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updated: 6/2/2014 9:22 PM

Wauconda's Magiera will double up at Augustana

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Wauconda football player and wrestler Nate Magiera plans on continuing each sport in college.

He has selected Augustana in Rock Island, where he will be a member of coach Rob Cushman's football program and coach Eric Juergens' defending College of Illinois and Wisconsin champion wrestling squad.

Magiera earned three varsity letters in coach David Mills' football program at Wauconda and four for Bulldogs wrestling coach Tom Nance.

In football, Magiera was named All-North Suburban Conference and Daily Herald all-area. He was also a Class 5A all-state honorable mention selection.

He capped a tremendous senior year with a Class 2A state wrestling championship at 220 pounds.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound defensive end and tight end led the Bulldogs with 85 tackles this season.

He recorded 30 of those stops behind the line of scrimmage, setting a school record.

A four-time state qualifier on the wrestling mats, Magiera went 48-1 during his state championship senior season, avenging his only loss with a 17-4 decision of Montini's Edgar Ruano in the 220-pound title match.

As a junior, he finished fifth in Class 2A at 220 pounds with a 36-3 record. Magiera went 41-9 as a sophomore, reaching the 2A state quarterfinals at 195 pounds.

As a freshman, he was 26-10, qualifying for state with a third-place finish (171 pounds) at the Antioch sectional.

An Academic All-State honoree in football and wrestling, Magiera is also a National Honor Society member and plans on majoring in business administration.


Eastern Illinois pitcher Troy Barton (Libertyville) has been named to the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference All-Conference team.

In 2014 Ohio Valley Conference play, Barton tied for first in games saved (6) and games finished (12), including an ERA of 1.38.

He is ranked in the all-time top 10 at Eastern Illinois for earned run average, games saved and appearances.

In 2012, he ranked 37th in NCAA Division 1 competition with 9 wins and garnered four Ohio Valley Conference 'Pitcher of the Week' nominations.

His notable career wins include No. 12-ranked University of Louisville, University of Illinois, Bucknell, and Illinois State.

Women's track

Southern Illinois University's sophomore Kelley Gallagher (Vernon Hills) earned Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete distinction for the 2013-14 track season with a GPA of 3.27.

Student-athletes must be at least a sophomore in academic and athletic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2, and they must have finished in the top-eight of an individual event or the top-three of a relay event at either the MVC indoor or outdoor Championships in 2014.

This is Gallagher's second consecutive Scholar-Athlete award and one of 14 athletes receiving the award at SIU.

• Illinois Wesleyan's Angela Hermann (Conant) was part of the Titan's 4x400 relay team that took sixth place and all-American honors at the NCAA Division III national championships in Delaware, Ohio.

Softball fundraiser

The Mid-Suburban League softball teams raised $4,450 on May 19 to fight Leukemia and Lymphoma. The MSL Cancer Day event, organized by Fremd softball coach Jim Weaver, has now raised nearly $15,000 over the past three years.


Davenport junior shortstop KC Dunne (Buffalo Grove) was placed on the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics all-American second team.

Dunne, who was named the top player in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, led her team to a conference regular season and tournament title and a berth in the 2014 NAIA National Tournament finishing with an overall record of 38-10.

In only its sixth year as a program, Davenport now has a trio of second-team All-Americans at the NAIA level as Dunne joins Amber Getty (2013) and Haley Stehouwer (2009) in earning the nod after an outstanding junior campaign.

Dunne, who was named the WHAC Player of the Year, set single season school records for batting average (. 483) and triples (6) while posting stellar marks in slugging (. 801) and on-base percentage (. 533). The shortstop finished with 18 doubles to go along with six home runs and a team leading 47 RBI.

The junior had a 16-game hitting streak late in the year which is tied for the second longest in program history, just behind Heather Brusokas.


Wisconsin-Platteville senior first baseman Zach Demmon (Hoffman Estates) has been awarded All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors.

The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is widely regarded as the strongest DIII conference in the country.

Demmon received honorable mention honors.

He has led the Pioneers in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.319), hits (51), RBI (29), slugging percentage (. 525), doubles (14), home runs (5) and triples (2).

His 14 doubles tied the school's single season record.

He was named WIAC Player of the Week in early April after recording 4 doubles, 4 home runs, 13 RBI, a .480 batting average and a 1.120 slugging percentage.

On March 31, he was awarded the Baseball Student-Athlete Award with the top GPA for his sport.

For four consecutive years Demmon made the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Scholastic Honor Roll as well as the school's Gabe Miller Academic Honor Roll for having a GPA of higher than 3.00 during the year.

On May 15, 2014 Zach was featured in the WIAC Student Athlete Spotlight segment.

• University of Chicago junior Andrew VanWazer (Buffalo Grove) started 23 out of 26 games and had a team-best .359 batting average to go with 8 RBI, 2 doubles and 1 stolen base.

VanWazer's top games included 4-for-5 against IIT, 4-for-7 with 2 RBI in a doubleheader against Beloit and a 3-for-3 effort with a RBI against Elmhurst. He had nine multi-hit games.

VanWazer was selected to the UAA All-Academic team.

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