College Baseball: Silver Cross Field host site for NAIA opening round
From Submitted Reports April 19, 2013 7:34PM
St. Charles North coach Mark Gould, a Joliet Catholic graduate. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 22, 2013 6:40AM
The NAIA has released the list of host sites for the fifth annual NAIA Baseball National Championship opening round, and the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference and University of St. Francis will host at Silver Cross Field.
The event will be played May 9 through 13 and features nine five-team, double-elimination tournaments. The 45 qualifiers and brackets for the National Championship opening round will be announced May 5.
Oklahoma City, Lee (Tenn.) and Embry-Riddle (Fla.) headline the group, each hosting a fifth straight opening round.
This year’s first-time hosts are Faulkner (Ala.), Rogers State (Okla.) and The Master’s (Calif.).
The Appalachian Athletic Conference, CCAC and William Carey (Miss.) round out the opening-round sites. Both the AAC and CCAC are hosting for the third time, while William Carey is holding the event for the second time.
The nine opening-round champions join host Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) to compose the field at the Avista-NAIA World Series at Harris Field in Lewiston, Idaho, from May 24 through 31.
Mark Gould enters hall
Joliet Catholic graduate Mark Gould was inducted this spring into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame for his 35 years of coaching high school football in Illinois.
A health eduction teacher at St. Charles North, Gould will retire from teaching at the end of this school year.
Gould began his coaching career as a student teacher at Glenbard South, and except for one year as head coach at Geneva, he has spent his entire career in the St. Charles school system. For many years, he was a top assistant for Hall of Famer Buck Drach.
Gould was appointed head coach at St. Charles North when that school opened. During his 12 seasons at the helm, St. Charles North made eight straight playoff appearances.
Carson Parker, a junior at Dike-New Hartford High School in Dike, Iowa, and son of Mark Parker, who quarterbacked Joliet Catholic to its first state football championship in 1975, is building a strong athletic resume.
In the fall, the 6-foot-3, 165-pound Parker was a second-team All-State defensive back and second-team All-State quarterback for the Class 2A school. He completed 63 percent of his passes for 1,678 yards and 16 touchdowns in leading Dike-New Hartford to the state semifinals.
A broken bone in his wrist and an elbow injury limited Parker’s time on the basketball court. He played in just eight games but still helped his team to the state quarterfinals and was voted third-team All-State. He averaged 19.5 points, 7.3 assists, 7.5 rebounds and shot 52 percent from the floor and 72 from the free-throw line.
In 2012, Parker was a member of the shuttle relay team that finished fourth in the state, and in the summer, he was all-conference in baseball, where he catches and plays the outfield.
Lewis University sophomores Armand Levandi and Erik Aunapuu have been named to the All-Great Lakes Valley Conference Men’s Tennis Team for the second straight season.
Levandi, the reigning GLVC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, owns a team-best singles record of 14-1 and a combined doubles mark of 11-4. Aunapuu, the 2012 GLVC Freshman of the Year, has an overall singles mark of 10-7 and is a combined 11-4 in doubles.
Levandi won all six of his matches last week, including three victories over regionally ranked opponents, in earning player of the week laurels.
Lewis junior Zsofia Lanstiak was named the GLVC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week for the period ending April 14.
Lanstiak has won the award four of the eight times it has been given this season.
She has won her last 17 singles matches and is 21-1 overall.