One of the most influential coaches in Illinois high school girls basketball history will be remembered on Friday, Dec. 2 in the Maine West Spectator Gymnasium.
A memorial marker and legacy wall for Hall of Fame coach Derril Kipp, who passed away on July 5 from pancreatic cancer, will be dedicated.
Kipp led Maine West's girls basketball program for the past 35 years and logged 788 wins with the Warriors, third-most by any coach at one school. His 1987-88 team won the Class AA state championship, posting one of the few undefeated seasons (35-0) in state girls basketball history.
The dedication night of the memorial marker and legacy wall will take place at 7 p.m. and at halftime of a Central Suburban North girls basketball against Deerfield (tip-off at 7:30 p.m.).
The night will also serve as a fundraiser for a scholarship fund in honor of Kipp.
Kipp's wife, Marianne, and family will be on hand to thank everyone for their contributions.
"Without everyone's beautiful letters, e-mails, Facebook postings and generous gifts, this memorial marker could never have happened," said Kipp's wife Marianne. "Without Dr Audrey Haugan, the possibility of Derril's remembrance in this way would never have been a dream or possibility."
There will be a few speeches and videos playing outside the concession stand (including an interview with Kipp after a state tournament game and a pregame pep talk to his players).
The memorial marker which will be located on the grassy area out side of the school's main gymnasium, will be engraved with a list of the many accomplishments held by Kipp's teams.
It will include these words:
"Coach Kipp envisioned and created a program in which young people would be inspired to work hard, giving 100 percent, with dedication and fun. His goal was not only to recognize and maximize talents but to help students overcome weaknesses. He saw their gifts and helped them believe in themselves. Ar the same time, he taught them how to accept and laugh at any shortcomings. He promoted confidence and humor to face the challenges of growing up. He modeled commitment, passion, loyalty, integrity and generosity. He lived his life with courage and a sense of humor and love for what he did and the lives he touched."
Washington University senior wide receiver Kevin Hammarlund (St. Viator) set the school's single-season receiving yardage record (1,249) and went over 100 yards for the seventh-straight game in the Bears' 43-34 win at the University of Chicago.
Washington (8-2, 7-1) and Berry College tied for the Southern Athletic Association title, but the Bears claimed the SAA automatic bid in its final season in the conference by virtue of a head-to-head win vs. Berry.
With the Bears trailing Chicago 28-21 with 2:53 to go in the third quarter, Hammarlund caught consecutive passes of 29, 26 and 4 yards for the TD to tie the game at 28-18.
On the Bears' first possession at the start of the fourth quarter, Hammarlund reeled in a 22-yard TD ball, followed by a catch for the 2-point conversion to give the Bears a 36-28 lead.
Hammarlund's third touchdown came with a 30-yard TD reception to make it 43-34 with 9:31 left in the game.
Hammarlund had 8 receptions for 166 yards in the game.
A week earlier, he had 8 catches for 141 yards and 2 TDs in the thrilling 49-46 win over Hendrix College at Francis Field in St. Louis.
Hammarlund is leading the Southern Athletic Association and the University Athletic Association in receptions (87) and receiving yards (1,249). He tied for first in the SAA in touchdowns with 13.
Hammarlund was named the UAA Athlete of the Week last month and he is currently ranked ninth in the country in NCAA DIII receiving yards per game (120.3) and tied for sixth in receptions per game (8.8).
He is the school's No. 2 all-time wide receiver in career receptions (222) and receiving yards (2,990) and holds the record for receptions in a season with 88. He is ninth on the all-time list with 168 points scored.
Hammarlund has gone over 100 yards in seven straight games.
Washington will be play at No.4 Wisconsin-Oshkosh at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
• Washington U. sophomore linebacker Jake Coon (Barrington)12 tackles, 2 for loss, an interception and a sack in the 43-34 win over the University of Chicago. Coon upped his team-leading tackle total to 100.
• Washington freshman punter Johnny Davidson (Barrington) was 6 for 269 yards, averaging 44.8 yards per punt against the University of Chicago. He also booted his longest punt (58 yards) of the season.
Northern Kentucky University redshirt senior goal keeper Brooke Schocker (Schaumburg) concluded her collegiate soccer career with an appearance against No. 1 West Virginia in the first round of the NCAA women's championships.
Despite falling 3-0, the Norse finished the year with their best win total of 13-7-1 in their first year of eligibility in Division 1, while also capturing the Horizon League tournament championship.
Schocker's final season saw her post a .59 goals against average and an .833 save percentage.
She recorded numerous career records in program history. Schocker was second with 144 saves and fourth with 21 wins.
She posted 11 shutouts (third most in school history), including a record four in a row in 2014.
Schocker was fourth all-time in save percentage (. 805) and fifth in goals against average (. 88).
In addition to West Virginia, her four-year career also saw action against Louisville, Butler, Illinois, Eastern Illinois and Florida Gulf Coast among others.
Schocker credits much of her soccer success to her parents, her coaches at Schaumburg High School (Greg Charvat and Tracy Serafini) as well as her goalie coach with her club team (Albert Martin of the Chicago Sockers).
Augustana seniors Lauren Goggin and Dana Goggin, who are Buffalo Grove graduates, were two of three Vikings honored as all-conference members in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.
Lauren was named first team for the fourth straight year while Dana was also named second team all-conference and has been all-conference all four years.
Lauren was named the CCIW Player of the Year after she won the No. 1 singles title with a 7-6, 6-4 win over No. 1 Katie Park of Wheaton.
Lauren was the No. 3 seed entering the tournament but won three straight matches to take the title.
She is the second Augustana player to win player of the year honors, joining Kim Sawyer, who won the award in 2012 and 2013. Lauren is the fifth No. 1 singles champion in Viking history.
Maine West feeder
Tryouts for the Maine West boys feeder basketball teams will be held at Maine West High School in the spectator gym on two Sundays: Nov. 27 and Dec 4.
Times are noon to 1:30 p.m.; for fifth and sixth grade, 1:35 p.m. to 3:05 p.m. for seventh grade and 3:10 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. for eighth grade.
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The Arlington Stallions Rugby Club will hold its Signup Day for the 2017 competitive season on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon at Camelot Park in Arlington Heights, at 1005 E. Suffield Drive.
The Stallions offer competitive sides for boys from grades five through 12.
No previous experience in rugby is necessary for a positive and challenging experience.
The club, formed in 2005, won the Illinois middle school state championship in 2013 and high school state championships in 2014 and 2015. Stallions alumni have earned Illinois All-State and all-American honors and are currently playing at Charleston, Purdue, Davenport, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Colorado, St. Mary's (CA) and Ohio State universities.
Extensive information about the Stallions is available at www.arlingtonstallionsrugby.com and specific questions can be directed to head coach Paul Bergman at (847) 845-4982.
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