Local college sports briefs

May 27, 2014 

Baseball

Florida senior signs with SIUE

EDWARDSVILLE -- Justin Fagan (Vero Beach, Fla.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to join Southern Illinos University Edwardsville baseball.

Fagan is a right-handed hitting catcher from Vero Beach High School. He hit .407 as a senior, with a .559 slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .514.

"Justin is a very athletic catcher," SIUE assistant coach Danny Jackson said. "He runs well, he blocks well, and he has a good swing."

Recognized as All-Area Regional All-Star this season, Fagan helped lead Vero Beach to the Conference and District Championships this season. Fagan also was named the 2011 team Most Valuable Player of the Vero Beach American Legion Post 39 senior team. That team won District Championships in 2012 and 2013. The 2012 team also was Sectional Champions and a Final 8 team in the state of Florida.

"Justin comes from a hard-working family," Jackson added. "We couldn't ask for a better kid."

Off the field, Fagan maintained a 4.0 grade point average all four years of high school. He was recognized as a Top Scholar-Athlete and is a member of the National Honor Society.

"He is going to do great on the field, but he also is a great student," Jackson added.

Men's basketball

Lynx sign transfer student to program

BELLEVILLE -- The Lindenwood University-Belleville men's basketball program has announced the signing of Andrew Maxie for the 2014-15 season.

Maxie is a transfer student from Eastfield College. He averaged 17 points and 7.2 points per game last season for Eastfield. Maxie also finished shooting 41 percent from behind the three point line. While at Eastfield, Maxie was named a NJCAA First Team All-American, two time First Team All-Region, Conference and Regional MVP, and NJCAA Region V Freshman of the Year. In his two years at Eastfield, Maxie was named NJCAA National Player of the Week numerous times.

Maxie talked about why he chose LU-Belleville over other schools.

"I chose Lindenwood-Belleville because they have a great program and winning tradition," stated Maxie. "I come from a program that won a lot of games and it is very important for me to continue that trend. I love the school spirit I saw at the games and I can't wait to come help the Lynx win a NAIA National Championship."

Assistant Coach Curtis Wilkerson talked about what the addition of Maxie means to the Lynx program.

"We couldn't be more excited to have Andrew joining us," mentioned Wilkerson. "He has been our top target all year and is a perfect fit for our program, on and off the court. He is a winner (56-13 with two National Tournament appearances at Eastfield). We expect him to be a big time player for us right away. He gives us another great scoring threat and will be a matchup nightmare for most teams we play because of his size and skill set. Any time you can add a 1st team All-American to a team that is returning so much talent, you can't but get excited for the possibilities."

The Lynx are coming off a 22-9 season and their first trip to the NAIA National Tournament. In late February the Lynx cracked the Top 25 in the NAIA for the first time in program history. This also marked the first time any athletics program at Lindenwood-Belleville has been ranked in the NAIA. Next season the Lynx will take part in the American Midwest Conference for the first time.

Women's basketball

Cougars add two to program

EDWARDSVILLE -- Southern Illinos University Edwardsville women's basketball Head Coach Paula Buscher has announced the addition of two players for next season.

Donshel Beck (St. Louis) and Sidney Smith (Carterville, Ill.) have signed National Letters of Intent and will continue their basketball careers for the Cougars.

Beck, a 5-foot, 9-inch guard, averaged 21.5 points per game her senior season while setting both the career scoring record with 1,457 points and the single-season record with 511 points at Ritenour High School. A two-time first team Suburban North All-Conference selection Beck earned multiple All-Tournament team awards as well as being a two time Ritenour Most Valuable Player.

"She is a tough competitor and has a great passion for the game," said Buscher. "Donshel brings athleticism along with a physical style of play that will allow her to make an easy transition into the college game."

Smith, a 5-8 guard, averaged 20 points per game, including 130 three-pointers in her senior campaign at Carterville High School. Her 130 three-pointers rank her fourth all-time in Illinois High School Association history for a single season. A second-team All-State selection, Smith helped Carterville to a River to River Conference Championship and a 27-4 record.

"Sidney not only can light it up from deep three-point range, but she can also come off screens and does a great job of reading the defense," said Buscher.

"Both Sidney and Donshel are outstanding people who excel on the court and in the classroom," added Buscher. "They will bring much needed depth to our perimeter positions, and we are proud to have them join our Cougar family."

Smith and Beck will join Erin Kelly (Pontiac, Ill./Parkland CC) and Gwen Adams (St. Louis/Incarnate Word) as newcomers on the Cougar roster for next season.

Men's tennis

Edwardsville's Desse picks Cougars

EDWARDSVILLE-- Edwardsville High School product Jack Desse will join the Southern Illinos University Edwardsville men's tennis program this fall, according to coach Jason Coomer.

"It's always important to try and keep the best local talent home and playing for the program in their backyard," said Coomer. "Jack has worked hard for the opportunity to play at the Division I level, and SIUE gets a great student-athlete who we expect to make this program even stronger. With Edwardsville being such a loyal tennis community, it's great that the local fans will be able to follow Jack for four more years."

Desse was a key member of the Edwardsville High School program for the past four seasons where he helped lead the Tigers to a sixth-place finish at the Illinois High School Association championships in 2013 and a ninth-place finish in 2012. Entering his senior campaign, Desse had a record of 130-28, which already had him perched at No. 10 on the all-time wins list. He is coached at Edwardsville by former Cougar Dave Lipe.

"Jack has had a great high school career, and he isn't quite done yet," said Coomer. "We have watched Jack develop over the past few years and he has demonstrated that he is not afraid to work hard. Playing for coaches like Coach Lipe and Coach (Bob) Meyers, Jack has been fortunate to be around two great role models."

