Lynx return to action Sunday
BELLEVILLE -- The Lindenwood University-Belleville men's basketball team will return to the court Sunday, following a three-week break for the holidays. The Lynx welcome Indiana Northwest to Lynx Arena for a 3 p.m. matchup on Sunday.
The Lynx (13-3) are on a four-game win streak, boasting the best season record in program history. LU-Belleville has not dropped a contest since December 1, as the Lynx fell to NAIA No. 10-ranked Columbia College at the William Woods Classic. Indiana Northwest enters Sunday's game at 4-13 on the season. Having not won a game since December 1, the Redhawks are looking to break a six-game losing skid.
During the first half of the season the Lynx set all-time records for what has proven to be the best season in men's basketball history. Todd Starks became the first player to reach the 1,000 point milestone and the Lynx' 134 points against Indiana Dabney set a challenging new record for points scored in a game. Steve Roper, Deon Miner, Matt Sturdivant and Starks are all averaging double-figures, while Starks has put up double-digits in all 16 games so far this season. LU - Belleville has ranked among the top-five in the USCAA Coaches Poll this season, remaining steady at No. 3 each week.
The Lynx are more than half way through the 2012-13 season and look to finish strong leading up to the USCAA National Championships, with only 14 regular-season games remaining.
Cougar freshman earns OVC honor
EDWARDSVILLE -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's CoCo Moore's season-best 17-point performance at Belmont earned her Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week honors.
Moore's 17 points led SIUE women's basketball in scoring for the second time this season. She shot 7 of 14 from the field and 1 of 2 from three-point range. She also hit both of her free throw attempts.
SIUE is back on the road for two more games beginning with Eastern Kentucky on Saturday and Morehead State Monday.
Moore previously was the OVC Freshman of the Week Nov. 20. She joins Murray State's Erika Sisk as a multiple winner of the weekly award. Moore collected honors with fellow OVC players Katie Brooks (Belmont) for Player of the Week and Jordyn Luffman (Belmont) for Newcomer of the Week.
Clinics set for girls and boys
EDWARDSVILLE -- The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville volleyball program has upcoming clinics available for youth at the Vadalabene Center. The clinics are open to girls and boys in grades 5 through 12.
For more information or to sign up, go to siuevolleyball.com. The cost is $40 per clinic or $100 if you sign up for all three clinics. There is a limit of 50 campers per clinic. SIUE Head Coach Leah Johnson and her staff aim to get players ready and excited for their upcoming season.
Below are clinics with dates and times.
* Sun., Feb. 10 - Setting and Attacking - 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
* Sun., Feb. 24 - Serving and Passing - 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
* Wed., Feb. 27 - Competition - 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
McKendree seeking athletes for team
LEBANON -- Are you interested in becoming a member of the inaugural McKendree Universitymen's volleyball programin 2014? Prospective student-athletes can fill out an informational form to submit to the Bearcats' coaching staff. Please click on the link below and be sure to select "Volleyball" from the men's sports drop-down menu asking for the primary sport you are interested in.
McKendree University will offermen's volleyballas an intercollegiatesport beginning in the2014 season. The season runs January through early April.
Stay informed with text alerts
EDWARDSVILLE -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville athletics fans can now sign up for text message updates for their favorite Cougars sports. Text message alerts are sent out when recaps and promotional events are posted on SIUECougars.com.
Follow the website link -- http://www.siuecougars.com/list-signup -- to sign up for all the updates you want. Users can select as many sports as they wish and can edit their choices at any time.
LU-Belleville adds two recruits
BELLEVILLE -- The Lindenwood-Belleville men's tennis team announced the addition of two recruits for the upcoming 2013 season. Asad Shakoor and Slobodan Bavrlic will the join the Lynx this spring.
Shakoor comes to Belleville from in Islamabad, Pakistan, where he ranked in the top-20 in the country. The Beaconhouse School System graduate earned a No. 14 U18 ranking and ranked No. 19 in the Men's Open. Shakoor won several tournaments in Islamabad, including the Shalimar Club Open Championship and the CDA Championship. He played junior and futures ITF tournaments in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, reaching the semi-finals in doubles in Saudi Arabia, and the quarterfinals in doubles in Bahrain.
Bavrlic has lived in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovnia and graduated at the top of his high school class at the Secondary School of Economics. Bavrlic was a State Champion in U14 and U16 junior divisions and ranked in the top-three in U18 junior division. In addition, Bavrlic also competed in ITF Futures and ATP Challenger tournaments in Europe.
Head Coach Adam Reeb is excited about the addition of Shakoor and Bavlric during the 2013 spring season.
"They are both seasoned competitors who have a wealth of international tournament experience," said Reeb. "Shakoor was ranked in the top 15 nationally in his country, and he has posted solid results in both singles and doubles in junior ITF tournaments. Bavlric was a state champion in his country, and he has competed against some of the best players in the world in ITF Futures and ATP Challenger events."
The Lynx 2013 spring season gets underway Feb. 12 against powerful Western Illinois University.