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home : sports : sports   May 27, 2016

11/13/2012 10:21:00 AM
College Check-up: Area harriers punch tickets to nationals

Jackie Pokryfke
NT Correspondent

Several area cross country athletes are heading to nationals.

The University of Illinois’ Hunter Mickow (Sr., Princeton) qualified for the NCAA Championships after placing sixth overall (30:29.27) at the NCAA Division I Midwest Regional Friday in Springfield, Mo.

He was the highest Illini finisher in the regional since 2007. Illinois finished fourth as a team, the highest finish for the Illini since 2002.

The NCAA Championships will be held Saturday in Louisville, Ky.

Meanwhile, Mount Mercy University’s T.J. Mosbach (Jr., Hall) and Liz Mosbach (Fr., Hall) punched their tickets to the NAIA National Championships after both placed fourth in their respective races at the Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships Nov. 3. Liz finished with a time of 19:32 in the 5K, while T.J. ran a time of 26:39 in the 8K. The siblings both earned first-team all-conference honors for their finishes.

The University of St. Francis’ Daniela Acamovic (Jr., Hall) also saw her team place second at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Championships Nov. 3 to earn a team berth in the NAIA National Championships. Acamovic placed 68th overall (21:08.05) at the meet. The Saints will be making their first national appearance since 1992.

The NAIA Cross Country National Championships will be held on Saturday in Vancouver, Wash.

n Monmouth College’s Jake Barr (Sr., Mendota) placed 22nd overall (25:07.11) to earn all-region status for the first time in his career at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Meet Saturday.

His 8K time of 25:07.11 was the sixth-fastest time ever for a Monmouth male runner.

n Lewis University’s James Weissensel (Fr., Marquette) placed 112th overall (34:13) at the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championships Nov. 3.

n Judson University’s Justine McDowell (Jr., Mendota) placed 64th overall (20:46.04) at the CCAC Championships Nov. 3 and was 177th (22:16.59) at the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association Championships Saturday.

n St. Ambrose University’s Drew Gama (So., Marquette) placed 52nd overall (32:13) at the Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships Nov. 3.

n Bradley University’s Nick Skromme (Sr., Marquette) placed eighth overall (15:59.92) at the Northern Illinois University Huskie Run Nov. 2.

The University of St. Francis’ Jazzmyne Robbins (Sr., L-P) was named to the first team on the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference Team for the fourth straight year. Robbins led the team with 448 kills and had 97 digs and 23 blocks before being sidelined with an injury on Oct. 26.

USF is currently 36-6 after winning the CCAC Tournament Saturday to earn a berth in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round in the process. It was the first time since 1999 that St. Francis captured both the CCAC regular-season and tournament titles in the same year. The team will be back in action Saturday.

n Bowling Green State University’s Leah Shaw (Sr., Princeton) has 169 kills, 98 blocks, 57 digs, 21 assists and 18 aces this season. The Falcons fell 3-1 to Northern Illinois University Saturday to finish second in the Mid-American Conference regular-season standings. They will be the No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament and will face No. 7 seed Eastern Michigan Friday.

n Northern Michigan University’s Kalli Herron (Jr., L-P) is second on the team in kills with 335 and second in blocks with 79. She also has 101 digs, 24 aces and five assists. NMU starts the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Wednesday against Ashland University.

n Benedictine University’s Megan Kmieciak (Sr., L-P) finished the season with 274 digs, 37 aces, 10 assists and one kill. Benedictine fell 3-1 to the University of Chicago in the NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Regional Friday. Kmieciak had 12 digs in the loss.

