Last year, Austin Grabow, a Hillsboro graduate, had a goal to be named a Midwest Conference-South Division All-Conference lineman.
The Illinois College center did not achieve the goal in 2017, but this year, the junior accomplished the feat as he was named to the second team as a center.
"Being named a second team all-conference lineman is amazing," said the IC Blue Boy junior. "This year, I made it a personal goal to fight through any injury and do what I had to do to be on the field. I missed only one game this season, due to a concussion."
That one game, however, was not a conference game. The conference coaches witnessed the 5-foot-11, 245-pound junior play every league game.
In the five conference games, the Blue Boys finished with 2,112 offensive yards. They had a heavy edge in passing, as they passed for 1,393 yards and rushed for 719 yards. They had 17 touchdowns, 11 of which were passing. They earned 118 first downs. They scored 148 points in conference action, which is an average of 29.6 points per game.
Illinois College was 4-6 overall and 2-3 in the MWC-South Division.
"I always find myself a little bit undersized on the offensive line," said Grabow. "My weight always seems to fluctuate about 25 pounds with 245 being the top weight. Being smaller adds a chip on your shoulder."
One IC offensive lineman was named to the first team, while two others were named to the second team.
Carly Cameron (Hillsboro) was in double figures twice and posted a double-double for Illinois College, but neither effort led to an IC victory. In the 70-64 loss to Lawrence University, Cameron had 11 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots. The starter, who played 28 minutes, had three field goals and five free throws.
The former Hiltopper turned Lady Blues player had a team-high 14 points in the 61-52 loss to Ripon College. The starter, who played 26 minutes, hit 5-of-11 from the field, which included two treys, and 2-of-4 from the free throw line. She also had six rebounds. IC is 3-5 overall and 0-2 in the Midwest Conference.
Derek Bourke (Nokomis) scored 11 points as his college team, MacMurray College, lost a 76-62 decision to Fontbonne University. Bourke, who hit 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe, also grabbed six rebounds, doled out two assists and had two steals.
In their other game, a 100-81 victory over Blackburn College, Bourke had eight points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Bourke started both games, playing 33 minutes in the loss and 22 minutes in the win. The MacMurray Highlanders are 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Ashley Schneider (Nokomis) helped the Illinois Wesleyan University Titans win their College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin opener, as they dumped Carthage College 85-71. Schneider, who started and played 27 minutes, drained 5-of-10 from the floor, which included 1-of-2 from beyond the arc. She also had seven assists, four rebounds and three steals. She was one of three athletes in double figures and led the team in assists and steals.
In IWU's 77-72 victory over University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the former Redskin player had five points, five rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals. IWU is 6-2 overall and 1-0 in the league.
Abby Brockmeyer (Lincolnwood) scored nine points, but it was not enough to power Southern Illinois University-Carbondale beyond St. Louis University. In the 62-58 SIU-C loss, Brockmeyer also had eight rebounds and two steals. The starter played 38 minutes. The SIU-Carbondale Salukis are 3-4.