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College notes: Maggie Dansdill an All-American twice over, Kelly Thornton wins CCIW batting title

Wheaton College's Kelly Thornton takes a cut in a game against North Central College this spring. Thornton, a Wheaton North graduate, made plenty of solid contact this season – she led the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin with a .458 batting average in conference games.
Wheaton College's Kelly Thornton takes a cut in a game against North Central College this spring. Thornton, a Wheaton North graduate, made plenty of solid contact this season – she led the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin with a .458 batting average in conference games.

Many student-athletes from Glen Ellyn and Wheaton-area high schools have gone on to achieve collegiate athletic success. Here are a few of the spring sports accomplishments for former area prep standouts.

Maggie Dansdill a double All-American in track and field

The NCAA Division III track and field finals provided a pair of highlights for Maggie Dansdill.

A Wheaton Warrenville South graduate and Wheaton College junior, Dansdill was part of two All-American relay finishes this spring.

She teamed with Favor Ezewuzie, Marissa Heath and Natasha Brown for a school-record time of 47.10 seconds in the 4x100-meter relay that was good for fourth in the nation.

It was Dansdill, Heath, Brown and Rachel Thomson on the 4x400 relay that clocked a school-record 3:45.65, good for fifth place in the nation and another All-America finish.

Tom Colletti inks deal

with San Diego Padres

Tom Colletti enjoyed his best season with Ohio University baseball as a senior this spring. Things got even better in the summer. Colletti, a Wheaton North graduate, signed as an undrafted free agent with the San Diego Padres after the Major League Baseball draft concluded in June.

With the Bobcats this year, Colletti made a career-high 27 appearances with six starts, going 4-3 with a 3.66 ERA and a career-high 56 strikeouts. He ranked third on the team in appearances, second in ERA and tied for second in wins, and led the squad with a team-best .196 opposing batting average. After signing with San Diego, Colletti was assigned to the Padres’ rookie ball team in Arizona.

Quintet sees action for
Wheaton College baseball

Five players with ties to local high schools were part of Wheaton College’s 24-win baseball team this spring.

Brett Albaugh, a Wheaton Academy graduate from Naperville, was all-conference in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin after leading the Thunder with a .361 batting average in conference play and tying for the CCIW lead with seven home runs. He also led the team with 31 RBIs for the year.

Johnny Peltz (Wheaton North) started all 42 games for Wheaton and batted .310 with 29 runs scored and 23 RBIs. He was second on the team with 13 stolen bases.

John McKenna (Wheaton Academy) also started all 42 games and tied for third on the team with four home runs while driving in 21 runs and scoring 20 times.

Noah Ritchie (Wheaton Academy) started 13 of the 23 games he appeared in and was effective off the bench, scoring 12 runs while hitting .236.

John Schmitz (Wheaton Academy) appeared in 15 games as a pitcher, registering two saves and a 3.18 ERA.

Kelly Thornton wows
with Wheaton College softball

Wheaton North graduate Kelly Thornton had a breakout season with Wheaton College softball as a freshman in 2016. The 2017 season was even better.

Thornton was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region team after batting .393 with 16 runs scored and 18 RBIs. The batting champion in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin with a .458 average in conference play, Thornton made just three errors all season to field at a .990 clip.

Nicole Evans closes out Illinois career on strong note

In what was her final season for the University of Illinois softball team, Nicole Evans went out with a bang.

The Trinity High School graduate from Glen Ellyn started all 59 games and led the team in batting average (.349), RBIs (58), home runs (18) and walks (33), and was third on the team with 40 runs scored.

Evans was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association all-district first-team honoree, was first-team All-Big Ten and Big Ten all-defensive team, and was College Sports Information Directors Association academic all-district first team.

After the season, Evans was nominated for the NCAA’s Women of the Year award for graduating seniors who have excelled in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

Jake Schieber shines in final season with NU baseball

His final season in a Northwestern baseball uniform couldn’t have gone much better for Wheaton North graduate Jake Schieber.

He played in 38 games with 31 starts and hit a career-best .242 with 23 hits, 17 runs scored, four doubles, and 13 RBIs while posting the fourth error-free season of his career.

Schieber earned the program’s Paul Stevens Life Teammates Award, which is named after longtime Northwestern baseball coach Paul Stevens and is given annually to a senior in the program who demonstrates leadership on and off the field.

Another Wheaton North graduate, Sam Lawrence, also had a banner year for the Wildcats. The sophomore appeared in a team-high 23 games and posted a team-leading 2.85 ERA while tying for the team lead in wins with five. He added two saves on the campaign and earned a pair of victories without allowing a run in the Big Ten Conference tournament. Lawrence was named to the Big Ten Conference all-tournament team.

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