The College Report: Fall Sports Wrapping Up For County College Athletes


Victories have not been easy to come by for the Blackburn College women's soccer team this year. 

But, in their three victories thus far this year, it seems like a Hillsboro graduate has scored or played a major role in the victory. This time, it was Tess Saathoff, again. The freshman scored Blackburn's third goal of the game in their 4-1 triumph over Iowa Wesleyan University. 

At the 66:45 mark of the contest, Saathoff hit the back of the net to give the Beaver's a 3-1 lead. Lexi Lusk (Hillsboro) started the game at forward and had one shot on goal. Aliese Greenwood (Hillsboro) subbed into the contest. 

Blackburn is 3-8 overall and 1-3 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The win over Iowa Wesleyan was the first SLIAC win for Blackburn.

Austin Grabow (Hillsboro) started at center for the Illinois College Blueboys as they defeated Lawrence University. The Blueboys posted 364 yards of offense. Of their yards, 228 were passing yards, while 136 were rushing yards. IC had six touchdown, three were rushing touchdowns and three were passing touchdowns. They earned 20 first downs. IC is 3-1.

Alex Bishop (Litchfield), a Purdue University-Northwest golfer, shot a 232 at the Northwood University Men's Invitational, which was held at the Midland Country Club in Midland, Michigan. Bishop shot low round of 76 in the second round. The 76 was sandwiched between two 78s. Purdue-Northwest took tenth with a 936. Wayne State University took first with an 865.

Jade Taylor (Litchfield) helped Greenville University level their women's soccer record at 5-5-2. They are 2-0-1 in the SLIAC. In their first three games of October, the Panthers have defeated Westminster College and MacMurray College both by 2-1 scores. They also tied Fontbonne University 3-3. 

Taylor played in all three games, making starts at midfield. She had a shot on goal in each of the victories. In the tie with Fontbonne, the midfielder played 47 minutes. She played 54 minutes against MacMurray and 78 minutes in the double overtime win over Westminster.

The College Report is slated to return for the 2019-2020 school year. I will do as much as I can, but please understand if there is a slight delay to get sponsors. 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. I am at the physical therapy part of my treatment. 

I want to thank all of the sponsors from last year and hopefully, some will stay with us. I have started to get a few sponsors and plan on being there this week. Finally, the treatments kept me from getting the career completion articles done during the summer months, save the one on Ashley Schneider. Even though they will be late, we will make every attempt to finish those articles. 

While we are securing other sponsors, this is an opportune time to get names for the column. If anyone wants to make sure their son or daughter is on my list, please e-mail me ( 

Please remember, there are two rules to be included in this column. One of the rules is the athlete must be a resident of Montgomery County or be a graduate of either Litchfield, Lincolnwood, Nokomis or Hillsboro high schools. Secondly, the athlete must be involved in intercollegiate athletics, meaning their chosen college or university competes against other schools. 

If you want to e-mail me, please put "Montgomery County Journal-News" in the subject line. I will need the name of the athlete, the former high school or town of residence if needed, the college or university they are attending and of course, the sport they are playing.


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