Since there has been a St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Track and Field Championship, indoor or outdoor, there has only been one champion. That men’s champion has been the Greenville University, or Greenville College, Panthers.
The indoor championships, which has only been in existence for two years, and the outdoor championships, which have been in existence since 2016, has been won every year by the Bond County school. And they usually did it convincingly with over 200 team points. This year was no exception.
To end the month of February, the Panthers, coached by Hillsboro graduate Brian Patton, scored 218 points to win the men’s title. Second place, a distant second, was Webster University, who finished second with 78 points. The meet was hosted by Principia University and held in Elsah.
Maurice Radtke (Litchfield) and Isaiah Atkins (Hillsboro) were both victorious in the conference meet to earn championship medals to help Greenville win the team title. Radtke won the shot put, while Isaiah Atkins was a member of the Panther Distance Medley Relay.
Radtke won the shot put as convincingly as the Panthers won the team title. He recorded a throw of 13.14 meters to win the title. Iowa Wesleyan University’s Max Paskowitz took second with a put of 11.64 meters. He would also take 10th in the weight throw with a toss of 11.40 meters.
Isaiah Atkins combined talents with three other Panthers to win in 12 minutes, 46.35 seconds. They too left no doubt as Iowa Wesleyan took second in 14:11.13. Individually, he also scored points in the 800-meter run, finishing sixth in 2:09.84.
Elijah Atkins (Hillsboro), also a Greenville track and field athlete, competed in the 800-meter run. He finished eighth in 2:14.28.
Kendra Jacob (Hillsboro), a Hannibal-LaGrange University senior softball player, was 1-for-3 in HLG’s 3-1 win over Peru State College. Jacob scored one of the runs and drove home another. In an 11-1 loss to Coffey College, Jacob had a hit. HLG is 1-2 overall.
Kyra Huber (Hillsboro) helped the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh win the 1,600-meter relay in a 79-71 dual meet loss to University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Wisconsin-Oshkosh foursome, made up of three sophomores and a freshman, finished in 4:13.66. Individually, she finished sixth in the 60-meter dash (:08.16) and eighth in the 200-meter dash (:26.84).
Jade Scroggins (Hillsboro) had two rebounds in 13 minutes of play for Hannibal-LaGrange University in their 68-53 loss to William Woods University in the American Midwest Conference Tournament. For the year, Scroggins, who appeared in all 23 games, averaged 14.4 minutes per game. She would finish the 2020-2021 campaign with 46 points and 32 rebounds, respective averages of 2.0 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. She also had 18 assists, 13 steals and two blocked shots. She scored her points by hitting 14 field goals, which included three treys, and 15 free throws. Hannibal-LaGrange finished with a record of 4-19 overall. They were 3-13 in the AMC.
Donovan Moore (West Bloomfield), a former Hillsboro resident, recently finished his basketball season. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay junior guard, who played in seven games, averaging 7.8 minutes per game, finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Besides his 2.6 points and 1.7 rebounds per game, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound player had three assists and one steal. He scored his points by hitting seven field goals and four free throws. Wisconsin-Green Bay finished 8-17 overall and 8-12 in the Horizon League.
Dan Chamness is a freelance college sports writer. He can be contacted at Dan62801@aol.com.