He completed his prep career tied for second all-time in wins with 167. He placed 24th in singles at the 2012 state championships and 12th in doubles with partner, Logan Ware, during the 2013 campaign. The duo also won the prestigious Naper Valley Invite in Chicagoland.

A seven-time Southwestern Conference champion in singles and doubles, Desse also won a sectional singles title in 2012 and a sectional doubles crown in 2013.

Desse plans to major in pre-dental at SIUE.

"As hard as Jack works on the court, he works even harder in the classroom," Coomer said. "When we look at players, we want to find the complete student-athlete package. And with Jack, that definitely is the case."

Bearcat earns all-GLVC honors

LEBANON --McKendree University senior Luciano Misitrano became the second player in the history of the men's tennis program to earn an All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honor.

Mistrano posted an overall singles record of 10-6, including a 9-6 mark at No. 1 singles, with a 2-2 record in GLVC play this season. He also posted an overall mark of 11-6 at No. 1 doubles with a 2-2 record in GLVC play.

He joins former Bearcat Gabor Toth as the only two players to earn All-GLVC honors in program history, after Toth earned the honor as a senior last season.

"Luciano earned this award through his strong play all season," said head coach Adam Reeb. "He played No. 1 singles and doubles for us all season and we could always depend on him to produce when we needed him to. We couldn't be more proud of him and this is a great accomplishment for him as his collegaite career winds down."

Women's tennis

Bearcat seniors earn GLVC honors

LEBANON -- McKendree University seniors Adriana Gonzalez and Giuliana Gonzalez made history by earning the first All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors in the history of the women's tennis program.

Adriana posted a 15-4 record overall at No. 1 singles, including a 4-1 record in the GLVC, while Giuliana posted a 13-4 record with a 3-1 record in the GLVC at No. 2 singles. The duo also teamed up to post a 12-6 record together at No. 1 doubles, including a 3-2 mark in GLVC play.

"This is a tremendous honor for Adriana and Giuliana," said head coach Adam Reeb. "You couldn't pick two better players to be the first All-Conference honorees for our program. They are great representatives of our school and our program and I'm really proud that they could cap off their collegiate careers with this honor."

Cougar freshman named to all-conference team

EDWARDSVILLE -- Southern Illinos University Edwardsville's Lexi Aranda, of Longwood, Fla., was named second team All-Ohio Valley Conference.

The Cougar freshman finished the women's tennis regular season with a 19-8 record and a 12-6 mark in dual matches. She collected a 7-3 OVC record splitting time between No. 1 and No. 2 singles.

Aranda and teammate Haley Ilcewicz recorded a 9-3 dual record, including a 5-3 mark in OVC play. The duo was a perfect 5-0 in No. 3 doubles matches.

Men's bowling

Lynx sign O'Fallon senior to program

BELLEVILLE -- The Lindenwood University-Belleville men's bowling team has announced the signing of Mikaid Stewart for the 2014-15 season.

Stewart is a native of O'Fallon, just graduateed from O'Fallon High School this spring. During his high school career Stewart has made four state tournament appearances. He led the Panthers to an 11thplace finish his freshman year, fourth place finish his sophomore year, second place finish his junior year, and third place finish his senior year.

In 2014 Stewart ranked eighth in the state in singles and received all - state honors. He also received first team all - conference honors, after being named second team all - conference his junior year. Stewart averaged 212 in conference and 212 in league play this past season. In his career, Stewart has high series of 801 and has picked up two 300 games. He was also a Junior Gold participant two different times.

Stewart plans on majoring in business and sports management at LU-Belleville.

Men's golf

SIUE's Peters earns all-newcomer honors

EDWARDSVILLE -- Southern Illinos University Edwardsville freshman golfer Jordan Peters was named to the Ohio Valley Conference All-Newcomer team.

Peters played 20 of 27 rounds for the Cougars and finished second on the team with a scoring average of 75.1 during the regular season.

Peters was joined on the All-Newcomer team by OVC Freshman of the Year Austin Swafford of UT Martin, Eastern Kentucky's Patric Sundlof, an All-OVC selection, Jacksonville State freshman Jamie Mist, and Murray State freshman Matt Zakutney.

Men's track and field

LU-Belleville signs St. Charles, Mo., athlete

BELLEVILLE -- The Lindenwood University-Belleville men's track and field team, and coach Chris Sandefur have announced the signing of Luke Joslin for the 2014-15 season.

Joslin is a native of St. Charles, Mo. and just graduated from St. Charles High School this spring. In high school, Joslin was a second team all-conference and all-district basketball player. He was also named second team all-conference in soccer and all-state in track.

Joslin is undecided in what he will major in at LU-Belleville.

Women's lacrosse

Cremen ties McKendree record with six goals

LEBANON -- McKendree freshman midfielder Morgan Cremen tied the school record with six goals in an 18-13 women's lacrosse victory over Rockhurst University in the season finale.

The Bearcats end their season with an overall record of 3-7.

Women's golf

Cougars finish eighth at league meet

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. -Ashton Stair and Brooks White each finished among the top 30 and SIUE women's golf finished eighth at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship at The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at The Shoals.

SIUE finished at 988. Murray State used a final-round 310 to overtake Eastern Kentucky and win its ninth OVC team championship. Eastern Kentucky finished second with a 917. Jacksonville State was third with a 923.

Stair shot a third-round score of 78 and finished with a 54-hole total of 240 to tie for 24th place. White finished with a 243 to tie for 26th. Molly Marcum had her best round of the tournament with a 79. Her 250 moved her into a tie for 35th. Brittney Jostes (266) and Alison Gorman (267) finished in 43rd and 44th place, respectively.

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