COLLEGE NOTES: Standout rookie from AT, Beltrano, back for more
After winning University Athletics Association Rookie of the Year, University of Chicago cornerback Vincent Beltrano (Addison Trail) will have high expectations this fall as a sophomore. Beltrano picked off a team-high three passes, made 44 tackles and forced a fumble, and was named second team All-UAA.
Blazing to college soccer
Four Addison Trail graduates are looking to find time as freshmen on college soccer teams. Jorge Leyva and Edwin Regalado will continue their careers at Concordia. On the women’s side, Tonia Parisi will be a redshirt freshman at Morehead State and Devin Fruzyna will be looking to debut for Aurora University.
A year after earning a consistent spot in the Benedictine starting lineup, Julio Lopez (Addison Trail) will be one of the leaders for the Benedictine University men’s soccer. Lopez played in all 17 matches for the Eagles as a junior midfielder last year. He started 13 matches with one goal and two assists.
Carmelo DiFranco (Addison Trail) was an efficient scorer for Dominican men’s soccer last season. DiFranco didn’t start any matches but appeared 11 times as a substitute, and managed to score six goals and create four assists. The Stars had a fantastic season with an 18-3-1 record and a Northern Athletic Conference title. DiFranco, now a junior, will hope to prove he can consistently score as a starter as well.
From Blazers to Vikings
A pair of Addison Trail graduates are continuing their athletic careers at Augustana. Jose Martinez will be a sophomore cross country runner. Martinez ran in four races as a freshman. Katie Keller will be a junior middle blocker for the Vikings’ women’s volleyball team. In her first two years on campus Keller has seen regular playing time and will be looking to become a key contributor this season.
Four Willowbrook grads return as runners for College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin cross country teams this fall. Isaac Trostle (Lombard) will be a senior at Augustana. Elizabeth Lundine (Villa Park), who was 22nd in the CCIW meet, heads into her junior year with the Vikings. David Schouson (Lombard) will be a sophomore at Elmhurst College and Rachel Gibson (Lombard) will be a senior for the Bluejays.