Oak Parker and Trinity High School graduate Marché Smith was named to the D3hoops.com First-Team Women’s All-Central Region Team last week.

Smith, a sophomore guard at Concordia University Chicago, was also selected Central Region Rookie of the Year in 2008.

Smith finished eighth nationally in Division III scoring with a 20.9 average. She set a new Concordia single-season record for points with 502 and recorded the two highest-scoring games ever for a Cougar women’s player: 42 points versus Benedictine University on Jan. 15 and 40 versus Mount Mary College on Feb. 21.

Smith has tied or broken six team records in her first two seasons at Concordia and is on pace to break the Concordia career-scoring next season.

The all-region team was voted on by sports information directors at Division III schools in the Central Region.

Luther takes second at state

Beth Luther of the Oak Park Gymnastics Center Level 6 Girls finished second in the all-around (ages 8-10) at the Illinois State Meet. Luther also took fifth in the floor exercise and 10th on the uneven bars.

Lauren Robinson, also of the center, placed 11th on the uneven bars.

Huskies finish strong on all levels

Oak Park and River Forest High School finished second in both the junior varsity and varsity levels at the Special Olympics State Basketball Games.

The OPRF junior varsity finished second in Division 1, while the varsity team took second in Division 4.

Four OPRF players were given Spirit of the Games awards for their performances. Bradford Stewart and Jackie Finn received the recognition at the junior varsity level. Garrison Lyons and Charlie O’Connor were given awards at the varsity level.

The varsity team consisted of Andrew Bacalao, Kyle Hedlund, Georgia Hunter, Lyons, Patrick Milburn, O’Connor, Clinton Plaxico and Terrance Plaxico.

Kowalczuk, Fish grapple at state

Local wrestlers Nick Kowalczuk and Ryan Fish placed favorably at the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation Youth State Tournament held in Rockford.

Kowalczuk placed third in the Senior Division (13-14 year olds) in the 177-pound weight class. Fish placed fifth in the Novice Division (11-12 year olds) in the 101-pound weigh class.

Other state qualifiers from the area included Joe Urso (Senior Division, 147) and Michael Kozyra (Novice Division, 115).

TOPS tops out at runner-up

The Oak Park Swimmers (TOPS) finished second at the YMCA Town and Country District Championships.

Polina Bondarenko represented the youngest TOPS by winning the girls 8 and under 100-yard individual medley. Nora Sullivan lead all TOPS with three individual championships in the girls 9 and 10 division, including the 50-yard freestyle, the 50-yard backstroke and the 100-yard individual medley.

Oak Parkers skate at nationals

Three Oak Parkers competed at the U.S. National Age Group Short Track Speed Skating Championships held in Midland, Mich.

Emery Lehman, 7th grader at Brooks Middle School and Michael Koenig, a 6th grader at Brooks, both competed in Midget Men Division (11-12 year old boys).

After placing first in the 333 and 777-meter races, Lehman amassed enough total points to be crowned Short Track National Champion for 2009.

Koenig skated to personal bests in three of four distances and was ranked 18th in the 500-meter and 19th in the 777 meter and 333 meter distances.

Concordia coach gets 200th victory

Concordia University Chicago baseball coach Spiro Lempesis earned his 200th-career coaching victory when the Cougars defeated 16th-ranked Illinois Wesleyan University 9-4 last week.

Lempesis, who is in his 10th-year as head coach of Concordia’s baseball program, has coached the Cougars to 20 or more wins seven times thus far, including a record-setting 32-13 season last year. Lempesis led the Cougars to a Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference regular-season title in 2003 and an NIIC tournament title in 2006. His 2007 and 2008 teams finished second in the first two seasons of the Northern Athletics Conference tournament.

-Compiled by Brad Spencer

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