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Hood's good for Northern
By John Leusch | Daily Herald Columnist
Published: 3/30/2010 9:50 PM

Former Daily Herald all-area standout Jordin Hood is leading his Northern Illinois baseball team in nearly every offensive category through the Huskies' first 22 games.

The Lake Zurich High School graduate has started every game his senior season and is batting .313 with a team-high 25 hits, 5 home runs, 20 runs, 16 RBI and .575 slugging percentage.

• North Central College senior Micah Yarbrough (Grayslake Central) made 2 starts for the Cardinals during a seven-game winning streak in which they outscored their opponents 63-19.

Yarbrough threw 7 shutout innings against D'Youville College (N.Y.), giving up 5 hits and striking out three on the way to the win.

He also went 5 innings against University of Wisconsin-Superior, giving up 1 earned run on 5 hits, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. He is 2-0 on the season.

• Valparaiso junior Ryan O'Gara was a Horizon League Baseball Player of the Week for the period of Feb. 22-28. The award is the first of his career.

O'Gara picked up Batter of the Week accolades after going 9-for-16 (. 563) with 2 doubles, 1 homer, 4 runs and 7 RBI in 3 games. He also registered an .875 slugging percentage and .563 on-base percentage for the Crusaders.

The infielder belted a three-run homer in a 9-1 win over Richmond and recorded a sizzling 6-for-6 performance at Jacksonville as Valparaiso collected 14 runs and 22 hits.

Tennis

A singles sweep proved to be the difference as the Augustana women's tennis team rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat St. Ambrose 7-2 at the Quad City Tennis Club in Moline.

Junior Tricia Sapio (Barrington) pulled out a key match, rallying to defeat Jenelle Bayer (0-6, 6-2, (10-4)) to give Augustana a 3-2 edge in the meet.

Men's basketball

Jim McGrath (Lake Zurich) has been the sports information director for 28 years at Butler, which is playing this weekend in the NCAA I Final Four. McGrath was also the SID at Augustana College in Rock Island for 10 years (1971-81).

Women's track and field

St. Ambrose made history at the NAIA Indoor track and field national championships.

For the first time in school history, the Fighting Bee women have an indoor All-American.

Sophomore Mandy Streu (Rolling Meadows) barely made it into the finals in the shot put, qualifying seventh out of eight but made up for that by jumping into the sixth and final All-American spot with her fifth throw, tossing the shot 45 feet, 8 inches.

"It was a great way for us to end the meet," St. Ambrose coach Dan Tomlin said. "Mandy has been performing like an All-American all year, and she finally got to the nationals. This is a big step for her and for our program. The women have someone they can look at and see that's an All-American."

Last season, Streu came into the indoor championships seeded in the top 10 but failed to make the finals.

Basketball

Luke Miller (Elk Grove) completed his collegiate career with the Wisconsin-Oshkosh basketball team having played in 78 consecutive games, 24 as a starter, and a total of 88 games in four seasons with the Titans.

Oshkosh compiled an overall record of 65-40 during his career. Miller was named to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Scholastic honor roll all four seasons.

Softball

Former all-area pitcher Kristen Proffitt (Maine West) is the new head softball coach for Evanston High School. She served as assistant at Maine West in recent years.

The 24-year-old rookie coach pitched four years at Maine West High School and has coached the Des Plaines Sparklers for three years. They went 59-11 and placed fifth in the nation last summer.

Football

Bart Miller (Elk Grove) was recently named an offensive graduate assistant coach at New Mexico State. He will be assisting with the offensive line on head coach DeWayne Walker's staff.

The Aggies compete in the Western Athletic Conference.

As a player, Miller started all 13 games of the 2007 season at right guard for the University of New Mexico Lobos who finished 9-4 and won the New Mexico Bowl.

He was named Mountain West Academic All-Conference two consecutive seasons.

Men's volleyball

John Condon (Elk Grove) is setting a 5-1 offense for Carthage College this season.

He is a 6-foot sophomore and is averaging 12.12 assists per game, which places him sixth among all NCAA Division III setters (currently averaging 12.22 assists per game).

Condon leads the team's starters with a serving percentage of .942, and is third on the team in digs.

Carthage is currently 17-7 and are enjoying one of its best seasons in years.

No April Fool's

Yes, it's Rothstein vs. Rothstein when the Maine West and Maine South junior varsity softball teams face each other on Thursday.

Holly Rothstein coaches the Hawks while her younger sister Laura Rothstein is the Warriors coach.

Holly and Laura, who are three years apart in age, provided the Prospect High School softball team a Rothstein playing left field for six straight seasons.

They were both all-area selections.

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