Bearcats drop two in softball tourney

The McKendree University softball team lost its final two games at the Captain D’s Surf and Turf Classic on Monday, but senior Ashley Scheffler and sophomore Jamie Doggendorf were both named to the All-Tournament team.

The Bearcats are now 4-6 overall on the season and will host Lake Superior State University on Thursday for a doubleheader at 1 p.m.

Scheffler and Doggendorf earned their spots on the all-tournament team.

McKendree jumped out to an early 5-0 lead against Catawba College, but was unable to hold off a late rally to fall in its opening game of the day 7-5.

McKendree was unable to get its offense going against No. 11 University of North Georgia, only picking up three hits in a 11-0 five inning loss.

Men’s wrestling

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Connor McMahon and Jake Tindle (Triad) won Southern Conference titles Saturday in Asheville, N.C., and have automatically qualified for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis.

“We’re excited to have the nationals in our backyard, and we’re excited to see what we can do on the big stage,” said SIUE coach Jeremy Spates.

The NCAA Division I Championships will be held March 19-21 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Tickets are available by contacting SIUE Athletics at 855-SIUE-TIX.

McMahon was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament after his top-notch performance at 165 pounds. He avenged three losses and collected a pin and a major decision before defeating Shabaka Johns of VMI 4-3 in the championship final.

Tindle, a Troy native, will likely give his family one of the shorter trips to see their son compete at nationals. A No. 4 seed at 197 pounds heading into the SoCon Tournament, Tindle avenged two losses en route to the title. He defeated The Citadel's Marshall Haas in the finals 4-3.

Men’s tennis

The McKendree University men’s tennis team lost a match 6-3 to Holy Names University (Calif.) on Monday at Kings Point Sports Club in Belleville..

The Bearcats fall to 8-3 overall. McKendree will host William Jewell College on Monday at 10:30 a.m., at Kings Point Sports Club.

Men’s track and field

McKendree University junior Cameron James (Edwardsville) will be the lone representative for the Bearcats at the 2015 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships. The two-day event begins Friday at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Alabama. The University of Alabama-Huntsville will serve as hosts for the meet.

James will race in one of his specialties at the meet, the 60-meter dash. He posted an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 6.73 seconds in winning the event at the John Craft Invitational hosted by Eastern Illinois University in late January. James then solidified his position in the national field by winning the 60-meter crown at last week’s Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor Championships.

Men’s, women’s swimming

Lindenwood-Belleville swimming wrapped up their inaugural season Saturday at the NAIA National Swimming and Diving Championships at the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatic Center.

In the Lady Lynx first ever championship appearance, the team finished 12th out of 26 teams.

In the Lynx men’s first ever championship appearance, the team finished 11th out of 20 teams. Numerous lifetime best times were achieved and nearly every school record was broken.