Glasgow will author a new collegiate chapter at Penn

  • Rolling Meadows' Alexis Glasgow, right, will continue her academic and basketball education at Penn.

      Rolling Meadows' Alexis Glasgow, right, will continue her academic and basketball education at Penn. JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Updated 4/27/2015 3:15 PM

You could say former Rolling Meadows standout guard Alexis Glasgow is getting down to business in her collegiate career.

Glasgow is announcing that she is transferring from Northwestern University to the University of Pennsylvania to play basketball and study in the top-ranked Wharton Business School.


"It's a great opportunity for me," said Glasgow, who helped lead Rolling Meadows to consecutive Class 4A state runner-up finishes under coach Ryan Kirkorsky in 2013 and 2014. "I will be able to study in the No. l business school.

"I'm definitely disappointed with how this year turned out, having a lot of down time (due to illness). But I feel really grateful that I've come out with an amazing opportunity to continue basketball, which I truly love, and from an academic standpoint as well.

"Being able to get a business degree at Penn to add to my education is huge."

As a result of her high grades at Northwestern and her basketball skill, she could be the first person to be directly admitted to the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania from Rolling Meadows High School.

It would be quite a rarity for someone to have played basketball in the Mid-Suburban League and to have received a degree from the Ivy League.

Glasgow will be playing for a program that has been quite familiar with success in recent years under coach Mike McLaughlin.

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He has built the Penn women's basketball program into an Ivy League powerhouse. The Quakers have won 20 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history, clinched an Ivy League championship and NCAA Tournament berth in 2013-14, and won the program's first Big 5 title in 2014-15.

Penn has reached the postseason in each of the last three years (a school record), won the first three postseason games in program history, and just completed the winningest four-year stretch in program history.

"I feel like playing in the Ivy League will be a great opportunity to showcase everything I learned playing against and with some of the best girls in the nation (at nationally-ranked Northwestern this past season)," Glasgow said. "I feel now I can make my mark there and help them get back to the Ivy league championship game like they did in 2014, when they defeated Princeton."

Glasgow said it was a tough season for her in Evanston but she feels like things are falling back in place.

"At the end, I wanted to be somewhere where I will have the best opportunity to be able to present the best version of myself and where I am happy," she said.


And she will be wearing the same No. 24 that she sported at Rolling Meadows.

"When they (Pennslyvania) told me I could go back to my No. 24, that really told me this was the right fit," said Glasgow, who will be no stranger locally this summer, working the Rolling Meadows summer basketball camps.


North Central senior infielder Kiersten Tinkoff (Barrington) and junior pitcher Andrea Starr (Elk Grove) were named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Softball players of the week.

Tinkoff batted .522 (12-for-23) with 6 runs, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 12 RBI and a .783 slugging percentage for the 4-2 Cardinals.

She finished a combined 5-for-8 with 4 runs and 7 RBI in a doubleheader sweep of Carthage followed by a 4-for-8 performance with a run and 2 RBI in a split with Wheaton. She ended the week by going a combined 3-for-7 with a run and 3 RBI in a split with Illinois Wesleyan.

Starr went 4-1 against CCIW competition with a 1.37 ERA, 17 strikeouts and 6 walks for the Cardinals.

She pitched 5 innings with 6 strikeouts in a 13-1 win against Carthage in Game 1 of a doubleheader followed by a 5-strikeout performance in a 10-2 win in Game 2. Starr then had 5 strikeouts in 6 innings during a 12-3 win against Wheaton and 1 strikeout in a 7-3 win over Illinois Wesleyan.

Men's golf

Auburn senior Danny Stringfellow (St. Viator), a fifth-year redshirt, has had a great spring for the No. 6-ranked Tigers going into the NCAA regionals in May.

He has averaged 71.47 and is 11 under par for 32 rounds this season. Nineteen of his 32 rounds have been under par.

Stringfellow's best finish was a win at the Schenkel Invitational in Georgia with a 12 under par 204 for the 54 hole championship. His low round of the year was a 65 in his win at the Schenkel Invitational. His scores have counted in 29 of his 32 rounds.

• Illinois Wesleyan senior Kenny Wienckowski (St. Viator) has played No. 1 for the No. 4-ranked Titans this year and is headed to his third NCAA Division III national championships this May in Greensboro, N.C.

