IC Catholic Prep boys basketball team downs Lisle.

By Mike Miazga

Correspondent

The Timothy Christian girls basketball team went 1-2 during a recent three-game stretch with the team’s victory having extra-special meaning.

The Trojans defeated Chicago Christian in a Metro Suburban Conference Red Division game that was part of the grand-opening celebration of Timothy Christian’s new competition arena, the Ward Athletic Center.

Timothy also dropped a pair of conference games to Elgin St. Edward. In a 61-40 loss, Emily DeBoer had 12 points and six rebounds, while Hannah Schuringa had eight points and nine rebounds. Heidi Westra had seven points and 10 rebounds.

In a 52-32 loss to St. Edward, DeBoer had 10 points and six rebounds, while Olivia Schuringa finished with 10 points and three rebounds.

York girls basketball

The York girls basketball team moved to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in West Suburban Conference Silver Division play after a pair of recent league wins.

York started the week with a 53-38 win over Lyons Township. York trailed 11-6 after the first quarter, but led 25-14 at halftime thanks to a 19-3 run in the second quarter. The Dukes led 38-20 after three quarters.

Caylin Rufus led the Dukes with 21 points and shot 3-for-4 from the free-throw line. Matty Stark had 13 points on the strength of three 3-pointers. Danielle Dennis finished with 11 points and shot 7-for-8 from the free-throw line.

As a team, York shot 18 of 24 from the free-throw line.

The Dukes then recorded a 76-39 WSC Silver win against Proviso West. York jumped out to an 18-7 lead after the first quarter and led 39-12 at halftime and 61-22 after three quarters.

Dennis paced a host of York contributors with 18 points, including three 3-pointers. Kiah Rufus added 13 points, including seven points in the fourth quarter. Stark had seven points (one 3-pointer), while Hailey Walker hit a three-pointer. Kathleen Levins finished with 10 points, including six in the second half, while Caylin Rufus had nine points and Emily Rohman had six points.

IC Catholic Prep boys basketball

The IC Catholic Prep boys basketball team downed host Lisle 56-43 in a recent non-conference game.

The victory moved the Knights to 4-1 overall. IC Catholic Prep went 3-1 at the Coal City-Manteno tournament over the Thanksgiving holiday week.

IC Catholic Prep wrestling

IC Cathoilc Prep wrestling coach Kevin Sliva recently announced the team’s senior-alumni-youth night is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 5 p.m., at IC Catholic Prep’s gym.

“We are attempting to break a record by packing the gym and there will be many fun and innovative activities for all,” said Sliva.

The meet will be IC Catholic Prep’s final home meet of the regular season.

York graduate Magnifico at Valparaiso

Former York softball player Gabby Maginfico is in her sophomore season at NCAA Division I Valparaiso University in Indiana.

This past season, Magnifico, a 2016 York graduate, started 48 games as a freshman with 27 coming in left field, 17 in center and four in right field. She also made one pinch-hitting appearance.

Magnifico, who reached base in nine consecutive games at one point in 2017, hit .237 in her first college season with 24 runs scored and 16 RBI. She posted a .343 on-base percentage and had a .441 slugging percentage.

Magnifico, known for hitting home runs at York, had six last season, which tied for second on the team. She drew 14 walks within Horizon League play, which tied for third in the league.

In her first game at Valpo against North Carolina A&T, she reached base in all three of her plate appearances, including connecting on her first career home run (a 2-run shot).

In a doubleheader against Northern Kentucky, she went 1-for-2 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBI in the opener and had the same stat line in the second game. Magnifico had a Valpo-season-best three stolen bases in a game against Detroit Mercy. That output tied the league high for any player in a single game last season.

She also hit a homer in the series opener against Oakland and had a critical home run in the opener of the Horizon League championship against Oakland. That home run stood as the lone run in a 1-0 victory.

Magnifico added a two-run homer the next day in the tournament against Youngstown State. As a result, Magnifico was named to the Horizon League all-tournament team.

 

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