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Chris RudengGrValley State  was named Capital One Academic All-District Team by College Sports InformatiDirectors America. | Supplied photo

Chris Rudenga, of Grand Valley State, was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. | Supplied photo

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Updated: September 5, 2013 6:34AM



Grand Valley State University student-athlete Chris Rudenga wrapped up his collegiate career earning accolades both on the baseball field and in the classroom.

The South Holland native was one of two Lakers named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Rudenga, a four-year starter for the Lakers, majored in exercise science and graduated with a 3.50 grade-point average.

On the diamond, Rudenga, who prepped at Illiana Christian, was one of five Grand Valley State players named to the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team for the 2013 season.

In helping the Lakers finish 38-19 overall and 22-7 in the GLIAC, Rudenga batted .322 in 57 games with 43 runs and 30 RBI. The senior outfielder added 13 doubles, one home run and eight stolen bases in 10 attempts. Rudenga finished with a .400 slugging percentage and a .372 on-base percentage.

Rudenga also was the GLIAC’s Player of the Week on two occasions during the 2013 season, earning the honor for the weeks ending March 19 and April 29.

That’s excellent

Six Southland residents were among the 23 Lewis University student-athletes who earned the Great Lakes Valley Conference Council of President’s Academic Excellence Award for the 2012-13 school year.

Honorees have to have had exhausted their eligibility in their respective sport in which they competed in and maintained at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA throughout their academic career.

To be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must have competed in the GLVC for a minimum of two years and completed 96 credit hours. A student-athlete can only earn this distinguished honor one time in his or her career.

Honored were men’s cross country/track and field athlete Alex Kluchki (Andrew), men’s soccer player Robert McGowan (Lincoln-Way East), women’s volleyball player Colleen Mitros (Providence), women’s golfer Carly Shapiro (Lockport), women’s track and field athlete Molly Szilard (Lincoln-Way East) and women’s softball player Michelle Vucsko (Marist).

A look at Brooke

Aurora University women’s softball player Brooke Spencer (Sandburg) was named to the 2013 CoSIDA-Capital One District VII Academic All-District Team. Spencer majored in Special Education.

The 2013 Capital One Academic All-District Softball Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) at their institution.

Spencer, of Orland Park, also was named to the 2013 All-Northern Athletics Conference First Team, as well as being one of three Spartans named to the 2013 Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Great Lakes All-Region Second Team.

The senior shortstop batted .421 with 32 runs, 41 RBI, 14 doubles, four homers, a .607 slugging percentage and a .465 on-base percentage.

Aurora, which was 39-8 overall, won the 2013 Northern Athletics Conference championship.

Way to go, Joe

Eastern Illinois pitcher Joe Greenfield (Sandburg) was named the Adidas/Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week for the period ending April 29.

In a 3-1 victory at Belmont, Greenfield posted his third complete game of the season, allowing one run on six hits and striking out seven without allowing a walk. The Orland Park resident did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the sixth inning.

For the season, the junior right-hander was 3-6 with a 3.66 ERA. Greenfield appeared in 18 games for the Panthers (14 starts), pitching four complete games to go along with one shutout and two saves.

In 931/3 innings, Greenfield struck out 63 and walked 31. He was sixth in the OVC in both ERA and innings.



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