When Peter Callas arrived at Brown University, his golf coach, Mike Hughes, thought the freshman from Rock Island Alleman eventually would blossom into a high-caliber player.
He had no idea Callas would bloom quite this early, though.
Callas took to the college game quickly, shooting a 77 in his first collegiate round. He finished his first season with a final-round 78 in the Ivy League championships last week, finishing in a tie for 26th in the individual race.
"When he gets on a roll, he's the best player on the team," Hughes said. "He hits it deep and strong."
Callas said he had come off a strong summer, and while he was expecting a bit of a transition period, he wasn't completely taken aback of his quick start.
"It was a really exciting time for me," he said. "It propelled us to a nice fall season."
Hughes said he still is looking for more consistency out of Callas and his team.
Consistency is tough to find, however, when your practice dome's roof collapses because of snow as Brown's did this winter. The team struggled to find times to get its regular hitting in.
"We were at a severe disadvantage," Callas said. "From winter break when we got back at the end of January to our spring break trip at the end of March I probably touched a club about five times or so, which is less than once a week.
"My golf game was definitely on the backburner during those months."
On top of Brown's rigorous academic workload, Callas had to adjust to playing two seasons of golf - fall and spring.
"It's a time-management thing," he said. "You buckle down. We'll go to practice in the afternoon and then hopefully come back and do some school work and then go out and have some fun at night."
Northern Iowa's Sam Cameron (Bettendorf) was part of the 1,600-meter relay team that recorded the fifth-fastest time in school history, 3:42.21, at the Drake Relays last week.
Monique Decap (Alleman) was part of the winning 400 relay team for North Central College at the Northern Illinois University Huskie Open.
Jenna Higgins (North Scott) of Mount Mercy was named women's outdoor field athlete of the week in the Midwest Collegiate Conference after winning the javelin in the university/college division at the Drake Relays.
Central's Kurtis Brondyke (Clinton) finished seventh at the Drake Relays in the decathlon. He set personal bests in the 110 hurdles and the 1,500.
Western Illinois' Matt Leal (Davenport West) was named the Papa John's Scholar-Athlete of the Week. Leal placed second in the 400 hurdles at the April 30 Stan Lyons Invitational with a time of 53.42 seconds, the 10th-best performance in program history. Leal has a 3.84 GPA as an exercise science major.
Emily Caras (Moline) recently was named the St. Catharine College female athlete of the year. Caras played soccer, basketball and softball at St. Catharine and tied the school record with 16 goals this season. She ranks No. 2 all-time in goals scored for the Patriots.
Missouri Southern junior Dallas Burke (Davenport Central) went 8-for-17 with two homers and a triple in a four-game sweep against Southwest Baptist last week. He is hitting .393 overall.
A recent Kirkwood and DMACC doubleheader featured three pitchers from Wilton, Iowa. In Game 1, Kyle Holmes faced off against Alec Crawford. Fellow Beaver Ryan Waack hit a single for a walk-off Kirkwood win. Drew Freie started Game 2 for DMACC.
Luther's Kelsey Weindruch (Pleasant Valley) was named conference position player of the week for the week of April 25. The sophomore outfielder hit .466 and slugged .733 as Luther posted a 4-0 mark last week with doubleheader sweeps of Dubuque and No. 3 Central.
The University of Dubuque is finding success with the help of two local athletes. Kate Wiersema (Mount Carroll) is hitting .289 as the starting catcher, while Emily Michels (Bellevue Marquette) leads the team with a 3.69 ERA. She also has three wins and a save.
A quartet of locals shined during UNI's spring game. David Johnson (Clinton) had eight carries for 27 yards for the Purple team. Ben Boothby (Clinton) had a forced fumble for the White team. Blake White (Davenport North) had three tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for the White team. Shawn Gerard (North Scott) had three tackles for the Purple team.
Augustana Blanket Award winners
Seven local athletes won Augustana Blanket Awards: Kristin Sattizahan (Erie) for cross country, Courtney VandeWiele (Alleman) for golf, Brittany Bennett (Annawan) for track and field, Drew Croegaert (Geneseo) for basketball, Adam Boland (Orion) and Jeremy Smith (Sherrard) for fooball and Ted Keopple (Geneseo) for golf. A
Blanket Award goes to a Vikings athlete who competed in their sport for four years and earned three letters.
Alumni Report runs each Tuesday in the Quad-City Times. If you know of a former Quad-City area high school athlete who is accomplishing big things at the collegiate level away from home, contact Doug Green at email@example.com.