Roundup: Neuqua graduate earns coaching honor
FROM STAFF REPORTS March 20, 2013 12:46PM
Updated: March 20, 2013 4:50PM
Baumgartner gets Thirty Under 30 Award — Ryan Baumgartner, head women’s volleyball coach at Dominican University in River Forest, has been honored with a Thirty Under 30 Award by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Baumgartner is a Neuqua Valley graduate. Dominican is a Division III school.
The award was created in 2009 to honor up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of the sport of volleyball. To qualify for the award nominees had to be 30 years old or younger in 2012.
Obriecht earns conference honors — Aurora University’s Max Obriecht was named Midwest Lacrosse Conference Player of the Week Monday. Obriecht, a sophomore midfielder from Naperville North, totaled nine goals, five assists and 26 ground balls as the Spartans went 2-0 in MLC play last week. He finished with five goals, four assists, 14 ground balls and was 16-of-17 on face-offs during a 34-0 shutout of the Milwaukee School of Engineering on March 13. Obriecht followed with four goals, one assist, 12 ground balls and was 13-of-20 on face-offs in a 23-3 win over Hanover on March 16.
NCC posts first win — North Central got itself into the win column on Tuesday with a 17-3 rout of host Linfield College. The Cardinals (1-2) jumped ahead with a string of eight unanswered first-half goals.
The score was level at 1-1 four minutes into the game when North Central moved ahead for good, scoring eight times in a 16-minute span. Three goals in the rally came from Jacqui Morgan, while Bianca Perri scored twice. The Wildcats (0-5) scored with 4:33 on the first-half clock, but the visitors closed the half with goals from Gina Fisher and Danielle Fiala to head into halftime with an 11-2 advantage.
The Cardinals held Linfield out of the goal for the first 25 minutes of the second period as well, scoring six straight goals to put the game away.
North Central established a new single-game school record with 14 assists and outshot the Wildcats, 32-12. Morgan totaled a game-high five goals, while Fiala totaled four. Claire Norfleet led the Cardinals with three assists and Fiala, Fisher and Leea LoPresti each caused three turnovers.
The Cardinals host their first home game of the season on Saturday, opening Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference play against the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) at 1 p.m.
Waubonsie basketball second at state — The Waubonsie Valley Special Olympics basketball team earned a silver medal place for second place at the Special Olympics state tournament on Friday and Saturday. Seniors Nick Rudny and Connor Menconi were awarded the Ron Knisley Spirit of the Game Award for their outstanding sportsmanship. Top scorers in the games were Tommy Welsh, Connor Menconi, Zinyra Ross and Ryan McDonough. Other seniors playing their final games were Jeffrey Bender and Connor Knapp.