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Molnar delivers award-winning senior season for Emory
By John Leusch | Daily Herald Columnist
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Published: 5/5/201 12:04 AM

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Emory University senior Dan Molnar, a graduate of Stevenson High School, was presented with the 2010 Partin Award, given annually to a varsity athlete for an outstanding career or season performance in a team-based sport.

Molnar has been a four-year starter and one of the most valuable members to his team.

A threat whenever he stepped to the plate, he owns an outstanding career batting average of .337 with 13 home runs and 99 RBI.

His keen eye has allowed him to hold the program for most walks in a season and in a career. In addition, he is third in school history in on-base percentage, sixth with 152 runs scored, 14th in total hits, ninth in stolen bases and tied for sixth in homers.

Molnar has been an all-UAA second team honoree twice (2008 and 2009), in addition to earning all-UAA tournament honors in 2009 and 2010. This year, he is serving his second season as the team captain, and is batting close to .300 with 4 home runs.

At the 2010 UAA Tournament, he lead all players with a .582 batting average, a 1.000 slugging percentage, a .773 on base percentage, and tied his own UAA record with nine walks.

• Troy Barton (Libertyville), a right-handed pitcher for Eastern Illinois, completed his April home schedule by working 4 innings of 1-run ball against Southern Illinois.

Barton struck out the first four SIU hitters of the game and did not issue a walk over four innings. Earlier, Barton recorded a win against Illinois College by striking out six, including striking out the side in the third inning.

In his 9 innings pitched at Coaches Stadium in April, Barton surrendered only 4 hits while striking out 11, with an ERA of 1.00.

Men's track and field

Augustana's 800 relay team of Max Petersen (Mundelein). James Wood, Alex Rindone and Nick Borchert set a new school record with a 1:27.72 clocking at the Drake Relays.

• North Centrel sophomore John Wood (Fremd) was the runner-up in the pole vault, clearing a height of 14 feet, 9 inches in the Concordia Cougar Invitational .

• North Central's Michael Spain (Schaumburg) improved his provisional qualifying time in the 5,000-meters (personal best of 14:28.81), finishing fifth at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

Football camp

The 15th Annual Wildcat Football Skills Camp will be offered to all players from the ages of 8-13 years of age. Libertyville coach Randy Kuceyeski will offer this non-contact camp on June 28, June 29, June 30, at Butler Lake Park in Libertyville.

This non-contact camp will run from 9 a.m. until noon each day and will be staffed by current members of the Libertyville High School coaching staff.

Past and current Wildcat players will also assist in coaching this camp. Registration is $70. For more information, please call Kuceyeski at (847) 549-6149.

Girls basketball

When the Class 4A-3A North all-star girls basketball team takes the floor June 12 at Illinois Wesleylan's Shirk Center, it will be coached by the dean of Mid-Suburban League girls basketball coaches and a recent award winner.

Barrington's Babbi Barreiro was rcently honored as the District 6 co-coach of the year after her Fillies advanced to the Libertyville High School Class 4A sectional final this February.

Barreiro's team finished at 19-13, including a win over Mid-Suburban champ Wheeling in the Waukegan regional championship.

Barreiro will be coaching a North squad that includes area players such as Ashley Capotosto of Elk Grove, Janelle Cannon and Bianca Szafarowicz of Wheeling, Maddie Swan of Hersey and Audrey Bauer of Lake Zurich.

Barreiro, an Elk Grove High and Indiana University graduate, has won 295 games in 17 seasons along with nine regional titles, five MSL division crowns, two MSL titles and one sectional.

She has the most wins in Barrington school history for boysor girls basketball.

"It was most definitely an honor to be recognized by my peers for this award," Barreiro said. "I thank the IBCA. I feel honored to get the opportunity to be a part of the athletic department at Barrington High School and I feel fortunate to work with such great athletes and my assistant coaches. I am thankful for them. And good years or tough years, working with high school kids is so rewarding - it truly is."

Women's softball

Northwestern senior Nicole Pauly (Palatine) led the Wildcats to three conference wins, smashing five extra-base hits in four games.

Her 3 home runs during that span not only put her third on NU's all-time homer list with 51 but they also helped her earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors.

The infielder is hitting her stride, posting a .500 batting average in Big Ten play.

