College Report: Basketball Underway For County College Players


Abby Brockmeyer, a Lincolnwood graduate and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale junior, showed in the first two SIUC games, she is just as determined to score her second 500 points as well. 

She passed 650 career points in her first two games as well and has a total of 654 points as of press time. 

In their opening game of the year, a 103-67 victory over Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, the 6-foot-1 junior forward scored 16 points by draining 5-of-6 from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. The starter, who played 24 minutes, also had seven rebounds and two steals. 

She scored 12 points in the following game, an 81-78 loss to Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis. Brockmeyer hit 5-of-11 from the field and 2-of-3 from the charity stripe. In her 25 minutes of play, the starter also grabbed six rebounds. 

As a sophomore, Brockmeyer scored 309 points. She had 317 points as a freshman. SIU-Carbondale is 1-1.

Jade Taylor (Litchfield) scored one of Greenville University's goals in their 7-0 win over Blackburn College. At the 11:50 mark of the first period, Taylor hit the back of the net. She played 69 minutes in the game. In Greenville's 1-0 loss to Webster University in their final regular season game, Taylor started at midfielder and played 46 minutes. Greenville is 10-6-2 overall and 7-1-1 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. 

Lexi Lusk (Hillsboro), Aliese Greenwood (Hillsboro) and Tess Saathoff (Hillsboro), all Blackburn soccer players, played in the loss to Greenville. In Blackburn's 2-0 loss to Spalding University, all three also played. They did not have any stats in either game. Blackburn finished the year with a 4-12 overall record. They were 2-7 in the SLIAC.

Alex Bishop (Litchfield), a Purdue University-Northwest golfer, finished 31st at the Davenport University hosted Panther Invitational. On the Stoatin Brae Golf Club Course in Gull Lake, Michigan, Bishop shot a 151 for 36 holes. He shot a low round of 74 in the second and final round. Bishop helped PU-Northwest take 10th with a 613. Ashland University won the outing with a 561. 

Carly Cameron (Hillsboro), an Illinois College senior, scored six points and grabbed three rebounds in IC's 90-85 win over Greenville. Cameron, who started, played 23 minutes. Illinois College is 1-1. 

Austin Grabow (Hillsboro) started at center for the Illinois College Blueboys as they lost a 30-15 decision to Monmouth College. Grabow helped them post 266 yards of offense. IC passed for 248 yards and rushed for 18 yards. IC had 14 first downs and one passing touchdown. IC is 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the Midwest Conference.

Jade Scroggins (Hillsboro) has played in each of Hannibal-LaGrange University's first four games, including a start in the Trojans' 75-63 win over Central Christian College on Nov. 12. Scroggins had two points and four rebounds in the win, upping her point total to 13 for the season, with eight rebounds, four steals and two assists to her credit as well. In her first game of the year, Scroggins came off the bench and was her team's second leading scorer with eight points.

Sam Painter (Litchfield) made his collegiate debut in Illinois Wesleyan University's 89-65 opening game win over Blackburn College on Nov. 12. Painter played two minutes, took one shot and grabbed a defensive rebound.

As everyone can see with the addition of the basketball players in this column, the winter sports have started. I am still trying to get more sponsors. As soon as we get the allotted number, I will run every week and possibly more if we have something to report. 

I have been doing as much as I can as I slowly get better. In addition, we are reaching out in an effort to finish the career completion pieces. I will confess that I am not 100 percent, but I am going to make an effort and hopefully a much better effort than last year.

Do you know of an athlete that is currently playing a college sport? Please email me ( with your student's information. When sending an email, please put "The Journal-News" in the subject line of the email.

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Dan Chamness is a freelance college sports writer. He can be contacted at


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