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College Sports

Area roundup: Olivet edges St. Francis for CCAC All-Sports Cup

Luke Ziesmer
Luke Ziesmer

JOLIET – The University of St. Francis posted a school-record 135.5 points to place second in the 2016-17 CCAC All-Sports Cup.

Olivet Nazarene edged St. Francis by one point. It is only the second time that a single point separated first and second place in the final CCAC All-Sports Cup standings. 

The Saints’ seven total regular-season titles were the most in the CCAC. St. Francis won outright crowns in women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, softball and men’s indoor and outdoor track and field. Women’s volleyball shared the CCAC regular-season title while joining softball as one of two USF programs to win a conference tournament title. 

St. Francis’ on-field success also included the school’s highest finish in the NAIA Learfield Cup (10th). In total, the department posted 11 national tournament appearances. 

The top five teams in the final standings are as follows: Olivet 136.5 points, St. Francis 135.5, Cardinal Stritch 121.5, St. Ambrose 112.0 and Saint Xavier 104.0


Lewis hires McCarthy: Lewis women’s basketball coach Samantha Quigley Smith announced she has hired Dan McCarthy as an assistant coach.

McCarthy, who is a 1974 graduate of Lewis and member of the Flyers’ 1974 NAIA national championship baseball team, served as Quigley Smith’s assistant at St. Francis for the past five years.

“We are so excited to have Dan be a part of the Flyer family,” Quigley Smith said. “His love for the game and making individuals better on the court, in the classroom and in life is second to none.”

During his tenure at St. Francis, the Saints went 101-62 (.620), including two top-10 finishes in the NAIA Division II Coaches Poll and a No. 1 ranking in the final 2017 poll. In the past two seasons, USF went 62-7 (.899) and finished 2017 with a mark of 34-2, including an undefeated slate in the CCAC and a berth in the NAIA Division II semifinals.

McCarthy brings 40 years of coaching experience to Lewis as he has made stops at Joliet Catholic (1976-90), Marquette (1990-96) and West Chicago (1996-2016). He coached both basketball and baseball at all three stops.


Andrade to USF: St. Francis softball coach Amanda Jensen announced the signing of Joliet Junior College second-team NJCAA All-American Rachel Andrade.

Andrade had a stellar sophomore season at JJC. The infielder led all of NJCAA Division III in triples with 15, while also ranking inside the top 10 nationally with nine home runs, 59 runs scored and 70 hits. She added team highs in doubles (14) and slugging percentage (.829). 

Along with being named an All-American, Andrade, a Lincoln-Way West graduate, earned first-team all-region honors in 2017. 

The 2017 Saints tied a program-high with 43 wins to go with CCAC regular-season and tournament titles. The spring culminated with a 2-2 record at the NAIA World Series. 


Ziesmer’s comeback: Luke Ziesmer’s victory in the Boys C Flight at this week’s Joliet Park District Junior Tournament at Inwood featured a comeback for the ages. After shooting 50 in the opening round, Ziesmer shot 38 in his second round to erase a nine-shot deficit and beat Lincoln Chizmark and Carson Trax by one stroke.

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