Local college sports briefs

December 21, 2013 

Bass fishing

Bearcat fisherman finalist for award

LEBANON -- McKendree University senior bass fisherman Adam Brookman has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 Fenwick Collegiate Pro Team.

Brookman was one of 21 collegiate anglers hailing from collegiate bass fishing programs around the country to be selected for the program. Finalists were chosen based on academic performance, community outreach, tournament participation, and several other criteria. Fenwick will outfit the finalists with the latest in Fenwick gear as they support Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series events during the 2014 season.

"We had well over 100 applicants and were able to handpick some great candidates for the opportunity to represent Fenwick and compete for the paid summer internship," said Fenwick spokesman Casey Davidson. "On behalf of Fenwick, we would like to thank all those that submitted entries, and we look forward to working with those who were chosen."

Over the course of the 2014 season, Fenwick Collegiate Pro Team members will actively be promoting and supporting the Fenwick brand, and the top three anglers at the end of the season will be flown to Pure Fishing headquarters for interviews, where one will be selected for a paid summer internship with Fenwick.

"This one of a kind program is really exciting in so many ways," said Association of Collegiate Anglers Director and President of CarecoTV Wade Middleton. "It provides not only an opportunity for college anglers to be a part of a prestigious program like Team Fenwick, but it also provides an opportunity to learn more about the business side of the fishing industry for the angler winning the internship."

The McKendree University bass fishing team will be back on the water on March 15-16 in Dayton, Tenn., to compete at the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open on Lake Chickamunga. The tournament is part of the Cabelas BoatUS Tournament Series.

Women's bowling

McKendree earns ranking in top 20

LEBANON -- For the first time in program history, the McKendree University women's bowling team has earned a top-20 ranking at the NCAA level.

The Bearcats were ranked 19th in the December poll for the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) that was released on Thursday. McKendree received a total of 63 points in the ranking, which was conducted by member coaches of the NTCA. The Bearcats received votes but were not ranked in the preseason poll released in early November.

"I am proud of our team as their hard work for this past semester is paying off," said McKendree women's bowling coach Danielle Belobraydich. "We are honored that other coaches are noticing the kind of program that we are and can be. We only participated in two NCAA tournaments in the fall semester and had the fourth-hardest schedule out of all the NCAA programs in that short time span. We have been successful against some of the top programs in the country and hope to continue that success over the next half of the season."

McKendree was bolstered by a pair of top-10 performances in NCAA competition to begin the 2013-14 season. The Bearcats took eighth place in the season-opening Crusader Classic Nov. 8-10, which was hosted by Valparaiso University. McKendree followed that with a seventh-place showing at the Big Red Invitational that was held Nov. 21-23 in Lincoln, Neb.

Arkansas State University is the top-ranked team in the NTCA poll, followed by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and the University of Central Missouri. Fairleigh Dickinson University from New Jersey and Stephen F. Austin University of Texas round out the NTCA top five.

McKendree is the lone program from the state of Illinois ranked in the NTCA top 20.

In head-to-head competition against NCAA opponents, McKendree has posted a match record of 12-17 this season.

The Bearcats' next two NCAA tournaments include the McKendree Invitational Jan. 11-12 at Bel-Air Bowl in Belleville and the Mid-Winter Invitational Jan. 17-19 in Jonesboro, Ark. The Mid-Winter Invitational will be hosted by Arkansas State.

Wrestling

Cougars back in action Dec. 29

EDWARDSVILLE -- The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville matmen return after their holiday break to Evanston for the Midlands Tournament.

The two day event begins Dec. 29.

In theirlast dual before the break, No. 9 Northwestern improved to 5-1 with a 36-6 victory over SIUE at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

SIUE's only team points came at heavyweight where David Devine accepted a forfeit. The Cougars fell to 3-7 in dual meets.

"They (Northwestern) are solid from top to bottom, but I think we may have given them a little too much respect," said SIUE coach Jeremy Spates. "Technically we were not doing things right, and it snowballed on us."

Garrison White got the Wildcats started with a 5-0 victory over SIUE's Dakota Leach at 125 pounds. Northwestern would go on to have one fall and three technical falls en route to the team victory.

Jake Residori, the reigning Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week, produced the closest match of the day with Northwestern's Lee Munster at 174 pounds. Munster, the No. 9-ranked wrestler in the nation exchanged escapes with Residori and would pick up a 2-1 win with 1 minute, and 2 seconds of riding time.

SIUE's Deshoun White also faced a close match in a 3-1 loss to Jacob Berkowitz at 184 pounds.

"We need to find ways to win those matches," added Spates.

McKendree ranks No. 17 in Division II poll

LEBANON -- The McKendree University wrestling team earned a No. 17 ranking in the first regular season NCAA Division II wrestling poll released Wednesday by the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association.

