised for his dedication and work with the program for four years. Interested applicants should contact Bill Starr at (847) 439-5339 or via e-mail to billstarr14@gmail.com.

bfrisk@dailyherald.com