With 14 goals and 13 assists, Peyton Frantti has enjoyed an impactful freshman season for the St. Norbert College men’s hockey team.
Frantti is the fifth-leading scorer on a talented squad that will play its biggest game of the season Saturday in the NCAA Division III playoffs.
Frantti’s 27 points make him one of 11 Green Knights to have 20 or more points.
“That’s where we separate ourselves from most teams,” said Frantti, who was named to the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association’s All-Freshman Team. “We’re a really deep team. Our four lines are all strong, and every night they show they can all contribute. We look forward to continuing to do that.”
Frantti, a 6-foot-4 forward who grew up in Spring Grove, and his teammates are ranked No. 3 in the nation and play at top-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point at 7 p.m. The winner gets a spot in the NCAA D-III Frozen Four, which will be played next weekend at a campus site to be determined.
Frantti, who played high school hockey at Indiana’s Culver Academy, has a team-high seven power-play goals and describes his contributions plainly.
“I just play my game, play hard and try to do the simple things correct,” he said. “I don’t have a flashy game. I just try to make my teammates around me better every shift.”
Saturday's game matches two Wisconsin rivals that have been fixtures in the Frozen Four. St. Norbert (23-4-3) is seeking its 13th trip to the national semifinals, while Stevens Point (26-0-2) can earn its 11th berth with a victory.
St. Norbert advanced to the postseason by winning the NCHA championship, earning an automatic berth.
In November, the two teams played to a 1-1 overtime tie at St. Norbert in a game that featured the Green Knights outshooting the Pointers, 26-20.
“We’re really eager to get at it,” Frantti said. “It’s a huge accomplishment so far. It’s going to be a huge step in continuing our success this postseason.”
Fanter earns NAIA All-America: Saint Xavier University women’s basketball forward Chanel Fanter (Crystal Lake South) was named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s All-America Team this week as an honorable mention.
She is one of only 30 players to earn the NAIA recognition this season.
Fanter helped SXU to its 19th consecutive 20-win season by averaging 18.9 points a game, which ranked third in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
She also finished second in NAIA Division II with 84 blocked shots and posted a team-leading 8.3 rebounds a game.
DePaul achievers: Seniors Kyle Hedge (Crystal Lake South) and Isaac Jimenez (Huntley) both earned All-Big East Conference honors for finishing first and second at the league’s indoor track and field championships in Geneva, Ohio.
Hedge won his third consecutive Big East indoor shot put title with a throw of 52 feet, 11 ½ inches. Jimenez posted a throw of 51-3½.
Hedge opened the indoor season with a career-best throw of 54-0½.
Klein shines in desert: Carthage College sophomore outfielder Colton Klein has enjoyed a blazing hot start to the baseball season, hitting .633 with eight doubles and 14 RBIs on the team’s 11-game spring trip to Arizona.
Klein (McHenry East) had a whopping nine multihit games, including 5-for-5 efforts against Wesleyan and Bethany Lutheran. He also had five multi-RBI games and posted a team-best .898 slugging percentage and 1.571 OPS.
La Crosse leader: Huntley grad Josh Stenger had the third-most wins this season for the Wisconsin-La Crosse wrestling team and earned his first trip to the NCAA D-III national championships.
Stenger, a sophomore 133-pounder, finished 22-10 this season and posted a 1-2 record at nationals. He also had seven victories by fall this season.
Bradley ace: Crystal Lake Central grad Megan Mahaffy has posted pitching victories in three of her past four appearances for the Bradley University softball team.
Mahaffy, a senior, has not allowed a run over her last three appearances, which included 3 2/3 innings in a victory against Tennessee Tech and 4 1/3 innings in a win against South Alabama. She gave up a combined five hits in those outings and didn’t allow a runner to reach second base. The right-hander is 3-2 this season for the Braves (11-10).
Orange earns all-region: Jacobs grad Chrishawn Orange, a senior guard at Augustana College, was named second-team All-Central Region this week by D3Hoops.com.
Orange is a three-time all-region player and one of only three Augie players in school history to be named first-team All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin three times.
The winningest player in school history, Orange helped the team to a 26-4 record this winter and its fifth straight CCIW regular-season title.
While scoring 12.1 points a game this season, Orange led the team in assists (3.2 a game), while ranking second in steals (34) and rebounds (4.6 a game).
• Barry Bottino writes a weekly column about local college athletes for the Northwest Herald. Write to him at email@example.com and follow @BarryOnCampus on Twitter.