College notes: Local trio helps NCC football into semifinals

Published: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 4:00 p.m. CDT
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North Central College's Jason Callahan runs upfield in a game against Elmhurst College earlier this season. The Glenbard East graduate and his Cardinal teammates play in an NCAA Division III semifinal playoff game tomorrow.

With the cold weather, college fall sports are nearing their conclusion. A number of local products contributed to postseason success for their college teams. Others didn’t make the postseason, but still saw individual success. Here are some of the highlights among those groups.

Shannon leads Butler receivers

Brendan Shannon, a Montini graduate from Lombard, led Butler football in receptions (76), yards (1,041) and touchdowns (six). The senior wide receiver helped the Bulldogs win the Pioneer Football League title and earn a spot in the FCS Division I playoffs. Butler lost to Tennessee State 31-0 in the first round.

Shannon’s 1,041 yards were the second most in season in Butler history. He finished fifth on Butler’s all-time receiving list with 2,027 yards.

Local products help North Central football to semis

North Central College’s football team will play in an NCAA Division III semifinal game at Mount Union (Ohio) tomorrow, and several local products have helped the Cardinals get there.

Senior starting defensive back Connor Douglas (Lombard, Glenbard South) has played in every game this season and has put up solid stats across the board. He has 29 tackles, including 23 solo and two tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, one interception and six passes defended.

Junior starting linebacker Jason Callahan (Glenbard East) has seen action in every game this season and has 32 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and one interception, which came in a 52-24 quarterfinal win over Wisconsin-Platteville in the second round the playoffs.

Freshman Dom Battaglia (Willowbrook) has played in six games this season as a defensive back and has recorded 10 total tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.

Glenbard East trio helps UWW to undefeated regular season

Three Glenbard East grads were a part of the Wisconsin-Whitewater women’s soccer team’s undefeated regular season. Sophomore defender Jessica Grumstrup played in 16 matches and made seven starts for the Warhawks. Sophomore midfielder Erin Mrazek made 10 substitute appearances. Freshman goalkeeper Veronica Fairbairn made just one appearance off the bench while acclimating to college soccer.

The Warhawks won the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament and made it to the second round of the Division III NCAA Tournament before losing 1-0 to Capital University. Whitewater finished the season 17-1-4.

Rizzo plays big in the middle for DePaul

Natalie Rizzo led DePaul volleyball in blocks with 104. The Glenbard East product was second on the team with 26 aces and third with 239 kills. DePaul was 16-14 overall.

D’Ambrose cracks top five in YSU career assists

Casey D’Ambrose, an Addison Trail graduate, finished her volleyball career at Youngstown State University with 959 assists this fall, a new career high. She played in all of the Penguins’ 1,212 sets and also led the team with 24 aces. She brought her career assist total to 2,658, good for fifth on the all-time list at the program. D’Ambrose’s final three seasons each made it into the top 20 for assists in a season at YSU.

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