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.
Wolak caps Elmhurst career in fine style
Dave Wolak (Glenbard North) finished his collegiate career by being named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Central Region team for the fourth time. He was selected to the third team after hitting .333 this spring with eight home runs, 36 RBIs and 38 runs scored.
Wolak was also a four-time College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin all-conference pick and leaves Elmhurst College as the program's all-time leader in hits with 222. He is also second in runs scored (144) and RBIs (138).
Fellow Elmhurst College senior and Glenbard North grad Jordan Hanlon also contributed for the Bluejays, winning three games on the mound in 59 1/3 innings of work, while Brandon Kressner (Glenbard North) hit .296 as a freshman for the Bluejays.
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 of 2.01 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 National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I All-Great Lakes Region team.
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.
Jasinski jumps right in for Elmhurst softball
Alyssa Jasinski (Glenbard North) started all 30 games as a freshman for the Elmhurst College softball team and batted .286 with four doubles, two triples, 16 RBIs and 17 runs scored. Most impressively, she struck out just three times in 98 at-bats.
Polowy key piece of rotation for NCC
Brian Polowy (Glenbard North) made seven starts on the mound for the North Central College baseball team, compiling a record of 4-3 in 54 2/3 innings of work. The sophomore right-hander struck out 30 batters and had a 3.29 ERA.
Frawley finds field as freshman at Purdue
Matt Frawley (Glenbard North) appeared in 13 games for the Purdue baseball team and had a record of 1-0 with 11 strikeouts in 15 innings of work.
Stiver contributes for Augustana softball
Ashley Stiver (Glenbard North) appeared in 16 games for the Augustana softball team and totaled three hits and four runs scored.
Cherry earns pitching spot for Leopards
Lindsey Cherry (Glenbard North) made 16 appearances within the pitching circle, including 13 starts, this spring as a freshman for the Lafayette (Pa.) softball team. She struck out 47 batters in 72 innings and finished with three victories.
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.
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.
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