Local college briefs

May 13, 2014 

Women's basketball

LU-Belleville's Kohrmann honored

BELLEVILLE -- After being named NAIA Third Team All - American, marking the first female student-athlete to be named all-American at Lindenwood University-Belleville, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame will include Breese Central graduate Shelby Kohrmann's jersey in their Ring of Honor for the 2014-15 season.

The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame's Ring of Honor consists of over 100 jerseys including high school and college All - Americans from the 2013-14 season. At the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, the Ring of Honor is one of the most popular exhibits.

Kohrmann, a junior from Bartelso, ed the Lady Lynx this season averaging 19.6 points per game. She scored in double figures in all 32 games this season for the Lady Lynx.

In the NAIA, Kohrmann ranked in the top 10 in five categories.

Next season Kohrmann and the Lady Lynx will take part in the American Midwest Conference for the first time.

Softball

SIUE plays Friday in NCAA tourney

EDWARDSVILLE -- Fresh off its first Ohio Valley Conference championship, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will begin play in the 64-team NCAA Division I Softball Tournament Friday at second-seeded Alabama.

The Cougars (30-21) will play the Crimson Tide (45-11) at 7 p.m. Friday in a national game on ESPN3.com.

South Alabama (40-12), and South CarolinaUpstate (45-7), join SIUE and Alabama in the four-team, double-elimination regional to be played at John and Ann Rhoads Softball Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

SIUE watched the NCAA Tournament bracket announcement Sunday Bull and Bear in Edwardsville.

SIUE coach Sandy Montgomery said the Cougars are ready for the next level.

"It's a great feeling to be in the tournament and then to get to play at Alabama," Montgomery said. "They have a great tradition down there."

The Cougars may feel right at home against the competition, having played nine teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

The list includes LSU, No. 16 seed Minnesota, No. 8 seed Arizona State, No. 7 seed Oklahoma, No. 12 seed Washington, Kansas, Central Florida, Stetson, and Bradley.

SIUE is led by sophomore pitcher Haley Chambers (18-13), who added three wins this past week. Freshman second baseman Allison Smiley and senior shortstop Chelsea Yankolovich lead the offense with .321 batting averages.

The Cougars figure to be the underdog with three opponents which have accumulated 40 or more victories this season.

"No one in the country thinks we can win it, and that's OK," Montgomery said. "It's good to be the underdog."

McKendree's Johnson earns honors

LEBANON -- McKendree University junior outfielder Erica Johnson (Wesclin) earned 2014 Capital One First-Team Academic All-District softball honors, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Johnson, a second-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selection this season, played and started in 48 games, leading the team with a .340 batting average, 52 hits, eight doubles, and 33 RBI. She was also third on the team with an on-base percentage of .406 and 25 runs scored, while also hitting one triple and two home runs.

She was an Academic All-GLVC and National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete last season, and currently has a 3.97 grade-point average in marketing.

The Bearcats finished the 2014 season with an overall record of 17-31 and a 10-24 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Women's tennis

McKendree signs eight for next season

Tori Lindsay, of O'Fallon Township High School, is one of seven graduating high school seniors and one collegiate transfer that make up McKendree University Tennis' 2014-15 recruiting class.

Lindsay, of Shiloh, is a four-time all-area and all-conference honoree at O'Fallon. She won more than 120 career matches for the Panthers and finished in third place at the sectionals at No. 1 singles as a junior.

Other signees are: Janelle Fung, Anderson C.V.I. High, Whitby, Ontario, Canada; Kelly Ruane and Maggie Ruane, Providence Catholic High School, Mokena, Ill.; Abigail Talton, Hazelwood West, Hazelwood, Mo.; Alexandria Kauble, East Richland High School, Olney; Charlee Goodman, Rufus King International School, Milwaukee, Wis.; and

Paige Kloth, East Troy High School, East Troy, Wis.

Baseball

SIUE game with Evansville canceled

EDWARDSVILLE -- Tuesday night's baseball game between Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Evansville, scheduled for 6 p.m. at Simmons Baseball Complex, has been canceled due to inclement weather.

Wet field conditions and the threat of continued rain forced the cancelation just an hour before the scheduled first pitch. No makeup date is planned.

The Cougars (19-30) conclude the regular season with a three-game Ohio Valley Conference series against Austin Peay that begins Thursday. First pitch Thursday and Friday is 6 p.m. while Saturday's finale is set for 1 p.m.

Cougars pitcher named to list

OMAHA, Neb. -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville junior pitcher Ryan Daniels has been named to the Gregg Olson Award Watch List. The Gregg Olson Award honors college baseball's Breakout Player of the Year.

Daniels, who missed nearly two full seasons due to injury, has been one of the best pitchers in the Ohio Valley Conference all season. Daniels currently is ninth in the OVC with a 3.73 earned run average. He is fourth in the league in innings pitched (82.0) and eighth in strikeouts (57). His three complete games are tied for the most in the league.

Initial nominations were made by sports information personnel. The finalists and award winner will be determined by an independent panel. Semifinalists will be announced May 30. Finalists will be announced June 6, and the winner will be announced during the College World Series.

Bearcats finish season with a split

SOMERS, Wis. -- The McKendree University baseball team closed out its 2014 season by splitting a Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The Bearcats ran their season-best win streak to six games by taking the opener, 4-1, before dropping a 13-3 decision to the Rangers in the season finale.

McKendree ended the season by winning seven of its last nine games. The Bearcats finished the year with an overall record of 21-29, while posting a 13-23 mark in GLVC play.

Men's tennis

McKendree season ends in regional

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The McKendree University men's tennis team had its season come to an end following a 5-3 loss to No. 37 Northwood University (Mich.) in the NCAA Regional.

The Bearcats end their season with an overall record of 19-7 and were the first team in program history to reach the NCAA Tournament.

McKendree held a 2-1 lead after earning doubles wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, but weren't able to keep its momentum in singles play, only winning at No. 6 singles before the match was decided.

Women's lacrosse

Two Bearcats named to all-freshman team

LEBANON -- Freshman midfielder Morgan Cremen and freshman attacker Hannah Schneider were recently named to the NCAA Division II Independent All-Freshman team.

The team was comprised of players from seven NCAA Division II women's lacrosse teams that are not currently affiliated with a conference and was voted on by the coaches.

"We couldn't be more proud of Morgan and Hannah," said head coach Brittany Poist. "We named them two of our captains at the start of the year because of their commitment to the team and to improving their individual lacrosse skills outside of practice. This is another reflection of the work ethic they've displayed and we look forward to seeing them grow and develop during the rest of their collegiate careers."

Cremen played and started in all ten games in her first collegiate season, leading McKendree with 24 goals, while also ranking third with 25 points scored. Her 24 goals is tied for second in McKendree's record book for goals in a single season, while her point total is ranked fifth all-time for the Bearcats in a single season.

Schenider played and started in eight games, scoring 20 goals with a team-high 11 assists, in her first collegiate season. Her 31 draw controls and 21 ground balls were also second on the team this season. She also ranked first in the school record books for points and assists in a single season.

The Bearcats ended their season with an overall record of 3-7 following an 18-13 win over Rockhurst University.

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