Local college sports briefs

October 14, 2013 

Bass fishing

McKendree does well at Southern Illinois Showdown

CARLYLE -- The McKendree University Bass Fishing team had four boats finish in the top four on Saturday at the Southern Illinois Showdown Largemouth Lollapalooza Tournament hosted on Carlyle Lake.

The Bearcats are planning to have a winter open tournament at Coffeen Lake. In the spring, McKendree will compete in both the Central Division FLW and Cabelas BoatUS Circuits.

Junior Dustin Pendegraft (Lebanon) and freshman Trenton Robinson took home a first place finish with a total weight of 8.58 pounds, followed by a runner-up finish by junior Phillip Germagliotti (Highland) and freshman Charlie Kreke (Carlyle) with a weight of 8.07 pounds. Germagliotti also landed the Big Bass honor by weighing in the days largest fish at 3.34 pounds.

Senior Adam Brookman (Mount Vernon) and sophomore Reece Ellerbusch came in third place with a weight of 6.17 pounds, while freshmen Brian McClanahan and Austin Chapman finished in fourth with a total catch of 5.40 pounds.

The University of Missouri had two boats compete and finished in fifth and sixth place, while University of Tennessee-Martin also competed at the event.

Women's wrestling

Bearcats open season with wins

ST. CHARLES, Mo. --The No. 17 McKendree University Wrestling team made a statement in its debut on Friday night by earning wins over No. 4 Lindenwood University and No. 5 Missouri Valley College.

The Bearcats improved to 2-0 and will travel to St. Louis on Saturday to comepete at the Spartan Duals hosted by Missouri Baptist University. Matches are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

McKendree tied Lindenwood, 24-24, but earned the win on criteria by having more wins by pinfall in the dual. Freshmen Kassi Strano, Lindsay Spjut, and Olivia Seppini all had wins by pinfall to pace the Bearcats in the upset win.

McKendree started its dual against No. 5 Missouri Valley with five wins by forfeit, and picked up wins by graduate student Sonia Beri and freshmen Andrea Ruiz to be the difference in the 27-20 victory.

The Bearcats also earned a 39-8 win over Lindenwood University (Black) at the event.

Women's soccer

GLVC recognized McKendree's Reiniger

LEBANON -- McKendree University freshman forward Alyssa Reiniger (Collinsville) recently was been named Great Lakes Valley Conference Women's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week.

Reiniger helped the Bearcats to a record of 1-0-1 on the week. McKendree tied University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 0-0, in double overtime, before earning a huge win over Lewis University, 2-0, on Sunday. Reiniger scored both goals in the win over Lewis and now has three goals on the season.

"It's a well-deserved honor for Alyssa," said head coach Tim Strange. "She put herself in a great position twice on Sunday and it paid off for her with two goals against a very tough Lewis team. We're a little past the halfway point of the season now and you can tell she is starting to settle in and play more relaxed. She'll be a big player for us coming down the stretch."

Reiniger is the first McKendree women's soccer player to earn a GLVC weekly honor this season and joins senior goalkeeper Maggie Dudas (St. Peter's, Mo./Ft. Zumwalt South) as only the second player in program history to earn a GLVC Player of the Week award. Dudas was named GLVC Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 1-7 last season.


LU-Belleville's Albrecht honored

BELLEVILLE -- Lindenwood University-Belleville Lady Lynx outside hitter Taylor Albrecht was named United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Player of the Week, following a stellar performance against Oakland City and Benedictine-Springfield.

In two matches, Albrecht, a Belleville West graduate, recorded 25 kills while committing only four errors to help the Lady Lynx to a 2-0 finish on the week. Of those 25 kills, 21 came in a 3-1 road victory over NCAA Division II member, Oakland City. Albrecht set the LU-Belleville all-time record with 23 kills against Union (Ky.) earlier this season, ranking her performance at Oakland City second-best in school history.

This is the first USCAA Player of the Week award for the the Lady Lynx.

SWIC will nationally ranked Lincoln Land

The Southwestern Illinois College volleyball team will host a "Block Out Cancer" night at 6:30 Tuesday when it battles nationally ranked Lincoln Land Community College.

The game will be in the SWIC Varsity Gym, 2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville.

"Block Out Cancer" is a cancer fundraiser and awareness event. Admission to the match is free, although fans are encouraged to make a donation, purchase a pink Blue Storm T-shirt or buy a raffle ticket for a cancer ribbon quilt.

All donations from the night will benefit the Midwest region of the Young Survival Coalition. This organization is dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. All cancer survivors in attendance will be recognized and honored with a gift from the volleyball team.

Women's golf

SIUE is ninth after first round

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's golf is ninth of 14 teams after the first round of play at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate completed Monday at the Clarksville Country Club.

The Cougars finished with a 324 after 18 holes of play. A trio of Ohio Valley Conference foes sits atop the leaderboard. Murray State leads the team competition with a 296 followed by Eastern Kentucky (300) and Belmont (311).

Murray State's Delaney Howson fired a tournamen- record 66 to lead after the first round.

SIUE's Ashton Stair is tied for 22nd to lead the Cougars. Stair carded a 79. Molly Marcum is just one stroke behind Stair with an 80, which is tied for 31st. Brittney Jostes finished with an 82 and is tied for 44th. Alison Gorman is tied for 49th with an 83, and Brooks White is tied for 74th with an 89.

The final round takes place Tuesday beginning with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.

McKendree finishes ninth at UMSL meet

PANA -- The McKendree University women's golf team finished in ninth place at the University of Missouri-St. Louis Fall Invitational, which was held Saturday and Sunday at Oak Terrace Golf Club in Pana.

The Bearcats closed out 36 holes of competition with a team score of 695. Host Missouri-St. Louis earned a seven-stroke victory over runner-up Lewis University by shooting a 630. The University of Southern Indiana was third overall at 641.

Senior Taylor Landers (Salem) had the lowest individual score for McKendree. She carded 168 in the tournament, shooting rounds of 84 on both days. Sophomore Lynae Mathews (Mascoutah) was next for the Bearcats with a 176, followed closely by freshman Lexie Shoemaker (Mount Vernon) at 177.

McKendree will conclude its fall season at the Lindenwood University Fall Invitational at Whitmoor Country Club in Weldon Spring, Mo. The two-day event begins Sunday.

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