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SouthtownStar Athletes On Campus: Brother Rice grad Andy Gallik earns honor at Boston College

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Updated: December 27, 2013 10:49PM

Junior center Andy Gallik, a Brother Rice graduate, was one of nine Boston College football players chosen to the 2013 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Team as selected by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

The 6-foot-3, 302-pound Gallik keyed an Eagles offensive line that blocked for Heisman Trophy nominee running back Andre Williams, who led the nation in rushing yards and rushing yards per game. The BC offense that averaged 218.1 rushing yards per game, good for second in the conference and 22nd among in college football.

Gallik, who started all 12 games at center for the Eagles this season, was one of four BC players chosen to the All-ACSMA Third Team. In his career, Gallik has made 27 starts at center.

The Evergreen Park resident and his teammates will take on Arizona in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Shreveport, La.

Dynamic Duhawks

Sophomore forwards Katie Truesdale (Andrew) and Ailish Rispin (Marist) were among the Loras College women’s soccer players to earn postseason awards for the 2013 season.

Truesdale was one of four Duhawks named to the All-Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s First Team. Truesdale, an All-IIAC honoree for the second consecutive season, led Loras this season in goals (15), assists (5) and points (35). The Tinley Park native also was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s All-North Region Third Team.

Rispin, who was named to the All-IIAC Second Team, was third on the Duhawks in goals (7) and points (18) and tied for third in assists (4). Rispin is from Oak Lawn.

In addition, Truesdale was chosen the IIAC’s Athlete of the Week in women’s soccer on offense for the period ending Nov. 10.

Truesdale scored both game-winning goals as Loras captured its fourth consecutive IIAC Women’s Soccer Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Championships.

In a 2-0 tournament semifinal win Nov. 6 over Wartburg, Truesdale scored the game-winner in the 21st minute and assisted on another goal in the 79th minute. In a 2-0 victory over Dubuque in the tournament final Nov. 9, she put the Duhawks on the board in the 13th minute with her 13th goal of the season.

Mentioning Maggie

St. Ambrose libero Maggie Popp was named the Midwest Collegiate Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week in women’s volleyball for the period ending Nov. 11.

Popp (De La Salle), helped the Bees to a 3-0 win over Mount Mercy in the first round of the MCC Tournament. Popp, a sophomore, finished with a team-leading 16 digs as well as a service ace in a 25-14, 27-25, 25-18 win over the Mustangs.

Earlier in the week, she had eight digs in a 25-19, 25-21, 25-20 loss at Clarke to close the regular season.

Popp ended the season with 318 digs, second on the team.

On the run

Fontbonne sophomore Olivia Beggs (Lincoln-Way East) was named to the 2013 All-Saint Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s Second Team in women’s cross country.

The Frankfort resident finished 143rd with a time of 24 minutes, 37 seconds at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Championship held at Augustana College.

Earlier in the season, Beggs made her debut for the Griffins, finishing 11th at the Illinois College Invitational with a time of 25 minutes, 26.21 seconds.

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