Sun-Times high school news and notes
Updated: February 9, 2012 6:56PM
Lake Zurich has promoted assistant David Proffitt to head football coach. Proffitt, the Bears’ defensive coordinator for the past six years, will replace Bryan Stortz, who has taken the head coaching job at Rock Island. Proffitt has been coaching high school football for 25 years, including 10 seasons as the head coach at Marian Central (1991-2001).
Simeon outfielder Corey Ray has been picked to play in the Under Armour All-America Game scheduled for Aug. 18 at Wrigley Field. Ray, a junior, has committed to play at Louisville. He batted .415 with 14 stolen bases and 45 runs scored last season.
Loyola senior Jack Richmond committed to play baseball for Iowa last week. The 6-4 left-hander finished with a 2.77 ERA last season as a junior. Richmond’s best effort might have been his three-hit shutout against Mount Carmel in the playoffs. Other area players off to Iowa next season are Jimmy Frankos (Maine South), Ryan Borucki (Mundelein), Blake Hickman (Simeon) and Devin Pickett (Marian Catholic).
Niles West will celebrate 50 years of basketball on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The Wolves will honor former head coaches in the program before the start of the game vs. Highland Park at 6 p.m. At halftime all former varsity players in attendance will be recognized, including the 25 former players named to the Golden Anniversary Team.
St. Patrick boys volleyball coach Julie Wiejak is one of 50 national finalists for the 2012 Double-Goal Coach Award. The 20 winners of the award will be announced later this month.