Two years ago, Wienckowski had a hole-in-one in the final round of the NCAA finals. He had his best finish of the year when he tied for third (170-71-69) at the Millikin Invitational. He is averaging 73.3 for the season.

Men's lacrosse

Alma College (Michigan) junior defender Sam Korbel (Schaumburg) was named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association defensive player of the week.

He limited Hope scoring leader Gunnar Elder to a single goal, caused 5 turnovers and scooped up 8 ground balls to lead the defense in the Scots' 8-5 MIAA win over the Flying Dutchmen.

It's the first time Korbel, who typically is assigned to cover the opponents' best offensive player, has been named player of the week in his career.

Women's basketball

Millikin junior Alyssa Saklak (Schaumburg) and senior teammate Holly Haskins were named co-Most Valuable Players for the Big Blue.

Women's track

Lewis University freshman Eva Poznanski (Wheeling) took second place in the high jump (5-3) at the Benedictine Twilight Invitational.

• Illinois State junior Haley Goers (Hoffman Estates) finished first in the 5,000 meters in a season-best time of 17:05 at the Illinois Twilight Meet in Champaign. Her time is the sixth fastest time in the Missouri Valley Conference.

• Illinois senior Brit Petrey (Schaumburg) finished in second place at the Illinois Twilight in the 3,000-meter run in a personal best time of 9:50. Illinois sophomore Hanna Winter (St. Viator) finished in third place with a time of 9:51.

• Southern Illinois senior Allison Gallo (Conant) finished in second place at the Bill Cornell Invite in the 800-meter run in a season best time of 2:13. Her time is the 12th fastest time in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Men's track

• Lewis sophomore Michael Leet (Prospect) finished in first place in the steeplechase with a personal best time of 9:17 at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kan.

• Grand Valley State junior Peter Tomkiewicz (Palatine) finished in first place in the 5,000 meters with a personal best time of 14:52 at the Al Owens Invitational in Allendale, Mich..

• Iowa junior Anthony Gregorio (Palatine) finished in fourth place in the 5,000 meters with a personal best time of 15:00 at the Kip Janvin Invite in Iowa.

• Wisconsin-Platteville junior Matt Smaga (Fremd) ran a personal best in the 5000 meters (14:46) at the UW-Platteville Invite. George Verber Golf Outing

The third annual George Verber Memorial Golf Outing will be held Friday, June 12 with all proceeds going to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk.

With outstanding support, it has raised more than $31,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society since the fundraising began.

The event will be held at the White Deer Run Golf Club (250 W. Gregg's Parkway) in Vernon Hills (847-680-6100).

There will be a four-person scramble with check-in time at 7:30 a.m.

An introduction will be at 8 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be at 1 p.m. and awards at 2 p.m.

Cost is $150 per player and $600 per foursome.

It is $25 for lunch only. Cost for green and tee sponsorships is $50.

The fee includes range balls, on-course beverages, lunch and various prizes. There will be a variety of raffle and hole prizes, including longest drive.

George Verber was an accomplished athlete, coach and avid sports fan. He battled valiantly against CMML Leukemia for four years, but succumbed to the disease in January 2013. The Verber family has been very grateful for the outpouring of support and shared memories of George as a teacher, coach, mentor and friend.

For more information, please contact: Event Organizer Brad Verber at (773) 814-4242 or email to


Arlington Stallions Alumni will take the field against each other in the USA Rugby Collegiate Division 1-A semifinals this Saturday.

Kevin Lydon (Conant) will start at scrumhalf for Davenport University against the No. 3-ranked St., Mary's (Ca) Gaels. Jack Carso (Hersey) and Tom Devona (Rolling Meadows) will stand as reserves for St. Mary's and Davenport, respectively.

Both Lydon and Carso are expected to return this summer to coach the Stallions high school squad in their pursuit of a second consecutive Olympic Rugby state championship.

Women's tennis

Augustana sophomore Dana Goggin (Buffalo Grove) has the team's top record (29-6 at No. 2 singles) heading into the Vikings' first NCAA D-III tourney berth. Sophomore Lauren Goggin (Buffalo Grove) is 27-9 at No. 1 .

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