Toews begins skating again

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Toews begins skating again

COLUMBUS, Ohio Jonathan Toews skated back in Chicago today, the first time hes taken the ice in more than a week. It was a good sign for the Blackhawks captain, who has been out for more than a month with a concussion.

Its always good to see him on the ice, yeah, coach Joel Quenneville said after the Blackhawks 5-1 victory over Columbus. Hes progressing here, but well know more tomorrow.

Obviously, there is still no definite timetable for Toews return. He had skated four consecutive days more than a week ago before apparently suffering a setback. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks have found ways to win, going 9-4-1 in his absence.

It says a lot about our team; guys have stepped up, Duncan Keith said of the Blackhawks performances sans Toews. Well be excited when Jonathan comes back. Were just going to keep on playing one game at a time and trying to get better.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Austin O'Connor

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Austin O'Connor

Four years, four state championships. 

That's what St. Rita senior wrestler Austin O'Connor accomplished over the past four years, becoming the 15th wrestler in IHSA history to do so. The Mustangs' grappler went undefeated this season and finished his IHSA career with a record of 181-4. 

O'Connor is planning on continuing his time on the mat at the University of North Carolina next season. Learn more about O'Connor in the video above. 

In the Gym at EFT: Vertical jump training

In the Gym at EFT: Vertical jump training

In the latest installment of In the Gym at EFT, performance specialist Kerry Neal teaches some valuable techniques to improve an athlete's vertical jump. 

Former Western Michigan Linebacker Grant DePalma gives an assist by demonstrating the drills. An athlete's vertical is an important tool and can be the difference during evaluation.

Learn some valuable tips above and be on the lookout for the next edition of In the Gym at EFT.