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Libertyville athletes think pink for a worthy cause
By John Leusch | Daily Herald Columnist
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Published: 9/28/2010 12:02 AM

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The football, volleyball and cheerleading teams at Libertyville High School will be thinking pink - and it's all for a special cause.

The teams are joining together to raise money for breast cancer research and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure program.

Pink T-shirts will be sold for $10 during lunch periods at Libertyville High School from Sept. 30 to Oct. 15.

At the home volleyball game Oct. 6 vs. Mundelein, Libertyville players will wear pink jerseys, selling T-shirts and collecting donations as part of a "Volley for the Cure."

At the home football game Oct. 15 vs. Stevenson, the Libertyville football team will be wearing pink jerseys, selling T-shirts and collecting donations.

The pink football jerseys worn by the players during the game will be sold for $75.

The cheerleaders will be cheering at both the home volleyball and football games wearing pink shirts donated by "Amazing Cosmetics" of Libertyville.

Scholarship winners

Three College of Lake County students - Kristen Brown, Brett Starkopf and Trey Williams - will each receive $1,000 scholarships at the CLC Foundation's 22nd Keith Ryan Scholarship Fund and Sports Banquet on Thursday, Oct. 7.

The banquet is being held in memory of the late Keith Ryan, a popular sportscaster who spent nearly a quarter century promoting local sports in Lake County.

Proceeds from the event help fund three $1,000 scholarships for CLC students - one for a student pursuing a career in print or broadcast communications and two for a sophomore male and female student athlete.

Since the scholarship's inception, more than $60,000 has been raised for journalism students and student-athletes.

Brown, a 2009 graduate of Wauconda High School, plays soccer at CLC and is a nursing student who hopes to transfer to Lewis University and become a pediatric nurse.

Starkopf, of Buffalo Grove, is a 2006 graduate of Stevenson High School. He is editor-in-chief of the CLC Chronicle, is studying journalism and plans to transfer to a four-year college and pursue a broadcast/journalism career.

Williams is a 2008 graduate of Lakes High School from Lake Villa, where he played basketball and earned all-conference and Daily Herald All-Area honors as a guard. He is studying business at CLC, plays basketball for the Lancers and plans to transfer to a four-year college next year.

The banquet, to be held at Midlane Golf Resort in Wadsworth, will also recognize 13 new inductees into the Lake County High Schools Sports Hall of Fame and two new inductees into the Waukegan Sports Hall of Fame.

The keynote speaker will be Ron Olesiak, a former NBA referee.

A reception begins at 6 p.m. and dinner starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person or $360 for a table of eight and are available by calling the Foundation at (847) 543-2646.

The Lake County High Schools Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2010 includes Roger Andrews (Antioch H.S.), Jim Bernardi (Northern Officials Association), Tauja Catchings (Stevenson H.S.), Bill Eiserman (Grayslake and Warren H.S.), Casey Gantt (Grayslake Central H.S.), Andy Hankins (Waukegan H.S.), Dick Harland (Antioch H.S.), Dan Holm (Libertyville H.S.), Leon Muff (Zion-Benton H.S.), Tom Myers (Lake Forest H.S.), Matt O'Dwyer (Stevenson H.S.), Joe Roe (Zion-Benton H.S.) and Tim Unroe (Round Lake H.S.).

Catchings, a 1996 graduate, was a key player on Stevenson's back-to-back girls basketball state championship teams in 1995 and '96 coached by Frank Mattucci.

Catchings was named the state's Ms. Basketball in 1996, and went on to earn all-Big Ten honors for the University of Illinois and play in the WNBA.

O'Dwyer (Class of 1990) is a former NFL lineman who played 10 seasons with three teams: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals.

He was drafted by the Jets following an all-Big Ten career at Northwestern University.

• Bruce Daydif and Bob Therry will be inducted into the Waukegan Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2010.

Water polo

Kelly Steininger (Vernon Hills) finished her freshmen year at Gannon University (Erie, Pa). and was named the team's defensive player of the year. She had 37 steals and 11 goals and was named to the academic honor roll.

Men's soccer

Kyle Sytsma (Antioch) leads Concordia (Wis.) in scoring. In a 6-0 victory over Simpson (Iowa), he scored 2 goals and had 1 assist in less than 14 minutes.

Sytsma, who plays for the Chicago Kickers U-23 of Lake Villa, followed that with another 2-goal effort in a 3-1 win over Beloit, and he scored his sixth goal of the season in a 6-0 shutout over Benedictine. He is tied for second in the Northern Athletic Conference in goals scored with Michael Kapusta (Dominican University).

Lacrosse

While the high school sport of lacrosse may not receive the same media attention as football, baseball and basketball, its athletes can have the same aspirations of playing at the major collegiate level.

Stevenson's boys lacrosse program has produced seven D-I players in the last five years - including athletes at Harvard (Jason Duboe), Virginia (Jared Puzes), Syracuse (Matt Harris), the University of Albany (Jack Huber, Max Huber and Kevin Harris) and Hartford (Tim Engel).

• Fifth-year St. Viator boys coach Bill Sanford (59-24 record), whose Lions have won the last three Mid-Suburban Conference championships and earned a top-10 state ranking each of those years, recently had his second player in as many years make a verbal D-I commitment. Senior midfielder Brian Goss has committed to Siena College in Albany, NY.

St. Viator 2010 co-MVP Matt Barry, a native of Palatine, is playing at Denver University.