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DeKalb alumnus helps puts Badgers in national rankings

Published: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Shaw Media sports copy editor Kevin Murphy picks his top sporting events to watch on TV this weekend with a spotlight on local graduates:

College football: Iowa at Ohio State, 2:30 pm. today, ABC

Former DeKalb football player and Iowa freshman running back LeShun Daniels Jr. is on the Hawkeyes’ roster.

College football: Indiana at Michigan, 2:30 p.m. today, BTN

Marmion’s Ryan and Graham Glasgow, DeKalb natives, look to help the Wolverines bounce back from their first loss of the season.

MLB playoffs, ALCS, Game 6, Detroit at Boston, 7:37 p.m. today, FOX

Hiawatha graduate Gene Lamont is the bench coach for the Tigers.

College football: Wisconsin at Illinois, 7 p.m. today BTN

DeKalb junior running back Dre Brown, an Illinois recruit, will be attending the game.

Women’s volleyball: Michigan State at Wisconsin, 1 p.m. Sunday, BTN

DeKalb graduate and Wisconsin junior outside hitter Courtney Thomas has been one of the most versaile athletes for the Badgers. Thomas started the season as setter when freshman standout Lauren Carlini was injured.

Even in a loss at Penn State, Thomas recorded her ninth double-double of season with 14 digs and 11 kills, and had a career-high 19 kills at Ohio State last weekend.

Wisconsin is one of only three teams in the country that will play six-straight matches against top-25 ranked teams in 2013. The Badgers are ranked 15th in the coaches’ poll.

“The better competition you play and the harder you work go hand in hand,” Thomas told the Daily Cardinal, one of the student newspapers in Madison.

Michigan State, ranked fifth, features former Northern Illinois player and Geneva graduate Lauren Wicinski, who has been a force for the Spartans.

Wicinski, who spent her first two years at NIU, has helped the Spartans to a 17-1 start to the the season. She recently surpassed the 2,000 career kills mark for the Spartans and is No. 2 all-time in kills for the program.

Wicinski is one of 30 candidates for volleyball’s Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The list will be trimmed to 10 finalists midseason, and fans will be allowed to cast their votes online.

MUST-SEE TV

NFL: Bears at Redskins, noon Sunday, FOX

Hopefully, the rest did the Bears some good.

The Bears will have their hands full trying to contain Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

RG3’s numbers are down from his rookie season, but he also is coming back from major knee surgery. Griffin has completed 59.8 percent of his throws, which is down from 65.6 last year, and he’s matched his 2012 total of five interceptions.

SET THE DVR

NHL, Toronto at Blackhawks, 6 p.m. today, WGN

Sharpie to the rescue. In the Hawks’ 3-2 shootout win over Carolina on Tuesday, Patrick Sharp answered the call with a goal and the shootout winner. But that didn’t help Thursday against St. Louis.

CATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS LATER

College football: Florida State at Clemson, 7 p.m. today, ABC

The showdown marks the first matchup of teams ranked in The Associated Press poll top five this season, and it’s only the fourth such matchup between ACC teams since FSU joined the league in 1992.

• Agree? Disagree? Is someone from the Daily Chronicle coverage area going to be on TV? Let Kevin Murphy know at kmurphy@shawmedia.com.

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