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home : sports : sports   February 6, 2016

11/19/2013 10:24:00 AM
College Check-Up: Mosbach sibilings shine for Mt. Mercy

Jackie Pokryfke
NT Correspondent

It was quite a day for the Mosbach family at the Midwest Collegiate Conference Cross Country Championships Nov. 9.

First, Mount Mercy University’s T.J. Mosbach (Sr., Hall) earned Harrier of the Year honors from the conference after placing first overall (27:39) at the meet. He is the third Mustang to earn the honor. He was named first-team all-conference and also earned the conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week honor for the sixth time this season for his effort.

Mount Mercy also took home the team title for the fourth time, which earned the Mustangs the league’s automatic berth in the 58th Annual NAIA Cross Country National Championships on Saturday at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan.

Second, T.J.’s younger sister Liz Mosbach (So., Hall) was honorable mention all-conference after placing eighth overall (20:44) for Mount Mercy. She also earned a berth for the NAIA Championships on Saturday. It is her second consecutive national meet.

Mount Mercy’s Katie Hoffert (Fr., Hall) also placed 17th (21:09) at the conference meet.

Sauk Valley Community College’s Kalli Scheppers (So., Mendota) was named to the Arrowhead Conference All-Conference Team and the Region IV All-Region Team. She had 15 kills in a season-ending loss to South Suburban in the quarterfinals of the Region IV Tournament Nov. 6. Scheppers ended the year with a team-high 448 kills and also had 250 digs, 23 blocks, 10 aces and five assists.

Teammate Brianna Correa (Fr., Mendota) had 15 digs in the season-ending loss to South Suburban and finished with a team-high 450 digs, 24 assists, six kills and two aces this season. Sauk Valley was 18-18.

n Webster University’s Amy Stanke (So., St. Bede) was named to the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 2013 Fall All-Academic Team. In order to earn All-Academic Team honors, a student-athlete must hold a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, be at least a sophomore and have been enrolled for at least one full year at her current institution.

Stanke had four digs in five sets played this season. Webster was 26-9 and 16-2 in the SLIAC.

n Northern Michigan University’s Kalli Herron (Sr., L-P) had 13 kills in a win over Saginaw Valley Friday and then had a team-high 12 kills in a win over Lake Superior Saturday. She is second on the team with 342 kills and also has 125 digs, 55 blocks, 34 aces and 10 assists.

The Wildcats finished the regular season 22-9 overall and 15-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. NMU will begin GLIAC Tournament play Wednesday. 

n Western Illinois University’s Heather Smith (Sr., L-P) had 10 kills and 14 digs in a win over South Dakota Sunday. She has 211 kills, 117 digs, 31 blocks, nine aces and nine assists this season.

n Roosevelt University’s Emily Bodmer (Sr., Mendota/IVCC) had 138 digs, 17 aces, eight assists and two kills this season. Roosevelt finished 25-14, a school record for wins, and notched the first postseason win in the program’s history in the CCAC Tournament.

n North Central College’s Amanda Walker (So., Ottawa) led the team with 224 kills and 78 blocks and also had 38 digs, five assists and four aces this season.

Teammate Stephanie Ganz (So., Mendota) had five digs, one assist and one ace in four sets played, while Allie Youngren (Jr., Princeton) had four kills and one block in four sets played. North Central was 12-22.

n The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Sammi Herron (So., L-P) has 57 kills, 12 blocks, nine digs and two assists this season.

n Carl Sandburg College’s Rachel Barr (Fr., Mendota) ended the year with 143 kills, 94 digs, 89 blocks, 20 aces and four assists. The Chargers finished 21-18.

n Elmhurst College’s Jessica Suarez (Fr., L-P) finished with 98 kills, 32 digs, 17 blocks and three assists this season. The Bluejays advanced to the NCAA Regional championship before falling to Hope College Saturday. They ended with a 37-5 overall record, won their second consecutive CCIW title and earned the CCIW Tournament championship.

n MacMurray College’s Brianna Pohl (Sr., Mendota/IVCC) finished with 130 kills, 112 digs, 24 blocks, 19 assists and seven aces. MacMurray was 9-22.

n Lincoln’s College’s Taylor Hewitt (So., BV) had a team-high 450 digs, 24 assists, 14 aces and 11 kills this season. Lincoln finished 17-21.

n Judson University’s Hollie Reppin (Fr., Mendota) finished with 34 digs, 12 aces, seven assists and a kill this season. Judson was 11-27.

n Culver-Stockton College’s Lori Privratsky (Sr., Henry) finished with two digs in three sets played this season. CSC was 22-11.

