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College Sports

College notes: Lehmann makes good first impression at Michigan

Connor Cuff paces pitching staff at Penn

Lyons Township grad Keith Lehmann delivers a pitch for Michigan in a game against UIC this spring. Lehmann was a key reliever as a freshman for the Wolverines.
Lyons Township grad Keith Lehmann delivers a pitch for Michigan in a game against UIC this spring. Lehmann was a key reliever as a freshman for the Wolverines.

High schools are in the midst of summer break and the recently graduated senior class is preparing for college. Some local products already in college participated in spring sports and racked up some notable accomplishments. Let’s take a look at what spring 2014 brought for local college athletes:

LT graduate Cuff leads Penn pitching staff

Connor Cuff was the ace of the Lyons Township staff that won the state title in 2011. Now, the right-handed pitcher is the ace of Penn’s staff. The junior posted a 1.77 ERA in 10 starts to lead the team in innings (66), wins (five), complete games (five) and shutouts (three).

Cuff was named to the Philadelphia Big 5 team and was first-team All-Ivy League.

Lehmann makes good first impression at Michigan

Another member of the 2011 LT state title baseball team, Keith Lehmann, is making a name for himself in college as well. As a freshman at Michigan, Lehmann made 21 appearances, 19 out of the bullpen and two starts, including one in the Big Ten Tournament.

Lehmann totaled 49 1/3 innings for the Wolverines with 32 strikeouts, 12 walks and a 2.92 ERA. He tied for third on the pitching staff with four wins.

On-base machine Mahoney leads off for Valparaiso

Sticking with members of the 2011 LT baseball team, Valparaiso junior Spencer Mahoney was a key part of the Valparaiso lineup. Mahoney hit .256 this season but drew a team-high 40 walks to finish with a .381 on-base percentage. He split time between shortstop and first base and scored 39 runs, best on the team.

Carlson all-conference for Wisconsin-Stout

Zach Carlson ended his Lyons Township career with a scoreless inning streak of 30 1/3 innings and proved he was ready for college baseball by posting a strong freshman season for Division III Wisconsin-Stout. Carlson made a team-high 10 starts and had a 3.54 ERA, best among starting pitchers on the Blue Devils.

The 6-foot-3 right-hander posted a 4-2 record with 28 strikeouts and 20 walks in a team-leading 61 innings. He was a first-team all-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection.

Haberkorn stars both ways for Benedictine softball

Holly Haberkorn, a Nazareth graduate from Westchester, made her mark for the Benedictine softball team as a freshman. Haberkorn hit .280 with a pair of home runs, 19 RBIs and 19 runs scored but also was a key pitcher. She pitched 113 1/3 innings, posting a 14-3 record with a 2.59 ERA. The Eagles won the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference tournament.

Phillies draft Powers from Miami (Ohio)

Nazareth grad and La Grange native Ryan Powers was drafted in the 22nd round of the MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this month. Powers hasn’t signed yet and still has a year of eligibility left for the Redhawks.

The junior pitcher had a 9-3 record with a 4.25 ERA, 60 strikeouts, 35 walks and a save in 84 2/3 innings.

Teammate Ryan Marske, also a Naz grad from La Grange, pitched 10 innings out of the bullpen as a redshirt freshman.

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