SouthtownStar Athletes on Campus: Taylor Johnson lights it up for Loyola
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media January 4, 2013 6:18PM
Updated: February 7, 2013 6:26AM
Loyola University freshman guard Taylor Johnson was named the Horizon League’s Newcomer of the Week in women’s basketball for the period ending Dec. 24.
Johnson, who prepped at Lincoln-Way East, averaged 14 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 6.0 steals per game in two games en route to earning Horizon League Newcomer of the Week honors for the second time this season. She also was honored in November.
Johnson had her first career double-double in Loyola’s 81-43 victory Dec. 22 over visiting Chicago State. The Frankfort native finished the game with 12 points and a career-high 10 steals. The 10 steals were the most by a Horizon League player this season and one shy of Loyola’s single-game record.
Illinois Wesleyan senior tight end Parker Carroll (Oak Forest) concluded his playing career with several team honors.
Not only was Carroll voted the winner of the “Best Big Skill” award by his teammates, the Oak Forest resident also was a co-captain for the Titans and was a co-recipient of the Doug Schmied Award, which is voted on by the IWU coaches for loyalty, leadership, citizenship and having the most sports-and-team-minded attitude.
Carroll also was chosen to the Team Stars & Stripes that competed Dec. 15 in the Tazon de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) at La Fortaleza Azul (The Blue Fortress) vs. the CONADEIP All-Stars in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Carroll, an All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin’s Second Team member, finished with nine catches for 152 yards and two TDs.
Rise of the Phoenix
Two Southland members of Millikin University’s football team were among the 50 letter-winners for the 2012 season.
Junior linebacker/long-snapper Billy Chase (Lincoln-Way North) was awarded his third letter. Chase appeared in eight games this season for the Big Blue, recording one tackle and one tackle for loss.
Freshman defensive end Adam Rosner (Lincoln-Way North) earned his first letter. Rosner played in nine games, making 28 tackles. He added 1½ tackles for five yards in losses, along with one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and three quarterback hurries.