Fans of Barrington High School's girls basketball and softball teams know their teams have been driven to win over the years.
Nowthe Fillies are hoping to see that drive from their fans.
The girls basketball and softball programs would like the help of the community.
For the whole month of February, Marquardt of Barrington Buick-GMC will donate $50 to these programs for test drives of any new Buick or GMC.
As an added benefit, a free car wash will be offered to anyone who participates. Participants must be 18 years of age, own a valid drivers license, and proof of insurance is required. There is a limit of one donation per household.
The programs can earn up to a total of $12,500.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for these programs," said Barrington IHSA Hall of Fame softball coach Perry Peterson, whose team came in third place at the Class 4A state finals last year. "We hope that our families, alumni, and community can help our girls reach their goal."
Girls basketball coach Babbi Barreiro, whose Fillies are currently challenging for championship in the Mid-Suburban West, has guided her team to a 16-5 record this winter.
"Our student athletes get so much support from the Barrington community, it is nice to get a chance to thank them by showing our support through programs like this," said Barreiro, the dean of MSL girls basketball coaches with 21 seasons in charge of the program. "We thank Marquardt Buick-GMC for allowing us this opportunity and we recognize how crucial community support is in high school athletics."
Palatine track meets
Palatine boys track coach John Nalley and former Pirates coach Fred Miller (1978 to 2010) are starting an officials/workers group to volunteer their help at home track meets at Palatine High School.
Officials/workers are needed for all of the track and field events. Any training that is necessary will be provided.
For more information, contact John Nalley at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Fred Miller at email@example.com.
Concordia (Wis.) freshman Veronica Metanova (Palatine)is the second-leading scorer on her team with 7 goals and 6 assists in 16 games.
She had 2 goals in the third period when Concordia just fell short to Adrian College 4-3.
CUW entered the third period trailing 4-0 but scored 3 goals in a 3:40 span to cut the Bulldogs lead to 4-3 with just under 13 minutes remaining in the contest.
Metanova scored her 2 goals 1:38 apart, beginning with a power play tally at the 5:26 mark of the third.
• Marian junior Nina Laurie (Palatine) is also the second-leading scorer on her team with 7 goals and 7 assists in 15 games.
Laurie's seventh assist of the year helped the Sabres tie Lake Forest at 1-1 before falling 5-1.
Laurie played 2 years at Adrian before transferring to Marian. For her career, she has 27 goals and 25 assists.
All the talk
Where will former Rolling Meadows quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo be chosen in the NFL draft?
That's been a heavily-discussed issue in the sports media after his record-setting career at Eastern Illinois and the exclamation point he put on it by earning MVP honors in the Senior Bowl.
Just for fun, let's remember what he did as a Mustang in our own backyard.
The native of Arlington Heights passed for 1,888 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. He also rushed for 563 yards and 7 touchdowns to help lead Meadows to a Mid-Suburban East League championship and IHSA Class 7A playoff berth.
As a junior, he threw for 2,072 yards and 18 touchdowns while completing 152-of-253 passes. He also ran for 552 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Want to umpire badminton?
Olympic umpire Lynn Maund will be running an umpire clinic on Friday, Feb. 7 at the Shannon Pohl Badminton Academy in Vernon Hills.
The clinic is for badminton players, enthusiasts and parents interested in learning to become a certified USA Badminton Umpire.
This course is being held prior to the Midwest Regional Jr. Championships (Feb 15-17), which will serve as an excellent opportunity for trainees to have full on-court training. After the clinic, you will develop your technical official skills at the tournament while helping an important event to run smoothly.
For those feeling sufficiently prepared, evaluations can be conducted as a part of this event and the written exam can be administered so that by the end of the Midwest Regional Jr. Championships, you can become a fully accredited regional umpire.
Anyone is eligible to learn from the clinic but full certification is only available to current members of USA Badminton age 18 years and older.
Check the Shannon Pohl Badminton Academy website for more information.
Starring on the ice
Buffalo Grove's Hannah Lapeire and Kalyssa Van Zanten, members of the Grove United Soccer Association, will be among 25 players from 14 states participating in the US Youth Soccer ODP National Training Camp in Phoenix, Arizona.
The pair made their way through a multi-stage process, having been selected to the state team, the Region II team and now the national camp that prepares players for Olympic Development.
While the girls have reached this lofty goal, they still dream of greater achievements. For Lapeire, it would be making the U17 national team and for Van Zanten, to reach the Olympics.
"Aggressive goals, perhaps" said coach Henry Goldenstein, "But they are part of a team that has been setting aggressive goals for quite some time and reaching those goals. Their club team at Grove United set a goal to win the state title last year when no one would have expected it. And that team now is the State Cup champion."
Rolling Meadows senior Jackie Kemph is 90 points away from reaching 2,000 for her career. The 2012-13 Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year is one of three current Mustangs who has scored 1,000 points.
