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Area roundup: Joliet Central girls open with a win

NEW LENOX – Joliet Central’s girls basketball team opened its season on Tuesday with a 39-35 nonconference victory at Lincoln-Way Central.

The Knights were led by Abi Baumgartner (10 points, six rebounds), Delaney LoConte (nine points) and Regan LoConte (nine points).


Plainfield North 52, Coal City 40: The Coalers were led by Brooke Chapman (13 points, seven rebounds), Makenna Crater (11 points) and Bridget Kauzlaric (11 points).

Gardner-South Wilmington goes 1-1: The Panthers lost to Ridgeview, 51-23, behind seven points from Mady Asbridge. They beat Manteno, 42-27, in their opener behind eight points from Patterson and seven points from Asbridge.


Naperville North 2,790, Romeoville 2,602: Xavier Lugo had a 575 series for the Spartans.


Lewis’ Kelliher honored: The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced that Lewis University junior forward Jessica Kelliher was named the GLVC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.

This is the seventh time that she has been recognized by the conference in her career. In two regional victories last weekend, Kelliher averaged 30 points, 8.5 rebounds and five assists a game, while shooting 59 percent
(23 for 39) from the field. In the Flyers’ 82-59 win over Northern Michigan on Sunday, Kelliher scored a game-high 33 points on 14 for 24 shooting, including a game-high nine rebounds, while dishing out five assists.

St. Francis’ Aylward recognized: University of St. Francis sophomore Kaitlin Aylward took home Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors after sparking the Saints in a 71-60 upset victory over No. 1 Marian last Saturday. She had a game-high 24 points and added five rebounds, three assists and two blocks as No. 5 USF snapped the defending NAIA II national champions’ winning streak at 27.


Flyers’ Schneider, Katarzynski win GLVC honors: The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced that Lewis University senior middle hitter Aly Schneider and sophomore libero Ronni Katarzynski were selected as the Baden/GLVC Women’s Volleyball Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week.

This is the second time in three weeks that the Flyers swept the GLVC Weekly Awards. Schneider, who won the award for the fifth time, averaged a team-best 3.4 kills a set, and hit .403 (34 kills, 5 errors, 72 attacks) in the three victories. She had 13 kills and four block assists while hitting .579 against Southern Indiana. Katarzynski, a first-time award winner, averaged 6.89 digs a set and finished with 62 digs. She helped the Flyers’ avenge their lone GLVC loss with 27 digs against Bellarmine.


USF’s Jackson, Barnette earn MSFA awards: After a convincing 55-30 win over Trinity International on senior day, Lexus Jackson and Grayson Barnette were both named Mid-States Football Association Midwest League Players of the Week. Jackson, the offensive recipient this week, earns his second weekly honor after also being named the MSFA Midwest League Special Teams Player of the Week on Oct. 9. The senior caught seven passes for 133 yards and three touchdowns. This season, he set USF program records for career receiving yards (2,201) and career scoring receptions (22). Barnette takes home the second weekly honor of his career after a solid performance where he made both of his field-goal attempts, one from 22 yards and another from 26 yards, as well as all five extra-point attempts. He finished the season 35 of 36 on extra-point tries.


Two Flyers honored: The Great Lakes Valley Conference named Mads Knoblauch men’s PNC swimmer of the week and Gabby Jeffers women’s PNC swimmer of the week. The two Flyers earned the honor coming off a meet against Findlay and Hillsdale. Knoblauch placed first in all three of his events, winning in the 100-yard backstroke finishing in 52.59. He also won the 200-yard backstroke with 1:53.92, and finished first in the 200-yard individual medley with 2:01.32. Jeffers also took first place, winning the 100-yard backstroke with 59.95.

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