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-Notre Dame senior forward Brittany Bock, a Neuqua Valley graduate, is among 15 semifinalists for the 2008 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy, which is presented annually to the nation's top Division I women's soccer player.

-Washington University (St. Louis) sophomore running back Jim O'Brien, a Wheaton Warrenville South graduate, was selected to the all-University Athletic Association first team as a kick returner for the second-consecutive season. O'Brien averaged a conference-best 25.0 yards per kick return, and was second in all-purpose yards at 107.2 per game.

-Wisconsin-Whitewater freshman Alyssa Bauer, a Naperville Central graduate, has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association's all-Midwest region honorable mention team. Bauer was also recognized on the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's all-defensive team.

Signing day

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According to athletic director Marty Bee, the following Naperville Central student-athletes are expected to sign letters of intent Wednesday morning:

Drew Crawford (men's basketball): Northwestern University
Meghan Brey (women's volleyball): Oakland University
Mary Carroll (women's volleyball): Lewis University
Jill Fields (women's volleyball): South Dakota State University
Kelley Hendrick (women's basketball): University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Erin Lamb (women's swimming): University of Illinois
Emily McGee (women's volleyball): University of North Carolina
Chelsea Thurlby (women's volleyball): DePaul University

Naperville North graduate and George Mason junior Kyle Gramit was named to the AVCA All-America second team on Monday.

Gramit, a two-time EIVA All-East First Team selection, shined this season after making the move from the outside hitter position to the opposite spot. He ranked among the national leaders in kills per game, points per game, blocks per game and aces per game. His 5.70 points per game was sixth in the nation, 4.68 kills per game was seventh, 1.24 blocks per game was 16th and 0.36 aces per game was 17th.

Naperville North graduate Samer Elshafei was named to the 2008 U.S. Men's Junior National Training Team as a middle blocker on Tuesday.

The Ohio State freshman was one of 19 players named to the team that will practice at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif, beginning in mid June. The team will be cut to 12 players prior to the NORCECA Under-21 Continental Championship, which will be held in El Salvador on June 30-July 5.

That tournament is a qualifier for the 2009 FIVB Men's Junior World Championship.

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Former Naperville North boys volleyball players (from left) Scott Anerino, Dan Miller, Casey Gioia and Karl Miller were among the six Huskies alumni that competed at the National Recreational-Intermural Sports Association men's volleyball Collegiate National Championships on April 10-12 in Dallas.

The above mentioned four, along with David Pociask of Northern Illinois and A.J. Kramer of Cornell who were also at the tournament, led North to a runner-up finish at the 2006 state finals.

Anerino helped Indiana placed second in silver in Division I-A. Dan Miller, who was named to the all-tournament second team, helped Purdue place third in Division I-AA. Karl Miller played for Illinois in the Division I national title game, but his Illini lost to Lakeland College. Gioia plays for the University of Miami.

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