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Area roundup: Lincoln-Way East grad Royer earns national award

DAVENPORT, Iowa – St. Ambrose University senior Austin Royer, a Lincoln-Way East graduate, has been named the NAIA National Men’s Volleyball Setter of the Week.

Royer totaled 109 assists and directed the offense with wins over Trinity Christian and Cardinal Stritch, which was then ranked No. 6 in the nation. He compiled 60 assists and 15 digs in the Cardinal Stritch match after recording 49 assists and four aces in a four-set decision over Trinity Christian.

Royer, who also was the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Setter of the Week for a second consecutive week, averaged 12.11 assists a set and had six kills, 19 digs and five aces.


Lewis opens MIVC play at home: Lewis begins Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play this weekend, hosting Lindenwood at 7 p.m. Friday and Quincy at 7 p.m. Saturday. The matches mark the end of the nine-match home stand for the eighth-ranked Flyers (6-3), who have won six straight after sweeping 13th-ranked USC last Friday.

Friday night’s match will be the Playing for Preemies match with everyone encouraged to wear purple. Anyone interested in ordering a Playing for Preemies T-Shirt for Friday’s match can contact coach Dan Friend at


St. Francis’ Crosson honored: Catherine Crosson, a Plainfield North graduate, earned St. Francis’ third Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week honor of the season. The senior ran a season-best time of 3:01.87 in the 1,000-meter race at the Olivet Nazarene Invite last Saturday. In the process, she posted an NAIA “B” qualifying standard and the sixth-best time in the NAIA this season.

This is Crosson’s second NAIA qualifying standard of 2017-18, but her first indoors. Earlier, she posted an outdoor “A” standard at the Q Elite Half Marathon (1:27:39), which qualifies her for the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship in May.


Tri-Point 66, Dwight 47: Morgan Fritz scored 20 points for Dwight.


Dwight 67, Gardner-South Wilmington 47: The Panthers (19-10) were paced by Kennedy Fair (11 points), Emma Hennessy (11 points) and Kaylee Steichen (10 points).


IESA state tournament: Laraway and Bolingbrook’s Jane Addams have teams in the quarterfinals of the IESA eighth-grade boys state basketball tournaments, which begin Saturday with quarterfinal play.

Laraway (24-2) will meet Madison (19-3) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Class 2A tournament at Mt. Pulaski. The winner will advance to a 6:30 p.m. semifinal against Peoria Heights St. Thomas (20-4) or Heyworth (19-4). Jane Addams (19-5) will battle Maywood Irving (14-6) at 2:30 p.m. in the 4A tournament at Urbana, with the winner taking on University Park Crete Monee (19-1) or Bloomington Evans (19-5) in the 6:30 p.m. semifinal. The third-place and championship games will be played Thursday night.

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