Tessa Steffens, a Litchfield graduate, is not unaccustomed to fast starts.
The Purdue University-Northwest softball player is hitting .412 after the first six games. In 17 trips to the plate, the sophomore has seven hits. Of her hits, two are doubles and one is a homer. She has driven home six runs, scored four times and walked four times. She has a slugging percentage of .706 and an on-base percentage of .524.
The Pride has won their last three games and Steffens had multiple hits in two of those games. In the 12-3 win over Cincinnati Christian University, Steffens was 3-for-3 with a solo homer, a double and a walk. She drove home three and scored once. In the 13-2 victory over Midway University, Steffens was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.
Purdue-Northwest is 4-2 on the young season.
Carly Cameron (Hillsboro) and Jaicie Halleman (Hillsboro) recently finished their basketball season at Illinois College. The Lady Blues finished 11-12 overall and 8-10 in the Midwest Conference.
Cameron tore her ACL earlier in the season and was forced to finish early. But, the 6-foot freshman forward was averaging 13.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game though the first 16 games. The 16-game starter, who averaged 26.3 minutes per game, scored 213 points and pulled down 119 rebounds. She also had 32 steals, 22 assists and 17 blocked shots. She hit 76-of-166 from the field and 55-of-84 from the free throw line. Of her field goals, six were from beyond the arc.
Halleman, who played in 22 games and made three starts, averaged 18.7 minutes per game. She finished the year with 89 points and 46 rebounds, respective averages of 4.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.
She also had 29 steals and 28 assists. She scored her points by hitting 28 field goals, 24 of which were from beyond the arc, and nine free throws.
Alexandria Quarton (Litchfield) took fifth in the second heat of the 800-meter run at the Illinois College Alumni Classic, which was held at King Field House. The University of Illinois-Springfield freshman finished with a time of 2 minutes, 39.86 seconds. UIS took sixth with 23 points. Washington University won the meet with 163 points.
Derek Bourke (Nokomis) averaged 7.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game during his sophomore year of basketball. Besides his 177 points and 89 rebounds, the MacMurray College player also had 27 assists, 16 steals and two blocked shots. He hit 66-of-117 field goals and 43-of-56 free throws. He had two treys. MacMurray is 5-20 overall and 4-14 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Dylan Miller (Hillsboro) helped North Dakota State University split their final two games of the regular season. In the 82-80 win over Oral Roberts University, Miller, who started and played 18 minutes, had eight points and six rebounds. In the 96-92 loss to University of Nebraska-Omaha, Miller, who started and played 10 minutes, had four points and three rebounds. North Dakota State will enter the Summit League Tournament with a 19-10 record. They finished the conference season with a record of 11-5.
Ashley Schneider (Nokomis) finished with five points, but it was not enough to power the Illinois Wesleyan University Titans beyond Wheaton College in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Tournament. In her 13 minutes of play, she also had two rebounds. Fellow IWU player Shelby Gray (Hillsboro) played two minutes, but had no stats. The contest between two teams occurred in the title game of the conference tournament. IWU will advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament. They are 18-9 overall and 12-4 in the CCIW.
Lexie Law (Litchfield) and Katie Deluka (Hillsboro) helped the Lindenwood University-Belleville softball team post a 3-1 mark at the Evangel University Tournament. They defeated Evangel (4-3), Hastings College (5-4) and University of Science and Arts Academy of Oklahoma (7-6). Their lone loss was to Oklahoma Baptist University (5-0). Law had her best game against the host school. She was 1-for-2 with a two run homer. She drove home a pair and scored once. Deluka was 1-for-3 in the win over Evangel. In the victory over Science and Arts Academy, Deluka was 1-for-4. She scored three times and drove home two. Law was 1-for-3 and scored twice in the win over Hastings. Evangel is 11-4.