North Central College’s Michael Weidner (Sr., BV) had three solo and four assisted tackles in a 53-14 win over Augustana College Saturday and also participated in a 35-16 win over Wheaton College Nov. 9. Teammate Elliot Kowalski (Fr., Marquette) also participated in both games.

The Cardinals completed the third 10-0 regular season in their history with the win over Augustana. They won the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin title for the eighth straight year, which tied the conference record, and will play in the Division III playoffs for the fourth straight year and the eighth time in the last nine seasons. North Central will host Albion College (Mich.) this Saturday in the playoffs.

Augustana College’s Luke Kowlaczyk (Jr., L-P) participated in the loss to North Central College. The Vikings finished the year 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the CCIW. Kowalczyk ended the year with four solo tackles and an interception.

n Illinois Wesleyan University’s Zach Anderson (Sr., Fieldcrest) started at right tackle in a 24-10 win over Elmhurst College Saturday. The Titans (9-1) earned an at-large bid in the NCAA Division III playoffs and will host Wartburg College at noon this Saturday.

n Wartburg College’s Grant Zimmerman (So., Mendota) averaged 35.3 yards per punt on six punts in a 16-14 win over Central College Nov. 9 and 38.7 yards per punt on three punts in a 59-3 win over Loras College Saturday. Wartburg (8-2, 6-1) claimed its 13th Iowa Conference championship with the wins and earned the conference’s automatic bid to the playoffs against Illinois Wesleyan.

n Monmouth College’s Austin Peterson (Sr., BV) had a team-high eight catches for 89 yards — including touchdown receptions of 11 and six yards – in a 37-10 win over Knox College Saturday. He also had a team-high six catches for 89 yards in a 49-21 win over Ripon College Nov. 9.

Teammate Ryan Hix (Sr., BV) had three solo and two assisted tackles in the win over Knox, while Brik Wedekind (Sr., Princeton) was 4-for-5 passing for 31 yards and a touchdown and had a punt of 38 yards. Against Ripon, Hix had two solo tackles and one assisted tackle, while Wedekind averaged 40.3 yards per punt on three punts.

Monmouth ended the year 5-5 overall and 5-4 in the Midwest Conference. Peterson finished with 60 receptions for 774 yards and eight touchdowns – all team highs. Wedekind was 98-for-170 passing this season for 1,267 yards and 13 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He also had 40 rushes for 121 yards and two touchdowns and averaged 41.21 yards per punt on 39 punts this season.
Hix finished the year with 33 solo tackles, 10 assisted tackles and a sack.

n Knox College’s Jack Donahue (Fr., Marquette) started at guard in the 37-10 loss to Monmouth Saturday and in a 23-20 loss to Lawrence University Nov. 9. Knox finished 1-9 and 1-8 in the Midwest Conference.

n The University of Wisconsin’s Ethan Armstrong (RS Sr., Ottawa) had three solo tackles, two assisted tackles and a sack in a 27-17 win over BYU Nov. 9. He also had one solo tackle in a 51-3 win over Indiana Saturday.

n St. Ambrose University’s Zack Cinotto (Fr., L-P) went 2-for-3 passing for 51 yards in an 80-20 win over Waldorf College Saturday. SAU finished the regular season with a 7-3 record and earned an at-large bid to the NAIA Football Championship Series (FCS) playoffs. The No. 16 Bees will travel to No. 1 Cumberlands (Ky.) this Saturday.

n Eureka College’s Jake Bane (Sr., Fieldcrest) had three catches for 27 yards – including a 19-yard touchdown reception – in a 17-14 win over Crown Nov. 9. Also in the win, Nate Louis (Sr., Henry) had one catch for 20 yards, while Alex Anderson (Sr., Henry) started at center. Defensively, Matt Stevenson (Sr., Fieldcrest) had two solo and two assisted tackles.

The Red Devils ended the season with an 8-2 overall record, their best mark since 1995 and the fourth season of eight wins or more in program history. Bane finished the year with 27 catches for 389 yards and three touchdowns, while Louis ended the season with 12 receptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns.

