Local college sports briefs

April 23, 2013 

Baseball

Lynx will help American Heart Association

BELLEVILLE -- he Lindenwood - Belleville baseball team is teaming up with the American Heart Association for a "Go Red for Women" game Saturday at GCS Ballpark.

"Our players and staff are dedicated to working towards the success of our team, and Saturday we will join the Go Red team to help raise awareness and funds for their organization," said coach Logan Johnson. "We are thrilled to have the chance to assist the American Heart Association and the Go Red movement."

The team will be selling Lynx Baseball "Go Red" shirts for $10, conducting a 50/50 raffle and selling official Lynx Baseball gear with all proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association and the Go Red for Women initiative. All fans are encouraged to wear red for the event.

In addition, members of the AHA will be at GCS Ballpark providing information on the Go Red for Women initiative fight against heart disease.

Saturday is also Senior Day for the Lynx, as the program recognizes its first senior class. The pre-game festivities will start at 11:30 a.m. with senior introductions, followed by an address to the fans from members of the American Heart Association Passion Committee.

"Our program has been very blessed in our two years as we have enjoyed success in the classroom, on the playing field and in the community," said Johnson. "It's important that we make time to collaborate with our community and teaming up with the American Heart Association and the Go Red initiative is something that we are excited to be a part of."

First pitch for Saturday's doubleheader against Crowley's Ridge is set for noon.

Softball

Cougars game with Billikens cancelled

EDWARDSVILLE --The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville softball game at Saint Louis scheduled for Wednesday has been cancelled.

SLU moved its Atlantic 10 Conference makeup doubleheader with Butler from Tuesday to Wednesday to accommodate its league scheduling.

SIUE will return to action Saturday for the start of a three-game series with Ohio Valley Conference rival Murray State. The first pick of Saturday's doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. Sunday's single game, which is Senior Day for the Cougars, also is set for 1 p.m.

Women's golf

Cougars finish eighth at OVC championships

DICKSON, Tenn. -- The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's golf team shaved 19 strokes off its second round score to shoot a final round 319, while finishing eighth at its first ever Ohio Valley Conference Championships completed Tuesday at Greystone Golf Club.

The Cougars have a combined team score of 922. Eastern Kentucky edged Jacksonville State for the team title. The Lady Colonels shot a combined 916. Jacksonville State finished second with a 916. Murray State was third with a 920. The Racers carded the best final round score with a 299.

Brooks White and Ashton Stair each finished among the top 25. White carded a career-low round of 76 Tuesday, to finish 21st with a 237. Stair finished with a 239 to tie for 24th. Molly Marcum was 36th with a 251. Taylor Rumple tied for 40th with a 259. Brooke Hood was 45th with a 261.

Men's tennis

Bearcat is recognized by conference

LEBANON -- McKendree University men's tennis player Gabor Toth earned the men's tennis program's first All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honor.

Toth posted a 15-1 record this season at No. 1 singles and had a 13-match winning streak earlier this year. On March 20th, Toth became the first McKendree player to earn an ITA Midwest Region ranking, coming in at No. 19 in the singles rankings.

McKendree closed out its season Saturday with a 6-3 loss against Washington University in St. Louis.

The Bearcats finished the season with a 14-4 record overall and finished GLVC play with a 4-1 record in the East Division.

Washington U. defeats Lynx

ST. LOUIS -- The No. 14 ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's tennis team won its sixth straight match of the season with a 7-0 victory over Lindenwood University-Belleville at the Tao Tennis Center in St. Louis.

Washington U. improves its overall record to 9-5 with the win. LU-Belleville falls to 5-9.

SIUE ends season with a loss

EDWARDSVILLE -- The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men's tennis team suffered a season-ending defeat at the hands of Ohio Valley Conference rival Eastern Kentucky at the SIUE Tennis Courts.

The Colonels earned a 5-2 victory by winning four of the six singles matches.

SIUE got singles victories from Marten Jonsson and Jacob Perkins. Jonsson defeated Juanjo De La Llera in straight sets (6-4, 6-2) at No. 1 singles. Perkins rallied back from a set down to knock off Lucas Smets (4-6, 6-1, 6-4) at No. 4 singles.

