CCAC concurs: Kerr is top freshman

  • Grant's John Kerr (24), here driving past Grayslake North's Jack Van Reck, has been named Freshman of the Year in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference after a standout season at St. Ambrose University.

    Grant's John Kerr (24), here driving past Grayslake North's Jack Van Reck, has been named Freshman of the Year in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference after a standout season at St. Ambrose University. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Updated 3/5/2018 3:04 PM

Grant graduate John Kerr couldn't have kicked off his rookie season at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, in much better fashion.

The 6-foot-7 freshman forward from Lake Villa was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball Freshman of the Year.


Kerr also received honorable mention all-conference after a tremendous freshman campaign.

He averaged 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds, both the top marks among all freshmen in the conference.

He is currently fifth overall in the conference in rebounding and placed ninth in the CCAC in field-goal percentage (. 560) and 12th in free throw percentage (. 769).

His 2.6 offensive rebounds per contest rank fifth in the league and 45th nationally.

Kerr scored in double figures in 22 of the team's 30 games, and reached at least 20 points twice, including a season-best 27-point performance on 10-of-13 shooting in a December win over Trinity Christian.

He grabbed double-digit rebounds in eight games, including three games of 14 boards, and posted eight double-doubles.

Stutzman to La Crosse

Lake Zurich senior all-area running back Joey Stutzman has committed to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to continue his football career.

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Stutzman compiled 1,383 total yards as Lake Zurich's lead running back and also scored 16 touchdowns this season for the Bears, who finished as the Class 7A state runners-up. The two-way player also had 40 tackles (5 for a loss) at linebacker. He had an interception, which he returned for a 13-yard touchdown and a fumble recovery, which he returned for a 61-yard touchdown. "Joey is the heart and soul of our team, both in practice and on game days," Lake Zurich coach Luke Mertens said after the season. "People always comment to me how hard Joey plays. I wish those same people could watch him practice because he amps it up even more Monday through Thursday."

Cashaw recognized

Rice junior guard Connor Cashaw (Stevenson) has made his first appearance on the Conference USA InTouch Credit Union All-Academic Team.

It is the second straight season that Rice has placed someone on the team and the 11th time in the past 12 years.

Cashaw, who is majoring in sports management, has a 3.492 GPA.

He was named the Men's Basketball Scholar Athlete as well as an Arthur Ashe Jr., Sports Scholar. He is also a three-time member of the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.

The Lincolnshire native is 11th in Conference USA with 15.4 points per game and eighth with 7.0 rebounds.

He also leads the team with 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals.


Cashaw is one of just six players in the country to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists and steals.

He has led the team in scoring 16 times, rebounding 16 times and assists 13 times. He has recorded six 20-point games, including a career-high 30 points against North Texas and five double-doubles on the year.

Brunson on ballot

Villanova junior Jalen Brunson (Stevenson) is one of 15 student-athletes who is a candidate for the Wooden Award All American Team and the Wooden Award Trophy as the most outstanding college basketball player in the United States.

Villanova is the only university with two players (Brunson and Mikal Bridges) on the national ballot for the John Wooden Award.

The Big 12 leads all conferences with five players on the National Ballot, followed by the Big East and Big Ten with three selections each, the ACC with two and the Pac-12 and WCC with one selection apiece.


Wisconsin-Whitewater freshman Jessica Lenhart (Stevenson) is one of two Warhawks to receive invitations to compete at the 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships on March 21-24 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Lenhart joins teammate Michaela Matthys in the 100 fly with a career-best result of 56.32, good for 19th.

Lenhart qualified in the 200-yard butterfly with her personal record time of 2:04.45, also a 19th ranking.

She is also an optional entry in the 500-yard freestyle, where she ranks 36th among qualifiers with a 5:09.55.

Men's lacrosse

Augustana freshman Joe Kreis (Mundelein) had an unassisted goal in the final period of the Vikings' 20-4 loss to Rhodes.

Women's lacrosse

Augustana freshman Courtney Veitch (Lake Zurich) had a team-tying high of 3 ground balls in the Vikings 24-4 lost to Rhodes.

Women's track

Augustana freshman Megan Schlebecker (Mundelein) finished eighth in the pentathlon with 2,459 points at the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Indoor Track & Field Championships. The Vikings placed fifth in the team standings as Wheaton won the title with 159 points.

Men's track

Augustana senior Kevin Barbian (Libertyville) was fourth (51-0¼") in the shot put at the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Indoor Track & Field Championships at Carthage. Augustana finished second to North Central in the nine-team meet. Vikings senior Kyle Hucker (Wauconda) was part of the 4x400 relay unit that took second in 3:19.09.

Gurnee Park District

The Gurnee Park District is accepting registrations for its 2018 adult softball leagues. The men's 12-inch leagues are

offered Monday or Tuesday night. All games are played at Viking Park.

For more information on the adult softball leagues contact Ron Dorsey at 847‐623‐7788 or

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