Local college sports briefs

June 18, 2013 

McKendree athletics

Bearcats do well academically in GLVC

LEBANON -- The hard work put forth in the classroom by the McKendree University athletic teams during the 2012-13 academic year was confirmed on Tuesday by the Great Lakes Valley Conference office in Indianapolis.

McKendree placed nine teams on the 2012-13 Team Academic All-GLVC Award list. Of those nine squads, the Bearcat men's and women's tennis programs each registered the highest team grade-point average during the 2012-13 academic year among all teams throughout the entire conference. Each McKendree tennis team had a collective 3.77 team GPA for the fall and spring semesters.

In addition to the men's and women's tennis teams, McKendree was represented on the Team Academic All-GLVC Award list by volleyball (3.55 GPA), women's basketball (3.50), women's golf (3.48), softball (3.33), women's track and field (3.31), women's soccer (3.31) and men's golf (3.30). The 2012-13 academic year marked McKendree's first year of participation in the GLVC.

"This honor truly reinforces the fact that the athletes we have here at McKendree are students first," said Chuck Brueggemann, director of athletics at McKendree. "What an honor it is for the University to have the two teams with the top overall grade-point average in the GLVC for the past year. Not only have our tennis teams excelled in the classroom, but they were exceptional on the court as well. This great honor is evidence of how our institution and student-athletes have set their priorities."

The GLVC recognizes each team from member institutions that have maintained a 3.30 GPA for the academic year. For 2012-13, the GLVC boasted a record 100 teams that earned the honor.

Among the 16 GLVC members, McKendree tied for third in the number of teams represented on the Academic All-GLVC Award list. Maryville University and Rockhurst University tied for the top spot with 10 total teams on the list. McKendree was matched by Drury University and Lewis University with nine squads that earned the honor.

Men's golf

SIUE incoming freshman sins state title

JORDAN. Minn. -- Incoming Southern Illinois University Edwardsville golfer Jordan Peters (Delano, Minn.) captured medalist honors at the Minnesota Class AA Boys High School Golf Tournament at Ridges at Sand Creek. The tournament was shortened to just 27 holes after thunderstorms in the area.

Peters shot 69-35 for a total of 104 (-4). He edged the field by two strokes to earn his first state championship.

The state title capped a stellar senior year for Peters, who won multiple invitationals along with conference and sectional tournament titles.

SIUE men's golf opens the 2013-2014 season with the SIUE Derek Dolenc Invitational Presented by Doubletree Sept. 9-10 at Sunset Hills Country Club.

Men's basketball

Lynx will get transfer from Colorado

BELLEVILLE -- Lindenwood University-Belleville has announced the signing of University of Colorado transfer Kyle Washington.

Washington will join the Lynx this fall for the 2013-14 season. Washington was a member of the Buffalo football team, playing in 15 games as a safety and linebacker but will focus solely on basketball at LU-Belleville.

"We are very excited for Washington to join our program for the next three years," said assistant coach Allen Siedle. "He is an outstanding athlete with a big body for a point guard."

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound point guard was a three-star recruit out of high school, ranking as the No. 21 player in Arizona and being named to the SuperPrep All-Far West team as a senior. He was a two-time All-State performer and was Division Player of the Year as a senior, averaging 22 points, six rebounds and four assists per game.

In addition, Washington was an All-State performer as a senior on the track team, placing in long jump and triple jump.

"He has a strong athletic background and is coming from one of the top college athletic programs in the country," said Siedle. "We are looking for him to be a leader on and off the court."

SIUE athletics

Cougars perform well in academics

EDWARDSVILLE -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsvillestudent athletes fared well according to the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) report released Tuesday by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.

Four programs (men's cross country, women's soccer, softball, and women's tennis) recorded a perfect 1000 in multiyear APR scores. Those four programs were honored with Public Recognition Awards, announced last Tuesday by the NCAA, for scoring among the top 10 percent in their sports.

Eight SIUE programs (baseball, men's cross country, men's tennis, softball, women's basketball (tied), women's soccer (tied), and women's tennis) led the Ohio Valley Conference in their respective sports, which was more than any other OVC program. Wrestling ranked second in the Southern Conference.

A total of 15 SIUE programs outperformed the national average of NCAA Division I schools in their respective sports.

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