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College notes: Gracie Sullivan a freshman sensation for Caldwell

Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 10:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:38 a.m. CDT
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North Central College outfielder Joe Paparone prepares to step into the batter's box in a game this season. The junior was named second-team all-Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin this spring for the Cardinals.
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Gracie Sullivan awaits a pitch in a game this season. The York graduate hit .301 in her freshman season at Caldwell in New Jersey and helped the Cougars post a 44-8 record.

Former York athletes stood out in a number of different sports for their colleges this spring. Here's a look at some of the highlights for former Dukes competing in college athletics.

Sullivan starts strong for Caldwell

Gracie Sullivan didn't take long to assert herself as a solid player for Caldwell softball. The freshman outfielder hit .301 with 23 RBIs and 25 runs scored. Caldwell went 44-8, winning the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference regular season crown and the NCAA Division II East Region 2 Tournament.

Avgerinos hits court for Syracuse

Maria Avgerinos earned a starting spot for Syracuse tennis as a freshman. The York grad went 3-11 in singles, playing mostly at No. 5 singles. In doubles, she was 1-7, playing mostly at No. 2 doubles.

Elsey nets winning record

Another freshman tennis player from York, Jonathon Elsey, went 12-1 in singles and 3-1 in doubles for Augustana. Elsey played mostly at No. 6 singles.

Paparone brothers show off bats

Joe Paparone had a solid season for North Central this spring, hitting .314 with 18 extra base hits, 30 RBIs and 24 runs scored. The junior outfielder was named second-team all-Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.

Younger brother Josh Paparone had an exceptional season at Oakton Community College. The freshman outfielder led the team with a .405 batting average.

Adkins has career year at Bradley

Steve Adkins has only seen sporadic playing time with Bradley since joining the program in the 2011 season. This year he made six starts after entering the season with two starts in his career and picked up one win with a 3.49 ERA. Adkins had 29 strikeouts against just eight walks in 28 1/3 innings.

Yong closes career as all-conference outfielder

Ray Yong finished his four-year Carleton College career by being named an all-conference player in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The senior outfielder hit .380 and led the team with five home runs and 42 RBIs.

Obal earns awards in freshman season

Augustana freshman Tanner Obal was the CCIW Golfer of the Week on April 2 after placing fifth in the Prairie Fire Classic earlier in the season. Obal placed 11th in the CCIW Golf Championship, falling one place short of all-conference recognition. He was the Vikings' top golfer at the conference meet and scored a 69 in the second round, the second-best round of the entire tournament.

Hebert finishes running career at U of I

Jordan Hebert closed out his distance running career at Illinois this spring. Having already completed his four-year cross country career, Hebert finished up his track and field career by taking 12th place in the 10,000-meter run at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships on May 17. He qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary meet in the event as well.

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