Benedictine ended with a 30-5 record. It won the Northern Athletics Conference title, beating Edgewood in five sets on Nov. 3 to clinch a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

n Graceland University’s Erin Polte (Sr., Hall) ended her career by finishing second on the team in assists with 508 and also had 217 digs, 23 aces and 13 kills. Graceland advanced to the championship match of the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament before falling 3-1 to MidAmerica Nazarene University Saturday. Graceland finished 19-10 overall and 7-2 in conference.

n Western Illinois University’s Heather Smith (Jr., L-P) finished with 194 kills, 74 digs, 62 assists, 32 blocks and one ace this season. WIU ended the year 11-17 overall and 4-12 in the Summit League.

n The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Sammi Herron (Fr., L-P) finished with 115 kills, 38 digs, 23 blocks and nine assists this season. UWM finished the year 9-19 and 4-10 in the Horizon League.

n The University of Illinois-Springfield’s Brittnee Wojciechowski (Jr., L-P) finished with 76 kills, a team-high 74 blocks, 25 digs and three assists this year. UIS finished its season with a record of 10-21 overall and 2-17 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

n North Central College’s Amanda Walker (Fr., Ottawa) finished with 151 kills, 78 blocks — which was second on the team — 24 digs and five assists this season. Teammate Allie Youngren (So., Princeton) also played in one set this season. North Central ended the season 23-11.

n Sauk Valley Community College’s Kalli Scheppers (Fr., Mendota) finished the season with a team-high 465 kills and also had 290 digs, 38 blocks, 10 assists and two aces. Sauk Valley ended the year with a loss to Kishwaukee in the Region 24 Finals Nov. 3. The team finished the season 27-14. Scheppers was named to the Region IV All-Tournament Team.

n Eureka College’s Jacqui Kane (Jr., Princeton) finished the year with 157 kills, a team-high 73 blocks, 49 digs, five assists and one ace. Eureka ended the season 5-31.

n Culver-Stockton College’s Lori Privratsky (Jr., Henry) finished the season with 10 digs in 23 sets played. CSC finished 17-18 overall.

n Webster University’s Amy Stanke (Fr., St. Bede) had three digs in two matches played this season. Webster lost in the first round of the NCAA Regional Friday and finished 24-10 and 15-1 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. It won both the SLIAC regular-season and tournament titles.

n Lincoln College’s Taylor Hewitt (Fr., BV) had 19 digs and 11 points in a season-ending loss to Lincoln Land Community College in the first round of the Region 24 Tournament. Lincoln ended the season 19-17.

Monmouth College’s Brik Wedekind (Jr., Princeton) was 16-for-21 passing for 250 yards and two touchdowns and added 12 carries for 56 yards and two touchdowns in a 50-47 loss to Ripon College Nov. 3. He also had one punt for 40 yards.

Teammate Garrett Youngren (Sr., Princeton) had six catches for 109 yards and added one assisted tackle in the loss, while Austin Peterson (Jr., BV) had one catch for 11 yards. Defensively, Ryan Hix (So., BV) had five solo and six assisted tackles.

On Saturday, Monmouth earned a 49-35 win over Knox College as Wedekind went 16-for-25 for 157 yards and three touchdowns and had nine carries for 23 yards and two touchdowns. He also averaged 25.8 yards per punt on four punts. Youngren had five catches for 50 yards — including touchdown catches of 3, 9 and 18 yards — and Hix added three solo and two assisted tackles.

Monmouth finished the season 5-5 and 5-4 in the Midwest Conference. Wedekind ended the year going 144-for-229 with 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed 81 times for 201 yards and nine touchdowns. He averaged 38.0 yards per punt this season as well.

Youngren finished with 23 catches for 287 yards and a team-high six receiving touchdowns. He also had one solo and one assisted tackle. Peterson had 25 catches for 229 yards and two touchdowns, while Hix finished with 28 solo and 26 assisted tackles, an interception and two tackles for a loss.

n Concordia University’s Jordan Gonzales (Fr., L-P) participated in 37-3 win over Lakeland Nov. 3 and had two solo and two assisted tackles in a 62-26 win over Maranatha Baptist College Saturday. With the win the Cougars clinched the Northern Athletics Conference title and finished the regular season a perfect 10-0. Concordia will now advance to the NCAA Division III playoffs, where it will face Bethel University Saturday.

n The University of Wisconsin’s Ethan Armstrong (RS Jr., Ottawa) had four solo and one assisted tackle in a 62-14 win over Indiana Saturday.

n Aurora University’s Noah Martin (Sr., Fieldcrest) had two catches for 13 yards in a 45-31 loss to Concordia Wisconsin Nov. 3 and two catches for 41 yards in a 47-20 win over Rockford College Saturday. Teammate Cody Whightsil (Jr., Hall) added a solo tackle in the win.

