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College notes: Awards season kind to Coduto, Olson, Connolly

Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 10:37 a.m. CST
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(Photo provided by Minnesota Athletics/Christopher Mitchell)
Hannah Granger makes contact for Minnesota in an NCAA playoff game this spring. The Wheaton Warrenville South graduate finished with a .351 batting average as the Gophers advanced to the Super Regional round of the postseason.
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Mary Connolly of DePaul takes a throw at first base during a win against Kentucky in an NCAA tournament game. The West Chicago High School graduate earned several awards after a stellar season.

The spring sports season is a busy time for college athletes, just like their high school counterparts. Here are a few athletes from the area that competed for college programs this spring.

All-conference honors for Coduto

Mike Coduto (Wheaton North) started all 41 games this spring for the North Park baseball team and was named to the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin all-conference first team. The senior hit .355 with nine doubles, a triple and a home run and also stole 27 bases, scored 36 runs and had 35 RBIs for the Vikings. The infielder also had a .982 fielding percentage.

Olson astonishes in rookie season

Kaity Olson (Winfield, West Chicago) had quite the debut season for the North Park softball team. Named the Newcomer of the Year in the CCIW, the freshman led the league with her .430 batting average and finished with an overall mark of .413. She had seven doubles, two home runs, 19 RBIs and 19 runs scored.

Walter leads all Bluejay batters

Ele Walter (Winfield, Wheaton North) led the Elmhurst College softball team with her .425 batting average. The junior scored 15 runs and had five RBIs and struck out just five times in 80 at-bats. The starting left-fielder was named to the all-CCIW first team.

Pugliese contributes for Carthage baseball

Mike Pugliese (St. Francis) played in 30 games this spring for the Carthage baseball team. The senior second baseman hit .298 with 12 runs scored and nine RBIs and had 10 walks and only six strikeouts.

Former Falcons take field for Thunder

Katie Thornton (Wheaton North) was a first team CCIW all-conference selection after pulling double duty for Wheaton College this spring. She batted .325 with four doubles and 12 RBIs and also went 9-8 with a 2.07 ERA in 128 1/3 innings of work as a pitcher. Emily Bonga (Wheaton North) also appeared in 25 games and had two home runs and four RBIs.

Big numbers lead to accolades for Behnke

Laura Behnke (St. Francis) was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division All-Great Lakes Regional second team. The Augustana junior led the team in batting average (.386), runs scored (42), triples (11), home runs (8), RBIs (37) and stolen bases (13). She was also an all-CCIW first team selection.

Jarosz jumps in for NCC baseball

Zach Jarosz (Wheaton Warrenville South) made 14 starts for North Central College baseball this spring and batted .317 with two doubles, 13 runs scored and 13 RBIs.

Titans tap Fazzari during deep playoff run

Amanda Fazzari (Wheaton, Glenbard South) started 46 games this spring for an Illinois Wesleyan softball team that advanced to the NCAA Division III Super Regional. The senior batted .313 with eight doubles, two home runs, 24 runs scored and 22 RBIs. She also walked 14 times.

Connolly a key contributor for DePaul softball

Mary Connolly (West Chicago) put together a monster 2014 campaign for the DePaul softball team. The junior started all 55 games and batted .420 with nine doubles, 12 home runs, 40 runs scored and a team-high 44 RBIs. She also started 11 games as a pitcher, going 6-3 with a 2.01 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 66 1/3 innings. For her efforts, Connolly was selected as the Big East Player of the Year and was also named to the NFCA Division I All-Great Lakes Region team.

Schieber sees success for Northwestern

Jake Schieber (Wheaton North) appeared in 37 games with 23 starts for Northwestern's baseball team. The sophomore had 21 hits, including five doubles and a triple, to go along with 11 runs and eight RBIs.

Sauer a key starter for EIU baseball

Dane Sauer (West Chicago) started 41 games this spring for the Eastern Illinois baseball team. The junior totaled 32 hits, six of which were doubles, to go along with 20 runs and 16 RBIs.

UW-Whitewater enlists Evangelista's services

Paige Evangelista (Wheaton North) hit .285 this spring for the Wisconsin-Whitewater softball team. The junior started 48 games and knocked out nine doubles and five home runs to go along with 24 runs scored and 22 RBIs.

Ramblers rely on Pasquale

Brie Pasquale (St. Francis) started all 56 games this spring for the Loyola softball team. The sophomore produced 34 hits, including eight doubles and five home runs, and added a team-high 34 runs to go along with 22 RBIs. Pasquale also walked 26 times.

Granger helps Gophers on playoff run

Hannah Granger (Wheaton Warrenville South) had an outstanding spring for a University of Minnesota softball team which advanced to the NCAA Super Regional. The junior hit .351 in 41 games, contributing four home runs, 13 runs scored and 12 RBIs.

Schalk a mainstay for UAB baseball

Jeff Schalk (Wheaton North) led the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) baseball team with 29 RBIs this spring. The junior started all 56 games, batting .277 with seven doubles and a team-high four home runs. He walked 28 times and scored 35 runs.

We want to knowIf you know of any other college athletes from the area, please contact Scott Schmid at sschmid@shawmedia.com.

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