Local notes: Northern Illinois tailback Joel Bouagnon makes watch lists

They've got their eyes on him.

Northern Illinois tailback Joel Bouagnon of Aurora has been named to the preseason watch list for two national awards as he prepares for his senior season in DeKalb.

Last week, Bouagnon was one of 76 candidates selected for the Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate running back. Ever since 1989, the award honors three-time All-American Doak Walker, who starred for SMU in the late 1940s.

In 2015, Bouagnon led the Huskies with 1,285 yards rushing, 283 carries and 18 rushing touchdowns.

He has also made the Maxwell Award watch list. It has been presented annually since 1937 to the top college offensive player of the year in honor of Robert "Tiny" Maxwell, a former Swarthmore College player, coach and sportswriter.

A key player in Aurora Christian's Class 3A state championship run in 2012, Bouagnon is one of five NIU players named to watch lists for seven national awards.

They include cornerback Shawun Lurry for Walter Camp Player of the Year and Jim Thorpe awards; quarterback Drew Hare for the Wuerffel Trophy; wide receiver Kenny Golladay for the Biletnikoff Award; and receiver/return specialist Aregeros Turner for the Paul Hornung Award.

Playoffs begin: Aurora Legion Baseball League playoffs started Monday and continue with 5:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m games Tuesday through Thursday at Solfisburg Park. The 2 p.m. Saturday title game in the double-elimination event will be played at the Stuart Sports Complex on Jericho Road, with a second game at 4 p.m. if needed.

The league's annual all-star game will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Solfisburg Park, preceded by an awards ceremony at 5:45 p.m.

She's the one: Aurora University's Nicci Bermudes, a three-time All-American in soccer, has ben named Northern Athletics Conference Woman of the Year for 2015-16 by the league's senior administrators.

The program's career scoring leader, Bermudes also is AU's Spartan Woman of the Year award winner.

Walker cited: AU freshman Elaine Walker has been named NCAA Division III Catcher of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

The Schaumburg graduate led the Spartans with a .470 batting average, seven home runs and 39 RBIs.

Golf outing: Aurora Evening Lions Club's fifth annual night golf outing fundraiser will feature a 7:30 p.m. shotgun start Saturday, Sept. 10, at Phillips Park.

The event will be limited to 72 golfers. Cost is $50 per person. Registration begins at 6:15 p.m., with chipping and putting contests, raffles and silent auction to follow at 6:45 p.m.

Contact Lynn Miller at 630-689-6213.

Hole in one: Rich Ziegler recently shot a hole-in-one with a 7-iron at the 147-yard fourth hole at Phillips Park, witnessed by Jody Ziegler.

Cyclones take fifth: The Cyclones Volleyball Club 18 Black team recently finished fifth at the USA Volleyball Girls National Championships in Indianapolis, going 8-2 in the four-day event.

Team members included all-tourney selection Jordyn Poppen, Kelly Townsend, Ali Greenwood and Haley Banks of West Aurora, Hollie Fedderly, Annmarie Franz and Kathy Nguyen of Kaneland, Emily Gutzwiler of Yorkville and Gabby Campbell of Oswego East. Brian Zerfas coaches the team.

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