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Alyssa Poremba

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Updated: September 28, 2013 5:17PM



Elmhurst College’s Alyssa Poremba was named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin’s Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sept. 23.

Poremba, who prepped at Argo, was Elmhurst’s and the CCIW’s top finisher at Wheaton College’s Gil Dodds Invitational on Sept. 21. The Bridgeview resident was second overall, completing the 6k race in a lifetime best of 22 minutes, 18 seconds.

This marked the second time this season Poremba was honored by the CCIW. The senior was named the CCIW’s Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sept. 1 after finishing third in the 4k at the Elmhurst Earlybird Invitational on Aug. 30. Competing in conditions that featured a heat index in the upper 90s, Poremba finished with a time of 14:58.9.

Pair of Flyers

Two Southland residents who are members of Dayton’s football team were chosen Players of the Week by the Pioneer Football League for the period ending Sept. 8.

Redshirt freshman kicker William Will (Lincoln-Way East) was named the Special Teams Player of the Week while senior linebacker Colin Monnier (Marist) was the Co-Defensive Player of the Week. CollegeSportsMadness.com also named Monnier its PFL Defensive Player of the Week.

In helping the Flyers to a 23-20 victory over visiting Duquesne, Will scored the last nine points of the game, drilling field goals of 32, 25 and 25 yards to erase a 20-14 halftime deficit.

Through the first three games of the season, the Mokena native was 4-for-5 kicking field goals and converted six PAT kicks.

Monnier had his second straight double-digit tackling performance against the Dukes as he totaled 14 tackles, 2½ tackles for loss and Dayton’s only sack of the day.

The Chicagoan stood as the Flyers’ leading tackler through the first three games of the season with 31. He also totaled 4½ tackles for loss, one sack, one quarterback hurry and one fumble recovery.

Noticing Nelson

One of the top performers for Washington University’s (St. Louis) defense in its 10-0 loss Sept. 21 to Coe College was Nelson Nwumeh, a Homewood-Flossmoor grad.

The senior defensive end matched his a career-high 10 tackles for the third straight game. The 6-foot-1, 240-pounder was leading the Bears in tackles with 30. The Homewood native also serves as a team captain.

On the run

St. Xavier senior Brian Corcoran (Brother Rice) had a ninth-place finish for the Cougars’ men’s cross country team at the Illinois Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships held Sept. 13 at Aspen Ridge Golf Course in Bourbonnais.

Corcoran helped the Cougars finish sixth as a team in the 18-team field as he posted a time of 25:22 over the 8k course. Other Southland residents who contributed for the Cougars were Chris Sarna (Stagg), who was 41st with a time of 26:17; Kyle Counter (Lincoln-Way Central), who was 51st with a time of 26:42; and Abel Hernandez (Shepard), who was 56th with a time of 27:07.



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