By Pat Brozynski

Colleen Krawczykowski does it all for Willowbrook

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If cycling is ever replaced with basketball in triathlons, Colleen Krawczykowski might be unbeatable.

Willowbrook's senior guard has qualified for state in swimming as a sophomore, junior and senior, earning all-state honors this fall as a member of the District 88 co-op 200 meter relay team which finished 12th.

She also qualified in the 50 free and 200 free relay as a sophomore and the 100 free and 200 and 400 free relays as a junior.

"I finally broke through this year," Krawczykowski said.

In track, the fleet-footed Krawczykowski will set her sights on a fourth straight trip to state after finishing fourth in the long jump as a freshman and seventh in the 4-by-100 relay as a sophomore.

She also qualified in the long jump and the 4-by-200 relay as a sophomore and in all three events as a junior.

So when does Krawczykowski get time off?

Maybe never.

Three days after swimming at the state meet, Krawczykowski was playing 17 minutes off the bench in the Warriors' loss to Walther Lutheran at the Willowbrook Thanksgiving tournament. She started the next night in a five-point loss to No. 6-ranked Plainfield East.

"Although we are deep, Colleen is one of the players you have to have on the court if possible," Willowbrook coach Terry Harrell said. "She has a very high basketball IQ, she is a lockdown defender and a dependable player in pressure situations."

The hardest part of transitioning from swimming to basketball?

"Remembering all the plays," she said.


The schedule for the McDonald's Chicagoland Classic January 18-20 at Willowbrook High School has been released. Here is the lineup:

Friday, January 18
Guerin vs. St. Ignatius, 6:00 p.m.
Warren vs. Hinsdale Central, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 19
Prospect vs. Bogan, 11:00 a.m.
Wheaton North vs. Maine West, 12:30 p.m.
Metea Valley vs. Morgan Park, 2:00 p.m.
Romeoville vs. Geneva, 3:30 p.m.
Fremd vs. Neuqua Valley, 5:00 p.m.
Hillcrest vs. Wheaton Warrenville South, 6:30 p.m.

Monday, January 21
Andrew vs. Niles West, 9:00 a.m.
Vernon Hills vs. Benet, 10:30 a.m.
Plainfield North vs. Willowbrook, 12:00 p.m.
Rolling Meadows vs. Fenwick, 1:30 p.m.
Marist vs. Trinity, 3:00 p.m.
Bloom vs. Providence, 4:30 p.m.
Bolingbrook vs. Marian Catholic, 6:00 p.m.
Montini vs. Whitney Young, 7:30 p.m.


Here is the schedule for the Chi-Town Showdown December 7-9 at Whitey Young:

Friday, December 7
Champaign Central vs. Hyde Park, 5:00 p.m.
Proviso West vs. St. Joseph's (Canada), 6:30 p.m.
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) vs. Whitney Young, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 8
Westinghouse vs. Mother McAuley, 10:00 a.m.
Al Raby vs. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.), 11:30 a.m.
St. Joseph's (Canada) vs. Bogan, 1:00 p.m.
Penn (Mishawaka, Ind.) vs. Morgan Park, 2:30 p.m.
Milwaukee (Wis.) Riverside vs. Trinity, 4:00 p.m.
Miller Career Academy (St. Louis, Mo.) vs. Marian Catholic, 5:30 p.m.
DeKalb vs. Whitney Young, 7:00 p.m.
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) vs. Rolling Meadows, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 9
St. Joseph's (Canada) vs. Kenwood, 11:30 a.m.


The Big Ten Conference honored freshman Jocelynn Birks (Lyons Township H.S.) and junior Jessica Jendryk (Benet Academy) of Illinois with postseason awards. Birks was unanimously voted to the All-Freshman team as well as receiving All-Big Ten Honorable Mention, and Jendryk was honored with a Sportsmanship Award.

Birks led the Illini with 510 kills and 27 aces and ranked second in digs (262). She finished her freshman season ranked ninth all-time in single-season kills and recording the second-best freshman season in Illini history. Volunteer assistant coach Laura DeBruler (Downers Grove Noerth) had 577 in 2007.

In 30 matches this season, Birks tallied 20-or-more kills 11 times, ranking sixth all-time at Illinois, and put up 13 double-doubles, all with double-digit kills and digs. She became the 17th Illini to record a 20-20, compiling 20 kills and 23 digs against No. 1 Penn State on October 6.

The Willow Springs native finished the regular season ranked fifth in the Big Ten in kills and sixth in points. Additionally, she ranked 42nd overall and third among freshmen nationally in kills and 51st overall and fifth among rookies in points.

Jendryk was one of 12 conference players selected by their coaches as individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. They must being in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

"Jess is a respected competitor and set a standard for all of us when it comes to sportsmanship," said Hambly. "I am happy that she was honored for the award."

Jendryk appeared in four matches this season, getting into the action against the University of Central Florida at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational on September 15, then starting the final three matches of the season in Anna Dorn's position.

She hit .381 with 12 kills, five blocks and an assist in 13 sets. In her first career start on November 17, Jendryk led the Illini to a 3-1 victory over Michigan, hitting .571 with five kills and a block. She followed that with two block assists at Northwestern and four kills and two blocks at Iowa.

Jendryk will graduate from Illinois this spring with one additional year of NCAA eligibility after redshirting the 2009 season. She plans to attend graduate school and finish her eligibility at St. Louis University.

Other Big Ten award recipients include juniors Lauren Wicinski (Geneva) of Michigan State and Stephanie Holthus (Burlington Central) of Northwestern, who were named to the 12-member All-Big Ten team.

Sportmanship Award recipients included Indiana's Samantha Thrower (Sycamore), Michigan State's Kristen Kelsay (St. Francis), and Allison Straumann (Cary-Grove) of Iowa.

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