The wrestling team is the first McKendree University athletic team to be ranked in its respective sport since becoming full NCAA Division II members in July of 2013.

The Bearcats did not receive any votes in the preseason ranking but jumped to No. 17 with 29 points in the first regular season ranking. Notre Dame College (Ohio) is ranked No. 1 with 152 points, and is followed by No. 2 University of Central Oklahoma with 146 points and No. 3 University of Nebraska-Kearney with 138 points. Newberry College (S.C.), the top team in McKendree's Super Region II, is ranked No. 4 with 136 points.

Junior Julian Smith is McKendree's lone ranked wrestler and moved up one spot from his No. 8 preseason ranking to No. 7 at 197 pounds. Smith is also ranked No. 3 in NCAA Super Region II and is 11-4 overall this season.

SIUE's Residori earns honor

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's 174-pounder Jake Residori has been named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week. The selection is made by the league office.

Residori went 4-1 on the week to help the Cougars to a 3-2 record at the Hoosier Duals in Bloomington, Ind. SIUE topped VMI on Saturday, 23-14, in its SoCon opener before topping Northern Colorado 25-17 later in the day to win consecutive duals against Division I competition for the first time since the 1991-92 season. West Virginia handed the Cougars a 27-3 setback in their final match Saturday.

SIUE split Sunday's action, downing Drexel 26-12 and falling to host Indiana 28-9.

Residori turned in a dominant weekend for the Cougars, starting with a 15-0 technical fall over VMI's Timmy Davidson. Residori followed that up with a 10-2 major decision over Josh VanTine of Northern Colorado before dropping his only contest of the weekend, a 3-1 decision to West Virginia's Bubba Scheffel.

The sophomore from Shorewood, Ill., bounced back with a pair of wins on Sunday, posting a 16-5 major decision over Drexel's Kevin Maytas before wrapping up his week with a 10-8 win over the Indiana's Nate Jackson.

The weekly award is the first of Residori's career and just the second in program history for SIUE, which is in its second year in the SoCon.

Women's lacrosse

McKendree announces signees

LEBANON -- McKendree University women's lacrosse coach Brittany Poist has received her first three commitments for 2014-15 during the early signing period.

Kaylee Roy of New Hope, Minn., Dana DiPasquale of St. Charles, Mo., and Mia Fiore of Wildwood, Mo., have all committed to join the program in 2014-15.

"We're very excited about the first three signees in our 2014-15 class," said head coach Brittany Poist. "Kaylee is a great defender and will bring a lot of aggressiveness to our defense, while Dana and Mia have had outstanding offensive numbers during their high school careers. We're looking forward to all three joining the program and expect all three to make an immediate impact on our program."

Roy, part of the defense at Robbinsdale Armstrong High School, was an All-Conference selection as a junior. She caused 20 turnovers and had 40 ground balls while helping lead the Falcons to a 16-2 record and a berth in the state tournament. She also plays club lacrosse for Minnesota Elite.

DiPasquale, an attacker at Barat Academy, was one of the top offensive players in the state of Missouri as a junior. She led the state with 42 assists, and was second in the state with 126 points and 84 goals. Her 97 ground balls last season were also ranked third in the state. She is a five-time All-Conference honoree in lacrosse and basketball and is the Falcon's all-time leading scorer in both basketball and lacrosse. Dana also plays club lacrosse for True Lacrosse Saint Louis.

Fiore, and attacker/midfielder at Eureka High School, was an All-State selection as a junior after ranking in the top 10 in the area in goals/game average and was ranked in the top 25 in scoring. Mia also plays club lacrosse for Brave Select and MO22 Select.

The Bearcats finished their inaugural 2013 season with an overall record of 1-14, and will begin their 2014 season on Sunday, February 16 when they host Grand Valley State University at 1 p.m.

McKendree was approved for full membership status into NCAA Division II on July 12, 2013 after a three-year transition period.

Basketball

SIUE announces Special Olympics Clinic

EDWARDSVILLE -- The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men's and women's basketball teams will welcome some special guests to the Vadalabene Center on Dec. 30th.

There will be a free Special Olympics clinic from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring the Cougar basketball teams.

"We are very excited about the opportunity to host a clinic for Special Olympics," said SIUE women's basketball coach Paula Buscher. "We feel it is very important to give back to our community and working with fellow athletes is a great fit for us. These athletes work hard. To have the opportunity to interact with our men's and women's teams will be a win for all of us."

Special Olympics athletes can register for the event through the Regional Office by calling 618-654-6680.

The clinic includes drills, healthy living information, pictures with Eddie the Cougar as well as SIUE team pictures and autographs.

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