The Cougars finish the season with a record of 8-9 overall and 3-6 in the OVC. They ended up in seventh in the OVC standings, just one place out of a spot in the OVC tournament this weekend.

Jonsson led the Cougars with an overall singles record of 16-10 and a 5-3 mark in conference. Freshman Nico Kuehn also impressed in his first season with the team, going 10-4 in singles.

Women's tennis

McKendree players honored by GLVC

LEBANON -- McKendree University women's tennis players Adriana Gonzalez and Guiliana Gonzalez both earned the women's tennis program's first All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors.

Adriana has a 14-6 record overall this season, including a 9-6 mark at No. 1 singles. Guiliana is currently 16-4 overall, including a 13-4 mark at No. 2 singles this season. The sisters have also combined for a 13-4 record as a doubles team this season.

McKendree closed out its season with an 8-1 win over Concordia University (Neb) at Kings Point Sports Club in Belleville.

The Bearcats ended the season with an overall record of 9-7. McKendree finished GLVC play with a 2-4 record in the east division.

Season comes to an end for Cougars

EDWARDSVILLE --The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's tennis team played its final match of the 2012-13 season as it hosted Ohio Valley Conference foe Eastern Kentucky at the SIUE Tennis Courts.

The Colonels, who sit atop the OVC standings with a perfect 10-0 record in conference, won the match 7-0.

EKU won all but one singles match in straight sets. At No. 4 singles, Haley Ilcewicz won the second set but eventually lost the third against Milena Poffo (6-3, 2-6, 10-2).

The Cougars finish the season with an overall record of 8-13 and a 4-6 mark in the OVC. The team ended the season in eighth place in the OVC standings, two spots out of contention for the conference tournament this weekend.

SIUE was led all season by freshman Monique Krutak, who completed her first season as a Cougar with an overall singles record of 16-4 and an OVC singles record of 7-3. She also teamed up with Ilcewicz in doubles to go 11-3.

Men's soccer

Local athletes honored at MacMurray

Two metro-east soccer players at Division III MacMurray College in Jacksonville were honored this week.

Belleville West graduate Andy Alvarez and Edwardsville graduate Tori Keller each received the school's "Best Goal of the Year" award.

The awards were voted on by their teammates and were presented at the end-of-the-year soccer banquet.

Alvarez is the son of David and Sandy Alvarez, of Belleville; Keller is the daughter of Dean and Penny Keller, of Glen Carbon.

"We are proud of all our soccer student-athletes and their efforts this past year," coach Shane Taylor said. "These awards are special, because teammates are voting for fellow teammates and recognizing each other's accomplishments."

The men's team was 5-12-1 last season, with four of its losses coming by one goal. The women's team was 3-16. Both teams compete in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Summer tennis camps

Lynx will dates for boys, girls

Belleville, Ill. - The Lindenwood University - Belleville men's and women's tennis teams are scheduled to host 2013 summer camps, directed by head coach Adam Reeb. The camps will take place June 10-14 and June 17-21 at the Lynx Tennis Courts on the campus of LU-Belleville.

Cost of the five-day camp is $200 and is open to tournament-playing juniors and high school players who are looking to improve to the next level. If a camper signs up for both camps, the second session will have a reduced rate of $150. If siblings sign up, only one pays regular price and all others pay a reduced rate of $150. Camp times are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit the Lindenwood-Belleville Athletics web site: lindenwood.belleville.edu/athletics, or contact coach Reeb at areeb@lindenwood.edu

McKendree golf

Annual tournament set for June

LEBANON -- The second annual Bearcat Golf Tournament to benefit the McKendree University Department of Athletics will take place June 21 at St. Clair Country Club in Belleville

The college is invite anyone join it in support of McKendree University's 22 intercollegiate athletic programs and its 550 student-athletes.

Involvement in the university's signature fundraiser allows its coaches to teach, challenge and prepare its student-athletes for competition in one of the nation's premier NCAA Division II conferences. Meeting this new challenge of competing on this heightened stage requires additional resources from alumni, parents, businesses and friends of the university.

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