Drew Crawford, a Naperville Central graduate, is happy to be back on the basketball floor. Northwestern fans, his Wildcats teammates and the NU coaching staff might be even happier about that turn of events.
At press time, Northwestern was 4-4 and Crawford, who had played in and started seven of those games, was averaging 14.3 points. In addition, he has averaged 6.9 rebounds with 15 assists, four blocked shots and two steals.
Crawford has shot 47.3 percent overall, hitting 35-of-47 field goals and 11-of-25 from beyond the arc. He is shooting 76 percent (19 of 25) from the free-throw line.
It has been a strong recovery from last year, when Crawford had season-ending shoulder surgery.
“I sat out for five months,” Crawford said. “It is tough being able to only help with your voice. But that is all I could do. It simply feels great to be out there. We have had some good wins to start the season. It was great to top Illinois-Chicago for our second win of the year.”
In Northwestern’s most recent win, a 72-59 victory over Gardner-Webb, Crawford scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds. The starting forward played 27 minutes and hit 5-of-7 field goals and 5-of-8 free throws.
Crawford is not the only Naperville resident on the team or the only one averaging in double figures.
Dave Sobolewski (Benet) scored 10 points in the win over GWU. He started at guard and played 37 minutes, contributing six assists, two steals and two rebounds. For the year, Sobolewski is averaging 10.1 points He also has a team-leading 28 assists.
Veronica Ellis (Naperville Central) scored the only goal in the first round of the NCAA Division I Tournament for the Indiana women’s soccer team. Ellis hit the back of the net at the 75:05 mark. Indiana dropped a 4-0 decision to North Carolina in the second round. They finished 15-7-1 overall, including 6-4 in the Big Ten.
Vanessa DiBernardo (Waubonsie Valley) scored two goals to help Illinois defeat Portland 4-3. DiBernardo scored the Illini’s first goal at 53:03 to cut Portland’s lead to 2-1. She knotted the score at 3-3 on a penalty kick at 83:31. Illinois (11-9-3) ended the season with a 4-1 loss to Boston College in the NCAA Division I Sweet Sixteen. DiBernardo had three shots on goals.
Santa Clara is 2-1 after its first three basketball games, beingled in scoring by 6-2, 195-pound freshman guard Jared Brownridge (Waubonsie Valley), who is averaging 20.3 points. Brownridge, also has 11 assists this year. He is playing an average of 30.7 minutes, draining 18-of-34 from the field and 14-of-16 from the line. He was 11-of-23 from beyond the arc.
Patrick Doody (Neuqua Valley) assisted one of Indiana’s goals in a 3-2 loss to Akron in the first round of the NCAA Division I playoffs. Doody assisted on the goal at the 51:02 mark. It cut Akron’s lead to 3-1. Indiana finished 8-12-2 overall, 2-4 in the Big Ten.
Illinois State got two individual swimming victories each from Lexi Nash (Naperville North) and Courtney Taylor (Naperville Central) in downing Evansville 180-110. Nash won in the 200 butterfly (2 minutes, 10.71 seconds) and the 100 butterfly (:57.47). Taylor won the 100 breaststroke (1:06.61) and 200 breaststroke (2:23.16). The pair were also on the winning 200-yard medley relay, which finished in 1:47.0.
Meghan Kelley (Neuqua Valley) and Jill D’Amico (Naperville Central) helped the Jacknosville women’s soccer team post a 12-8-1 overall record, which included a 6-3 mark in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Kelley, who played in 13 games, had one goal, two points and two shots on goal. D’Amico, who played in and started in two games, played 98:30 as a goalkeeper. She made three saves and allowed two goals. D’Amico was 1-0.
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