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MSL softball teams dedicate week to breast cancer awareness
By John Leusch | Daily Herald Columnist
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Published: 5/10/2010 10:57 PM

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The 12 Mid-Suburban League softball teams are dedicating this week to breast cancer awareness, looking to raise money for the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation.

Bracelets, T-shirts and visors will be sold and the dedication will culminate at Rolling Meadows on Friday night when the Mustangs host Hersey.

Both Meadows coach Tony Wolanski and Hersey coach Molly Freeman have mothers who are breast cancer survivors.

The same is true for Palatine coach Jeff Manz, whose mother, Sharon, recently threw out the first pitch for a breast cancer awareness game at Warren.

"I am so excited about this week," said Freeman, a former standout athlete at Fremd who played college softball at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

"My mom (Ellen, who lives in Boston) goes to the doctor for checkups now and will see young girls in their 20s there. The more you can make sure to make girls aware of this, the better off we are. You see it more and more with younger girls today."

Freeman remembers when her mother was diagnosed.

"It was my sophomore year in college," she said. "Mom was so much more confident than all of us in my family. When she was diagnosed, she had been proactive with checkups so it was caught early. So thank God.

"I think this week is great for what we are doing for the young girls today."

Wolanski, whose mother, Linda, lives in Florida, praised the Rolling Meadows police, who funded the bracelets that will be sold for $1.

Visors are $13 and T-shirts $10.

Contact Tony Wolanski with any questions (847-718-5948).

Women's softball

What a way for senior Nicole Pauly (Palatine) to finish her last home game at Northwestern - 3-for-4, 2 home runs, a career-high 5 RBI and 3 runs.

The Wildcats (25-21) celebrated senior day in senior style Sunday at Sharon J. Drysdale Field with an 11-3 victory over Wisconsin.

Pauly crushed a grand slam over the fence in center and led off the bottom of the fifth with her second home run of the day, 13th of the year and 53rd of her career.

Pauly singled to center for her third hit of the day and came home on Emily Haug's 3-run homer.

• Washington University (St. Louis) junior Claire Voris (Barrington) received a University Athletic Association (UAA) athlete of the week award.

Voris picked up a pair of wins on the mound last weekend, striking out 22 batters in 16 innings. She was the winner in a 7-6 triumph over NCAA Division II Missouri-St. Louis, allowing 6 earned runs with 10 strikeouts.

Voris followed that with a complete-game 3-1 victory over Fontbonne University, striking out eight and giving up 1 earned run. She has struck out a conference-best 192 batters in 1512/3 innings.

Voris also hit .500 with 2 doubles and 3 home runs in four games last week.

• Lake Forest sophomore Danielle Gore (Hersey), finished the regular season on a seven-game hitting streak (13 hits, 9 runs, 8 RBI, .590 average). Gore hit .344 while splitting time between catcher and right field and leads the team with 10 doubles and a .449 on-base percentage.

• Augustana senior catcher Karlee Quaritsch (Palatine) has been named to the ESPN The Magazine academic all-district third team.

She has enjoyed an outstanding senior season and leads the Vikings in hitting at .440. Quaritsch has scored a team-high 29 runs and is tops on the club with 9 home runs. She has 8 doubles, 29 RBI, 10 walks, 4 stolen bases and a 761 slugging percentage.

The Augustana school record-holder for career home runs with 29, Quaritsch is on the Vikings' career list in seven offensive categories.

Women's basketball

Brittany Hogen (Hersey) was honored as the female athlete of the year for the University of Wisconsin-Parkside at the school's All Sports Banquet on April 30.

Football combine

Split Second Speed will be hosting an Elite Football combine for players going into eighth grade through high school seniors June 12 in South Barrington.

SSS Elite Football Combine is designed to give athletes pro-style combine experience and an opportunity to receive collegiate exposure.

For more information, contact Split Second Speed at (847) 767-0849 or

Women's water polo

Carthage finished third at the 2010 National Collegiate III Women's water polo championship at the Koenitzer Aquatic Center in Kenosha, Wis.

In pool play, Carthage lost to Occidental 15-9 and California Lutheran 15-8 before edging Grove City 8-7.

Carthage defeated Wheaton 8-7 and then topped Grove City, 11-9, again in the third-place match.

Carthage senior Patti Blatter (Wheeling) was named first-team all-tournament with 13 goals, 14 assists and 9 steals in the tournament.

The other co-captain, Jessica Shopiro (Stevenson), scored 11 goals in the tourney.

In the pool-play match against Grove City, she scored the tying goal to send the game into OT, and then netted the game-winning goal.

Other area players on the team are Emily Schiavone (Prospect), Mari Paraskevopoulos (Hersey), Anna Kordek (Stevenson), Ashley Wulf (Schaumburg), Liza Dickinson (Mundelein), Agnes Wojtas (Palatine) and Kaitlin Duke (Conant).

It marked the first Division III women's water polo team outside of California to take third place in the nation.

Women's track and field

North Central recorded five national qualifying marks among its six event wins to finish second overall at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin outdoor championships at Wheaton College.

Sophomore Kayla Bingham (Barrington) finished third in the 1,500-meter run, crossing the tape in 4:48.60.