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Bodnar, Ruffin earn CCAC Athlete of the Week awards

JOLIET – After stellar performances at the Benedictine University Invitational, the University of St. Francis’ Brittany Bodnar and Brandon Ruffin each earned Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week awards.

Bodnar, the CCAC Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week, posted the second-best hammer throw of the NAIA outdoor season, tossing a career-high 54.96 meters (180 feet, 4 inches).

Ruffin, the CCAC Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week, placed first or second in four events and posting a trio of NAIA standards. His lone “A” standard came when he won the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.48 seconds (12th in NAIA). He then added runner-up finishes and “B” marks in the 100-meter dash (10.61, 11th in NAIA) and the 400-meter relay (41.94, 14th in NAIA). Ruffin also took first in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.03 seconds.

Partee recognized: The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced that Lewis’ John Partee was named the GLVC Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week for the period ending April 7. It’s his first career Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week honor.

Partee won the 800 meters at McKendree’s Bearcat Classic with a time of 1:51.50. His effort ranks him No, 1 in the GLVC and 13th in NCAA Division II.

He came back later to anchor the winning 4x400-meter relay with a split of 48.6 seconds, helping the Flyers to a victory by nearly three seconds.


Flyers ready to host MIVA Tournament: The No. 7 Lewis men’s volleyball team hosts Quincy in the quarterfinals of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament at 7 p.m. Saturday at Neil Carey Arena.

Lewis is making its 26th appearance in the MIVA Tournament and have won it four times.

The Flyers are looking for their first MIVA Tournament title since winning it in 2012, when they won in five sets at Ohio State.

The winner of the MIVA Tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.


Joliet Central 25-25, Rich Township 19-18: Luis Cisneros (11 assists) and Kolby Thompson (seven kills) led the Steelmen.

Richards 25-23-25, Lockport 23-25-23: The host Porters (10-4) fell to the Bulldogs in a nonconference match.

Lockport was led by Alex Matteucci (13 digs, one ace), Jake Maly (five kills, 4.5 blocks) and Jake Whyte (nine kills, two blocks).


St. Francis 9-8, Indiana-South Bend 4-0: Leading the Saints in the opener were Rachael Luckett (three RBIs), Danielle Callahan (two RBIs) and winning pitcher Hannah Vachon
(32/3 innings, one earned run).

In Game 2, USF was paced by Egan Paige and Jensen Crenshaw (three hits).

Taylor Barza allowed five hits in five innings to pick up the win.

Joliet 9-8, Elgin 1-0: Strong pitching allowed the Wolves (23-9) to sweep a doubleheader.

A seven-run fourth inning allowed the Wolves to take control of Game 1, and it was more than enough offensive support for pitcher Leah Secor, who struck out eight and improved to 8-3 on the season.

In the Game 2, Lexi Meurer belted a home run and drove in four as part of a 2-for-3 day.

Secor also had four hits as Paityn Smith allowed just three hits to Elgin.

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