Former Libertyville two-year starting quarterback Jack Deichl has switched positions in his collegiate career.
Now a senior tight end for Wisconsin-Whitewater, Deichl was recently named a Warhawk Athlete of the Week.
He was Whitewater's top performer on the line of scrimmage as a blocking tight end in the Warhawks' 17-16 victory over then-No. 20 UW-Platteville.
Deichl helped the Warhawks total 279 yards, including 172 through the air, and helped teammate Drew Patterson rush for 110 yards on 18 carries.
Deichl, a member of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Scholastic Honor Roll, was one of 200 student-athletes from around the nation (all divisions) selected to participate in the NCAA Career in Sports Forum on June 2-5 at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis in 2015.
No. 23-ranked Whitewater (7-3, 6-1) concluded the regular season on Saturday with its sixth consecutive victory, earning a 36-3 win against UW-Eau Claire.
• Winona State sophomore wide receiver Jake Balliu (Lakes) returned the opening kickoff for a 90-yard touchdown as the No. 17 Warriors cruised to a 52-21 victory over Augustana to conclude the regular season.
It was his third return touchdown of the season.
The Warriors (10-1), who were picked to finish sixth in the NSIC preseason poll, secured their sixth 10-win season in program history and will received confirmation of their first NCAA postseason berth since 2007 on Sunday.
Balliu entered the game as the hottest return man in the conference. He became Winona's single-season punt return leader a week earlier (running his total to 481 yards) and was ranked fifth in the country in combined return yards.
Judson College junior Maggie Mahar (Mundelein) scored 8 points in the Eagles' 80-65 loss to Grace College at the Cardinal Stritch Tournament in Milwaukee.
• Olivet-Nazarene senior Lauren Rouse (Mundelein) scored 12 points on 6-for-7 shooting and added 4 assists in 16 minutes during the No. 23-ranked Tigers' 121-116 win over Cornerstone University (Mich.).
The Tigers rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit.
Sophomore Sammy Stejskal (Buffalo Grove) collected 8 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists in 18 minutes.
Warren graduate Derek Shelton, headed into his 14th season as a coach in some capacity in the major leagues, has been hired as the Minnesota Twins' bench coach.
Shelton was the Toronto Blue Jays' quality control coach this year. He previously served as Tampa Bay's hitting coach from 2010-16 and Cleveland's hitting coach from 2005-09.
Shelton lettered in baseball, basketball and football at Warren. He a three-year varsity starter and three-time All-North Suburban Conference and All-Lake County selection in baseball. He was twice selected all-conference in basketball and football.
When Shelton was a freshman on the Warren varsity baseball team, Wheeling softball coach Mike Caringella was the Blue Devils freshman baseball coach.
Women's cross country
Augustana junior Mackenzie Renihan (Vernon Hills) was the Vikings' top finisher (101st individually) to help lead her team to 22nd place among 37 teams at the NCAA Midwest Regional at Saukie Golf Course. Wisconsin-Eau Claire, with three runners in the top nine, took the team title.
Renihan covered Saukie's six kilometers in 23:10.2. Augustana junior Laura McNair (Lake Zurich) was 217th in 25:46.8.
Men's cross country
Augustana junior Rob Williams (Vernon Hills) finished in 24:52.4 to capture 53rd place at the NCAA Midwest Regional at Saukie Golf Course. The Vikings placed 11th as a team.