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Shane Holl Augustandefensive end

Shane Holl, Augustana defensive end,

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Updated: February 1, 2013 6:18AM

Shane Holl might have thought his college football career was over with Augustana last game.

But the senior defensive end, a Batavia graduate, was one of four Augustana players invited to compete in the Tazon de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars). The game, which was played in Guadalarjara, Mexico, features NCAA Division III seniors from various schools. The United States team, named Stars & Stripes, defeated the CONADEIP All-Stars of Mexico 32-15.

All four Augustana players got playing time and Holl finished with three tackles (one assisted tackle). Holl finished the year with 11 tackles (four solos) in five games. He had 1.5 tackles for eight yards of loss. Augustana finished the year with a 5-5 mark. They were 4-3 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.

Connecticut sophomore Ryan Boatright (East Aurora) poured in 21 points as UConn defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore 84-50. Boatright hit 8-of-10 field goals, which included a 5-of-6 performance from beyond the arc. He finished with four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Boatright, a starting guard, played 29 minutes. UConn is 8-2.

The Elmhurst wrestling team is 5-0, compiling their undefeated record with the help of three area wrestlers. Freshman Miquel Venecia (West Aurora) is 9-0. He has wrestled all nine matches at 125 pounds and has been named College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Wrestler of the Week in his young career. Mike Benefiel (Montini) is 5-1. The former NCAA Division I wrestler, an Aurora resident, has won all four of his matches when wrestling at 184 pounds. He is 1-1 at 197 pounds. Mike York (Marmion) is 5-4 overall. The junior has wrestled five times at 141 pounds and has a 3-2 mark. He has also stepped up to 149 pounds a total of four times, posting a 2-2 mark at that weight. Elmhurst has the next month off and will resume its season on Jan. 12 at the NWCA National Duals in Springfield.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology finished 5-5 in football this year, 5-3 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Dean Griffing (Aurora Christian), a junior defensive lineman, had 52 tackles this year. Of his tackles, 42 were solos. Griffing had 16 tackles for 73 yards of loss, 10 of which were sacks for 61 yards of loss. He also had three pass break-ups, two forced fumbles, two quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery.

Olivet Nazarene’s women’s basketball team has built a record of 11-1. They are 6-1 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Malory Adam (East Aurora) has played in 10 games and made seven starts. She is averaging 14.1 minutes per game. Adam has scored 68 points and pulled down 48 rebounds (respective averages of 6.8 and 4.8 per game). She also has 16 blocks, 14 steals and five assists. Adam has scored her points by hitting 19 field goals (16 treys) and 14 free throws. Fellow Olivet Nazarene player Sandy Cabadas (East Aurora) is averaging 15.8 minutes per game over 12 games. She has started one contest. Cabadas has scored 33 points and grabbed 54 rebounds. Besides her 2.8 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, she has also has a team-leading 27 blocked shots, 16 steals and six assists. She has drained 10-of-24 treys and 3-of-6 free throws.

Jake Winkel (Marmion) started four games on the University of Chicago offensive line this year. Chicago, which finished 4-6 overall and 0-3 in the University Athletic Association, posted 3,110 yards of offense. The right tackle helped them pass for 1,862 yards and rush for 1,248 yards. They had 164 first downs and scored 160 points.

Elmhurst’s Devin Vaughn (West Aurora) scored nine points as Elmhurst (5-5) downed Alma College 70-50. Vaughn, who played 36 minutes, also had eight boards and three assists.

Beloit College’s Claire Bush (Yorkville) scored nine points, but it was not enough to power Beloit beyond Loras College, which won a 71-66 decision. Bush, who played 27 minutes, also had three assists and two rebounds. Maddie Sychta (Batavia) scored six points and grabbed five rebounds in the contest. While Bush emerged off the bench, Sychta started and played 24 minutes. Beloit is 1-8.

Connor Miller (Benet) had one assist for the Notre Dame soccer team this year. The Aurora resident played in eight games and started seven. He helped Notre Dame win the Big East Conference Tournament. They later lost in the third round of the NCAA playoffs to the eventual national champion Indiana. Notre Dame finished 17-4-1 overall and 5-2-1 in the Big East.

Murray State split its two most recent games, beating Alabama A&M (69-54), but losing to Missouri (69-55). In the win, Murray State senior forward Kyra Watson (West Aurora) scored seven points and pulled down six rebounds. She started and played 24 minutes. She had four points and five rebounds against Missouri. The loss to Missouri snapped their seven-game winning streak. They are 7-4 on the year.

The North Park women’s basketball team tasted defeat for the first time when they traveled to Santa Cruz, Calif., to compete in the California-Santa Cruz Tournament. North Park, who won their first eight games of the year, was topped by Pacific (60-43) and California-Santa Cruz (53-42). Becca Heimsath (Batavia) played in both games and scored two points in each contest. North Park is 8-2.

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