Local college sports briefs

September 24, 2013 

Football

LU-Belleville's Harris honored

BELLEVILLE -- Running back Kameron Harris, an Althoff graduate, was named United States Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week for the third time this season. Harris carried the Lynx to a 49-29 victory over NCAA Division II opponent Kentucky Wesleyan on Saturday at Lindenwood Stadium.

The sophomore running back set a school record with four rushing touchdowns and finished the game with 207 yards on the ground, his second 200-plus game of the season. His 207 yards lifted the Lynx to a team total of 288, tying the single-game record at LU-Belleville.

This marks the third USCAA weekly award for the sophomore, in addition to earning Association of Independent Insititutions (AII) Player of the Week.

The Lynx are 3-1 on the season, with their lone loss coming from No. 17 St. Francis last weekend.

Women's golf

Cougar junior second in SIUE Invitational

EDWARDSVILLE -- Southern Illinois Edwardsville University junior Ashton Stair turned in the second-lowest round of the day Tuesday and finished just one stroke off the lead to take second place at the SIUE Invitational at Sunset Hills Country Club. SIUE women's golf placed third as a team with a 36-hole score of 647.

"We have a great home venue. Sunset Hills Country Club does a great job hosting for us. It's always in great shape," SIUE Director of Golf Derrick Brown said. "We play the course every day and have a little bit of an advantage. We used it today to have the second-best round."

Stair finished with rounds of 79-76 (155) to earn the best finish of her career. Lipscomb's Sami Khan took home individual medalist honors with rounds of 79-75 (154).

"I'm real happy with Ashton's finish today, which was the second best round in the tournament," Brown said. "I'm proud the way that she led the team, coming from behind to sneak ahead of Nebraska Omaha and help get the team a top three finish."

Valparaiso took team honors with a 639. Lipscomb finished in second place with a 647.

SIUE's Brooks White and Alison Gorman each tied for ninth place with a 161.

"To have two other girls in the top 10 is really good for their confidence," Brown added. "We hope to build on that in the future."

Molly Marcum and Miranda Lidisky tied for 39th with a 173. Brittney Jostes (167) tied for 23rd. Heather McDaniel (169) and Ravyn Rodgers (179) tied for 49th. Jostes, McDaniel, and Rodgers were competing as individuals.

The Cougars are off until Oct. 14-15 when they will take part in the Austin Peay Intercollegiate.

Men's cross country

Lynx harriers finish sixth in meet

BELLEVILLE -- The Lindenwood University-Belleville men's cross country team took part in the Saluki Invitational in Carbondale.

In the 8K race, the Lynx finished sixth out of seven teams. Eddie Albarran finished first overall for the Lynx with a time of 28 minuts, 14 seconds. Albarran finished 19th overall, his first top 20 finish of his career. Brandon Wise and Jake Peal crossed the finish line second and third for the Lynx with times of 30:26 and 30:56. Chad Callahan and Zach England finished fourth and fifth for the Lynx on Saturday. Callahan finished with a time of 31:58 and 37th overall, and England finished with a time of 33:06 and 40th overall.

Derrick Hoffman and Stephen Wolk rounded out the top seven for the Lynx. Hoffman finished 42nd overall with a time of 34:43. Wolk finished 46th overall with a time of 36:51.

The sixth-place finishes marked the highest finish of the year for the Lynx. LU-Belleville will be back in action Oct. 5, when they travel to Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville to take part in the John Flamer Invitational.

Women's cross country

LU-Belleville cames in fourth in invitational

BELLEVILLE -- The Lindenwood University-Belleville women's cross country team finished fourth out of six teams in the Saluki Invitational in Carbondale.

In the 5K race, Emily Erdman crossed the finish line first for the Lady Lynx with a time a 21 minutes, 41 seconds. Her time was good enough for 22nd overall. Sarah Mueller and Morgan Mense crossed the finish line second and third for the Lady Lynx with times of 22:07 and 22:49. Mueller finished 24th overall, while Mense finished 28th.

Megan Tolliver finished fourth for the Lady Lynx with a time of 22:53 and a 29th overall finish. Alyssa Flynn and Andrea Altodonna crossed the finish line fifth and sixth, with times of 23:40 and 26:03. Flynn finished 31st overall, with Altodonna finishing 37th.

The fourth-place finish marked the highest finish of the year for the Lady Lynx. LU-Belleville will be back in action Oct. 5, when they travel to Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville to take part in the John Flamer Invitational.

Men's basketball

SIUE kicks off annual reading program

EDWARDSVILLE -- Southern Illinois Edwardsville University men's basketball players and coaches recently visited local elementary schools to kick off its annual reading program.

Now in its fifth year, the Cougar reading program, beginning with a fall assembly, promotes reading by encouraging students in third through fifth grades to read regularly. Students who reach their goal are rewarded with a ticket voucher to an SIUE basketball game.

"Our players are expected to be leaders on the court, in the classroom, and in the community," SIUE coach Lennox Forrester said. "This is a great way for our guys to get out and be a part of this community."

The area school which has the most students reach their goal is rewarded with a fun day in the spring, where members of the basketball team participate in recess and games with the students at the school.

Men's tennis

McKendree opens season with win

O'FALLON -- The McKendree University men's tennis team won its season opener 9-0 against over Concordia Seminary of St. Louis. The win was Adam Reeb's first as head coach of the men's program at McKendree.