Stevenson ended the year with 47 total tackles – 20 solo and 27 assisted – 3.5 sacks and one interception, while Anderson started every game at center.

n Northwestern University’s C.J. Robbins (So., L-P) participated in a 27-19 triple-overtime loss to Michigan Saturday.

n Illinois College’s Anthony Cook (So., Fieldcrest) finished with two solo tackles this season. Illinois College ended the year 8-2 overall and 7-2 in Midwest Conference play.

n Rockford University’s Jacob Robison (Sr., Princeton) started at right guard in a 27-12 loss to Wisconsin Lutheran Nov. 9. He also participated in a 44-7 loss to Aurora Saturday. Rockford finished the year 1-9 and 0-6 in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.

Cross Country
The University of St. Francis’ Joseph Parochetti (Fr., Hall) placed 41st overall (28:10.3) at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships Nov. 9. USF finished second at the meet, falling by one point to Olivet Nazarene. The USF team earned an at-large berth for the NAIA Men’s Cross Country Championship to be held on Saturday at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan.

On the women’s side, Judson University’s Justine McDowell (Sr., Mendota) placed 29th overall (19:44.6) at the CCAC Championships, while teammate Cassie Criminger (Sr., BV) placed 42nd (20:33.1).

McDowell also finished 71st (20:03.96) at the National Christian College Athletic Association Cross Country Championships Saturday.

n Campbell University’s Evan Darm (Jr., Marquette) placed 99th (15:49.2) at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Friday.

n Lewis University’s James Weissensel (So., Marquette) placed 80th (33:36) at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Nov. 9.

Monmouth College’s Lauren Kellen (Jr., Mendota) scored two goals to lead Monmouth to a 3-2 win over Lake Forest in the Midwest Conference Tournament Nov. 8. The win put the Fighting Scots in the finals for the first time in school history. But the team suffered a 2-0 loss to top-seeded St. Norbert College in the championship game to end their season at 12-5-2, which was a school record for wins in a single season. The team also set the defensive record for fewest goals allowed in a season with 20.

Kellen led the team with a school-record 23 goals this season and also had five assists. Teammate Lauren Becker (Sr., Mendota) also played in both games of the MWC tournament and ended the year with a goal and an assist.

n The University of St. Francis’ Natalie Conrad (Fr., Ottawa) played in two games this season. USF finished 11-8-0 this season and 6-5-0 in the CCAC.

Men’s Basketball
William Penn University’s Alec Schwab (Jr., St. Bede/IVCC) finished with 18 points, five rebounds an assist and a steal in a 106-62 win over Finlandia (Mich.) Saturday, while teammate Kevin Fay (Sr., Putnam County/IVCC) added 12 points and two rebounds.

Fay is averaging 16.2 points and 3.0 rebounds per game with four assists and four steals so far this season, while Schwab is averaging 11.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game with 10 assists, five steals and a block.

n Elmhurst College’s Taylor Baxter (Sr., Fieldcrest) had six points and two rebounds in a 70-66 loss to Westminster in the season opener Friday and then had nine points, three rebounds and an assist in a 71-66 loss to Greenville College Saturday.

n Sauk Valley Community College’s Jacob Fisher (So., Princeton) is averaging 7.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

Women’s Basketball
Sauk Valley Community College’s Mo Dean (Fr., St. Bede) scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a 63-56 win over Madison College Nov. 13. She also had 18 points and 13 rebounds in an 86-41 win over Olive Harvey Nov. 7. Dean is averaging 16.0 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game for Sauk Valley (4-1).

n Judson University’s Emily Ragsdale (Jr., Ottawa) had a season-high 11 rebounds and six points in a 84-76 triple-overtime loss to Rochester College in the Huntington Tournament Friday. She is averaging 6.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game with six assists, five steals and a team-high three blocks.

n St. Bonaventure University’s Kelcie Rombach (So., Ottawa) is averaging 2.0 points and 0.3 rebounds per game. She also has an assist and a steal.

n Grinnell College’s Lydia Stariha (Fr., St. Bede) had five points and nine rebounds in an 80-71 loss to Central College in the season opener Friday.

n Benedictine University’s Michelle Batty (Jr., L-P) had two assists in a 66-58 loss to Goshen College in the season opener Saturday.

Spring Hill College’s Jessica Temple (Fr., L-P) helped her team to its first tournament win in program history by placing seventh at the Southwest Intercollegiate Bowling Conference II Tournament Nov. 9. She finished with 803 pins and an average of 160.6.

n The University of St. Franics’ David McManus (r., Hall) placed 95th with 1,120 pins and a 186.67 average at the Leatherneck Classic Nov. 9. St. Ambrose University’s Blake Pohl (So., Mendota) also placed 151st with 935 pins and a 187.0 average at the tournament.

Jackie Pokryfke can be reached at 220-6939 or at

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