Pauly is leading an offense that scored a combined 31 runs in those three conference games.

• Central College junior Kiley Lythberg (Prospect) belted a grand slam and went 3-for-3 while pitching a combined five shutout innings in a two-game sweep of Cornell College.

Lythberg (16-5, 1.78 ERA) picked up the victory in the nightcap, allowing 1 hit in 3 innings with no walks and 5 strikeouts. She gave up 1 hit in 2 innings in the opener with no walks and 2 strikeouts.

Lythberg's blast was the first grand slam by a Central pitcher since Laurie Sutten's dramatic walk-off shot that won the NCAA Division III regional title May 10, 1986.

That one sent the Dutch to the national finals for the first time.

It was the fifth homer for Lythberg, who is hitting .356 after not batting during her first two seasons at Central. Central College is rated number 12 in the latest NFCA DIII Top 25 Poll.

Women's volleyball

Notre Dame senior Megan Fesl (Hersey) was a 2010 recipient of the O'Connor Award, which honors male and female student-athletes who best display the total embodiment of the true spirit of Notre Dame as exemplified by their contributions and inspirations to their respective teams.

Fesl was a pivotal cog in leading the nationally-ranked Fighting Irish volleyball squad to a regular season BIG EAST title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament this past season. She also was one of eight players who helped Notre Dame claim the Collegiate Beach Volleyball Challenge at Fiesta On Siesta Key as a junior in 2008.

Fesl found herself on the all-tournament teams at Missouri's Tiger Invitational and Notre Dame's Shamrock Invitational in 2007.

A marketing major in the Mendoza College of Business, Fesl is a member of Notre Dame's Student-Athlete Advisory Council and the third volleyball player to receive the O'Connor Award in its 17-year history.

Men's tennis

Oakton Community College coach Neal Sipkovsky (Maine West) has guided his team to the NJCAA men's national tennis tournament in Plano, Texas.

Sipkovsky's team qualified by finishing second at the Region IV tournament hosted by Moraine Valley Community College. This is the second consecutive year he has coached the Raiders to the national tournament. He was named the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year.

Baseball

• Eric Romani (Maine West) of McKendree University is the The American Midwest Conference's Pitcher of the Week honoree for his performances from April 12-18.

Romani, a sophomore right-hander, earned a win and save in his 2 appearances . He picked up a victory in relief during McKendree's 10-0 home win against Bethel University.

Romani allowed just 3 hits over 3 innings. He added his save in an 11-2 home victory over AMC foe Williams Baptist College.

Romani entered the game with the bases loaded and McKendree leading 5-2 in the top of the sixth inning. He struck out the only batter he faced before the Bearcats erupted for 7 runs in the bottom of the frame.

This season, Romani is tied for the McKendree team lead with 13 appearances. He is 2-0 overall with two saves.

• Wil Osmanski (Elk Grove) won the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference player of the week award for pitchers.

Osmanski, a senior, went 2-1 with a 2.76 ERA in three appearances during the week. He started twice and had a complete-game performance at UW-La Crosse.

Osmanski held the Eagles scoreless through eight, but an unearned run helped UW-La Crosse rally for a 3-2 win. He worked out of a bases-loaded 11th-inning jam to earn a win against UW-Stout and then pitched 7 innings to earn the victory. He allowed 3 runs in getting the win.

Football

Junior Sam Lialios (Buffalo Grove), a top receiver at North Park University and Nick Pantaleo ( Hoffman Estates ), a top defensive player at North Park were named to the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Accademic All-Conference team for the 2009 - 2010 school year.

Relay for Life

To help celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day on Tuesday, June, 1, the American Cancer Society and the Schaumburg Flyers have teamed up for a special promotion called "Relay for Life at Alexian Field."

There will be a survivor parade before the game and the players will wear pink jerseys, one of which will be auctioned off to benefit Relay for Life. Tickets are $10 each with half the ticket proceeds being donated to Relay for Life. Game time is 6:30 p.m. and gates open at 5 p.m. The event can provide an evening for a group outing or a family night.

The deadline for ticket sales is Friday, May 14. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets should contact Dave Jacobson at Prospect High School at 847-718-5230 or david.jacobson@d214.org.