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LZ's Berwanger reaps SIU vollleyball honors
By John Leusch | Daily Herald Columnist

Jennifer Berwanger, left, shown when she played for Lake Zurich, is having a stellar senior season for the Southern Illinois women's volleyball team.

 

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

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Published: 9/13/2010 11:05 PM

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Former Lake Zurich High School standout Jennifer Berwanger is off to an impressive start in her senior season for the Southern Illinois women's volleyball team.

The outside hitter was named most valuable player of the Saluki Invitational.

Southern Illinois was crowned the tourney champion for the fourth consecutive year, defeating Southeast Missouri State and South Florida to take the title.

Berwanger's play was unquestionably deserving of her MVP status. She tallied 19 kills against SEMO with just 3 errors in 46 attempts, and she had a match-high 25 digs.

The Salukis were clicking in all aspects against USF, putting together their seventh shutout of the season. Berwanger was 1 dig short of a double-double with 11 kills and 9 digs.

Women's soccer

Northwestern senior goalkeeper Carolyn Edwards (Stevenson) was named Big Ten defensive player of the week after posting a pair of shutouts.

Edwards made 3 saves and helped disrupt 10 corner-kick opportunities in Northwestern's 1-0 win Sunday over then-No. 3 UCLA, the highest-ranked opponent the Wildcats have ever defeated.

Edwards also had 4 saves in a double-overtime shutout of Cincinnati.

With 13 career shutouts, she has moved into a tie for third place in the Northwestern career record book alongside current assistant coach Erin Ekeberg.

The award is the first for Edwards, a three-year starter in goal for the Wildcats. The senior boasts a 0.30 goals-against average, which leads the Big Ten among goalkeepers who have played more than half of their team's minutes this season.

Football

Wisconsin-Platteville defensive back Tommy Magna (Carmel) earned the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference player of the week award.

The sophomore from Round Lake intercepted 2 passes, returning 1 for a score, while leading Platteville to a 31-2 win at Buena Vista University (Iowa).

Magna's 37-yard scoring return gave the Pioneers a 31-0 advantage with 2:44 left in the third quarter. He added 4 tackles, including 1 for a loss.

Men's soccer

Starting 3-0 for the second year in a row, Judson scored 2 second-half goals to break a 1-1 halftime tie and defeat Spring Arbor University 3-1.

In the second half, Mike Tobie (Grayslake) recorded his first goal at Judson as teammate Rafa Heck slipped a pass to him in the middle of the field in the 56th minute.

• Kyle Sytsma (Antioch) scored the game-winning goal in the 64th minute on a header off a cross when Concordia (Wis.) defeated Division III nationally-ranked Carroll 3-2.

Basketball

The sixth annual Mundelein Mustangs Fall Sunday Night basketball league for boys and girls in grades kindergarten through eighth grade began last Sunday night.

The games are held at Mundelein High School in the main and north gyms. The remaining dates are Sept. 19 and 26 and Oct. 3, 10 and 17.

For more information, contact Richard Knar at (847) 456-3346 or rknar@d120.org.

Women's softball

Just a little over three months ago in her final weeks as a Barrington softball player, Nora Logue made some big news.

Now she has a made a big team.

Logue has secured the only walk-on position on the University of Illinois softball team.

In late May, she hit a pair of 2-run homers that lifted the Fillies past Stevenson 5-3 for the Class 4A Highland Park regional championship. A few weeks later, she was named the Nancy Frisk Most Valuable Player in the Mid-Suburban League Senior All-Star Game at the Fields of Dreams in Barrington.

"Early on in my high school experience, I definitely was not planning on playing college softball," said Logue, who led the 32-6 Fillies with 6 home runs last spring. "As time went on, something clicked in my head that I could do this. I just love to play. Tryouts went well and things worked out."

Logue becomes the 19th Barrington High School softball player to participate in Division I collegiate athletics since head coach Perry Peterson took over the program in 1993, and the first since first baseman Lindsay Randall headed to Miami (Ohio) University in 2006.

She is only the third Barrington softball player to play in the Big Ten, a feat matched by 1997 first baseman Courtney Murdock (Michigan) and 1998 catcher Christine Lindberg (Minnesota).

"While playing for coach Peterson, he wanted us to work our hardest and give it our all each and every day," Logue said. "It has made the transition to college all that much easier for myself. Coach (Terri) Sullivan (Illinois head coach) gave us these bracelets with the word 'Excellence' on them as a reminder of what we need to accomplish every day. For me, it was just another reminder of the Barrington experience."

Illinois finished the 2010 softball season in NCAA regional play, bowing out to Missouri 4-2 in the championship game to end the season with a record of 45-8.

The record is the second best in Illinois history. The 2004 team also finished with 45 wins.

Logue, a graphic design major in the School of Art and Design, plays her first collegiate games on Sept. 19 when the Illini take on DePaul and UIC in the Stone City College Fall Fling in Minooka.

High school softball

Lena Brottman (Fremd), the Daily Herald all-area pitcher who led the Vikings to second place in the Class 4A state finals in the spring, was named to the ESPN Rise All-America third team this summer.

Brottman, a freshman, will pitch for Emory University in Atlanta this spring.

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