JOLIET – Plainfield South senior girls soccer player Karis Mele, who has given back to the community through service for years, was honored and surprised in front of her peers Tuesday morning by the “Making A Difference On And Off The Field” campaign presented by Buddy’s Helpers and the PepsiCo Showdown.
With her dad and sister in attendance, Mele was recognized for helping enhance the lives of those in need. She passes out care bags to the homeless in Chicago during the holidays and has helped with disaster relief efforts in Tennessee and Oklahoma in recent years.
Earlier this year, Mele helped collect children’s books to fill a library at an elementary school. Over the past 30 days, she also has played a big role in collecting more than 500 toys and raising more than $500 to buy new bikes for children from low-income families.
Mele, an soccer player, received tickets to a concert or sporting event of her choice and a check from Buddy’s Helpers to donate to her favorite local community-based charity.
Lockport 41, Plainfield North 37 (OT): Matt Hatzopoulos (21 points) helped to rally the Porters past the Tigers.
Coal City 51, Wilmington 45: The Coalers were led by Sean Micetich (14 points), Payton Hutchings (12 points) and Austin Pullara (nine points, nine rebounds).
Minooka 55, Oswego 27: Cierra Bachmann (18 points) and Savannah Johnson (11 points) led the Indians (4-3, 1-1).
Joliet West 50, Plainfield North 42: Sarah Gersh, KeKe Smith and Alyssa Betlejeski led the Tigers, who improved to 2-1 in the SPC.
H-F 45, Lincoln-Way Central 28: The Knights (4-3) were led by Lauren Kraft (seven points, 11 rebounds) and Natalie Spudic (seven points).
Rich South 30, Joliet Catholic 25: The Angels fell to 2-4 with the loss.
Morris 49, Coal City 40: Bridget Kauzlaric scored 10 points, Brooke Onsen added nine points and Brooke Chapman had 14 rebounds for the Coalers, who also beat Wilmington, 36-18, behind Kauzlaric (nine points, six rebounds) and Sydney Carlos (eight points).
Peotone 50, Reed-Custer 45: Kiley Balgemann (16 points, seven rebounds) and Amber Duran (eight points) paced the Comets.
Lockport 2,069, Lincoln-Way Central 2,050: The Knights were led by Jack Davern (483) and Alex Nolan (418).