College Sports

Local college sports briefs

Cougar reveal men’s nonconferencefoes

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men’s basketball will play host to Saint Louis, Portland State, and Campbell as well as make trips to Southern California, Butler, and Northwestern as part of its nonconference 2015-16 schedule.

“Our schedule will be challenging, but we want to measure ourselves against the best,” first-year head coach Jon Harris said. “We have some good experiences built in for our guys with opportunities to play at Big 10 and Pac 12 programs.

“We want to give our fans games to be excited about,” Harris continued. “Hosting Saint Louis this year will be great for the community.”

The Cougars also will welcome Grand Canyon to the Vadalabene Center during the nonconference portion of their schedule. SIUE will travel for games at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Milwaukee, and IPFW.

The nonconference schedule will complement the 16-game Ohio Valley Conference slate, which includes home dates with OVC Tournament champion Belmont, Morehead State, Eastern Kentucky, Murray State, Austin Peay, Eastern Illinois, Southeast Missouri, and UT Martin.

“Our team is excited to begin a new era in Cougar basketball,” Harris added.

Additional opponents, specific dates, and times will be announced at a future time.

McKendree women’s wrestling does well at meet

The McKendree University women’s wrestling team was well represented over the weekend with four individuals placing at the ASICS U.S. Senior Nationals tournament.

Graduate assistant coach Michaela Hutchison finished in third place at 53kg, while Hailee Lilly finished in fifth place at 55kg. Alyssa Gonzalez and Olivia Seppinni finished in seventh place at 55kg and 60kg, respectively.

Hutchison, competing for Titan Mercury Wrestling Club, posted a 4-1 record to finish in third place in the 53kg division. Hutchison posted dominate victories in her first two matches, pinning Christina Bautista of Missouri Valley in 37-seconds in her opening match, before earning a 12-2 tech fall over Titan Mercury teammate Amy Fearnside in the championship quarterfinals. She was edged by Whitney Conder of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program in the championship semifinals, 2-0, to fall in to the consolation bracket, where she earned a 12-1 tech fall over Rachel Archer of Oklahoma City University to reach the third place match. She won a 19-9 tech fall over Fearnside to finish in third place.

Lilly lost her opening match to Jacarra Winchester of Titan Mercury in a 12-1 tech fall, but posted a 10-0 tech fall win over Vergilla Amaya of the MWC Wrestling Academy. She lost a 10-0 tech fall to Sarah Hildebrandt of the New York Athletic Club in the consolation semifinals, but defeated Samantha Klingel of King University in an 8-6 decision to finish in fifth place.

Gonzalez lost a 12-2 tech fall to Hildebrandt in her opening match, and was pinned in her next match by Klingel in 1:40, but bounced back to defeat Amaya, 20-10, to finish in seventh place.

Seppinni was pinned in her opening match by Jennifer Page of Titan Mercury in 2:52, and was pinned by Brandy Green of Braves Wrestling Club in the consolation bracket to finish in seventh place.

The Bearcats will return to the mat on Friday in Arlington, Texas at the FILA Body Bar Nationals.

Bearcats’ wins Pan American title in Cuba

McKendree University freshman women’s wrestler Alexis Porter recently earned a gold medal at the Pan American Junior Championships, and helped lead the United States to a PanAm team championship.

Porter won gold at 63kg at the event with a 3-0 record. Porter defeated Lourdes Cutino Argudin of Cuba, 8-0, in her opening match, before posting a 6-4 victory over Virginia Jimenez Fernandez of Venezuela. She claimed gold following a 6-1 victory over Brenda Palheta of Brazil in the championship match.

The U.S. team had three individuals earn gold medals, along with two silvers and one bronze to pace the team to a PanAm Junior Championship. The team scored 72 points to edge host Cuba’s silver total of 67. Canada earned the bronze with 52 points.

Porter ended her collegiate season in February as a Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association All-American with a fourth place finsis at 155 pounds. She had a 35-8 record with 19 tech falls and six falls. She also was crowned the 63kg champion at the ASICIS University Nationals in March.

Lynx have six men’s lacrosse players honored

The Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference announced Monday that six Lindenwood University–Belleville men’s lacrosse players have been named GRLC all–conference. Cody Trella and Corey Marquard were named GRLC First Team all–conference. Marquard was also named GRLC Defensive Player of the Year. Lucas Hartmann and Gabriel Suarez were named GRLC Second Team all–conference, while Cody Fincher was named third team. Robert Lacker was the lone member of the Lynx named honorable mention.

Marquard, a junior defenseman from St. Louis, lead the Lynx on the defensive end all season. He collected 24 groundballs in the Lynx 15 games. This is the second time in Marquard’s career that he has been named all–conference, after being named honorable mention after the 2014 season.

Trella, a junior midfielder from Chandler, Ariz., has been named GRLC First Team All–Conference all three years in a Lynx uniform. This season Trella led the Lynx in goals with 24 and assists with 32. He averaged 3.73 points per game.

Hartmann, a sophomore from St. Louis, ranked second on the team this season in goals with 22. This is the second time Hartmann has been named all–conference in his career, after being named third team in 2014.

