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Updated: March 10, 2014 6:26AM



Orland Park resident Mike Barrett was named the Travel Team USA Atlantic Hockey Association Rookie of the Week for the period ending Dec. 3.

The College of the Holy Cross forward had three points in a 5-4 victory Nov. 29 over host Boston College, earning his first career AHA weekly honor.

Barrett, a freshman, scored two goals and added one assist against the Eagles. He scored the first goal of the game at 12:24 of the first period. Just 55 seconds later, Barrett posted an assist on the Crusaders’ second goal of the game, increasing the lead to 2-0. At 12:09 of the second period, Barrett found the back of the net again to give Holy Cross a 4-1 advantage.

Barrett, a Marist graduate, is the first Crusaders freshman to score twice and add an assist in one game since March 2009. For Holy Cross, this marked its first victory over BC as a varsity program in nine attempts and was the first win ever for an AHA team against the Eagles.

Through 26 games, Barrett was second on the team in goals (7), third in total points (12) and tied for fifth in assists (5).

West is best

Defensive tackle Ryan Demming (St. Rita) and junior linebacker Kevin Kintzel (Lincoln-Way West) were two of six Western Illinois football players to receive postseason honors from the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

The two Leathernecks were chosen to the 2013 All-MVFC Honorable Mention Team.

Demming earned his second consecutive Honorable Mention All-MVFC award. He started all 12 games in 2013, and his streak of 31 consecutive games led all active players. The Chicagoan recorded his first collegiate touchdown in Western’s season-opening 42-9 victory over visiting Hampton when he returned a fumble six yards for a touchdown.

On the season, Demming recorded 34 tackles and led the defense with two quarterback hurries.

Kintzel started all 12 games at linebacker. He tied for the team lead with 74 tackles and three interceptions, while leading the Leathernecks in tackles-for-loss (11), fumble recoveries (3) and forced fumbles (2).

The New Lenox native set a Western Illinois single-season record by scoring three defensive touchdowns (2 interceptions, 1 fumble). Kintzel ended the regular season tied for the MVFC lead with two interceptions returned for TDs. He was responsible for eight of the Leathernecks’ 28 turnovers and was a six-time Honorable Mention weekly selection by the College Football Performance Awards.

Manzke’s milestone

Valparaiso women’s soccer player Morgan Manzke (Sandburg) was named the Freshman of the Year by the Horizon League — as voted by the league’s head coaches — for the 2013 season.

Manzke, an Orland Park resident, played both midfield and forward for the Crusaders, appeared in 17 matches (four starts).

Manzke is the first Crusader women’s soccer player to earn a postseason award from the Horizon League since Valparaiso moved into the league before the 2007 season. The Crusaders were 8-7-3 overall and 2-3-2 in the Horizon League.

Manzke concluded the season with one goal — that being a game-winner in the 88th minute of a 2-1 victory Oct. 5 over visiting Cleveland State.



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