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Larkin grad McCullum named All-American.

Byline: Daily Herald Reports

Lewis University's Kendale McCullum, a Larkin graduate, was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II All-America team as announced by the NABC office Tuesday.

The team was selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC in Division II.

McCullum, the GLVC's Player and Defensive Player of the Year, earns All-America honors for the first time in his career. He finished the season ranked in the top 15 in Division II in four categories.

McCullum is third in steals per game with 2.81, fifth in total steals (87), eighth in total assists (194) and 11th in assists per game with 6.3. He led the team in scoring and is seventh in the GLVC with 16.4 points per contest.

The Flyers finished their season matching the school record for wins with 25 and advanced to the semifinal round of both the GLVC and Midwest Regional tournaments.

Golf: The ANA Junior Inspiration and the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) announced Tuesday that Megan Furtney of St. Charles North High School is the 2019 Chicago Gateway City Qualifier. In her honor, ANA's Gateway City Grant has made a financial contribution to support the Illinois Junior Golf Association.

The ANA Junior Inspiration, a partnership between the AJGA and All Nippon Airways (ANA) -- Japan's largest 5-star airline, will be held March 28-31 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Furtney, along with 47 other top-ranked junior girls from around the world, earned entry into the ANA Junior Inspiration, an official AJGA Invitational.

The winner of the ANA Junior Inspiration will receive an invitation for the final amateur exemption in the ANA Inspiration -- the first LPGA major tournament of the year.

Junior golfers, such as Furtney, qualified through the ANA Priority Mileage point system, which is based on the Rolex AJGA Rankings, with 11 spots given to the top qualifiers in ANA's gateway cities of Chicago, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Vancouver and Washington D.C.

The field will be tested for 36 holes on the Pete Dye Challenge Course before playing the final round on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course with LPGA legends. During the final round, each pairings group will feature one LPGA legend and two juniors. Juniors will compete for the stroke play title and participate in a fun competition among pairings groups in a Best Ball format with the legends.

Furtney is making her second appearance at the ANA Junior Inspiration. During her AGJA career, Furtney is a two-time AJGA Rolex Junior All-American and a three-time AJGA champion, including two in 2018. She has also had nine top-five national junior golf career finishes. The senior is committed to Duke University.

After qualifying as a representative of one of ANA's gateway cities, each qualifier chose a local golf association in their area to receive a $5,000 grant from the ANA Junior Inspiration to support the growth and development of junior golf. Furtney selected the Illinois Junior Golf Association (IJGA).

"This organization has helped grow the game in Illinois and the Midwest," said Furtney. "They have provided many golfers with an opportunity to compete and learn more about the game of golf for many years. The IJGA has played such a large role in helping me become the golfer I am today."

Since the Gateway City Grant program began in 2017, the ANA Junior Inspiration has donated $165,000 to local golf associations throughout the country.

Bowling: Mabel Cummins of Elburn, a senior at Kaneland High School, has been selected as the 2019 Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee.

The award recognizes the star qualities of a female high school senior or college student, including accomplishments on the lanes, academic achievement and community service. The award winner receives a $6,000 scholarship.

Past recipients include, among others, USBC Hall of Fame members Betty Kuczynski, the award's first winner in 1961, Joy Abel, Judy Soutar, Mildred Ignizio, Donna Adamek, Tish Johnson and Lynda (Norry) Barnes.

"It's an incredible honor," Cummins said. "I am genuinely humbled to be associated with the remarkable women who have received this award in the past. Some truly outstanding individuals have previously been selected for this title including Josie Barnes, Diandra Asbaty and Missy Parkin, just to name a few, and I am proud to say they were my heroes as a child and my role models as a young adult. They are incredibly talented athletes and respected leaders and they have impacted the sport in such a positive and profound way that I feel totally overwhelmed at the thought of living up to their accomplishments."

Cummins recently competed for Junior Team USA at the inaugural World Bowling Junior Championships in France. She teamed with Kamerin Peters to take the gold medal in doubles and won three matches in the Masters competition of the event to earn bronze.

She made her first appearance on Junior Team USA in 2018 and was a member of the gold-medal winning team at the World Bowling Youth Championships. As a member of U15 Junior Team USA in 2017, she won five gold medals and a silver medal at the Tournament of the Americas.

She started 2019 with a runner-up finish at the U.S. Amateur Championships, beating Julia Bond in the semifinal before falling to Breanna Clemmer in the title match.

Cummins won the U15 girls title at the 2016 Junior Gold Championships.

Off the lanes, she is a member of the Elite Youth Tour Board and Illinois State USBC Youth Leaders. She served as tournament coordinator for the 2016 Strike for Vets Chicago, raising nearly $10K for Fisher House, a veterans support facility. She was selected as the USBC Youth Ambassador of the Year in 2017.

With a 4.12 grade-point average, she is in the top 10 of her class at Kaneland. She is a National Honor Society member and Illinois State Scholar.

She plans to attend Vanderbilt University, where she will compete on the women's bowling team as she works toward a degree in pathology.

"I intend to become a forensic pathologist, but not through the traditional path," Cummins said. "I will major in biochemical engineering, then attend medical school, complete a 4-5 year clinical residency, and eventually receive a pathology certification."

Cummins will receive the Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow Award at the 2019 USBC Convention, which will take place April 29-May 2 at The Orleans in Las Vegas. will have live coverage of the award presentation.
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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Mar 27, 2019
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