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Naperville Central has presented its Red/White Awards -- given in honor of former team manager Tom Hoesch -- to the following spring athletes who demonstrated character and hard work:

Hanting Want (badminton)
Jackie Renn (girls soccer)
Stephanie Lynch (softball)
Brittany Fisher (girls track and field)
Emily Wooten (girls water polo)
Ryan Burton (baseball)
Corey Richier (girls gymnastics)
Richard Kalecki (boys track and field)
Frank Bicek (boys tennis)
Dan Dierking (boys volleyball)
Tyler Kelley (boys water polo)

Benet will hold an offensive skills camp for boys in grades 5-8 on three consecutive Sundays beginning April 19. This summer the school will also host a series of basketball camps for boys and girls entering grades 2-9. For more information, visit or call varsity boys basketball coach Gene Heidkamp at 630-719-2824.

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-- Lewis goalkeeper Anthony Szymel, a Naperville North graduate, was recently named to the NSCAA/Adidas Men's College Scholar All-America second team.
Szymel holds a 3.56 cumulative grade-point average in business administration. He finished his senior season ranked first in the nation in save percentage, leading the Flyers to an NCAA Division II Sweet 16 appearance.

-- Indiana Wesleyan sweeper Rebecca Foulk was recently named to the NCCAA/NSCAA All-America first team for the 2008 season. Foulk, a junior who graduated from Naperville North, was also named NAIA All-American honorable mention, and was the Mid-Central College Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

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-Ben Johnson, a sophomore midfielder out of Naperville North, will transfer from Western Illinois to play soccer at Saint Xavier, the Chicago university announced Tuesday. The Woodridge native previously played at Missouri State.

-White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper will run pitching camps in Lisle, LaGrange, Barrington, Tinley Park and Schererville, Ind. The Lisle sessions will be Jan. 24-25 for high school athletes and players ages 7-13. For more on the Bulls Sox Academy events, click here.

-Naperville's Centerfield Sports Academy will be running a pitching camp through Feb. 6 for players ages 13-18. The 90-minute sessions will be held three times a week for four-consecutive weeks. For more information, click here.

-Unbeaten Wheaton College (13-0) remains No. 1 in the national Top 25 poll. North Central College (10-3) received votes in the same poll.

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-Notre Dame was selected No. 1 in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine men's college hockey poll. Teddy Ruth, a Naperville local, and The Fighting Irish will be in the area Jan. 2-3 for a tournament at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

-North Central College track and field will host a clinic for coaches and athletes (age 12 and up) on Sunday, Dec. 14 at Merner Fieldhouse. For more information, call Mahesh Narayanan at 630-637-5525 or e-mail

-Strictly Shooting Co. will hold a basketball camp for boys and girls grades four through eight on Dec. 22-23 and Dec. 29-30 at Kennedy Junior High School in Naperville. For more information, call 630-355-0622 or visit ranks Benet 16th, Naperville Central 43rd and Naperville North 70th in its Dec. 4 edition of the top 100 national rankings. All three teams finished its seasons last month. Phil Brozynski has an alumni update here.

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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.

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-Northern Illinois freshman guard Mike DiNunno was named the Mid-American Conference West Division's co-player of the week. The 5-foot-11-inch Chicago native shared the honor with Ball State's Anthony Newell.

-Kane County Cougars single-game and group tickets are now on sale for the 2009 season. Tickets can be ordered online at, by phone at (630) 232-8811 or in-person at the team's box office during normal business hours. The organization is also running a toy drive in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps. Gifts can be dropped off no later than Dec. 12 at the team's Elfstrom Stadium main office in Geneva.

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Chicago Fire forward Brian McBride will join Easter Seals at the Sears Tower on Monday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. for the annual Christmas tree lighting and toy drive. The collection will benefit children served by the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish Baseball Camp is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 30 at the Max McCook Athletic & Exposition Center. It is open to players ages 7-14. Irish assistant coach Scott Lawler, a Naperville Central graduate, will run the camp. For more information, click here or call 847-281-9790.

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Benet is seeking a lower level boys volleyball coach for the spring 2009 season. Interested candidates should contact athletic director Gary Goforth at 630-719-2825.



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