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Waubonsie graduate Sherrod Stancil McKendree University was named GreLakes Valley Conference Defensive Player Week for his 10-tackle performance against William

Waubonsie graduate Sherrod Stancil of McKendree University was named Great Lakes Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his 10-tackle performance against William Jewell College. | submitted photo

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Updated: November 30, 2012 6:22AM

Sherrod Stancil, a Waubonsie Valley graduate, will be graduating from McKendree University this spring.

After his performance against William Jewell College, there are probably a few skill players on that team that would like to witness that event.

Stancil had 10 tackles (seven solos) enroute to not only leading McKendree to a victory, but earning the Great Lakes Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week. He had four tackles for 22 yards of loss, three of which were sacks. The senior defensive lineman caused quarterbacks to suffer 19 yards of loss.

“I like the fact that we won, the individual award is secondary,” said Stancil. “I did not know what my stats were until after the game was over. We are a decent football team; we just need to take care of the pigskin and make plays. We have a ton of Chicago flavor on this team and I am going to miss it when it ends.”

Through the first six games, Stancil has 21 solo tackles and 11 assisted tackles. He leads McKendree in tackles for loss and yards lost due to those tackles. At press time, he had 12.5 tackles for 56 yards of loss. Of those tackles, 5.5 were sacks for 35 yards of loss. McKendree is 2-4 overall and 2-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

University of Illinois women’s soccer player Vanessa DiBernardo (Waubonsie Valley) has only played and started seven games thus far. However, that has not stopped the junior midfielder from being the leading scorer through the first 14 games. She has four goals and eight points, which both lead the team. Illinois is 7-5-2 overall and 4-2-1 in the Big 10.

Loras College sophomore Steve Loran (West Aurora) finished fifth in the Dr. Robert Tucker Invitational hosted by Loras. Loran finished the 8,000-meter course in 26 minutes, 24.5 seconds. Loras won the team title, scoring 20 points. North Iowa Area Community College took second with 39 points.

Vivian Fitzgerald (Aurora Central Catholic) and Natalie Steinwart (Aurora Central Catholic) are both suiting up for the Saint Anselm College volleyball team. Steinwart, a sophomore setter, has a team-leading 416 assists. She also has 94 digs, 39 kills, 10 aces and eight blocks (one solo). Fitzgerald, a junior rightside hitter, has 92 kills and a .258 hitting percentage. She also has 25 digs, 17 blocks (one solo), 10 service aces and nine assists. Saint Anselm is 6-10 overall and 2-4 in the Northeast 10 Conference.

Amelia Wegman (Rosary) has 69 kills, 15 digs and nine blocks (two solos) for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats volleyball team this year. Wegman has played in 13 matches and started two. Cincinnati is 7-13 overall and 5-2 in the Big East Conference.

Loras College’s Sean Elvert (Waubonsie Valley), JoJo Schmidt (Metea Valley) and Andy Filipiak (Geneva) have all played varsity soccer for the Duhawks. Elvert, who has played in three games and started two, has played 172 minutes, 54 seconds in goal. He has made one save and allowed one goal. He is 1-0. Schmidt, who has played in 15 games, has two goals and one assists for a total of five points thus far. Filipiak has played in 14 games. He has scored one goal and has two assists for four points. Loras is 14-4-1 overall and 5-0 in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Ally Simmons (Waubonsie Valley) has 14 kills, 10 digs, five blocks (one solo), three aces and two assists for Grand Valley State University. Grand Valley State is 16-4 overall and 6-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference in the first 20 matches.

The University of Illinois-Springfield is 2-13 overall and 1-11 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Yvan Foonde (Waubonsie Valley), a UI-S freshman defensive player, has played in 11 games and made 10 starts. ...

Pacific Lutheran University’s Michaela Edgers (IMSA) has played sparingly this year. The freshman middle blocker has played in two matches and has two digs. Pacific Lutheran is 15-3.

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