Ashley Schneider, a Nokomis graduate, and the rest of the Illinois Wesleyan University Lady Titans took two major steps toward winning the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin women's basketball title.
After beating Millikin University and Carroll University, IWU is 9-2 in the league. Schneider scored 13 points and five rebounds in the 70-58 win over Millikin. The starter, who played 25 minutes, hit 6-of-11 from the floor and 1-of-3 from the charity stripe.
She finished with five points and three boards in the 85-45 blasting of Carroll. She started that game as well, playing 16 minutes.
Shelby Gray (Hillsboro), an IWU senior, scored five points and doled out four assists in the win over Carroll. She emerged off the bench and played 15 minutes.
IWU is currently tied with Wheaton College for the lead in the league. The two teams are slated to play each other on Feb., 21 in Wheaton at 7 p.m. IWU is 14-6 overall.
Alexandria Quarton (Litchfield) finished 18th in the 3,000-meter run at the Tom Hathaway Distance Classic, which was hosted by University of Indianapolis and held at the ARC in Indianapolis, Indiana. The University of Illinois-Springfield freshman finished the race in 12 minutes, 6.28 seconds. Team scores were not kept.
Derek Bourke (Nokomis) scored 10 points for MacMurray College as they lost an 84-77 battle to Blackburn College. Bourke, who hit 2-of-5 from the field, which included one trey, and 5-of-8 from the free throw line, also had three rebounds and two assists. He played 21 minutes. In MacMurray's 85-76 loss to Westminster College, Bourke finished with eight points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. He started and played 39 minutes. MacMurray is 3-17 overall and 3-10 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Dusty Atteberry (Litchfield) placed fourth in the weight throw at the Jim Green Invitational, which was hosted by Illinois College and held at King Field House in Jacksonville. He finished with a throw of 47 feet, 11 inches. Caleb Jackson (Hillsboro), also a Greenville College track and field athlete, competed in three events. He was a member of Greenville's 1,600-meter relay, which finished seventh in 3:36.03, and the 800-meter relay, which finished eighth in 1:38.29. Individually, he was 45th in the 60-meter dash. He finished the race in :07.63. Team scores were not kept.
Jaicie Halleman (Hillsboro) scored five points, but it was not enough to power Illinois College beyond Grinnell College, who won a 75-65 decision. Halleman, who played 15 minutes, also had two rebounds. In IC's 71-63 loss to Knox College, Halleman, who played 19 minutes, had three points, three assists and two rebounds. IC is 10-9 overall and 7-7 in the Midwest Conference.
Kerriann Cooper (Hillsboro) scored three points as her college team, Lincoln Land Community College, defeated Danville Area Community College 84-62. Cooper played 10 minutes. LLCC is 12-8 overall and 1-2 in the Mid-West Athletic Conference.
Dylan Miller (Hillsboro), a North Dakota State University sophomore, scored three points in 10 minutes of play as NDSU lost an 86-81 overtime battle to Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis. North Dakota State is 15-8 overall and 7-3 in the Summit League.
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Dan Chamness is a freelance college sports writer. He can be contacted at Dan62801@aol.com.