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SouthtownStar Athletes On Campus: DePaul’s Staci Bonezek honored by Big East

Staci Bonezek DePaul. | Supplied photo

Staci Bonezek, of DePaul. | Supplied photo

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Updated: May 1, 2013 3:45PM



DePaul catcher Staci Bonezek was named to the Big East’s Honor Roll in softball for the week ending March 25 after leading the visiting Blue Demons to a three-game sweep over conference rival Providence.

The award was the first Big East honor for Bonezek, a sophomore.

Bonezek, a Tinley Park graduate, hit a game-winning two-run home run in the Blue Demons’ 5-3 victory over the Friars in the series opener in March 23. She went 3-for-3 in that game, also contributing a double, three RBI and a run.

In the nightcap of the doubleheader, Bonezek’s three-run blast helped turn a 6-5 deficit into a 13-6 comeback win. The Blue Demons trailed 6-5 when Bonezek sparked a five-run outburst in the sixth inning.

For the doubleheader, Bonezek went 5-for-7 (.714) with two homers, two doubles, six RBI and three runs.

In the March 24 series finale, in which DePaul earned a 13-8 win in eight innings, Bonezek was 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI.

In the three-game series, Bonezek went 7-for-12 (.583) from the No. 7 spot in the batting order with two home runs, three doubles, nine RBI and three runs.

“We hit the ball well all three games, and Staci kept us going,” DePaul coach Eugene Lenti said in a statement. “She had the best weekend of all.”

Through 28 games this season (all starts), Bonezek was hitting .288 with three homers, five doubles, 15 RBI and 10 runs.

Cool Cougar

Rich East graduate Jamere Dismukes was one of four Chicago State men’s basketball players to rate postseason accolades from the Great West Conference for the 2012-13 season.

The Park Forest resident was chosen to the All-GWC Honorable Mention team after appearing in 31 games this season for the Cougars, making 21 starts.

The 6-foot-1 junior guard was third on the team in scoring this season, averaging 9.4 points per game. Dismukes also averaged 3.4 assists and 2.4 steals per game. Dismukes finished fourth in the Great West Conference in assists per game.

On March 2 against host Utah Valley he scored 25 points, to go along with six assists and three steals. He also was named a Chicago State Scholar-Athlete in February.

Quite a racket

University of St. Francis freshman Jonathan Pacheco (Lemont) was chosen the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Men’s Tennis Player of the Week for the period ending March 17.

In claiming the first CCAC Player of the Week award of his career, Pacheco earned victories at No. 6 singles against NCAA Division II foes McKendree University and the University of Illinois-Springfield, respectively, at the UIS Hack Kellner Invitational on March 15.

In doubles competition against the same opponents, Pacheco teamed with sophomore Chad Randall (Lockport) for wins in the No. 3 slot.



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