Local college sports briefs

May 8, 2014 

Bass fishing

McKendree ranks 12th in Collegiate Anglers standings

LEBANON, Ill., May 5)- The McKendree University bass fishing team is sitting just outside of the top 10 in the latest Association of Collegiate Anglers Cabela's School of the Year standings after climbing two spots to 12th place.

The School of the Year program is built to reward teams that compete with the ACA in the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, as well as select national Carhartt College B.A.S.S and FLW events. The respective championship events for each series will count towards the Cabela's School of the Year program as well. In addition to the three national collegiate fishing trails, the ACA will also award points for select ACA-sanctioned events throughout the season. There are currently 209 collegiate teams that have scored points in the latest standings.

The Bearcats are coming off two impressive showings in recent tournament action. McKendree had three teams finish in the top four at the Carlyle Lake Open tournament on April 19, and returned to Carlyle Lake on April 26 to have freshmen Brian McClanahan and Austin Chapman reel in a ninth place finish at the FLW Central Conference Invitational. The finish earned the duo a spot at in the FLW Central Conference Invitational in the fall on Kentucky Lake.

The McKendree bass fishing team has two more tournaments before it closes out its inaugural season. The Bearcats head to Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala., on May 22-23 to compete at the Cabela's BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship, before closing out its season on May 31 in Fort Madison, Iowa, at an FLW Tournament Series Central Conference Qualifier on the Mississippi River.

Track and field

Cougars in Last Chance meets

EDWARDSVILLE -- Eight members of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville track and field program will try to solidify their place at NCAA West Preliminaries at various Last Chance meets this weekend.

The Cougars will send five athletes to Eastern Illinois, two to Wisconsin, and one to North Central College in suburban Chicago.

Ahmad Evans, Braxton Klavins, Jessica Oranika, LaDonna Caston, and Jasmine Johnson will compete at the EIU Last Chance meet in Charleston on Friday. Should weather conditions have an impact on the EIU meet, the quintet will compete at Wisconsin.

Evans and Klavins will both run in the 100m and 200m. On the women's side, Oranika will compete in the 400m with a possible entry in the 200m, while Caston will run in the 100m hurdles and Johnson in the 400m hurdles.

Jamil Mashni and Jatavia Wright will compete in field events at the Wisconsin Open in Madison, Wis., on Saturday. Wright will compete in the women's long jump and Mashni will take part in both the men's shot put and discus throw.

Rounding out the athletes in action this weekend is Claire Brown at the Dr. Keeler Invitational in Naperville, Ill., on Friday night. Brown will compete in the women's 3,000m steeplechase.

NCAA West Preliminaries will take place May 29-31 in Fayetteville, Ark. To qualify, athletes must rank in the top 48 in the NCAA West Region in an individual event.


McKendree's Nottrott ends season at regional

EUREKA, Mo. -- McKendree University sophomore Nathan Nottrott (Collinsville) wrapped up his third and final round of play at the NCAA Division II Central/Midwest Regional by shooting an 80 on the Fox Run Golf Course in Eureka, Mo.

Following a slow start after teeing off from the 10th hole, Nottrott closed by shooting three-over par over the final nine holes. He registered the lone birdie of his round on the par-three fourth hole. For the 54-hole event, Nottrott finished the tournament a score of 242. His lowest round came on Tuesday, when he carded a 79 after opening the tournament with an 83 on Monday.

Nottrott is the first McKendree golfer to compete in an NCAA regional tournament. He earned All-Tournament honors when he tied for second in the final individual standings at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament last month in Columbus, Ind. For his efforts, Nottrott was selected to the All-GLVC team.


Bearcat grabs all conference honors

LEBANON -- McKendree University senior outfielder Steven Todoschuk made his only season in a Bearcats' uniform a memorable one as he picked up first-team All-Conference honors from the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The honor was announced Wednesday night by the GLVC office.

With the honor, Todoschuk is the first McKendree baseball player to grab first-team All-GLVC accolades since the Bearcats joined the league prior to the 2012-13 academic year. Teammate Kyle Rutledge and former McKendree first baseman Rob Beatty collected second-team All-GLVC recognition following the 2013 season.

Todoschuk was selected to the All-GLVC East Division team as an outfielder, where he started 39 games in right field for the Bearcats. Todoschuk led McKendree in most key offensive categories during the 2014 season. Playing in all 50 games, he paced the Bearcats with a .401 batting average, 71 hits, 14 doubles, eight home runs and 39 runs batted in. Todoshcuk also drew a team-leading 28 walks and was tied for second on the squad with 26 runs scored.

With his .401 batting average in 2014, Todoschuk became the first McKendree player in five years to top the .400 mark. Tyler Muren batted .448 for the Bearcats in 2009.

East graduate honored by GLVC

QUINCY -- Belleville East graduate Kenny May, of Fairview Heights, recently became the first Quincy University baseball player to earn Great Lakes Valley Conference Baseball Player of the Week honors since 2012.

May was honored further by being selected National Collegiate Baseball Writers Assocation Midwest Region Player of the Week. On Wednesday, May also was named to the All-GLVC Second Team for the second straight season.

The senior shortstop was 10-for-19 with 10 RBIs and seven runs scores, collecting three doubles and a triple.

May is hitting .296 through 50 games with 11 doubles, two triples, 25 RBIs and a team-leading 37 runs scored. Quincy (26-24) plays Missouri-St. Louis (25-22) Thursday at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament in Evansville, Ind.

Edwardsville graduate honored by GLVC

ST. LOUIS -- Edwardsville High graduate Zach Sedlacek, a junior pitcher at Missouri-St. Louis, also was a second-team All-GLVC pick.

He has the team's best record at 5-1 and has won his last four starts, striking out 51 in 57 innings with a 2.84 ERA for the Tritons (25-22).

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