Sanborn, Maskalunas making an impact at Wisconsin

  • University of Wisconsin sophomore linebacker Jack Sanborn, a Lake Zurich graduate, has been an impact player on the Badgers' defense this season.

    University of Wisconsin sophomore linebacker Jack Sanborn, a Lake Zurich graduate, has been an impact player on the Badgers' defense this season. PHOTO COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN ATHLETICS

By Mike Miazga
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 10/9/2019 5:55 PM

A pair of Lake County products have helped the University of Wisconsin football team get out to a fabulous start thanks to their strong defensive play.

Lake Zurich graduate Jack Sanborn is a 6-2, 232-pound sophomore inside linebacker for the Badgers and is the team's leading tackler heading into its matchup this week with Michigan State. Through 5 games, Sanborn, a Deer Park native, has 28 total tackles (16 solo, 12 assists), 5 tackles for loss for 25 yards in losses and 3 quarterback sacks for 15 yards in losses. Sanborn also has 1 interception and 1 forced fumble.


Long Grove native and Stevenson graduate Mike Maskalunas is a 6-3, 231-pound junior inside linebacker. Through 5 games, Maskalunas has 14 total tackles (13 solo) and 1 fumble recovery.

Wisconsin (5-0) is ranked 8th in both The Associated Press and coaches polls heading into Saturday's home Big Ten Conference contest with Michigan State.

Overbeck at Northern Illinois: Vernon Hills grad Vivian Overbeck has been a key contributor to a Northern Illinois University women's cross country team that won its first three invitationals of the season. Overbeck finished fourth in a time of 14:26.3 (4K) at the Western Illinois University Early Bird in Macomb. She also took sixth with a time of 22:34.1 (6K) at the NIU Huskie Challenge and finished 20th in 18:18.05 (5K) at the recent Loyola Lakefront invitational. Overbeck is a senior for the Huskies and earned conference all-academic honors as a junior.

de los Reyes at Grinnell: Lake Zurich graduate and Hawthorn Woods native Sophia de los Reyes is having immediate success as a freshman on the Grinnell College women's tennis team. To start the week, de los Reyes was 9-2 overall. She has a 6-0 record in dual matches and is 3-2 in tournament play, plus is 6-0 in conference matches. Those six dual wins have come at either No. 2, 3 or 4 singles. She also sports a 7-1 doubles record with two partners for Grinnell, which was 8-0 in duals to start the week.

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Radtke at Clemson: Stevenson graduate and Hawthorn Woods native Jori Radtke is a junior on the Clemson University women's volleyball team. Through the team's first 15 matches, Radtke, a 5-11 outside hitter, is tied for the team lead in service aces with 18. In the 55 sets she's played, she has 83 kills (1.51 kills per set) and is averaging 2.11 digs per set. Clemson was 6-9 overall and 0-4 in conference play to start the week.

Marino at College of Lake County: Grayslake North graduate Grace Marino is part of the College of Lake County women's tennis team. Marino was part of a Lake County team last year that won the NJCAA Region IV championship and competed in the Division I national championship this past May in Tyler, Texas.

Becker at Purdue: Circling back to the spring season, Lakes product and Lindenhurst native Rachel Becker had a productive freshman season for the Purdue University softball team. Becker started in all 63 games she played and hit .354 (second-best on the team) with 67 hits in 189 at-bats. She scored 48 runs and had 10 doubles, 1 home run and 12 RBI. Becker finished with a .423 slugging percentage, walked 41 times and stole 7 bases.

O'Brien at Illinois: Libertyville product Morgan O'Brien is a junior defensive specialist on a University of Illinois women's volleyball team that was 8-5 overall and 3-1 in Big Ten Conference play to start the week. O'Brien has played in 41 sets and has 119 digs (2.90 digs per set), to go with 46 setting assists and 13 service aces.


Staten at Florida Southern: Kildeer native and Stevenson graduate Jenny Staten is the starting goalkeeper as a freshman for Florida Southern University. Staten has played in 9 games so far and has allowed 10 goals (1.05 goals-against average). She has 25 saves and 3 wins to her credit.

Locals at North Central: A trio of Lakes graduates have found the end zone this season for the North Central College football team in Naperville. Ethan Greenfield, a sophomore running back from Lindenhurst, is leading the team in rushing. Greenfield has run for 350 yards on 59 carries (5.9 yards per carry) and has scored 3 touchdowns. He's also grabbed 7 passes for 47 yards.

Freshman teammate DeAngelo Hardy (Lake Villa) has caught 10 passes for 76 yards and 2 touchdowns, while freshman quarterback Jake Johnson (Lake Villa) also has seen playing time and has 1 touchdown to his credit. North Central was 3-1 in its first four games.

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