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Sansone commits to Concordia

Alison Sansone, a four-year standout basketball player at Trinity High School, has committed to Concordia University for the 2005 fall semester and will play basketball for the Cougars.

Sansone, a 5-foot-2-inch point guard, was a major factor in Trinity's success over the last four seasons. Named a High School All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, she averaged 11 points, seven assists and four steals for this year's 21-11 team that advanced to the sectional finals. During Sansone's sophomore year, the Blazers went 27-8 and advanced downstate to the IHSA finals. Individually, she has qualified three times for the IHSA three-point shooting contest.

Sansone holds Trinity's single-game and season records for assists, and she is among the Blazers' best free-throw shooters of all time. Among all these strengths, Trinity head coach Don Sansone lists her work ethic as her greatest attribute, noting that, "Alison is a fierce competitor. You always know when she's on the floor because she has a knack for helping the team come together and doing what is needed to win."

Concordia head coach Tamlyn Tills concurs, adding that, "Allison has a very good understanding of the game, what I call a true point guard mentality. She is an excellent player in her own right, but she is also one that can fit in with a team and make an immediate impact. We are very happy to have Alison at Concordia, and I look forward to coaching her and seeing her contribute to the Concordia Cougar program."

Strikers meet with pros

The OPRF Strikers were one of the few youth soccer clubs in the Chicago area that was invited (courtesy of its professional trainers, Brittannia Soccer USA) to observe a closed practice session of the England National Soccer Team on Friday. The English team was in Chicago to play a friendly match with the U.S. National Team on Saturday as part of the England USA Tour 2005. Approximately 80 Strikers were in attendance at Soldier Field to witness the England team's pre-game training. Immediately after the session, the players mingled with the Strikers and signed autographs.

After the England National Team practice, six of the England National team trainers accompanied the Strikers to OPRF High School, where they conducted a training session for the Strikers players.

"It was great to see the players work on some of the same things that we work on in Strikers practice. I got six of the England players to sign my shirt.

Then the trainers really worked us hard at OPRF High School," said John Barkidjija, a member of the U10 Strikers team.

Baseball camp

Concordia University will host Cougar Kids Summer Baseball Camp on June 20-24. The camp will be held on the baseball and softball fields on campus at 7400 W. Augusta in River Forest.

The camp will be run by Concordia University head baseball coach Spiro Lempesis and his staff. Instruction will be given in the fundamentals of pitching, hitting, fielding, and base running. Games will be played every day except Monday, and parents are invited to watch during the week. Other fun activities are planned including a Slip-n-Slide (for sliding instruction) and daily trivia contests for prizes. Positive attitudes and good play will win awards as well.

Cougar Kids camp is for boys and girls ages 7-14. The price for each kid, which includes lunch in the university's dining hall, is $150. Campers who bring a friend may register for $130.

For more information and to receive a registration form, go to www.curf.edu or call coach Lempesis at 209-3125. Deadline for registraion is June 17.

Press releases contributed to this report.

Sansone commits to Concordia

Alison Sansone, a four-year standout basketball player at Trinity High School, has committed to Concordia University for the 2005 fall semester and will play basketball for the Cougars.

Sansone, a 5-foot-2-inch point guard, was a major factor in Trinity's success over the last four seasons. Named a High School All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, she averaged 11 points, seven assists and four steals for this year's 21-11 team that advanced to the sectional finals. During Sansone's sophomore year, the Blazers went 27-8 and advanced downstate to the IHSA finals. Individually, she has qualified three times for the IHSA three-point shooting contest.

Sansone holds Trinity's single-game and season records for assists, and she is among the Blazers' best free-throw shooters of all time. Among all these strengths, Trinity head coach Don Sansone lists her work ethic as her greatest attribute, noting that, "Alison is a fierce competitor. You always know when she's on the floor because she has a knack for helping the team come together and doing what is needed to win."

Concordia head coach Tamlyn Tills concurs, adding that, "Allison has a very good understanding of the game, what I call a true point guard mentality. She is an excellent player in her own right, but she is also one that can fit in with a team and make an immediate impact. We are very happy to have Alison at Concordia, and I look forward to coaching her and seeing her contribute to the Concordia Cougar program."

Strikers meet with pros

The OPRF Strikers were one of the few youth soccer clubs in the Chicago area that was invited (courtesy of its professional trainers, Brittannia Soccer USA) to observe a closed practice session of the England National Soccer Team on Friday. The English team was in Chicago to play a friendly match with the U.S. National Team on Saturday as part of the England USA Tour 2005. Approximately 80 Strikers were in attendance at Soldier Field to witness the England team's pre-game training. Immediately after the session, the players mingled with the Strikers and signed autographs.

After the England National Team practice, six of the England National team trainers accompanied the Strikers to OPRF High School, where they conducted a training session for the Strikers players.

"It was great to see the players work on some of the same things that we work on in Strikers practice. I got six of the England players to sign my shirt.

Then the trainers really worked us hard at OPRF High School," said John Barkidjija, a member of the U10 Strikers team.

Baseball camp

Concordia University will host Cougar Kids Summer Baseball Camp on June 20-24. The camp will be held on the baseball and softball fields on campus at 7400 W. Augusta in River Forest.

The camp will be run by Concordia University head baseball coach Spiro Lempesis and his staff. Instruction will be given in the fundamentals of pitching, hitting, fielding, and base running. Games will be played every day except Monday, and parents are invited to watch during the week. Other fun activities are planned including a Slip-n-Slide (for sliding instruction) and daily trivia contests for prizes. Positive attitudes and good play will win awards as well.

Cougar Kids camp is for boys and girls ages 7-14. The price for each kid, which includes lunch in the university's dining hall, is $150. Campers who bring a friend may register for $130.

For more information and to receive a registration form, go to www.curf.edu or call coach Lempesis at 209-3125. Deadline for registraion is June 17.

Press releases contributed to this report.

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