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College Report: South Elgin’s Kumerow pitches in for national champs

Jake Kumerow Wisconsin-Whitewater football. |  Alex Saager photo

Jake Kumerow, Wisconsin-Whitewater football. | Alex Saager photo

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Updated: December 24, 2013 5:09PM

Jake Kumerow, a South Elgin graduate, will have other great days in his life.

But, for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater junior, athletically, it does not get any better than Dec. 20, 2013.

On that day, Wisconsin-Whitewater, traveled to Salem, Va., and won the Stagg Bowl, the Division III national title game, blasting Mount Union 52-14.

Kumerow, who finished with 103 receiving yards on seven catches, caught two touchdown passes.

Kumerow scored the first touchdown of the game, grabbing a 17-yard scoring pass from Matt Behrendt to put six points on the board at the 11:53 mark. It took UWW 3:17 to drive from their own 25-yard line on seven plays. Kumerow’s second touchdown catch with 12:12 to play, a three-yard grab, gave UWW a 38-14 lead.

“The game plan was great for everyone and for me as well,” said Kumerow. “I came out and caught the balls in different areas of the field and ran the routes a little bit different. Mount Union was tough, but we were ready for them.”

Kumerow entered the contest with 17 touchdown catches on the season. His 19 catches in a single season is a new school record, as is his 1,331 receiving yards. Both records were broken in the national title game and both were formerly held by Derek Stanley, who set both in 2006.

Kumerow caught 77 passes this season. Wisconsin-Whitewater finished 15-0 overall. They were 8-0 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

“Our defense has been stellar all year,” said Kumerow. “They never let any team we played score more than two touchdowns. They gave us a chance to win every game. I want to get stronger and faster. Soon, I want to work to make my senior year the best year ever.”

Eastern Kentucky (8-4) got 20 points from Marcus Lewis (Streamwood) as they dumped North Carolina A&T 84-73. Lewis had seven field goals (three treys) and three free throws. He also had five assists, three steals and three rebounds.

Lexi Baltes (St. Charles East) has 125 points and 43 rebounds for the Illinois Wesleyan women’s basketball team (4-4) as well as 35 assists and 28 steals. Baltes, a senior guard, has hit 39-of-80 field goals, which includes a 12-of-40 performance from beyond the arc, and 35-of-44 free throws.

Roosevelt University senior Maria Tamburrino (Jacobs) has helped the Lakers basketball team post a 10-4 overall record. The 13-game starter is averaging 14.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. In addition to her 204 points and 124 rebounds, she also has 34 assists. Tamburrino leads the team in steals (28) and blocked shots (20).

Illinois State swimmer Valerie Jones scored points in three events at the Zippy Invitational, which was held at University of Akron. The Hampshire resident, who was homeschooled in high school, finished fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke (2 minutes, 21.18 seconds), ninth in the 400-yard individual medley (4:27.99) and 13th in the 500-yard freestyle (5:07.30). Illinois State won the team title with 1,550.5 points.

North Dakota State (8-4) downed Delaware 85-66. NDSU sophomore guard Kory Brown (Elgin) had seven points, five steals, four rebounds and four assists.

Northern Illinois University’s Alex Domoulin (Hampshire) has scored 28 points and grabbed 23 rebounds in her first eight games. Besides her 3.5 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, she also has three steals. Domoulin, who has played in all eight games, averages 11.0 minutes per game. NIU is 4-4.

Toledo freshman volleyball player Alyssa Ehrhardt (Jacobs) finished with 68 digs, 55 kills, 15 blocks (one solo), five service aces and two assists. Toledo was 19-11.

Macalester College (2-6) lost 70-59 to North Central College. Macalester’s Kyle Bernhard (Dundee-Crown) finished with three points and two steals in 16 minutes of play.

Tyler Davis (St. Charles North) had one goal, which was a game-winner, for Bradley’s soccer team this year. Bradley finished 14-7-2.

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