Posada to step down as Fire president

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Posada to step down as Fire president

The Fire roster hasnt changed much for next season yet, but the clubs front office underwent a major alteration on Wednesday when owner Andrew Hauptman announced that team president Julian Posada will step down at the end of the year.
Posada, who held the post since Sept. 10, 2010, wont be replaced. His duties will be absorbed mainly by chief operating office Atul Khosla and president of soccer operations Javier Leon.
"Over the past year we have invested in building a diverse and deep management team, Hauptman wrote in an open letter to the teams followers. "In a relatively short time the club has accomplished a great deal, including the securing of numerous multi-year partnerships, a new jersey sponsorship, a 100 percent increase in season ticket holders and a significant increase in overall attendance.
Posadas most noteworthy accomplishment came in landing Quaker Oats as the jersey sponsor for last season after the Fire had gone without one in 2011.
Hauptman said Posada was leaving "to pursue other opportunities but that he will "remain a consultant to the club in 2013.
"Were grateful to Julian for his time and dedication to the Fire, Hauptman said.
Posada was the fourth president in franchise history, following Peter Wilt, John Guppy and Dave Greeley. Wilt served the longest. He led the Fire into Major League Soccer in 1998 and his reign as president ended in 2005 when then-owner Anschutz Entertainment Group replaced him with Guppy in the final days of the preseason.
Guppy departed in 2008, a few months after Hauptmans Andell Holdings took over the ownership of the club.
The club completed its 15th season with a playoff loss to the Houston Dynamo on Oct. 31 and will have a short-turnaround before the 2013 campaign begins. The Fire announced this week that its 2013 season opener will be a road match against the two-time defending MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy on March 3 the earlier start in franchise history. The first home match will be against the New England Revolution on March 9.
While the full season hasnt been announced, the Fire does have a third match on the books at Sporting Kansas City on March 16. SKC posted the best record in the Eastern Conference during the last regular season.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

This week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek. 

Tworek has led the Vikings on and off the court this season. Last week, the Harvard commit put up a career-high 29 points in a win over Wheeling. 

Learn more about Tworek's success in the video above. 

Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

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Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday. 

The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.

Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.

Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.

The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season. 

Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.