SouthtownStar Athletes On Campus: Desmond Cato scores baseball honor at Wheaton College
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media April 26, 2013 8:20PM
Wheaton College Baseball vs Illinois Wesleyan (2-4)
Updated: May 29, 2013 7:14AM
Wheaton College’s Desmond Cato was chosen the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin’s Hitter of the Week in baseball for the period ending April 14.
Cato, a junior and Palos Park resident who prepped at Stagg, batted .545 (6-for-11) with a run, a triple and four RBI as the Thunder took two of three games from North Central.
Cato was 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 9-5 win in the opening game of the series before going 1-for-4 with a walk in a 3-2 victory in Game 1 of an April 13 doubleheader.
He went 3-for-3 with a triple and three RBI in an 8-5 loss in Game 2.
The award was the first as a collegian for Cato.
Through April 14, Cato led the Thunder in stolen bases (13) and stolen-base attempts (17). He was tied for second in hits (33), was third in batting average (.303) and doubles (4) and fourth in runs (18) and RBI (11).
Being a good sport
Saint Mary’s University (Minn.) women’s hockey player Julianne Bartosz (Providence) was chosen to the All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Team for the 2012-13 season.
The Mokena native appeared in 23 games this season for the Cardinals. A senior forward, Bartosz finished with one goal and three assists for four points.
Hannemann feted at UIC
Illinois-Chicago redshirt junior Katie Hannemann was named to the All-Horizon League Second Team in women’s basketball for the 2012-13 season.
The Homer Glen native appeared in 30 games (29 starts) this season for the Flames. Hannemann, a Providence graduate, led UIC in rebounding at 6.9 per game.
The 6-foot-1 center, who earned her first collegiate postseason award, was second in scoring (13.6 ppg) and blocked shots (24). Hannemann was fourth in assists (43) and steals (29).
Getting their Phil
University of St. Francis runner Phil Rizzo (Evergreen Park) was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Men’s Track Performer of the Week for the period ending March 31.
Rizzo, a senior, finished first out of 40 participants in the 10,000-meter run at the Washington University (Mo.) Invitational in St. Louis. He registered a NAIA automatic-qualifying time of 29 minutes, 57.46 seconds in the event as St. Francis earned a sixth-place finish.
Taking a Flyer
Mount Carmel graduate Bobby Walsh was one of four Lewis men’s volleyball players to earn honors from the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association for their efforts during the 2013 season.
Walsh, a middle blocker for the Flyers, was one of two Lewis athletes named to the All-MIVA Second Team.
A freshman, Walsh closed the regular season leading the conference in hitting percentage (.475) and blocks-per-set (1.44) against MIVA opponents. For the season, Walsh’s 123 blocks put him 11th in the nation.