After his senior season last fall, David Bauries earned high praise from Hoffman Estates football coach Mike Donatucci.
"David is one of the most disciplined kids I have ever coached," he said. "He is very instinctive and a great team leader."
Bauries had decided to take those leadership skills and his astute tackling ability to Concordia University in Wisconsin.
Bauries was the leader of the Hawks' defense that was the strength of the team.
A two-year starter, he collected 86 tackles including 38 solo this past season along with 4 sacks and 2 interceptions.
He also played some tight end where he caught a touchdown pass.
He will be joining a Concordia program which recently received its Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Championship rings for an undefeated 2013 season.
The rings were earned after CUW finished the season 8-3 and 6-0 in NACC play. The Falcons advanced the NCAA Division III Championship first round for the first time in head coach Greg Etter's tenure.
Rolling Meadows senior Pat Kramp, who was a Mid-Suburban League all-conference selection and Daily Herald honorable mention all-area, has committed to continue his basketball career at Aurora University.
• Former Rolling Meadows 'Athlete of the Year' Brian Nelms was a member of Illinois Wesleyan's Division III Final Four team this season.
Nelms' former coach at Rolling Meadows, Kevin Katovich, also played basketball at Illinois Wesleyan.
• Former Hoffman Estates basketball player Jason Mead, now the head boys basketball coach for the Dixon Dukes, was named the 2013-14 Sauk Valley Media All Area Boys Basketball Coach of the Year.
He led the Dukes to 23 wins, a second-place finish in the Northern Illinois Big-12 West conference and the program's first regional title since 1986. Mead's brother Brian is Hoffman Estate's all-time leading scorer in basketball.
Michigan State sophomore Ian Rodriguez (Buffalo Grove) took 19th place in the 100-yard backstroke (49.00) and 200-yard backstroke (1:47.01) at the Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Both of his times were lifetime bests and are the second and third fastest times, respectively, in Michigan State history.
Rodriguez was also the recipient of the John Munley Memorial Scholarship which is "awarded to the swimmer or diver who demonstrates an outstanding level of competitiveness, dedication to his sport, and loyalty to Michigan State University."
Missouri-St. Louis freshman Sara Kern (Wheeling) went 2-for-2 and scored the final run that ended the Tritons' 12-4 win over Lindenwood in 5 innings.
The victory got the team to 35-5 for the season and the Tritons are currently ranked fifth in the NCAA Division II.
Illinois senior walk-on Pete Bonahoom (Prospect) made a solid impact in the Illini's annual Orange-Blue football game, hauling in 7 catches for 95 yards.
Bonahoom, a fourth-year junior, made two catches in the opening Blue TD march, and later made consecutive receptions of 27 and 20 after halftime.
In The News-Gazette in Champaign, Bonahoom said. "I'm just trying to do my best every single time. I didn't come out here today to show myself to people who don't know me. I just saw this as another opportunity to get better."
"I had offers from Eastern Illinois, Illinois State and Indiana State but I grew up with Miles (Osei, former Knights quarterback who played for Illini)), and he told me that I could play here. He said 'Don't settle for something less.' "
Concordia University (Chicago) junior Carlos Olavarria (Leyden) was named an 'Athlete of the week' for the school as he spearheaded the Cougars' powerful offensive attack in a 13-7, 16-12 sweep of Edgewood College.
The third baseman went 7-for-9 with 5 doubles, 5 runs scored and 5 RBI.
For the season, Olavarria is hitting .409 with a team-leading 38 hits. His .462 slugging percentage is highest among the Cougars' everyday players.
• Washington University (St. Louis) sophomore Max Golembo (Stevenson) was selected as the school's "Athlete of the Week' for baseball.
Golembo was selected as the baseball hitter of the week for the first time in his career after batting .500 in three games for Washington U.
He was 5-for-8 as the leadoff batter in a pair of one-run wins over No. 11 Birmingham-Southern College.
In the second game against Birmingham-Southern, Golembo was 3-for-4 with 2 doubles, a RBI and a walk. He has now reached base safely in all 27 games.
