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Sports

Next level: Tate with big game on special teams

Redshirt sophomore Tony Tate, a DeKalb grad, had five rushing attempts for 36 yards for Western Illinois in a 26-23 loss to Montana State on Thursday. Tate had two kickoff returns for 80 yards, including a long return of 63 yards.

Junior Matthew Coovert is playing football for St. Ambrose. The Sycamore grad had two tackles in a 49-27 win against Dakota State on Saturday. He also was targeted with a pass in the Fighting Bees win.

Golfer Maggie Russell finished tied for 19th for North Central at the season-opening Carthage College Shootout on the Border on Saturday at Bristol Oaks Golf Club. The DeKalb grad shot a 169 (85-84). The sophomore is a biochemistry/neuroscience major.  

Senior forward Trevor Freeland has yet to score for the Carleton men’s soccer team. The DeKalb grad has two shots, one of which was on goal. He’s played 78 minutes for the undefeated Knights.

At Aurora, senior defender and Hinckley-Big Rock graduate Jeremey Perales has played 69 minutes and registered two shots, one of which was on goal for the Spartans’ men’s soccer team. Perales is an exercise science major. The Spartans are 1-1.

Taylor Zitkus has made a difference in the midfield for the Waubonsee women’s soccer team. The sophomore from Kaneland has started all four games for the Chiefs and has a goal to go along with two shots on goal. Waubonsee is 2-1-1; its loss came in a 3-2 decision to Benedictine on Aug. 21.

Ben Niemann has chased his football dream from Sycamore to Iowa to the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted rookie free agent. On Saturday, Niemann landed a spot on the Chiefs’ 53-man roster.

With his brother off to the NFL, Nick Niemann had four tackles for the Hawkeyes in a 33-7 win against Northern Illinois on Saturday. He also had one tackle for a loss. The sophomore linebacker and the Iowa defense held NIU to 211 total yards.

In his first collegiate action, DeKalb grad and redshirt freshman Cole Tucker had one reception for 13 yards against Iowa. He also registered a tackle for the Huskies. Tucker is a marketing major at NIU.

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