The stage never seems to be too big for Crete-Monee's Laquon Treadwell.
The Ole Miss freshman – rated as the nation’s top-rated high school receiver last year – proved his worth in his college debut Thursday night.
Treadwell had nine catches for 82 yards as the Rebels rallied to beat host Vanderbilt 39-35 in a wild win in both teams’ season openers. Ole Miss trailed 21-10 at halftime.
Treadwell, who also hauled in a two-point conversion, had the most catches by an Ole Miss player since Mike Espy had nine against Auburn in 2005.
• Fordham’s Jake Dixon (Portage) had nine tackles, including one for loss, and added an interception in the team’s 51-26 thrashing of Rhode Island on Thursday. The 51 points were the most scored by a Fordham team against a Division-I opponent in a home opener.
Freshman Joe Pavlik (Mount Carmel) punted one time for Fordham.
• Zach Cecich’s college career ended in style in the Ohio vs. Michigan Senior Bowl at the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio in late April.
Cecich, a Crown Point grad representing Saginaw Valley State University, had three catches for 23 yards in Team Michigan’s 10-7 loss to Team Ohio.
Cecich was one of Saginaw’s top offensive weapons last season. The tight end started all 11 games, including two starts at left tackle. He caught 10 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown. Cecich graduated with a 3.96 grade-point average as a Business Management major. He was also named to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team in 2012.
Sophomore libero Lauren Young (LaPorte) had 15 digs Friday, helping St. Xavier pick up its first win of the season in a four-set victory over Huntington.
• Western Kentucky’s Heather Boyan (Munster) had five kills and two blocks to lead the No. 21-ranked Hilltoppers to a straight-set victory over Alabaman A & M in the team’s season opener Friday.
Indiana University’s Katie Klyczek (Andrean) won the 96-player ITA Summer Circuit tournament in Bloomington in late July.
After a first-round bye, Klyczek beat college players from Syracuse, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Harvard. She also defeated former Northwestern All-American Nida Hamilton in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-0.
Klyczek, a Munster resident, is heading into her junior year at IU, where she was named first-team All-Big 10, Academic All-Big Ten and was the Sportsmanship Award Winner for tennis.
Andrean coach Dave Pishkur continues to churn out college baseball players. The 59ers will have nine players suiting up for colleges next spring. The list includes: Zac Ryan (Georgia Tech), Joey Plesac (DePauw), Alejandro Kinney (Manchester), Jimmy Tarala (Illinois Institute of Technology), Jeremy Briggs (St. Joseph’s College), Zach Goldasich (South Suburban), and Mark Pishkur, Jeremy Wright and Eric Rapacz, who will all be playing for former Bishop Noll coach Dave Griffin at Purdue Calumet.
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