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    Tempke Presented With Inaugural Arlie Weiss Memorial Sportsmanship Award

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Senior Christian Tempke (left) with Danny Weiss (center) and head coach Paul Torricelli (right)
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    Senior Christian Tempke (left) with Danny Weiss (center) and head coach Paul Torricelli (right)
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    May 7, 2007

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Senior Christian Tempke (Wentorf, Germany/Gymnasium LobrÜgge) became the first recipient of the Arlie Weiss Memorial Sportsmanship Award during NU's Senior Day contest against Michigan State on April 22.

    The award is in honor of Arlie Weiss, mother of Danny and Robbie Weiss, who were both accomplished college tennis players.

    Danny Weiss and head coach Paul Torricelli presented the award to Tempke during a ceremony between singles and doubles of Northwestern's 5-2 win over Michigan State in its regular-season finale. Weiss' former teammate, David Kabiller, a current NU trustee and graduate of the Kellogg School of Management, flew in from New York City to attend the ceremony.

    "It was very exciting having Danny with us to present the award in his mother's memory," Torricelli said. "I know it meant a great deal to he and his family. Christian was extremely honored to be selected. The Arlie Weiss Award will be an annual tradition for Wildcat tennis"

    Mrs. Weiss' sons, Danny and Robbie, were the among the greatest tennis players to ever come out of Illinois. Danny was a three-time All-Big Ten selection (1982, 83, 85) for Northwestern and was the IHSA Boy's Singles Champion in 1980 and 81. Robbie was an All-American at Pepperdine and was the 1988 NCAA Singles champion. He won the IHSA singles title in 1982.

    "The award will be presented annually to the Northwestern men's tennis player who consistently displays outstanding sportsmanship and represents the University in a first class manner," Torricelli said. "Mrs. Weiss was a devoted mother of two outstanding players and an avid tennis fan. Sportsmanship was of great importance to her and she valued that above any of their accomplishments."