Hinsdale Central grad Thomson guides Stanford past Pacific
Stanford's Danny Thomson competes during a swim meet against Wisconsin on Nov. 2. | Photo courtesy Stanford Athletics
Updated: January 21, 2013 1:58PM
Hinsdale Central alumnus Danny Thomson helped the Stanford men’s swim team to a 159–92 dual-meet win against Pacific Jan. 5 in Stanford, Calif.
Thomson, a freshman from Hinsdale, took second place in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 9 minutes, 28.54 seconds, second place in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:09.21 and also swam on a 400 free relay team for the Cardinal.
Evanston alumnus John McBratney led the Hamilton College men’s swim team to a 162–118 win against Wesleyan Jan. 7 in Middletown, Conn.
McBratney, a freshman from Evanston, finished in first place in the 1,000 free with a time of 10:19.37, third place in the 100 free with a time of 49.8 seconds and first place in the 500 free with a time of 4:54.66. He was also part of Hamilton’s first-place 800 free relay team that finished with a time of 7:25.36.
NFL left tackle Anthony Castonzo, a Hawthorn Woods native who played part of his prep career at Lake Zurich, was instrumental in the Indianapolis Colts’ playoff push and 11-5 record.
The team’s turnaround came just one year after it finished 2-14, tied for the worst record in the NFL in 2011. Castonzo — a second-year left tackle out of Boston College — started all 16 of the Colts’ regular-season games, as well as their playoff game, a 24–9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens Jan. 6.
Mundelein alumna Toni Knar, a junior on the Missouri S&T women’s basketball team, tied a school record for most 3-pointers in a game with seven during the Lady Miners’ 69–55 win against Saint Joseph’s Jan. 10 in Rensselaer, Ind. The Mundelein native scored a career-high 23 points in the game, 20 of which came in the second half.
Knar has helped Missouri S&T to an 8-5 record, including a 4-1 mark in Great Lake Valley Conference play. Through 14 games, she is the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 11.5 points per game. Knar has been on fire since conference play started for the Lady Miners, averaging 14.4 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the field and 48.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Jaronn Watkins, a Niles West alumnus, helped the Oakton Community College men’s basketball team to a 52–37 win against Truman College Jan. 3. The sophomore guard finished with 11 points and spurred the Raiders to their third straight victory.