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Stevenson grad Shopiro makes big splash for Carthage
By John Leusch | Daily Herald Columnist
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Published: 5/10/2010 11:12 PM

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Carthage senior Jessica Shopiro collected 11 goals in five games when her team finished third at the 2010 National Collegiate III Women's water polo championships at the Koenitzer Aquatic Center in Kenosha, Wis.

In pool play against Grove City, the Stevenson graduate scored the tying goal which sent the game to overtime, and then netted the game-winning goal in an 8-7 triumph.

In pool play, Carthage also lost to Occidental 15-9 and California Lutheran 15-8 before the win over Grove City.

Carthage then edged Wheaton 8-7 before defeating Grove City again, 11-9, for third place.

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

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.

Breast cancer awareness

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 end at Rolling Meadows High School 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 High School.

"I am so excited about this week," said Freeman, a former standout athlete at Fremd High School 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 and a career-high 5 RBI and 3 runs scored.

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 to stake the Wildcats to an early 4-0 lead.

She led off the bottom of the fifth with her second home run of the day, 13th of the year and 53rd of her career to make the score 5-3.

Pauly singled to center for her third hit of the day and came home on Emily Haug's 3-run homer to left-center that ended the game early at 11-3.

• Washington 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 the Bears' four games last week.

• Lake Forest sophomore Danielle Gore (Hersey), finished the regular season with a seven-game hitting streak (13 hits, 9 runs, 8 RBI, .590 average), compiling a .344 batting average while splitting her time between catcher and right field.

Gore leads the team with 10 doubles and a .449 on-base percentage.

Augustana senior catcher Karlee Quaritsch (Palatine High School) 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 with a .440 average including 48 hits in 109 at-bats. Quaritsch has scored a team-high 29 runs and leads Augustana with 9 home runs.

She has 8 doubles, 29 RBI, 10 walks and 4 stolen bases. She carries a .761 (83 total bases in 109 at-bats) 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 y for the University of Wisconsin Parkside at the school's All Sport Banquet on April 30.

Football combine

Split Second Speed will host an Elite Football combine for players going into eighth grade through high school seniors June 12th 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 johnny@splitsecondspeed.org.