The Bearcats improved to 1-0 overall and will host Lindenwood University-Belleville on Oct. 4 at 3 p.m.

Women's tennis

Bearcats earn two victories

O'FALLON -- The McKendree University women's tennis team opened their season with two victories. The Bearcats defeated Rend Lake College, 9-0, at 11 a.m., before earning a 9-0 win over Kentucky Wesleyan College at 3 p.m.

The Bearcats improved to 2-0 and will host Lindenwood University-Belleville on Oct. 4 at 3 p.m.

Cougars do well in SIUE Fall Invitational

EDWARDSVILLE -- The Southern Illinois Edwardsville University men's tennis team completed the SIUE Fall Invitational with victories at the No. 2 singles flight and the No. 2 doubles flight.

SIUE battled Saint Louis, Illinois-Chicago, Eastern Illinois, and Western Illinois.

"It was a good opportunity for our guys to get three days of quality matches in against four very good opponents," said SIUE coach Jason Coomer. "I was pleased with some of our performances. We showed we can play at a high level. We also found some areas we need to work on. We'll take that into this weekend and start preparing for our trip to the ITAs in Tulsa."

The Cougars next prepare for the ITA Central Regional Championship in Tulsa, Okla. to be held Oct. 17-20.

Jacob Perkins, a sophomore from Sellersburg, Ind., finished 3-1 in his matches at No. 2 singles and earned the flight victory. Perkins completed his tournament with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Saint Louis' Joe Flanagan. Coomer said Perkins can build on the success he had this weekend.

"Jacob really showed this weekend how he continues to get stronger. His confidence level is at an all-time high," Coomer said.

The No. 2 doubles duo of Matthew Hutchinson, a freshman from Barbados, and Patrick Gaffigan, a sophomore from Springfield, went 3-0 with wins over UIC, Western Illinois, and Eastern Illinois. A first-time pairing, Coomer said he was pleased with their performance in doubles.

"I think we saw a lot of things we liked with that combination and will continue to look at a variety of combinations to solidify our lineup for the spring season. Overall, I am very pleased with the efforts of Matthew and Pat today," said Coomer.

The Cougars finished with 12 singles victories and six doubles victories over the weekend.

Women's basketball

SIUE will hold youth clinich

EDWARDSVILLE -- Alton Memorial Hospital and SIUE women's basketball are teaming up for the Lil' Cougar Clinic for area girls in grades first through sixth.

The clinic, to be held at SIUE's Vadalabene Center, is divided into two dates (Oct. 12 from 1-2:30 p.m. and Nov. 23 from 1-2:30 p.m.). Youngsters are welcome to attend both dates.

Registration is free for the first 100 girls to sign up. Through their support of this event, Alton Memorial Hospital is giving back to the community and, more specifically, investing in the physical and nutritional development of young girls.

The cost of the clinic is $25, and each participant will receive a T-shirt, a basketball, and a bookmark. All participating kids also will receive a free pass to all SIUE Cougar Athletics events.

"It is an opportunity for the young girls in our community to work with our student-athletes. We will have fun with basketball activities as well as talking to them about school, nutrition and making good choices on and off the basketball court," said SIUE women's basketball coach Paula Buscher.

The "mini-camp" will include SIUE's coaching staff and student-athletes providing a clinic of basketball FUNdamentals and opportunities to interact with positive role models as well as promote healthy and nutritious lifestyles. The event will be a valuable learning experience within the sport of basketball.

"It's a great opportunity for us to team up with Alton Memorial Hospital and give back to the community," Buscher added.

To sign up or for questions, contact Samantha Minton at sminton@siue.edu or by calling 618-650-2791.

Women's soccer

Lady Lynx dam up Beavers in victory

BELLEVILLE -- The Lindenwood University-Belleville women's soccer team hosted the Blackburn College Beavers looking to pick up their third win of the season and got it with a 6-0 victory.

The Lady Lynx came out on the attack right from the start. Gabrielle Jones gave the Lady Lynx an early lead in the eighth minute of play. Jones knocked the ball into an open net after a nice crossing pass off a corner kick by Stacey Lugge.

The score would remain 1-0 at the half. In the first half the Lady Lynx attempted 30 shots, but Lady Beaver goalkeeper Shana Sewick came up with 16 saves, to keep the deficit at one.

Once again in the second half the Lady Lynx came out on the attack. Kayla Thomas would pick up the first of her three goals in the 47th minute. Thomas was setup by a nice pass from Katie Snow. Snow started in net for the Lady Lynx, but came in as a forward in the second half.

Just over 10 minutes later, Jessika Stiehr would extend the lead to three goals. Stiehr sliced through the Lady Beavers defense and knocked it in from 15 yards out.

In the 63rd minute of play Thomas would pick up her second goal of the game. Stiehr would pick up her second goal of the game in the 69th minute. Randi Swanstrom sent a nice pass across the box to Stiehr and she put it in the back of the net. Thomas would pick up her third goal of the game in the 75th minute of play.

The Lady Lynx attempted 62 shots on the game, breaking the old program record of 37 shots. Abbey Pokorny was credited with 10 shots, while Stiehr was credited with eight. Sewick stopped 31 shots for the Lady Beavers in the loss.

With the win the Lady Lynx improve to 3-5-1 on the season. LU-Belleville is back in action Wednesday when it travels to Benedictine University-Springfield with a 5 p.m. match.

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