Aurora finished the year 5-5. Martin ended the year with 19 catches for 271 yards and one touchdown. He also had five solo tackles. Whightsil finished with four solo tackles and one assisted tackle. He had one tackle for a loss.

n Eureka College’s Matt Stevenson (Jr., Fieldcrest) had two assisted tackles in a 29-14 loss to MacMurray College Nov. 3. Teammate Alex Anderson (So., Henry) started at center, while Jake Bane (Jr., Fieldcrest) started at wide receiver. Will Hansen (Fr., Mendota) also participated.

Eureka ended the season 4-6 and 3-5 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. Stevenson finished with seven solo and 22 assisted tackles, one sack and 2.5 tackles for a loss. Bane ended the year with 30 catches for 518 yards and four touchdowns. He also had one solo tackle. Anderson started every game this season at center and had one solo tackle, while Hansen finished with one carry for three yards.

n Wartburg College’s Grant Zimmerman (Fr., Mendota) averaged 41 yards per punt in a 31-28 loss to Central College Nov. 3 and had one punt of 46 yards in a 55-7 win over Loras College Saturday. Wartburg ended the season 6-4 overall and 4-3 in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Zimmerman averaged 38.6 yards per punt this season. His longest punt was 56 yards, he had six punts of 50-plus yards and he landed 16 of his 39 punts inside the 20.

n Benedictine University’s Vince Bruno (Jr., Mendota) had one solo tackle in a 34-6 win over Maranatha Baptist College Nov. 3. He also participated in a 28-3 win over Lakeland Saturday. Benedictine finished the season 5-5 and 3-4 in the Northern Athletics Conference. Bruno finished with three solo tackles in seven games played this season.

n Illinois Wesleyan University’s Zach Anderson (Jr., Fieldcrest) started at right tackle in a 22-7 loss to Augustana Nov. 3 and in a 35-31 loss to Elmhurst College Saturday. IWU finished 6-4 overall and 3-4 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. Anderson started at right tackle in every game this season.

n North Central College’s Michael Weidner (Jr., BV) participated in a 35-21 loss to Wheaton College Nov. 3. North Central’s 37-6 win over Augustana Saturday clinched a share of a seventh straight College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin championship and a third straight berth in the NCAA Division III Football Championship. They will play at California Lutheran University Saturday.

n Rockford College’s Jacob Robison (Jr., Princeton) started at right tackle in a 34-14 loss to Wisconsin Lutheran Nov. 3 and in a 47-20 loss to Aurora University Saturday. Rockford ended the year 2-8. Robison started on the offensive line all season.

Monmouth College’s Lauren Kellen (So., Mendota) scored the team’s lone goal in a 3-1 loss to St. Norbert College in the Midwest Conference Tournament Nov. 2. Teammate Lauren Becker (Jr., Mendota) had a shot on goal in the loss as well.

Kellen led the team with 18 goals and also had two assists this season. Becker finished with one goal in 18 games played. She started in eight of them. Monmouth finished with a 9-7-3 record, the third most wins in the 19-year history of the program.

n Kishwaukee College’s Chris Collins (Fr., Earlville) scored one goal this season, while teammate Alexis Quintana (Fr., Mendota) had one assist. Omar Torres (So., Mendota) also played in six games for Kishwaukee, which finished 2-11-1.

n Illinois Central College’s Chelsea Compton (Fr., Princeton) finished the season with two goals and one assist. Dani Compton (So., Princeton) also played in one game for ICC, which finished 5-11 this season.

Men’s Basketballl
Judson University’s Anthony Ahlers (Sr., Putnam County) is averaging 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game through the team’s first four games.

Women’s Basketball
Judson University’s Emily Ragsdale (Jr., Ottawa) had 12 points and 16 rebounds in a 76-62 loss to Robert Morris Friday.

Jackie Pokryfke can be reached at 220-6939 or at

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