Sports Extras
Fenwick High School graduate turned NBA pro Corey Maggette got a step closer to his old stomping grounds when the Golden State Warriors traded the former Friar to the Milwaukee Bucks last week.

Maggette, 30, who graduated from Fenwick in 1998 and hails from Melrose Park, averaged 19.8 points per game in 70 games last season for the Warriors.

“Corey has been a consistent scorer throughout his career,” said Bucks General Manager John Hammond in a statement released by the organization. “He shoots a solid percentage from the field and has shown the ability to get to the free-throw line. We’re looking forward to having him in a Bucks uniform.”

Maggette spent much of his NBA career with the Los Angeles Clippers (2000-2008) and was a No. 1 draft pick selected by Orlando in 1999 after spending a year at Duke.

TOPS goes green

The local TOPS YMCA swim team implemented new environmentally-friendly guidelines at recent swim meets.

The team did not sell single-use bottled water, and instead encouraged people to bring reusable water bottles to its Father’s Day Meet. The team also had available different recycling bins for paper, aluminum and plastic at the meet.

“By going bottle free, we likely saved well over a few thousand disposable water bottles that would have ended up in landfills and perhaps even polluting our oceans,” said Elizabeth Holland, who helped coordinate the initiative. “Added bonus – everyone enjoyed ice cold refreshing water for free and stayed well hydrated. Many folks thanked us and supported this initiative, stating that they have often felt guilty at previous meets seeing the numbers of water bottles gulped and thrown away.”

The TOPS team plans on implementing the same guidelines for the upcoming Claire Statton Memorial Invitational.

Guzman off to compete with best

Oak Park resident and former OPRF High School student Samantha Guzman will be heading to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. to compete in the U.S. Boxing Championships in mid-July.

Guzman won the Women’s National Golden Gloves in 2007 and placed silver at the 2008 U.S. Championships and National Police Athletic League tournaments. Since 2007, Guzman has ranked among the top women boxers in the country and is the reigning Illinois U.S. Champion three years straight.

The U.S. Championships will determine the number one spot for the U.S. women’s national team and participation in the 2010 Women’s World Championships being held this fall in Barbados.

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...