Maybe a huge victory has helped Illinois College turn the corner.
Austin Grabow (Hillsboro), an IC football-playing junior, started at center in the Blue Boy's huge 63-20 win over Beloit College.
"This was a must win game for us," said the Hillsboro graduate. "My role this year is not only to be a leader on the offensive line, but the offense. I was fortunate enough to get voted as one of the "capos" as we call ourselves by my teammates. My actions on and off the field should never be anything less than above the line."
Grabow and the rest of the offensive line helped IC post 430 yards of offense. They passed for 299 yards and rushed for 131 yards. The Blue Boys had seven touchdowns, five of the passing variety and two rushing touchdowns. They had 21 first downs.
"We have all been playing together since our freshman year," said Grabow of the offensive line. "We have a great rapport both on and off the field. The win boosted everyone's confidence. It was tremendous to pile up all those points."
Illinois College is 1-3.
Lindsey Major (Hillsboro), a Lewis and Clark Community College sophomore, had 28 digs in their 3-2 volleyball win over East Central College. She also had 28 digs and four assists in the 3-2 loss to St. Louis Community College. Lewis and Clark is 9-10 overall and 1-2 in the Mid-West Athletic Conference.
Trevor Geggie (Litchfield), a Greenville University freshman football player, had one kickoff return for five yards as the Panthers dumped Westminster College 24-20. It was the first win of the year for the Panthers, who are 1-4 overall and 1-2 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.
Jade Taylor (Litchfield) started at forward for the Greenville University women's soccer team as they lost a 2-1 decision to Benedictine University. She played 15 minutes. Greenville is 8-3 overall.
Karsyn Kulick (Litchfield), a Fontbonne University volleyball player, had eight kills in a 3-0 loss to Eureka College. Fontbonne is 2-9 overall and 2-6 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Mattison Morgan (Litchfield) started on defense for St. Louis College of Pharmacy as they were topped 11-0 by Harris-Stowe State University. In women's soccer, STLCOP is 0-7 overall and 0-6 in the American Midwest Conference.
Mecayela Monroe (Litchfield) took three shots on goal for the Eureka women's soccer team in their 5-1 loss to Mount Mary University. The Red Devils are still looking for their first win of the year. They are 0-7 overall and 0-1 in the SLIAC.
Whitney Chesser (Hillsboro), a Blackburn College senior, had one shot on goal in Blackburn's 4-0 loss to Principia College in SLIAC women's soccer action. Bailey Lentz (Litchfield) and Aliese Greenwood (Hillsboro) also played in the game for the Blackburn Beavers. Blackburn is 2-8 overall and 0-1 in the SLIAC.
Zach Wieland (Nokomis) took one shot on goal as his college team, Blackburn, lost a 3-0 decision to Principia in men's soccer. Samuel Tomas-Guerrero (Litchfield), Tommy Millburg (Litchfield) and Jordan Tuetken (Hillsboro), all Blackburn players, did not have any stats but played in the contest. Blackburn is 1-9 overall and 0-1 in the SLIAC.
Conner Engelman (Nokomis) has found a college home at Illinois Wesleyan University. The freshman is a wide receiver, but has not been in any varsity games. Unfortunately for the College Report, colleges/universities do not keep track of junior varsity or freshman team stats.