Editor’s Note: This is the final College Check-up of the school year. It will return next season.
As the school year comes to an end, area college athletes are finishing up another amazing year.
North Central College’s Adam Weidner (So., BV) earned All-America status after placing sixth in the shot put in his first appearance at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University May 22-24. His throw of 54-8.25 was an inch shy of his personal best.
Weidner finished third in his flight in the preliminary round with that throw and it held up as his best throw of the day to place him sixth in the final standings. He is the eighth outdoor shot put All-American in the history of the North Central men’s program and the first since 2002. North Central went on the claim third place as a team.
Also, Mount Mercy University’s Liz Mosbach (So., Hall) placed 19th in the long jump with a leap of 16-11.25 at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships May 22-24 in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Valparaiso University’s Karch Kowalczyk (Sr., L-P) finished 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 22 2/3 innings pitched with eight walks, 23 strikeouts and a team-high 11 saves.
He finished his career with 24 saves, which is second in Valparaiso history. Kowalczyk also hit .239 with nine doubles, five home runs, 34 RBI and 19 runs scored. He led the team in home runs and RBIs.
Teammate Jason Condit (Jr., Henry) finished 0-0 with a 5.25 ERA in 12 innings pitched with three walks and three strikeouts.
Valparaiso saw its season come to an end in a 7-0 loss to Wright State May 23 in the Horizon League Tournament. The Crusaders finished the season 25-28.
n Illinois State University’s David Suarez (Sr., L-P) was 3-2 with a 1.99 ERA in 31 2/3 innings pitched with 12 walks, 34 strikeouts and three saves this season. Teammate Mason Snyder (Jr., Ottawa) hit .244 with five doubles, nine RBI and 14 runs scored.
ISU fell 4-1 to Dallas Baptist in the title game of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament May 24. ISU finished 33-22.
n Southern Illinois University’s Lee Weld (RS Sr., Fieldcrest) was 3-2 with a 2.33 ERA in 27 innings pitched with 11 walks and 19 strikeouts. SIU fell 2-1 in 12 innings to Wichita State to be eliminated from the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament May 22. The Salukis finished 26-31.
n South Dakota State University’s Reid Clary (Jr., Princeton) hit .256 with seven doubles, 10 RBI and 15 runs scored this season. The catcher also caught 20 runners stealing.
SDSU saw its season come to an end May 23 in a 5-2 loss to Western Illinois in the Summit League Tournament. The Jackrabbits finished 28-29 overall.
n Danville Area Community College’s Brazon Wheeler (Fr., Ottawa) hit .339 with three doubles, a triple, 22 RBI and 26 runs scored this season. DACC finished 36-21.
n Heartland Community College’s Joey Ceja (So., Marquette) finished the season 4-1 with a 2.44 ERA in 44 1/3 innings pitched with 16 walks and 37 strikeouts.
Heartland finished 43-13.
n Parkland College’s Jake Sale (So., Putnam County) finished 0-2 with a 10.20 ERA in 15 innings pitched with 14 walks and 17 strikeouts.
n Waubonsee Community College’s Matt Boucher (Fr., Hall) finished 0-0 with an 18.00 ERA in three innings pitched with eight walks and a strikeout this season. Teammate Ryan Dornink (So., Mendota) finished 0-0 with a 54.00 ERA in two innings pitched with six walks and two strikeouts.
Waubonsee finished fourth at the NJCAA Division III World Series. The team finished 39-25, which was a new school single-season record for wins.
Jackie Pokryfke can be reached at 220-6939 or at email@example.com.