Ashley Schneider, a Nokomis graduate, and the rest of the Illinois Wesleyan University basketball team is headed to the NCAA Division III Nationals.
The former Redskin player has a great deal to do with that. Schneider and her fellow IWU Titans won the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Tournament by dumping Carthage College (79-58), before downing Wheaton College (69-68) in the championship game. She was in double figures in both games.
In the title win over Wheaton, Schneider scored 16 points by hitting seven-of-16 from the floor and two-of-six from the free throw line. In addition, the starter, who played 39 minutes, also had four rebounds, three steals and two assists.
She finished with 12 points in the semi-final win over Carthage. Schneider, who hit six-of-nine from the floor, pulled down six rebounds and doled out four assists. She started, and played 30 minutes.
IWU will advance to play Wisconsin Lutheran College in St. Paul, MN. They will enter the game with a 22-4 overall record.
Derek Bourke (Nokomis) ended his career on a good note as he helped MacMurray College win its final game of the year. The MacMurray senior scored 15 points by nailing seven-of-12 from the floor and one free throw. The former Redskin player completed the double-double with ten rebounds and three assists. Bourke, who started, played 32 minutes.
MacMurray finished the year with a 7-18 mark. They were 4-14 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Carly Cameron (Hillsboro), an Illinois College junior, scored 13 points in IC's 74-58 victory over Lawrence University. Cameron, who hit five-of-10 from the field, which included a two-of-two performance from beyond the arc, and one-of-two from the free throw line. The starter also had three rebounds in her 24 minutes of play.
Reid Detmers (Chatham Glenwood) earned his second pitching victory of the year by downing James Madison University 5-0. The University of Louisville pitcher, who worked 8.0 innings, allowed one lone hit. The Nokomis resident fanned 14 and walked only one. Detmers is 2-0. Louisville has won three in a row as they swept JMU. Louisville is 8-3.
Tessa Steffens (Litchfield) has helped Purdue University-Northwest win three of their first four softball games. She had multiple hits in two of the games. In the 5-4 win over Lindenwood University, she was two-for-three and scored a run. She was two-for-three in the 2-0 victory over University of Illinois-Springfield. All four games thus far have been held at a domed stadium in Rosemont.
Andrew DeLaCruz (Litchfield) has a .375 batting average for Three Rivers College first seven baseball games He has three hits (one double) in eight trips to the plate. He also has three runs scored, two RBIs, two stolen bases and one walk. The Three Rivers freshman has a slugging and on-base percentage of .500. He has one putout and seven assisted putouts without an error. Three Rivers is 4-3.
Lexi Law (Litchfield) has played in and started the first eight Lindenwood University-Belleville softball games. Law, a junior outfielder, has six hits in 18 trips to the plate for a .333 batting average. Of her hits, two are doubles. She also has six runs scored, two walks and one RBI. She has an on-base percentage of .400 and a slugging percentage of .444. In the field, Law has made six putouts and one error. LU-Belleville is 4-4.
Abby Brockmeyer (Lincolnwood) helped Southern Illinois University-Carbondale split a pair of Missouri Valley Conference games. In the 64-41 triumph over Loyola University, Brockmeyer, who played 19 minutes, had eight points and seven rebounds. She finished with eight points, five rebounds and two steals in the 68-66 loss to Illinois State University. She played 27 minutes against Illinois State. SIU-Carbondale is 12-12 overall and 5-8 in the MVC.
David Martin (First Baptist Christian Academy) and Maurice Radtke (Litchfield) each finished second in their respective events at the Principia College Invitational in Elsah. Martin, a Witt resident, had a score of 4,526 in the heptatholon, while Radtke was the runner-up in the shot put with a throw of 13.47 meters. Greenville won the meet with 225 points. Webster University took second with 187 points.