Lynx will host Optimist Club at game
BELLEVILLE -- The Lindenwood-Belleville men's basketball team is hosting the Optimist Club of Belleville as its official group Thursday as the Lynx take on Logan College of Chiropractic.
The Optimist Club of Belleville promotes helping others to advance the well-being of the local community. With more than 100 members, the group hosts and participates in a number of local events, specifically helping with the encouragement and development of youth in the Belleville area.
LU-Belleville athletics is proud to team up with the local group, donating all ticket sale proceeds to the Childhood Cancer Campaign, a component of the Optimist Club of Belleville. The CCC provides financial assistance to local area families and care partners of children battling cancer.
"Teaming up with the Optimist Club of Belleville for Thursday's game is exciting for the Lindenwood-Belleville athletic department," said coach Scott Spinner, who also is the athletic director. "I can't think of a better organization or campaign you would want to donate to."
Tip off for Thursday's game is set for 7:30 p.m. at Lynx Arena.
Cougars reset lineup for conference match
EDWARDSVILLE -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville wrestling is heading east for its next four dual matches.
The Cougars, 2-11 overall and 1-1 in the Southern Conference (SoCon), face Conference opponent The Citadel Wednesday. Match time is 6 p.m. CST. in Charleston, S.C.
SIUE coach David Ray said he has had to adjust his lineup for this trip which includes three dual meets Saturday in Lenoir, N.C., against Davidson, Duke and Campbell.
Tyler Gilleland will miss the trip due to academic obligations. Dillon Pousson will miss the trip due to injury. That will leave the Cougars with two open spots in the lineup. Ray said it's disappointing that the Cougars will be competing short-handed.
"We're hoping for some great individual performances," said Ray.
The Cougars picked up two pins in their last meet. Jake Residori, at 174 pounds, and David Devine, at 285 pounds, both recorded falls against Campbellsville in the last outing.
"We need to worry about winning the majority of the matches," said Ray.
Berry named Co-Player of the Week
EDWARDSVILLE -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville senior Raven Berry was named the Ohio Valley Conference Co-Player of the Week after her recent record-setting performance.
Berry, a Collinsville graduate, averaged 23.5 points and 12.0 rebounds in victories over UT Martin and Southeast Missouri. She picked up career highs for points (28), free throws made (14), and free throws attempted (17) in the win over Southeast Missouri.
With 13 rebounds Monday, Berry became SIUE's all-time leader in rebounds. Now with 928 career rebounds, Berry passed Kim (Lowe) Thompson who grabbed 917 rebounds from 1995 to 1998.
The Collinsville native recorded her seventh and eighth double-doubles of the season during the week's play.
Berry shared Player of the Week honors with Eastern Illinois' Mariah King who averaged 21 points and nine rebounds per game. Belmont's Jordan Coleman was named the OVC Newcomer of the Week. Murray State's Erika Sisk was named the OVC Freshman of the Week.
SIUE is 11-10 overall and 5-4 in the OVC. The Cougars are tied for third place in the OVC West Division and faces division leader Eastern Illinois at home Saturday. Game time is 4 p.m.
SIUE coach to aid breast cancer fight
EDWARDSILLE -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's basketball head coach Paula Buscher has issued a challenge.
Buscher will be donating $25 for every three-pointer scored by the Cougars during her team's Pink Zone game Feb. 16 against Austin Peay. She is challenging fans to match her pledge. Fans can sign up at SIUE home games or get more information by email at EddietheCougarsiue.edu.
"The Pink Zone game is a great way for us to give back to community. It's a cause that is near and dear to my heart," Buscher said. "We work with healthy, young female athletes, and basketball is the perfect vehicle for us to raise awareness, raise funds, and to help the fight against breast cancer and, hopefully, find a cure."
The Austin Peay game begins at 4 p.m., with the doors opening at 3 p.m. Breast cancer survivors attending the game will be admitted free by contacting EddietheCougarsiue.edu for details. A men's basketball game against Austin Peay follows at 7 p.m.
There will be several events going on during the basketball game.
There will be a bucket raffle that will remain open until the beginning of the men's game. Winners will be drawn and announced during halftime of the men's game. A list of raffle items will be released Feb. 10.
Twenty-four runners, walkers and bikers will be exercising during the game on either a treadmill or stationary bike to promote awareness for breast cancer. Each competitor will collect pledges prior to and during the event for breast cancer research. Anyone interested in learning more information, donating or exercising should contest Darleen Harmon at dharmonsiue.edu.
Cougar basketball Pink Zone T-shirts will be available for sale for $5 at all home women's basketball games through Feb. 16 at the merchandise booth.
All proceeds from the SIUE Athletics Pink Zone game will benefit the St. Louis affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
League poll finds Bearcats ranked eighth in East
LEBANON -- The McKendree University baseball program has been tabbed to finish eighth in the East Division of the 2013 Great Lakes Valley Conference pre-season poll. The GLVC released its 16-team, two-division pre-season poll Tuesday afternoon.
The Bearcats will be playing in their first season of competition in the GLVC. McKendree, which is in its provisional year of membership in NCAA Division II, was voted in as a league member in October 2010 and is in its first full year of GLVC competition. The Bearcats received a total of 28 votes in the ranking, which was conducted by a vote of the league's 16 head baseball coaches.
The University of Indianapolis has been selected as the favorite to win the title in the GLVC East Division, followed by the University of Southern Indiana and Bellarmine University. The top spot in the GLVC West Division ranking went to Quincy University, with Drury University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Rockhurst University close behind.
McKendree posted a 14-31 overall record playing an independent schedule in 2012. Seven starters return from last year's squad along with three of the Bearcats' top four starters in the rotation. McKendree have 36 GLVC games on their schedule for 2013, with the conference opener coming March 16-17 in a four-game series at Missouri S & T in Rolla, Mo. The Bearcats will also have non-conference games against GLVC foes Quincy University, Maryville University and UMSL.
The first pitch of the Bearcats' 2013 season is set to take place on Feb. 27 at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis. McKendree is slated to play its first home game at Hypes Field on March 6 against Culver-Stockton College.
McKendree picked to finish sixth in preseason poll
ALAMOSA, Colo. -- The McKendree University women's lacrosse team has been picked to finish in sixth place in the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's (WILA) first preseason women's coaches poll announced on Tuesday.
The Bearcats are playing their inaugural women's lacrosse season in 2013. McKendree hired head coach Brittany Poist in October of 2011 and the program has been progressively taking shape ever since. The Bearcats are set to take the field for their inaugural game Feb. 23 in a non-conference game against Fontbonne University at 1 p.m.
"We're excited to start the season," said Poist. "When I accepted the position back in 2011, this season seemed so far away, but now it's right around the corner and we can't wait for first draw."
Defending champion Lindenwood University was picked as the preseason league favorite with six points and received four first-place votes, while Regis University was picked to finish second with eight points and two first-place votes. Fort Lewis College was picked to finish in third place with 14 points and Colorado Mesa University received 16 points to sit in fourth place. Adams State University and McKendree rounded out the poll with 22 and 24 points, respectively.
"We've used being a first-year program to our advantage with recruiting," said Poist. "We're starting from scratch and we've found players who wanted to come here and be a part of building a new tradition. The team has done a tremendous job so far and is ready to go out and set a high standard for our program."