Missouri redshirt freshman Tim Johnson (Palatine), a sophomore in school, finished second in the 3000-meter steeplechase in a personal best time of 9:37.34. He was the No. 1 runner for the Tigers at the annual Missouri Relays on campus in Columbia, Missouri.
• North Central junior distance runner Travis Morrison (Hoffman Estates) was selected as an Academic All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin for the 2013-14 winter season.
Morrison's personal bests for indoor were the mile (4:15.24 at the Squig Converse Invite) and the 3000-meter (8:21.89 at the CCIW Indoor)
His outdoor bests are the 1,500-meter (4:00.86 at the Wheaton Twilight), 5,000-meter (14:43.63 at the Dr. Keeler Invite) and the 10,000-meter (30:26.43 at the First Chance Invite).
• Augustana sophomore Ethan Koch (Prospect) won the 10,000-meter run at the Meet of Champions team title at the Paul V. Olsen Track with a time of 31:08.40.
The Vikings won eight events and scored 249 points to easitly win the nine-team event.
Illinois Wesleyan junior Kenny Wienckowski (St. Viator) was named the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) men's golfer of the week.
The native of Schaumburg finished third out of 89 players at the 17-team Augustana Invitational at the par 72 Pinnacle Country Club in Milan, Ill. He carded a score of 146 (72-74) as the Titans placed second as a team.
Last weekend, Wienckowski (75-71-70-72-288) tied for second when Illinois Wesleyan won its 16th College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin title at The Rail Golf Course.
The win was the 11th in the last 14th seasons for the Titans, all under coach Jim Ott who was named the CCIW men's golf coach of the year.
The Titans earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship May 13-16 and Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C.
Washington University (St. Louis) senior Anna Etherington (Barrington) was named the school's women's track & field athlete of the week.
Etherington received recognition for the second time this season and seventh time in her career. She cleared a season-best height of 4.00 meters to win the pole vault at the Billiken Invitational hosted by Saint Louis University. Etherington's mark ranks second in NCAA Division III this season and tied her own facility record in the event.
Bradley was on top the team standings after shooting a school record on the opening day of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship.
The Braves shot a school record 5-over 293 Sunday at the par-72 Panther Creek Country Club and owned a three-shot lead on second-place Indiana State, which also carded a school record low round at 296.
Sophomore Allison Walsh (Prospect) tied a season-best with a one-over 73 to close the day in a tie for seventh.
She recently tied for 20th at the Indiana State Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., last week where Bradley faced over half of the league teams.
Walsh ranks 15th in the conference with a 78.60 stroke average this year.
She needs two sub-80 rounds to become the ninth individual in Bradley history to have at least one season with 20 or more rounds in the 70s and she is 14th all-time with 28 career sub-80 rounds.
Women's water polo
Iona senior tri-captain Erika Lauraitis (Fremd) scored 10 goals as the Gaels ended their regular season with conference wins over St. Francis College (17-2) and Virginia Military Institute (22-8).
The Gaels finished their regular season with a record of 14-15 and 9-3 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for a third-place finish.
As the third seed in the MAAC Championships at Marist College April 25-26, Iona will face the host Red Foxes in the semifinal.
The Arlington Stallions defeated the Morton Mustangs 25-22 to remain undefeated in Illinois Youth Rugby Association Tier One Eastern Conference play in a game that saw four second half lead changes.
It was the first time in the Arlington club's 10-year history that they defeated the Cicero based Mustangs.
The emotional win was secured by a last-minute, twenty-meter scoring run by wing Nikko Gountanis.
"This is an extremely satisfying win considering the quality of our opponent and our ability to withstand their sustained offensive pressure," said Stallions coach Mike Pateras. "We know each other so well that there were no surprises. Just 70 minutes of high pressure play."
The Stallions' next opponent is the Tier Two two-time state champion Lake Forest Harriers who are making their debut in Tier One this season.
Game time is 11 a.m. on Saturday in Busse Woods.
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