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Gene Chamberlain's notebook

08/06/2014, 10:15am CDT
By Gene Chamberlain |

Burlington Central’s Drew Wiss has parlayed a hot finish to the season into a chance to play college baseball.

The Rockets’ senior shortstop and jack of all trades has committed to the Air Force Academy for the 2015-16 school year. 

“He started out the year really slow — wasn’t playing poorly — just had some bad luck when he hit the ball once in a while,” Rockets coach Kyle Nelson said. “Once that started to change, then he really started to hit.”

Wiss, who started in 2013 as a sophomore at second base, was batting .255 May 3 but finished batting .381 with a .670 slugging percentage. He hit three homers and drove in 12 runs, and as the leadoff hitter was 13-for-13 in stolen bases.

“He played shortstop for us, center field for his traveling team, has played all four infield positions and all the outfield and in the program was a pitcher and catcher at one time, so he’s someone who literally can play all nine positions on the field,” Nelson said. “This is a good thing for him with making a decision now because it gets an important decision out of the way and he can now focus on getting ready for basketball and baseball.”

Air Force enjoyed its winningest season since 2002 last year with a 20-34 mark.

Negron gets Bradley offer

Larkin 6-foot-6 sophomore forward Christian Negron has received a second scholarship offer, this one from Bradley University. 

Negron was offered one by DePaul University in June when Larkin played a summer tournament at DePaul. Marquette and Creighton are other schools who’ve shown interest in him so far.

The latest offer came during the AAU season while Negron played for the Mac Irvin Fire program. 

Larkin’s team during summer season repeated as Geneva High School summer league champions, knocking off St. Charles North in the finals after winning their pool. Larkin then finished its summer by losing to Buffalo Grove in the title game of the Gary Collins Shootout at Crystal Lake South.

Reams to play role at NIU

Former Dundee-Crown and Elgin Community College basketball player Aaron Reams has been confirmed by Northern Illinois University as a walk-on player for the team for this season.

Reams, a 6-foot-4 small forward, was a part of the 2008-09 D-C team that took fourth in the state in Class 4A.

Ludwigs on state champs

Dundee-Crown’s Aaron and Jared Ludwig are part of the Barrington Post 158 team that beat Elgin Post 57 and won the Second Division legion tourney before winning the state title to make the Green Lakes Regional, which begins Wednesday in Terre Haute, Ind.

Barrington (41-7), which has won 15 straight, is slated to face Ohio’s state champions, Midland Post 165. Their game is Thursday.

Ahren Ludwig went seven innings for the win and struck out nine when Barrington beat Arlington Heights 3-1 to open the state tourney. Jared had three RBI in the final two games at the state tourney.

Larkin players excel

Larkin baseball players achieved at a high level during Elgin Post 57’s recently completed 22-11 season.

The Royals’ Will King led the pitching staff with a 4-1 record and 1.11 earned run average, while Larkin’s Jon Lenz went 5-3 with a 2.98 ERA.

Offensively, Larkin’s Dan Lenz led the team in hitting with a .408 batting average, and Larkin’s Rob Bond led the team with three home runs. 

Burlington Central’s Josh Lung was RBI champion with 25.

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