Suarez, a freshman midfielder from Chandler, Ariz., made his presence felt in the faceoff circle this season. He finished with 143 faceoff victories in 243 tries. Suarez collected a season high 18 faceoff victories in the Lynx loss to St. Andrews. In the final regular season game of the season, Suarez finished 16-for-19 in the faceoff circle. Suarez collected his first career goal in the Lynx victory over SCAD. He finished the season with three goals and 72 groundballs.

Fincher, a junior from San Diego, Calif., finished the season with 12 goals and four assists. This is the second time Fincher has been named all – conference in his career.

Lacker, a junior midfielder from Ozark, Mo., ranked fourth on the team in goals and second in assists. He finished the season with 24 goals, including six multi goal games. This is the second time that Lacker has been named all–conference in his career.

McKendree women compete in final track meet

The McKendree University women’s track and field wrapped up its outdoor regular season by participating in the Eastern Illinois University Last Chance Meet in Charleston.

In all, there were four Bearcats who turned in top-five performances at the meet. McKendree had two runners grab a top-five slot in the 800-meter run. Sophomore Karis Johnson was less than a second from the top spot, placing third overall at 800 meters with a final time of 2:16.12 Senior Christine Cunningham (Triad) was next in fourth place at 2:19.37.

Junior Christine Ackermann collected a third-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, posting a final time of 12:13.74 in the race. Freshman Christina Hill ( Okawville) rounded out the list of top finishers for the Bearcats at the EIU Last Chance Meet as she brought home fifth place in the javelin throw. Hill had a long toss of 33.09 meters.

The 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships will take place May 21-23 on the campus of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. Qualifiers will be announced later this week.

McKendree men do well in last track meet

The McKendree University men’s track and field took part in the Eastern Illinois University Last Chance Meet in Charleston.

The Bearcats had a total of three athletes participate in the day-long meet, and all four nabbed top-10 finishes in their respective events. Fresh off his Great Lakes Valley Conference Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year performance a week earlier at the GLVC Championship meet near Kansas City, freshman Ryan Pearce collected a pair of top-10 efforts. He was fourth in the shot put with a throw of 15.59 meters before taking sixth place in the discus at 44.88 meters.

Freshman Eric Imel also placed in a pair of events at EIU. Imel tied for fourth place in the long jump with a leap of 6.83 meters while he tied for eighth in the high jump, clearing a height of 2.02 meters. Fellow freshman Alex McCrite matched Imel by tying for eighth place in the high jump at 2.02 meters.

The 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships will take place May 21-23 on the campus of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. Qualifiers will be announced later this week.

LU-Belleville swimmers honored by association

Twelve Lindenwood University-Belleville swimmers from both the men’s and women’s team have been named to the 2015 College Swimming Coaches Athletic Association All-America team. To be named to the first team, a swimmer must finish in the top six in an individual event or the top four of a relay. For the honorable mention team, you must qualify for the championship finals.

Lucas Dengler-Harles received first-team honors for finishing in third place in both the 200 freestyle as well as the 500 freestyle. Dengler-Harles, a freshman from Mainz, Germany, placed in the top eight in four different events, taking fifth place in the 800 free relay and eighth in the 1650 freestyle. He was named the MVP of the Lynx swimming team for his accomplishments in the first season of competition by LU-Belleville.

Theodor Hansson was named to the honorable mention team due to his contribution in the 800 free relay that took fifth place. Sebastian Wegner was also part of the 800 free relay team that took fifth, as he was the anchor for the foursome. Dima Suhushin was the final piece to the 800 free relay.

Laban Jamar qualified for honorable mention status by swimming the breaststroke portion of the 400 medley that took 14th place. Jamar was also named the Lynx swimming most improved for his accomplishments. Sebastian Bohm made the finals in three different events, the 200 backstroke and the 200 and 400 medley relays. Amal Janabayev was the fourth participant for the Lynx in the 400 medley relay, swimming the fly portion, for the team that took 14th.

The women’s team had four athletes named to the honorable mention team. Carly Breitbarth, who was named the team MVP, had the lone top-10 finish with a ninth-place finish in the 400 individual medley.

Hristina Krasteva gained honorable mention notoriety in 100 back and 200 back.

Samantha Hayen and Michal Talley rounded out the competitors in the four relays. Hayen swam anchor in the 200 medley, swimming the freestyle portion of the race. Talley, a freshman from Troy, Missouri, swam anchor in both the 800 free relay and 400 medley relay.

In just their first year of competition, both the men’s and women’s teams showed much promise under the leadership of head coach Mandy Chun.

McKendree women lacrosse players honored

Freshman attacker Paige Salthouse and freshman midfielder Dana DiPasquale were both named to the 2015 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Tournament team.

In two conference tournament games, Salthouse scored four goals, and had three draw controls and two ground balls. DiPasquale had three goals with an assist and had four ground balls in two games.

The All-Tournament honor is the second postseason award for both players after earning All-Conference honors on Friday. Saltouse was a Second-Team selection, while DiPasquale was an honorable mention selection.

The Bearcats ended their season in the semifinals of the GLIAC Tournament with an overall record of 11-7. The 11 wins set a new program record for wins in a single season, eclipsing the previous mark of three during the 2014 season.