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Colleges: AU baseball’s Neitzel steps aside on top

Shaun Neitzel is one of those fortunate ones. He decided, pretty much on his own, that coaching baseball at Aurora University, though totally fulfilling, wasn’t what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.

 

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Lincoln-Way West going the extra mile

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After suffering a heartbreaking overtimes loss to Joliet Catholic in a Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game last season, Lincoln-Way West has put in extra work in the offseason to complete it’s state title run. read more...

 
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AU athletes are winners in the classroom

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On the surface it wasn’t exactly a bang-the-drum-loudly year for Aurora University’s athletic teams. No AU team advanced to NCAA Division III finals and only two teams — women’s soccer and baseball — played in regional competition and neither won a game. And, Spartan teams …

ACC graduate Adams rounding into form at AU

Americans are a totally predictable people. We pull for the underdog and cheer when the mighty fall. There’s nothing particularly wrong with it since it is our nature. It often isn’t fair. Take, for example, the trials and tribulations of Mark Adams. If you can’t …

Coach’s milestone not just matter of ‘sticking around’

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Coaches are experts in deflecting the credit after reaching out and grabbing a milestone to be admired. West Aurora basketball coach Gordon Kerkman talked about all the great players he’s run through the program during his 35-year, 700-victory, career and he is absolutely, 100 percent, …

2011 looks promising for Spartans

Given what they have, nothing less than a conference championship should be anticipated in 2011. When you lose only 11 seniors off a two-deep roster of 56 from a team that went 7-3 and looked pretty good getting there, a run to greatness might be …

Web makes recruiting easier for AU’s Lancaster

Never let it be said that James Lancaster lets a recruiting stone go unturned. Lancaster, Aurora University’s highly successful men’s basketball coach, will do and often say just about anything to lure a player with game to his program. He attends dozens of high school …

Early signs encouraging for Bevell

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When Jimmy Bevell was growing up, dinner time must have been a hoot. As the youngest of eight children scattered around the table, Bevell had to battle for his meals. He developed his own method of protecting his meat and potatoes. That method caused an …

Spartans not content after loss to Illinois Wesleyan

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It is pretty much a given coaches in just about every sport choose the words they use in public with a great amount of caution. They’d rather walk sans shoes over a bed of rusty nails than to say anything that would even remotely be …