Lisle Grad Dipert Stars in Volleyball, Earns Sports Management Degree
Courtney Dipert from Lisle graduated from Florida State University with a degree in sports management.
Dipert, who made the Dean's List the past two years, was a four- year letter winner for the volleyball team.
During her senior season, Dipert was elected team captain and led the Seminoles with 27 aces. She won the Golden Nole award.
She leaves on May 8 to Germany, Denmark and the Czech Republic with the Florida State team to participate in the European Volleyball Classic.
Mike Rigali (Naperville Central) has signed a national letter of intent to compete in swimming at Iowa State University. He is one of four recruits the Cyclones have signed.
Junior Adam Palmer (Naperville North) was named College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Player of the Week.
Palmer tossed a complete game, 1-0 shutout as Illinois Wesleyan defeated Carthage. It was the first time in 87 games that Carthage has been shut out, and snapped a 16-game winning streak for the nation's No. 1 ranked Division III team.
Palmer is 8-1 with a 1.10 ERA and has 3 shutouts, a new Illinois Wesleyan season record. His 15-10 career record stands No. 8 all- time for Wesleyan, and he is sixth in career strikeouts with 146.
Pina Fricano (Lake Park), Mandy Driscoll (St. Francis) and Amanda Ortinau (Glenbard North) all have played roles in the Lewis University softball team qualifying for the Division II Great Lakes regional championship.
Fricano, a senior, was named to the all-Great Lakes Valley Conference first team. She has a .296 batting average, leads Lewis with 9 home runs and a .611 slugging percentage, and has 7 doubles and 30 RBI.
Behind the plate, Fricano committed no errors and had just 1 passed ball in 156 chances.
Driscoll, a junior second basemen, is second on the team in doubles (9) and sacrifice bunts (9), tied for second in steals (11) and is third in batting average (.328) and RBI (28). She also has 3 home runs.
Ortinau, a sophomore, has 6 hits, 2 RBI, 5 runs, 2 steals and 3 sacrifices. …