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Haws rows ahead at Minnesota
By John Leusch | Daily Herald Columnist
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Published: 9/21/2010 12:01 AM

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Area high school fans will remember Ali Haws as a standout three-sport athlete in volleyball, basketball and softball.

But the former Libertyville Wildcat has made a splash in a new sport in college.

She has taken up rowing at the University of Minnesota and has signed a partial scholarship.

In her rookie season last year, Haws was voted captain and MVP.

As a freshman, she competed in her first Big Ten championships as a member of the First Novice Eight boat. She was a member of the 1N8 that raced against Kansas.

With the Minnesota A boat, Haws advanced to the Grand Final at the San Diego Crew Classic.

She competed at the Head of the Iowa and placed fifth with the Novice B boat at the Head of the Mississippi.

The 2008 Libertyville graduate earned seven letters in high school and was an Illinois State Scholar who graduated with honors.

Women's volleyball

North Carolina State junior middle blocker Margaret Salata (Stevenson) was named one of the Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) top performers for the week of Sept. 6.

The Buffalo Grove native helped lead the Wolfpack to a perfect 3-0 record and tournament title in the Hilton RTP Invitational.

The Wolfpack defeated Georgia Southern, Mercer and Morehead State, as Salata was named to the all-tournament team for the second time this season.

For the tournament, Salata smashed 37 kills in 10 sets while hitting at a .640 clip. She also earned 14 blocks, an average of 1.4 per set. Her accurate hitting helped lead the Wolfpack to a team attack percentage of .350 for the weekend.

• Dominican senior Kasey Kiepura (Vernon Hills) led a balanced attack with 10 kills and a .421 hitting percentage as the Stars defeated MSOE 25-18, 25-14, 25-14.

Kiepura posted a team-high 15.5 points with 2 aces and 4 blocks, 3 solo and 1 assist.

Dominican is currently 11-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference standings.

The 5-foot-9 Kiepura, an all-conference selection last fall, enters her senior campaign fourth on the Stars' all-time blocks list with 295 total blocks, just 95 blocks away from second place on the Stars' all-time list.

Football

Elmhurst wide receiver Ryan Maguire (Warren) was treated to a trip to Europe with his team this summer.

The Blue Jays played a game against the Prague All Stars in Prague, Czech Republic. The team was also treated to some side trips to Germany and England.

For many of the Czech players it was their first time seeing any American football players and they were justA as excited to be on the same field as were the Elmhurst players.

It served as a valuable learning experience.

After the game, the players and their families and friends talked about football, life in the Czech Republic and European football.

Men's soccer

For the second straight week, Saint Xavier freshman keeper Kyle Held (Palatine) was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Defensive Player of the Week.

Held logged his second collegiate shutout behind 8 saves in SXU's only game of the week, a 2-0 road win over nonconference foe Goshen College (Ind.).

As a senior at Palatine High School, the Pirates were 21-2-1 and Held collected 13 shutouts.

• Eureka freshman Tom Moody (Hersey) scored his first collegiate goal and it gave the Red Devils a 2-0 lead in their 4-1 victory over Knox in Galesburg. It was Eureka's first season-opening victory in program history.

Women's volleyball

St. Francis's Kyrsten Becker (Rolling Meadows) was named the CCAC player of the week.

Helping St. Francis (14-1 overall) to a 4-0 start, Becker averaged 6.0 kills and 7.1 digs and was named to the University of Michigan-Dearborn All Tournament team.

She combined for 42 kills and 50 digs and had a double-double against Bethel College, IN. She was also named to the All Tournament team at Graceland University, IA., accumulating 48 kills and 56 digs.

• Memphis received 11 kills from Altrese Hawkins (Hoffman Estates) in a 28-26, 25-23, 25-18 win over Jackson State.

Men's cross country

Senior Michael Spain (Schaumburg) and freshman Pat Lesiewicz (Schaumburg) of North Central claimed individual victories in the Elmhurst and Aurora invites and received the first two CCIW "Runner of the Week" awards for 2010.

North Central freshman Albert Ciolek (Prospect) finished 19th (26:22.5) at the Aurora Invite while freshman Aaron Ferst (Fremd) was 27th (26:39).

Women's cross country

North Central's Kala Bingham (Barrington) finished 51st in 20:13 at the 31-team Illinois Intercollegiate Championships held at Weibring Golf Course in Normal.

The Cardinals duplicated their finish from last year's meet, scoring 216 points and placing second among the non-NCAA Division I teams in the field.

Women's soccer

Wisconsin-Whitewater sophomore Christina Tooren (Hoffman Estates), who has scored 3 goals this fall, was named the school's athlete of the week

She scored her team's only goal against Wartburg College in a 7-1 loss. She also had 4 shots in a 3-2 loss against Loras College.