COLLEGE NOTES: York grad Zerante zeroes in on Bradley record book
After making 498 digs as a junior, Lauren Zerante has a chance to move up the career digs list at Bradley. The 498 digs were the fourth-most in school history. The York grad spent her first two years as a hitter at Bradley, but was a prolific libero last fall. She enters her final year 24th on the career digs list for the Braves and if she matches her 2012 production would move into fifth.
Last of the Knights
Abby West (IC Catholic, Elmhurst) is heading into her senior season with St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., just outside of Green Bay. It will be her first year with the Green Knights without former IC teammates Mary Kate Manion, Catherine Guido and Danielle Remy. Last season all four Elmhurst products started and West was the orchestrator of the offense with a team-high 915 assists.
York grad Katie Gallagher had an impressive freshman season for Indiana volleyball. The setter led the Hoosiers with 679 assists and also contributed 131 digs. She was also the Big Ten Freshman of the Week first week of the season. As a sophomore Gallagher will have a full year of experience and will be the expected starter from the beginning of the season.
Hacking into the lineup
Former Duke Morgan Semmelhack started her freshman season on the bench for Kent State volleyball, but the outside hitter started the last 12 matches of the season and was second on the team with 98 kills in MAC play. Semmelhack could play a bigger role this year.
North Central senior golfer Mary Kate Rohn will try to improve upon her fifth place finish at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin meet from a year ago. That showing earned her all-conference recognition. The York grad led the team with a stroke average of 82.2 and was top-10 in seven tournaments last year.
Katie Gratzianna heads into her final year with Valparaiso soccer after earning a starting spot on the back line as a junior last fall. The former York standout started every match for a team that won 10 matches, the most the Crusaders had won since 2009. Gratzianna is one of six seniors on the roster.
Big East contenders
DePaul women's soccer was picked fourth in the preseason coaches' poll in the Big East. York grad MaryKate Cicinelli will hope to play a role in the Blue Demons' title chase. She saw more consistent playing time as a sophomore last season, but will be looking for her first career start. Last year she made 19 substitute appearances and scored her first career goal.
Most improved Bulldog
Tom Judge, a York grad, was named Butler football's most improved player last year as a wide receiver. He returned kicks and made 25 receptions for 357 yards and a touchdown. The redshirt senior will hope to top those numbers this fall for the Bulldogs.
Horizon League rivals
York grads Khushpal Sangha and Billy Clink ran against each other in the Horizon League last fall. Sangha placed 15th for Loyola and Clink was 20th for Illinois-Chicago in the conference meet. Sangha enters his senior year with the Ramblers while Clink will be a sophomore.
On the women's side Rebecca Zaiter was 10th in the Horizon League meet for UIC last year as a sophomore for a second team all-conference showing. After also earning experience at the NCAA Midwest Regional, Zaiter will be looking for more.
Running to college
A number of boys and girls York cross country runners will be heading off to college teams as freshmen this fall. Scott Milling (Notre Dame), Alex Mimling (Belmont) and Emma Fisher (Stanford) will be running for Division I programs while Alanna Varnas (Carthage), Lauren Hunka (Elmhurst), Zachery Herrera (North Central) and Jay Adkins (Concordia, Wis.) will be competing in Division III. Chris May will be running at Division II Grand Valley State.