Seniors Alexis Glasgow and Jenny Vliet did it earlier this season.
Incidentally, Vliet, Kemph and Glasgow were nominated for the 2014 McDonald's All-American games.
Other current 1,000-point scorers in the area are Maine West's Brittany Collins, Fremd's Haley Gorecki, Wheeling's Deanna Kuzmanic and Prospect's Taylor Will.
St. Viator four-year starter Erin Fabbri is 29 points away from becoming the fourth girl in Lions' history to reach 1,000 points.
The other three are all-time scoring leader Denise Walker, a 1996 graduate who scored 1,522 points, Lauren Weber (1,196 points) and Susan Hohenadel, who reached the milestone in her final game at St. Viator.
The Lions have six regular-season games left. Fabbri is reaching the magic number despite missing 13 games due to a broken ankle she suffered on Dec. 6. She returned to action Jan. 18.
North Central seniors Dionte Hackler (Schaumburg) and junior Travis Morrison (Schaumburg) were teammate on the first-place distance medley relay in a nation-leading time of 10:14.15 at the Cardinal Opener where the hosts finished fist among five teams.
Hackler was also part of the second-place 4-by-400-meter relay team (3:21.68).
North Central senior Marlen Hamilton (Hoffman Estates) took first place in the 800-meter run (1:58.36).
• Augustana sophomore Ethan Koch (Prospect) was fourth in the 3000-meter run as the Vikings claimed the team title at the Monmouth Indoor Invitational with a score of 269.5, well ahead of second-place Monmouth (172.5).
North Central senior Nora Ferguson (Schaumburg) placed first in the 3,000-meter run (10:35.61) as the Cardinals placed second in the Cardinal Opener at Al. B. Carius Track.
Ferguson was also part of the winning distance medley relay (12:38.81) in the fastest time recorded by any NCAA Division III team thus far in the young season.
North Central freshman Amanda Cortese (19:25.26) was second in the 5,000-meter run.
• Augustana junior Becca Sund (Palatine) won the 600-meter (1:46.51) in the Vikings championship at the Monmouth Indoor Invitational.
Wisconsin-Parkside sophomore guard Jimmy Gavin (Prospect) earned the Great Lakes Valley Conference "Men's Basketball Player of the Week' as he averaged 22.7 points, 3.7 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game last week, helping the Rangers down a trio of nationally-ranked programs to remain unbeaten in GLVC action.
Gavin came off the bench and posted a team-high 16 points and was 6-of-7 from the floor to help the Rangers (16-2, 9-0) knock off No. 23 Lewis University 94-88.
Three days later against No. 7 Bellarmine University, he had a career-high 30 points to pace all scorers, sinking 9-of1-4 shots from the floor and hitting 10-of-12 free throw attempts as Parkside topped the Knights 76-74.
Gavin capped off the week by collecting 22 points, including 20 in the second half as the Rangers downed No. 9 Southern Indiana 82-71 to extend the program's win streak to nine games.
The Bradley University transfer shot 71 percent (22-of-31) from the floor during the week, canning 41.7 percent (5-of-12) of his shots from 3-point range.
• Washington University senior forward Chris Klimek (Fremd) was named the University Athletic Association Athlete of the Week for basketball, averaging 24 points and 12 rebounds.
He scored 26 points and pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds to propel the No. 8 Washington to a 77-64 win at Case Western Reserve University.
Klimek followed that up with 22 points and 6 rebounds in a 94-81 win at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh.
He shot 61.5 percent from the field (20-32) and hit 8-of-13 from the free-throw line in the two wins.
He is now 57 points shy of becoming the 21st member of Washington's 1,000-point club. Klimek earned the honor for the first time this season and fourth time in his career.
• Washington senior guard Alan Aboona (St. Viator) had 12 points and 8 assists in the win over Case Western. Reserve and he had 15 points (7-of-8 free throws) against Carnegie Mellon.
Millikin sophomore Alyssa Saklak (Schaumburg) hit the game-winning basket with four seconds left as the Big Blue edged North Park 70-68 in Chicago. Saklak led Millikin with 24 points added 6 rebounds.
• Carthage senior guard Stephanie Kuzmanic (Wheeling) earned her second-straight College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin 'Basketball Player of the Week'. Kuzmanic helped keep the Lady Reds undefeated in CCIW play with wins against Illinois Wesleyan and Elmhurst last week. She scored a game-high 33 points on 13-of-21 shooting from the field, along with four rebounds and 10 assists in a 90-83 win over Illinois Wesleyan.
The win Carthage sole possession of first place in the CCIW.
Kuzmanic also scored 11 points, all in the second half, on 5-of-10 shooting and had 9 assists in a 71-33 win over Elmhurst.
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